The fun doesn't have to stop at pavement boundaries when riding Kawasaki's D-tracker 250. This lightweight Super Motard style motorcycle is at home on the pavement and always ready for your next adventure. Now, thanks to significant updates that saw refinements made everywhere from its improved braking prowess to its aggressively styled bodywork, the 2008 Kawasaki D-tracker 250 is more fun than ever. With the worldwide introduction at the 2007 Tokyo Motorshow, the Kawasaki D-Tracker 250 with almost 40 horsepower, is set to impress the motorcycle press.
A compact, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, four-valve, single-cylinder 249cc displacement engine, the Kawasaki D-tracker 250 features convenient electric-starting. Kawasaki uses for this bike a engine with a large 72mm bore and 61mm stroke, producing a compression ration of 11:1. The engine is mounted beneath a lightweight, semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel perimeter frame to deliver a low center of gravity and enhanced maneuvering on tight trails.
Last Sunday the 28th October the International Oceania MX race took place in Australia. The event is a kind of a mini MX des Nations just for the two states down under; Australia and New Zealand. The best professional, junior and women riders of both countries competed at the Barrabool circuit west of Melbourne to determine who could call themselves the best Motocross nation in Oceania. Yamaha Motocross Team rider Joshua Coppins won all his races, but that was not enough to get New Zealand the title.
"I really enjoyed myself this weekend" smiled Coppins. "I set the fastest time in practice and qualifying on Saturday and stayed out of trouble on Sunday and managed to win all my races. The track was fast and technical which I liked and we had good weather with some wind in the morning making it a bit dusty." Despite Coppins' wins, Team New Zealand was unable to pry the trophy from a hungry Aussie team. "NZ did well in the professional and women's classes, with a great ride from our Katherine Prumm, but we really struggled in the junior class which I guess is where we lost out to Australia".
Last August I woke from a deep, car-induced slumber. After 13 years I began to notice sleek, exciting, fast, plastic coated things flying past me as I sat in traffic jams.
My mind returned to heady days in the early 80's when, astride a Yamaha FS1, I was the slowest student dispatcher in Berlin - always lost, always kilometers from a phone, always in a sandwich bar. We had to call it a day.
But at 33 I realized it was not too late. It was just possible to pass my test, buy a motorcycle and not be accused of going through a mid-life crisis. I tried a couple of shops and found a reliable shop at Petchaburi Road, the owner even spoke some English and seemed to have the best sense of humor. Or was he not kidding..
Up until a year ago big bikes in Thailand equaled madness as far as I was concerned. Then my man of some years standing introduced me to a Ducati 1098S, a bike capable of producing 160hp, he\'d on a whim. Some guy who had to leave Thailand and needed to sell his motorcycle.
Rather than being horrified I was instantly smitten with this great red hunk of beautiful machinery filling our garage and felt rather alienated as I watched him take off up the road and come back, some hours later, grinning from ear to ear.
The new trend of selling big bikes in small bike countries, we see this new trend, not only in Thailand were recently Kawasaki, Yamaha and Harley-Davidson joined the market for selling big bikes. Ducati already has a sales office for a few years in Thailand.
Recently the trend of selling big bikes also invaded India, India is the undisputed world's second largest motorcycles market. India has about 7.7 million motorcyclists last year; most of these motorcyclists drive little commuter bikes, with engines below 150cc engine displacement.
Only 10% of the 7.7 million motorcyclists in India drive a motorcycle with a larger then 150cc engine displacement.
After a good season and the great results this season, Team Alstare have dropped Max Biaggi as team member.
With Team Alstare losing their long time Corona Extra sponsorship the team don't have the budget to meet Max Biaggi big wage demands and there was always some doubt whether the team would stay in WSB. Here's what Alstare has to say...
With reference to the current situation Team Alstare is facing regarding sponsorship, it is with regret and sadness that the team announces that it will not be renewing its contract with Max Biaggi for 2008.
Suzuki and Team Alstare would like to thank Max Biaggi for his great performances and results achieved during the 2007 season, and also for his technical contribution.
India's largest motorcycle manufacturer Hero Honda on Wednesday launched its newest 150cc bike the 'Hunk'. The introduction was not unexpected, rumorers about the Hero-Honda 150cc Hunk could be found on the Internet for weeks.
Hero-Honda has launched two model variants of the Hero-Honda Hunk motorbike one with kick-starter and one with electronic starter. While the kick-starter model would be available, Hero-Honda expects that most motorcycles sold would be with electronic starter, as the Hero-Honda Hunk with electronic starter is not that much more expensive.
Thai Honda Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Thai Honda), a Honda subsidiary that manufactures motorcycles, power products, and various components in Thailand, marked the 10 million unit milestone in power product production in early October.
Established in 1965 as Honda's first production facility in Thailand, Thai Honda began power products production in 1987. In addition to general-purpose engines, Thai Honda manufactures other power products including water pumps and trimmers and currently has an annual production capacity of approximately 2.1 million units. Thai Honda achieved this 10 million milestone only 3 years and 2 months after achieving the 5 million milestone in August 2004.
Power products manufactured by Thai Honda have been exported worldwide including not only within the Asia Oceania region, but also to Europe, the U.S., and Japan and gained worldwide acclaim for their performance and quality.
Yamaha De Carli Team rider Antonio Cairoli secured the 2007 Italian championship title at the last of round of the six race championship held at the Gazzane di Preseglie track in Brescia.
Cairoli, as defending 2006 champion, entered the last round with a ten points lead on fellow Yamaha rider Manuel Monni and managed to seal his championship by winning the first moto, while his closest rival placed seventh when penalized for overtaking under a yellow flag. Needing only two points from the second moto Cairoli took things steady and finished second behind winner Monni.
The 2007 Italian championship turned out to an all Yamaha affair with the first four riders riding a YZ250F, while 16 year old Team Yamaha de Carli rider Alessandro Lupino, finished in sixth position.
Fiat Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi claimed his tenth consecutive career podium at Phillip Island today, taking third place and clocking the fastest lap of the race in the process. Team-mate Colin Edwards finished ninth in a race that was won by Casey Stoner, with Loris Capirossi second.
Starting second on the grid, Rossi slipped to fourth but passed Dani Pedrosa on lap two, only to make a small mistake at the end of the lap, briefly touching the grass at the start of the main straight and letting Pedrosa back past. On lap four of 27 he managed to get in front of the Spaniard once again and he then set off after Nicky Hayden, who was running second behind Stoner. Despite setting the fastest lap on lap seven, Rossi was unable to make much headway until lap 11, when he passed Hayden for second.