Thursday, June 27, 2013

MotoGP Werks build the coolest bikes in the world

Chris Redpath, of MotoGP Werks, based in Anaheim in the US, seems to have built some of the coolest motorcycles in the whole world. Here, money does buy happiness. Lots and lots of it. Go on, take a look at these machines...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

2013 Ducati Hyperstrada vs KTM SMT

It's a battle between the tall boys as the 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada takes on the equally capable KTM 990 SMT. Which one do you think should win...?

Monday, June 24, 2013

Stunt-riding, 1980s style: Arto Nyquist struts his stuff on a Kawasaki Z1300

Finnish rider, Arto Nyquist, riding a big, heavy, six-cylinder Kawasaki Z1300 back in the 1980s, set the template that motorcycle stunt riders are following to this day...

Saturday, June 22, 2013

2014 Triumph Speed Triple: The Midas Touch

Yes, the new 'Caspian Blue' shade looks rather good on the 2014 Triumph Speed Triple and, no, Irina Shayk is not part of the standard accessories list...

Wannabe pretenders to the mighty Speed Triple's throne now have Triumph's "Midas touch" to deal with - the 2014 Speed Triple gets gold pinstripes on its wheels, and gold decals. Wham! Didn't see that coming, did you? And that's not all - Triumph are also lavishing the bike with a fly screen, belly pan, black exhaust heat shields, a clear tail-lamp and rubber tank pads, all of which are now standard fitment. Also, if you didn't like the earlier bike's black or white colours, the 2014 Speed Triple is available in a new colour - Matt Caspian Blue, which, according to Triumph, "reflects the bike's muscular character." The 1050cc three-cylinder 133bhp engine, chassis, suspension and brakes (including ABS) remain unchanged and the bike is now available for £9,599 in the UK.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

First official photograph of the 2015 Suzuki MotoGP bike revealed

Yes, that's the first official pic of the 2015 Suzuki MotoGP bike!

Suzuki have confirmed their return to MotoGP in 2015 and are already testing the prototype machine at the Catalunya circuit in Spain. Davide Brivio will the team manager for Suzuki's factory racing effort in MotoGP in 2015, while Randy De Puniet is development rider for the new 1000cc inline-four GP racer from Hamamatsu.

In the last four decades, Suzuki won six MotoGP world championships - 1976 and 1977 (Barry Sheene), 1981 (Marco Lucchinelli), 1982 (Franco Uncini), 1993 (Kevin Schwantz) and 2000 (Kenny Roberts Jr.) After the 2000 season, until the time they pulled out of MotoGP at the end of 2011, Suzuki were not very successful in MotoGP and how they'll fare with their comeback to the sport in 2015 is anybody's guess.

The press note from Suzuki, which announces the Company's return to MotoGP, also says the revived MotoGP project will help Suzuki towards development of future production models, which means the 2015 GSX-R1000 should really be something to watch out for!

Official video after the jump...

Friday, June 14, 2013

Judgement Day: The quest to find the best litre-class superbike of 2013

You want sexy styling and the power to stop planet Earth spinning on its axis? With these machines, you've got that and then some. For us, THIS is what motorcycling is all about. It's the 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R vs BMW HP4 vs MV Agusta F4RR vs Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC vs Kawasaki ZX-10R vs KTM RC8R. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

2014 Yamaha MT-09 triple is ‘The Dark Side of Japan’

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Lean and adequately powerful, the 2014 MT-09 is the first bike to get Yamaha's all-new 850cc three-cylinder engine. Should be fun to ride...

To be honest, we were rather hoping that Yamaha’s ‘Dark Side of Japan’ would be something truly insane. A naked YZF-R1, with a turbocharger bolted on, or maybe a supercharged VMAX…? But, no, the Dark Side is actually a bit more… subdued. It’s the all-new, 2014-model MT-09 (FZ-09 in the US), with a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled 850cc three-cylinder engine that pumps out 115 horsepower and 87Nm of torque, die-cast aluminium chassis and swingarm, naked, quasi-supermotard styling and an upright riding position that should be useful in the city. The bike weighs 188 kilos (wet weight), which is not bad at all.

The 2014 Yamaha MT-09 has a full complement of electronics (YCC-T, D-MODE, ABS etc.), a near horizontally-mounted monoshock at the back, 17-inch alloy wheels (shod with 120/70 and 180/55 rubber), 298mm brake discs at the front, wide handlebars, long and flat seat, a 14-litre fuel tank and a 3-into-1 exhaust system. Overall, the MT-09 is not too bad really – it should actually be fun to ride. And at £6,799 plus taxes in the UK ($7,990 for the FZ-09 in the US) it's good value too. But ‘The Dark Side of Japan’…? Really?

Official Yamaha MT-09 video after the jump...

Saturday, June 08, 2013

1973 F750 John Player Norton: The Rebirth

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The John Player Norton won the 1973 F750 TT at the Isle of Man. And now, you can have a bike that looks just like this legendary racebike. Won't be cheap though...

Four decades ago, Peter Williams went out on his John Player Norton racebike, which he designed and built himself, and won the F750 TT at the Isle of Man. And now, he’s back – with limited-edition replicas of the machine on which he won at the IoM back in 1973. Peter Williams Motorcycles (PWM) are now taking orders for replicas of the 1973 F750 TT-winning John Player Norton, just 25 units of which will be built, each carrying a price tag of £65,000.

In ’73, Peter’s original Norton Commando-based monocoque-framed racebike was able to lap the Isle of Man circuit at an average speed of 172km/h, not too bad for a bike powered by an ageing, air-cooled, push-rod parallel-twin. The new replicas will remain true to the original (four units of which were built 40 years ago…), with engines being built by Norton specialist Mick Hemmings, stainless steel monocoque chassis retaining the original’s specs and bits like cast magnesium wheels and forks having been created after referencing original 1970s drawings.

In addition to the JPN replica, PWM also have another machine in the works – a thoroughly modern sportsbike featuring a carbonfibre monocoque chassis. They’ve already produced the first prototype of that bike, working in collaboration with Lotus, and with further development, the bike might be put into low-volume production sometime soon. “Starting with the replicas of my 1973 TT-winning bike, we will show investors what we are capable of, and present collectors and enthusiasts with a unique opportunity. With the 40th anniversary of the TT victory, we have the ideal opportunity to bring the JPN replica to market – the designed-for-manufacture version will be of equal elegance and efficient function of the original JPN monocoque. As soon as we receive firm orders, we can press the button and the new bikes can be created,” says Peter.

More pics after the jump...

Friday, June 07, 2013

2013 Triumph Sprint GT SE announced, Thunderbird, Tiger Explorer and Street Triple get new colours

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Triumph motorcycles get minor updates and new colours for 2013

Triumph have ‘refreshed’ their line-up for 2013, with the Sprint GT getting new bits like heated grips, touring screen, gel seat and top box/back rest as standard. This mid-range touring bike also gets the SE moniker for good measure. With its 1050cc three-cylinder engine that produces 130bhp and 108Nm of torque, 320km range from a single tank of fuel, 117-litre luggage carrying capacity, easily adjustable rear suspension and standard ABS, the 2013 Sprint SE (priced at £8,999) may well be an attractive proposition for touring types.

Other bikes in the Triumph range – the 2013 Thunderbird (£11,149), Tiger Explorer (£11,199) and Street Triple (£6,999) – get new colours.

MV Agusta F3 800: High-res pics, video, specs, details

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The new MV Agusta F3 800, in all its 148bhp glory

According to MV Agusta, their new F3 800 offers “The exhilaration of a 1OOOcc superbike with the handling of a 600cc, the torque of a v-twin and the rev limit of a four-cylinder.” And indeed, with its 800cc three-cylinder engine, which produces 148 horsepower and 88Nm of torque, dry weight of 173 kilos, high-spec chassis and suspension, a full-blown electronics package that includes ABS and 8-level adjustable traction control, and a top speed of 269km/h, the new F3 800 may well be all the “superbike” anyone really needs.

We like the new F3 800 though we do wish MV had hired a new designer - the styling is getting a bit old and all their superbikes look almost exactly the same...

MV Agusta F3 800: Tech specs
Engine: Fuel-injected DOHC three-cylinder inline, 798cc
Power: 148bhp at 13,000rpm
Torque: 88Nm at 10,600rpm
Transmission: 6-speed, with slipper clutch
Tyres: Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa, 120/70-ZR17 (front), 180/55-ZR17 (rear)
Electronics package: Ride-by-wire throttle, 8-level traction control system
Chassis: Tubular steel trellis/cast aluminium plate hybrid, single-sided swingarm
Suspension: Fully adjustable 43mm Marzocchi fork, fully adjustable Sachs monoshock
Brakes: Twin 320mm discs (front) with 4-piston Brembo monobloc calipers, single 220mm disc (rear)
Fuel tank capacity: 16.5 litres
Dry weight: 173kg
Price: 13,990 euros

Video and more high-res pics after the jump...

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Jay Leno rides the 1939 Vincent HRD Series A Rapide

The Vincent HRD Series A Rapide could, apparently, hit a top speed of 170km/h. And that was in the late-1930s. They only built around 78 units of this machine, so it's also the rarest of high-performance Brit bikes. Jay Leno rides one...



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