Monday, February 14, 2011

VUN Eye Candy

Oliver Thiel, of Thiel Motorsport, is planning a new "big bike killer" VUN. The all important graphic design details are being finalized and if these are anything to go by this VUN will really turn heads.

The design is by Steven Flier from Stuttgart, Germany. Steven was recently responsible for this iconic BMW 1000RR design...

Oliver's plans include a target weight of 120kg with 70-75HP.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Motus MST

The Motus motorcycle company has just released this video of the sports touring bike they have been developing over the past few years. The project is coming along nicely, and that V-4 engine sounds great.

Sounds like they are using a "big bang" firing order as per the current Ducati Desmoseidici Moto GP bike. But the Motus has a longitudinally-mounted crankshaft (a-la Moto Guzzi) powering the rear wheel via a drive shaft rather than a chain.

Given that a small team of enthusiasts can get this far on a shoestring, seems to me that Moto Guzzi just haven't been trying in recent years (decades). Bad for them, and the countless Moto Guzzi fans around the world... good for Motus.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Jungle Boogie

Below: Deus Ex Machina's new Temple of Enthusiasm in Bali.

Above: the simple essence of motorcycling + I want a t-shirt like that!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

VUN Marathon in Circulation

CR&S enthusiast and friend, Maurizio Primo, is #27 in the growing line of DUU customers. Maurizio recently fulfilled his wish to participate in Germany's famous wintertime "Elephant Rally" (Elefantentreffen), on a CR&S motorcycle. Since the DUU is still preparing to go into production, CR&S made their VUN Marathon available for Maurizio's trip.

The VUN Marathon was last in action during Claudio Zanoni's 18,000km round trip of Europe in just 29 days!!

The Elephant Rally takes place on the first weekend in February or the last weekend in January each year in the Bavarian Forest of Germany. It is organized by the Federal Association of Motorcycle Riders in Germany. Each year between 5,000 and 10,000 riders from all over Europe brave the winter conditions to participate in the rally.