By Matias Berra
Pattaya is a city famous for shiny lights, rock and roll, an impressive variety of watersports and a rather surprising amount of motorbike enthusiasts. With new (and ever bigger) motorbike shops offering the best brands, Pattaya folk are always awaiting the latest models of sportbikes to hit the road.
Heck, it’s health month so it’s up to you to ensure that you keep your heart healthy pumping with the adrenaline only these motorbikes can provide.Here are the latest super-machines that will keep you checking Pattaya's bike shops for the rest of the year, enjoy:
1) Kawasaki H2/H2R
A stunning machine right at the top of the pyramid. Looking beyond the absolute beauty of the design, no other production motorcycle is supercharged like this. Just the idea of being able to feel the effects of that chain- and gear-driven blower (which spins at 10 times the speed of the crankshaft and transforms this new-from-the-ground-up Kawasaki into a apex 200-plus-mph machine) is as much of an excuse as I need.
The new Kawasaki H2 is the street version of it's powerful track-only sibling the 300 hp Kawasaki H2R. They are indeed very similar (including the chassis and suspension) , the main difference being the smaller 200hp power on the street-safe version, both track-only the street version comes with the supercharged engine we talked about before.
There's a mind-blowing amount of high-tech electronics and computer work at play keeping this efficient (and almost futuristic) machine running at the performance levels it does (everything from the braking to the gear changes is aided by computer systems that ensure absolute control of this amazing machine under varied & extreme road situations and speeds).Each single aspect of the design, each single element and line on this engineering masterpiece has been researched, studied and improved to ensure an aerodynamic performance that brings Kawasaki that much closer to perfection.
Kawasaki Ninja Specs
Engine: Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke in-line four
Bore x Stroke: 76.0 x 55.0mm
Compression ratio: 8.5:1
Fuel System: DFI® 50mm throttle bodies x 4 with dual injection
Intake System: Kawasaki supercharger
Transmission: 6-speed, return, dog-ring
Frame Type: Trellis, high-tensile steel, with swingarm mounting plate
Ducati 1299 Panigale S 2015
If you thought the Ducati 1199 Panigale was an extraordinary sports bike (which it was), you'll be more than thrilled to know that the 1199 Panigale S pretty much surpases it's predecessor in every single way. From a more powerful engine to even better electronics, Ducati fans definitely have a lot to look forward to.
The newest model sports is an extremely impressive Ducati Superquadro 1285 cc engine with power of 205 hp at 10.500 rpm, this implies a 10% increase from it's predecessor. Consider the fact that this machine weighs a respectable 166,5 Kg which means the kinetic energy it can accumulate taking into account it's power and weight is, well, kind of scary (but in the best way possible!)
Riders will love the experience created with a lot of the latest electronic advancements which have allowed the Italian company to include 3 'modes' of driving for this amazing machine (Race, Sporty Rain), a newly designed technology IMU (which allows for ABS during curves), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) 8-level traction control and the amazing Ducati Data Analyzer that allows for data-collection and improvements that will keep your Ducati the efficiently-tuned and gorgeous machine it ought to be.
Ducati 1299 Panigale S specs
Power: 150.8 kW (205 hp) @ 10.500 rpm
Bore x Stroke: 116x60.8mm
Compression ratio: 12.6:1
Fuel injection: Electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies.
Exhaust: 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes. Twin stainless steel mufflers with alumimum end caps
Gearbox 6: speed with DQS Ducati Quick Shift up/down
Frame: Monocoque Aluminium
This beauty is a super machine originally designed by a close collaboration between the Honda Racing Corporation (HCR) and Honda Motor. In simple words, this model is pretty much a road-legal version of the monstrous Honda RC213V, which has won the MotoGP in past occasions. There is a real similitude between this legal model and the track-exclusive versions of World Champions Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez, that’s quite bad-ass.
Remember, Honda is pushing the limits of what is considered a legal ride, and this motorbike embodies decades upon decades of engineering and design, now available to the public. Here’s all you need to know, in Honda’s own words:
“In addition, the RC213V-S is equipped with control technologies used on the RC213V. The RC213V consists only of the necessary parts for winning races, based on the idea of changing specifications as necessary according to the rider and course. To achieve the specifications that make the RC213V-S eligible to run on public roads, the minimal amount of necessary changes and additions has been made compared to the RC213V.”
Honda RC213V-S specs
Engine: Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 4-valve DOHC V-4
Bore x Stroke: 81.0×48.5
Compression Ratio: 13.0:1
Fuel Injection: PGM-DSFI electronic fuel injection with φ48mm throttle bodies
Gearbox: 6-speed: constant mesh
Frame type: Diamond