Yamaha FZ8 Revealed

Yamaha dropped another teaser image of their new FZ8 today.  They promise that more information about the 800cc I-4 will be released in March.

Yamaha FZ8 Official Image
Yamaha FZ8 Official Image

As you see, it’s a fairing.  On a motorcycle.  Which isn’t very interesting, really.

But, the folks at motociclismo.it have captured images of what they say is the the actual production models of both the faired and naked versions of the FZ8.

Yamaha FZ8 with Fairing
Yamaha FZ8 with Fairing

A more extensive photo gallery can be found here.

Yamaha FZ8 Naked
Yamaha FZ8 Naked

Again, the photo gallery is here.

A Victory for Power Freaks

Victory Motorcycles has announced a new, high-powered version of the Vegas.  The new bike has a set of Stage 2 cams to pump up the output of its 106ci V-Twin.  The special edition Vegas will sport 97HP and 113 lb-ft of torque.  Victory will only be producing 100 of them, however, and pricing them at $15,999.  Oh, and you have to order it before the end of February, for March delivery.

Victory Vegas LE
Victory Vegas LE

Aprilia Recalls RSV4s

The Aprilia RSV4 has been one of this year’s most eagerly awaited motorcycles.  It seems like it’s only just hit the showroom, however, and Aprilia is already issuing a serious recall.  Apparently, the problem–which hasn’t yet actually occurred in any of their motorcycles–requires replacing the entire engine.

Following extensive testing and verification, the Italian manufacturer assessed that one component in a small group of engines assembled during a specific time period had failed to meet stringent factory quality standards, resulting in an unacceptable risk of future engine failures. To-date, there have been no warranty claims related to this potential issue in the U.S. market. However, in line with the premium quality standards of Aprilia motorcycles and potential safety implications, the manufacturer and its dealerships are committed to immediate action to ensure complete Aprilia owner satisfaction.

Kudos to Aprilia for recognizing and immediately fixing the problem.  Unlike some manufacturers, for instance, one that hasn’t admitted their bikes have a final drive problem (cough–BMW–cough).

Why the Light Blogging?

Well, two reasons are responsible for my shameful blog output since the holidays.  One is that my business has picked up quite a lot and I’m just slammed with work.  The other is that my Cane Corso, Contessa, dropped a litter of 10 puppies.

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Unless you’ve done this before, you really don’t know how much time 10 puppies takes up.  They have been here for more than a week now, and they require feedings every two hours.  Since my dog can’t feed all of them, we have to bottle feed as well.  It’s very tiring, but darn it, they sure are cute.

Progress on Motus Motorcycles

It’s been a while since there’s been any real news of substance about Motus Motorcycles, but the Feb 2010 issue of motorcyclist has a feature article (PDF) on the new sport-tourer, that reveals some of the specs of the new machine.

The MST-01 sport tourer is expected to weigh 545 lbs–substantially less than the current generation FJR or Connie, and will be powered by a 90° V -4 with an expected output of 140HP at 7,800 RPM and 120 lb-ft of torque at 4,500RPM.  That torque figure seems…high.  Tire-shreddingly so.  That power will be channeled through a 6-speed gearbox to a chain final drive…and that last bit is where they lose me.  It’s 2010.  I’m not gonna spend my Saturdays lubing a chain like some kind of animal.

The MST-01 will have integrated luggage, including an interestingly-designed two-position trunk.  The price point for this is supposed to be competitive with a fully-equipped BMW K1300GT, so let’s call it $25k out the door.

Working prototypes are supposed to be hitting the test track later this year, with 2011 production models available as early as this December.

Reserve a bundle of canine joy!

My Cane Corso is expecting her first and only litter. Mastiff Cane Corso Mastiff puppies in San Diego.  These Purebred, ICCF/CCAA-Registered puppies will be arriving in the middle of January 2010.  The puppies will be available to go home with you at the middle of March.

Sire is a European Cane Corso import, dame is first generation American born. Both are registered purebreds.

We are located in San Diego, California.  Actually Contessa and her puppies will be residing in Escondido which is San Diego North County. If you are looking for Cane Corso puppies, we are centrally located close to Rancho Bernardo, Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marcos and more.

See more of Contessa on a video posted on YouTube at the link below.

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Contessa is well trained and has a wonderful temperament. Her puppies will begin their socialization and training from the moment they are born to create Cane Corso puppies with fine temperments like their parents.

We have hundreds of photos of Contessa and Vittorio Cane Corso available upon request and more when the puppys are born.

Today, we took Contessa to the vet to get a puppy count. The xrays showed a minimium of 8 puppys.

7 Lucky people will get a wonderful new family member (we’re keeping one).

Be sure to contact us now if you are interested in a puppy, we will send out notifications and updates via email.

We expect that Contessa will whelp around January 18, 2010.

All Cane Corso Puppies will have the following before they are sent to their new families:

1- Puppy tail and dewclaw removal
2- First set of vaccines and health evaluation
3- Puppy Deworming
4- Love, socialization and continous training up until the day they are sent to their new families.

Contessa, the expectant mother.
Contessa, the expectant mother.
Today's Puppy X-ray
Today's Puppy X-ray