Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Aprilia RSV 4 Race Machine is unveiled

Here are images of the new Aprilia RSV 4 Race Machine, unveiled during the Piaggio Group Convention in Milan.

Pictured with the RSV 4 are Aprilia CEO Mr. LeoFrancesco Mercanti (left), and Luigi Dall’Igna (right), the head of Aprilia racing Technical Department.

According to the Aprilia...

The Aprilia RSV 4 is driven by the most revolutionary and powerful engine ever built by Aprilia. A four-cylinder one litre 65° V engine - a layout making it unique among all the world's production engines - in which the most sophisticated engine engineering is combined with top quality materials and the most advanced electronic control technology.

The Aprilia engine in fact uses integral ride-by-wire technology, opening up new frontiers in managing such a powerful engine, with almost infinite possibilities for controlling power output and traction.

Source: Aprilia

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Vectrix Electric Motorcycle: The Greenest Ride in the World


While most motorcycles like to have a reputation for being tough, Vectrix electric motorcycles are trying to build a reputation for being gentle...to the planet that is.

According to the Vectrix site...

The Vectrix is the first high-performance electric motorcycle with performance and style along with a clean, efficient, electric motor.

The Vectrix offers all the benefits of a traditional gasoline-powered two wheeler but without the noise, pollution, expensive maintenance, oil changes, and expensive trips to the gas station. Vectrix is engineered to provide an eco-friendly, powerful alternative for commuting and recreational needs, Vectrix has superior handling.

With the Vectrix motorcycle you’ll be free to move, free from traffic jams, free from oil changes, free from rising gas prices, free from pollution, and free from guilt about damaging the planet.

The city of Sacramento is planning to use the Vectrix for parking enforcement. Getting a parking ticket has never been so Earth friendly.

The City of Sacramento will be hosting a press conference to announce their latest initiative towards sustainability, The Vectrix Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV).

This fully electric, highway legal, zero-emission motorcycle will be used by the City of Sacramento's Department of Transportation for Parking Enforcement and by the Police Department as part of their fleet. The Vectrix ZEV will be on-site to test drive with knowledgeable representatives to answer questions and take interviews.


Source: Vectrix Motorcycles

Friday, February 15, 2008

Collection of historic Harleys featured at Indiana Harley-Davidson dealer

The Evansville Courier Press features a story on a collection of historic Harley-Davidson bikes on display at an Indiana Harley dealership.

The collection started with one bike owned by Bud Burnett, the founder of Bud's Harley-Davidson, and now has grown to over a dozen bikes, ranging from a 1912 Harley-Davidson with a single stroke engine to Harleys from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

Source: The Evansville Courier Press

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Ducati Monster 696 now comes in choice of colors

If the Ducati Monster 696 wasn't cool enough as cutting edge naked bike, now it comes in a choice of colors.

According to Ducati...

Following the world unveiling at the last Milan Motorcycle Show (EICMA07), the new Monster 696 reveals its two new colour schemes just a few weeks from its arrival on the market.

In addition to the ‘Ducati red’, the Monster 696 will also be available from April 2008 in the new ‘pearl white’ and traditional ‘matte-black’ or ‘dark’.

‘Pearl white’, already featured on other highly successful Ducati models like the Superbike 848, emphasizes the muscular lines of the Monster 696 which contrast sharply with the seat, sub-frame and Hybrid-Trellis frame. The ‘dark’ version demonstrates how the Monster silhouette remains totally uncompromised by centralising the bike’s volumes and masses. Both colours are complemented perfectly by black wheels and frames.

The new Ducati Monster 696 best identifies the next generation of naked bikes. It is a bike that perfectly combines fun and excitement in any type of environment – relaxed in the city, but at the same time ready to unleash its sport character with top performance.


Refined style and design are the clear motivations behind the new Monster and the continued perfection of the Desmo engine ensures that its ‘saint and sinner’ image will impress any rider. A comfortable and confidence-inspiring chassis combines with the famously smooth and powerful Ducati L-Twin engine to provide the most enjoyable riding experience. The balance of new technologies expressed in stylishly finished materials is shaped around the original cool Monster heritage.

Maintaining the unique style and character built on 15 years of world-wide success, the Monster now moves forward into a new era.

Source: Ducati

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Rockhard helmets protect riders against the wrong type of headbanging

Headbanging is something you want to do during a rock concert, not on the pavement. With Rockhard Helmets, you can pay tribute to your favorite rock group and protect your noggin while riding.

According to Rockhard Helmets...

ROCKHARD Helmets is the ultimate expression in the purest form. Each helmet is produced with exclusive graphics personally approved by the World’s greatest music artists and pop culture icons. 300+ Music Icons! Each helmet is produced in limited qty with each actual helmet certified and numbered and with its own Certificate of Authenticity. Once they are gone, they are GONE!

Helmets are available in 3 unique different shells. Full Face Street, Off Road Dirt and Half Shell (Harley style). Each Helmet passes the highest safety standards from around the world and is certified with such standards in each country in which they are sold. These standards include DOT, SNELL, Australia, EU, Japan and ECE. Each helmet is produced with the finest in materials and is made with the most comfortable liners for a perfect fit every ride.

These graphics are exclusively licensed worldwide.

ROCKHARD shall introduce 5-7 limited edition graphics two to three times per year. Again, once they are gone, they are gone. The First artists on tour are as follows;
AC/DC, KISS, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, SLAYER and HUSTLER.

Source: ROCKHARD Helmets

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Ducati 1098 R - The lightest, most powerful twin-cylinder bike ever


After much anticipation, here are images of the 1098R superbike from Ducati.

According to Ducati...

The 1098 R is the ultimate Superbike. The most advanced, most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle ever built, with the highest torque-to-weight ratio in the sport bike category. It is the product of a team of designers and engineers focussed on one objective only – to win.

The ‘R’ is a race bike, pure and simple. Its competition specification and superior components together with advanced electronics and race-proven chassis technology deliver a level of performance that empowers you with confidence and capability.


World Superbike rule changes mean that the road-going ‘R’ version is closer than ever to the factory race bike. The 1098 R is not a replica - it’s the real deal. An incredible 180 hp L-Twin Testastretta Evoluzione engine in a race-winning Trellis chassis set-up tips the scales at an unbelievably lightweight 165 kg (364 lbs) and comes with a race kit that introduces Ducati Corse’s world championship winning traction control system.

Once again, Ducati raises the bar and sets the world standard for sport bikes while turning the heads and racing the hearts of enthusiasts throughout the world.


1098 Technology: Trademark Ducati features like the high tail section, compact front end, twin under-seat silencers and single-sided swingarm are just some of the features that turned the 1098 models into an instant award-winning success. When launched in November 2006, the 1098 and 1098 S introduced a number of ‘firsts’ for Ducati and production sport bike design. It was the first production motorcycle to have the amazing stopping power of Brembo Monobloc brakes, the first to have a data acquisition system integrated as standard equipment and the first to use an ingenious construction method for its weight-saving single-sided swingarm. More ‘firsts’ for a road-going Ducati included the direct application of MotoGP technology, like the power producing GP6-derived elliptical throttle bodies and the use of the information-rich instrumentation originally developed for the World Championship-winning Desmosedici GP7.


The ‘R’ version of the 1098 is not only the flagship of the Superbike family, but also the platform on which the very latest Ducati Corse technologies are expressed in street bike form. The 1098 R takes all the original 1098 features, reduces weight even further and adds an extra 20 horsepower, traction control, sand-cast crankcases, titanium valves and con-rods, TTXR rear suspension and much more to produce the most awesome performance ever seen in this category.


The 1098 R comes with a race kit, which is intended for track use only, boosting power output from 180 to approximately 186 hp. The kit consists of a 102dB carbon fibre slip-on muffler kit by Termignoni and a dedicated ECU. The ECU not only has reconfigured mapping to suit the racing mufflers, but also initiates the system dialogue that controls the DTC (Ducati Traction Control) system. The 1098 R is the first ever production bike to be fitted with a true competition-level traction control.



Source: Ducati