We are always on the lookout for new concepts and this week’s featured bike is the FB R2000S. Based on the BMW 1200 GS, the R2000S is equipped with 3 independently suspended hubless wheels. We could keep talking about it but the pictures really say it all. Check them out and let us know what you think by commenting below.
Last month we reported that Ducati was up for sale. Some of the potential buyers were BMW, Mahindra and Volkswagen. Recent reports indicate that Audi (owned by Volkswagen AG) is considering purchasing the company for 850 million Euros. It’s known that Volkswagen Chairman, Ferdinand Piech has been interested in acquiring the company since 2008. Since VW owns Audi, the sale is being set up as a purchase for Audi with VW supplying the money and making the decision.
We are eager to find out who finally purchases Audi and will update you as soon as we hear any news.
First off, happy Friday. The weekend is finally here and we can all rejoice. We have recently received a few emails asking about our social media presence. Some of you were wondering how to connect with us through other platforms aside from our website and blog. Below we have listed the different sites we participate on and a link to our pages. Simply click on the images below and you will be redirected. We hope you like what you see and that you will connect with us.
Have any ideas or recommendations? We’d love to hear them. Comment below and let us know what you think.
We are always on the lookout for new innovative motorcycle designs and this week none stood out more than the Lazareth Wazuma V8F. Though it has configurations that are very similar to a trike, the V8F comes with four wheels. Aside from it’s peculiar design, there is a very unique power train inside of it. A very famous Italian automaker you’re probably familiar with, Ferrari is responsible for its 3.0-liter V8 engine that produces more than 250 horsepower. The engine is also mated to a BMW M3-sourced six-speed sequential gearbox. From the looks of it, Lazareth did not cut any corners when it came to technology.
Now, who’s ready to ride?
Recently, reports have been circling around that motorcycle manufacturer, Ducati is up for sale. Selling price for the company is set at 1 billion euros, which is three times the initial investment made by the Italian private-equity owner. Insiders believe the potential buyers to be Volkswagen, BMW and Mahindra (Indian motorcycle manufacturer). Back in 2009, VW showed some interest in purchasing the company but invested in Suzuki instead. We will keep you posted on the latest developments.
Each week on Facebook we try to share the coolest motorcycle images we can find. We thought it would be a great idea to give all of you a recap of the pictures we’ve found this week. Though there are many of you who already “like” us on Facebook, we wanted to make sure we have everybody covered. This weeks images come courtesy of BMW Motorrad, Ducati, Icon Motorsports and Orphiro. Let us know which is your favorite by commenting below.
The folks at BMW Motorrad must have been thrilled when they crunched the numbers for 2011. The company reports its best sales year since its inception. Here are some of the company stats for 2011:
We do not have details on the model unit sales but in 2010, BMW credited the S1000RR for driving their sales increase. BMW also expected the high demand for the S1000RR and their new K series bikes to continue fueling their sales growth.
A big “thumbs up” for BMW team. Keep it up!
It’s pretty incredible that it’s that time of year again but Black Friday is upon us. That means crazy lines, shopping frenzies and best of all, sales. If you are in the market for any type of motorcycle gear, visit Extrememoto and use the following coupon codes on the corresponding days to save 10% store wide:
Coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY11 (for use on 11/25/2011 and 11/26/2011)
Coupon code: CYBERMONDAY11 (for use on 11/28/11 and 11/29/2011)
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
What’s better than Friday? A Friday where you find out about a great bike giveaway. Bennetts Insurance along with BMW, Yamaha Motors and Piaggio Motor Vehicles are giving away three bikes which suit every kind of rider. A BMW S1000RR, Yamaha XJ6 and a Piaggio NRG50. They’ve covered the entire biker spectrum.
To enter, simply visit Bennetts Facebook page, like the page and select the bike you want. If you are lucky, you’ll have a brand new bike parked in your driveway before Christmas. Good luck!
Today was the first day of school and we’re sure for every sad kid, there was a happy parent. It isn’t just kids going back to school though, many adults are back in the mix as well. In an effort to “keep it real” with our fans, we thought it would be a great idea to write about the hands-on Technology Training Program for Motorcycle Mechanics at the Universal Technical Institute. In a short period of time you can be working in the field and possibly doing what you love. Check out some of the program features:
MMI’s Core Program
Are you planning on honing your motorcycle tricks this weekend? Here’s some inspiration for you. It’s the Wheelie, Stoppie and Surfer done right by professional freestyle rider, Chris Pfeiffer.
It’s no secret we love BMW motorcycles. Their advancements in technology throughout the years have proven to be as innovative as they come. Check out this two minute recap of the history of BMW motorcycles.
BMW, with funding from the German Federal Ministry, has come up with a scooter that promises to provide the rider with greater efficiency of performance, higher range and better maneuverability. The BMW E-Scooter will come equipped with a ‘high-performance electric machine’ which will be placed behind the battery component. A secondary electric drive will achieve power transmission from the roller chain to the real wheel and a regenerative braking system could possibly give the scooter a 20 percent increase in range.
The E-Scooter comes with an external electronic system which features an interactive mechanism which displays and collects data relating to temperature and voltage of the battery cells. All these innovations and the scooter could be charged by a simple household socket so there is no requirement for exclusive charging stations. Check out the quick preview video of the BMW E-Scooter below.
The idea of hover vehicles has been around forever. Every kid that saw Back to the Future II couldn’t wait for the hover board to make it to the local skate shop. Twenty six years later, we are still waiting for a “hover-anything” to be released. That is until Australian engineer Chris Malloy decided to take matters into his own hands and created the Hoverbike.
Made from a custom carbon fiber frame built by Malloy, the Hoverbike is equipped with a BMW Boxer-4 engine which has 107 horse power. It also has wood rotors which counter-rotate, allowing the bike to stay level.
Mallow has completed production of the base vehicle and has ran a few strap-down tests but needs funding to continue with the project. He estimates that a production version would cost about $40,000. Malloy’s initial idea for the bike was that it could be used to monitor livestock in Australia’s enormous farmlands. Though we love this idea and it seems very practical, we have to agree with Jalopnik in that this is the opportunity for the “greatest spec racing series in the history of man”. The Hoverbike has brought Star Wars racing to real life.
Ah, Wednesday. We’ve finally reached the week’s hump. Only two more days till the weekend and that means only one thing to us: time to ride. What can be better than riding? Nothing, right? True, unless you want some extra credit and are looking to add some tricks to your riding routine.
With that in mind, we thought we’d refer you to professional streetbike freestyle-rider, Chris Pfeiffer, performing the “Surfer” to perfection. Though this stunt can be executed on any street bike and no modifications are necessary, we highly recommend you leave these to the professionals unless you happen to be one yourself. Remember kids, safety first. Enjoy responsibly! (WARNING: You should not try this at home. We do not condone performing stunts you are not professionally trained to execute.)