Do you remember the Pininfarina Coupe Concept we presented just a few days ago? Its designer, Peter Norris, has developed yet another amazing concept, but this time, it’s a motorcycle and not a car. His project is called the Honda Chopper and took its inspiration from a number of sources. It features clean functional lines of medical machinery, 70’s and 80’s marker drawings and design (such as Big Trak), and a bit of manga thrown in.
The new concept is a purpose-built chopper featuring a long front suspension, feet forward seating position, and a large footprint. Powering this chopper - like most of the other concepts revealed recently - are two small electric motors, one built into each wheel hub helping lower the center of gravity, improve efficiency, and lower emissions.
The bottom line is that this is a pretty impressive concept and since the inspiration behind the design is Star Wars, we expect many people to be able to appreciate its look.
Canada is famous for a lot of things, including ice hockey, health care, and Tim Horton’s doughnuts. Producing top-of-the-line motorcycles, on the other hand, isn’t one of them.
In an attempt to change that perception, Quebec-based company, Amarok Consultants, has introduced a new electric motorcycle prototype called the ’P1’.
The P1 comes was designed with the intent of making it as light as possible by putting in a 7.5-kilowatt-hour battery to go with two Agni 95 electric motors on a body that tips the scales at just 325 pounds. The powertrain is capable of producing 75 horsepower and combined with the lightweight body, could pose as a serious threat in the TTXGP, an international racing series made up of electric motorcycles.
No word yet on when the bike is going to go to production, but Amarok is optimistic that it should go over well with the public. So optimistic, in fact, that the company is already hard at work in developing an electric motorcycle that shaves off 50 pounds from the P1 prototype.
In a world increasingly infiltrated by electric vehicles, the Amarok P1 should be a fresh alternative for riders who prefer a greener way in getting around and about in their two-wheeled machines.
Here’s a video that shows all you Jackass wannabes things you should never do at home. Yes, they look cool, but they are being performed by a professional - stunt riding world champion Chris Pfeiffer to be exact - and should not be attempted unless you share the same title.
This video titled "Wheelie" is part one of a short series on motorbike stunt tricks. In it, Pfeiffer explains that a tremendous amount of practice goes into successfully performing these tricks, and watching a one and a half minute video doesn’t cover that kind of practice time.
Enjoy yourselves, but remember, this series is for informational purposes only and the tricks should not be attempted by amateurs. Yes, this means you.
Stay tuned! We’ll bring you part two of this series as soon as it is released.
The Saline Bird Concept is a concept bike designed by five design students - Charles-Edouard Berche, Ugo Spagnolo, Adrien Fuinel, Frederic Dobbelstein and Jean-Philippe Paries - at the ISD of Valenciennes (France) as a design exercise for their 2010-2011 final project. The bike has been designed as a race bike for the "Les Triplettes de Bonneville" and get sits inspiration from the shape of a skier as he flies down the slope.
The Saline Bird Concept is powered by a compressed air engine fed by three air tanks with a total capacity of 27 liters. It sits on a carbon fiber frame with leather skin parts in place of the conventional body panels. This leather skin can be slipped on and off "like a sock" in order to switch between body panels or no body panels. The bike can be turned into a road model by replacing the handlebar.
Technical partners of the project include MDI (engine), LUXFER (air tank), and BRM.
Chanel’s new marketing campaign for the Coco Mademoiselle perfume just got that much hotter with the addition of a suited up Keira Knightley mounted atop a Ducati 750 Sport. This video is just a ’teaser’ of the new Coco Mademoiselle film ’Gabrielle’ directed by Joe Wright. The full length version will debut on March 21st, 2011 on the Chanel website.
TheDucati 750 Sport is powered by a V2, four-stroke engine that delivers a total of 72 HP and sprints the bike all the way to 128.6 mph. Typically, we like our Ducati bikes in red, but the model used in this commercial is covered in a drab beige, no doubt to promote Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle perfume. Keira Knightley is even wearing a smoking hot beige leather catsuit to match. All we can say is that we can’t wait for the full video to be released!
The Motus MST Series was presented at the Daytona Bike Week on March 13, 2011. The bike will go into production in late 2011 in two different versions: a standard MST and a more powerful MST-R.
Motus MST is powered by a liquid cooled, 1650cc V4 engine light weight nimble chassis and massive brakes. Before the bike actually makes it to production, Motus will send two MST prototypes on an "American Sport Tour" to ensure the pre-production machines are durable: "There is just no better way to make sure the MST’s meet our standards of durability, comfort, and performance than to personally ride the machines and iterate them as we identify issues. Along the way, we are meeting with friends, supporters and high quality dealers that have inquired about carrying Motus in their area."
When we hear the name Mansory, we typically think of the German tuning firm known for their amazing packages for high end luxury vehicles from Bugatti , Ferrari , Aston Martin , and many others. Not once did we ever think that a motorcycle would fit into any part of Mansory’s lineup, so you can imagine our surprise when we came across the Mansory Zapico. The Zapico is Mansory’s first custom bike creation developed with bike customizer Thomas M. George.
George was responsible for the motorcycle itself, then Mansory moved in with the front mask, bug spoiler, seat module, primary shield, and silencer, as well as the applications on the fuel tank, the frame, fork, wheel rims, and airbox all being part of their contribution. Mansory was also responsible for the use of carbon, as is customary with them, and all of the leather work.
The Mansory Zapico is powered by a powerful 124 cubic inch (around 2,080 cm³) V2 engine made by the well-known American engine manufacturer, S&S. This engine produces 160 HP and, with the low curb weight of the motorcycle - it comes in at 340 kilos -, sprints the bike from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds.
We would have to say that the Mansory Zapico is extremely impressive, especially being the first motorcycle ever worked on by Mansory. Job well done!
Not only the automotive industry is strongly focusing on the electric market, but the motorcycles are also following the same direction. M55 has revealed a pretty impressive electric bike that not only delivers exceptional performance but great outlook as well. But as with the electric cars, the new M55 Beat is also a very expensive bike: $35.300.
The M55 Beast is powered by a EB-PC electronic motor unit that deliver 1500 Watts of power and can accelerate this machine to a stunning 40 mph and it can go as far as 75 miles with a single charge. Even off-road.
The bike’s major parts are custom made by our seasoned engineers, utilizing technologies and materials used in the Formula One and electric supersportcars: titanium, carbon fiber, CNC machining, brushless motor mechanism are just a few of them.
The new M55 Beast is designed for cross-country use. The weight of the motor and battery pack require burlier components which mean longer life-expectancy at the same time. The stopping power is delivered by the famed brake company, Brembo.
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.