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BMW shows new 1000 supersport BMW S1000RR

April 16, 2008 BMW has applied a lot of resources to its F1 effort in the last two years and is reaping the improved brand values of the success of the BMW Sauber F1 team, which has closed the gap to Ferrari and McLaren at the pinnacle of motorsport. BMW Motorrad (motorcycles) is already in the middle of a broad-based model initiative, and it declared its hand last night in the toughest category of all – superbike territory. The company’s first entry into the area will be the S1000RR, a 1000cc four cylinder that looks a treat, at least based on the racing prototype shown overnight in Munich.  Read More

Chipkar's shielded seat

April 11, 2008 Are motorcyclists increasing the risk of prostate and colon cancer by exposing themselves to low frequency electromagnetic field (ELF EMF) radiation? The answer is yes according to Canadian inventor and author Randall Dale Chipkar, who has created a specially shielded motorcycle seat to minimize this potential danger.  Read More

Happy Birthday to the Quadbike - 25 this year

The Quadricycle has been around for more than 100 years, becoming temporarily extinct with the coming of the motorcar. Suzuki’s 1983 QuadRunner LT-125 (top left main pic) became the first four-wheeled ATV and revived the industry, offering a platform for sport, recreation and agricultural workers. So it’s a happy 25th birthday from us the modern quadbike (Suzuki's latest Quadsport Z400 pictured). Suzuki - which has regularly set new standards being the first with youth quads, sport quads, independent suspension, differential lock and the first with a race-ready motocross quad - is inviting all Suzuki ATV owners to join in the 25th Anniversary celebrations which will include five regional US-based ATV events.  Read More

Suzuki and Intelligent Energy commit to hydrogen motorcycle

Motorcyclists will no doubt remember the highly unconventional Suzuki Crosscage Hydrogen Concept bike from last November’s Tokyo Motor Show. The bike was developed in conjunction with British Intelligent Energy (the same folk who developed the ENV fuel cell motorcycle in 2005). Suzuki and IE this week executed a further development agreement which envisages the progression of their collaboration to commercially viable fuel cell motorcycles – it means that the Crosscage, or something quite like it, will appear in a showroom near you. Even more interesting though, is that IE’s home hydrogen generation plants appear the perfect partner for a fuel cell motorcycle – brew your own hydrogen.  Read More

KTM's RC8 superbike contender

March 20, 2008 World Superbike racing is about to get a serious shake-up in 2009, as new heavyweight contenders step into the ring from BMW, Aprilia and KTM. MV Agusta is ramping up its superbike racing in domestic competitions worldwide, and you'd have to suspect Triumph is cooking a three-cylinder litrebike up as well, after the runaway success of the 675 triple. In WSBK 2008, it seems the Ducati 1098S, the fastest Ducati ever with Australia's Troy Bayliss on board, is already standing out the bike to beat - and that's exactly the way KTM have approached the development of their 1148cc v-twin RC8 superbike, which weighs in, on both the scales and the dyno, as an absolute equal to the slippery Ducati.  Read More

MV Agusta and WallyPower create a limited edition 910R

March 6, 2008 Italian Motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta is to add two new limited addition versions of its new Brutale 910 R naked bikes in conjunction with two of Southern Europe’s most stylish design companies. The already announced Hydrogen Brutale 910 R, in conjunction with clothing manufacturer Hydrogen, will be joined by a Wally Brutale 910 R, both with a LOT of mid range, stunning visuals and elegant lines derived from the 910R version so much loved by the general public. Wally is the Monaco-based designer of outrageous luxury boats which has become a maritime design and manufacture icon since it was founded in 1994 by wealthy Italian yachtsman Luca Bassani.  Read More

MotoGP night race testing begins

February 28, 2008 For all the thrill of attending a Formula One (F1) or MotoGP event, the majority of the live spectators view the races on TV, and the majority of both sports’ income comes from television rights. F1 and MotoGP are both broadcast to more than 200 countries with Formula One attracting television fees of around US$380 million annually for a cumulative season audience of around 580 million unique viewers. In order to “optimize” television rights revenues, both sports are now moving to night Grands Prix in some time zones so the races can be broadcast live in prime time in the key European markets. The first night “test” begins today in Qatar and presents some interesting logistical problems for the teams.  Read More

Ducati debuts 1098R superbike with historic 1-2 victory

February 26, 2008 Ducati debuted its 1098 R Superbike in Qatar at the first round of the World Superbike Championship on the weekend, heralding the arrival of its truly landmark roadgoing sibling with a 1-2 victory administered by Troy Bayliss and Max Biaggi. The new 1098-based Ducati superbikes are, due to technical regulations, very similar to the US$47,000, roadgoing, 180 bhp,165kg,1098R which is the first bike available with traction control plus it comes with a rash of gear straight from the MotoGP Desmosedici GP8. Regardless of price, the bike is as close to a genuine winning world superbike as you’re ever likely to get.  Read More

Sidam's tilting Xnovo three-wheeler: scooter or micro-minivan?

February 26, 2008 Riding the wave of interest started by the Piaggio MP3 and Gilera Fuoco three-wheelers, French scooter importer Sidam is planning to try its luck with a new bike that turns the concept backwards. The Xnovo gives the tilting triangle wheelbase concept a much less fun, more utilitarian application than its Italian forebears, acting like a mini-minivan with huge carrying capacity, a hard roof, windscreen and twin driven rear wheels each on its own swingarm. And while it probably handles like a barge, the Xnovo may well find a niche as a traffic-busting courier/delivery vehicle.  Read More

Aprilia RSV4: road debut by the end of 2008

February 26, 2008 Aprilia has taken the wraps off the 1000cc, V-4 engined superbike it plans to race in the World Superbike Championship in the 2009 season in front of an audience of more than 1,200 dealers attending the International Piaggio Group Convention in Milan. The race version of Aprilia's first ever 4-cylinder engine is already making a claimed 207 horsepower - with more room yet for development potential - and the new bike is due to make its road debut by the end of 2008. The unique, compact four-cylinder 65 degree V engine configuration achieves peak power at 13,500rpm and uses a computer controlled fly-by-wire system similar to that found in the recent R1 and R6 Yamahas for controlling power output and traction.  Read More

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