This attracting sight represents KTM’s RC8 R McWilliams replica, a machine produced in a limited number (100 units) both to honor Jeremy McWilliams, KTM’s racer in the IDM German Superbike Championship, and to offer club racers the possibility to get their hands on a machine that looks like nothing ordinary (not that the stock RC8 does, but this is yet another step forward).
Apart from the cool new livery, the KTM Club Racer kit includes an Akrapovic EVO4 full system, hi-lift cams and datalogging. The total number of break horsepower reaches 180, which is 10 bhp more than on the standard model.
Street legality is always the sacrifice in the quest for more power and that is why the KTM RC8 R McWilliams addresses to club racers. Sure, you can always convert it to road spec, but what’s the point in buying it if that’s the plan?
Aprilia has announced the launch of the RS125, RS50 and SR50 special edition Max Biaggi replicas. The two entry-level bikes and the small displacement scooter get the same paint schemes as on the Max Biaggi racing motorcycle, while remaining mechanically the same.
The Italian manufacturer does mention that the bikes will hit dealerships later this year, but doesn’t announce the prices.
Yoshimura uses the experience gained in AMA Superbike racing to create a limited edition Suzuki GSX-R1000. Features such as the high-lift cams, a quick shifter, numerous suspension upgrades and a full titanium-carbon exhaust are surely enough to help make an impression on the bike that comes as a clearly superior alternative to the recently unveiled Buell 1125RR racing motorcycle, which will compete in the AMA Superbike series.
The fact that the Buell motorcycle is not for sale to the general public determined Mat Mladin, former AMA Superbike Champion, to contest the AMA’s decision to let Buell’s turnkey racer compete in the series. As a contradiction to this fact, the Suzuki GSX-R1000RR is street-legal and also available to the public, which shows how racing experience always stands out when it all reduces to the facts/benefits.
Price and availability are yet to be announced, but those who miss their exemplar can very well built their own by simply buying the Yoshimura aftermarket parts and having them mounted on a standard Suzuki GSX-R1000.
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Ducati presented at Mazda Raceways Laguna Seca a new version of their middleweight supersport model. The 848 Nicky Hayden Edition was unveiled by the Ducati Star itself and it will be produced in a limited number of 100 units and sold only in the USA.
What sets this bike apart from the standard model is the special Hayden paintjob and the pilot’s autograph on the gas tank, but also the $14,495 price tag (only $500 more than what you would pay for the regular version).
This bike is the first Ducati to receive an official racing paint job as far as we can remember. It does look very good, but we prefer our Ducati plain red, away from the busy Japanese paint jobs.
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BMW Germany launches a limited edition version of the G 450 X model. Called Factory Replica, the bike is meant to celebrate BMW’s full-season participation in the World Enduro Championship (WEC) as well as the good results obtained in the German Cross Country Championship (GCC) and the third place in Erzberg Rodeo.
The Factory Replica features graphics that were inspired by the above mentioned competitions, but also a stainless steel Akrapovic silencer and an extra chain guard.
BMW fans of the respective competitions should start digging in their pockets for €8,759 ($12,260) because BMW offers the G 450 X Factory Replica starting July 15 and until September 30.
Christian Audigier has teamed up with Rever Corsa to create a special edition Ducati Monster 1100. The bike’s choice is anything but random. Given the fact that the fashion designer worked at a Lamborghini Murcielago and a Ferrari F430 Calavera in the past, the bike simply had to be made in Italy and what better choice than a new, big and red Monster model on which the dragon-tiger and gold paint to be applied.
The few but stylish touches of magic radically enhance the already consecrated Monster looks and show how unique style always comes at a cost. In this case, we’re talking about a $55,000 price tag for the limited edition Italian piece of motoring.
Arai has started to take orders for the barely released Haga Monza replica RX-7 GP helmets. A number of 200 units of the Drudi Performance design helmets will be made and they’re sure few, considering that Noriyuki Haga worn this model during the fifth round of the 2009 Superbike World championship earlier this month. Haga came in second in the first race, but bad luck struck in the second race when the pilot hit a bird and crashed shortly after.
Exceeding both ECE 22.05 and the upcoming Snell M2010 standards, Arai’s RX-7 GP is one of the safest helmets out there and the shell is made of structural net composite (SNC).
Because we know what state of mind this special edition 2009 Triumph Daytona 675
induces, we’ll resume to saying that only 350 examples will be sold in the US while Europe is sure to get a greater number as it has first been announced for sale on the old continent. White painted and built on a blue frame, this bike here is a great example of the exquisite British taste. Hell, it’s even better than the Italian one, if you ask me, as it addresses to the average buyer and starts at $9,999.
Because no Yamaha R1 fan is stranger to MotoGP, Yamaha Motor France offers, with the occasion of the Grand Prix of France (15-17 May), four limited edition replicas of the bikes raced by Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.
Featuring nothing special apart from the racing paintjobs and a corresponsive free replica helmet, the bikes come with a price of 19,990 euros which translates into US$26,600. Full story
A Ducati dealer in France was inspired by the Australian World Superbike Championship to create a limited edition Monster Bayliss Replica. Apart from the special paintjob, features such as the Termignoni carbon silencers and the multitude of carbon fiber units are there to enhance the racy look of the still naked bike. The price rises to as much as 15,900 euros or $20,600 because exclusivity always comes at a high price.