February 13, 2010
MotoPOD ($8,000) allows you to carry a motorcycle and enjoy immediate ground transportation at EVERY airport. Enjoy a level of freedom and mobility that most pilots only dream about. It’s the freedom to visit new places, explore your destinations and see what you’ve been missing. The pod can hold a 255lb modified Yamaha XT-225 223cc motorcycle which has a top speed of 85mph. The bike is specially designed to fold up and be loaded onto the plane in under 5 minutes! Not having to pay for a rental car could save you $3,000 a year, which means the MotoPOD could easily pay for its self in just a few years! See more photos and a video.
April 30, 2009
BMW finally delivered a bike that can compete in the World Superbike Championship. The S1000RR features; aluminum beam frame, high-spec USD fork and monoshock (both ends fully adjustable), Brembo brakes, carbonfiber bodywork and 1,000cc inline-four that makes about 200bhp at the crank. Best of all, BMW wants to price this bike competitively with Japanese bikes which means you can get one for under $20,000. Click for image gallery and video.
December 12, 2008
This concept was introduced at the EICMA Show in Milan. The minimalist design features; boxer engine, twin wavy disc brakes, two projector-style headlamps, and single-sided swingarm. I think the LO Rider would be an awesome addition to BMW’s (lack of) cruiser line. Photo Gallery.
December 8, 2008
Over thirty years ago the US Air Force developed the “Warthog” A-10, which has saved many lives by providing ground troops with massive firepower. Now its Icon’s turn to support the ground troops with their version of “Superior Firepower”. Based off a 2004 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, ICON’s Warthog features a (non-working) Gatling gun, DOMAIN 2 Warthog graphics, 800 watt MTX audio system, 8″ LCD screen, and rear view camera. Even the engine got Warthog treatment. This bike was dyno’d at 188 RWHP (take that busa fanboys)! See the music video and image gallery.
November 12, 2008
Take a look at this beauty from Fusion Motorcycles. The boys over at Fusion have designed a custom bike using a Buell bike as the base. You can purchase a completed custom bike for about $29,000 or you can buy “The Machine” Buell conversion kit for around $4,500. The kit includes the seat, frame, oil tank, gas tank, rear shock, and swing arm. This is an awesome kit for motorcycle enthusiasts looking to combine a custom look with a classic Buell powerhouse motor. If you’re going to be in the NY area and want to see one of these for yourself you can check it out at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in NYC December 18-20. [Source]
November 6, 2008
Dainese is a world leader of protective clothing for motorcyclists and dynamic sports. Their professional racing suit is the worn by many MotoGP champions, and is arguably the best protection for when you are on a motorcycle. New for 2009 is the limited edition Tattoo Ykz design which features Samurai prints combined with Maori patterns. The artist behind this awesome suit is Luca Ionesco from Australia (check out his site for more suit designs that didn’t make it to production). The Tattoo Ykz is made from laser cut kangaroo skin and Lorica. Since this is limited edition, in order to get one you must register on the Dainese website and hope they accept your order. See the image gallery.
September 25, 2008
This Ferrari superbike concept is designed around Enzo engine that has been modified down to 4 cylinders. It features fly-by-wire technology with hand controls which were adapted from an “F-16 fighter jet, and buttons based on those found on the steering wheel of Ferrari’s Formula 1 race cars.” My favorite part is the weatherproof touchscreen display which allows you to access the sound system and trip computer… Imagine the possibilities, not the cost. See an image gallery.
September 8, 2008
Today Yamaha unveiled their long awaited 2009 YZF-R1. I must say I am happy to see the under-tail exhaust and the turn signals not mounted to the mirrors (like so many manufacturers are doing nowadays). The new R1 features a ton of new technologies originally pioneered in MotoGP. New for 2009 is the D-MODE variable throttle control function, which manages the power and throttle response. The YZF-R1 will be available January 2009 in 4 different color options starting at $12,390.
*UPDATE: The 2009 YZF-R1 puts out 180bhp at 12,500rpm and 85lb/ft of torque at 10,000rpm.* Read the press release and see more pictures.
August 16, 2008
Derbi has a sweet little bike in the works. The DH 2.0 could be described as a motorized mountain bike. Its name Derbi means DERived from BIcycles, and the DH suggests the design is derived from Down Hill bike racing. The frame is completely minimalistic which keeps the weight down to only 88lbs! The DH 2.0 is powered by a 100cc air cooled 4 stroke engine. It features; underseat exhaust, inverted fork, and an air monoshock rear suspension. There is no word on pricing or availabiltiy yet. You can go to Derbi and take a survey about this bike. See full specs and more photos.
July 31, 2008
Ever since I saw the Icon A5 I have been advocating the need for a flying motorcycle. Apparently Samson Motorworks has something like that in the works. Their SkyBike is a three-wheel enclosed vehicle. Samson claims “you can drive in air conditioned comfort to a local airport where the wings are extended, fly to another airport to land, retract the wings and then continue to drive wherever you want to go.” The use of a motorcycle engine enables the plane to use regular gas. They expect the SkyBike to; get 55mpg economy on land, 25mpg in the air, have a 95mph maximum road velocity / 140mph+ while flying, do 0-60mph in six seconds and it should only need a 500′ runway to take off. Right not it is only a concept but Samson Motorworks says they are close to production. See more pictures.