Sunday, July 20, 2014
The 2015 Ducati Hypermotard SP. Same as ever before, just a bit more flashy with its new red-and-white paintjob
Ducati have unveiled the 2015 Hypermotard SP at the currently ongoing World Ducati Week, and according to the Italian company, the bike's Ducati Corse-inspired "new racy red-white colour scheme gives the Hypermotard SP a harder-hitting look." The new Hypermotard SP was unveiled by three-time (2001, 2006, 2008) World Superbikes Champ, Troy Bayliss, and 2011 WSBK Champ, Carlos Checa.
The 2015 Ducati Hypermotard SP features the latest-generation 110-horsepower Testastretta 11° 821cc engine and Ducati's standard steel-tube trellis frame. The SP model also Race, Sport and Wet riding modes, which alter power delivery to suit riding conditions. There's 3-level ABS and 8-level traction control here, and if you're brave/talented enough, the Hypermotard SP can lean at an angle of up to 47.5°.
Running gear on the new Hypermotard SP is top-notch; a pressurized, fully adjustable 50mm Marzocchi USD fork, fully adjustable Öhlins monoshock, 17-inch Marchesini 3-spoke forged aluminium wheels, and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres (120/70 front, 180/55 rear). The front mudguard and engine covers are all carbonfibre and the bike weighs 171 kilos dry.
The new Ducati Hypermotard SP will be available from September this year. Prices remain unchanged over the previous model.
Friday, July 18, 2014
With ABS Pro on your BMW HP4, you can brake harder than ever before in fast corners, though don't expect the system to help you defy the basic laws of physics
Back in November 2012, KTM announced that the 1190 Adventure and Adventure R would be fitted with a Bosch-developed lean angle sensor, which would work in tandem with the bikes’ ABS and traction control systems. Now, BMW are following suit with their own ‘cornering ABS,’ which is being offered on the madly powerful, insanely fast S1000RR-based HP4.
BMW debuted what they call ‘race ABS’ on the S1000RR in 2009, which was ABS optimized for all-out sportsbikes. The latest iteration is ‘ABS Pro,’ which offers up ABS-supported braking while cornering at high speeds. Already available at BMW Motorrad dealerships, ABS Pro can be retrofitted to existing HP4s.
“While the Race ABS on the HP4 already provides a very high degree of safety when braking in a straight line, ABS Pro now goes a step further to offer increased safety when braking in the bends as well. Here, ABS Pro prevents the wheels from locking even when the brakes are applied quickly. This reduces abrupt changes in steering force on shock-braking manoeuvres and stops the motorcycle from rearing up unintentionally,” says a press note from BMW.
According to BMW, ABS Pro adapts ABS control to the motorcycle's banking angle, drawing on signals for roll rate, yaw rate and transverse acceleration, as provided by the sensor cluster which is already used for the HP4’s traction control and electronically adjustable suspension system.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
If you always wanted a helmet that looked like the one worn by Yer Maun, Arai are now giving you a chance to buy one
Arai UK have announced a new Limited Edition RX7-GP Joey Dunlop 1985 replica helmet as part of this year’s celebration of Joey’s distinguished career at the Isle of Man. Only 300 of these LE helmets will be produced, and each will be signed by Joey's wife, Linda Dunlop. The helments will be available at visorshop.com
Arai say that this is the most authentic limited edition Joey Dunlop replica helmet ever produced, using the actual design and sponsor decals from 1985. The design features Northern Ireland radio station DownTown Radio, which sponsored Joey during 1985, hence the radio station logo on the side of his iconic yellow and black helmet.
The helmet will also be on display at this year's Classic TT races at the Isle of Man, which will feature a display of 25 authentic machines raced by Joey Dunlop in his 24-year-career, including a number of his Isle of Man TT winning machines. Among the bikes on display, you can expect to see Honda RC45s, RC30s, RS250s, RS125s, CBR 600's and Joey's 1986 Senior TT winning RS500.
Apart from Hondas, the exhibition will also feature other machines from earlier in Joey's career, including Yamahas and Suzukis, along with the 350cc Aermacchi he rode in the Classic MGP Races. The 80s themed Classic TT Festival will also include a parade lap, 'Joey Dunlop Road Racing Legend - The Rivals,’ featuring many of his closest competitors.