MV Agusta officially announces the Lewis Hamilton Dragster RR

MV Agusta officially announces the Lewis Hamilton Dragster RR

MV AGUSTA has officially announced that it’s soon going to be releasing a special Lewis Hamilton edition of its Brutale 800 Dragster RR.

The above video appeared on MV’s official YouTube page yesterday. It features the F1 champion doing a burnout on the bike he’s put his name to, which looks to have a few cosmetic differences over the standard RR including red wheels, rearsets, and engine casing protectors.

Lewis Hamilton is known to be a fan of MV Agusta and must really like the Brutale 800 Dragster RR – he can be seen riding one into Monza when F1 was there in September this year and MV also loaned him the same bike when he was at Monza in 2014.

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2016 Kawasaki ZZR1400 revealed

2016 Kawasaki ZZR1400 revealed

Kawasaki ZZR1400 2016

KAWASAKI has just revealed upgrades for 2016 to the ZZR1400 including a new instrument cluster, while the ‘Performance Sport’ edition gets Brembo monobloc brake calipers.

Tweaked ECU settings mean the hyper-tourer now meets new European emission limits with no drop in its claimed 200hp, according to Kawasaki.  

The ZZR1400 came out at number one in our recent top 10 most powerful bikes of 2015, with an independently measured 207.9hp.  

Kawasaki revealed the upgrades moments ago in a press release which said: Euro4 compliant, no power compromise, whilst Performance Sport model gets high-end Brembo brakes. 

Kawasaki has taken the iconic ZZR1400 to the next level with two revised 2016 models featuring upgrades that help the machine keep its legendary power and character, whilst complying to Euro4 regulations.

Globally renowned as the reference machine for high mileage performance motorcycling, the ZZR1400 and ZZR1400 Performance Sport models have been refined even further, via a host of engine and chassis modifications.

Key to the ZZR1400 legend is its class leading power and torque characteristics, giving the machine wide versatility, from relaxed everyday riding to hypersport thrills. Utilising new settings in the ECU and a revised evaporative and exhaust system, the bike meets the latest Euro4 emission regulations without any drop in the power figures of this 1,441cc machine – 200PS.

Ensuring the fast rising speed and rpm readings stay in focus, a new instrument cluster features high-visibility dials and LCD displays using a dot-pattern background, plus black/white interchangeable displays for easy reading in both day and night time.

The already high-spec Performance Sport model receives further upgrades which would not look out of place on the World Superbike winning Ninja ZX-10R. Most obvious are the new Brembo M50 monobloc brake calipers, which combined with a Brembo radial-pump master cylinder and stainless steel brake lines, supply ultimate stopping power. The model also features an Öhlins TTX39 rear shock absorber with settings unique to the ZZR1400, plus Akrapovic silencers; a partnership forged from Kawasaki’s all-conquering World Superbike effort.

The new ZZR1400 models stay loyal to the machine’s substantial fan base, whilst taking the ZZR riding experience a step further.’

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Top 10 most SORNed bikes

Top 10 most SORNed bikes

BACK when it was introduced, the Statutory Off-Road Notice – SORN – wasn’t terribly popular. It’s still a pain if you prefer to only tax your bike for part of the year. But on the plus side it does provide access to some intriguing information.

The latest set of detailed figures, just released by the government, reveals exactly what bikes were listed as SORN during the second quarter of 2015. The second quarter numbers are particularly interesting since they shouldn’t reflect bikes that have just been garaged for winter – these SORN machines are off the road in the middle of the riding season, eliminating those that are simply tucked away during winter.

It’s also interesting to see that the list of SORNed bikes doesn’t reflect the list of bikes that are most commonly found on the road.

So, what is likely to be tucked away in that neighbour’s garage?

Kawasaki ZX900

10. Kawasaki ZX900 (3189)

The ‘ZX900’ name might be an odd one to use but it’s the t**le usually put on the registration document of a ZX-9R, and that’s what most of the bikes here are likely to be. Some may also be GPZ900s, which are also sometimes listed as ZX900s on their documents. Given that the youngest ZX-9Rs are now 11 years old, it makes sense that a lot are reaching the ends of their lives, or perhaps waiting to be refreshed, behind closed doors.

Suzuki GSX-R600

9. Suzuki GSX-R600 (3849)

There are lots of GSX-R600s still on the road, but the model’s popularity means there are plenty that either don’t get used or can’t get used, too. While the name dates back to 1992, the GSX-R600 didn’t appear over here until the 1997 SRAD model was launched. Most of the SORNed bikes are likely to be these older models.

Piaggio Zip

8. Piaggio Zip (4063)

Scooters don’t appear much on the list of bikes that are currently registered and taxed, and the Piaggio Zip certainly doesn’t. It’s interesting that while over 4000 languish on SORNs, there were only 5899 taxed and on the road at the same time. So 40% of Zips are currently undone.

Suzuki SV650

7. Suzuki SV650 (4212)

The SV650 has a much better hit rate. While there are over 4000 SORNed ones out there, more than 10,000 were still in use on the road at the same time.

Yamaha YZF-R1

6. Yamaha YZF-R1 (4666)

Yamaha’s R1 was another bike to feature on our list of the most popular machines currently on the road, so it’s no surprise that there are quite a lot of SORNed ones as well. Again, the ratio isn’t bad – over 12,000 on the road compared to 4666 off it – and one hopes that many of those SORNed machines are being prepared for a comeback.

Suzuki Bandit 600

5. Suzuki GSF600 (5028)

The Bandit 600’s figures show that around a third of the surviving machines are currently off the road, which isn’t too surprising given how old many of them are. But there are still twice as many in use as out of circulation.

Honda CBR600F

4. Honda CBR600F (5168)

We were surprised that the CBR600F no longer ranks as one of the top 10 most common bikes on British roads, but since even the youngest ones are knocking on for double figures it perhaps shouldn’t come as a shock that their quantities are diminishing. The high figure for SORNed models (5168 off the road compared to 9462 on it) reflects that these are pretty old bikes now.

Kawasaki ZX-6R

3. Kawasaki ZX600 (5723)

As with the ZX900, the ZX600 nomenclature actually covers a few machines including the ZX-6R and the old ZZR600, so the high SORN reflects many years of different models going under the same t**le. There are still more on the road than off it, though, with some 9630 listed as being taxed.

Piaggio Vespa

2. Piaggio Vespa (5937)

Given that there’s an amazing 24961 Vespas listed as being taxed and on the road, it’s quite surprising that the SORN figure is this low, even though it’s still high enough for second place. However, its closest rival in terms of on-road popularity is the BMW R1200 (all models, with 24,389 in use) and only 1581 of them are listed as SORN, showing that BMW reliability might not be a myth after all.

Peugeot Speedfight

1. Peugeot Speedfight (6477)

In our list of the top 10 most common bikes to still be on the road, we wondered why scooters were so few and far between, particularly given their massive sales. The Speedfight was the UK’s best seller for years, and it seems that most have either disappeared from the records entirely or been tucked up in garages. It’s the only model on this list where more are SORN than remain on the road (5840 were listed as being licenced at the same time).

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A truly useful electric bike

A truly useful electric bike

suitcase bike
The electric motorcycle that’s also a suitcase.

HOT from the European Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market comes this design patent for a new bike, which stretches the definitions of ‘motorcycle’ and ‘suitcase’ by trying to be both. 

The design, filed by the wonderfully-named Boris Kunc from Slovenia, is for a suitcase that’s also an electric bike. Or an electric bike that’s also a suitcase. We’re guessing it’s not intended to be road legal, and is probably short on both range and performance. Even so it looks like an interesting way of getting around an airport at the very least, and perhaps even acting as rudimentary transport on arrival at your destination, too.

Or, by trying to perform two usually distinct functions, does it risk being no good for either? 

It’s hard to judge its size from the images. Is this a massive Samsonite of a creation, destined for the hold, or a t**chy hand-luggage-sized scoot? Perhaps there’s scope for both! It’s pretty clear from the ‘door open’ view that it’s mainly empty space inside, so there’s room for spare pants and a toothbrush.

While we’ve seen suitcase-shaped bikes before – Honda’s Motocompo, for instance, or the Boxx scooter – most of them don’t actually double as luggage. However, a quick search of Google’s patent library reveals that Mr Kunc isn’t the first with the idea, with drawings of very similar machines dating back to the 1960s and ’70s. We’ve included a couple in the picture gallery under this story. 

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Is this what the Suzuki VStrom 250 might look like

Is this what the Suzuki VStrom 250 might look like

Suzuki V-Strom 250

THIS is what Suzuki’s rumoured V-Strom 250 might look like, according to a Japanese magazine.

Young Machine, which has recently been churning out renderings almost faster than we can keep up, has printed this image in its latest issue.

The bike is supposedly heavily based on the Inazuma 250 platform – using its engine and styling combined with features borrowed from V-Strom 650 XT. The bike is called the GSR250X, but we think it’s likely to be called the V-Strom 250 in Europe.

It is rumoured that Suzuki will be showing the bike at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.

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Jack Miller joins Rabat at Marc VDS for 2016

Jack Miller joins Rabat at Marc VDS for 2016

MARC VDS Racing have announced at Phillip Island today that Jack Miller will be joining the team in the the MotoGP class next season alongside t**o Rabat.

The Marc VDS Racing Team have now confirmed that they will be running two bikes in the MotoGP class in 2016 as Rabat steps up from Moto2 to the factory Honda RC213V in Team Estrella Galaicia 0,0 Marc VDS colours whilst Miller will race in the the traditional Marc VDS Racing livery. 

Miller’s current crew, headed by experienced Chief Engineer Cristian Gabarrini, will join the Australian in the Marc VDS Racing Team for the 2016 season.

“I am very enthusiastic on this possibility with Honda and the Marc VDS Racing Team,” explained Miller. “I know Marc VDS is a good, strong and experienced team, and they can build a good structure for me to fight for good positions next year.

“As we both have already one year of experience from the top class, I feel that we can gain from the experiences we have to achieve good results together with Honda.”

2016 will be Miller’s second season in MotoGP having jumped from Moto3 straight into the premier class after a season long battle saw the Australian lose out on the Moto3 World t**le by two-points from winner Álex Márquez. 

Hondas new Africa Twin video says adventure continues on 161015

Hondas new Africa Twin video says adventure continues on 161015

IT’S months since Honda showed us the finished Africa Twin CRF1000L – so why does this new teaser video tell us the ‘adventure continues’ on ‘16.10.15’?

Could it be the revealing of the touring edition we’ve seen in spy shots?

Beats us. We’ve asked Honda, and we’ll let you know if the response sheds any light. Or we’ll just get back to you on Friday. 

At least the one-minute video gives us something nice to look at, instead of asking weird questions, à la Ducati.

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Caption that Early airbag designs quickly became extinct

Caption that Early airbag designs quickly became extinct

Dinosaur bike

YOUR funniest caption please.

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