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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cannoli, 2.0

Via Trenton Farmers Market

Yet more Macau GP...

Older photograph from the 2009 Macau GP. All the credits, via, and photograph details watermarked onto the image.


I seem to have a good amount of HRC Endurance photographs, ironically I've never owned a Honda motorbike...

Some additional Moriwaki photographs...

Umm-hmm, by this point you should all know how much I like the Moriwaki brand, machines, legacy, and livery. Here is some more goodness...

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Some beautiful construction and machining on this Norvin here. I do like the unique older motorbikes like this (or similar such as a Seeley Matchless), I am not so much a fan of just box stock mass production OEM restorations (e.g. concours resto CB's or RD's -sorry, you won't find too many of them here!).

Photograph Gordon Calder

Formula1 Tech and Art Blog

There is some great reading, diagrams, and photographs at this blog. Looking forward to analysis of Monaco. No point in me re-posting all of the photographs, please give them the traffic and click around taking a look yourself (link is below).

Great shot of a low tech solution on a high tech piece of racing machinery:

Photograph via (and hosted by) Formula1 Tech and Art Blog

Suzuki CSXR650 (i.e. uber trick GS500)

Photographs Sport Rider from their article here.

Friday, May 27, 2011

V8 Supercars

It's hard to not like this series.
Photo Aussie Hobby's Flickr Photostream

Photo Mark Horsburgh/News Limited

Photo Ian Hutchinson/Getty Images

Even more Honda Endurance views...

Some of these photographs are credit to Honda Racing, the top view of the tank is shown here elsewhere as well, but it's so awesome a piece of kit it deserves to be reposted.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Renault 1979 RS111 V6 Turbo

Need I say more?

Suzuki-Bimota SB1 500

Rarely do I run across photographs or articles on this machine - similar Yamaha's and even the Kawasaki's seem to be more common. I find it quite interesting how minimal some of the bodywork was on Grand Prix type machines of this era, then how bulbous bodywork became especially on production motorbikes (e.g. SRAD tail sections), only to have a return to stubby tails and narrow profiles...

More Honda Endurance

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ducati Supermono

Produced from 1993 to 1997 only I believe, with rumours in 2009 that there could be a resurrection coming soon...

Specifications as listed on various Internet sources:

Supermono motor
Single cylinder, four stroke, liquid cooled, fuel injected
549cc (100 x 70mm)
76 bhp @ 10,500 rpm
Weight : 267 lbs. (122 kg)
Wheels : 17” Cast Magnesium
Transmission: 6 speed, chain final drive
Maximum speed: 145 mph

Team Rumi RM701 SoS Racer

Now this is hot.  I have been into racing motorbikes for quite some time and this is the first I have run across this.  I have definitely seen the Rotax engined/TZ250 chassis conversions from the shop in Colorado that race in US series but I guess I am just not as familiar with the European SoS series as I thought I would be.  Enjoy. 

Excerpt from the Rumi website:

To modìfy thè air-cooled NX650 sohc four-valve engine, measur-ing 644cc in stock form with its 110 x 82 mm dimensions, Rumi en-listed thè services of Carlo Facetti. He’s one of Italy’s top development engineers and a noted name in FI racing car circles after his work designing FI race engines for Alfa Romeo      and,     just     recently, Lamborghini.
Facetti already works on thè Rumi Honda Superbike motors alongside another freelance engineer from thè racing car world Ernesto Degan - formerly a designer for Alfa’s Autodelta racing subsidiary who’s used to adapting produetion engines for racing.
Facetti completely revamped thè top end of thè NX650 motor, retaining thè crank-cases, wet clutch and five-speed gearbox from thè stock Dommie engine, but convert-ing thè air-cooled engine to water-cooling and replacing thè radial-valye sohe top end with Degan’s dohc design with paired valves. The originai chain drive to thè cylinder head is retained, but instead of turnìng thè originai Honda camshaft, it now drives a half-tìme pin-ion, outboard of which is thè waterpump and inboard a gear wheel meshing directly with thè twin overhead Rumi camshafts. Twin 43mm inlet valves and 35mm exhausts are fitted, with a fiat included l-just 26.5 degrees. At present, though . gìne was designed to run on fuel ir and has already been dyno tested guise (using twin Weber injectors ar. ‘ software on a TDD engine managen.-. tem similar to that used by Bimota : own BMW-powered BB1 Superino: prototype racer is running on twir. Keihin flatslides, in which form it deli” bhp at 9,000 rpm on thè Rumi dyno  already have 77bhp with EFI, accoro: Norris Farrow.
All thè hardware, including a batte-pump and air duets for a pressurisec needed for EFI are already in piace.  the switchover from carbs and th-: Honda CDI presently employed quitt
As well as water-cooling thè engine has also bumped it out to 697cc with ir of a 104mm three-ring Mondìal forge: delivering 10.3:1 compression, and th-gives thè sort of jump out of slow corot thè Mallory liairpin or chicane that thas-riding 550cc ‘Ducatinas’ can only dreac
The engine is unbelieyably punchy when you crack thè throttle wide open, especially at high rpm. Out of a fourth gear corner like thè Mallory Esses you can feel thè front wheel rise lazily in thè air as you get hard on thè gas, confirraed by thè way thè bars jiggle gently in your hands as you monowheel to-wards thè Hairpin cranked hard over.
Exiting a slower turn like thè chicane or hairpin causes quite a bit more excitement if you try to do it in either of thè bottoni two gears. First is actually way too low for racing use, but great for improving your wheelie credit rating with spectators. But get thè Rumi motoring out of a slow turn and it’ll get
a jump on a Ducati that takes a while to peg back, as I discovered for myself riding briefly with Simon in Dundrod qualìfying - untìl an-other minor glitch sent him coasting up thè slip road with a dead engine. Then, at thè other end of thè performance scale, thè Rumi is very fast in a straight line on outright top-end speed, certainly quicker than thè five-valve Yamaha XTZ engine of equivalent capacity, as thè Ulster GP speed trap showed. The Stephens Yamaha that Jim Moodie used to win thè TT was no match for thè Rumi on absolute performance.

Engine: Water-cooled dohc four-valve
Single-cyli rider four-stroke with gear-
driven balance shaft, Dimensions: 104×82mm Capacity: 697cc
Output: 79bhp at 9000rpm (at gearbox) Compression ratio: 10.3:1 Carburation: 2 x 41 mm Keihin flatslides Ignition; Nippondenso electronic CDI Gearbox: 5-speed Clutch: Multiplate oilbath Chassis: Aluminium twinspar Suspension: Front: 40mm Ceriani/Forcella
Italia inverted telescopio forks Rear: Fabricated atuminium swingarm with
single Ohlins shock and risìng rate
Head angle: 24 degrees Wheelbase: 1345mm Weight: 134kg. with oil/water, no fuel Weight distribution: 53/47% Brakes: Front: 2 x 26Qmm Brembo cast
iron discs with four-piston Brembo
Rear: 1 x 220mm Brembo steel disc with
two-piston Brembo caliper Wheels/tyres:
Front: 3.10/4,80-17 Dunlop KR106 radiai
on 3.50 in. Tecnomagnesio wheel
Rear: 155/60-17 Dunlop KR108 radiai on
5.50 in. Tecnomagnesio wheei. Top spoeti: Over 145mph (Dundrod -
Ulster GP)
Year of construction: 1993 Owner: Team Rumi, Bergamo, Italy.

All photographs and text Team Rumi

Honda Super Mono 644

That was never produced. 

Photo via SVRider (from

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Yamaha SZR660 Racer

Looks like fun...

XRTT 1750

Unsure of photograph credit unfortunately, I did find some alternate images on Cafe Racer Team's blog however I am not going to link to that as there is some NSFW content.

Team Incomplete Boxer

This is always a favorite.  More information on the Gregor Halenda and Scott Kolb build available on the Team Incomplete Boxer website.
Photos Gregor Halenda

Monday, May 23, 2011

The King of Cool

Graphic t-shirt I picked up, couldn't resist because of the 1964
I.S.D.T. Trophy Team photograph.

It's a chopper baby....

...that I always thought was from Shinya Kimura, but now am pretty sure that isn'c correct.  Help me out and post a comment on the builder if you know.

Note - Thanks to Zach we now know it is from Zero Engineering, the "Junkyard Phantom". 

Cafe 9

From Steffano Motors, built on a Ducati 999 platform.

Photographs via Steffano Motors


Indian Board Tracker

Another Moto Guzzi

Husqvarna V1000 Gran Turismo

Check it out, I love this thing.  Suzuki should take some design cues.  Unsure of this particular photograph origin, offical Marcus Moto Design photographs and information here.