Saturday, June 11, 2011

Vyrus 987 C3 4V

Vyrus 987 C3 4V | Over the past few years Italian motorcycle builder Vyrus had become pretty adept at making jaw-droppingly unconventional machines. Their latest creation, the 987 C3 4V is no different.
Vyrus 987 C3 4V
Built off a similar platform to the company’s previous products, the 987 C3 4V employs the same hub-center steering system and front swingarm setup. This system separates the steering braking and suspension systems to create more predictable handling characteristics. Vyrus 987 C3 4V
Vyrus 987 C3 4V
The most significant difference between the 987 C3 4V and its predecessors is the engine. It still comes courtesy of Ducati, but in the 987 it’s been upgraded to the same unit found in the Ducati 1198. In the Vyrus this engine pumps out 185 horsepower and comes coupled with a traction control system. Top speed of the bike is 192 mph (310 km/h).
Vyrus 987 C3 4V
Stylewise the Vyrus 987 C3 4V is incredibly aggressive. There’s so many sharp angles and shapes it almost looks like it could have stealth capabilities. The matt black paint work nicely compliments the angular lines.
Vyrus 987 C3 4V

Kawasaki Versys

Kawasaki Versys | Acknowledging that there are other high performance inline twins in production, this engine has features that make it unique in its own right, like the BMW F800 twin.  As with the BMW, the Kawasaki approach has been to merge proven technologies and processes together to produce a high output in-line twin with the ability to generate impressive performance figures, and be evolved. Kawasaki Versys
Kawasaki Versys
The engine is a 4-stroke parallel twin of 659cc capacity.  Bore and stroke is 83 x 60mm, with compression a relatively modest 10.6:1.  Fuel injection is provided by two 38mm throttle bodies and the DOHC engine contains eight valves. Kawasaki Versys
Kawasaki Versys
Other features are digital ignition and an anti-hotwire circuitry.  The overall engine package is ultra-light and compact, allowing the whole frame and engine package to be “waist” thin.  Pictures do not accurately reflect just how trim this package is.
Kawasaki Versys
While the package might be trim and lean, power output is quite the opposite.  Horsepower is listed at 64PS at 8,000rpm with torque at 64N-m at 7,000 rpm.  Roughly translated, claims of around 60 horsepower at the back wheel have been circulating; not unreasonable judging by overall performance.
Kawasaki Versys
These ponies are delivered to the rear wheel via a 6-speed transmission (which has the usual Kawasaki positive neutral finder) operated by a wet-multi disc cable operated clutch, to a final drive chain.  The drive system is simple, cost effective and should be easy to maintain.
Adding to its compact and narrow is the fact that the Versys is also tall.  Overall height is 51.8 inches (1,315mm) while total length is 83.6 inches in length.  Wheelbase is relatively short at 55.1 inches (1,415mm).
Kawasaki Versys
The height is due to the tall diamond high-tensile steel frame, longish suspension and generous ground clearance of 7.09 inches (180mm).  Accordingly, the standard seat height is a somewhat lofty 33 inches (840mm), although a Kawasaki Accessory Gel seat provides a lower seating position, reducing height by about two inches (50mm).
For a multi-purpose oriented motorcycle, the seat height is not unexpected. However, even with the accessory seat installed, it will likely still be a bit tall for many aspiring owners

Suzuki B-King

Suzuki B-King | The rolling stock bits n pieces are largely conventional in appearance, but upon closer inspection there are likely some features not yet revealed to the general public.  The inverted forks and radial mounted calipers at the front, along with the well-defined and beefy swing-arm components look more than up to the tasks that will be asked of them.
Suzuki B-King
On or off the motorcycle, there is virtually no hint of what powers the thing — one only gets certain views of the motor and not usually enough to really know what it is, unless one knows what that is, which we do — the new spec 2008 Hayabusa engine.
Suzuki B-King
Based on specifications released in the UK and now, the US (see below), the motor has been drawn straight from the new Hayabusa and has seen only “slight” modification (whatever that means).  Just the thought of having all those horses living inside such a radically styled and stunning chassis is enough to bring a glint of mischief into the eyes of anyone sitting on the B-King.
Suzuki B-King
The overall packaging of the B-King, in our mind, has been skillfully executed and delivered.  Even though its weight is listed at 236kg (520 lbs) for the Canadian model, the whole motorcycle feels well balanced and is certainly not top heavy, a perception that could be made when looking at the overall height and width of the motorcycle.
Suzuki B-King
While any further impressions of the B-King, which Suzuki touts as being, “the Hayabusa’s first cousin…its rowdy alter ego”, will have to wait until they roll off the showroom floor and/or get into the hands of (other) eager journalists, we came away from this first viewing extremely impressed, and wanting to, dare we say it, own one.
Suzuki B-King
It is hard to say if the B-King will find a loyal North American following or if it will become another icon of what the manufacturer can conceive, build but not sell, much like the unique Yamaha MT-01, a superb motorcycle in its own right that simply languishes on showroom floors.
Suzuki B-King
Suzuki B-King Features

Specification  Suzuki B-King

Yamaha Tesseract

Yamaha Tesseract | Tesseract (Special exhibition model/prototype)
Yamaha Tesseract
Power unit=Liquid-cooled engine and electric motor
Cylinder arrangement=V-twin 2-cylinder
Fuel supply system=Electronic fuel injection
Yamaha Tesseract
This is a hybrid 4-wheeled vehicle powered by a combination of a liquid-cooled V-twin gasoline engine and an electric motor. It is also designed with a unique dual-scythe suspension that enables cornering with a lean (banking) like a motorcycle despite the 4-wheel format. There is also a dual arm-lock system that keeps the machine upright when at rest without a stand. With a machine width roughly equivalent to that of a 2-wheeler for great maneuverability and space saving, while offering excellent stability, the environmental performance of a hybrid and more, this is a model that Yamaha will continue to conduct research and development on as a revolutionary “premium vehicle” for the future.
Yamaha Tesseract
Dual-scythe Suspension
With the look of praying mantis arms and a unique design, this suspension makes possible motorcycle-like banking in the turns. Since all four wheels remain on the road surface, the result is a dynamic ride with good stability.
Yamaha Tesseract
Dual Arm-lock System
The link support mechanism of praying mantis-like arms (upper) is fitted with a lock system that supports the machine in the upright position when parked so it stands independently.

 Specification Yamaha Tesseract  

Honda Interceptor VFR800FI

Honda Interceptor VFR800FI 

Honda Interceptor VFR800FI | It’s easy to marvel at the Interceptor’s high-tech parts manifest and its state-of-the-art components, including a VTEC-equipped V-4 and exclusive Linked Braking System for starters. It’s even more awe-inspiring to ride one. Just ask industry experts, who’ve have crowned it “Best in Class” 11 times. If you’re looking for a bike that puts the “sport” in sport-touring, look no further than the Interceptor. Honda Interceptor VFR800FI
The Interceptor® continues to serve as the epitome of sport touring motorcycles, one that carries an extra emphasis on sport. Its potent V-four VTEC engine and excellent handling make this the long-range bike of choice for those who hunt out twisty backroads. Honda Interceptor VFR800FI

Unique Features
- Revolutionary VTEC combines the power characteristics of both two- and four-valve cylinder-head designs. The engine runs on two valves per cylinder below 6400 rpm, then switches to four valves per cylinder to deliver significantly stronger low-end and mid-range torque while maintaining the Interceptor’s impressive high-rpm power delivery.
- Unique Pro Arm® Rear Suspension (see Technology Section).
- Pro-Link® Rear Suspension (see Technology Section).
- Unique center-up exhaust system incorporates two stainless-steel mufflers tucked beneath the Interceptor’s tail section.
- Large-diameter 43mm Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) cartridge front fork provides enhanced handling under all riding conditions (see Technology Section).
- Linked Braking System (LBS) (see Technology Section).
- Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) model available (see Technology Section).
- Four brilliant multireflector headlights employ two centrally positioned H4 low/high beams positioned under two widely spaced H7 high beams for brilliant nighttime illumination.
Honda Interceptor VFR800FI
- Compact 781cc DOHC 90-degree V-4 with an oversquare bore and stroke of 72mm x 48mm.
- Silent-type cam-chain drive eliminates mechanical gear noise. The system features a set of dual tensioners that maintain optimal pressure and lubrication for the camshaft chains, ensuring quiet operation and long life.
- Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) (see Technology Section).
- Iridium-tip spark plugs are ignited by compact high-energy coil-on-plug spark plug caps that produce a strong, high-voltage spark.
- Interceptor engine serves as a stressed member of the pivotless frame, which features specially designed engine mounting bolts tuned to work in harmony with the damping characteristics of the frame.
- Aluminum-composite cylinder sleeves are high-pressure-formed from sintered-aluminum powder impregnated with ceramic and graphite. The composite sleeves provide better wear resistance and superior heat dissipation than conventional sleeves.
- Cast-aluminum pistons feature LUB-Coat solid lubricant to minimize friction between piston and cylinder wall.
- Auto-enriching system is integrated into PGM-FI module, which optimizes the air/fuel mixture on cold starts and eliminates the need for a manual choke.
- Solenoid-operated dual air-intake duct design keeps one duct closed during low-speed operation to ensure optimal control of air-intake velocity.
- Dual side-mounted radiators maximize cooling efficiency using low-air-pressure areas created by side cowls to draw cooling air through the radiators. During low-speed operation, a thermostat-controlled left-side fan pulls cooling air across the radiator into the fairing to keep hot air away from the rider.
- Rugged 125mm-diameter eight-plate clutch offers light weight and high load capacity.
- Clutch features an offset outside friction plate for quiet operation when starting from a stop.
- Exceptionally smooth-shifting six-speed transmission.
- Three-phase coil-spring damper in the transmission provides for seamless upshifts.
Honda Interceptor VFR800FI
- Triple-box-section twin-spar aluminum frame features a tuned, pivotless design that isolates the engine-mounted swingarm from the frame and contributes to handling comfort.
- Unique Pro Arm Rear Suspension (see Technology Section).
- Pro-Link Rear Suspension (see Technology Section).
- Linked Braking System (LBS) (see Technology Section).
- The Interceptor’s 296mm floating front-brake discs feature a lightweight seven-spoke inner rotor design.
- U-section cast-aluminum wheels are light and reduce unsprung weight.
- The six-spoke, 3.5-inch-wide front wheel carries a 120/70ZR-17 radial tire. The five-spoke, 5.5-inch rear wheel sports a wide, low-profile 180/55ZR-17 radial tire.
Honda Interceptor VFR800FI
Additional Features
- 5.8-gallon fuel capacity for excellent sport-touring range.
- The Interceptor’s sleek, aerodynamic bodywork is functional and beautiful.
- Satin-finish treatment on muffler covers and exhaust heat shield for distinctive styling.
- Stylish silver finish on clutch and brake master cylinders.
- Clear turn-signal lenses front and rear provide a high-tech look.
- Air flowing through the windscreen’s central air vent provides cool air to the rider at low speeds and increases rider comfort at higher speeds.
- High-tech instrument display includes electronic tachometer and LCD readouts for speedometer, air temperature, coolant temperature, odometer, two tripmeters and clock.
- ACG output of 497 watts.
- Detachable seat provides storage for a U-lock and other necessities. (Lock not included.)
- Removable passenger seat cowl.
- Adjustable brake and clutch levers.
- Injection-molded nylon passenger grabrails are comfortable to the touch in cold or hot weather.
- Folding aerodynamic mirrors.
- Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
Monday, May 30, 2011

Ural Tourist

Ural Tourist 

Ural Tourist| Looking for a motorcycle with a sidecar that won’t break the bank? The Tourist fills the bill. Equipped with leading link forks, both electric and kick start, electronic ignition, and a roomy trunk, this rig is an affordable way to enter the world of sidecar motorcycling! From the family ride for a picnic to trips to the market, or even as Fido’s chariot, you’ll be amazed by the versatility of this classic-looking rig. Ural Tourist

Dimensions (LxWxH) mm/inches 2580 x 1700 x 1100 / 101.6 x 66.9 x 43.3
Seat Height 813 mm / 32 inch
Road clearance 150 mm / 5.9 inch
Dry Weight 320 kg / 705 lbs
Recommended max speed 105 km/h / 65 mph
Engine OHV Air-cooled,4 cycle,opposed twin cylinder
Ural Tourist
Bore & Stroke 78×78 mm
Compression Ratio 8.6:1
Displacement 749 cc
Rated HP @ 5600 RPM 40
Rated Torque @ 4600 RPM 52 Nm / 38 ft-lbs
Carburetion Dual Keihin L 22 AA, 32mm
Clutch Dry, dual disk
Ural Tourist
Alternator Max Output 55amp, 770 watts
Starting Electric & Kick starter
Transmission 4 forward, 1 reverse, shaft drive
Recommended Fuel 91 Octane Unleaded
Tank Capacity L/gal 19/5.0
Front Brakes BREMBO with full floating disk
Rear Brakes Mechanical Drum
Sidecar Brakes Mechanical Drum
Ural Tourist
Ignition System Full electronic C.D.I.
Front Suspension Leading link w/Sachs Hydraulic shock absorbers
Rear Suspension Sachs Hydraulic shock absorbers
Wheels Size Front, rear, and sidecar 19″
Wheel Type Aluminum, steel spokes, cast alum. hubs
Miles per Gallon (average) 26-33 mpg/11-14 km/l*
Trunk Volume 2.9 cubic ft
Color Black, Red
Warranty 2 years parts and labor, unlimited mileage

Victory Vision 800

Victory Vision 800 

Victory Vision 800 | Victory Motorcycles Makes Waves At
International Motorcycle Show In Long Beach, CA
Unveiling of ‘Victory Vision™ 800′ Concept Bike Wows Press and Public At Prestigious Show
MEDINA, MN (December 12, 2005) – In a dramatic live unveiling before the motorcycle and mainstream media, Victory Motorcycles, a division of Polaris Industries Inc (NYSE/PSE: PII), revealed their Vision 800 concept motorcycle at this past weekend’s International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California. A fully automatic motorcycle that pushes beyond the current reality of American style and design, it provides a glimpse into one possible future segment of American motorcycles. Victory Vision 800

With its Victory Motorcycle division continuing to outpace industry growth, an ongoing strategic partnership with leading European motorcycle manufacturer KTM and a recent organizational expansion of its motorcycle and international businesses, Polaris’ commitment to its motorcycle business has gone global – and has never been greater. Victory Vision 800
Driven by zealot-like passion to deliver on Victory’s positioning as “The New American Motorcycle”, the award-winning Polaris / Victory Industrial Design Team never pauses in it’s exploration of both form and function. “We constantly study global design trends, as well as today’s motorcycle consumers to better understand, and deliver on, their expectations of the future,” says Greg Brew, Director of Polaris Industrial Design. “Polaris has assembled a best-of-the-best team from around the world, and our mandate for Victory is to drive the future of custom-inspired American motorcycle design.” He added, “The Vision 800 is but one example of the type of exploration our team pursues in order to continue to deliver the type of innovative design that fuels people’s passion for motorcycles.” Victory Vision 800
Victory Vision 800
Victory Vision™ 800 Concept – Key Features and Specifications
· Automatic Constant Variable Transmission (CVT) without foot controls or clutch which lowers the learning curve of riding a full-size motorcycle.
· Easily accessible tank storage – large enough to accommodate 2 full face helmets.
· Radical new styling and proportion driven by redesigned component package.
· Comfortable cruiser riding position with a low seat height.
· 800cc 4-stroke liquid-cooled parallel twin
· Dual under-seat side exit exhaust
· Automatic CVT
· Maintenance-free exposed shaft final drive with cast aluminum single sided swingarm
Chassis and Suspension:
· Cast aluminum alloy frame
· Bladder fuel tank behind front wheel
· Fully adjustable single rear gas shock
· 43mm inverted telescopic front forks
Victory Vision 800
Tires and brakes
· Front tire 120/60-R17 with 6 spoke cast aluminum rim 3.75″X17″
· Rear tire 250/40-R18 with 6 spoke cast aluminum rim 9″X18″
· Front brake – 300 mm rotors with 2 piston calipers
· Rear brake – 250 mm rotor with 1 piston caliper
Overall dimensions
· Wheelbase 61″
· Seat height 28.5″
· Ground clearance 5.8″
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