Monday, May 09, 2011

Dainese, Italian Police get together to promote D-air Street

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The Italian Police, MotoGP riders like Valentino Rossi and Marco Simoncelli and racing legend Giacomo Agostini are all helping Dainese promote their D-air Street airbag system for bikers

Dainese and the Italian Traffic Police teamed up for a press conference recently, to mark the opening of the Giro d'Italia 2011, one of the most well-known cycle races in Europe. The two teamed up to talk about road safety and about how the Dainese D-air Street can help with rider protection.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Hesketh to be revived, production of new bikes to start in 2012

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The Hesketh name will be revived and there will be new Hesketh motorcycles from 2012 onwards. But is there a place for Hesketh in today's world of motorcycling...?
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Set up by Lord Hesketh back in 1980, the UK-based Heseth Motorcycles have been making and selling the V1000 touring bike for almost three decades now. Over the years, Hesketh have also made a few units of variants based on the original V1000. These bikes – the Vulcan, Vampire and Vortan – all use the same 1000cc V-twin engine, with minor mechanical and cosmetic changes. There seems to be no record of how many of each of these machines have been sold and we doubt if you’d find a Hesketh anywhere outside of the UK.

The Road Racers: Joey Dunlop and motorcycle road racing in the 1970s

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No ABS, traction control or other electronics here - this is motorcycle racing from the days when it was all right for riders to smoke, drink and chase girls. The Road Racers is simply fabulous!

The Road Racers, a documentary released in 1979, is a spectacular bit of filmmaking for those with fond memories of the days when motorcycle racers would nonchalantly smoke a cigarette, on the starting grid and in full view of television cameras, waiting for the bikes to be flagged off. 'The Road Racers goes behind the scenes and into the lives of road racers Frank Kennedy, Mervyn Robinson and Joey Dunlop. From the crackle of racing engines at full power during 'unofficial practice,' to the spectacular rider's eye view of racing on roads barely wide enough to take a car - this is the real thing,' says Duke, who'll sell the film to you for £19.99. But because of YouTube, you can watch the entire documentary right here (it's in four parts), for free. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Sims Motorsports’ 370km/h Suzuki Hayabusa

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With NOS and a host of aftermarket parts, Richard Sims' Hayabusa will, if you're so inclined, hit a top speed of around 370km/h. No, it's not meant for fetching groceries from the supermarket...

From the pages of Sport Rider magazine, this is Richard Sims’ (of Sims Motorsports) hot-rodded Suzuki Hayabusa and its claim to fame is that it can hit a top speed of around 370km/h. Unless you’ve got a Bugatti Veyron parked in your garage, you probably don’t want to race Richard’s bike…

The list of mods on this Hayabusa is, of course, very long. The engine has been bored out to 1510cc and Richard has fitted 86mm forged pistons, billet big block cylinder assembly, high-lift camshafts with adjustable cam sprockets, stainless steel valves, ceramic bearings in the front and rear wheels (for reduced rolling friction), a two-stage lockup clutch and an air-shifter system for quick, smooth gear shifts. A Schnitz PNC-3000 nitrous controller and Bazzaz Z-Fi fuel computer have also been fitted to control the bike’s ‘wet’ (one that injects both fuel and NOS) nitrous injection system.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

2011 Portuguese MotoGP: Pics from Estoril

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Lorenzo is on pole, but who wins the Portuguese MotoGP is anybody's guess. Enjoy these pics. We'll add more here after tomorrow's race. And yes, of course, we hope The Doctor wins!!  :-D

Friday, April 29, 2011

2011 Honda CBR600F riding impression

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A do-it-all Honda that looks good, goes hard and is comfortable. We like it!

We like the Honda CBR600F, plain and simple. Like Kawasaki’s Ninja Z1000SX, the new CBR600F offers an excellent blend of performance and practicality. It’s not just beginners and female riders – even experienced riders who’re looking for a bike that’s a bit more comfortable than repli-racers like Honda’s own CBR600RR will probably like the new 600F. Motoblog recently tested the bike and here are some excerpts from what they have to say about the new Honda:

Jeremy Burgess: ‘Winning a MotoGP world championship is our intent!’

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Jeremy Burgess is quite clear about one thing: He's moved to Ducati to continue winning races

ZigWheels recently caught up with master tuner Jeremy Burgess, who moved with Valentino Rossi from Yamaha to Ducati and who’s now faced with the unenviable task of transforming the Ducati Desmosedici GP11 into a race winning machine. Or rather, more specifically, a machine which Valentino Rossi can win races on. Here are some excerpts from what Jeremy had to say:

On what racing means to the Japanese factories

If it was not for our success at Yamaha, there was every chance the racing effort would have received a massive chopping of funds, if not shutting down the race shop for good. Yamaha and Honda are in the business of selling motorcycles. Racing is something they do when they can afford it.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

BMW to have ABS as standard equipment on all their bikes from 2012

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Three cheers for BMW, for promising to fit ABS on all their bikes from 2012!

BMW were the first motorcycle manufacturer to start offering anti-lock brakes (ABS) on their production bikes. Some might actually find it hard to believe, but BMW K-series bikes were already available with ABS in 1988. Of course, that ABS will probably not be comparable to what you’d find on an S1000RR today, but still, there’s no getting away from the fact that BMW pioneered the concept of anti-lock brakes on production bikes.

Now, BMW have taken another big step towards promoting safety for motorcyclists – the company has announced that ABS will be standard fitment on all its bikes from 2012 onwards. Yes, we think this how it should be – ABS is an extremely useful safety feature on high-performance bikes – and we hope all other motorcycle manufacturers will follow BMW’s example very soon.

‘Plain and simple, being able to stop a motorcycle faster and more predictably helps prevent a rider from becoming a statistic. It's time for all of us in the motorcycle industry to embrace the benefits of ABS. Extensive testing by safety experts, law enforcement authorities and journalists around the world consistently demonstrates that ABS reduces overall crashes and saves lives,’ says Pieter de Waal, Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA.

‘We commend BMW for taking the lead to improve motorcycle safety. Motorcycle fatalities and injuries have been on an upward trend for the past ten years and ABS and other safety technologies can help reduce these tragedies,’ adds David Strickland, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the US.

A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) revealed that motorcycles equipped with antilock brakes are 37 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than models without ABS. ‘Our research results show ABS on motorcycles saves lives, and riders are taking note, too. A recent survey found that a majority of riders said they would look for ABS on their next bikes,’ says Adrian Lund, President, IIHS.