What is this new Honda motorcycle with the Middle Earth name, Grom? It looks like a sportbike, but it’s small, powered by a little 125cc engine, making what, 10 horsepower? That means it’s not going to humiliate you by wheelying when all you were doing was checking for clearance in the throttle cable. Lots of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(41)
Italy’s motorcycle industry is going through times of change, some more painful than others. First, Ducati CEO Gabriele Del Torchio left Borgo Panigale to rescue Alitalia airlines, with Claudio Domenicali named as his able successor. It was a surprise that it happened so quickly and with almost no warning, but was hardly painful, as Domenicali [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Small Engine, Big Performance? Prototype electromechanical valve drive from LaunchPoint Technologies aims for that goal.
Variable valve timing seeks to combine the low-rpm torque of a Harley-Davidson Big Twin with the high-rev power of a sportbike engine. This is especially useful in helping downsized engines to do the job of bigger engines with fixed valve timing. The ideal system would be one that could vary opening and closing timings independently, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(8)
Max Biaggi Launches Pirelli Angel GT On Aircraft Carrier Retired world champion performs braking test on Italian warship.
Is there a better place to evaluate the wet-weather stopping capabilities of a new sport-touring tire than the flight deck of an aircraft carrier? Apparently not, which is why Pirelli called on six-time world champion Max Biaggi to conduct a braking test with its new Angel GT on the Italian aircraft carrier Cavour. According to [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Beginning in 2016, anti-lock brakes will be required on all motorcycles manufactured for sale in Europe. Right now, MV Agusta is offering ABS on its flagship 1000cc F4 sportbike that incorporates Rear-Wheel Lift Mitigation (RLM). Other premium sportbikes, such as the BMW S1000RR, Ducati 1199 Panigale R and Kawasaki ZX-10R ABS, are similarly equipped with [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)