Friday, December 25, 2015

£150,000 Honda RC213V-S finds first customer in the UK

Manchester-based Honda dealer, John Brown buys the world's first Honda RC213V-S

Earlier this week, Honda delivered their very first MotoGP-bike-for-the-street, the £150,000 RC213V-S, to a customer in the UK. John Brown, who owns and runs a Honda dealership in Manchester, and whose motorcycle collection already includes an RC30, VTR1000 SP1 and SP2, CBR900RR Fireblade and VF1000F, is now first guy in the world to own an RC213V-S. ‘It is a truly amazing opportunity to own a piece of HRC racing history. As soon as it went on sale I registered my interest on the website, and when I received the call from Honda to say my order was accepted it was a very special day for me,’ says John. ‘I joined my family business as a 17-year old and have been a Honda dealer ever since. My dealership has been one of the top-three in the UK for many years and the bike will be great with my existing collection,’ he adds.

Honda claim that the RC213V-S is the closest a customer can come to owning and riding the RC213V MotoGP machine ridden by the likes of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. The bike is hand-built in a specialist area of Honda’s factory in Kumamoto, Japan, and those interested in buying one can register their interest on

Monday, December 07, 2015

Italia Independent teams up with Ducati for limited-edition Scrambler

If you've always wanted a Ducati Scrambler with Copper-coloured wheels and frame, Italia Independent have made your wishes come true

Italian eyewear and fashion label, Italia Independent has teamed up with Ducati and the two companies have presented their first joint creation - a limited-edition Scrambler - at the Art Basel (a contemporary art exhibition) in Miami, in the US. Only 1,077 units of this bike will be built, each unit carrying the Italia Independent logo on the fuel tank and leather seat.

Inspired by cafè racers of the 1970s, the Ducati Scrambler Italia Independent gets a black-finished engine with brushed cylinder-head fins and visible machining, black exhaust with Termignoni silencer, low handlebars with aluminium rear-view mirrors mounted on the ends and Copper-coloured chassis and wheels. The entire bike is painted matt black. And just in case you do decide to buy one, Italia Independent have also created a special pair of dark black Ducati Scrambler sunglasses, with with rubber surface treatment and mirrored copper-coloured lenses. After all, if you're riding an Italian-designed limited-edition Ducati, you've got to be wearing matching Italian sunglasses, right?

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

2016 Honda CBR650F, CB650F get new colours, remain all-around competent as ever

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Not the most exciting bikes around, but the CBR650F looks good and performance too should be just about okay

The fully-faired Honda CBR650F and its naked brother, the CB650F (notice the missing 'R' in the latter's name...) are definitely not the most exciting motorcycles on the planet, but are certainly practical and moderately good looking, with a certain amount of all-around capability that many riders love and appreciate. For 2016, Honda have given minor updates and new paintjobs to both bikes, which should be sufficient to keep Big Red's cash registers ringing.

"The CBR650F is designed to conquer corners with ease and also be great around town. It offers a sporting edge but makes no compromise to rider lifestyle, and is a real pleasure to look at. More and more of our customers, novice or veteran, are drawn to such a distinct identity and riding feel and it gives me great pleasure to welcome them to Honda’s newest CBR," says Teishiro Goto, Honda's 'Large Project Leader' for the CBR650F.

Indeed, the CBR650F's tuned-for-torque, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, 649cc four-cylinder engine has been optimised for low- to mid-range power delivery, with crisp, clean acceleration at low to medium speeds, while the bike's twin-spar chassis, which is made of steel, and aluminium swingarm, ensure near sportsbike-spec handling in the twisties. The CBR650F's 41mm telescopic fork, rear monoshock, newly designed six-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels (wearing 120/70 and 180/55 radial tyres), twin 320mm brake discs at front and dual-channel ABS as standard mean that all the right bits are present and accounted for. There's definitely no cutting-edge stuff here, but with 86bhp and 63Nm from that 4-pot engine, a good rider should still be able to have some fun on the CBR650F, which has a kerb weight of 211 kilos. With 21kpl in terms of fuel efficiency and a 350km range on one full tank of fuel, the practical bits are also taken care of.

Aurora Hellfire OZ26 is a V8-engined, 417-horsepower 'ultrabike' with a top speed of more than 340kph

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With more power than a Porsche 911, the V8-engined Aurora Hellfire OZ26 is your neighbour's Hayabusa's or ZX-14R's worst nightmare come true

Vincent Messina, an Australian engineer and former superbikes and sidecars racer, who's currently based in Thailand, is apparently not the kind of guy who'd be happy with a regular 180-200bhp Suzuki Hayabusa or Kawasaki ZX-14R. So, of course, he's gone ahead and built a brand-new custom-designed motorcycle - the Aurora Hellfire OZ26 - which is powered by a 2,575cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-valves-per-cylinder V8 engine. More powerful than a new Porsche 911 Carrera (which makes do with a meagre 370bhp), the Aurora Hellfire's V8 engine produces 417 horsepower at 9,500rpm and 319Nm of torque at 7,000 revs. Top speed is in excess of 340kph and while no acceleration figures are quoted, we wouldn't be surprised if the bike (which weighs 265kg, dry) is capable of doing the quarter mile in about 9 seconds. Vincent hopes to produce the Hellfire V8 in limited numbers at a state-of-the-art production facility in Thailand in 2016.

Apart from its V8 engine, the Aurora Hellfire bristles with innovation in other areas as well. At the front, the conventional USD fork has given way to a Hossack-type double-wishbone setup (somewhat similar to the Britten V1000's front end), with a one-piece carbonfibre upright and billet alloy framework holding an electronically adjustable Ohlins TTX shock. This setup provides the benefits of reduced unsprung weight, compression and rebound damping are electronically adjustable on the move, and anti-dive characteristics are built in with Hossack-type unit. At the rear, too, the conventional monoshock/swingarm combo has given way to a multi-link setup, which is supposed to provide anti-squat characteristics, which help boost stability and traction under hard acceleration. And with 400+ bhp, we suppose you'd need that, right?

The Aurora Hellfire ">V8 is also packed with electronics, including ride-by-wire throttle control, multiple riding modes (sport, touring, wet and custom), 10-level traction control, a Motec M1 ECU and Motec C127 colour display instrumentation. The five-speed transmission can either be operated by foot or via handlebar-mounted buttons. At the front, twin carbon-ceramic brake discs are gripped by Brembo GP4RX four-piston radial-mount calipers and ABS is standard. The bike rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels, shod with 120/70 (front) and 190/50 (rear) ZR-rated tyres.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

2016 Yamaha FJR1300 gets a slipper clutch, 6-speed transmission, LED headlamp

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The 2016 Yamaha FJR1300, a 146bhp sports-tourer that's fast and all-around capable

Since the time when the FJR1300 sports-tourer was first launched, fifteen years ago, Yamaha have sold more than 60,000 units of the bike in Europe alone. For 2016, the FJR has been updated yet again, with an all-new 6-speed transmission that provides improved acceleration, a new slipper clutch that's easier to operate and which provides smoother downshifts, four-LED headlight assembly, updated instrument panel and a new matt-silver colour option.

The FJR1300's 1298cc inline-four remains unchanged, and still delivers an impressive 146 horsepower and 138Nm of torque, allowing the bike to be ridden hard and fast all day long. The FJR1300AE and 1300AS models also get adaptive cornering lights, which illuminate the road as the bike starts to lean into a bend. Three LEDs, located above each of the twin-eye headlights, are illuminated in succession when the bike's "Inertial Measurement Unit" (IMU) detects that the motorcycle is banking over. Reflectors are positioned between each of the cornering lights in order to project the right amount of light on to the road. At low banking angles, the innermost pair of LEDs are automatically turned on, and as the bike's lean angle increases the middle pair illuminate, followed by the outer pair of lights when the bank angle becomes more extreme.

In a nod towards advanced rider safety, the 2016 Yamaha FJR1300 is fully compatible with the Dainese D-Air Street system, which consists of a range of sensors, connectors, display and brackets, combined with a D-Air jacket, which deploys an airbag in the event of a crash/collision. This, along with a the FJR's clean, quiet shaft-drive system, electronically adjustable suspension, electronically adjustable windscreen, switchable traction control system, ABS, cruise control, 25-litre fuel tank, sidecases and heated grips etc. ensure that the FJR is now more suited than ever before for long-distance sport-touring.



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