Ducati is widely considered as one of the – if not the most – popular Italian motorcycle manufacturers in the world and when they release a special edition bike, a lot of people stand up and take notice.
Take the Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak, for example. As a special edition model of Ducati’s Multistrada line that was built to celebrate Greg Tracy’s triumph at the world famous International Hill Climb race in 2010, the Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak is yet another example of Ducati’s penchant for building high-quality motorcycles.
Among the features that are found in this special edition bike include a Corse style exterior finish, passenger foot-peg hangers, a black engine guard, red pin-striped wheels, a carbon fiber silencer, and a race inspired low screen that’s likewise made from carbon.
The special edition Ducati will become available in the UK beginning in May at a price tag of £16,750, or $27,085 based on current exchange rates.
Start planning on ordering one now because knowing Ducati and special edition bikes, the Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak won’t be available after it hits dealerships.
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.
The Ducati 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!
MV Agusta has released a special edition F4 in order to celebrate the end of a beautiful and very successful model. Called F4 1078 RR 312 Edizione Finale, this special edition will be limited to only 30 units, each of them marked by their custom quilted leather saddle and special identification plaque.
This special edition is built on the 1078 RR 312 version and comes equipped with a 1078cc engine that delivers an impressive 190 HP and 91.4lb/ft of torque. The motorcycle comes equipped with Brembo Monoblock radial calipers; after all you’ll be needing them as the bike can hit an impressive top speed of 194 mph.
Just as a reminder, back in 2010 MV Agusta revealed another special edition F4. This time is was called "Frecce Tricolori" and was limited to only 11 units.
Its true the bike in incredible beautiful, but it has one big problem: it comes in limited numbers!
It’s a little strange, but true. Yamaha has announced the addition of a new color to their XT1200Z Super Tenere: Competition White. It’s not a new cycle by any means, but we guess purists will love the idea. This new snowy motorcycle will go on sale later this spring, but potential buyers can check it and other Yamaha bikes in Yamaha dealership right now. It seems the bike manufacturer has taken customers’ requests to heart and sent out a number of demonstrator XT1200Z Super Ténérés to dealerships for the customers’ review. This will enable riders to experience the versatile and exciting 1200cc parallel twin Adventure motorcycle for themselves.
Using the evocative Yamaha racing livery on the most contemporary motorcycle in the Yamaha stable, this model’s graphic treatment clearly celebrates the company’s 50 years in racing. The company’s adventure heritage was recently underpinned by Helder Rodregez, who secured a very brave 3rd position in the 2011 Dakar rally on his WR450F.
The 2011 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere comes with traction control, ABS, and a linked braking system. For the 2011 model year, customers will not have to place a reservation on the internet as they have had to do in the past, making the purchase of this bike that much more pleasant.
Mv Agusta has added a new model to their line-up with the introduction of the new Brutale 920. For 2011, the new Brutale 920 gets a suspension that is now softer and more comfortable, anodized handlebars with pivoting clamps, unique wheels and two available color schemes: black and white.
The new bike is powered by a new 921cc 4 cylinder engine that now gets a new bore and stroke ratio. The new four cylinder MV Agusta matches 129 horsepower with a broad torque curve, incredible levels of power have never been this easy to control. The crankshaft of the Brutale is shared with the 55mm stroke unit in the 1090RR as well as the second order engine balance shaft, the optimized oiling system, and the oil cooled generator.
The new Brutale 920 is currently on sale at a price of $15,764.
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.
The Kawasaki Ninja 650R is entering the 2011 model year with no major updates, just some minor tricks and some new exterior colors. It is powered by a compact 8-valve 649cc parallel-twin engine, which permits the use of a narrow, lightweight frame. The fuel injection and ignition settings are tuned to boost the liquid-cooled engine’s bottom-end torque, to smooth the low-to-mid rpm response and allow the engine to rev quicker. The engine meets stringent emissions regulations thanks to its precise fuel injection and a three-way catalyst system with a 300-cell catalyzer.
The 2011 Ninja 650R is defined by sporty styling. It gets integrated turn signals and a sharp tail cowl, MotoGP-inspired multi-function instrumentation and controls. Thanks to them, the rider will notice the slimness of the chassis, low seat height and minimal effort controls first before recognizing the true aim of Kawasaki’s design efforts – the rider.