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.
Prices will be announced at a later date.
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After being totally redesigned last year, the Kawasaki Z1000 enters the 2011 model year with no major updates. The bike features a wide range of new-think moto technology, including an aluminum frame inspired by its Ninja cousins that curves over the engine, cradling it from above. The design allows a narrow mid-section, for a high degree of rider comfort and feedback in addition to keeping weight low and chassis rigidity high. Prices start from $10,599.
The Z1000 is powered by a 1,043 cc Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four engine mated to a six-speed transmission. Suspension at both ends is thoroughly modern as well: a fully adjustable 41mm inverted fork up front and a spring preload and a rebound damping adjustable horizontal back-link shock is mounted above the swingarm to shield it from exhaust heat and foster an added degree of mass centralization. Both of which soak up almost anything you can throw at it.
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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.
Yamaha has revealed the official details on the 2011 YZF-R1, the only production motorcycle with a crossplane crankshaft. The 2011 YZF-R1 is powered by a 998cc, DOHC, 4-valve, in-line 4 engine developing 182 hp at 12500 rpm and 115.5 Nm (85 lb.ft.) of torque at 10,000 rpm, and delivering a fuel consumption of 40mpg (5.88 l/100km).
The engine features forged aluminum pistons that take maximum advantage of the power characteristics. Titanium intake valves are lightweight. A forced-air intake system is adopted to increase intake efficiency by using the natural airflow during riding to pressurize the air in the air box. This contributes to outstanding power delivery characteristics in the high-speed range, while the design also helps to minimize intake noise.
For 2011, the side fairing is smooth for a sleek appearance. And, instead of the usual four-bulb headlight design, the R1 has only two projector-type bulbs mounted closer to the nose of the bike. This positions ram air ducts closer in for a more compact, smooth look. In addition, the rounded lenses are unique to the supersport industry. Full story
Mugen is famous for their tuning packages for Honda models, but this time the Japanese tuner turned their attention to a Honda motorcycle, the CBR250R to be exact. With the new additions, the Honda is able to give off a more aggressive and sportier ride. This may sound all fine and dandy, but most of us won’t ever be able to take advantage of this package; it’s only available in Thailand.
The first thing to notice about this motorcycle is the red and black color scheme, but there is a lot more to it than that. The rider’s seat and the pillion are also colored in red with Mugen emblems, and the windshield has also been replaced.
The tuner has also added a new set of light alloy wheels, an upgraded chromed muffler, and ABS - a first-class system that includes a Combined Brake System (CBS) and an Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS). However, they did let the 249 cc four-stroke, four-valve single cylinder DOHC engine untouched.
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?
The CR&S DUU has made its much anticipated debut. This handcrafted motorcycle will be sold in a limited edition beginning at the start of 2011 in two versions: a standard and a two-seater.
The DUU is powered by a 1,916cc X-Wedge engine developing over 95 HP and 140 Nm (103.3 lb.ft.) of torque from 2,500 to 4,700 rpm.
The frame is made by CR&S and comes with a large cross-section "backbone" tubular structure. The chassis and its handling performances are much more evolved than what can be thought. These parts have been engineered and designed to warrant a complete riding satisfaction on every kind of routes, even on fast bends or mountain’s narrow roads. The basic module of the bike can be modified to fit any driver while still maintaining the aesthetic and functional features of the bike.
The CR&S DUU will be priced at $25,900 for the standard version and $28,000 for the two-seater.
The poison used by Brazilian Indians on their arrow tips was the inspiration behind Wunderlich’s new "Poisoned Arrow", the S 1000 RR in its legendary racing colours, which comes equipped with a whole array of special components. Full story
An absolute visual treat, boasting technical and ergonomic improvements, with significant weight reductions and well suited to long distance riding. The “Power Sportego” handlebar conversion offers a relaxed riding posture and greater ease of handling. The top yoke, weighing in at a mere 1800 g, machined out of high-tensile aluminium, TÜV certified and ideally suited for use with our strong, tapered aluminium handlebars, has a built-in connection for the brake line, thus ruling out any need for elaborate and costly conversion measures.
The easy-to-fit fairing extension and matching “DoubleBubble” sports screen give rise to optimised air flow deflection over a wider area and improved aerodynamic properties.