2011 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days
The list of rare and historically significant Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson motorcycles that will be on display at this year’s AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days featuring Kawasaki, Marque of the Year, continues to grow, with a championship winning RR 250 heading the bill for the July 22-24 event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
BMW Customer Sports Program
BMW Motorrad is responding to the worldwide success of the BMW S 1000 RR by expanding its customer sports program.
Headed by Berthold Hauser, the newly created BMW Motorrad HP Race Support team of specialists provides expert assistance for BMW customers with sporting aspirations.
2010 MV 990 R Review
MV Agusta launched the original Brutale 750cc in 2001. The base Brutale model has since grown to 910cc, to 989cc, and now to 998cc in the 2010 MV Agusta Brutale 990 R. The top of the line Brutale still features a 1078cc engine despite the 1090 RR name tag. The original Tamburini design stunned the world and only now has MV Agusta’s CRC design house done a relatively big change in the aesthetic department.
The first motorcycle Erik Buell designed and built under his company name ‘Pittsburgh Performance Products,’ was the RW750 in 1983. This 750cc, two-stroke, "square-four," rotary valve racing machine was designed specifically to compete in the AMA Formula One road racing class. The first prototype RW750 hit the track for its debut that same summer in the AMA National at Pocono Speedway.
Beta 400cc, 450cc, 520cc
An extremely important step forward for 2010 is the introduction of Beta’s all-new 2010 Beta RR Enduro models, which have brand new 400, 450, and 520cc engines and chassis. This is part of American Beta’s seven-bike, 2010 lineup that includes some of Italy’s finest off-road, dual-sport and Supermoto motorcycles.
Now is the winter of my discontent made glorious summer, as the much-anticipated 2008 motorcycle racing season is finally underway. All the major manufacturers compete in both the World Superbike and MotoGP series, and the machinery they have developed is stunning. MotoGP machines are super-exotic multi-million dollar prototypes, whereas Superbikes are the pinnacle of production-based motorcycles developed into hugely powerful race-bikes.
Launched in 2004, the Honda CBR1000RR was a revelation to me; it was incredibly fast and confidence-inspiring. In 2006, Honda offered an improved, lighter version—a logical evolution of an already remarkable bike. What Honda did not reveal, was that the company was simultaneously designing this all-new 2008 version.
The unusually long four-year development period was time well spent.
From its introduction in 2004, Honda’s CBR1000RR (labeled in Europe as the “Fireblade”) has always been a light, agile machine with astounding acceleration. In normal street riding and occasional track excursions, the bike produced far more performance than most of us could fully tap, but somehow it was tamed into a real-world package. Make no mistake, this weapon astonished, and delighted all but the most battle-hardened veteran of the superbike wars.