While instantly recognizable as a Diavel, the V4 has entirely new styling compared to previous generations. (Ducati/)
Concept bike styling for the street puts even the old Diavel in the shadeV-4 engine combines brutal performance with thoughtful nods to practicalityEndless layers of electronic wizardrySo much lighter than it looks
You won’t be able to make a subtle entranceV-4 engine lacks the outright torque of old 1260 V-twinMore expensive than the old Diavel 1260 V-twins
If you’re a shrinking violet who shuns attention and would rather blend into the background than gather a crowd, the Ducati Diavel isn’t the bike for you. This is one of the most head-turning two-wheelers ever made and the latest iteration gains Ducati’s high-tech Granturismo V4 engine in place of the desmo V-twin of its predecessors. It’s a bold move from a company that until recently was so wedded to the V-twin format that any other engine was nearly unimaginable, but if the Diavel V4 can combine the remarkable mix of stance, handling, and performance of its predecessor with the success that the V-4 engine has brought to the Panigale, Streetfighter, and Multistrada lines, then it’s likely to be a landmark model in the firm’s history.
A four-exit exhaust is one of the key visual identifiers of the Diavel V4. (Ducati/)
The Diavel has always been a remarkable machine. Despite appearing like it’s inspired by such bikes as Yamaha’s VMAX, its lack of weight and impressive handling and braking mean it defies preconceptions about being a one-trick pony that can only shine in a straight line.
The latest V-4 version follows in its forebears’ footsteps, but its achievement is even more impressive. Despite two extra cylinders and a substantially bigger fuel tank than the old Diavel 1260, the Diavel V4′s fully fueled weight is 24 pounds lighter than its predecessor.
With styling that evolves the original Diavel’s themes, concentrating the visual mass of the bike even more noticeably toward the front thanks to the densely packed V-4 powertrain, plus standout elements like the four-exit exhaust and taillights made of dozens of tiny LEDs shining through honeycomb-style holes under the tail, there aren’t many bikes that will attract as much attention and have the ability to back up their appearance with real-world performance to match.
Single-sided swingarm and blacked-out, 50mm fork, but there’s no Öhlins-equipped S version. (Ducati/)
Updates for 2023
Despite the evolutionary nature of the styling updates, everything about the Diavel V4 is new for 2023. The engine is a modified version of the spring-valve Granturismo V4 that first appeared in the Multistrada, slung under a new frame and ahead of a redesigned single-sided swingarm.
High tech has become a Ducati calling card over the last few years, and the Diavel V4 is no exception, with an evolution of the cylinder cutout system that first appeared in the Multistrada, so the 1,158cc V-4 can operate as a 579cc parallel twin, running the front cylinder bank only at low speeds to help improve economy, emissions, and prevent heat-soak reaching the rider.
Ducati isn’t afraid to push the limits when it comes to styling, especially on the Diavel. Taillights are made of dozens of tiny LEDs shining through honeycomb-style holes under the tail. (Ducati/)
Pricing and Variants
Initially, there’s just one Diavel V4, and it sits above the holdover Diavel 1260 and Diavel 1260 S in the range (in European markets,
By: Ben Purvis
Title: 2023 Ducati Diavel V4
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/ducati/diavel-v4/
Published Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2023 23:19:51 +0000
Where Is the 2024 Honda CB750 Hornet Naked Bike?
Honda’s CB750 Hornet was officially unveiled in Europe last year, and has appeared in other markets globally—just not the US. (Honda Europe/)
It’s been 25 years since Honda’s massively popular 600cc Hornet wheelied onto European tarmac, so when word got out a couple of years ago that a new Hornet was in development the buzz (sorry) around the internet was palpable. The first and second-gen Hornets were almost universally beloved for their light weight, revvy characterful engine, and uh, down-to-earth price tags. Fun, practical, and cheap? It’s no wonder crowds of riders signed up to own one. And while the naked-bike segment has evolved tremendously in the ensuing years, a midsize model with those same characteristics along with the reliability and build quality Honda’s known for—at the right price—might still put up a good fight against its Trident 660 and MT-07 rivals.
The Hornet’s chassis is dominated by a new lightweight diamond steel frame and Showa suspension front and rear. (Honda Europe/)
Sure enough, Honda pulled the wraps off its long-anticipated CB750 Hornet at the 2022 Intermot show in Germany, and it had all the goods we could hope for: a rollicking 91 hp twin engine (not an inline-four like the old model), a robust menu of standard features, and a better-than-expected electronics package. The compact 755cc Unicam eight-valve parallel-twin engine was entirely new, as was the diamond steel frame, and the bike sported throttle-by-wire, ABS, four ride modes, traction and wheelie control, a six-speed transmission, and more.
Initial reports praised its fat midrange, agility, and unique sound (for a parallel twin). It weighed less than 420 pounds, and for a naked middleweight, the price was right; less than 8,000 euro (about $8,500 USD).
Related: 2024 Honda XL750 Transalp First Look Preview
The new Hornet shares its all-new compact 755cc parallel-twin engine with Honda’s just-released XL750 Transalp, though there are slight differences. (Honda Europe/)
You can bet plenty of US riders immediately thought, “Great, North America will get it next year.” And really, that didn’t seem like an outlandish idea. The bike had been teased since at least 2021, beginning with computer illustrations and then more fleshed-out reveals of a concept version; it had now become a familiar formula, with Honda then usually releasing a full production model in Europe, followed a year later with entry into the North American market. But here we are at the end of 2023 and many of the 2024 US models have already been announced, including the reborn 2024 Transalp model, which—it almost feels like a slap in the face—uses the same exact 755cc engine as the Hornet. A bike with the same drivetrain as the Hornet, that wasn’t expected in the US at all this year, and yet…
A 5.0-inch color TFT display allows access to rider modes, traction control, engine-braking, and anti-wheelie settings. (Honda Europe/)
As we said, the engine is all-new, with the parallel twin using Honda’s latest vortex airflow ducting to improve intake flow in the low-end and midrange. Peak power is 90.5 hp at 9,500 rpm, with max torque of 55.3 lb.-ft. coming on at 7,250 rpm. The Hornet’s 755cc mill also uses a 270-degree crank for an uneven firing interval that injects more character to its delivery as well as its sound.
To be fair, the Transalp’s mill is ever so slightly different, with the airbox inlets being longer to give it more midrange, and its back
By: Andrew Cherney
Title: Where Is the 2024 Honda CB750 Hornet Naked Bike?
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-cb750-hornet-coming-soon-rumors/
Published Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2023 22:17:08 +0000
Make some noize for the Kawasaki H1 that didn’t race at Glemseck
The Glemseck 101 is the European event for anyone who loves fast, impractical, and highly imaginative machines. Those who partake in it do so with cult-like levels of obsession—returning year after year in a bid to outdo each other and themselves.
Rolf Reick is a regular face at the Glemseck 101. Based in Heidelberg, Germany, the perpetually cheerful industrial designer heads up a design school in the nearby town of Mannheim. But he also has years of experience building custom bikes—like this wild Kawasaki H1 two-stroke—under the banner of Krautmotors.
Rolf has stockpiled a number of rad bits and pieces over the years. So he set himself a goal of building a drag bike for this year’s Glemseck 101 using only recycled parts from his personal stash, turning to external sources only when necessary. (It’s not the first time he’s used this approach.)
One of the parts that Ralf already had on hand was the triple-cylinder two-stroke engine from a Kawasaki H1 Mach III; the original ‘Widowmaker.’ But it was far from stock. It had previously been rebuilt by the Kawasaki specialist Ralf Gille, with a host of upgrades that included extensive head work, a new crankshaft, and a set of Mikuni carbs.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Make some noize for the Kawasaki H1 that didn’t race at Glemseck
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/kawasaki-h1-krautmotors
Published Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2023 18:01:55 +0000
COVETED CARS OF THE MODERN ERA: Exploring the Allure of New Collectibles at Barrett-Jackson
LOT #759 – 2020 ASTON MARTIN DBS SUPERLEGGERA – NO RESERVE
In the dynamic landscape of the automotive world, a new era of collectible vehicles has emerged, blending contemporary innovation with cutting-edge technological advancement. These modern marvels have transcended the label of mere transportation, captivating the hearts of discerning enthusiasts and astute collectors alike. With cutting-edge technology, impeccable craftsmanship and limited production numbers, these automotive works of art selling with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s 2023 Las Vegas Auction embody a new breed of collectible treasures.
LOT #759 – 2020 ASTON MARTIN DBS SUPERLEGGERA – NO RESERVE
Pictured above, this 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is powered by a twin-turbo premium unleaded V12 engine and ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. Window grid diversity antenna, 21-inch gloss black 10-twin-spoke forged wheels, valet function, trunk rear cargo access, trip computer, Touchtronic 2 sequential-shift control.
LOT #709 – 2019 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 HENNESSEY CUSTOM EDITION “RESURRECTION” – NO RESERVE
Powered by a 6.2-liter engine with an LT5 supercharger paired with an upgraded 10-speed automatic transmission. Hennessey custom edition, Serial #01, that produces 1,200hp at 6,800 rpm. May not be emissions compliant in all 50 states.
LOT #457 – 2017 FORD MUSTANG FP350S RACE CAR – NO RESERVE
Limited production, #45 of 50. Powered by a 5.2-liter Ford Racing engine paired with a TREMEC 6-speed manual transmission. Not street legal. Sold on Bill of Sale.
LOT #468 – 2013 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT SPEED – NO RESERVE
Le Mans Edition powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo engine producing 616hp mated to an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission. With 53,953 actual miles.
Title: COVETED CARS OF THE MODERN ERA: Exploring the Allure of New Collectibles at Barrett-Jackson
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/coveted-cars-of-the-modern-era-exploring-the-allure-of-new-collectibles-at-barrett-jackson-las-vegas-no-reserve/
Published Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2023 16:24:11 +0000
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