Shower-Proof Yamaha Take Third and Fifth in Qualifying One

Following an afternoon of mixed weather, the Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team has finished day one of qualifying with Haga and Corser in provisional third and fifth positions respectively.

Both riders started the day in the top six during this morning's free practice but it was the weather that changed everyone's plans when the qualifying session was declared wet after a sudden rain shower at the start. Everyone went out initially but came in after only one out lap as the back of the circuit was wet. With Sunday's dry forecast making wet laps pointless, there was then no further on-track activity until 30 minutes into the session when the sun had dried the tarmac sufficiently.

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New 2008 model for Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom

The Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom offers cleans styling and a slender 21" front wheel, the one with the attitude in the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 family.

A motorcycle should make its owner proud, whether cruising through town or simply parked at one of the many motorcycling hangouts throughout the country. With the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom, riders get the seamless blend of comfort, big bike feel, and customized appearance.

The Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom is the crown jewel in Kawasaki's mid-size cruiser family. This chrome-laden cruiser is more than just good looking. Like its 903cc siblings, the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom's big-bike feel is generated by a power-plant that pulls cleanly around town and boasts exceptional roll-on acceleration that matches the get-up-and-go of much larger motorcycles.

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Ducati and Benelli at UK Motorcycle and Scooter Show

Two of the world's biggest bike names are showcasing their 2008 models at this year's International Motorcycle and Scooter Show.

Ducati is appearing for the first time since 2005, while fellow Italian bike maker Benelli is making its show debut.

This means the UK's biggest two-wheeled show will play host to the most phenomenal selection of bikes ever to appear in Britain, when the show opens next month.

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Turning a Yamaha Fino into a Racer

Before we start, we need to be clear that the Yamaha Fino will never be one of the top choice for speed geeks. We found after our installment of the engine modification that the Yamaha Fino becomes hard to drive at higher speeds. Some moments the Yamaha Fino was outright dangerous to handle. After we examined the cylinder of the Yamaha Fino we came-up with the idea to do a bore-up to 63mm, the stock bore of the Yamaha Fino is 55mm. Changing the bore from 55mm to 63mm will change the Yamaha Fino from a 114cc to a 189cc motorcycle.

After contacting some of our sources for accessories we found a manufacturer who produces a complete set, which includes a 63mm Ceramic Laminated cylinder, a high performance 4-valve cylinder head (the Fino comes standard with only 2-valve head), 63mm Piston, high performance racing camshaft and the materials to make this all fit and assemble.

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Max Biaggi Challenges for Superbike Title

Max Biaggi and Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra head to this weekend's final World Superbike round at Magny Cours on a mission to lift the title.

Following the Italian's victory and second place at Vallelunga, he lies 29 points behind series leader James Toseland, but any slip-up by the Briton could give him a chance of taking the title.

Biaggi had his first ever outing on the GSX-R1000 at Magny-Cours at the end of last season so is no stranger to the track, but since then the bike has developed a lot so he will have to work hard to find a good set-up in practice and qualifying. Nonetheless he and the team are ready for the challenge and hoping to end the season on a high.

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Husqvarna Wins the Supermoto of Nations

Husqvarna Team riders Adrien and Thomas Chareyre have highly contributed in the conquest of the Supermoto of Nations by French Country. Especially Thomas Chareyre has been the main star of the race winning first and third places in the two heats. Older brother Adrien's performance was good.

The rider got 5th and 6th positions making his team win the day at only one point from Italian team.

Another Husqvarna rider, Gerald Delepine, had a good day racing for his home Country Belgium: even if Gerald was forced to start from the back lines, the rider did recover very good during the reaces and closed the two heats on 7th and 3rd positions respectively.
Now, Husqvarna Team is focused on the Supermoto World Championship final round to be held in Megara, Greece, on Sunday October 21st.

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Takeover Husqvarna Motorcycles by BMW Motorrad Finally Complete

Following the signing of the contract by the current president of BMW Motorrad, Dr Herbert Diess, (member of the board of BMW AG since 01/10/2007), and Claudio Castiglioni in Milan yesterday, the new managers of Husqvarna Motorcycles have today been named.

Rainer Thoma is in charge of Business Operations (development, production and sales) and Thomas Moser of purchasing, finances und personnel. Both were previously employed in managing positions at BMW Motorrad and BMW AG respectively.

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Yamaha Takes the Title Fight to the Last Round

The 2007 World Superbike Championship comes to a thrilling finale this weekend at the French circuit of Magny-Cours. The final round of the championship will be played out in true dramatic form with the top three riders all in with a chance of lifting the trophy on Sunday.

Only one weekend ago, the race in Vallelunga, Italy saw the championship possibilities left wide open as Haga took a third and fourth while championship leader Toseland could only manage third and 11th. Biaggi also got in on the act when he took first and second to move into second championship place. With only 33 points separating these three riders there is everything still to fight for.

It's not just the riders' championship that is at stake this coming weekend.

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Motorcycles with Storage Space will Sell Better

Vietnamese motorcycle producers are rushing to re-design their bikes: it is expected that motorcycles with larger storage space will sell better in the time to come.

As of December 15, 2007, motorcycle drivers in Vietnam all must wear helmets, and drivers need a space to keep their helmets, while the current motorcycles do not have storage space large enough. Customers now tend to purchase scooters instead of regular motorcycles partially because scooters all have large under the seat storage space.

Motorcycle producers say that they had polled customers and found that customers would purchase motorcycles with larger storage space for helmets among two models with the same function and price. The finding has prompted producers to design motorbikes with larger storage space.

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Introducing Honda 2008 Motorcycle Models

Honda Motor announced its new 2008 motorcycle models. The models are on display at the Paris International Motorcycle Show, which is part of the Paris International Two-Wheel Show that opened on Saturday, September 29, in Paris, France.

This year the CBR1000RR super sports bike, popular for its high performance and stylish design, has undergone a full model change, featuring the latest in advanced technologies honed in Honda's MotoGP (FIM* Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix) machines. The engine and frame construction have been changed along with the fairing design for weight reduction and greater concentration of mass.

Also sporting a makeover this year is the XL700V Transalp, the dual-purpose sports model fitted with a 2-cylinder, V-twin engine that delivers powerful low- to mid-range torque for outstanding performance in all riding conditions. The Transalp's engine displacement has been increased from 650cc to 700cc for improved acceleration, and the headlight redesigned for a more aggressive look.

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