A new Monster has escaped from Ducati

Spy shots showing what may be Ducati’s next monster have been doing the rounds on-line.  Clearly a sizable roadster, using the company’s monster trellis frame, dash, single swing arm, coupled with side mounted exhausts.  Is this the newest monster Ducati will unleash on us?  Hope so as it looks like a pretty mean road warrior even in these hastily taken shots by a sharp eyed photographer.  Ducati have once again with a quick test ride generated a wave of interest in their bikes in much the same way they did with the Multi-Strada, which has gone on to take the world by storm.

More images are available on Italian bike site www.motoblog.it

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BMW Motorrad celebrates 30 years of the GS

BMW is producing special limited edition anniversary models of its range of adventure bikes to celebrate 30 years of its Gelande-Strasse ‘GS’ (on/off road) brand.  GS is still the one to beat when it comes to popular adventure bikes whether you are touring the globe or green laning on the weekend.  Most recent attempts at taking the adventure crown from the hugely successful GS1200 have failed to surpass its core abilities despite valiant efforts by the Ducati Multistrada 1200 and the suspiciously quiet after launch Yamaha Super Tenere.  Below is BMW’s explanation for the special editions and details of each of the bikes updates;

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Launching the “30 Years GS” limited edition versions of the BMW R 1200 GS, the R 1200 GS Adventure, the F 800 GS and the F 650 GS, BMW Motorrad is paying tribute to the outstanding success and popularity of the GS concept.

Back in the autumn of 1980, BMW Motorrad unveiled the R 80 G/S, a unique motorcycle that pioneered the Adventure Motorcycling genre. Offering the unique combination of on-road, touring and off-road qualities, without the slightest compromise in everyday use, the R 80 G/S paved the way as a brand new concept, the first true Adventure Sport motorcycle.

The special edition “30 Years GS” models feature the celebrated BMW Motorsports colours of the legendary eighties’ R 80 G/S Rally Raiders that propelled the likes of Hubert Auriol to victories in gruelling Paris-Dakar races,almost three decades ago.

As well as the glorious retro colour scheme, each “30 Years GS” model has arrange of additional features and equipment.

Highlights of the BMW R 1200 GS “30 Years GS”:
• Paintwork in Alpine White.
• Three-coloured decals in the livery of BMW Motorrad Motorsport.
• “30 Years GS” model designation on the tank.
• Cross-spoke wheels with black hubs.
• Hand protectors.
• Tinted windshield.
• Red seat with “GS” stamp.

Highlights of the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure “30 Years GS”:
• Paintwork in Alpine White.
• Three-coloured decals in the livery of BMW Motorrad Motorsport.
• “30 Years GS” model designation on the tank.
• Extra-large hand protectors.
• Aluminium engine protection guard.
• Seat in red/black with “GS” stamp.

Highlights of the BMW F 800 GS “30 Years GS”:
• Paintwork in Alpine White.
• Three-coloured decals in the livery of BMW Motorrad Motorsport.
• “30 Years GS” model designation on the airbox cover.
• Hand protectors.
• Aluminium sump guard.
• Tinted windshield.
• White direction indicators.
• Seat in red with “GS” stamp.

Highlights of the BMW F 650 GS “30 Years GS”:
• Paintwork in Alpine White.
• Three-coloured decals in the livery of BMW Motorrad Motorsport.
• “30 Years GS” model designation at the rear.
• Magnesium-coloured cast wheels.
• Hand protectors.
• Engine protector.
• Tinted, higher windshield.
• White direction indicators.
• Seat in red with “GS” stamp at the front.

The “30 Year GS” range will be launched at BMW Motorrad Dealers on 19th June when prices will be announced.

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Ducati Multistrada Better Than BMW’s GS?..Yes Says MCN!


This week’s MCN has a road challenge between the new 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 and the latest version of BMW’s GS, and they are declaring the Multistrada the new King of do-everything bikes.  Now I think they may have been a bit quick off the mark with that statement as there are a number of things they didn’t test. MCN says the BMW is still the best for long tours but gives points to the Ducati for its fun and versatility on the road.  The Multistrada’s four mode riding ability and all-round sportier profile give the bike a clear advantage for speed and handling in urban environments, and the power blast available from the 150bhp engine sounds like great fun on the highways.

However they don’t test the off-road ability of the bikes and while the tank range queries I had seem to have been answered, a long-term test of the Ducati’s durability would be needed before any ‘Long Live the King’ statements are made.  We’ve seen the BMW get dropped on all sorts of rough surfaces (It was a hobby of Ewan McGregor’s on Long Way Round/Down), make it through rivers, and despite its huge top-heavy weight, cope reasonably well off-road.  I can’t imagine the lovely looks of the Ducati being quite so durable.

Don’t get me wrong I really like the Multistrada, and I think that Ducati have made a superb bike and advanced the technology of biking in general greatly with the gadgetry the machine has.  I’d just need a bit more evidence that it’s ‘The One’ before I would spend £14,000 on it. (Like I have £14,000 to spend A-HA, HA, HA, HA!)

Check out the latest MCN in newsagents now and below you’ll find a brief video review.  Have a great weekend and Ride Safe!

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The New Suzuki GSX1250FA Launches.

The Press have been out in force at the launch in Spain of Suzuki’s new sports-tourer the GSX1250FA, unfortunately that didn’t include RTWW this time around but we can give you the heads up on the bike’s specs in readiness for first ride reviews which should start appearing soon.

Based on the Bandit 1250 this bike uses the same well-respected engine and, while made to a sensible budget, it’s not without a few useful basics including ABS as standard, adjustable seat height, gear position indicator, and centre stand.  The full fairing should give decent weather protection which will be most welcome if, as Suzuki intends, this bike becomes your tourer of choice.  Accessories for the bike show it to have a complete tour outfit and with a starting price of around the £6700 mark, this could be a great success for the company.

While it’s great to see the Multistrada, and Super Tenere in all their high-tech glory it’s worth remembering it comes at a cost that is beyond a lot of us in the current economic climate, or any other time for that matter, as I watch moths flutter out of my wallet.  The technical spec of the GSX1250FA is below along with some more images.

Technical Specification for the Suzuki GSX1250FA

Engine Type 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Bore x Stroke 79.0 mm x 64.0 mm
Engine Displacement 1255 cm3 (1255 cc)
Compression Ratio 10.5 : 1
Carburetion Fuel injection
Oil Capacity (overhaul) 3.7L (3.9 US qt.)
Ignition Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Starter System Electric
Lubrication System Wet sump
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Primary Drive Ratio 1.537 (83 / 54)
Final Drive Ratio 2.388 (43 / 18)
Rake/Trail 25.2 degrees / 104 mm (4.1 in.)
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Disc, twin
Rear Disc
Tires Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Rear 180/55ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Fuel Tank 19.0 L (5.0 US gal.)
Overall Length 2,130 mm (83.9 in.)
Overall Width 790 mm (31.1 in.)
Overall Height 1,235 mm (48.6 in.)
Wheelbase 1,485 mm (58.5 in.)
Seat Height 805 / 825 mm (31.7 / 32.5 in.)
Curb Mass 257kg (567 lbs.)

NOTE: Specs. are not final



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Tron Legacy – Everyone wants a Light Cycle

I’m letting my geeky side through today, it’s Friday after all, and we’re featuring probably the coolest virtual bikes ever rendered, the TRON Light Cycle.  Actually this is a bit of nostalgia for RTWW as one of the first posts was on this very subject.

TRON for those who don’t know is a 1982 science fiction action film by Walt Disney Pictures.  It starred Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn (and his program counterpart inside the electronic world, Clu), Bruce Boxleitner as Tron and his User Alan Bradley, Cindy Morgan as Yori and Dr. Lora Baines, and Dan Shor as Ram. David Warner plays all three main antagonists: the program Sark, his User Ed Dillinger, and the voice of the Master Control Program. It was written and directed by Steven Lisberger.  Back in 1982 TRON was the film to see with the most startling special effects showing the early computer graphics that would become the biggest thing in movies.

Christmas 2010 sees the release of the TRON sequel TRON LEGACY with update effects but what looks to be the same awesomely designed virtual world, including the all important Light Cycle.

You can see footage of the bike in action in the concept reel below as well as in the new TRON LEGACY trailer that follows;

Have you noticed how futuristic bikes recently seem to feature hubless wheels, not sure why this is but you can also find this feature on Captain Kirk’s ride from the 2009 Star Trek film.

Having a scan around I found that this could well be the shape of things to come, with Amen Motorcycles ‘Hubless Monster’;

Given that Ducati is the current king of hi-tech motorcycling, and the sharp eyed amongst you will have noticed a very nice Ducati Sport 1000 in the ‘real world’ at the start of the TRON LEGACY trailer, …

… could the next Ducati Multistrada be hubless? …. Go on Ducati we dare ya!

Have a great weekend everyone, Ride Safe!

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CMG Review of the Ducati Multistrada 1200

Canadian Motorcycle Guide has a great indepth review up for the Ducati Multistrada 1200.  Reviewer Costa Mouzouris certainly gives it both thumbs up and makes it sound like not only a great motorcycle, but a very unique high-tech experience.  It’ll be interesting to see if the Yamaha Super Tenere can measure up.

Check out Costa’s review here…

“Ducati has poured a lot of resources into this machine, testing it extensively for two years prior to its release (the company built 110 pre-production models for testing; the usual number is about 80), and it has incorporated just about every rider aid available into one bike.

The hard work has paid off.” -Costa Mouzouris


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The Ducati Multistrada 1200 in Action

I’m going to round off this week’s blogging with some drool worthy videos of the 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 in action.  MCN had a great review of the bike in this weeks paper and it sounds suitably stuffed with technology, making it one of the most advanced bikes on the road today.  My main concern of a sub 200 mile fuel tank for a supposed tourer seems to be unfounded according to MCN’s report, but I’ll wait and see some long term tests before casting off all doubts.  Tank range aside the Multistrada 1200 is most certainly a new dawn for motorcycling, and it will be interesting to see how Ducati’s tech gets mimicked, or improved upon, by other manufacturers.

Looks great doesn’t it!  I wonder if in Enduro Mode it would survive a trip down Africa?

Have a great weekend everyone, Ride Safe! : )

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