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Suzuki's 2008 Hayabusa shows its aerodynamic skills

Tony Parter, 05 July 2007 11:49

THIS is how the all-new 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa GSX-R1300R motorcycle will cut through the air. The image, directly from the Suzuki motorcycle R&D Department, has been made to show just how effective the swoopy fairing and new droop tail section are at whipping speed-sapping airflow efficiently around the rider. The Suzuki1340cc, 198bhp, 220kg Hayabusa is due to be available in October ...

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Can a Triumph sound like a Harley?

Angus Farquhar, 19 June 2007 20:10

Triumph spent a lot of time in the development of its America Cruiser to try and make it sound as much like a harley as possible. The firm selected a specific firing order for the parallel twin engine that bucks the normal trend for that kind of cylinder layout, specifically so it could make the engine sound like a big ...

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Big Twin racer

curt winter, 08 June 2007 03:50

Back in 1997 I built a sports bike using a Harley big twin motor. The first event I attended was a huge success - not only was the bike a crowd favourite but it also got the attention of Erik Buell. Since then I've built two other bikes based on the same style, all the while perfecting the design. Three ...

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F1 designers re-invent the motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 06 June 2007 12:33

Two top British Formula 1 designers have created the Ecosse-Spirit ES1 - a radical new superbike which promises to offer 220mph performance. The new design goes back to the very first principles of motorcycle architecture – starting with a new riding position aimed at hugely improving aerodynamics, and then designing the rest of the bike to allow that riding position to ...

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Video: Revolutionary new British superbike

Ian Jubb, 06 June 2007 00:00

A pair of British F1 designers have revealed to MCN what they are calling the "fastest, lightest, best handling superbike" and we've got an exclusive interview and pictures of the new bike. Check out the video below to hear the two designers explain the concepts behind the Spirit ES1 and see the 3D model. Get more in for on the bike at ...

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2007 R1 chopped

Angus Farquhar, 07 December 2006 19:06

Following the unveiling of the brand new R1, Yamaha secluded a small section of their stand at this years Intermot in Cologne for one of the best features of the show. Not only was the superb looking new R1 rotating on a beautifully lit turntable, but across the walkway was this glorious stripped down version. One side showcased the R1's ...

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Goldwing airbag explodes

Angus Farquhar, 07 December 2006 15:54

Honda gave a graphic demonstration of its Goldwing airbag system at its pre-Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, and we’ve got video of it going off on stage. Honda made a big play on its new push towards safer motorcycling and showed the airbag in action for the first time in public and you can watch the video below

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A very unusual special

John Ellwood, 07 December 2006 15:28

Supermono, the engineers' class with few rules, has spawned many a monster single. Mine is an adapted Godden 500, kitted with three reed valves, a transfer pipe, injector throttle body and 12 years' track development - resulting in a full flow system aided by the normally detrimental crankcase pressure. Each upward piston stroke 'sucks' a volume of air via two ...

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Video: GSX R750 1985-2007 Transition

ambiguus, 05 December 2006 15:50

The Suzuki GSX-R750 has been around for over 25 years. This animation transitions through each model year up to the new 2007. Hope you enjoy it.

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