Is this the end of the road? Moto Morini lost what many, including yours truly, regard as its last chance to get back into business with its failed acquisition by tiny but financially solid Nuova Garelli. This resurrected old make has no factory or assembly lines in Italy. It’s just a marketing project to design [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
When Aprilia unveiled the Shiver roadster powered by a modern 750cc, 90-degree V-Twin, company officials also announced that the same engine had been conceived to grow to 1200cc. At that time, the larger-displacement version was perceived as Aprilia’s weapon for launching its assault on the World Superbike crown. Not so. Top management at parent company [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Bimota is back on track—the racetrack, that is. The last Bimota to tread competition tarmac was the 1000cc V-Twin-powered Suzuki SB8 that in 2000 won one leg of the World Superbike race at Phillip Island in the hands of local Aussie hero Anthony Gobert. Weeks after that surprise victory, Bimota went bankrupt for the third [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
First Ride: Bimota DB7 Oronero If the Bimota DB7 is a little too pedestrian for you, step up to the DB7 Oronero carbon-fiber version.
Carbon fiber offers the ultimate combination of strength and light weight. Formula One cars and the latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner are meaningful examples of the technological achievements granted by a competent use of the stuff. Theoretically, it would be the perfect material for ultra-light and rigid motorcycle frames, yet few in motorcycling have taken the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Product: Ohlins Gets Active Ohlins offers a retrofit kit for its TTX shocks, converting them into active suspension units.
Öhlins contributed to Ben Spies’ dominance in the 2009 World Superbike Championship by supplying his Yamaha YZF-R1 with some of the most advanced electronically managed “active suspension” ever fitted to a motorcycle, race or street. Öhlins tried to launch its CCES (Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension) in 2008, fitted to Noriyuki Haga’s R1, but at that [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The 2010 World Superbike Championship has proved that the Aprilia RSV4 has the potential to win the title, especially in the hands of a very capable Max Biaggi. Aprilia has developed a very special edition to commemorate Biaggi’s multiple victories this season (four so far, after his two wins at Monza). The bike was created [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
No one likes to eat humble pie, but the staff of Cycle World is now gulping down several large slices of the stuff. In the Roundup section of our May issue, we ran an article titled “MV Agusta F4 1000 R” that actually was an edited version of an older story on a 2007 MV. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The latest generation of Ducati Monsters started life with the entry-level 696cc version in 2009. The engine powering the li’l Monster was a huge step forward compared to the previous sohc, air-cooled, two-valve 695cc desmo, the new version making a claimed 80 horsepower. Also joining the lineup at the time was the much beefier and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Just when you thought that BMW’s venerable flat-Twin had reached the logical conclusion of its evolution with the R1200′s cam-in-head design, the Germans go and throw us a wonderful curveball. The first pitch was the dohc setup that debuted in 2007 on the limited-production (and expensive) HP2 Sport. We never thought those exotic parts would [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Bruno dePrato KTM and Aprilia share a common technical approach. Both of these European manufacturers are willing to sacrifice engineering perfection in favor of a more homogeneous integration of engine with chassis. With the RSV4, Aprilia gave away the superior balance of a 90-degree V-Four in favor of a more compact 65-degree Vee. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)