Friday, November 04, 2011
MV Agusta have released specs and first official pics of the new Brutale 675, which, along with the new MV Agusta F3, is expected to provide a significant boost to MV’s mass market appeal.
Fitted with the same 675cc three-cylinder liquid-cooled fuel-injected engine as the MV F3, the Brutale 675 boasts 115 horsepower at 12,500rpm and 71Nm of torque at 10,600rpm, and weighs a mere 163 kilos dry. MV claim their three-cylinder engine is one of the most advanced units in its class, with a counter-rotating crankshaft and MVICS (Motor and Vehicle Integrated Control System), which integrates eight-level traction control and ride-by-wire throttle control with four fuel-injection maps for the engine.
After the Dainese D-air Racing suit, which was launched earlier this year, the Italian motorcycle apparel brand is now ready to release the road-going version of the system – the D-air Street is currently undergoing TÜV SÜD certification and will go on sale by mid-2012.
According to Dainese, the D-air Street is specifically designed for use on public roads. The system comprises the ‘Motorcycle Kit’ (MKit) and either an outer waistcoat or jacket, which host the system’s airbags. The MKit is fitted to the user’s motorcycle and is the ‘brain’ of the system, featuring a pair of accelerometers, one of which is mounted under the seat and the other on the front forks. There is also a fall sensor that is physically connected to a display unit on the motorcycle’s dash and shows rider system information. The airbag device features two airbags, both with a volume of 12 litres. These include two cold automotive-type gas generators run by battery powered electronics, with an average life of 30 hours, and a five-hour charging time.
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Anti-lock brakes (ABS) is pretty much one of the most important developments in motorcycle technology – regardless of rider skill and experience, on the street, ABS has significant potential to save motorcyclists’ lives. However, the technology that is so valuable on the street has had little or no use off-road. Until now, that is. Because Husqvarna have just announced their all-new off-road ABS, the world's first ABS that’s been fully optimised for off-road racing and which will be offered on the 2012 Husqvarna TE 449.
The EBR1190 doesn't have the ultra-sophisticated electronics of the S1000RR or RSV4 but that didn't stop it from winning the 2011 European Superbike championship!
Harald Kitsch, who won the 2011 European Superbike class (litre-class and above) aboard Erik Buell Racing’s EBR1190, has good things to say about his bike. ‘The competition, with the Japanese inline-fours, the BMW S1000RRs, Aprilia RSV4s and Ducati 1198s was really tough. But the EBR was once again a benchmark for everyone this year,’ said Kitsch, who claimed the championship with a final victory at the Oschersleben racetrack in Germany.