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August 16, 2010

Official: Rossi to ride for Ducati in 2011

Rossi likened his departure from Fiat Yamaha as the end of a marriage: "even the most beautiful love stories finish, but they leave a lot of wonderful memories," said Rossi after Sunday's Czech GP. The signing will see two of Italy’s great racing legends compete together from next year. The Italian fans’ dream come true, it’s hard to imagine how the fans will welcome Rossi on the red machine in next year’s Italian Grand Prix in Mugello. Read the full article »

August 13, 2010

Husqvarna updated the WR250 and WR300 offroad bikes for 2011

The swedish company introduced the 2011 WR250 and WR300 enduro machines. The two models got only one important update on a technical level, the rest of the changes is aesthetic. These are two absolutely identical enduro all points of view, measures and equipment chassis, brakes and sizes. Read the full article »

August 13, 2010

The Sultan of Qatar has a new toy – the MV Agusta F4 Libeccio

Alka Design has created two special versions for the MV Agusta F4, both inspired by the world of supercars. The first one, dubbed the Libeccio is a studie inspired by the Pagani Zonda One, a one-of supercar made for Ana Al-Thani, the Sultan of Qatar. The Libeccio has - just as the Zonda - a body completely made out of carbon fiber. As far as we know, Alka didn' touch the engine, the inline-four produces still 186hp at 12,900rpm. Read the full article »

August 12, 2010

BMW motorcycles: July sales up

After announcing increased sales in the second quarter of 2010, the motorcycle division of BMW reported additional positivity for July. The sales of the German manufacturer rose 4.4% to 10,022 over 500cc, a segment that’s been on the negative side of sales across all manufacturers lately. BMW sold 9604 motorcycles in July 2009 in this segment. In the January-July period, BMW sold more than 67 000 motorcycles (previous year: 56 578). The best-selling model is – no surprise – the long-distance enduro, the R1200 GS, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Read the full article »

August 12, 2010

Veon wins World Championship of Custom Bike Building

You love cruisers but from time to time you want more speed and you can’t afford two motorcycles? Fred Krugger found a pretty exciting solution for this problem. He built a motorcycle that morphs from cruiser to racer at the push of a button. His creation, the V-Rod powered Veon won the 2010 World Championship […] Read the full article »

August 11, 2010

Video: Jenny Tinmouth’s zero-emission lap record

No matter if you like the electric motorcycles or not - they're here to stay. We saw the amazing speed of the Motoczysz E1pc on this year's Isle of Man TT, and now here's Jenny Tinmouth's zero-emission lap record at Anglesey circuit, during a round of the UK TTXGP Championship. Her fastest lap was 1:20.922 and had an average speed of 69mph. Wonder how long it will take before electric machines lap faster than petrol-powered machines. Read the full article »

August 11, 2010

Zaeta 530: new production street tracker from Italy

Graziano Rossi isn't a well known person, but if I tell you that his son's name is Valentino, does it ring a bell, doesn't it? The father of the nine-time MotoGP world champion has just started a new motorcycle company, which had a prototype called the "Ouroboros Zaeta" last year. That bike has officially been homologated last week and will be distributed in Italy for a price tag of €13,500. Read the full article »

August 10, 2010

Leaked documents confirm the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200

Rumours have swirled since the introduction of Aprilia's 750cc Dorsoduro back in 2007, that the company plans a larger 1200cc version. It was four almost years ago but we finally got the confirmation of the stronger version, even if in a funny way. The news comes from Aprilia itself in a form of mistakenly posted service manual for the upcoming bike. Read the full article »

August 10, 2010

Suzuki GSX-R 1000 and Bandit 1250S go to India

Suzuki finally decided to bring its highly awaited sportbikes to the Indian market - the GSX-R1000 and the Bandit 1250S. The two models have been succesfully reining supreme in the international market for long were desperately sought in India. Both bikes are known for their powerful engines and futuristic styling. Read the full article »

August 10, 2010

Kawasaki debuts 2011 ER-4n naked bike

Kawasaki has launched the new 2011 ER-4n, a stylish naked-sport bike in Japan. There are several types of motorcycle licenses in the Asian country, and the "ordinary" license is valid up to 400cc engine displacement. In response to such market demand, Kawasaki started the sale of the brand new ER-4n, a naked bike based on the 2011 Ninja 400R. Read the full article »