Bimota DB7 Oronero

Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 5:44 AM

It is the first bike with carbon fiber frame with a light weight of 164Kg . Biomata has a speed of 295km/h but is very much expensive due to less weight, its estimated price is near about 52000 $.

Moto Guzzi Griso 1100

at 5:33 AM

In Italian, griso means "grayish," but here it's also a reference to a baddie in The Betrothed, a story set in the same area Moto Guzzis are produced. But, to be frank, Guzzi could also be a reference to the ominous financial environment surrounding the bike's initial development with the Aprilia group. Despite these potentially fatal shakeups, new Guzzi leadership forged ahead and the Griso was completed without outside help.

Deemed a "techno-custom" by the manufacturer, the Griso 1100 appropriately stands apart from the competition in its design. It also asserts Moto Guzzi is back and, it would seem, better than ever. Unlike other bikes in our feature, the Griso's motor is not new by any means. Though featuring tweaks and refinements, it still has strong ties to the powerplants used in the company's rides for the last four decades. Fortunately, it belies its age. Claimed horsepower is 88, accessible with decent throttle response. The broad torque band peaks at just 5,400 rpm, rated at 70-foot pounds.

Honda CBR1000RR

at 5:28 AM

If there's a sports bike equivalent to a Honda S2000 convertible, it could very well be the Honda CBR1000RR. By that, we mean the reliability and fun factors are high, and the bang for the buck is hard to beat. It's likely that the only drama of ownership would be seeing red and blue lights in your mirrors.

For 2006, Honda has restyled their largest-displacement CBR around their feared-and-revered MotoGP RC211V. As a result, the latest 1000RR boasts a lighter weight, better handling and even greater power than before. The redesigned skin is not a night-and-day difference from its predecessor, but it's nicely updated and offered in aggressive paint schemes that successfully stop short of looking tacky.

As for that bang-for-the-buck factor we mentioned, the new CBR1000RR is a steal with its base MSRP of $11,299 -- leaving enough in the bank for the tickets you'll invariably collect.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14

at 5:24 AM

Anyone owning this updated Kawasaki will soon be paraphrasing Henny Youngman along the roadside: "Don't take my license, please." As those nice folks in suits remind us, your bike's muscle is best flexed on the track. But hey, we're only human. Pair that with the superhero limits of the Ninja ZX-14, and we can only wish you good luck controlling your throttle wrist.

Twisting the right grip puts the bike's rumored 200 horsepower (that's not a misprint) to work. To put it in greater perspective, that's half the horses of a new Corvette in a package 85% lighter. Can you say "power-to-weight ratio?"

Thrust is all well and good, but we appreciate a good-looking bike as much as the next guy. Thankfully, the ZX-14 doesn't let us down. Kawasaki wisely chose not to slather it with technicolor-paint options, choosing instead to enhance its appearance with smaller touches like integrated signals on the front and rear. Best of all, this understated design with overachiever power is yours for an MSRP of $11,499.

Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE

at 5:12 AM

Think old-school looks are just for Harleys? Well, one glance at the limited-edition Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE should provide sufficient evidence that retro designs can work for sports bikes too.

For the uninitiated, Paul Smart successfully raced Ducks back in the day and strengthened the image of the manufacturer. Paul Smart is to them what Carroll Shelby is to Ford and what Phil Hill is to Ferrari. Ducati is now paying homage to Smart's 1972 Imola victory by packing heaps of modern technology under a rendition of their classic 1970s 750SS.

That modern technology results in a bike with 92 horsepower and a commendable 67.3 foot pounds of torque, hitting its apex at just 6,000 rpm. It meets the road on spoke wheels, which Ducatis haven't worn for some time, but it's fitting here. And the result looks better than you might imagine. In fact, the whole theme is a hit with us. At a few bucks under 14 grand for the limited edition model, we suggest you race like Smart to your dealer if you want one in your garage.

Suzuki M1800R Intruder

Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Nobody makes huge American motorcycles with stupid names better than Harley Davidson. But Suzuki come pretty damn' close with this behemoth. I didn't get to ride the Intruder for very long, unfortunately, but it was long enough to come to a few conclusions. The engine is frankly staggering. It genuinely wouldn't be out of place in a car with the amount of torque ot produces, though that would be a waste. Mind you, if Suzuki were to put this engine into something like a B-King that would be hilarious. But I digress. The Intruder handles better than it has any right to, within the obvious limits of its size and style. After all, while you could imagine a large opera singer gliding elegantly across a ballroom, you'd hardly expect her to do hurdles, would you. Especially not in those heels. And so it is with the Intruder - treat it as the designer obviously intended and you'll be rewarded with a thoroughly pleasant experience, liberally peppered with broad smiles as the horizon gets rapidly reeled in while you remain cosseted and supremely comfortable. But get too far outside that fairly broad performance envelope and you'll be in a world of increasing workload and decreasing satisfaction as the available power quickly overwhelms the chassis, ground clearance and brakes.

The Intruder is a genuinely great motorbike which will forever suffer from not being "real." And that's just plain silly because as Mars said at the beginning it clearly is a real motorbike. And perhaps if you fancy trying a cruiser but your prejudices or preconceptions won't allow you to go to a Harley then this might be a fine place to start.

Harley Davidson Cross Bones

at 9:40 AM

Perhaps the title is a little eccentric, but in truth, so is this motorbike. Harley Davidson's Cross Bones is one of the latest in an eclectic range that seems to be getting as many possible variants out of the several base models they make, and as such it's more a styling exercise than anything else. But style, as you may have realised, is something that Harley Davidson do extremely well.

Harley Davidson have produced the standard model that looks close to what I would aspire to achieve by customisation. It is a magnificent piece of motorcycle art, beautifully finished and executed. Somehow as a motorcycle it fails to tick three of my four "what makes a bike any good" boxes in that it doesn't stop, handle or corner more than adequately, and even that's open to debate. Yet I really enjoyed riding it. And that's the biggest tick of them all. So despite all my grumbles, I'd have to say that the Cross Bones presses all the right buttons for me.


at 9:34 AM

My beloved R1100S has gone in for a service at Sawbridge BMW. The dealer shows me to the loan bike, a R1200RT. As he starts briefing me on what all the buttons do I can’t help thinking that there’s some mistake…This is a bike for bearded 40ish people who are sensible and wear slippers.” I am not there yet!” I want to shout but don’t. Because at the end of the day, beggars can't be choosers. As I set off I begin to notice some benefits to slipper wearing bikes.

This is a fantastic bike that eats mileage for breakfast. In winter these types of bikes are everywhere, and for good reason. Shaft drive means that you don’t get sticky oil everywhere from the chain and service intervals at every 6000 miles means you’ll spend less time fiddling and more time riding. The 1200RT is superbly comfortable and well mannered. Lights are bright (dipped beam uses both sides) and work really well in those grotty winter mornings. Styling is a personal choice. I started off not liking this bike but after 3 days it’s grown on me. It’s got the same quirky BMW switch gearthat we all know and, well if not love then at least get used to. Displays are bright and clear although I did find the addition of km/h measurements slightly confusing, but this would be useful in Europe, and the petrol warning light had a habit of coming on with 70miles still to go before you ran out. Which was a little irritating but certainly better than being the other way around and coming on just after it's spluttered to a stop leaving you to push around a quarter of a tonne to the next petrol station... If you're interested, I was getting about 50.4 miles to the gallon so for a big bike economy was good.

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