Few photographers are capable of creating as vivid and artistic an image as Elizabeth Raab. Never afraid to draw inspiration from the artwork that is the human body, Raab has crafted an impressive portfolio of photographs shot with meticulous detail and artistic vision.
While the appreciation of artistic photographs like Raab’s lends itself to a certain demographic, the same can also be said for motorcycles. It’s not for everybody’s taste and palette, but those that hold a deep affection for motorcycles will attest that just like the human body, the various forms of interpretation on what a bike is going to look like is an art form in itself. Nowhere is that any more evident that with the Italian motorcycle brand Ducati – and it only seems fitting that Ducati and Elizabeth Raab joined forces to dive deeper into the relationship of infused art forged by the inspiration drawn from the human body.
Together, Ducati and Raab have released limited edition, individually numbered prints featuring some of the most beautiful bodies in the world riding some of the most stunningly designed bikes to come out of Ducati.
It takes a real fan of both subjects – the female human body in this case and Ducati bikes – as well as a deep understanding of the art that surrounds each photograph to appreciate these photos. Fortunately, we’re huge fans of both so it wasn’t difficult to be mesmerized by the stunning work done by Elizabeth Raab.
If you’re interested in any one of these prints, you might need to start high-steppin’ and head over to the Ducati website to get yours while they’re still available. Chances are, these prints will run dry faster than you can say “babes on bikes”.
The year 2010 is going to be remembered for the year when motorcycle brands from all ends of the world all went out and released new bikes. While a lot of these releases caught our attention, we have the unenviable task of having to choose one to name our official 2010 Bike of the Year.
Thankfully, the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan happened last November, making our choice a little bit easier because that’s when Ducati officially unveiled their new Diavel superbike.
Taking it’s name from the Bolognese word for “devil”, the Diavel is Ducati’s crown jewel in 2010, a superbike that boasts a sleek and aggressive design with performance numbers that would make its Italian heritage proud.
The Diavel is powered by a Ducati Testastretta 11° - an engine that was born developed directly from the brands incredibly powerful, world-beating race engines of the Ducati Corse. With the Testastretta 11°, the Diavel produces a staggering 162 horsepower and an equally impressive 94 lb/ft of torque. The Diavel also comes with a revised intake and exhaust ports that are combined with radical adjustments done on the cam timing, allowing the bike to achieve torque curve levels at low rpm, allowing for the bike to remain sturdy as can be even through a wider rev-range.
The Diavel also boasts of Ducati’s Ride-by-Wire system that manages the torque levels the bike is subjected to, further improving the bike’s ridability while also keeping tabs on the Diavel’s power output, ensuring that no power is wasted and plenty is left when the rider decides to high-rpm riding.
So there it is, folks. Our 2010 Bike of the Year is the Ducati Diavel. If you’re as much a motorcycle fan as we are, then you’re going to love every split-second rev you’re going to hear from this two-wheeled devil.
If Batman ever needed a newly redesigned Batcycle, we’re all for telling him to give the guys of Whitehouse of Japan a call. Taking a stock Honda Valkyrie, Whitehouse of Japan mustered and used all their creative juices to turn the once popular bike into the Dragon King.
Weighing in at 652 lbs, the Dragon King Valkyrie comes with a completely redesigned look that combines styling tweaks on the front fairing with a new custom paint that makes it look even more formidable than it already is. Whitehous of Japan readjusted the bike’s seat to 28.75 inches and retooled the bike’s performance specs by inputing a single camshaft flat six-cylinder engine that’s capable of producing a 100 horsepower and 132 Nm of torque. It’s not going to be setting any speed records considering is bulky weight, but bikes like this are as enjoyed more for their power and imposing looks as they are for their breakneck speeds.
Looking at it from a completely objective standpoint, the Dragon King Valkyrie looks like it’s going to burn down just about anything that stands in its way, which, if you think about it, is aptly suited for somebody like Batman. And even if you’re not the Caped Crusader, you can still have the same cache out on the road while riding this fire-breathing beast of a bike.
Mission Motors has announced the very first details on the Mission R, an electric racing superbike that will compete in the TTXGP racing series along with other races, events, and demonstrations.
The Mission R is powered by a liquid-cooled 3-phase AC Induction motor that delivers 141 HP and 115 lb-ft of torque. The power is delivered by a massive 14.4 kWh battery placed beneath its carbon fiber skin. This will allow the bike to hit a top speed of 160 MPH. The MissionEVT 100kW motor controller, with customizable regenerative braking maps and throttle maps, allowing the rider to tune the bike to his or her preferences.
"Mission Motors participated in the historic first Isle of Man TTXGP in 2009. Later that year, we went to the Bonneville Salt Flats and set an AMA Speed Record for electric motorcycles in 2009. With the help of our sponsors, including Texas Instruments and Pectel/Cosworth, we are excited to be returning to the track in 2011 with the phenomenal Mission R. The crucible of the racing circuit is one of the key ways we advance our technology. Pushing the envelope for what is possible with electric drive shapes not only the future of motorsports, but the future of transportation."
Before you start shouting ‘blasphemy!’ at the sight of this Ferrari motorcycle, we’re going to calm your nerves down and tell you that this bike wasn’t made by Ferrari, but is actually a custom-made bike made by David Kay and his people at Kay Engineering as a tribute to the father of the Prancing Horse, Enzo Ferrari.
Built in the mid-90’s after Kay received permission to put the Ferrari badge on the custom bike from Piero Ferrari, Enzo’s son, with a note including “the approval to place the Ferrari badge on your motorbike”.
After 3,000 man-hours of working on the bike, the final product is a beast that features a ’scratch built’ 900cc, transverse, double overhead camshaft, four cylinder, eight valve unit with magnesium and alloy casings, driven through a five speed gearbox. As for the body of the bike, Kay Engineering used hand-crafted aluminum while using magnesium black casings on the engine. The final product is a bike that produces 105 horsepower at 8,800 rpm with a dry weight of only 172 kg and an estimated top speed of 265 km/h.
So why exactly are we fawning over a Ferrari-badged custom bike made in the mid-90’s? Well, naturally, the bike is going to be auctioned off soon.
The Ferrari 900 bike is going to be on the auction block at a Race Retro event that’s set to take place at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry on February 25th-27th. So how much is this car going to cost? Estimates say that the custom bike is going to fetch a price of around £250,000, which, if you’re keeping count, is a shade under $400,000.
Any true fan of the MotoGP series will find the name Pierobon extremely recognizable due to the fact that they are a famous Italian tuner that delivers frames and components for various racing competitions. The tuner’s recent work is the F042 HStreet - a road legal street bike based on the Ducati’s two cylinder engine, the Desmodue SS900. The price for the complete bike is 19,000 euro or $25,260 at the current exchange rates.
The bike features big aluminum tubes that are supported by structures that are simple but robust, inspired by the Pierobon F042 - a celebrity in Supertwin League. The HStreet is built on a 1390 mm wheelbase and weighs only 140 kilos.
The bike rides on light 17" wheels and features an aluminum frame in combination with a network of pipes above the L-shaped twin-function carrier, united in the new rear swingarm. However, Pierobon did not announce if any modifications were made for the engine.
When you put together two professional racing superstars, something cool is bound to happen. Let’s take Gee Atherton and David "Knighter" Knight for example. Atherton is a professional racing cyclist who specializes in downhill and four cross mountain bike racing. He is also a multiple national champion, multiple World Cup winner, and 2010 downhill World Cup Champion. David "Knighter" Knight is a three-time world champion enduro rider from the Isle of Man.
Now, give them two bikes to toil around with, put them together, and what do you get? This ultimate challenge of man versus machine took place at the home of UK mountain biking, Fort William.
Atherton is a little bit more familiar with this track, after all he has been practicing here for around three years, but will this be enough to take on Knight? To be honest, we don’t really care. What we do care about is that we got the chance to watch these two guys battle it out while proving that they absolutely know what they are doing.
For the sake of our sanity; please don’t try this at home.
Tron: Legacy is scheduled to hit theaters on December 17 and indulge us for thinking that it would be ridiculously awesome to show up at your local Loews or AMC riding a custom-built, street-legal Tron Light Cycle.
The custom make bikes are the work of Parker Brothers Choppers from Florida and will be limited to only 10 separate units. Each of the bikes will be made with a steel frame, a fiberglass bodywork, and a Suzuki TLR1000-powered V-twin engine. A custom-made friction drum serves as the bike’s brakes and keeps the Light Cycle’s design closely resembling the virtual version seen in the actual movie. There are also speed gauges on the front with an iPad dock that allows customers to view the bike’s statistical figures on the iPad’s screen.
Jeff Halverson of Parker Brothers Choppers measures the bike at 100 inches long, 23 inches wide, and around 474 lbs. He also mentioned that the bike closely resembles that of a sportbike. We don’t know how close to the truth that is but if we had $55,000 – that’s how much it costs – to spare, we wouldn’t mind finding it out for ourselves.
Unfortunately, six of the ten bikes have already been sold with only four Light Cycles available. Better decide if you want to buy the Light Cycle because the movie is about two weeks away from opening.
If BMW does it, why wouldn’t Audi? We are talking about the production of sport bikes, and this new design from the mind of Gavin Harvey combines different sports car elements to create a pretty ingenious piece of work. It’s called the Audi RB-1200 S and it definitely gets our seal of approval.
The Audi RB-1200 S has R8 lights and new front brakes colored in the now famous Audi red. Splashed across the front is Audi’s well-known four circles engraved into the metal. The bike’s seat will be made from leather and will also have carbon fiber detail. Right under the seat, along with the rear lights, is where the designer envisioned the location of a twin exhaust.
Harvey’s design may be a work of art, but we’ve seen renderings of Audi bikes before and nothing much has come of them. Maybe we’ll get lucky with the Audi RB 1200 S. So, what do you think? Should Audi start developing sports bikes?
H&R, in cooperation with Fat Attack Custom Bikes from Arlesheim in Switzerland, have developed a motor bike that has no equal. Called "The One", this motorcycle is largely made of carbon, titanium, aluminum, and aircraft steel. This helps to reduce weight by 60 kilos. The motorcycle is powered by a modified Harley Davidson engine that develops 110 HP.
Only real carbon was used for the tank, the seating and all other visible parts. A further highlight is the 300mm wide rear tyres which ensures sufficient grip from the very start – combined with a sensitive Erbacher chrome molybdenum support arm and a perfectly tuned front fork with H&R technology. Despite this the makers of "The One" ensured that the chopper can be checked for service in every Harley workshop without any problems. This super bike can thus be read out via the standard OBD connection despite all its high end modifications.