Just when we thought Honda finally had the best VFR recipe designer John Keogh laughs at the current production bike and brings in his own rendering towards what he apparently considers a great idea – combining the best of Honda’s Blackbird and VFR800 models. Claiming that the VFR1200 ’s designer Teofilo Plaza has canceled the engineering and styling features, Keogh fixes that with eight must-have features for a veritable VFR1200F . Please read about those after the jump.
During the past year we’ve brought to you a lot of concept bikes that we would have loved to see heading to production and some even did, but now in the last days of 2009 we just had to post something about a concept motorcycle that we wouldn’t ever consider riding if ending up being produced. It is not that we don’t like the way it looks, but it is miles away from being comfortable or at least forgiving.
Built by RK Concepts of Austin, Texas, the RK Racer is powered by a Buell 1200 V-twin engine and you have to like the way the 27-degree rake and those 23-inch tires make it look, but with the gas and oil tanks made out of glass, it sounds suicidal to ride. That is why we look at it as to the Buell gone chick magnet and the bikini babe on it stands by us.
You may have already heard of Tron Legacy and got a glimpse at the digital world’s sportsbikes, the lightcycles, but Disney Interactive Studios have recently announced they will also release a video game inspired from the movie even before Tron Legacy will arrive in theaters. Called Tron Evolution, the game offers players the possibility to get their own character on a lightcycle and defy the laws of physics.
With the game scheduled for release these Holydays there couldn’t be a better time for the introduction of a new kind of joystick fun. See the video after the jump.
For those who plan to start riding, Suzuki keeps providing the ideal sport bike on which experience can be easily gained without the muscle to be ripped. Known as the GS500F, this is one of the best user-friendly fully-faired motorcycles out there and the long history behind it shows this fact.
We just came across a cool video showing these Lawson style Kawasaki Z1000 and Z1100R being ridden to their limits back in home country Japan. The two modern classic motorcycles are going strong and the professional riders have no mercy, leaving people wondering if this is actually a vintage video or a very well made new one paying a tribute to yesterday’s great bikes.
Riding a high-tech motorcycle in a digital world sounds like the ultimate riding experience for the creators of Tron Legacy and the movie’s first official poster exploits this precise field. Scheduled to debut on December 17th, 2010, “the game that changed” will have plenty of Lightcycle races, just like the one in the official trailer here .
Yamaha’s 2010 European range will feature a FZ8 model instead of the FZ6, which was having troubles competing with other middleweight models such as the Kawasaki Z750 or the Aprilia Shiver 750 as a result of its R6 engine being designed for horsepower rather than torque. Although we have no official information about the all-new 2010 Yamaha FZ8, it seems that the new model will come to fix that, hopefully, by making use of a V-twin engine.
All that Yamaha has revealed so far is the future FZ8’s pretty face, but we can’t help wondering if it’s ever gonna make it to the United States. More information as we have it.
We all thought the Buell brand was dead and gone, but it seems we haven’t seen the end of it yet as a recently issued announcement says the name will be associated with motorcycle racing in the near future. This is the result of Erik Buell leaving Harley-Davidson and establishing Erik Buell Racing with support from Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
Erik Buell Racing will be based at the Buell factory in East Troy, Wisconsin and supply the Buell 1125R to racing teams. This means meeting racing regulations and keeping part of the workforce previously engaged in producing American sportsbike. But most importantly, we’ll be hearing from Buell in the future when, hopefully, they’ll be winning races.
Press release is attached after the jump.
BMW has recently revealed the HP2 Sport Motorsport, a limited edition of the HP2 Sport , which will be available in Europe in a limited number of only 400 units.
The Motorsport edition stands apart from the standard model thanks to the special color scheme, identical to that of the motorcycle with which BMW participated in the World Endurance Championship.
Until the release of the S 1000 RR superbike, the HP2 Sport was the sportiest model in the German manufacturer’s model range, while also representing the technological pinnacle in matter of boxer engines. The air/oil cooled two-cylinder engine develops 133hp and 115 Nm and the bike has a dry weight of only 178 kg / 392.4 lbs. Hit the jump for a video of the standard model in action.
Roehr have put their 1250sc Factory Demo up for sale on eBay and we’re surprised to find out that the 180 horsepower American sport bike housing a supercharged Harley-Davidson Revolution motor is available at just $19,995. Ok, we admit that this is not cheap for the average sport bike buyer, but for a Roehr admirer who’s only retention from buying the thing new was the $45,000 price tag, the Demo bike qualifies as a bargain. It only has 2600 miles on the clock and it’s as exclusive as they get, although we have a hunch that this isn’t the way it will pay itself up to a very lucky and enthusiastic motorcyclists who will get his hands on it. If you plan on being that guy, then work your magic on eBay and have it sent to you.
You can find more about the Roehr 1250sc by reading our article about it here .