Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Firexpress BMW R1200RT: The heat is on…


The coolest firefighting vehicle ever...!
Pics: Firexpress, via Hell for Leather

Here’s one very interesting idea – a motorcycle for firefighters! Yes indeed, the Firexpress BMW R1200RT is meant to be an ‘immediate response’ vehicle that can get to the scene first, ahead of firefighting trucks and/or other, bigger vehicles. While bigger trucks may take more time to make their way through traffic and get to wherever help might be needed, a quicker, vastly more manoeuvrable motorcycle should certainly be able to get there much quicker…

The Firexpress system fitted to the BMW can carry up to 25 litres of water/foam and around seven kilos of compressed gas, which is sufficient for more than two minutes of constant spray. The system sprays micro-droplets of water in a controlled, low-speed stream that can reach up to 11 meters.

The Firexpress R1200RT, which can travel at speeds of up to 140km/h, isn’t, of course, a substitute for full-blown firefighting trucks, but as a first response vehicle, we suppose it could be quite handy. Plus, with its emergency lights and sirens, the Firexpress R1200RT looks way cooler than any fire truck we’ve ever seen. Full specs here and more pics here


Here's the Firexpress R1200RT in action...

2009 Italian MotoGP: Images from Mugello


It was a case of bad medicine for The Doctor as Stoner romped home in first place at the Italian MotoGP at mugello, followed by Lorenzo in second place and Rossi in third...

Sunday, May 31, 2009

2009 Italian MotoGP: Race results from Mugello


Casey Stoner won the race at Mugello, followed by Lorenzo in second place and Rossi in third

2009 Italian MotoGP: Race results from Mugello


1. Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team 45min 41.894 sec
2. Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Team 45min 42.895 sec
3. Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team 45min 43.970 sec
4. Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Team 45min 44.023 sec
5. Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 45min 45.168 sec
6. Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 46min 6.345 sec
7. James Toseland Monster Yamaha Tech 3 46min 7.515 sec
8. Randy de Puniet LCR Honda MotoGP 46min 7.940 sec
9. Niccolo Canepa Pramac Racing 46min 13.709 sec
10. Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 46min 16.708 sec
11. Marco Melandri Hayate Racing Team 46min 16.984 sec
12. Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Team 46min 21.016 sec
13. Mika Kallio Pramac Racing 46min 34.356 sec
14. Toni Elias San Carlo Honda Gresini 46min 34.372 sec
15. Alex de Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini 46min 3.967 sec

DNF:
Dani Pedrosa
Yuki Takahashi

Pics from various races from the 2009 MotoGP season. Pics from Mugello coming soon...