Monday, April 16, 2012

Loris Capirossi is now BMW M’s MotoGP expert

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Loris 'Capirex' Capirossi will now be working closely with Dorna and BMW M as their MotoGP safety expert. We wish him all the best for the future!
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In a move aimed at extending the cooperation between BMW M GmbH and MotoGP organisers Dorna, the latter’s MotoGP safety consultant, Loris Capirossi, has now been appointed as the new BMW M MotoGP expert. With his 22-year motorcycle racing career, in which he took part in 328 races and won three world championships, Capirex is widely acknowledged as one of the most experienced motorcycle racers and is said to have an in-depth understanding of MotoGP riders' concerns.

BMW have been involved in the MotoGP since 1999 and provide the official safety cars. In 2006, BMW’s partnership with Dorna was taken over by BMW M GmbH, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. ‘Our involvement in this motor racing event gives us perfect access to a crucial target group: motorcycle racers with a predilection for fast cars. The motorcycle world championship offers fascination, emotion, high-tech and international flair – all factors which are closely associated with BMW M. This is another reason why we feel so at home here,’ says Thomas Schemera, Head of Sales and Marketing at BMW M.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

When Cagiva went GP racing

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Back in the early 1990s, John Kocinski and Eddie Lawson actually won a race or two aboard Cagiva's fiery, red, utterly gorgeous 500cc GP racebikes
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Set up in 1950 by Giovanni Castiglioni in Varese, Italy, Cagiva started with making metal components and moved on to making motorcycles in 1978. The company went on to become a bit of a European motorcycle industry powerhouse, buying out Ducati and Moto Morini in 1985, Husqvarna in 1987 and MV Agusta in 1991.

During an extensive restructuring of the company in 1999, however, MV Agusta came out on top as the company’s primary motorcycle brand and the Cagiva name went into gradual decline. They were still building some 125s until 2-3 years ago but have now stopped completely – Cagiva motorcycles are no longer being produced.

It does seem weird that a brand which at one time owned Ducati, Husqvarna and MV Agusta, and which was even present in 500cc motorcycle GP road racing in the 1980s and 1990s, no longer exists, but for Cagiva, that’s how the dice rolled. For us, more than their street bikes, what’s truly fascinating is their 1990s 500cc GP racing bikes, which were ridden by riders like Virginio Ferrari, Jon Ekerold, Marco Lucchinelli, Randy Mamola, Eddie Lawson, John Kocinski, Mat Mladin and Doug Chandler.

Friday, April 13, 2012

zecOO: Electric low-rider from Japan

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We think Nezu san (above) has done a pretty good job with the zecOO
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Designed by Kota Nezu, of Znug Design, the zecOO is an electric low-rider that may go into limited production later this year. The battery-powered zecOO’s electric motor produces 21kW and 65Nm of torque and the bike weighs 245kg dry. With its ‘vertical twin frame,’ single-side front and rear swingarms, hub-centre steering and spacecraft-like bodywork, the zecOO looks quite funky. Riding on 18-inch wheels, shod with 180/55 (front) and 240/40 (rear) tyres, this low-rider certainly scores on the style front. More information on the official website

Pics: Kazunobu Yamada

2012 Yoshimura Limited Edition GSX-R1000, the stuff our fantasies are made of!

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The Yoshimura GSX-Rs look fabulous!
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Yoshimura have announced their new Limited Edition Suzuki GSX-R1000, GSX-R750 and GSX-R600, which get a custom paintjob, Yoshimura R-77 Carbonfibre exhaust slip-ons (EPA noise-compliant) and a selection of CNC-machined aluminium parts, including case savers, chassis protectors, axle adjuster blocks, race stand stoppers, bar ends and an engine plug kit. Each bike also gets an individually numbered Limited Edition badge.

We are big fans of Yoshimura and while the 750 and 600 are also pretty cool, we’ll admit the Yoshimura GSX-R1000 is the bike of our dreams, our Sunday morning fantasies. More information on these bikes, on the Yoshimura website

Monday, April 09, 2012

Brembo: MotoGP vs F1, and the future of braking

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MotoGP riders do it with one or two fingers, while F1 drivers need a whole leg...
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What goes, must also stop. And we suppose what goes hard must stop harder, if anything. Which is where Brembo come in – their braking systems are responsible for stopping duties on fast machines in various kinds of motorsport, including F1, WRC, World Superbikes and MotoGP. In their May 2012 issue Fast Bikes magazine have taken an in-depth look at Brembo and the high-tech engineering that goes into building some of the best, most advanced braking systems in the world. Especially interesting is a snippet of Fast Bikes’ conversation with Roberto Pellegrini, Retail and Road Performance Motorbike Market Manager, Brembo Racing, where Pellegrini talks about the differences between braking set-ups in F1 and MotoGP. Here are some excerpts from what he had to say:

‘The Brembo calipers used in MotoGP and F1 are actually very similar – the only major difference is that the bikes use four pistons and the cars, six pistons per caliper. Both calipers are constructed from a lithium-aluminium alloy in a one-piece monobloc design, with titanium pistons, and both are radially mounted. I can’t tell you the sizes of the pistons – that’s a secret – but they are pretty similar. The big differences are the pressure and the clamping forces created,’ says Pellegrini.

Friday, April 06, 2012

2012 Superbike Shootout: Honda CBR1000RR vs Kawasaki ZX-10R vs Suzuki GSX-R1000 vs Yamaha YZF-R1


The Motorcycle.com team tests the 2012 Fireblade, R1, ZX-10R and GSX-R1000 to find out which one is best. For our money, it has to be the Kawasaki Ninja...!

PAL-V One: Flying trike completes its maiden flight


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The PAL-V One, the coolest flying trike in the world!!

Based in The Netherlands, PAL-V Europe N.V. was set up more than a decade ago, in 2001, with the objective of creating a ‘roadable aircraft.’ According to the company, an important breakthrough for them came in 2005, when one of their partners – Carver Technology – developed and fine-tuned what they call Dynamic Vehicle Control (DVC) technology. Essentially a balancing mechanism for three-wheeled vehicles, DVC allows vehicles to tilt freely while cornering, which makes for driving/riding dynamics that cannot be matched by conventional cars and motorcycles.

Carver’s DVC tilting technology also helped PAL-V in allowing them to develop a trike that had a high centre of gravity and narrow, aerodynamic shape necessary for flying, yet keeping it safe and enjoyable to ride on the street. And now, the Dutch company is ready with the first fully working prototype of its two-seater flying trike, the PAL-V One, which you can see in action in the video on this page.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Petronas FP1 riding impression


MCN travel to Switzerland to ride a Petronas FP1, which belongs to one Livio Kagi. The FP1 was a homologation special and only 150 units were built. More information here
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Kreater Custom Motorcycles turn up the heat


We're not too sure about their bikes but this video from Kreater is not bad at all!

Puma x Ducati: Lean In and Ride With Us


This, the first episode of Puma x Ducati: Lean In and Ride With Us, features Raymond Roker, Founder of U.R.B. Magazine and Blogger for the Huffington Post

Last year, Puma and Ducati together created a seven-part video series - Puma x Ducati: Lean In and Ride With Us - that ‘celebrates the joy of riding.’ Seven Ducati riders talk about how motorcycles fit into their unique lifestyles. The riders featured in the series include people from diverse walks of life, each with an interesting perspective on life and motorcycling. You can now watch the entire 7-part series right here.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Jeremy Burgess: ‘It’s a folly to return to 1000cc in MotoGP!’


With top speeds in MotoGP now inching closer to a rather insane 360km/h, Jeremy Burgess says the move to 1000cc engines could be a recipe for disaster...

Valentino Rossi’s crew chief, Australian Jeremy Burgess doesn’t think that MotoGP moving back to the 1000cc engine format is a move in the right direction. ‘It was a folly to return to the 1000cc limit for season 2012. These are car engines now that we are putting into a motorcycle. On the fastest circuits, a rider slip-streaming another with just a breath of a tail wind will top 360km/h,’ said Burgess recently, speaking to The Advertiser.

‘For the first time in 33 years working in Europe, I have a definite concern about the future of motorcycle Grand Prix racing, and I know that some principal technicians in other factories do as well,’ said Burgess, who’s been working with top MotoGP teams for a quarter of a century and whose technical expertise has helped riders like Wayne Gardner and Mick Doohan in winning their 500cc motorcycle GP racing world championships in the 1980s and 1990s.

Burgess believes the ideal engine capacity for MotoGP bikes might be just 600cc. ‘Rules that require them to make more power out of a smaller engine gives manufacturers a reason to be there. Look at the World Superbikes series, which has nearly every manufacturer involved because the rules make it more relevant to them,’ he says. ‘The people getting MotoGP on television shouldn't be running the rule book,’ he adds, referring to Dorna.

Source: Adelaide Now

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Troy Bayliss: “The Panigale has taken a huge leap forward over the 1198…”

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Aussie tough guy and super racer, Troy Bayliss reckons the new Panigale is a big leap over the 1198, especially in terms of the bike's handling and power delivery
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Three-time World Superbikes champion and current Ducati development rider, Troy Bayliss recently spoke about how he thinks the new Ducati 1199 Panigale compares to the earlier 1198. ‘It’s taken a huge leap forward over the 1198, with much better handling, more control of the engine’s power delivery and better aids to help you achieve the most from the bike,’ said Bayliss, speaking to Motorcycle Sport & Leisure. ‘It’s noticeably less physical too. I don’t like bikes that you have to fight. By reducing the engine’s midrange and placing the power up top, the 1199 has become a whole lot easier to manage. It no longer wants to wheelie randomly at every opportunity and that means you can relax more into the ride and get more from the bike,’ he adds.

‘I’d say the best part of the Panigale is its electronics, which allow you to customize the bike to suit you, be it changes to the suspension or adding on more engine braking. And it’s stupidly easy to alter – if you had the time, you really could go to town with this bike, honing it here and there until it suits you perfectly,’ says Bayliss. ‘It’s going to be extremely competitive. You only need to swing your leg over it to realize just how fantastic it is. When I think back, this bike has more technology than the world championship winning Ducati 1098 I rode in 2008. That says it all really,’ he adds.

Elevate 2: Still Climbing


Directed by Jeremy Miller, Elevate 2 is a short film that showcases the amazing and quite spectacular sport of motorcycle hillclimbing These guys are awesome!

Using what he calls his 'moving camera techniques,' Director Jeremy Miller captures the sheer adrenaline rush that's such a part of motorcycle hillclimbing. A follow-up to the first Elevate movie, Elevate 2 focuses on the drive and the passion that fuels motorcycle hillclimbers and with the insight and perspective of individual riders, delves deeper into the rather obscure world of this amazing sport.

The movie features NAHA riders Jason Smith, Bret Peterson, Max Simmons and Logan Mead and includes exclusive exhibition hill climbing footage and an interview with Mike 'The Godfather' Metzger. Elevate 2 was filmed on location at NAHA sanctioned events and private locations in California, Utah, and Wyoming. For more information, visit the movie's official website here

Nicky Hayden: "In MotoGP, you can't just be average..."


2006 MotoGP world champ, Nicky Hayden talks about crushing mediocrity, being brave, earning respect and what it takes to be in a sport like MotoGP

Monday, April 02, 2012

Sneak Preview: 2013 Moto Morini Rebello 1200 Giubileo


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The new Moto Morini Rebello 1200 certainly looks interesting...

Legendary Italian motorcycle company, Moto Morini are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year. And to mark the occasion, they have announced a new motorcycle – the Rebello 1200 Giubileo – which will go on sale in 2013, with a price tag of 13,900 euros. According to the Morini website, the Corsaro Veloce, Granpasso and Scrambler will also be available in 2013 and will be sold alongside the new Rebello.

The Moto Morini Rebello 1200 gets a tubular steel trellis frame and is powered by the company’s liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 8-valve, 1187cc ‘Bialbero CorsaCorta’ V-twin, which produces 130 horsepower and 122Nm of torque. This is, by Morini’s own admission, “A wicked, aggressive engine, which makes the Rebello 1200 Giubileo a downright wicked bike.” Ahem.

An electronic dashboard with multi-function LCD display, six-speed gearbox, multi-disc wet anti-hop clutch, multi-adjustable 50mm Marzocchi USD forks, fully adjustable Öhlins monoshock and Brembo brakes – with twin 320mm brake discs and 4-piston calipers at the front, and single 220mm disc with twin-piston caliper at the back – complete the package. The bike even has an electrically operated seat unit which transforms from a single-seat to twin-seat unit at the press of a button. The Rebello rides on 17-inch wheels, shod with 120/70 (front) and 190/55 (rear) ZR-rated Pirelli Angel tyres, and the bike weighs 198kg sans fuel.

Top Gun: Kawasaki GPZ900R

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The 1980s GPZ900R still looks damn cool and, yes, we still want one!
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After the very successful Z1, which Kawasaki launched in 1972, the company started development work on its next ‘superbike’ in the late-1970s. For this, Kawasaki evaluated various engine options, including V4, V6 and inline-six configurations, but ultimately decided to go with their tried-and-tested inline-four format. The result was the 1984 Ninja GPZ900R, the quickest, fastest production machine of its time.

The GPZ900R was fitted with an all-new, 908cc liquid-cooled, 16-valve DOHC inline-four with chain-driven cams – the first such engine ever used on a production streetbike – that produced 115 horsepower at 9,500rpm and 84Nm of torque at 8,500rpm. The bike’s top speed was about 250km/h, and during its press launch in December 1983 – at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California – the then reigning AMA superbike champ Wayne Rainey put in a few fast laps on the new GPZ. His best lap time on the stock 900R streetbike was a 1:16, which wasn’t too bad compared to the 1:10 he did on the Team Kawasaki GPZ750 racebike.

A week before the press launch, professional motorcycle drag racer Jay ‘Pee Wee’ Gleason also did a 10.55-second quarter-mile on the stock GPZ900R and said he thought he’d be able to get the time down to 10.4 with more testing. Phenomenal, for a stock mid-1980s sportsbike, and clearly quicker and faster than both the Kawasaki GPZ750 Turbo as well as the GPZ1100.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

TZR250-engined Yamaha YZR replica is rocking

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Found this Yamaha YZR500 two-stroke GP replica on the NK Racing website and we think the bike is pretty neat. The aluminium twin-spar chassis is from a reverse-cylinder Yamaha TZR250, the engine is a heavily tuned Yamaha RD500 YPVS unit and the suspension is Ohlins – forks from an Aprilia RSV Mille R and rear shock from a Honda CBR600RR.

The YZR500 replica rolls on 17-inch Marchesini wheels, shod with Michelin Pilot Race rubber. Brakes are Brembo units – twin 320mm discs with Brembo 4-piston calipers at the front and single 210mm Nissin disc at the back, with a twin-piston Brembo monoblock caliper. The fairing is based on the 1994 Yamaha 0WF9 YZR500, which Luca Cadalora rode to a second place finish in the 500cc world championship that year. The exhaust system is custom-made and the instrument panel is a fully programmable LCD unit from Translogic.

We think this YZR500 replica is, quite simply, rocking! Visit NK Racing for more details.