Monday, October 11, 2010
Do you love INTERMOT? We do. We weren’t there, unfortunately, but we sure wish we could have visited Germany to attend this year’s INTERMOT motorcycle show in Cologne. More than 200,000 bike enthusiasts from 108 countries around the world visited the show this year. More than 1,100 manufacturers, from 40 countries, attended the show and represented no less than 1,596 brands.
For those who couldn’t visit Cologne, here’s a photo gallery from the 2010 INTERMOT. Enjoy.
Images: INTERMOT Cologne
Freddie 'The Sultan of Silde' Spencer, one of the most talented motorcycle racers of all time. In 1985, he won both the 250cc and the 500cc world championships!!
In their October issue this year, British magazine Bike have done a fabulous story on one of our all-time favourite GP racers – none other than ‘Fast’ Freddie Spencer himself, who’s widely regarded as one of the most prodigiously gifted, naturally talented motorcycle racers ever.
Born in 1961 in Shreveport, Louisiana, in the US, Freddie Spencer remains the only man in motorcycle grand prix racing to win 250cc and 500cc world championships in the same year, a feat he accomplished in 1985. Before this, Freddie had already won the 500cc world championship once, in 1983.
‘Spencer has always been an enigma, if only because he was so different from other racers of his era,’ says Mat Oxley, who met Freddie in Las Vegas (where Freddie now lives) for the story. In the late 70s and early 80s, most racers lived the B-plan lifestyle – birds, booze and bikes. Not Spencer. He went to bed early and drank Dr Peppers,’ adds Oxley.
Dr Pepper or not, Spencer had massive talent for going fast on a racebike, and that’s something that most would agree with. Master tuner Erv Kanemoto certainly does. ‘When most riders go tyre testing, they put in a lot of laps to get up to speed and to feel and understand the tyre, and then they start pushing,’ says Kanemoto. ‘Freddie would push from the first lap on a tyre that no one had run before. You’d see giant slides and he’d just rely on himself to get out of it,’ he adds. No wonder, then, that Freddie won his first 500cc world championship when he was just 21 years old – a record that remains unbroken to this day.
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Based in the US, Icon are purveyors of some pretty cool stuff for bikers – helmets, apparel, customised motorcycles and more. They also have a rebellious streak in them, claiming that they are ‘The bastards of motorcycling,’ and that ‘Whether it's rashed up Gixxers or ladies with questionable morals, Icon has been undeniable.’ Ahem.
In any case, some of the bikes featured on their website are pretty cool and that includes the Ducati 1198 ‘Carbon Lifeform’ here. Built by AFG Moto, the 1198 features various aftermarkets bits from Marchesini, Brembo and Pirelli, the engine has been worked upon by MotoStretta Japan and the custom exhaust is from J-Mac. We like it...!
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