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Can The Acura NSX Hold Its Ground Against The CBR1000 RR? 9
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Drag-Racing, Film, honda, Honda / Acura NSX, Honda Videos, motorcycles, video on 01 9th, 2018


Ever since it was introduced in Detroit nearly three years ago, the Honda/Acura NSX has impressed motoring enthusiasts in various tests, but how does it fare against a CBR1000 RR sports bike?

Without spoiling the following video, we’ll answer that question in a couple of words: quite well, but before seeing the result, let’s go through some of the numbers.

The Honda NSX uses a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that’s backed up by three electric motors – two at the front, and one at the rear, producing a combined 581 horsepower that’s transferred to the ground via a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Its challenger, the Honda CBR1000 RR, has a 1.0-liter inline four-cylinder 16V DOHC engine that makes 190 horsepower, and has the weight advantage as well: 200kg (441lbs) compared to the NSX’s 1,780kg (3,924lbs).

Now, the as far the video goes, it actually shows two quarter-mile drag races, from a standing start, where the two vehicles came very close to each other, and a rolling race, from 80km/h (50mph), which had a clear winner.

Ladies and gentlemen, this would be a good time to place your bets.

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Truck Smashes Through Traffic Light In Tahailand, Almost Takes Out Rider 26
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, Dashcam, motorcycles, Offbeat News, Thailand, video on 12 26th, 2017


Multiple cars were damaged and a motorbike rider barely escaped after a small out of control truck took out a traffic light while sliding across the tarmac.

The accident took place in Chiang Mai, the largest city in northern Thailand, and at this time, we can only speculate as to what kick-started this very unfortunate chain of events.

We won’t go as far as to call it a Final Destination-type of incident, but that truck must have crashed at a very high speed, judging by how fast it was actually sliding across the road. Thankfully, that woman on the bike managed to walk away.

At first, it looks as though the traffic light pole landed directly on top of her, but she must have gotten thrown off at precisely the right angle, because moments later, towards the end of the clip, you can see her emerge from behind the Isuzu pickup, running away.

The question is, what happened to whoever was behind the wheel of the truck? The pole went right through the windshield, so all we can do is hope that they were somehow spared as well.

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Autonomous Chevy Bolt Involved In Motorcycle Crash In San Francisco 21
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Autonomous, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Bolt, GM, motorcycles, Reports on 12 21st, 2017


It has emerged that one of Cruise Automation’s self-driving Chevrolet Bolts was involved in a crash with a motorcycle in San Francisco.

In California Department of Motor Vehicles documents uncovered by CNET, it’s been discovered that the Bolt and motorcycle collided on December 7 at the corner of Oak Street and Fillmore Street.

Following investigations, it was concluded that the Bolt was in autonomous mode at the time of the accident and was attempting to change lanes. Once the car realized that the gap to change lanes was shrinking, it started to make its way back to the original lane. Unexpectedly, a motorcyclist who was lane splitting at the time made contact with the side of the Bolt before falling down.

Fortunately, the Bolt was traveling at just 12 mph at the time of the collision while the 1996 Honda S90 was overtaking at 17 mph. The biker suffered a minor shoulder injury while the passenger side of the Bolt was left badly scratched.

Unlike some other incidents involving autonomous vehicles, the Bolt actually wasn’t blamed for the crash. Instead, police determined that the motorcyclist was at fault for attempting to overtake the Chevrolet in an unsafe way.

“At Cruise, we test our self-driving cars in challenging and unpredictable environments precisely because by doing so we will get better, safer AV technology on the roads sooner,” a General Motors spokesperson said.

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Holding Company Acquires Mercedes-AMG’s Stake In MV Agusta 20
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in AMG, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, motorcycles, MV Agusta, Reports on 12 20th, 2017


The 25 per cent stake formerly held by Mercedes-AMG in motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta has been acquired by MV Holding, the holding company owned by Giovanni Castiglioni and the Sardarov family.

In purchasing this 25 per cent stake in MV Agusta, the holding company now owns 100 per cent of the Italian motorcycle brand.

Ownership of MV Agusta has been like an expensive game of musical chairs over the last decade and a half. In 2004, it was purchased by Proton before being passed on to a Swiss financing company. Shortly after, MV Agusta’s Husqvarna subbrand was sold to BMW and for 12 months, Harley-Davidson acquired a controlling stake in the company. MV Holding then jumped on board.

In 2014, Mercedes-AMG purchased a 25 per cent stake in MV Agusta, potentially in response to Audi’s purchase of Ducati.

Mercedes-AMG announced its intention to sell its MV Agusta stake in July.

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Biker Almost Pulls Mission Impossible-Like Drift, Still Crashes 19
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, Australia, Dashcam, motorcycles, Offbeat News, video on 12 19th, 2017


We don’t need to tell you that running though a red light is one of the most dangerous things you could ever do on a motorcycle. That said, this rider should consider himself very, very lucky.

As you can see, the crash itself wasn’t too violent. The bike managed to slow down considerably during the drift part, not to mention the wobbly, out-of-control part, right before the rider was thrown off.

The accident took place in Sydney, Australia, and thanks to the dashcam car capturing not just the crash itself, but also the moments before, we can piece together the fact that the rider had plenty of time to slow down and stop at the light.

Unfortunately, he chose to ignore both the yellow, and apparently, the red light as well, and couldn’t stay in control under braking – although that short inadvertent drift he pulled off looked like something Tom Cruise would do in a Mission Impossible movie.

Oh, as for his attire of choice, we can’t say we approve of the shorts. Horrible idea.

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Audi Decides Against Selling Ducati 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Ducati, motorcycles, Reports on 12 13th, 2017


Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler has revealed that the company has abandoned its plans to sell Italian motorcycle brand Ducati.

The automaker had planned to sell Ducati in order to free up cash but speaking with Reuters recently, Stadler revealed that Audi’s closer relationship to Porsche and steps to reduce costs by roughly $11.8 billion will allow it to retain ownership of the motorcycle brand.

“I can assure you that Ducati belongs to the Audi family. Ducati is the perfect implementation of our premium philosophy in the world of motorbikes,” Stadler said, defiantly.

Audi purchased Ducati in 2012 and as recently as May this year, there were reportedly four companies looking to make bids at purchasing the brand. However, confirmation from Stadler that no sale is on the cards ends almost two years of rampant rumors suggesting such.

Stadler added that the costs of Audi shifting towards zero-emissions makes it vitally important to retain ownership of Ducati and Lamborghini, two companies that are profitable.

“Looking after a premium bouquet is as difficult as the work of a gardener. Therefore I am pleased with every new flower, with every promising new branch,” Stadler said.

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Audi Decides Against Selling Ducati 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Ducati, motorcycles, Reports on 12 13th, 2017


Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler has revealed that the company has abandoned its plans to sell Italian motorcycle brand Ducati.

The automaker had planned to sell Ducati in order to free up cash but speaking with Reuters recently, Stadler revealed that Audi’s closer relationship to Porsche and steps to reduce costs by roughly $11.8 billion will allow it to retain ownership of the motorcycle brand.

“I can assure you that Ducati belongs to the Audi family. Ducati is the perfect implementation of our premium philosophy in the world of motorbikes,” Stadler said, defiantly.

Audi purchased Ducati in 2012 and as recently as May this year, there were reportedly four companies looking to make bids at purchasing the brand. However, confirmation from Stadler that no sale is on the cards ends almost two years of rampant rumors suggesting such.

Stadler added that the costs of Audi shifting towards zero-emissions makes it vitally important to retain ownership of Ducati and Lamborghini, two companies that are profitable.

“Looking after a premium bouquet is as difficult as the work of a gardener. Therefore I am pleased with every new flower, with every promising new branch,” Stadler said.

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Ducati Is Opening A Theme Park In Italy 11
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Ducati, motorcycles, Reports on 12 11th, 2017


If Ducati, as has often been said, is to the motorcycle business what Ferrari is to automobiles, we shouldn’t be the least bit surprised to find the famed Italian motorcycle manufacturer taking another page out of the Ferrari playbook by opening its own theme park.

Ducati World is set to open in 2019 within the Mirabilandia theme park in the same Emilia-Romagna region of Italy that Ducati calls home.

The 8.6-acre facility will encompass Ducati-themed roller coasters, virtual reality simulators, showrooms, restaurants, and (of course) shops where visitors will be able to buy Ducati merchandise.

“Ducati World will give visitors a chance to live an exciting journey inside the Ducati brand”, said Ducati’s licensing director Alessandro Cicognani. “Thanks to this agreement, together with Parques Reunidos we’re developing the first motorcycle themed area in an Italian amusement park. Mirabilandia’s location, at the heart of the Motor Valley, adds further value to this project dedicated to fun.”

The project would ostensibly seek to emulate the success of Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, which has already branched out to a second Ferrari Land (part of PortAventura) in Spain. Formula One had planned a similar site in Dubai, but the project does not appear to have panned out.

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Arcimotor Unveils SRX Fun Utility Vehicle In California 1
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in FUV, LA Auto Show, motorcycles, new cars, Reports on 12 1st, 2017


What you’re looking at is apparently the world’s first ‘Fun Utility Vehicle’ (FUV), dubbed the Arcimotor SRK and revealed at the LA Auto Show.

As you can see, the SRX is half motorcycle and half car. It consists of two seats, traditional motorcycle controls, two wheels at the front, and one wheel at the rear. The SRX is also fully-electric.

According to the company, founded a decade ago, the SRX features a dual electric motor system that accelerates the trike to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.5 seconds and through to an 80-mph (128 km/h) top speed. The base model will travel roughly 70 miles (112 km) on a single charge while the extended range option bumps that up to 130 miles (209 km).

The base price for the SRX starts at $11,900 and deliveries have just commenced.

Speaking about the completed FUV, Arcimotor founder and president Mark Frohnmayer said it was the culmination of 10 years of work.

“I am insanely stoked today to accept the keys to our first-ever Arcimoto FUV production unit. To do so on the eve of one of the world’s most prestigious auto shows where we can share the fruits of our labors with so many forward-looking vehicle enthusiasts is a truly powerful moment for our company and our industry.”

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Marc Marquez Wins BMW M4 CS As MotoGP’s Best Qualifier 15
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M4, celebrities, motorcycles, Motorsport, racing on 11 15th, 2017


For the fifth year in a row, MotoGP maestro Marc Marquez has walked away with the annual BMW M Award, this year taking the form of a limited-edition M4 CS.

The award is given to the sport’s best qualifier and Marquez first walked away with the award in 2013, receiving the keys of a satin black M6 Coupe. The following year, he was awarded a red M4, in 2015 the Spaniard was given an M6 Convertible, and last year he secured an M2.

In the recently-concluded 2017 season, Marquez claimed eight pole positions and is unquestionably the best qualifier in the field.

BMW first unveiled the potent M4 CS in April and confirmed that production will be capped at 3,000 units. Marquez’s example is painted in San Marino Blue metallic, and in our opinion, is the best-looking BMW in his burgeoning collection.

Changes made to the M4 CS compared to the ‘regular’ M4 include a tweaked 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine, now delivering 454 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, the car includes a range of weight saving and aerodynamic-focused parts, including a new carbon fiber rear diffuser, front splitter and trunklid spoiler. The car can lap the Nurburgring in 7 min and 36 seconds.

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Indian Scout FTR1200 Custom Was Possibly The Coolest Bike At EICMA 13
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in concepts, motorcycles, video on 11 13th, 2017


The two-wheel equivalent of the Geneva, Tokyo, and Detroit auto shows rolled all into one, the EICMA motorcycle show never fails to bring out the coolest bikes the world has ever seen.

This year’s has proven no exception to that rule. And this, to our eyes, looks like the coolest of them all. Shame you can’t have one.

It’s the Indian Scout FTR1200 Custom, a tribute on wheels to flat-track competition – specifically the Wrecking Crew, as Indian’s racing team is known.

The showpiece is built around the Scout’s 1133-cc V-twin (that’s a 1.1-liter two-cylinder engine, in automotive terms), kicking out over 100 horsepower. But everything else is, as the name suggests, custom.

Taking its inspiration from the championship-winning FTR750 (but with a much bigger engine), the FTR1200 Custom features a 4130 chromoly steel trellis frame and rear swingarm, with carbon-fiber bodywork, LED lighting, a fully adjustable Ohlins suspension, RSD Traction race wheels with Dunlop dirt track tires, and Brembo brakes.

And as you can tell, it looks serious. Dead serious. Shame it’s just a concept – albeit one that’s going on a world tour after EICMA.

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Honda’s Neo Sport Cafe Concept Yields Delicious New CB1000R 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, motorcycles on 11 9th, 2017


We expect motorcycles – liter bikes especially – to be fast, but we didn’t expect this one to arrive quite so quickly.

Just a couple of weeks ago, as you may recall, Honda revealed the Neo Sports Café concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. Now it’s already out in production guise.

Unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Italy this week, the new CB1000R has been updated from a strictly retro model to one that blends more modern – even futuristic – styling touches with classic proportions.

The new CB1000R is the largest in a range of three new models that bridge the gap between naked bike and café racer, joined by the smaller CB300R and CB125R. The latter two are designed for newer riders, while the CB1000R is a “whole lot of” machine.

At its heart sits the 998cc inline four from the racier CBR1000RR, tuned to deliver 143 horsepower – 16 percent more peak power than the old-school model of the same name that it replaces, with 5-percent more mid-range torque. Combined with 26.5 pounds (20 kg) less mass to move, the new CB1000R offers a 20-percent improvement in the motorbike’s crucial power-to-weight ratio.

It also features ABS brakes, clutch assist, ride by wire controls, LED lighting, LCD instrument display… the works. But what really sets the new CB1000R apart from its predecessor is the styling, decidedly bereft of plastic and rendered almost entirely in metal.

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All-Electric Vespa Scooter Unveiled With 62-Mile Range 9
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, motorcycles, Piaggio, Reports on 11 9th, 2017


Exactly twelve months after Vespa announced its intent to unveil an all-electric scooter, the Italian company has done just that, unveiling the Vespa Elettrica at the Milan Motorcycle Show.

Piaggio, the parent company of Vespa, says the Elettrica has a range of roughly 62 miles (100 km) and that it will take four hours of charging from a normal wall outlet to completely recharge the battery.

Interestingly, Piaggio admits that future buyers should only expect 10 years of life out of the batteries. Additionally, 1,000 charge cycles will reduce the battery to 80 per cent of its original capacity.

In terms of the scooter’s design, the example pictured is immediately identifiable from other Vespa models with a silver paint job and bright blue accents. For customers looking to express their personality, six other colors will be available.

A prominent 4.3-inch TFT color display is also found between the handlebars and displays all important scooter information. The screen also includes Bluetooth, allowing owners to pair their phones and have the screen display text messages and incoming phone calls.

Soon after the Vespa Elettrica lands in showrooms, a hybrid version with a petrol-powered generator, dubbed the Elettrica X, will arrive with a 124-mile (200 km) range.

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BMW’s New C 400 X Has Only One Cylinder But Plenty Of Tech 8
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW Videos, motorcycles, video on 11 8th, 2017


BMW makes engines ranging from two cylinders all the way up to twelve. This latest addition to the lineup, however, has just one cylinder.

It’s the new C 400 X, which joins the BMW Motorrad lineup as the smaller counterpart to the larger C 600 Sport and C 650 GT.

Unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, the C 400 X is a mid-size urban commuter scooter. At its heart sits a 350cc single-cylinder engine good for 34 horsepower and mated to a continuously variable transmission.

Don’t let those humble specifications fool you, though: BMW has packed the C 400 X with modern technologies. It features electronic fuel injection, stability control, antilock brakes, and LED lighting.

Buyers will be able to specify fiber-optic daytime riding lights and a 6.5-inch color touchscreen display as well, and between Alpine White and metallic Zenith Blue paintjobs, with grey and black or red and black seats to give it a dynamic look.

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Honda Puts Its Retro-Futuristic Spin On Two Wheels 7
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, Honda Concepts, motorcycles on 11 7th, 2017


You may have noticed that Honda is on a bit of a retro-futuristic kick of late. It showcased the Urban EV hatchback concept in Frankfurt, and the Sports EV coupe concept in Tokyo. And it’s been doing the same with its motorcycles, too.

Just take a look at the concept bike it’s brought to the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan this week. It’s called the CB4 Interceptor, and it blends classic cues with thoroughly modern ones.

The cowling looks like it was lifted straight off of a 1960s racing bike, but it hides a modern secret. In the middle of the LED headlight ring is a fan that generates electricity from the rushing wind to power the touchscreen display on the tank, capable of displaying navigation information, make emergency calls, and network with the rider’s mobile device for a less distracting (but no less connected) ride.

It’s all done up in black, and was designed at Honda’s R&D facility in Rome. It’s not the first such concept the Japanese manufacturer has done, though. Two years ago it displayed a similar (but different) CB4 concept at the same show, and recently showcased the Neo Sports Café concept in Tokyo alongside the Sports EV coupe. Something tells us we’ve yet to see the last of this particular trend coming from Honda, so keep this page bookmarked.

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