RC8 in production form KTM has shown a production version of the 1190 RC8 superbike at Milan. Seen in prototype form a few years ago, the new bike is equipped with an 1149 cc motor that pumps out a claimed 155 hp. The RC8 gets a steel trellis frame with cast aluminum subframe, USD forks, … Continue reading KTM RC8 superbike
1098R gets more power and less weight. More Ducati news from the Milan show includes the new 1098R – a tuned up 1098 with an 8 kg weight loss over the standard 1098 to boot. Ducati claim that this makes the 1098R the most powerful and lightest twin ever built by them. Max claimed power … Continue reading Ducati 1098R
848 gets additional 100cc and 1098 styling. Ducati’s middleweight sports model has grown up this year, with a boost in displacement to 849.4 cc and a 30 per cent increase in maximum power. The 848, revealed this week in Milan, has also lost weight compared to the 749, down 20 kg for a total dry … Continue reading Ducati 848
Monster 696 gets more power With more muscle and a convertible wardrobe, Ducati’s Monster 696 enters 2008 ready to defend its status as a member of the famiglia Naked Bike numero uno. The new 696 cc air-cooled motor produces 9 per cent more horsepower (now 80) and 11 per cent more torque (50.6 lb-ft) than … Continue reading Ducati Monster 696
Top: F800GS (with optional luggage) Middle: F650GS Bottom: G450X Enduro BMW’s much-lauded F800 will be shown in GS dual-purpose format at the Milan Motorcycle Show later this week. The new F800GS takes its styling cues from the R1200GS and uses the parallel twin motor as seen in earlier F800 models, and comes with long suspension, … Continue reading BMW release new models
Rossi has the Michelin techs line up and explain the tire issues. credit:motogp.com It’s official … Valentino Rossi will be on Bridgestone tires for 2008. A press release from the Fiat Yamaha team after the Valencia race stated that world 250 champ Jorge Lorenzo will be joining Rossi on the factory team, only he will … Continue reading Rossi to run Bridgestone
Simone Grotzkyj gets bagged. credit: motogp.com An airbag system for racers, developed by Dainese, was put to the test on Saturday at Valencia when Simone Grotzkyj crashed during a 125 practice session. The Dainese D-air is a portable airbag worn by the rider and equipped with electronics in a compartment which takes the place of … Continue reading Now crashing is fun!
Pedrosa (middle) clinches second in championship Repsol Honda and the Spanish corporate hope for the future, Dani Pedrosa, took victory in the last Moto GP of 2007 at Valencia, in front of the usual hysterically supportive home-town crowd. Casey Stoner and his Marlboro Ducati, who clinched the title three races ago, took a hard-fought second, … Continue reading Moto GP ? Valencia final
The time traveler deluxe. Now, they do build them like they used to! Old School Motorcycles is a new Vancouver area shop that builds motorcycles in the style of old Harley-Davidsons and Indian Chiefs, but with modern upgrades like electronic ignition and five- or six-speed gearboxes. Owner Simone Sorriento says he did about 10 years … Continue reading Oh, you knucklehead!
"Buh .. Ohh .. Nuh … Oh". You know the man, and you know the bike. Now you can buy one of them … signed by the other. Bono’s signed Ducati 916 (previously owned by Michael Hutchence of INXS and U2 bassist Adam Clayton) will be auctioned off for the benefit of Riders for Health, … Continue reading Bono?s 916 up for grabs