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Radical Ducati Cafe Racer

Ben Purvis, 09 January 2008 10:30

Spanish tuner Radical Ducati is set to launch its first complete homologated road bike later this month - the RAD 02 Cafe Racer. Designed around Ducati's two-valve and three-valve V-twin engines, the bike has been developed around two versions of Radical Ducati's own frame, in either aluminium or steel. The aluminium frame weighs just 4.1kg, while the steel version is ...

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Picture special: The Radd-ical Suzuki GSX-R1000

Ben Purvis, 27 December 2007 08:00

The designer of Yamaha’s GTS1000 has turned his hand to superbikes by creating this awesome hub-centre-steered version of Suzuki’s GSX-R1000. James Parker has spent decades working on alternative front suspension systems, and his designs have led to the only mass-produced hub-centre-steered machine ever offered in the form of the Yamaha GTS1000. And now he hopes his latest version will also ...

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Ducati design boss Pierre Terblanche leaves

Ben Purvis, 20 December 2007 09:32

Pierre Terblanche, Ducati’s design boss for the last decade, has left the firm to set up a design studio of his own. Terblanche, who can count designs including the Ducati 900SS, 999, Supermono and Multistrada among his achievements, will officially leave Ducati at the end of the year. Speaking to MCN, he said: “I’m not with Ducati as from the ...

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Ducati Desmosedici sells out

Ben Purvis, 12 December 2007 14:34

If you want a Ducati Desmosedici and haven’t placed your order yet, you better start scouring the classifieds as the firm has now completely sold out its planned production run of 1500 machines. Ducati always said the Desmosedici RR would be available in limited numbers, and originally expected to make just a couple of hundred. But the incredible response to ...

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Robbie Maddison dedicates new world record jump attempt to Knievel

Ben Purvis, 07 December 2007 14:42

In an email, stunt rider Robbie Maddison has said his forthcoming world record attempt will be dedicated to Evel Knievel.See the email text below: After returning to the U.S. from Australia where I was promoting my upcoming record jump attempts, I had sadly learned of the passing of the man who originally inspired me, Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel. He captivated me ...

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New Suzuki Bandit 1250 GT aimed at long-distance touring

Ben Purvis, 23 November 2007 14:36

Suzuki only decided the night before the show opened to reveal its new Bandit 1250 GT in Birmingham. The machine, which will go on sale as a complete bike, is basically a Bandit 1250S, but with a selection of options aimed at turning the all-rounder into a proper touring bike. By adding a full fairing, Suzuki has given the Bandit ...

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Enfield gears up for the future

Ben Purvis, 23 November 2007 13:52

It might have been around for nearly 60 years but Royal Enfield has no intention to allow the Bullet to be killed by the latest emissions regulations. The firm revealed a redesigned version of its 499cc engine at the NEC, complete with electronic fuel injection which allows it to beat Euro III emissions regulations. The new motor is set to ...

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Aprilia V4 breaks cover at Jerez

Ben Purvis, 23 November 2007 09:07

Aprilia's forthcoming V4-engined superbike broke cover this week at the Jerez circuit in Spain, with test rider Alex Hoffman at the controls. The new machine took to the track during a test session for Aprilia's 125cc and 250cc GP bikes, only lapping during breaks in the GP test caused by rain at the track. The Aprilia V4 also tested in ...

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Subaru Sportsbike

Ben Purvis, 18 November 2007 15:00

This new single-cylinder sportsbike features a Subaru-badged engine and could be on sale next year at a bargain price. The engine for the HS500sa comes directly from Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru. It’s a 499cc, water-cooled, DOHC single, originally developed to be used in quad bikes and used by Polaris. The motor is notable for its lightweight ...

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The world's most expensive bike

Ben Purvis, 17 November 2007 14:00

This Ecosse Heretic Titanium is the most expensive new bike on the market – with a list price that’s the equivalent of £133,000. The engine is machined from a solid block of billet aluminium and features a race-spec crankshaft, a supercharger, intercooler and fuel injection. From its 2147cc capacity, the pushrod V-twin pumps out some 207bhp and a mighty 218ftlb ...

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