No. 58, September 9, 2000
1800 Wing spotted
Our thanks to Mike Larson for sending this and some other shots of Honda's
new GoldWing, said to be running an 1800cc version of the current boxer
six powewrplant. The USA-developed bike was being shot for a promotional
video - we suspect in Utah - and appears to have undergone a complete restyle
with the front end possibly boasting gas discharge headlights.
According to UK Motorcycle News, Suzuki refuses to recall the Hayabusa,
despite the potential danger of the problem it has with rear subframes
that are cracking. In that country, the factory's 'solutution' is to charge
hapless owners 170 quid for a stronger steel substitute.
Reader Martin English has put us on to this site: http://news.motorcycle.com/968185504/index_htm
which links to info on a new Ducati-sponsored set of handlebar controls
for playstation bike games. Apparently they offer realistic steering throttle
and brake controls, along with some feedback to the 'rider'. Weird...
There are now two vacant seats in the the once all-conquering Repsol Honda
GP team for 2001. Long-serving rider Okada, who has had over 100 GP starts,
is departing the team and seems unlikely to get a ride elsewhere. Meanwhile
Sete Gibernau is departing to accept a ride with the Suzuki team alongside
Kenny Roberts - a move which will no doubt please the Spanish Movistar
A little something for the trivia buffs: Gibernau is the grandson
of Don Francisco Bulto, the founder of the Bultaco marque.
At right is one of the official pics of Aprilia's new sports tourer, the
RST1000, or Futura. The one-litre twin is being run in the same state of
tune as in the Falco, claiming 113 horses. It's one of the many bikes expected
to debut at next week's Munich show.
- the Sydney tour and bike hire mob, is making the most of the upcoming
olympics by extending its fleet with seven new bikes and opening seven
days a week. You can reach them on (02) 9699 4722.
quote for the day: I can only please one person today. Today is not your
day and tomorrow isn't looking good either.
is having a busy time of it - it's on the verge of launching two new bike
bikes: An FJ1300 sports tourer remiscent of the old FJs though with more
angular styling; And a Fazer 1000, using a detuned version of the R1 powerplant.
is toying with the idea of building an adventure tourer-style machine with
its 500cc single-cylinder powerplant - curently fitted to the Blast.
firm Sachs has launched its 800cc naked bike, based on a Suzuki VZ800 powerplant.
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