A MOTORCYCLE produced as a tribute to Enzo Ferrari has sold at auction for £85,000.
The 'Ferrari' motorcycle previously failed to sell at auction in 2008 with a reserve of £180,000. It had since been listed on eBay for £250,000.
The 'Ferrari' motorcycle was designed and built by David Kay Engineering. Kay previously worked for MV Agusta and was granted permission from Piero Ferrari to use the Ferrari badge on this motorcycle.
The bike itself is nothing special; it's powered by a 105bhp 900cc, inline-four and perhaps its most unusual feature is the bodywork, which is made from aluminium.
Although not appealing to most bikers, the fact this is the only 'official' Ferrari motorcycle may prove a good investment afterall.
'Ferrari' motorcycle sold. At last. - Motorcycle news : General news - Visordown
Honda preparing Limited Edition RC 213V for the Road (like Desmosedici RR). CBR 1000RR will remain unaffected.
Honda has officially confirmed it will be putting a road-going version of the RC213V into production for 2014 as it tries to give a massive boost of excitement to the Honda brand.
Honda boss Takanobu Ito made the announcement on today (Friday) in Tokyo as part of a bigger speech outlining the future of the firm. The RC213V production bike being presented as a halo bike which will be hugely expensive and strictly limited in numbers.
This is definitely not a replacement for the CBR1000RR Fireblade and will be more akin to the £40,000 Ducati Desmosedici RR which sold out and was built in bigger numbers than first planned despite a massive price tag.
The rumours of a road-going Honda based on a MotoGP bike have been doing the rounds since the World Championship ditched 500cc two-strokes in favour of four-stroke 1000cc machines in 2003.
It's known Honda was very close to putting a 1000cc V5 into production in 2006 but this never happened for reasons known only to Honda.
Honda is now ready to make the leap and in part this may be helped by the firm's decision to make a run of customer specification engines for the Claiming Rule Teams (CRT) in 2013 which will change the way the engines are made.
Ito said: “Since its market introduction in 1987, the RC30 (VFR750R) super sports bike has been loved by a large number of fans.
"With a goal to create a new history, passionate Honda engineers have gotten together and have begun development of a new super sports bike to which new technologies from MotoGP machines will be applied.”
A Honda insider added: "This has been talked about for a while now within Honda but there is now the firm intention to put a bike derived from the MotoGP bike into production so we can show the kind of engineering, passion and excitement Honda has become known for.”
Source: Honda will make RC213V for the road - | Motorbike reviews | Latest Bike Videos | MCN
All this is Great .. But IMO HONDA Really Ought to put their Money where the Worth is ..
It's High Time They Launch CBR 4oo RR v2 - A proper Race Bred built for the Masses
The three cylinder motorcycle world seems to be slowly gathering attention over the past few years with all top manufacturers looking for that sweet spot between performance and efficiency. The latest to join this 3 cylinder race is Yamaha, who have unveiled their all new 3 cylinder engine at the Intermot. According to the company this new engine has the potential to bring in the best of both worlds into a package that can do it all. The engine was unveiled by current Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo.Yamaha is heavily banking on this new engine for their future and for sure this engine will have a much better torque curve than their crossplane high revving engine on the R1 or torque monster engine on the M1. There is still no news on what they will use the engine on but a 750cc light supersport could be a possibility.
Source : iambiker.com
Topic Approved & merged to Random News Abroad thread.
I don't think the focus of this engine would be on a streetbike. They already have FZ8, which is around 779cc.
This should give around 135-140 bhp, if the focus is racing. If its street or touring, than its anywhere lower than these figures. So, would they want to fit an economical alternative between the Gixxer 750 and Daytona 675, an already crowded segment? Let's see.
SOURCES close to Yamaha in Japan say the three-cylinder concept engine shown at Intermot earlier this month will lead to replacements for both the R1 and R6 as the firm makes a clean break from its four-cylinder heritage.
It's now becoming increasingly clear that triples could become the dominant layout in future Yamahas, covering everything from scooters – the firm both patented and tested a 750cc three-cylinder T-Max derivative several years ago – to superbikes. Our sources say that several different three-cylinder engines are under development, in a range of sizes, to cater for the wholesale change in the firm's line up.
With the current R6 able to trace its heritage back seven years to the 2006 model, launched in 2005, and the existing R1 basically unchanged since its move to a cross-plane crankshaft in the 2009 model year, both are starting to look old in comparison to their nearest rivals. Yamaha is already understood to be lobbying for changes in WSB regulations to allow for triples to get a capacity allowance between the existing 1000cc for fours and 1200cc for twins (at the moment, triples would effectively be hamstrung by having to stick to 1000cc, the same as higher-revving four-cylinder motors).
Expected to come in 675cc and 1,100cc, the Yamaha R6 & Yamaha R1, respectively, would be a stark contrast the bevy of inline-four machines that dominate supersport and superbike racing. While many supersport rules already accommodate a 675cc triple (thank you Triumph), Yamaha is said to be lobbying World Superbike for a 1,100cc displacement dispensation for three-cylinder engines in premier production racing class. Under current rules, a triple would have to be 1,000cc, just like the four-cylinder machines.
Saying its three-cylinder motor has a “crossplane” configuration, details are virtually non-existent at what Yamaha means by its “crossplane” statement. One theory is that the pistons fire 120° apart from each other, while other theories suggest that a 90° crankshaft configuration has been maintained, as on the current Yamaha YZF-R1, with a counterbalance used for the “missing” cylinder in that design.
Read more: Yamaha R6 & Yamaha R1 to Get Three-Cylinder Motors?
"Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fly."
Recently Yamaha Indonesia arranged a coaching camp with the champion Jorge Lorenzo at the Sentul Circuit in Indonesia.
Lorenzo was also there to launch the new 2013 Yamaha Vixion at the Jakarta Motorcycle Show.
The following videos show just how proficient and comfortable Lorenzo is at riding ANY type of motorcyle
Fun to ride with Jorge Lorenzo (Sentul gokart circuit Indonesia) - YouTube
Fun to Ride with Jorge Lorenzo 2012 Indonesia (Sentul Gokart circuit) - YouTube
Along with the 2013 Yamaha Vixion, Yamaha Indonesia also showcased a concept bike at the 2012 Jakarta Motorcycle Show.
It's quite an interesting concept as it's an extreme underbone type race bike. Even the colours and styling it boasts are inspired from some bigger race bikes. Minimal seat, fake (or real?) air-intake vents on the front fairing, aerodynamic styling, Akrapovic exhaust, Nissin brakes, and much more!
Don't we wish our everyday bikes looked more like this?!
Yamaha Z1GP . . . Underbone Race Concept Bike « TMCBlog – Motorcycle News
Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl 'Will you marry me?'
The girl said, 'NO!'
And the guy lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and watched sport on a big screen TV, went fishing and surfing, and played golf a lot, and drank beer and scotch and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up and farted whenever he wanted.