Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Kawasaki's 2008 Ninja ZX-10R


Kawasaki's site features details on the 2008 Ninja ZX-10R.

According to Kawasaki...

Engineers aimed for an ideal superbike with engine and chassis performance capable of satisfying professional racers, combined with top-notch streetbike qualities for mainstream riders. It’s a delicate balance, but these aren’t your average engineers. They’ve been directly involved in the development of every 600 and 1000cc supersport machine since the 2003 Ninja ZX-6R, plus Kawasaki’s factory Superbike racing efforts, so they have the know-how to deliver the goods.

The result is an exceptionally communicative machine that provides the clean two-way rider and machine dialog demanded by professional racers. Placing the ZX-10R in the racing crucible and applying lessons from that unforgiving environment resulted in an ideal balance to satisfy the most demanding of riders.
Source: Kawasaki.com

Monday, September 24, 2007

KTM RC8 Superbike soon to be revealed

After years in development and testing, KTM's 1150cc RC8 superbike is set to be revealed at the Milan Motorcycle Expo.

While the real bike is still under wraps, KTM does offer clues on the RC8 preview site, offering videos aerodynamic tests and sketches of concept art.


The Engine for the 1150cc RC8 will appear in another bike to be released in 2009 called the Venom.

The RC8 will have a chance to prove itself on the racetrack. Rules for world superbike racing in 2009 will allow bikes, like the RC8, equipped with maximum 1200cc twins to race against 1000cc inline-four superbikes.

Source: Gizmag.com

Honda concept bikes for the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show

Honda has released pictures of concept bikes showing at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show 2007 to be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan from Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, November 11, 2007.

Honda's site reports that Honda’s motorcycle exhibition will feature World Premiere concept models (prototype), pre-launch models, and a comprehensive line-up of other motorcycles and advanced environmental and safety technologies.

One of the concept bikes to appear at the Tokyo Motor Show will be the EVO6 concept bike.


Wired's Autopia blog says about the EV06...

"The bike uses a version of the 1832-cc horizontally opposed six-cylinder powerplant from Honda's big Gold Wing touring bike. But expect the EVO6 version of the engine to belt out a good deal more than the Gold Wing's 118 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque."




Source: Autopia and Honda.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Grant Langston rides Yamaha's 2008 YZ405F to 2007 AMA Championship

Yamaha's web site features details on Yamaha Factory Racing's Grant Langston and the 2008 YZ405F he rode to #1 for the 2007 AMA Championship.


According to Yamaha's Site...

Yamaha Factory Racing's Grant Langston has put Yamaha back on top of AMA Motocross for the first time since 1998 by winning the 2007 championship with a stunning pair of rides in San Bernadino, California, on Sunday, September 9. He flew his 2008 YZ450F to a win in the first moto and played it smart in the second to take a third-place finish, the overall win, and the historic title. Langston now has the personal distinction of holding AMA Motocross and Motocross Lites titles as well as a world MX2 title.
This is great news for Yamaha as they promote the 2008 YZ405F. For 2008, the the five-titanium-valved YZ405F features chassis and engine refinements, subtle modifications to the aluminum frame and suspension and new head and exhaust design for low- to midrange power without losing top end power.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Yamaha 2008 YZF-R6



Yamaha's web site now features pictures and details about the 2008 YZF-R6 on their website.

According to Yamaha's site, new features include a magnesium subframe that removes weight from the rear of the motorcycle, allowing more precise turn-in, greater corner speed, and tighter exits.

Yamaha moved the rider and bars forward and slightly lower to enhance braking and turn-in performance.