Sunday, July 03, 2011

BMW Motorrad explains Dynamic Damping Control and other moto-technologies

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We wouldn't be surprised if the 2012 BMW S1000RR also gets Dynamic Damping Control, in addition to its ABS, ASC and traction control systems...
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For us, the best ‘innovation’ that has come from BMW Motorrad in recent times is their newfound inclination towards building all-out ultra-high-performance motorcycles. After all, until as recently as three years ago, who would have thought BMW would ever build something like the S1000RR, a machine that blew its Japanese and European competition out of the water when it was launched last year.

Dainese D-Air Racing suit sets new standards in motorcycle rider protection


The Dainese D-Air Racing suit, developed with inputs from Valentino Rossi and other MotoGP riders, is the most advanced rider protection system currently available...
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The result of more than a decade of development work, the Dainese D-Air racing suit is now available to purchase in Europe. ‘The high-tech suit not only operates as a protection device but it is also an impressive trackday tool. Developed with the help of motorcycle racers like Valentino Rossi, Marco Simoncelli and Leon Haslam, the D-air Racing works in synergy with existing armour in race suits and gives airbag protection to shoulders, and improves protection in the neck and upper chest area,’ says a press release from the company.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Ducati and Tudor: Partners in Time

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Tudor is now Ducati's official timing partner. The Swiss watchmakers were using motorcycles to sell their watches even back in 1952...   :-) 
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Ducati and have announced a new partnership with Swiss watchmakers, Tudor, who are now Ducati’s official timing partners. Tudor will soon launch a commemorative timepiece dedicated to Ducati and this, according to a press release from Ducati, will be “perfectly aligned with the exciting world of speed, motorcycles and racing.”

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Icon Sheene to make an appearance at the 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power


The 250bhp Icon Sheene will put on a show at this year's CPP...
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Those who’re lucky enough to be able to visit the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, to be held in Cheshire, in the UK, from the 15th to the 17th of July this year, will see an impressive array of high-performance motorcycles there. Among the more notable machines will be racebikes from MZ, Kreidler and Ringhini, a 1977 factory Kawasaki KR750 inline-triple (raced by Yvon DuHamel), a 2004 Fila Ducati 999R and various other machines from BSA, Cagiva, Gilera, Indian, Norton, Seeley, Triumph and Velocette.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Yamaha 50th Anniversary celebrations to continue at Spa


A bunch of old men swapping tall tales? Er, no. These men, some of them multi-time world champions, are the real deal. They were fast. Very, very fast...
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Yamaha recently celebrated their 50th year in motorcycle grand prix racing, at Assen, with their GP riders from the past. Yamaha’s GP racebikes from the 1960s, 70s and 80s were on display, and former champions like Phil Read, Giacomo Agostini and Steve Baker were present and put in an exhibition lap on the machines which they had raced all those years ago.

The celebrations will continue later this week, with the 2011 Bikers’ Classics event that will take place from 1st-3rd July at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. The Yamaha Classic Racing Team will be present at the event with as many as 21 historic Yamaha racing machines – from 50cc up to 750cc two-strokes – which will be ridden by former GP stars like Steve Baker, Rod Gould, Phil Read, Giacomo Agostini, Johnny Cecotto, Chas Mortimer and others.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Memorable: 1992 Honda CBR900RR FireBlade


The legendary Tadao Baba (above), with his creation, the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade

Over the years, reams of text have been written about the original Honda CBR900RR FireBlade and about how it rewrote the sportsbike rulebook back then. Tadao Baba, project leader for the first FireBlade (which was launched in March 1992), initiated the concept of ‘total control,’ favouring light weight and mass centralisation over outright top-end power, resulting in a sportsbike that wasn’t just very fast, but also actually handled very well.

While the FireBlade was an absolute revelation back in the early-1990s, you might sometimes wonder how it would stack up against modern machines. The first FireBlade weighed 185 kilos and its carburetted, DOHC, liquid-cooled, 893cc inline-four produced 124 horsepower. Doesn’t sound hugely impressive today, when it isn’t uncommon for litre-class superbikes to pack as much as 190-200 horsepower.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Valentino Rossi to ride the Ducati GP11.1 at Assen


With the GP11.1, we hope The Doctor can start winning races again!
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In a serious bid to salvage the 2011 MotoGP season, Valentino ‘The Doctor’ Rossi has been testing the Ducati GP11.1 at Assen. The GP11.1 is a hybrid – the GP12’s chassis, fitted with the GP11’s 800cc engine. The bike is also fitted with the new DST (Ducati Seamless Transmission) gearbox that Ducati Corse have engineered for their MotoGP bike.

Aprilia lets loose with SR Max hotness


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The Aprilia SR Max 300 and 125 are scooters. They are available in red and white colours. And, no, you can't ask the girl in these pics to go on a date with you...

Usually, we wouldn’t write about scooters like the Aprilia SR Max 300 and SR Max 125 here on Faster and Faster. But Aprilia figured out a cunningly devious way of getting us – and we suppose a hundred other websites like us – to write about the 2011 SR Max 300 and 125 scooters. They simply released these high-res pics of the two scooters with a hot Italian chick draped all over them. Voilà! Mission accomplished.

Yamaha’s 50th Anniversary special edition YZR-M1: High-res pics from Assen

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To celebrate Yamaha's 50th year in motorcycle GP racing, Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies will be running this special red-and-white livery at the 2011 Assen TT

Yamaha will be celebrating their 50th year in motorcycle grand prix racing during this year’s Assen TT, for which they have commissioned a special red-and-white livery for their YZR-M1 bikes.

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