2011 April - Motorcycle News

April 28, 2011

Walz Hardcore Cycles Ligier Gitanes tribute bike

This is the fourth bike of Walz’s "Racing Legends" Bike Series. The Ligier Gitanes is dedicated to the almost forgotten French Formula 1 driver Didier Pironi. Pironi had an almost fatal crash at the Hockenheimring circuit in 1982 but unfortunately he lost his life in 1986 during an Offshore Powerboat race at Englands coast. The photos of the bike you can see here are ironically made exactly at the same spot of the last remains of the old original Hockenheimring circuit Pironi had his horrible crash at. Read the full article »

April 28, 2011

2012 KTM 690 Duke spotted?

Is this the 2012 KTM 690 Duke? MCN reports that an Austrian KTM enthusiast spotted the new Duke at a gas station near Mattighofen. It seems that the bike on the picture is an early prototype of the 2012 690 Duke, which will gain a couple of extra horses up on its predecessor. The 2012 Duke will most likely feature new headlights and two-part muffler design, but it’s also possible that this is a brand new, 450-500cc Duke. Time will tell. Read the full article »

April 28, 2011

Summer cleaning kit from Sdoc100

New from Germany's favourite motorcycle cleaning brand (as voted by Motorrad magazine for the 5th successive year), this comprehensive kit from Sdoc100 contains everything needed to clean, protect and preserve a motorcycle during the summer months. Removing road grime, dirt, and grease is an important part of bike maintenance all year round and Sdoc100 Power Gel allows owners to do this without scrubbing – so there’s no risk of damage to paint and metalwork. Read the full article »

April 27, 2011

Video: KTM 125 Duke behind the scenes

We have a new video of the KTM 125 Duke which took part in a backstage video shoot in Barcelona, Spain. The manufacturer is targeting the young crowd with the small displacement bike and it seems that the bike is a real hit. The 125 Duke is produced at a Bajaj factory in India which brings the costs down. But that doesn’t mean you don’t get the latest tech, the 125 Duke features a modern, liquid-cooled engine with two overhead camshafts, a balancer shaft and electronic fuel injection. Read the full article »

April 27, 2011

Z1R launched new helmet for kids

Z1R launched a new helmet, the Youth Strike Blitz. The helmet was constructed with the same advanced features found in the Z1R adult line of helmets. The compact shell has been designed specifically to fit a child's head. The result of this compact construction is delivery of a helmet that is more comfortable for the child and offers maximum protection. The Youth Strike Blitz is DOT approved, comes with all the great ventilation features that Z1R Helmets are known for, and parents will know their child is safe wearing a helmet created specifically to meet their needs. Read the full article »

April 26, 2011

Video: Ducati Diavel Carbon at Pacific Raceways

Here’s the first onboard video of a Ducati Diavel. And not just any Diavel, the bike on the video is a Diavel Carbon Black. This version was introduced last December. The bike features glossy black tank, black intakes and headlamp. In addition to that, Ducati drops the red Diavel’s metal looking air intakes for the matte black revision. And what about the sound and acceleration of the Diavel? Check the videos. Read the full article »

April 26, 2011

Video: Motus MST closed course testing

Are you curious about the Motus MST’s noise? Here it is, we finally have an audio track of the bike’s KMV4 engine. Development continues on the MST prototypes, shown here at the prestigious Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. At the heart of the MST is a 1654cc V4 which is a downsized version of Chevy’s LS7. The 90-degree engine delivers 161 hp at 7,800 rpm and 122 lb.-ft. at 4,500 rpm, while the redline is at 8,000 rpm. The bike tips the scales around 500 lbs dry. Read the full article »

April 26, 2011

Arai introduces special „Flag Japan” helmet to help tsunami victims

Arai introduces the special edition Quantum ”Flag Japan” design – available later this year. This special Quantum design is based on the popular “Flag” design series. Designer Aldo Drudi has made a special version with the Japanese flag as the center of attention. The result is a really stunning design that together with the excellent sport/touring properties of the Quantum helmet offers a very attractive combination. Read the full article »

April 23, 2011

2011 Aprilia Scarabeo Street 50

The Scarabeo Street 50 2T is the entry level model of the Scarabeo family, the most youthful Scarabeo of all, with its minimalist, pure design and two-strokeengine. Thanks to large diameter wheels and low seat, the Scarabeo 50 Street achieves a perfect blend of sporty riding and safety. The Scarabeo Street 50 is powered by a latest generation two stroke engine, with forced air cooling and a catalytic converter. Read the full article »

April 22, 2011

Video: Welcome to violence by Icon Motorsports

Have you ever enjoyed creating your own set of problems and then trying to solve them? Here’s an interesting one: how do you combine one DeLorean, two Brammo electric motorcycles, and six of the meanest roller girls in the Pacific Northwest into one video? The guys at Icon Motorsports asked themselves the very same question and even may have solved the problem. Take a look and judge for yourself. Read the full article »