Sunday, September 18, 2016

Donato Cannatello's VUN Makeover

Former lead designer at CR&S, Donato Cannatello and his engineering team at GIVEN perform a VUN makeover. Changes include: new swing-arm, new rear light design and number plate mount and minimalist front mudguard. Full details can be found at

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Moto Bast

Moto Bast is a Milan-based blog with plenty of eclectic postings of interest to cafe racer culture vultures. Here you will also see some nice depictions of local VUN's in action.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

VUN Clutch Cable Route

I recently needed to replace a frayed clutch cable on my VUN. After fitting the replacement cable along the exact same route as the old one I realized something was not right. The cable was simply too tight and pulled the clutch in as I turned the steering.

After some head scratching I realized that the new cable was 10cm shorter than the one I needed to replace. Timo, a technician at CR&S, explained that the new cable is correct and has been modified from the original item. Fitting the shorter cable requires a different cable route. The images below were kindly sent by Timo to demonstrate how to fit the new (shorter) cable.

If your clutch cable has an outer length of 81cm and inner length of 93cm then you have one of the new (shorter)  cables that should be fitted as shown above.
My VUN with original (longer) clutch cable. If your cable has an outer length of 91cm and inner length of 104cm then you still have one of the original longer cables.
As you can see above, the older cable route tends to obscure the instrument panel, whereas the new clutch cable route does not. My guess is that this is the reason for the modified cable/cable route.

Monday, February 6, 2012

MV Augusta F3 Enters Production

It looks like they have done it! MV Augusta's sexy 675cc, three cylinder F3 pocket sports bike is now in production. MV Augusta announced that the limited edition F3 serie oro (gold edition) would hit the showroom floor some time this March and, judging by this video, it looks like they will hit that target. Well done!

In addition to all the goodies you will find on a standard model F3, such as fly by wire, counter-rotating crank, etc, the serie oro model gives you a bike with top-rated Öhlins suspension, Brembo monobloc calipers and the usual carbon fiber body pieces. You will also have a whole year of exclusivity until the standard model goes on sale. This exclusivity comes at a price though. The serie oro will cost nearly two times more than a standard F3.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ducati 1199 Panigale

A great technical explanation of Ducati's new 1199 Panigale by Ducati's superbike race chief, Ernesto Marinelli. This video includes some beautiful footage and track testing by multiple world superbike champion Troy Bayliss.

I'm not typically a fan of hyper-performance superbikes anymore but this is an exceptional bike with enough technological innovations to make it much less intimidating to ride hard. I also appreciate the fact that Ducati understand the need for light weight. The Panigale is 10kg lighter than Ducati's previous superbike, the 1198, which, until now, was already the lightest superbike in its class.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Il Panigale

Ducati are made in the town of Borgo Panigale, Italy. Once a satellite town, now a suburb, of the Italian city of Bologna. The doors have opened (for the press) at the Milan Motorcycle Expo EICMA 2011and details are starting to emerge. Ducati's latest redefinition of the superbike is called the 1199 Panigale. It is really something, well done Ducati!

Doubtless you will be able to read the specifications and see the photos on nearly every blog and every motorcycle magazine in the coming months so there is no point me repeating them here. But to get a good feeling of what Ducati has created check out this video...