Motorcycle racing must be stressful...

Motorcycle racing sure seems like one hell of a stressful job. Pressure-cooker work environment? Just ask Rossi, Melandri, Lorenzo, Hopkins, Capirossi or Biaggi…

BMX + Trials + Supermoto = The Beema

The Beema, a battery-powered trials bike for the street...

Designed by one Andreas Martin, the Beema concept is supposed to be a bike that can be used in a skateboard park. It’s meant to be a trials motorcycle for the street – a freestyle bike which, we suppose, can only be used by those who are good with BMX bikes and skateboards.

The Beema is designed to be powered by an electric motor that offers a decent amount of torque and zero pollution. Things like the riding position, handlebars and even the wheelbase are customizable, depending on whether you are using the bike for ‘normal’ riding or for performing stunts. More details here

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The Beema seems to have been designed for this kind of riding...

KTM 690 Duke riding impression

Looking for a lightweight single-cylinder bike that's oodles of fun to ride? The KTM 690 Duke just might be the best of the breed...

Powered by KTM’s 654cc, 65bhp LC4 single-cylinder engine, the 690 Duke is light, agile and fun to ride. Perhaps more fun than the 65bhp power output may suggest. Motociclismo tested the bike recently, and here are some excerpts from what they have to say about it:

The 690 Duke can be surprisingly tempting. It looks better than its other 690-series cousins, has better ergonomics and a character that’s all its own. Mechanically, the Duke seems to vibrate a bit less than KTM’s other 690 bikes.

On the move, the bike feels responsive – twist the throttle and the small Duke picks up speed immediately – it almost makes you forget you’re riding a bike with a 65bhp single-cylinder engine. Wind protection is non-existent, but otherwise the Duke can be as suitable for longer rides as some of the bigger, more powerful bikes.

With firmer, shorter-travel suspension than other KTM 690s, the Duke feels better when accelerating or braking hard. The bike does not pitch or wallow too much, and the single 320mm front brake disc offers adequate stopping power.

The 690 Duke’s chassis is impeccable: steering accuracy at high speeds and stability in fast corners is exemplary. The lightweight (149kg) Duke gives you the confidence to ride it as hard as you want. And yet, the suspension is not too hard or too soft – it’s just right for twisty mountain roads and even works well on the racetrack, should you take the bike to one. Top speed is around 180km/h, which isn’t too bad. Overall, the KTM 690 Duke is just beautiful – the perfect single-cylinder bike…

Full road test on Motociclismo here

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Here's the KTM 690 Duke in action. Looks good, eh...

Aprilia SL1000 Falco-based café racer

Forget the Falco, this is the bike Aprilia should have built...

While we never thought much of the Aprilia SL1000 Falco, this Falco-based café racer does look interesting. The fairing has been stripped away, revealing that 60-degree v-twin, and the stubby tail unit, custom-made exhaust and single, round headlamp all look butch and purposeful. If it were ours, we’d get it painted black. And then ride it downtown late in the night…

SS Kawasaki ZX-8R: What the ZX-7R could have been…

This ZX-8R is Super Streetbike mag's vision of a modern-day ZX-7R...

The ZXR750 and ZX-7R are two of our all-time favourite Kawasakis here at Faster and Faster. And the guys at Super Streetbike also seem to like those now-defunct Kaw 750s, because they’ve dreamt up this ZX-8R, which is their vision of how the ZX-7R could have evolved. (Though if you look closely, you'll agree that Super Streetbike's ZX-8R seems to have been "inspired" by PB's ZX-8R, which we featured here!)

Anyway, SS say their ZX-8R would be fitted with Kawasaki’s 636cc inline-four, bored out to 800cc, with a power output of 150bhp at the rear wheel. The exhaust would be a four-into-two system, with pipe exiting from the bellypan and the other below the tail-unit. The chassis would be from the ZX-6R, with wheels and USD front fork from the Ducati 1098.

The SS ZX-8R, with its single seat, also gets a fully-adjustable Ohlins monoshock from the 1098, ZX-10R fuel tank, Z1000 headlamp, a fairing that’s a mix of Honda RCV, KTM RC8 and the ZX-7R, and a tail unit from the Honda NR750! Dry weight is expected to be a bit less than 170 kilos.

We think the original ZX-7R was much better looking than this fantasy ZX-8R, though we quite love the idea of an updated version of the old seven, with an 800cc, 150bhp engine. Wonder what Scott Russell would think of it…

And if Kawasaki can build the ZX-8R, why can't Yamaha have an R8?

San Marino MotoGP: Race results from Misano

It was Rossi in first place at Misano, followed by Lorenzo, Elias and Pedrosa

Race results from the 2008 San Marino Grand Prix, Misano

1. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (B) 44min 41.884 secs
2. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 44min 45.047 secs
3. Toni Elias SPA Alice Team (B) 44min 53.589 secs
4. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 44min 59.354 secs
5. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 45min 5.293 secs
6. James Toseland GBR Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 45min 8.092 secs
7. Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 45min 8.708 secs
8. Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP (M) 45min 9.475 secs
9. Marco Melandri ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 45min 15.053 secs
10. Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha (M) 45min 18.413 secs
11. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team (B) 45min 23.965 secs
12. Shinya Nakano JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini (B) 45min 25.692 secs
13. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 45min 36.758 secs
14. John Hopkins USA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 45min 37.038 secs


Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP (M)
Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B)
Alex de Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini (B)

Full race report here

More pics from various races, from the 2008 MotoGP season

First official pics: 2009 BMW K1300R, K1300S and K1300GT

The 2009 BMW K1300R looks smoking hot!!

The 2009 BMW K1300S

The 2009 K1300S weighs 228 kilos, packs 175bhp, gets a new (optional) quickshifter system, which allows clutchless, push-button gearchanges. Cool, eh? There's also ESA2 electronic suspension adjustment, which should make it very easy to mess around endlessly with the suspension settings. And like you see here, the bike will be available in new colours – orange, white and black/silver-gray.

The 2009 BMW K1300GT

Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart (2009)

Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart (2009) has been premiered by the Japanese manufacturer at the 2008 Paris Auto Show.

The 2009 Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart comes in both 3-door and 5-door body styles, and also equipped with a revised suspension, that has been in 8 points for sharper driving dynamics, and a thicker front stabilizer bar for reduced body roll.

2009 Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart

Powered by a 1.5 turbo engine, the 2009 Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart may develops 150 PS. Unfortunately the 2009 Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart price has not been announced yet by the manufacturer.

Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart 2009

Ford Ka New Models

New Ford Ka models has been unveiled at the Paris Auto Show. The new models are: Ford Ka Digital, Ford Ka Grand Prix and Ford Ka Tattoo.

Ford Ka Digital comes in a street fashion style and features a fresh, high-contrast green as the base color. Ford Ka Digital’s exterior comes with patterned body stripes and solid green grille surround and door mirror cappings.

Ford Ka Grand Prix comes with motorsports theme and features a chequered flag motif based on either red or white.

While Ford Ka Tattoo features a exterior decals seats with silver-grey fabric inserts and tattoo logos.

Ford Ka Tattoo

Press Release
Ka-crazy customers who want to make their new ‘pride and joy’ stand out from the crowd will be able to choose from a tempting array of option packs when the new model hits the road in January 2009.

Three factory-fitted packs have been specially developed for the all-new Ka, offering a combination of exciting interior and exterior designs based on very different themes:

Ford Ka Digital
Vibrant ‘street fashion’ style, using a fresh, high-contrast green as the base color. The exterior pack features patterned body stripes and solid green grille surround and door mirror cappings. The interior pack includes seats with patterned inserts and green headrests, green door panels, and a solid green finish to the centre console bezel, door pulls, instrument cluster shroud, steering wheel and the rings around the air vents. Finishing touches include a gear knob and handbrake handle combining green leather with an aluminium finish, and velour floor mats with green stitching.

Ford Ka Digital

Ford Ka Digital Picture

Ford Ka Grand Prix
An exciting motorsports theme with a chequered flag motif based on either a red or white exterior color scheme. The exterior pack comprises patterned body stripes with solid color grille surround and door mirror cappings, and can be combined with a rear spoiler and white alloy wheels. The interior pack features red seats with an embossed white pattern and white headrests, red door panels and red leather trim on the steering wheel. A gear knob and handbrake combining red leather with an aluminium finish, and velour floor mats with red stitching complete the package.

Ford Ka Grand Prix

Ford Ka Grand Prix Picture

Ford Ka Tattoo
A fashionable and fun tattoo design with a heart at its centre, created in bold metallic colours. The exterior pack includes a large decal of the tattoo logo on the roof and a smaller decal on the fender. The interior pack features seats with silver-grey fabric inserts and the tattoo logo embossed on the backrest, silver-grey headrests and door panels, and anthracite leather trim on the steering wheel. Velour floor mats with silver stitching and embroidered tattoo emblem round things off, along with a gear knob and handbrake combining anthracite leather with an aluminium finish. There is also a unique leather seat option which has a special metallic finish on the insert panels and an embossed tattoo emblem.

Ford Ka Tattoo Picture

All three option packs are available on the standard Zetec model only and prices will be announced closer to the on sale date.

Extensive Ka personalisation choice
There is also a full range of options that can be ordered individually, and these include:
Chrome door handles and tailgate handle, and chrome exhaust trim
Leather seats with a choice of colours to match light or dark interior environments
Leather steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake
Unique centre console storage unit with elastic nets, finished in a choice of coordinated colours
Premium velour floor mats with Ka logo
Body-colour rear spoiler
14-, 15- and 16-inch alloy wheels in a range of styles, including a white 15-inch design

“The new Ford Individual range for the Ka provides customers with a very attractive choice of high quality, factory fitted parts to customise their vehicle,” said Bernhard Mattes, Vice President of the Customer Service Division, Ford of Europe. “Using its bold design as their starting point, our designers have created a unique selection of features for the cheeky new Ka, giving owners an expressive array of interior and exterior options.”