Thursday, September 29, 2011

Honda facility at Twin Ring Motegi has Yamahas on display for Japanese MotoGP week

Yamaha bikes in the Honda hall at Twin Ring Motegi, and Italian-style pasta being cooked by a Japanese chef working in an Italian restaurant in Japan. Excellent!
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This week, visitors to the Honda Collection Hall at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit, in Japan, will get more than they bargained for if they tour the Japanese manufacturer’s historic collection of motorcycles and cars. On the occasion of this year’s Japanese MotoGP race week, Honda have allowed Yamaha to display their racebikes as well, which have been placed amidst Honda’s own collection.

Among the Yamaha machines now being shown at Motegi are Max Biaggi’s 2002 YZR-M1, Phil Read’s 1968 RD05A, Kenny Roberts’ 1983 YZR500, John Kocinski’s 1990 YZR250 and Wayne Rainey’s 1993 YZR-M1. Yamaha are celebrating their 50th year in Grand Prix racing this year and Honda have, very graciously, allowed them to display their racebikes at the Honda facility.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Honda develops new 670cc engine, next-gen DCT for midsize motorcycles

The 2012 Integra (above) will be the first bike that will be fitted with Honda's new 670cc parallel-twin and second-generation dual clutch transmission...
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Honda have announced the development of a new 670cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin for midsize motorcycles. The new engine has been developed for applications that require strong torque delivery at low to medium speeds and a high degree of fuel efficiency. Along with the new engine, Honda have also announced the development of their second-generation Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) for motorcycles.

According to Honda, their new 670cc engine delivers up to 27km/l in terms of fuel efficiency and can either be combined with a conventional six-speed gearbox or the company’s new, compact and lightweight DCT, which is smoother and more efficient than the earlier dual clutch transmission that was fitted on some Honda motorcycles like the VFR1200F.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Here's your chance to win a Tron LightCycle!

You've seen the movie and you're in lust with the Tron LightCycle, right? Well, the Parker Brothers are doing something pretty incredible - they're actually giving you a chance to win a Tron LightCycle - the bike you see in the video above! Go to their website now, for more details

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2012 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade: Official pics, specs released

The 2012 Fireblade is "feeling more fun in sporty riding and more joy of riding than ever before, whether it be on winding roads or at a circuit," says Hirofumi Fukunaga, large project leader (LPL) for the new CBR1000RR. Right on, Fukunaga san!
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Honda have released the first offical pics of the 2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade, which also happens to be the 20th Anniversary Fireblade, what with Honda having launched the very first CBR900RR FireBlade back in 1991. The 2012 Fireblade was revealed simultaneously at the Le Mans 24 hours round of the Endurance World Championship in France, and the eleventh round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship in Imola, Italy.

‘I've got a real soft spot for the Fireblade. I've ridden it in many different racing events over the years and had a lot of success with it. In fact, some of the most memorable moments of my career have been on the Fireblade,’ said Honda rider and IoM TT legend, John McGuinness, while unveiling the new bike at Le Mans. ‘It’s pretty exciting and I'm honoured that I was chosen to do it,’ he added.

2012 Honda CBR600RR announced

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The 2012 Honda CBR600RR, now available with a new, red-and-white paintjob...   :-)

Honda have announced details of the 2012 CBR600RR, which is now available with what the company calls a ‘fresh Victory Red/Ross White’ paintjob. ‘Supremely compact and potent, the 2012 Honda CBR600RR delivers blistering power balanced by easy, natural handling and faultless road manners. This is made possible by ultra-light weight, mass centralisation and a compact chassis. The engine delivers immediate, exhilarating torque, while its fairing is aggressively aerodynamic, enhances stability and allows maximum enjoyment of the machine’s performance,’ says a press release from Honda.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale announced

Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for your patience. Mr Panigale is having a BMW S1000RR and an Aprilia RSV4 Factory for breakfast. He will be with us shortly

Ducati have announced a name for their 2012 superbike, the machine that will replace the current 1198. The new bike will be called the Ducati 1199 Panigale, which will be officially unveiled during the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, in November this year.

The Ducati 1199 Panigale (pronounced ‘eleven-ninety-nine Pan-ee-gah-lee’) will first see racing action in the 2012 FIM Superstock Championship and will make its debut in World Superbikes in 2013. We fully expect the 1199 to be a fearsome machine – its 1199cc L-twin is likely to be a fire-breathing, 190-horsepower monster and the bike will feature the latest iteration of Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and racing-oriented ABS etc.

Can’t wait for Valentino Rossi to unveil the 1199 Panigale at EICMA in November. Should be an awesome moment for Ducati.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ford unveils E-Bike Concept

An electric bicycle from Ford. Maybe they're getting tired of selling the Mustang...

Ford has unveiled the E-Bike Concept, a bicycle fitted with the best bike components available anywhere, and technology from F1. Shown at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, the Ford E-Bike Concept can travel up to 85km on a fully charged battery.

Developed by Ford Design, in partnership with German brand cyber-Wear (the company behind Ford's Lifestyle Collection products), the Ford E-Bike Concept has been created to appeal to both men and women. ‘The E-Bike market is growing very, very rapidly, with some 30 million units sold globally last year. We see E-Bikes as an important element of urban electric mobility. More and more people are using E‑Bikes for short distance commuting and they are becoming comfortable with the concept of electric mobility,’ says Axel Wilke, Director - Vehicle Personalisation, Ford Customer Service Division, Europe.

Lit Motors C1: The uncrashable scooter

Lit Motors' C1 is a fully enclosed electric scooter prototype that features 'gyroscopic stability technology' to help prevent it from tipping over. The uncrashable scooter? This just might be it...
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20,000 Moto Guzzi fans celebrate the company’s 90th Anniversary in Mandello del Lario

Moto Guzzi are celebrating their 90th Anniversary this year...
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Moto Guzzi are celebrating their 90th anniversary this year and they have no dearth of fans who’re supporting the Italian company with all their heart and soul. Last weekend, Moto Guzzi had a three-day extended party in Mandello del Lario, in Italy, with about 20,000 people from 52 countries participating in the ‘Giornate Mondiali Guzzi’ (Guzzi World Days) celebrations.

The Italian company also recently announced the Moto Guzzi California 90, the last and final edition of the current California touring bike that’s fitted with an 1100cc transversely mounted V-twin. In 2012, Guzzi will launch the new California that was unveiled in Monte Carlo earlier this year.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

2012 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade to get fly-by-wire technology

Among other things, the 2012 Honda Fireblade will also fly-by-wire technology...

The 2012 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, spy shots of which appeared last month, may not look dramatically different from the current model, but it almost certainly will perform better. In addition to improvements made to the bike’s chassis and suspension, Honda seem to be moving things ahead in the engine department in a big way. The 2012 Fireblade will get an all-new fly-by-wire throttle management system, which is likely to work in tandem with Honda’s next-generation C-ABS and some kind of traction control system.

Castrol Honda riders – Jonathan Rea, Ruben Xaus and Makoto Tamada – are scheduled to start testing the new fly-by-wire system very soon, in Misano. The team has also confirmed that this new technology will be homologated for street use with the introduction of the 2012 CBR1000RR.

Friday, September 16, 2011

‘King’ Kenny Roberts takes us back to 1980

Kenny Roberts was King in 1980. He still is.
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A lot was happening back in 1980. Ronald Reagan was running a Presidential campaign in the US, NASA’s Voyager I space probe was getting close to Saturn, Pink Floyd, Olivia Newton-John, Michael Jackson, Lipps Inc., Elton John, Diana Ross, Billy Joel and Queen were making music, John Lennon was shot dead and Yoda and pals took on Darth Vader as The Empire Struck Back.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 announced
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The 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1, now with six-mode traction control

It seems Yamaha have decided they aren’t ready to take on the likes of the BMW S1000RR, Aprilia RSV4 Factory and Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja just yet. The company has announced the 2012 R1 and while the new bike does get traction control and ‘50th Anniversary colours,’ little else seems to have changed.

According to Yamaha, the 2012 YZF-R1 has been given a six-mode traction control system that has been developed in MotoGP. ‘The new TCS reinforces the rider’s trust in the bike’s abilities, enabling you to unleash its full potential at the flick of a switch,’ says a press release from Yamaha. ‘Equipped with a short-wheelbase Deltabox chassis, crossplane-crankshaft engine and high-tech electronic control systems, the breathtaking R1 is the embodiment of everything that we have learnt in MotoGP and WSB,’ it adds.



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