Holywood megastar Brad Pitt was spotted riding his custom-built motorcycle around Los Angeles.
These snapped pictures speak about the actor’s passion for clean and simple custom bikes, but not that much for equipment. In fact, the 45-year-old rider doesn’t wear more than a helmet and gloves, so you go ahead and comment if that’s the recommended thing to do, even after finishing work at a new film called ’Inglourious Basterds’. Full story
Honda’s Senior Managing Director Shigeru Takagi told MCN that the much-awaited Honda V4 will be unveiled this autumn and see dealerships in spring 2010. Also, while celebrating Honda’s 50 years of racing at the Isle of Man TT, Honda boss referred to the bike as being a “new breed of Honda”.
Takagi said: “We really believe we can develop a new era starting with this V4-powered machine. It is just the beginning and represents a new breed of Honda which will define Honda’s own taste and styling.
“This bike will be the perfect road machine that Honda customers have called for. It will be an epoch-making machine and more bikes from the V4 platform are possible.
“We know people think this bike is going to be a replacement for the VFR800 and the Blackbird but we do not see this bike as a replacement for anything. We see it as an all-new breed of machine, something very special.”
“The finished V4-powered machine will be seen in autumn 2009. The bike will be on sale in spring 2010.
"The bike is different to the concept shown for the first time at Milan in 2009 but the link between them is very clear to see.”
Those who were wondering what more could there be changed at Yamaha motocross bikes in order to improve performance are most likely to receive their answer with a single look at this spy picture of the 2010 Yamaha YZ450F reverse-cylinder.
This Powerpoint rendering shows how the new construction method allows the bottom end of the engine to move forward in the chassis, improving weight distribution and enhancing handling. This way, the exhaust pipe has a straight path towards the silencer and doesn’t need to be taken in consideration when doing the math for the front wheel clearance and also the inlet tract can be simply redesigned to go straight from the fuel injector to the combustion chamber. It even makes us wonder why Yamaha didn’t consider this possibility for the YZ450F so far.
Yamaha is supposed to unveil the completely new dirt bike within the next months and we reckon that it will blow away the competition.
According to MotoRevue, Kawasaki plans to revamp their Z 1000 streetfighter, which will be soon presented.
The bike is supposed to be powered by the latest ZX-10R engine, replacing the one developed from the much older ZX-9R. The extra horsepower and torque sure has to be celebrated with a radical, even sharper design and this rendering by Jérôme Vannesson shows just how the next generation model might look. We can only hope it will do so.
Italian website”Infomotori” states that Aprilia is working on a new, high-capacity adventure tourer, which could make a first official entry at this year’s EICMA International Saloon in Milan. Apparently, the bike is already developed, at least enough to make it possible for it to be tested on the streets of Italy next to a KTM 990 Adventure and be spotted by the same motorcycle journalists.
These first images represent the attempt of design guru Luca Bar to retrace as much as possible the lines of the new model, which, unlike the Caponord, is supposed to do as well off the road as it does on it. The engine is supposed to be a 1,200 cc V-twin which is expected to power the future Shiver/Dorsoduro 1200 as well.
Motociclismo states that Yamaha is developing a new T-Max from their currently successfully selling 500 model, a 750cc version supposedly powered by a three-cylinder motor specially designed for the new maxi scooter.
If the picture accords to Yamaha’s idea of a future 750 scooter, we’re happy to help spread the good news and dare ask your opinion about it.
Italian designer Luca Bar recently signed a motorcycle concept based on the Aprilia SXV 550. The bike is called Aprilia Street and it is a blend of cross and supermotard. Claimed to have an impressive power to weight ratio, it’s clearly destined for the urban adventurer.
This one is definitely an eye-catcher and, hopefully, if it is seen by interested brands, we might just pop the big news.
BlueShift Motorcycles is a new American motorcycle company which, unlike Harley-Davidson, Indian and Victory, are set to create electric motorcycles for the generations to come. American motorcycle manufacturers have always concentrated on providing loads of torque and BlueShift stays true to that fact and make sure that their future electric power cruiser will develop 200 ft lbs at any rpm.
The project will be formally introduced to the audience in April so you’ll remember these computer images very soon. Full story
Oberdan Bezzi, the man behind most Ducati renderings, has come up with
the Ducati Pantah 696, a replica of the notorious sports bike produced between 1980 and 1986. Because the original bike was powered by a 90-degree V-twin engine, the designer visualizes the new Pantah as being powered by the 696 engine from the Monster.
As intended by Ducati when manufacturing the bike more than 20 years ago, the Pantah is a low cost sports motorcycle built in the Italian style. Being both accessible and ready to be ridden by all riders, the Ducati Pantah 696 presents major potential of reviving Fabio Taglioni’s idea.
The British motorcycle journalists from MCN have recently tested the new Norton Commando and apart from their best impressions on the bike, they’ve also provided the internet world with a more than decent photo gallery that reflects the best of this revamped bike.
Featuring brembo brakes, ohlins suspension as well as light-weight carbon fiber wheels, the new Commando is not only Norton’s alternative for the Triumph Thruxton, but a machine capable of becoming a benchmark for the class.
The bike is still in pre-production stages, but chief designer Simon Skinner says: “We want to retain the sihouette of this prototype because it’s a very pretty little bike - butch but pretty." so chances are that not much will differ on the final version.
Inspired by the new Norton Commando, the MCN crew offer people the possibility to vote if British bike brands such as Norton, Hesketh and Brough should be revived or not. So what do you thing?