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The reigning AMA Superbike Champ gets a major redesign for 2007 - Click for a big 1224 Screensaver
Major Changes to the
Class Leading new GSXR-1000-K7
Once again Suzuki has raised the level of open class sportbike performance. The 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000, it’s the reason why Suzuki has proven to be so dominate in AMA Superbike Racing: it's arguably the the most competitive out of the box package in its class.
The basic architecture of the compact 999cc liquid-cooled GSX-R1000 engine is well known, a model of race-winning design it remains the same for 2007: Bore and stroke of 73.4mm x 59.0mm, forged aluminum-alloy pistons with short skirts and cut away sides, chrome-moly steel shotpeened connecting rods, hollow dual overhead cams, and lightweight titanium valves. Add to that a close-ratio six-speed transmission with staggered transmission shafts, an adjustable back-torque limiting clutch and a gear driven secondary balancer shaft for reduced vibration.
A new more compact Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve fuel injection system is in place for 2007 with 12 smaller holes instead of four for improved fuel atomization and because the injectors are more compact and emit a finer spray, the secondary injectors can be positioned at a steeper 30 degree angle aimed directly at the intake ports for improved throttle response. Intake and exhaust ports are re-shaped and eight percent larger and exhaust valves are 2mm larger (26mm vs 24mm) to work with more aggressive camshafts and Iridium spark plugs are used for optimum combustion and longer life. Also a new Idle Speed Control (ISC) system improves cold starting and stabilizes engine idle under various conditions and larger ventilation holes between cylinders reduces pumping losses
The Suzuki Advanced Exhaust System (SAES) features equal length head pipes feeding a collector, a short mid-pipe and a unique under engine chamber that leads to two short aluminum and titanium mufflers on each side. This system nearly doubles exhaust internal volume while lowering the center of gravity, centralizes the mass and improving aerodynamics. A proven Suzuki Exhaust Tuning (SET) valve finds a home on the mid pipe and the combination of the Suzuki PAIR system, a catalyzer and a oxygen sensor equipped closed loop engine management system work in conjunction to reduce emissions and improve engine efficiency.
Controlling the new 2007 GSX-R100 is a new engine management system with massive computing power with four times the capacity of the previous models. The new ECM controls not only the fuel injection and exhaust systems but also make it possible for the rider to select from three performance settings to match riding conditions, using a three way switch mounted on the right handlebar. Engine mapping will vary for each setting and each map was developed using experience gained building racebike maps for rainy, mixed and dry conditions. Switching from map to map will be instantaneous making it possible for the rider to use different maps for different sections of the racetrack. A new self adjusting hydraulic clutch system uses a radial master cylinder and minimizes the change in clutch feel over the course of long races.
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The 2007 Calendar marks a questionable turning point from most recent years: the glamour and creative style that characterized recent editions is missing. This year is a move to over simplicity with a film set that looks like it was all shot in a cheap hotel room in one evening, with no makeup, styling or decent lighting. Pirelli proclaims they are returning to the simplicity of the 1960s as stylized in the classic foreign films of Pier Paolo Pasolini and Michelangelo Antonino. The use of 70 year old Sophia Loren in the Calendar is their direct link to that era, and while Sophia still looks great for her age, using the very former Italian goddess fully clothed in tight head shots in a sexy pinup calendar certainly brings the entire project to a quick halt with skid marks all over the road.
The calendar is photographed by the Dutch duo of Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadlin in California.
Most years the Pirelli Calendar does confirm its reputation as the most celebrated and artistic pinup calendar in the world. And other years you are left wondering "What's the Point?" The new 2007 Calendar is one of the disappointing years. The celebrity actresses don't look sexy or enticing, they look very bored and very overly paid for doing nothing (not even leaving Hollywood). Nothing in their souls is revealed. And it's photographed like some amateur took the photos with a pocket digital after everyone had a hard night of partying. This year it looks like Pirelli Calendar managed to masturbate away $2 million without getting anyone off but themselves.
Naomi Watts can't believe she's being paid so much just to sit there in a sleezy motel in Hollywood..
The GG Quad from Switzerland
The GG Quad is the brain child of Walter Grunter of Motorrad Technick of Switzeland who's sportbike performance company first started off designing sidecars for sportbikes. A Few years ago Walter hit off on the idea of combining the attributes of both a sportbike and a sports car into the GG Quad.
Sporting a BMW power plant and an 880 pounds dripping wet, the GG Quad has the looks and fun factor to put a smile on your face, but its 1150cc twin-cylinder boxer engine offers 95 hp at 7250 rpm and seriously down on performance compared to its 500 lb donor bike, but maximum speed is still in the in the region of 115 mph. Riders from all back grounds will find handling is extremely stable since it is a four-wheeler , even on long trips and for riding two up. Gracefulness is achieved by Gruter's addition of a limited slip differential for short drives around the city or maneuver on the open road. Catlike reflexes are achieved for the unexpected need to stop immediately with four top of the line disc brakes with 4 pistons on each brake caliper.
The execution and design of the GG Quad's suspension and chassis is what makes this an expensive piece of eye candy, what with with aluminum billet A-arm suspensionand adjustable coil-over shocks, disc brakes at all four corners. And it's finished off with beautiful bodywork and fenders that can be ordered in stock colors, or painted to match your race team's colors or look like a Formula 1 Ferrari.
Since 2004 Walter Gunter has sold some 200 GG Quads to wealthy motorsports enthusiasts in Europe, Russia, Japan and of course, Dubai. With a base price of $49,500 this is no doubt, a rich man's toy for riding around the estate, or making champaign runs from the yacht in the harbor to the villa.
Where the GG Quad falls seriously short is in any high speed performance application, paticularly when it comes to cornering, since you've go enough rubber on the ground to pull nearly 2-G's in a corner, but nothing to keep you in the seat but your death grip on the handlebars. A 2-wheeled motorcycle leans into a corner to counteract the G forces and keeps your body weight centered on the bike, but the GG Quad is trying to whip you off like a stone skipping across water. In a 4-wheeled race car you have a shoulder harness and a roll cage to protect you in case you flip or run into something, but with the GGG Quad you've got a half ton of cart wheeling techno mass trying to crush you like a bug.
This would be an entirely more desireable vehicle if you were sitting inside a protective sportscar chassis and body with seat belts and rollover protection.
Coming with the simple motorcycle practicality of the GG Quad appears a few more flaws when you bolt on four wheels. The first is steering effort, which becomes a significant problem once you increase a motorcycle's tiny front tire 2-inch contact patch with the pavement -to an 8-times larger contact patch, now requiring a lot of physical exertion to steer. When was the last time you drove a car without power steering? And add to that the complexity of working the throttle and hand controls.
Another is problem braking effort. You know how much force it takes on the front brake lever to stop a 500 pound bike with one disc brake. Now image how much effort it's going to take to pull on four brakes at once trying to stop around 1000 pounds!
Adding power accessories like power brakes and steering to a motorcycle derived engine and chassis isn't very easy or cost effective, nor do you want to decrease the Quad's power-to-weight ratio even further. If you really want to go fast, safely, with a motorcycle engine, there are a number of sportbike powered kit cars on the market, both for the street and track. What the DD Quad offers is a beautifully constructed toy for the rich and famous to cruise slow around town to impress their friends and attract attention.