The New Honda Sabre 2010

Honda is about to release its new Sabre in the U.S. shortly continuing its run of chopper-esc motorcycles such as the Fury.  The Sabre is very much styled after the Fury but hopefully won’t resort to chromed plastic as much as the Fury does (awful, just awful)  While the Sabre does look good and most likely will perform adequately given the Honda heritage it lacks the chopper soul and unique WOW! factor that comes with choppers.  If anything it’s just a little too perfect looking.

The Sabre is priced at $11,799.00 standard, and the ABS model will make your bank account $12,799.00 lighter.

Specs are below and if you pick one up let RTWW know what you think of your new ride

2010 Honda Sabre | Specifications

Model: VT1300CS / VT1300CSA ABS

Engine Type: 1312cc liquid-cooled 52° V-twin

Bore and Stroke: 89.5mm x 104.3mm

Compression ratio: 9.2:1

Valve Train: SOHC; three valves per cylinder

Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, one 38mm throttle body

Ignition: Digital with 3-D mapping, two spark plugs per cylinder

Transmission: Five-speed

Final Drive: Shaft

Suspension
Front: 41mm fork; 4.0 inches travel
Rear: Single shock; 3.9 inches travel

Brakes
Front: Single 336mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear: 296mm disc with single-piston caliper; Optional ABS and CBS available in Black color only

Tires
Front: 90/90-21
Rear: 170/80-15

Wheelbase: 70.0 inches

Rake (Caster Angle): 33°

Trail: 118.0mm (4.6 inches)

Seat Height: 26.9 inches

Fuel Capacity: 4.4 gallons

Colors: Black, Candy Dark Red (ABS/CBS available in Black color only)

Curb Weight*: 659 pounds (VT1300CS) / 676 pounds (VT1300CSA ABS)

Honda’s other chopper styled bike, The Fury…

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Playboy gets into Motorcycles

Playboy has been the epitome of cool for decades, and now in 2010 it has made the connection with the world’s other source of ultimate cool, motorcycles!  Rather than handing its ‘Playmate of the Year’ for 2010, Hope Dworaczyk, a car along with $100,000 as a prize, this year the vehicle of choice was arguably the best sports bike currently available, the BMW S1000RR.

Here’s another picture of Miss Dworaczyk which doesn’t feature a motorcycle, but is ahhh …interesting all the same : )

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The Bangor Elim Church Car & Motorcycle Show

Last Saturday RTWW was at the Bangor Elim Church Car & Motorcycle show, and the RTWW Flickr page has been updated with some pictures from the day.  The show was well attended as always and benefited from fantastic weather (This Editor still has the sunburn to show for it!)

The show featured a good collection of bikes and trikes from all eras, alongside classic British cars from the last few decades.

Stunt shows from former European extreme stunt riding Champion Kevin Carmichael http://www.kevincarmichael.com/

…and Relentless UKFMX http://www.ukfmx.com/

…were expertly done and great fun for the crowds.  Other features of the day were the fashion show and judging of the best bikes and cars attending the show.

This was the 8th show at the Elim Church and many of those regular attendees said it was the best yet.  Well done to the organisers and RTWW is looking forward to next years show.

Pictures from the Show are available on our Flickr Photostream

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A New German Motorcycle Company Rises?

Das neue Motorrad – The updates began quietly enough on-line on the 12th of May and will continue until launch day on the 10th June 2010.  My knowledge of German is non-existant, my apologies any fans in Germany, but this all seems very exciting.  Launching a new bike brand in the current financial climate is bold to say the least, and what are they launching, a standard or electric/hybrid bike.  Hope it doesn’t turn out to be bland after the build up.  Should BMW be worried?

Visit the web site here for more information.

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Transform two motorcycles into a car & back again.

RTWW loves a good ‘out there’ futuristic bike and this new concept model has that and a whole lot more.

The pictures are of the “Plug-In” concept car/bike by Ramesh Gound, dreamed up as his final year Diploma project at the National Institute of Design.  Gound says there’s a “buy 1 get 1 free” shopping attitude in the market around the Ahmedabad area of India where he’s based.  This everyday idea gave Gound the inspiration to take two motorcycles and give them the ability to link them in the middle to make a car!

The two drive-by-wire bikes allow a biking houshold to combine their rides to create a car for a relaxing long journey, then at your destination, break apart and go exploring.  The extra car bodywork is made of D3O, which when the bikes are not attached, neatly folds away within the bike’s frame.   There are no engine details but it would be an idea to make the bikes electric vehicles that doubled their range as a car, that would definately make it a vehicle for the future.

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Are you Iron Man?

In an update to our previous mention of Universal Designs and their superhero inspired motorcycle suit designs, the company has produced a new one for the billionaire playboy bikers amongst you.

Just as Robert Downey Jr’s character Tony Stark declared at the end of Iron Man, “I am Iron Man!” now you can do the same as you dismount from your suitably hi-tech ride, with the UD Replicas Iron Man Mark V leather suit.  Taken from the hit sequel this will turn heads, especially if the chest arc piece lights up as it should.

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BMW Recalls 122,000 bikes

Yikes!  In a Toyota style admission of braking problems BMW has issued a worldwide recall of 122,000 bikes.  The potential problem lies in leaking brakes in their boxer engined models where vibration has shaken components loose.

A BMW spokesman has stated: “We already had one technical service campaign three years ago, when we brought in new brake hoses for the respective bikes, but over time we realised that the outcome by using these new brake lines was not as good as we expected, so we developed a new solution.”

The spokesman added that the problem was caused mainly by vibrations and that brake hoses could leak, causing the bike to lose brake fluid.

“Usually the rider will realise this because he sees the brake fluid on the bike, and will take it for a service,” he said.

“It’s only if the driver doesn’t realise, and the brake fluid has completely gone, that the failure of the front brake might occur, but we are not aware of a single accident caused by these defective brake hoses.”

Owners of those bikes affected by the recall should receive a letter inviting them to attend a service at their nearest dealer.

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