Thursday, August 4, 2011

Derbi GPR 50 and 125

Whenever I'm in Spain I find myself ogling the really cool mini roadrace motorcycles racing in and out of traffic.

Youthful displays of speed and daring on motorcycles are as much a part of the Spanish culture as cigarettes and long siestas.

The ever-present scent of two-stroke exhaust and the sound of diminutive motors tapped at full throttle are imbedded in the Spanish psyche, leaving little wonder how the region has managed to produce such top caliber racers as Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo, and Carlos Checa.

The leading manufacturer of these fully faired pint-sized motorcycles is Barcelona-based Derbi, which owns a significant portion of the small displacement motorcycles so essential to the Spanish way of life; whether you're talking functional transportation or stylish sporting fun.

Derbi has garnered 19 125cc World Championships in a storied history devoted entirely to small displacement development.

Transforming that rich racing legacy into street legal application are the Derbi GPR 50 (2-stroke) and the GPR 125 (4-stroke).

The two Derbi GPR models have a surprisingly aggressive big motorcycle presence for such small motorcycles. At first glance one might think they're looking at a top-tier 600 or superbike.

The 50cc version is intended as the ultimate entry-level machine for young and beginning riders while the 125 is better suited for some experience and makes a more practical commuter (while also providing some spirited weekend romping on twisting back roads).

Both Derbi motorcycles sport an aluminum twin beam perimeter chassis with gull wing-design swingarms. A full fairing with wedged tail section give the bikes racing aerodynamics while rear-set footpegs, drop bars, inverted forks, disc brakes and under-slung exhaust pipe reinforce the racing persona.

The GPR 50cc and 125cc engines are carbureted and liquid-cooled with electric start. No power output was available for the 50cc, but the 125cc is claimed to produce 15 hp at 9,250 rpm.

Both bikes have six-speed gearboxes and are fitted with 12-spoke, 17" wheels.

With cool small displacement motorcycles like the Derbi GPR 50 and GPR 125, lenient traffic cops, and plenty of smooth, twisting pavement, it's no wonder Spain owns all the MotoGP world titles for 2010.

And right now, dashing through the streets and villages of Spain, another generation of world champions is getting their first taste of speed and adrenaline courtesy of Derbi.

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2011 Kawasaki Concours 14

Speed and stability are the calling cards of the 2011 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS, but there is much more to this cousin of the Ninja ZX-14 hyperbike than that.

Extremely comfortable over the long, fast haul, the Concours 14 ABS features dual-mode K-ACT linked anti-lock braking system, as well as Kawasaki's KTRC traction control (which can be switched off, if desired).

Even with a claimed curb weight of 688 pounds, the Concours 14 ABS is a sporting machine, as long as the corners don't get too tight-in high- speed sweepers, it's magic.

2011 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS Quick Looks

  • ENGINE TYPE: DOHC Inline-4
  • BORE x STROKE: 84mm x 61mm
  • COMP. RATIO: 10.7:1
  • TRANSMISSION: 6-speed
  • WHEELBASE: 59.8 inches
  • RAKE: 26.1 degrees
  • CURB WEIGHT: 688 pounds
  • PRICE: $15,599
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2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja

For 2011, Kawasaki completely redesigned its flagship and have made it smaller, lighter, and considerably more powerful.

Upping the ante to 197 horsepower (EPA watchdogs are rumored to have forced Kawasaki into a 20 horsepower reduction for America), the big Ninja has class-topping rider customizable traction control, an instrument display switchable between street and track settings, and ABS.

With a stacked gearbox, the all new-engine is even more compact than its predecessor; a completely new chassis and longer swingarm transforms handling too. Standard equipment is a Bosch developed multi- sensor racetrack ABS that only adds seven pounds in weight.

2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja Quick Stats

  • ENGINE TYPE: DOHC inline-4
  • BORE x STROKE: 76mm x 55mm
  • COMP. RATIO: 13.0:1
  • TRANSMISSION: 6-speed
  • WHEELBASE: 56.1 inches
  • RAKE: 25 degrees
  • CURB WEIGHT: 436
  • PRICE: $14,799
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

Comfortable ergonomics on a faired superbike? Yes, it seems to be true for Kawasaki in 2011. If you like upright bikes, but don't like naked bikes, then the all-new Ninja 1000 will be just the ticket.

Essentially Kawasaki's futuristically styled (and polarizing) Z1000, but with a full fairing and conventional looks, the Ninja 1000 promises to be a real-world superbike for the street.

The 41mm male-slider forks and 300mm petal brake rotors handle the braking, while power comes from a 1043cc, DOHC, liquid- cooled, 16-valve long-stroke inline-four.

2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Quick Specs

  • ENGINE TYPE: DOHC inline-4
  • BORE x STROKE: 77mm x 56mm
  • COMP. RATIO: 11.8:1
  • TRANSMISSION: 6-speed
  • WHEELBASE: 56.9 inches
  • RAKE: 24.5 degrees
  • CURB WEIGHT: 503 pounds
  • PRICE: $10,999
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Monday, August 1, 2011

Adiva AD 125

General information
Model: Adiva AD 125
Year: 2011
Category: Scooter
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Engine and transmission
Displacement: 124.00 ccm (7.57 cubic inches)
Engine type: Single cylinder, four-stroke
Power: 13.01 HP (9.5 kW)) @ 8500 RPM
Torque: 10.90 Nm (1.1 kgf-m or 8.0 ft.lbs) @ 7500 RPM
Bore x stroke: 48.8 x 57.0 mm (1.9 x 2.2 inches)
Fuel system: Carburettor
Fuel control: SOHC
Cooling system: Liquid
Gearbox: Automatic
Transmission type,
final drive: Belt
Clutch: Centrifugal

Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels
Frame type: Trellis
Front suspension: Telescopic fork
Rear suspension: Twin shock
Front tyre dimensions: 120/70-14
Rear tyre dimensions: 140/70-14
Front brakes: Single disc
Front brakes diameter: 260 mm (10.2 inches)
Rear brakes: Single disc
Rear brakes diameter: 240 mm (9.4 inches)

Physical measures and capacities
Dry weight: 171.0 kg (377.0 pounds)
Power/weight ratio: 0.0761 HP/kg
Overall height: 1,759 mm (69.3 inches)
Overall length: 2,230 mm (87.8 inches)
Wheelbase: 1,640 mm (64.6 inches)
Fuel capacity: 13.50 litres (3.57 gallons)

Other specifications
Starter: Electric

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