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2007 STREET LEGAL Husaberg FS550e Supermoto !!

. . . Aprilia gets aced . . .

Posted September 18, 2006 by Mike

MOTORCYCLE-USA have got the first ride report on the all new for 2007 STREET LEGAL Husaberg FS550e - and that 'e' means electric start, so no risking life and especially limb trying to kick start the big single.

Picks? A dry weight of just 247 pounds, electric start, a super-slick 6-speed tranny, a 310mm disk in front, a 220mm disk in the rear, and 17-inch supermoto wheels.

Nits? The new black-n-blue color scheme, and a rather breath-taking MSRP of $9090 !

No horsepower numbers yet, but it looks to be a real hooligan's street toy nice little ride for putting back and forth to work *snigger*.

Aprilia SXV/RXV 450/550 First US Test

. . . how the 2007 competition versions perform

Posted August 9th, 2006 by Mike

MOTORCYCLE-USA has the first comprehensive test in the USA of Aprilia's 2007 model SXV/RXV 450/550's.

The bikes were tested at Oakland Valley Race Park in Cuddebackville, NY, which has facilities for both off-road and track testing.

MOTORCYCLE-USA also have two complete photo galleries for the bikes - one for the Supermoto SXV version, and one for the dirt-oriented RXV enduro version.

. . . now if we can just convince them to get street legal versions here for the US market in 2008.

Ducati MotoGP for the Street !

Ducati does it again

Posted June 1, 2006 by Mike

Fresh on the heels of the announcement to produce their award-winning Hypermotard,
Ducati has committed to a July 2007 release of their limited production Desmosedici MotoGP race replica for the street. Only 400 of these 200 bhp L-4 powered motorbikes will be produced, so if you've got the $$, you'd better sign up now. These mechanical masterpieces will sell out fast. Here's a look at the prototype:

Don't think you've got the scratch for a Desmosedici RR, but still want to ride a Ducati? How's about a mini battery-powered version of their famous "Monster", complete with the famous Ducati logo.

. . . and if your wallet is still a little light after patronizing the local filling station, but you simply must have something with the Ducati name on it, and a T-shirt just won't cut it, put one of these in your pocket. When you show up at the local watering hole, you can whip it out and nonchalantly imply that the new Desmosedici RR is safe at home in the garage. After all - wouldn't want to get road tar on that pricey bodywork now would we?

Posted May 8, 2006 by Mike

. . . To match the approaching release of Aprilia's little red and black 450/550 street rods, a partial color scheme change around here - and yes, I do want one. Badly. Return to racebike colors when I get bored with it.

Ducati Hypermotard is a GO!

. . . and it's sure to be a sell-out, too!

Posted March 31, 2006 by Mike

From Ducati's recently-introduced
Desmoblog, comes the announcement of the Ducati Hypermotard concept show bike as a 2007 production model!
Here in Bologna we have just finished our monthly meeting on new product development. This month, as mentioned in a previous post, we had a long talk about the Hypermotard. First of all, I would like to tell you all that: WE WILL PRODUCE THE HYPERMOTARD! Thanks to the capital increase, the enthusiasm shown by Ducatisti and the work done in research and development, we have decided to add the Ducati Hypermotard to our production schedule, without giving anything else up. We are also going to reduce the development time thanks to the work done while the bike was still a concept. So THE DUCATI HYPERMOTARD WILL BE READY IN YOUR DEALERSHIP BY THE SPRING OF 2007!
(emphasis mine)

More Aprilia SXV 450 Pics . . .

. . . pardon me while I clear a spot in the garage for an '07 . . .

Posted January 12, 2006 by Mike

. . . from the Aprilia web-site - click pics to enlarge.

It Just Keeps Getting Better and Better . . .
. . . And it's my size too!
Posted December 29, 2005 by Mike

So what is it?

The latest Euro-superbike?


The latest WSB street replica?


It's a 125. An '06 Aprilia RS 125 streetbike.

And I want one. It's my size. It probably makes more ponies than Kawasaki's 250 Ninjette, and it for sure is smaller, shorter (both length and height) and lighter than said Ninjette.

Add the
'06 Aprilia RS 125 to my growing wish list of bikes. What a blast it would be!

Too bad the Big Three won't send U.S. one like it - 'cause I know they got 'em! Check out this awesome little Honda below, currently available in the land of cheese, fine watches, and secret bank accounts:

(source of photo)

How 'bout it Honda? Think one or two might accidently slip through to this side of the big pond? I'd be more than happy to do a long term "consumer marketing evaluation study" of it!

. . . or even a short term study! Just ship one pre-licensed to the following address . . .

. . . and I might even be able to reach the bars!
Posted November 16, 2005 by Mike

Ducati calls this a Hypermotard. If they actually decide to produce it, I call it mine. It was on the stand at the Milan Show, and now I've got a problem. Which new motard bike to put at the top of my wish list - this new Ducati Hypermotard, or the 2006 Aprilia SXV450 Supermotard I've been drooling over lately. Both have nearly everything I want - very light weight slender bikes with infinite ground clearance.

I'm especially interested in the fact that both bikes have a much flatter seat than the typical modern sportbike with it's humped-style tank. Hump-style tanks look neat and racy and all that, but they also force you to sit at the back of the bike, making it impossible for smaller riders to reach the handlebars. I won't be sure without actually sitting on them, but it looks like I won't have to straight-arm the bars on either of them.

The only little quibbles I've got with either of them is the seat height (yea, I'm short), and the fact that both bikes have tiny little 1.7 gallon gas tanks. The only question is, does the pure fun factor outweigh stopping for gas every single day?

If they perform as good as they look, methinks the answer is yes.

Come-oooooonnn Lotto numbers ! . . . is that a license-plate bracket I see on the back? . . . and I could swear those little clear thingies on the sides look like turn signals . . .

Posted September 29, 2005 by Mike

Now this is what I call a fine ride! Via
www.2wf.com, the 2006 Aprilia SXV/RXV-450/550s have been announced! Here's a couple of pictures of the little hooligan commuter beastie bike:

Power and weight will be announced in a few days, but they shouldn't be too far off the 70bhp and less-than-250lbs wet weight previously mentioned.

The price has been mentioned as being "about 5% above the competition", but the competition wasn't specified. Here's hoping the competition isn't one of those purpose-built Supermoto racebikes.

And for this bike, I really don't care what kind of gas mileage it gets! As long as it's street-legal in my state!

Headlight Version Coming Soon !
Heh! I can't wait for this one !
. . . will it have electric start?

Posted June 25, 2005 by Mike

2WF.COM, the first pictures of the 2006 Aprilia SXV 450 Supermoto:

This is all you gotta know:
"Well see a competition only SXV Supermoto in the states, sometime early next year (after the Euros, Im afraid). This should be followed by a street legal dual sport version, labeled the RXV.

Power is slated to be around 70BHP, and with a wet weight well south of 250lbs, it should be a very entertaining ride regardless of genre."

(emphasis mine)
Very entertaining indeed.

I simply must have one (the street version).

For commuting of course.

I don't care what kind of gas mileage it gets!

Winter Project
Steel wool, soap, and carb cleaner?

Posted January 8, 2005 by Michael A. Morrow

It's a 1973 Honda CB-100. 11.2 horsepower at 11,000 rpm. Top speed of about 74 mph (with 115 pound rider) when geared for top end with an after-market rear sprocket. About 78 miles to the gallon when not running at 11,000 rpm. The charging system wouldn't keep up with THE STATE's headlight-on law, so a little trickle charger was employed every couple of months.

My Dad bought it in 1974 during the gas crisis, and rode it to work for a while. Then the gas crisis went away, and I road it to school for a while, before buying a Honda CB-400F in 1977. For a couple of years it got used as a parts runner when I did home tuneups on the 400F. Then it got parked. I saw it sitting in the corner of the garage the other day, and rolled it out. Doesn't look too bad. Looked it over, and snapped this picture. I figure the biggest problem will be cleaning out the carb and gas tank, as I'm pretty sure they weren't prepped for storage. Other than that, could be fun! And with gas running around $2 a gallon, it'll cost about $4 bucks to fill the tank. Let's see - that's about 150 miles of smiles for $4 bucks! What a deal!

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