May 31, 2012
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May 29, 2012
The Suzuki GSR600 is a 599 cc 16v in-line four motorcycle that was introduced in 2006 as a middleweight street-bike built with the 2004 GSXR-600 engine. The engine is re-tuned for more usable midrange power as well as higher torque. It also features fully adjustable rear suspension (rebound and compression) and streetfighter-styling.
In 2001, Suzuki unveiled a new concept bike named the B-King (or Boost-King). With a tuned GSXR-1300 Hayabusa engine, as well radical design for a street bike, it left a major impression to motorcycle enthusiast everywhere. However, the B-King did not hit production (although it finally did in 2007). Instead, the GSR600 a stripped-naked bike was unveiled in December 2005, with the tag of “Modern Art meets Race Technology”. With a very similar design styling, it was initially nicknamed the “Baby B-King” or “Baby King”. It had parts normally reserved for higher-end flagship models but incorporated into this motorcycle, such as the four-piston Tokico brake system used also on the GSX-R600 series.
The first model arrived at dealerships in January 2006.
A variant of the model, called the GSR600S or ‘S’-model, was released middle of 2006. It differs from the standard model with a stock windshield, a radiator protector grill as well as carbon-fibre lamination for selected parts.
ABS was introduced to the range between 2007 and 2008 across different markets.
A Japanese domestic market model, the GSR400, become available to selected countries in the middle of 2006. With the same exact dimensions as the GSR600, the only difference was the engine capacity (399 cc as opposed to 599 cc), a smaller exhaust outlet, smaller RPM range and a useful plastic protective cover on for on the left side of the engine. The bike appealed to the Japanese market as well as selected Asian markets where 400 cc bikes are popular due to riding license classifications as well as road-usability and practicality.
Last year, Chanel released the full version of a television commercial for a perfume that features Keira Knightley riding a classic beige 1973 Ducati SuperSport 750 in the streets of Paris, France. Keira’s motorcycle gear includes a matching beige Ruby helmet and motorcycle suit—a great café racer look. Watch the full television commercial below to see a beautiful woman on a classic Ducati café racer.
May 28, 2012
When Kawasaki introduced the ZRX1200R to the US market a decade ago, it was very popular with middle-aged riders looking for a bike with traditional styling and modern performance. Apparently, Kawasaki does not think the US market needs a bike like this at the moment, however, because it has just introduced a redesigned ZRX, known as the ZRX1200 DAEG, solely for the Japanese market.
Although the styling is similar, the new ZRX has significant changes that, in US trim (Japan has horsepower restrictions), would provide an increase in performance not only from the engine, but from the braking system and the chassis. The new bike finally gets fuel injection, along with porting and valve work in the engine department, a new exhaust system and a six-speed transmission (the old bike was a five-speed).
New brakes consist of Tokico four-piston calipers squeezing a pair of petal-shaped front rotors measuring 310mm and a single piston/250mm rotor combo in back. Steering geometry has been changed, and suspension settings are revised front and rear. The rear shocks are new, and are mounted at a different angle. They feature two-stage springs. The swingarm looks similar to the one found on the old model, but it is also new.
In addition to its unique styling, horsepower separates the ZRX1200R from other standards, thanks to an engine tuned with emphasis on low- and mid-range rpm performance. The ZRX1200R engine features electroplated cylinders, which transfer heat much quicker than steel, allowing tighter tolerances to be utilized to generate more power. Pistons with concave domes are found in the lightweight, all-aluminum cylinder block. This translates to a user-friendly street personality and amazing roll-on performance on the highway.
Bodywork has been changed slightly (apparent to the discerning eye), and the instruments are new. Personally, we wish Kawasaki would bring this bike to the US. We really liked the original ZRX1200, and would love to sample this new machine.
May 27, 2012
May 21, 2012
For many people motorcycles are an exciting form of travel. With today’s current economy motorcycles are becoming increasingly popular. They have the ability to navigate through fast traffic and cost less and for these reasons motorcycle becomes a choice that many decide to go with it. When you decide to get a motorcycle the most important thing is the helmet. There are number of reasons why the helmet is important.
The first reason for putting a helmet is for protecting your head that is it protects your head from getting into injuries. The nature of the motorcycle already makes itself very dangerous if you get into an accident so additional protection is needed. Motorcycle is moving so fast and it is so risky and due to having little mass as compared to the cars if it hits a car a person almost guaranteed to death as the motorcycle will go out of control as well as the car has a lot of mass. So putting a helmet will reduce the chances of serious injuries that may occur during any type of accident.
Another reason for putting a helmet is the wind. When you are riding the motorcycle the wind coming towards you will be strong and the helmet will usually have a shield that covers your face so the wind does not bother you while you are riding the motorcycle.
There a number of brands of motorcycle helmets available in the market. Some of the most popular brands are: Shoei, HJC, Arai and Shark. For a sport bike most people prefer a full faced one like a Shoei or Arai. Colour, appearance, and graphics are an important part for purchasing the helmet. Many people love to buy a helmet that matches their style.
The Benelli Café Racer 1130 comes with a design that quite similar with the Café Racer 899 motorcycle. Powered by a 1131cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 4-valves per cylinder, the Benelli Café Racer 1130 offers a more manly and muscular appearance.
Quality takes first priority: the enormous task of testing, developing and fine-tuning the entire 2012 range has allowed us to achieve the highest standards on the market and guarantee the Benelli buyer reliability, optimized fuel consumption and meticulous bike construction. And that naturally includes the joy of riding a Benelli, which is the distinctive, essential trait of every motorbike that comes off the assembly line of the Pesaro plant.
Pesaro, Italy: this is where Benelli’s hub lies, in an efficient, modern structure vaunting the highest standards of quality that was maintained as the chief production headquarters. The “Made in Italy” stamp remains an indispensable element for Benelli, which is looking ahead to seize the opportunities offered by the global market, conscious of the fact of its role as a brand leader with a legendary history and confident of its offer of top-end products standing out for their quality, design and sporty allure.