New Moto Morini 1200 Sport and Scrambler shown



The new Moto Morini 1200 Sport...

We don’t know how many bikes they sell (probably not too many…) every year, but for a small Italian company, Moto Morini keep showing new bikes on a fairly regular basis. After the dual-purpose (?) Granpasso, which Moto Morini showed last year, the latest bikes to be added to the company’s lineup are the 1200 Sport and the Scrambler, both of which are based on the earlier 91/2.


...and the MM 1200 Scrambler!

The two bikes were first shown at the Padova Motorcycle Show last week, and we must say, they look quite all right. Both bikes are fitted with Moto Morini’s 1187cc v-twin, which makes about 117 horsepower. The chassis is from the 91/2, front forks are Marzocchi units, and 17-inch wheels (the Scrambler uses a 19-inch front) are from Excel. The 1200 Sport is fitted with sport-touring rubber, while the Scrambler rides on off-road tyres.

In our opinion, both the bikes look good – the 1200 Sport’s blue and orange paintjob is reminiscent of Ford’s classic GT40 racecar, while the Scrambler’s more subdued black and white paintscheme looks good in a restrained, low-key way. Prices for the two bikes are yet to be announced, though production is expected to begin in March this year.

Now available: Moto Morini Corsaro Avio Black



Naked, red-hot and Italian. Keep 'em coming, Moto Morini...!


For a mere US$16,700 you can now buy the Moto Morini Corsaro Avio Black, with black bodywork, red chassis, and red leather seats. Technically, the very handsome looking Corsaro Avio remains unchanged – 1187cc, 120bhp v-twin, Termignoni exhaust system, 50mm USD Marzocchi forks, fully adjustable Sachs monoshock, 18-litre fuel tank and 198kg dry weight.

The Avio Black rides on 17-inch wheels, shod with 120/70 (front) and 180/55 (rear) Pirelli Diablo rubber. At the front, twin 320mm Brembo brake discs, gripped by four-piston calipers, handle most of the stopping duties. For more details on this hot naked Italian, visit the Moto Morini website here!

2009 Yamaha Grizzly 700 4x4 ATV Model Preview






The Grizzly 700, the flag ship and inspiration for the new Grizzly 550 FI has undergone a few changes for the 2009 season as well. The Grizzly 700 still incorporates its electric power steering along with a powerful 686cc motor, which brings unmatched performance from a full-sized utility ATV.

The Grizzly 700 uses “Wide Arc” suspension, which makes it a full 5 inches wider and offers more stability all around and gives more usable ground clearance. The lower shock mount locations also help provide stability and improved handling.

Grizzly 700 FI ATV
Grizzly 700 FI ATV
The Grizzly 700's "Wide Arc" front A-Arms provide a more usable ground clearance with the shocks mounted to the lower A-arms front & rear for better handling
The A-Arm guards have been updated for 2009 on the Grizzly models and stronger polyethylene CV boot material is used as well for greater durability

Yamaha also listened to consumers and redesigned the thumb throttle. The lever is now more ergonomically correct to allow for more control, better feel, and less fatigue. The 2009 model still includes the handlebar mounted “On-Command” push button 2wd/4wd/diff lock, which is easy to use, and even with the differential lock engaged, the electric power steering makes for easy steering and control.

Yamaha Grizzly 700 FI ATV Thumb Throttle
Grizzly 700 FI ATV Gate Style Shifter
For 2009, the thumb throttle has been reshaped for improved feel & less fatigue on long rides
Improved left hand gate style shifter with new ratio's for easier engagement & operation

The 2009 Grizzly 700 will also be featured in the standard dark green and the new eye-catching metallic black. The grizzly also comes with what seems to be endless amounts of add-on’s and Genuine Yamaha accessories that are equipped with Yamaha’s “SecureMount” system. With all the effort put behind this machine, it’s no wonder why it is the #1 selling big bore utility ATV.

Yamaha expands Nytro lineup for 2009




FX Nytro XTX
NYTRO UP CLOSE - Yamaha's new FX Nytro XTX rides on the same FX platform as last year's machine, but the engine has been tweaked to add a bit of speed and the track is 144 inches with a tipped-up rail at 121 inches. It also features Dual Shock CK 144 rear suspension, a C40 remote clicker rear shock, new lightweight tunnel and extruded aluminum spindles up front.
Handlebars
CLEAN CONTROLS - The XTX features clean instrumentation with a small digital control pod, electric start, grips heated to the ends and a sport windshield.
Reverse lever
BACK UP THE BUS - Yamaha uses a new pull-lever reverse system on the XTX. One simple tug and the snowmobile eases into reverse.
Running boards
STEEPER BOARDS - The XTX crossover snowmobile has steeper running boards with large evacuation holes and a solid stirrup built into the footholds.
Yamaha is playing rough for 2009 with a new crossover version of its popular 130-horsepower Nytro.

The company says its engineers' aim was to create a kick-butt snowmobile that's better on AND off trail, keeps its reliability and improves its comfort. Tall order!

The solution - the 2009 FX Nytro XTX.

What makes it special, and early AmSnow test rides confirm this one is a winner, is its 144-inch track. But there's a twist. The track, the longest currently in the crossover market, is tipped up 6 degrees at 121 inches, so it rides like a short-track snowmobile. Clever, and it works!

That longer track helps it bridge bumps better and the 144-inch length creates better flotation on deep snow. Again, the point is being able to take it off-trail for more fun, while still enjoying a great trail ride. We tested it on some of the bumpiest trails we've ridden all season, and the XTX performed well.

Yamaha goes further though. It has tweaks in the track approach angle and rear suspension which give it 1.5 mph more on top end than the 2008 Nytros. Naturally, we haven't been able to test that yet, but our dyno test put the original at 138.6 hp and our long-term tester did 96 mph top speed in our recent Real World testing. So, Nytro will scoot.

Additionally, there's an improved rear suspension with 40mm aluminum HPG shocks with the fully coupled rear suspension with adjuster block and tri-cam preload adjuster. Again, the aim is better ride. Adding more grip is a new RipSaw track with 1.25-inch lugs to boost you in the deep stuff.

Up front is a recalibrated suspension that vastly improves cornering. We likened our test to going from solid luxury sedan steering to BMW precision. The XTX corners flat and easy with much less bump-steer twitchiness compared to the previous model. It's a leap.

To accomplish this, Yamaha made 10 changes to the front suspension's geometry. Its engineers relaxed the caster 4 degrees and added a new spindle with slightly longer trail to it. Plus, the A-arms are shorter, there are new tie-rods and the rubber that sits between the skis and the saddle has been changed. Think of it as the cartilidge in your knee. You get stability and more predictable handling as a result.

Other changes on the XTX include a narrower 11-degree tunnel and steeper running boards with better snow evacuation holes and grip. The XTX will come in standard Yamaha blue and white and in a new white and silver combo that's quite sharp.

The XTX isn't the only thing new for 2009, but if we told you more we'd have to shoot you! Watch for the full Yamaha line reveal in the next 6 weeks, both on this Web site, and in the Spring 2008 issue that hits mailboxes in mid-March and newsstands shortly thereafter.

2009 Victory Hammer



2009 Victory Hammer
2009 Victory Hammer

2009 Victory Hammer
2009 Victory Hammer

2009 Victory Hammer
2009 Victory Hammer

2009 Victory Hammer
2009 Victory Hammer

• 2009 Victory Hammer

2009 Victory Hammer

Powered by a 97-horsepower Victory Freedom 106/6 V-twin that is calibrated especially for these models, these Muscle Cruisers deliver sporty performance that inspires riders.


New for 2009
-New Freedom 106 6 Speed
-Stage 2 Cams
-97 HP and 113 Ft Lbs of Torque
-New Stingray cast wheels are 15.9 lbs lighter
-New LED tail light is twice as bright
-New Headlight lighter and better pattern

Key Features
-Performance Cruiser introduced in 2005
-Aggressive riding position with fat tire style

Features & Benefits

• Freedom 106 Cubic Inch V-Twin Engine

• Removable seat cowl

• Ultra Fat 9.84 inch (250mm) rear tire

• Speedmeter and tachometer

• Custom-inspired headlight

• 18" front wheel

• Inverted fork with dual disc brakes

• Mutli LED Tail light

• Stingray wheels

• Aggressive riding position


2009 Victory Hammer - USA Specifications

MSRP $17,499.00*

ENGINE
Engine 4-stroke, 50° V-twin, single overhead camshafts with 4-valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters

Gross Horsepower 97 hp

Displacement 106 ci (1,731 cc)

Bore x Stroke 101 x 108 mm

Compression Ratio 9.4:1

Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection with dual 45 mm throttle bodies

Clutch Wet, multi-plate

Cooling Air / oil

Exhaust Staggered slash-cut dual exhaust with crossover


DIMENSIONS
Length 93.1 in. (2,366 mm)

Weight Dry: 669 lbs. (303 kg)

GVWR: 1,173 lbs. (532 kg)

Ground Clearance 5.8 in. (148 mm)

Wheelbase 65.7 in. (1,669 mm)

Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal. (17 l)

Oil Capacity 5 qt. (4.75 l)

Seat Height 26.5 in. (673 mm)


DRIVETRAIN
Transmission 6-speed overdrive constant mesh

Primary Drive Gear drive with torque compensator

Final Drive Carbon fiber reinforced belt

Suspension Front: Inverted cartridge telescopic fork, 43 mm fork tube; 5.1 in. (130 mm) travel

Rear: Single, mono-tube gas shock, cast aluminum with rising rate linkage swingarm, preload adjustable spring; 3.9 in. (100 mm) travel

BRAKES/WHEELS/TIRES
Brakes Front: Dual 300 mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers

Rear: 300 mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper

Tires Front: 130/70R18 Dunlop Elite 3

Rear: 250/40R18 Dunlop Elite 3

Rake 32.7°

Trail 5.5 in. (140 mm)

Colors Black, Super Graphite, Sunset Red with Extreme Graphics, Nuclear Sunset with Extreme Graphics


2009 Victory Hammer - Canada Specifications
MSRP C$19,511.00*

ENGINE
Engine 4-stroke, 50° V-twin, single overhead camshafts with 4-valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters

Gross Horsepower 97 hp

Displacement 106 ci (1,731 cc)

Bore x Stroke 101 x 108 mm

Compression Ratio 9.4:1

Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection with dual 45 mm throttle bodies

Clutch Wet, multi-plate

Cooling Air / oil

Exhaust Staggered slash-cut dual exhaust with crossover

DIMENSIONS
Length 93.1 in. (2,366 mm)

Weight Dry: 669 lbs. (303 kg)

GVWR: 1,173 lbs. (532 kg)

Ground Clearance 5.8 in. (148 mm)

Wheelbase 65.7 in. (1,669 mm)

Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal. (17 l)

Oil Capacity 5 qt. (4.75 l)

Seat Height 26.5 in. (673 mm)

DRIVETRAIN
Transmission 6-speed overdrive constant mesh

Primary Drive Gear drive with torque compensator

Final Drive Carbon fiber reinforced belt

Suspension Front: Inverted cartridge telescopic fork, 43 mm fork tube; 5.1 in. (130 mm) travel

Rear: Single, mono-tube gas shock, cast aluminum with rising rate linkage swingarm, preload adjustable spring; 3.9 in. (100 mm) travel

BRAKES/WHEELS/TIRES
Brakes Front: Dual 300 mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers

Rear: 300 mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper

Tires Front: 130/70R18 Dunlop Elite 3

Rear: 250/40R18 Dunlop Elite 3

Rake 32.7°

Trail 5.5 in. (140 mm)

Colors Black, Super Graphite, Sunset Red with Extreme Graphics, Nuclear Sunset with Extreme Graphics

Yamaha MT-04 250 FT 250cc Flat Track Concept



Yamaha MT-04 250 FT flat tracker by Oberdan Bezzi

What would a Yamaha MT-04 250cc flat tracker look like? Oberdan Bezzi, who keeps turning out loads of very cool sketches, thought it might be an opportunity for Yamaha to open up a segment of the market with something other than a scooter or the usual small displacement motorcycles you see throughout much of the world. He thought if Yamaha built a V-Twin like this it might appeal to the riders looking for something that stands out from the crowd.

He has a more standard sketch for his MT-04 idea but this flat track concept, aimed at the U.S., caught my eye. Think about the large base of new riders looking for a way to get comfortable on a motorcycle but having a problem finding a small displacement bike that looks good. In my mind, this would solve that problem quite nicely. In fact, something this nice might do away with the need to move up too quickly because the rider wanted to get off of his “beginner bike” and give him or her an opportunity to really learn how to ride. Nice idea!

Cafe Rouge Norton 850 Custom Cafe Racer



Cafe Rouge Norton 850 powered custom

Larry Houghton entered the AMD World Championship and attacked from a different angle, he brought Cafe Rouge, powered by a 1976 Norton 850. Since Larry’s Lamb Precision Engineering Ltd hails from the U.K., it makes sense.

As I was browsing through the winners of this year’s championship, I was struck by how quickly the style had changed from years past into the board track theme and a lot of competitors had some derivation of the same thing; nice bikes, well built, but falling into line on this trend like the stretched choppers of a couple years back. Then I saw Cafe Rouge and it stood out instantly.

Larry’s hand built frame has a cantilever shock working the rear swingarm with an upside down Suzuki fork. Wheels are 21 inch front and 23 inch rear with a 130 width tire out back. Everything is adjustable, rake from 25 to 38 deg, seat height and rear ride height. The tank is machined from 2 blocks of acrylic. The engine is tilted 40 degrees delivering power through a 4 speed transmission.

Cafe Rouge placed 11th after a tie break. Yes, it’s a show bike, no, it’s not really practical but it does show some outside the box thinking compared to many of the other bikes in the competition. Interesting.

More photos below:

Cafe Rouge Norton 850 powered custom

Cafe Rouge Norton 850 powered custom

Benelli 250 GP Scale Model Motorcycle



Benelli 250 GP scale model motorcycle

Pere Tarrag√≥ has just completed another of his exquisite scale models, this one is a Benelli 250 4 cylinder GP bike. The photo above is one of those where you look at it and think, “Hmm …, nice bike,” then you see the piece of candy in the foreground.

The model is 15 3/4 inches long and weighs 5 1/2 pounds. Brakes, suspension, levers, all work, 618 hours to produce it.

I featured his work before and this looks to be up to his usual extremely high standards. Very nice!

More photos and link below:

Benelli 250 GP scale model motorcycle

Benelli 250 GP scale model motorcycle

Benelli 250 GP scale model motorcycle engine

Peel P50 Micro Car

Peel P50 is a three-wheeled microcar that comes from the Isle of Man off the English coast. The Peel P50 was manufactured by Peel engineering in the early 1960’s.

Peel P50 has 3 forward gears and no reverse, that’s why Peel P50 has comes equipped with a reversing “handle”, literally a handle by which the 60 kg car can be dragged by.

Peel P50 Micro Car

The diminutive Peel P50 is powered by a 49 cc DKW fan cooled engine with the length of 135 cm by 99 cm in wide.

Peel P50 Micro Car

Alfa MiTo in British

Alfa MiTo will take its debut in UK at British International Motor Show. Alfa Romeo. The Alfa MiTo is the first compact Alfa Romeo for more than 35 years to enter the British market.

The Alfa MiTo British market version will be available with three petrol and two diesel engines (a 1.4 liter 16V developing 95 bhp, a 1.4 liter TB with a 155 bhp output, a 1.4 liter TB developing 120 bhp).

The Alfa MiTo price for the British market will start at £10,975 OTR for the entry level 1.4 16V 95 bhp Turismo, and the price will goes up to £14,975 for the 1.4 TB 155 bhp Veloce.

Alfa MiTo in British

Press Release

Alfa Romeo’s eagerly anticipated sporty compact, the Alfa MiTo, will make its UK public debut at this year’s British International Motor Show in ExCeL London, from 23 July – 3 August 2008.

The first compact Alfa Romeo for more than 35 years, the sporty and agile Alfa MiTo signals the new energy and direction for the Italian sporting marque.

Blessed with styling cues from the sublime Alfa 8C Competizione, the Alfa MiTo is expected to win over style-conscious young drivers when it goes on sale here in January 2009.

Alfa MiTo in British

Neat styling touches include the 8C-esque front end, frameless side windows, distinctive headlamps and LED tail lights, flared wheel arches, high waistline and broad C-pillar; all of which combine to give the Alfa MiTo a purposeful stance.

Safety is a priority inside the Alfa MiTo, which is equipped with seven airbags as standard equipment. High build quality is matched by superb materials and top quality fabrics, and finishing touches such as the use of glossy titanium chrome paint create a sporty and stylish driving environment.

On the road, the sharp handling Alfa MiTo will reward UK customers with an impressive blend of performance and fuel economy from all five engines offered at launch – three petrol and two diesel – coupled to six speed gearboxes (except for the 1.4 TB 120 bhp).

Alfa MiTo in British

Entertaining and sure-footed driving dynamics are assured with Alfa Romeo’s innovative D.N.A. (Dynamic – Normal - All weather) system. D.N.A. acts on the engine, brakes, steering, suspension and gearbox to create the best set-up for different driving environments.

For increased roadholding characteristics, the Alfa MiTo range features a host of driver aids, including ABS with EBD, VDC (vehicle dynamic control), ASR, CBC (cornering brake control), DST (dynamic steering torque) and HBA with Hill Holder.

Alfa MiTo in British

On sale early next year, with pre-ordering beginning in October, prices start at £10,975 OTR for the entry level 1.4 16V 95 bhp Turismo, and rise to £14,975 for the 1.4 TB 155 bhp Veloce.

Alfa MiTo in British

Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 Video

Volkswagen has released the first video of Volkswagen Scirocco GT24. This Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 video shows various technical aspects of the car including images taken on the Nurburgring race track.

Powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged and intercooled engine, the Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 develops 325 hp and 340 Nm of torque. The engine for the Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 is coupled with a dual clutch DSG transmission.

Volkswagen Scirocco GT24

In the recent 24-hour race that took place on the famous track the Volkswagen Scirocco GT24, the race version of the new Scirocco, took the 1st and 2nd place in its class.

Just watch the Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 video and enjoy…


Honda Civic 5D Mugen

Honda Civic 5D Mugen concept car has been premiered at Moscow Motor Show this year. Although there are no technical details on the Honda Civic 5D Mugen have been released yet, but we can see in the photos that Honda Civic 5D Mugen features underwent a number of aerodynamic modifications.

Honda Civic 5D Mugen Picture

Honda Civic 5D Mugen featuring a new rear wing, side skirts, hood, new front and rear bumpers, a new round dual exhaust system, and also black alloy wheels.

Honda Civic 5D Mugen Image

Honda Civic 5D Mugen is a Mugen model that following Accord Mugen (the first Mugen model) as the second Mugen model released on the Russian market.

Honda Civic 5D Mugen

Honda Civic 5D Mugen Photo

2009 HUMMER H3T for Middle East Market

The 2009 HUMMER H3T will go on sale this November in the Middle East, following an extensive testing and validation process to improve its stamina in various conditions. The 2009 HUMMER H3T was tested on inner-city roads and highways, in the sandy desert of the United Arab Emirates and the rocky mountains of Oman.

The 2009 HUMMER H3T had to undergo a series of modifications to withstand the conditions of the various types of terrain in the region to be able to go on sale in the Middle East. However, the pricing of the 2009 HUMMER H3T for the Middle East market has not been announced yet.

2009 HUMMER H3T


The all-new 2009 HUMMER H3T is set to go on sale in the Middle East this November following an extensive testing and validation process designed to prove its stamina in various areas of on and off-road performance. HUMMER is bringing its unmistakable style and unmatched capability to the pick-up market with the 2009 H3T.

As is the case with other testing and validation programs GM Middle East runs, this one was designed to ensure that the H3T is specifically adjusted to meet the demanding needs of potential Middle East customers and the environment they live in, and that it can, in true HUMMER style, dominate various types of terrain in the region.

“GM engineers have conducted an extensive test program on HUMMER H3T in GM’s proving ground test facilities worldwide, and the Middle East team is doing its fair share. We are performing a round of gruesome hot weather testing in the region to examine every possible engineering, design, and build-quality aspect of the vehicle to make sure the H3T is ready for the Middle East market,” said Duminda Unantenne, Regional Quality Manager in the Middle East.

The testing was carried out on inner-city roads and highways, in the sandy desert of the United Arab Emirates and the rocky mountains of Oman. Two vehicles were put through various tests, to simulate all driving conditions across the Middle East.

2009 HUMMER H3T

The engine’s performance was examined in numerous tests designed to make sure it could withstand different driving conditions. Vehicle handling and responsiveness were also examined, in addition to the fuel systems, and the air-conditioning and cooling systems, which were also tested to make sure they met regional standards.

“It is very important to provide our customers with vehicles that suit their individual needs and requirements. The H3T is ideal for customers who work hard and play harder. The H3T retains the HUMMER brand’s DNA, including exceptional off-road capability and a premium interior that is as functional as it is comfortable”, stated Johnny Amiouni, HUMMER’s Marketing Manager in Middle East, “We are extremely proud of our validation programme and we are looking forward to launching this outstanding vehicle in November”.

The H3T is based on the architecture of the popular H3, but features a five-passenger crew cab and a separate 1.5 meters long bed. It is bigger than a midsize pick-up and smaller than a full-size pick-up, creating its own niche in the market. It also is infused with the attributes expected of a HUMMER, including exceptional off-road capability and a premium interior that is as functional as it is comfortable.

HSV ClubSport R8 Tourer

HSV ClubSport R8 Tourer has been launched by Holden Special Vehicles for the Australian market. This HSV ClubSport R8 Tourer is a wagon that built following the first all wheel drive Avalanche. Powered by an LS3 engine, HSV ClubSport R8 Tourer may delivers 317kW and 550Nm of torque. Around 120 HSV ClubSport R8 Tourers will be built for the Australian market in 2008.

HSV ClubSport R8 Tourer price are based at $65,990. This price is $1000 more than the sedan version. For additional leather seats, you have to add $2490 more to get this HSV ClubSport R8 Tourer.

If you want the automatic transmission, you have to add $2330 more on the price. While the 20″ wheel and tire package will cost $2500 extra.

HSV ClubSport R8 Tourer


Holden Special Vehicles has launched the new ClubSport R8 Tourer into the Australian market, with all the performance characteristics of the HSV brand in a versatile and luxurious new package.

The ClubSport R8 Tourer will be the company s first wagon since the all wheel drive Avalanche was released in 2003.

According to HSV s General Manager of Sales, Darren Bowler, the Tourer is a natural extension to the current HSV range of luxury and performance vehicles.

We were very impressed with the Sportswagon product our colleagues at Holden have released and believe the ClubSport R8 Tourer takes the concept to the next level, Darren Bowler said.

The Tourer is powered by the high performance LS3 engine producing 317kW of power and 550Nm of torque, making this one of the most powerful wagons produced anywhere in the world.

The Tourer also has impressive handling and ride characteristics and HSV s enormous brakes and safety package we expect this product to appeal to a range of customers, including families who will enjoy the versatility this HSV brings to the garage.

HSV s Chief Engineer Joel Stoddart said customers would appreciate the driving experience of the Tourer just as much as the HSV sedan range.

We’ve built on our knowledge gained since the launch of the E-Series range in August 2006 particularly in chassis development and tuning coupled with the all new LS3 engine, to produce one of our best ever products, Joel Stoddart said.

The ClubSport Tourer R8 is a versatile and extremely responsive package.

HSV has produced a handful of wagon variants over its 20 year history. Prior to the Avalanche, the company built 27 VT Senator Signature Estates in 1997.

HSV will build around 120 ClubSport R8 Tourers for the Australian market in 2008.
A manual ClubSport R8 Tourer is priced from $65,990, which is just $1000 more than the equivalent ClubSport R8 sedan.

Automatic transmission is an additional $2330. Customers have the option of full leather seats for $2490 and can customize their Tourer even further with a 20 inch wheel and tyre package for $2500.

The Tourer is available from dealers nationally.