Saturday, March 22, 2014

Horex VR6 Cafe Racer 33 ltd. unveiled

At 33,333 euros, it certainly isn't cheap, but the Horex Cafe Racer's VR6 engine is unique in the world of motorcycling 

Horex have announced a new variant of their 1200cc six-cylinder motorcycle - the VR6 Cafe Racer 33 ltd. "The bike's purist design and cafe racer styling feature simple lines with high-energy ergonomics. The VR6 Cafe Racer 33 ltd. brings the 'Roaring 60s' era of sportbikes to life," says a press release from Horex, which adds that only 33 units of this cafe racer will be built.

With its 126-horsepower and 120Nm six-cylinder engine (more details of the 'VR' layout here), fully adjustable Öhlins 43mm FGRT upside-down fork and TTX 36 monoshock, milled-from-alloy clip-on handlebars, rearset footrests, covered tailpiece, black-anodized spoked wheels from Kineo and brown-silver paintwork, we think the Horex VR6 Cafe Racer 33 ltd. looks quite cool. The bike weighs 249 kilos dry, has a claimed top speed of 250km/h and carries a price tag of 33,333 euros.

Ducati Multistrada D-Air steps ahead with rider safety

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Ducati have announced the new Multistrada D-Air, which is the first production motorcycles that features a fully integrated wireless system that connects to Dainese airbag jackets - a significant step ahead in motorcycle rider safety.

Sensors built into the Multistrada’s electronics constantly monitor the bike's dynamics and, when subjected to what Ducati call "a genuine accident scenario," the D-Air system triggers airbag deployment for both rider and passenger jackets in just 45 milliseconds, thereby considerably reducing the risk of injury upon impact.

Developed by Ducati in collaboration with Dainese, the Multistrada's D-Air safety system complements the bike's ABS and traction control technologies, making motorcycling safer than ever before. We hope the D-Air system will also find its way to other motorcycles sometime soon.

In the meanwhile, the Ducati Multistrada D-Air will be available in European Ducati Dealerships from May 2014 onwards.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Honda NM4 Vultus: Mad Max meets Blade Runner

The Honda NM4 Vultus, because Honda are big enough to be able to do this without it having to make any sense

In what seems to be a Mad Max-meets-Blade Runner moment, Honda have unveiled the NM4 Vultus. “An identity not bound by standard motorcycle design, with strong echoes of futuristic bikes seen in Japanese movies. Created by a young design team, the NM4 Vultus brings radical style to the streets, with function from the future for a new breed of rider,” says a press release from Honda.

Created by a bunch of Honda designers in their 20s and early-30s, the NM4 Vultus has apparently been built to attract a new kind of rider, who may or may not know or care about things like the engine and the chassis, but who might be captivated by the NM4’s styling and its sheer cool. “Honda is a big company. It’s great that sometimes we make a certain machine simply because we can and because we want to, not because we should,” says Keita Mikura, project leader for the Vultus.

So what’s unique about the Vultus? Well, apart from the styling, it’s probably the digital dashboard that changes colour according to the riding mode selected, LED lights, an adjustable, multi-position flip-up pillion seat that also acts as a backrest for the rider, and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) that can also be operated in fully automatic, sport, and manual modes.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

2014 Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha YZR-M1 unveiled in Qatar

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Today, at the Losail Circuit in Doha, Qatar, Yamaha took the covers off their 2014 Movistar YZR-M1 and Valentino 'The Doctor' Rossi. "We have worked very hard in the testing to make some of my issues from last year better and we have found some really good speed. I have been able to be very competitive and been with the fastest riders during testing. We have a competitive bike to fight for the podium this weekend. I have a great feeling with the bike and I can’t wait to start the season," said Rossi. "We start the season in the best possible way, showing our fans a beautiful livery. Now we must do our best to collect good results on track," he added.

"One of our most important missions is to succeed in MotoGP, the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. We are now preparing for this year’s campaign, when we hope to capture the MotoGP championship. With superstars Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi on board, we expect to enjoy many fine performances by Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, ultimately leading to the championship," said Hiroyuki Yanagi, President, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Konica Minolta Honda CBR600RR: Greatest Pics

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Remember Shinya Nakano's 2007 Konica Minolta Honda RC212V MotoGP bike? In 2008, Honda released a special edition CBR600RR, which wore the Konica Minolta MotoGP livery and was available only in Japan. Priced at 1.17 million Yen, the bike weighed about 180 kilos and packed 120 horsepower. We loved it back then and now, when we recently came across these awesome pics of the bike on Flickr, we just had to share them here. Enjoy...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Racers Jason DiSalvo, Elena Myers go nuts on their Daytona 675R racebikes

Elena Myers sure as hell can ride a motorcycle!

Teammates Jason DiSalvo and Elena Myers develop a "friendly off-season rivalry" while preparing their Daytona 675Rs for the 2014 AMA Pro Racing GoPro Daytona SportBike series championship. Their pre-season testing at Alabama's Little Talladega Gran Prix Raceway makes for some pretty spectacular riding, including full-on rear-wheel drifts and giant wheelies. Pure entertainment... :-)

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Ducati Diavel gets updated engine, LED headlamp

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The new Ducati Diavel. There's still nothing else like it anywhere in the motorcycling world...

Ducati recently unveiled the new, 2014-spec Diavel at the Motodays show in Italy and the Motorräder Dortmund show in Germany. The new Diavel gets the latest version of Ducati's Testastretta 11° 'Dual Spark' L-Twin engine that produces 162 horsepower, a new exhaust system and a new full-LED headlamp. Of course, the bike still has its full suite of electronic rider aids - ABS, traction control and multiple riding modes that tailor power delivery to suit road and weather conditions.

Colour options for the new Ducati Diavel include red and matte carbon, with red frame, and white and matte carbon, with white frame. Black forged wheels from Marchesini are standard with both paint schemes. The new Diavel will be in Ducati showrooms worldwide from April 2014 onwards.



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