Saturday, May 14, 2011

2011 French MotoGP: High-res pics from Le Mans

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Here are some high-res MotoGP pics from Le Mans. Rossi's first podium finish this year. Yes...!!! The Doctor is back!
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

2012 MV Agusta F4 RR: Official pics, specs released

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Oh yes, the new MV Agusta F4 RR looks hot!

MV Agusta have let loose with the next iteration of the gorgeous F4, the 2012-spec F4 RR, and its calling card is that its 998cc inline-four now produces all of 201 horsepower at 13,400rpm, pushing the bike to a top speed of 297.6km/h.

The F4 RR’s 'CorsaCorta' (short stroke) engine features new cylinder heads, large-diameter intake and exhaust valves made of titanium, and lightweight forged pistons made of ‘aerospace’ alloy. Other new bits include a redesigned exhaust system, close-ratio gearbox, fully adjustable 43mm USD Öhlins fork, fully adjustable Öhlins TTX 36 rear shock, Öhlins steering damper and 17-inch forged aluminium wheels shod with 120/70 (front) and 190/55 (rear) ZR-rated rubber.

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!