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Ducati Diavel…me want.

Ducati’s Diavel has caused much consternation amongst the Ducatisti. Before it was given a public name, the much-rumored model was simply known as the “Ducati power cruiser.” Lamentations! Weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth from the Ducati loyalists. How could their beloved marque go sully itself by abasing in American cruiser lucre? Once spy shots, genuine or choreographed, leaked out to reveal a bike that didn’t quite reflect the worst fears, there was some relief. Maybe this wasn’t quite a cruiser after all.

Unlike other powerful cruisers such as the V-Max, M190R and Rocket III the Diavel comes in an astonishing 150kg lighter than the Triumph, and yet still 80kg lighter than Harley’s V-Rod. So with this in mond, can it truely be a big, powerful cruiser?

Well, you would think so. Carrying the same displacement as the 1198 it has slight changes in overlap which will improve power at the expense of smoothness. This equates to 162 horses with 94 lb-ft of torque, and a 0-100 in 2.6 seconds…right, now how do I get one?

Personally I am not so much a Ducati fan, in the sense that I don;t have the money to be able to buy one. And as a person looking to make the change from sports bikes (head down-bum up) to cruiser this would be a bike worth considering which appears to mix the best of sports and touring into a bike with street cred and appeal.

Sporting a 240mm rear tyre, Brembo ABS, sport/touring modes, and an evil 41 degree lean-over this is a bike that will no doubt score some wins against the aforementioned bikes it looks to take on. The American pricing indicates a possibility of $NZD 21,000 for the entry model up to about $NZD 25,000 for the red carbon model would suggest it would make more than inroads into the competitive cruiser market worldwide. But that’s just mere pipe dreams…the bastards here are selling for $NZD 30,000 upwards.

Lets just see…mmmmm.


Book Review – Flying Kiwis…A Quest for Speed

…by Kerry Swanson & Andrea Spinks

Phil's speed camera picture...

This is not a slight on the book but it took me about six months to read this – this is mainly due to two facts; as much as I love motorsport (and especially motorbikes) I don’t get into the whole technical and historical side of it all, and secondly I was reading a lot of other books through this time and this one was perused as ‘in-between’ and casual reading…well, that was the case un til I got about halfway through it.

This story chronicles the Land Speed Record (LSR) which was a goal set by an incredible man, Phil Garrett, and I say incredible as once this book went into his life story and motivation one cannot but feel he was lucky to be here at all, and deserves every plaudit he gets.

The content and layout of the book is great as a coffee table read with on large pages that combine some great journalism and fantastic photos – it starts with a history lesson into New Zealand’s passion in motorsport and specifically motorcyles and speed records. After telling us well-known and little known facts about famous personalities it then drills down more into LSR attempts and enjoys a long tribute following the efforts of two men; Bob Burns and Russell Wright. These two fellows couldn’t be further apart in personality it would seem other than they shared a common goal to beat the large European teams at being the fastest men on earth, a goal both achieved (Burns on a sidecar, Wright on 2-wheels), all just outside my front door on Tram Road! Read more…

Catnip for a biker…

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A mate I ride with (or rode with when I had a bike) sent me a PPS of some amazing roads and asked who was keen. Of course I was, curves look best on a woman, but in a road comes a close second.

Here are some of my picks, I was surprised that The Devil’s Staircase into Queenstown wasn’t listed, and I couldn’t find a photo to do it justice…

Katie…can I have a new bike….pleeeeeeeeeeease?

MV Agusta RR.. R.. R.. Ah.. Aahh.. Aaaahhh

Mmmmmmmm…me like!

No description required...except, yummy!


201bhp. Oh yes.

Here it is – MV Agusta’s F4 RR. We’ve included all MV’s spiel about the bike below but in case you can’t be bothered to go through it the key facts are:

201cv (that’s 198bhp in English money) at 13,400rpm from a revamped engine with bigger bore and shorter stroke (79mm x 50.9mm against 76mm x 55mm on the stock F4), plus a new head with bigger valves.

Ohlins suspension.

Brembo brakes.

In Italy, a price of 22,900 Euros.

Here’s what MV had to say about it…

The new 4-cylinder short stroke engine with radial valve is the soul of the MV Agusta F4 RR. The engine is completely new and is inspired by MV Agusta’s experience in competition. Apart from the engine case castings, the arrangement of cylinders and a few other elements the 4 cylinder RR engine shares little with that of the previous F4. It has been completely redesigned with a single goal in mind: maximum performance. All new thermodynamics, a new crankshaft that has a reduced value of inertia and new bore and stroke dimensions with an extremely over-square relationship that can reach rpm’s worthy of a true racing motorcycle. The piston diameter has been increased from 76 to 79 mm while the stroke is reduced from 55 mm to 50.9 mm. With these dimensions the rpm limit has been raised to a stratospheric 13,700 rpm while at the same time reducing the linear velocity of the piston (from 24.7 m/s to 22.9 m/s) and thus also improving reliability.

To reach the stratospheric level of 201 hp at 13,400 rpm with a completely homologated engine including an exhaust system complete with the catalytic converter, extreme attention has been given to every detail. The thermodynamic efficiency has been optimized to guarantee a record level of performance. For this reason, the head of the F4 RR is completely new including new intake and exhaust tracts as well as large diameter intake and exhaust valves. For the first time on an MV mass production engine, all the valves are made of titanium and this has made it possible to reduce the mass while at the same time significantly increasing the diameter (30 to 31.8 mm for the inlet and from 25 to 26 mm for the exhaust). The tuning of the engine has been optimized thanks to the use of a completely new 4-2-1-4 exhaust system with large diameter tapered headers. In addition to ensuring the optimized performance of the engine, this new exhaust system has a unique sound and is even more intoxicating.



Easy Rider – Boss Hoss

Just like a Rocket III, only BIGGER!

The concept of putting a V8 into a bike is not a new one, but Boss Hoss, out of the States would be the best and most successful at doing so on a commercial basis. I have never ridden one of these but have been up close and personal to a few, and they are awesome in their ugliness. Here in NZ we would know them best for the fact that they use the 5.0l  and 5.7 GenIII V8s  from the Commodore (although strictly speaking, the US versions). Here is the blurb from the NZ distributer…


OK, is there a height requirement to go on this ride?

The BOSS HOSS is an American made motorcycle powered by a small block Chevy 350 V8 or 502 Big Block V8 engine. This high performance, well engineered motorcycle has a total weight of 1100 to 1300 lbs. A balanced, low center of gravity design makes the Boss Hoss a dream to ride whether cruising around town or touring the country.


Nice arse!

The BOSS HOSS has a specially designed, fully automatic transmission shifted manually from a standard motorcycle style shifter. Just push down on the shifter to engage the transmission from neutral to first, then at the desired rpm and speed push it down again for overdrive. In overdrive the engine will turn a pleasant 2300 rpm at 70 miles per hour which generates 30 miles per gallon and a range of more than 300 miles. Reverse is engaged from neutral position by lifting up on the peddle and simultaneously holding a button in, located on the left handle bar just below the left turn signal switch. Reverse is powered by the engine and is specially designed to engage smoothly and be very controllable for a rider friendly feature.

A RIDE LIKE NO OTHER (quoted from


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