Vyrus 984: The Ultimate Edition

Over the years, Vyrus have carved a niche for themselves in the rarefied world of exotic two-wheels.

Famous for their futuristic hub-center steering set-ups, that are reminiscent of the Bimota Tesi 3D, these alien-looking creatures are powered by a state-of-the-art 992cc Ducati DesmoDue motor. Now, the 984 Ultimate Edition ups the desirability factor even higher and drops the dry weight of the already-light 984 to a mere 144kg.

The 984 Ultimate Edition has been carved from carbon fiber, and sports an even sharper look to the original. As in the Ducati 1199 Panigale, the front portion of the engine is built directly off the engine cylinder heads and serves double-duty as the motorcycle’s airbox, saving a lot of weight.

The Vyrus 984 also sports carbon disc brakes, magnesium case covers, Öhlins TTX suspension and an upside down aluminum box frame swingarm as standard. And since the bike has been designed from the ground up with the track in mind, it also gets a hi-tech traction control and data-logging system. The price of all this exclusivity? We don’t know yet, but trust us, it ain’t gonna be anywhere near cheap.

Vespa 946 wins ‘Best-in-show-award’ at EICMA 2012

Motorcycle shows are a platform to showcase technological prowess and design flair

However, it took a killer combination of the two – in the form of the new Vespa 946 – to be ranked as ‘Best-In-Class’ at the 2012 EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy.

The 946 is based on the iconic MP6 from the WWII era. Design accolades apart, the 946 is a showcase of technological strengths – a true steel monocoque chassis with aluminum accents, a 125cc four-stroke three-valve single-cylinder producing 11.1PS, and no compromise on the fuel-efficiency front with a claimed mileage of nearly 130mpg, and a full-LED headlight. Class-first features include ABS braking and ASR traction control.

The scooter’s combination of maxi-scooter features in the traditional scooter segment plus a universally-appealing design aesthetic is expected to make it yet another successful model for Vespa. Pricing will be key though, as Vespa offerings often command a premium over competing models from Japanese manufacturers.

Honda all set to take the V4 way

After years of speculation Honda have finally spilled the beans on a new unnamed motorcycle sporting a V4.

Honda have finally confirmed that they are in plans to manufacture a MotoGP inspired motorcycle, aptly named as the Honda RC123. The motorcycle will sport a 1,000cc V4 mill and it will based completely on the RC123V race bike, a bit similar to the VFR750R. This street legal version is a full-fledged RC123V, albeit without the pneumatic valves, seamless gearbox and other techno trick bits. Dave Hancock, Honda Motor Europe’s Head of Product Planning & Business Development, has stated that this MotoGP “inspired” street bike will burn a hole in your wallet by £80,000 (INR 70 Lakh approx).

Hmm, thats quite a whooping price tag, but ask a true blue Honda fan, and he’ll say, “Hell! That’s going in my collection”. Blame it on the Japanese we say, who will offer the RC123V like a nuke’ which is surely going to change the MotoGP-Street bike landscape for ever. Still in its blueprint stage, this motorcycle is already causing quite a storm! And well if that’s not all Honda have also revealed their next variant of the iconic Goldwing. The new Goldwing F6B is an all new stripped down version which makes the Honda big boy sharp, sleek and light! Aimed at the US market, the new Goldwing is been stripped down by almost 28kg than a standard one. The future of dreams seems very bright for Honda.

 

Update: Japanese magazine Young Machine has published an artist’s impressions of what the Honda sportsbike might look like. Since the entire text there is in Japanese – and we really don’t know any Japanese except for ‘arigato’ and ‘sayonara’ – we haven’t been able to gather much from the article but, apparently, the new bike will be named the RCV1.

Brutus, the Beefcake

The world of motorcycles never cease to amaze us. With the passing of time, more radical & more wicked concepts keeps on coming.

At the on-going EICMA show, the most bad-ass creation on two wheels is some what of a half-ATV, half-mototrcycle. Bikers, we give you the brain child of acclaimed Lambretta designer, Alessandro Tatarini’s monster, the ‘Brutus Motorcycle Concept’. This monster on two-wheels has gone to where no other motorcycle dare dream to. Housing a massive 750cc water cooled single cylinder engine it produces around 50PS of power. This humongous engine has been paired up with a CTV transmission which is mated with 14” Maxxis Big Horn wheels!

Certainly the ‘Big Foot’ of the biking world, the most surprising element on this big boy has to be its one-wheel drive unit. And yes, that’s not all, expect this mammoth ride to be a production model later this year, with public availability in Spring 2013. The Brutus will come with a whole arsenal of crazy options, which include sidecar, ski, and fire-fighting configurations! Wow this monster-truck on two wheels is certainly one for ‘Chuck Norris’ wannabes.

Linkin Park inspired Honda CBR250R

This year on the 11th Annual Honda Tour in the USA, Linkin Park was chosen to design a Honda CBR250R motorcycle.

The band decided to use the artwork from their new album, ‘Living Things’ as the inspiration for the motorcycles design. This customized new Linkin Park edition Honda CBR250R, worth almost $11,000(Rs. 6.3 lakh), is the 1st place prize for winning a sweepstakes competition held by Honda.

Representatives from Honda said, “Linkin Park’s signature style is all over this motorcycle. The professionals at Santini Paint & Body showed off their mad airbrushing skills and made this bike look like nothing else anyone’s ever seen on the road.” Airbrush masters Santini Paint & Body depicted the idea of shedding skin and revealing the innate glow inside. Besides the new paint job, there are no mechanical changes to the motorcycle. Unfortunately this contest is valid only for US residents, but hopefully Honda can have a similar type of contest and get an iconic Indian band to customise the bike – the Indian way.

Bimota unveil 2013 lineup at EICMA

Italian motorcycle marquee Bimota who have some of the most exquisite motorcycles in the world today, have unveiled their latest works of art at the ongoing EICMA show.

The Italian master craftsmen have revealed their 2013 lineup in the form of 7 new offerings. Yes, that is correct, seven new offerings. Leading the lineup is the BB2 sports bike which has an retro looks infused with modern technology – like a BMW S1000R has mated with a Ducati from the early 1990s. Next in line is the DBx motocross bike which is specially catered for those who want to have fun in the dirt, mud & muck, a complete enduro racer. The Tesi 3D Naked offering from Bimota is simply something out of this world, sporting a single front swing arm & a hub center steering, in a nut shell, pure Alien!

Also adding to the already jaw dropping lineup are the DB8 & DB9 motorcycles which are draped in Italian colours, something for the patriots we guess. The DB10R is the hooligan of the group, this Ducati Hypermotard based racer is all about pure adrenaline & madness and sports a 1078cc beast of an engine. The last piece of the puzzle is the DB11 sporting a Ducati 1198cc mill and is super sports personified. Sleek, sharp & sexy, Bimota have struck the motorcycle world by storm big time, with such an arsenal of amazing bikes I think I am in love again with Italy.

KTM 390 Duke revealed

Amid bated breath from show-goers, KTM have unveiled the new 390 Duke at the ongoing EICMA show, and details from the press briefing provide more information on what to expect ffrom this pocket rocket from Austria.

The bike will have a 373.2cc single-cylinder engine with the same chassis as the 125 Duke and the 200 Duke. The short-stroke cylinder (89mm x 60mm) has a max power output of 43.5PS at 9,500RPM and max torque of 35Nm at 7,250RPM. The bike also features a six-speed manual transmission, WP suspension, Brembo brakes, and optional Bosch ABS.

The bike falls into the A2 licensing system of Europe and will compete with the Honda CBR500R and the Kawasaki Ninja 300. It will be built in India by KTM’s minority shareholder Bajaj Auto and is expected to be launched in India in early 2013, with parts and technology likely to be seen in future Pulsars from Bajaj.

2013 Honda CBR500R officially unveiled

Just like Korean rapper PSY’s viral hit on YouTube, ‘Gangnam Style’, the CBR500R is currently the most talked about set of wheels in biking circles currently.

Honda have officially unveiled the specs & price of this 500cc liquid cooled baby CBR which is stated to hit the US market pretty soon. The baby CBR is all set to roar with an all new fuel injected parallel twin 500cc liquid cooled engine, capable of producing 54.7PS of power. Adding to the CBR’s arsenal of drool are an all-new set of petal disc brakes on both wheels, a monoshock rear shock absorber, new alloy wheels, new twin slat headlamp design, a new exhaust muffler and fatter tyres at the front and rear.

Sources at Honda have hinted that the CBR500R might follow its siblings, the 1000RR and the 250R in coming to the Indian market. Well we are keeping our fingers crossed as of now. Given that the CBR250R is already being manufactured in India – plus with the increase in competition with the likes of the 390 Duke – it is possible that the 500R’s next possible destination might strongly be India. The 2013 Honda CBR500R will sell for about $5,999 approx or $1,800 more than the smaller engined CBR250R in the US Market. To put it in an Indian perspective, about a lakh rupees higher than the CBR250R. Honda have also finally revealed the much-needed upgrade to the CBR600RR for 2013. No info has been provided regarding technical changes as such, but the motorcycle gets a comprehensive makeover as part of Honda’s 5th anniversary celebrations of the CBR600RR.

2012 Aprilia Caponord 1200 images leaked

Looks like all the manufacturers are playing peek-a-boo with the enthusiast before EICMA show which is scheduled next week.

Aprilia have released the first official pictures of their new 2012 Aprilia Caponord sports tourer. The Caponord shares its chassis with the Dorsoduro 1200, while it also incorporates the semi-faired front end of the RSV4. This new sports tourer will be the Noale-based brand’s big offering for the adventure-touring market of Europe. Well, the Coponord is introduced to compete with the likes of the Ducati Multistrada and the KTM 1190 Adventure.

The bike is loaded with techno-bits like selectable fuel mapping, traction control, and ABS brakes and also features 17″ wheels at both ends. The Caponord 1200 has all the basic amenities you would expect in an increasingly competitive adventure bike market, and if rumors are to be believed, the Italian marquee will offer the Caponord with semi-active suspension as well.

Although majority of the features related to the bike’s engine and other important elements have been kept under wraps till EICMA, it will be quite interesting to see how the 2012 Aprilia Caponord 1200 will fare in the Adventure-touring market of Europe.

KTM tease enthusiasts with 390 Duke audio clip

Austrian motorcycle heavyweights KTM have stated that the upcoming EICMA event is very important to them, with the likes of the 390 Duke & 1190 Super Duke to be unveiled at the event.

Both these ‘Orange Maniacs’ are ready to take the streets by storm. The 390 Duke will feature a 373cc single-cylinder engine, while the bigger and badder 1190 Super Duke will get a de-tuned version of the KTM RC8 V-twin mill.

Well, looks like KTM wants to bring Christmas quite early for their fans and other bike enthusiasts. KTM’s official blog has released an audio clip of one of the bike’s exhaust note, and we’re pretty sure that it belongs to the smaller 390 Duke. Hit the link to listen to or download the sonorous burble of this single cylinder screamer and stay tuned for more updates on the same.

Source: KTM Blog