Saturday, May 19, 2012

George Clooney, motorcyclist

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George Clooney says his favourite bike is the Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail...
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‘I’ve been riding motorcycles for years but it took a long time before I could afford a Harley of my own. The Heritage is my favourite model – the purr it offers is second to none. Aside from taking to the water on a boat, it has to be my preferred way to spend my time, when I get any. I love the thrill of going for a ride and exploring. I recently had a trip around Ireland and even though some of their roads wouldn’t be in the best shape, it was a pretty magical experience as I’ve a lot of Irish in me,’ says George Clooney, one of our favourite Hollywood stars, who also happens to love motorcycles.

Clooney has had his share of biking spills but he hasn’t let that affect his passion for riding. One of his more serious get-offs happened a few years, when he bike collided with a car – Clooney suffered a fractured rib and his then girlfriend Sarah Larsson ended up with a broken foot. ‘That was quite scary, I’ll admit. It was a very out of control experience and could have ended a lot worse but thankfully we were okay,’ says Clooney.

So would the possibility of another crash ever stop Clooney from riding bikes? ‘No, you’re always going to have a few spills. It could happen in a car, it could happen on a bicycle, it could happen as a pedestrian. You can’t live like that,’ he says.

George Clooney was interviewed by Inspire magazine, for their May 2012 issue

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Casey Stoner to retire from MotoGP at the end of the 2012 season!

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Reining MotoGP world champion, the 27 year old Casey Stoner will retire from MotoGP at the end of the 2012 season. Another significant loss for the MotoGP fraternity...

In a shocking development, reigning MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner has announced that he will retire from MotoGP at the end of the 2012 season. Casey announced his retirement while speaking to the media at the official pre-event press conference for the French MotoGP.

‘This has been coming for a couple of years now. After a long time thinking, a lot of time talking with my family and my wife [I have decided that] I will be not racing in the 2013 MotoGP championship. I will be finishing my MotoGP career at the end of this season and go forward in different things in my life,’ said Casey.

‘After so many years of doing this sport which I love, and which myself and my family made so many sacrifices for, after so many years of trying to get to where we have gotten to at this point, this sport has changed a lot and it has changed to the point where I am not enjoying it. I don't have the passion for it and so at this time it's better if I retire now,’ said the man who won the 2007 and 2011 MotoGP world championships and who’s currently leading the 2012 MotoGP world championship as well.

‘There are a lot of things that have disappointed me, and also a lot of things I have loved about this sport, but unfortunately the balance has gone in the wrong direction. And so, basically, we won't be continuing any more. It would be nice if I could say I would stay one more year, but then where does it stop? So we decided to finish everything as we are now,’ says Casey.

We must admit this comes as a complete shock to us. Casey Stoner is fast, consistent and talented and his departure from MotoGP will be a significant loss to the sport. We wish Casey all the very best in life, in whatever he chooses to do after ending his career in MotoGP.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

In Conversation with Casey Stoner

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Reigning MotoGP world champion, Casey Stoner is probably the fastest man in the world on two wheels right now. And he doesn't mince words...

At 27 years of age, Casey Stoner already has two MotoGP world championships (2007 and 2011) to his name and there is a very good chance that he’ll win the 2012 MotoGP world championship as well. Recently, Man’s World magazine had an opportunity to put a few questions to the reigning MotoGP world champion, which he answered with remarkable candour. Here are a few excerpts from what Casey had to say…

On frequent changes in MotoGP technical regulations, pertaining to engine size

“I strongly believe that the management in this sport should define a clear set of rules and then stick to them for a guaranteed period of time. The constant changing of the rules is deterring manufacturers and privateer teams from entering. If you keep the rules stable for a few years then other teams looking to join the Championship know the benchmark and can join with confidence that the rules will not change and that they could become competitive. If they join without this assurance, then it is a huge gamble, as if rules change and they must adapt then they simply may not have the budget which means they exit from the sport.”

Thursday, May 10, 2012

In Conversation with Erik Buell

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From the mid-1980s RR1000 BattleTwin to the current EBR 1190RS, it's been a long and significantly interesting journey for Erik Buell and his motorcycles...

Talk about innovation and engineering brilliance in motorcycling and the one name that immediately comes to mind is that of Erik Buell. Erik has been building some pretty exciting motorcycles for about 30 years now, having started with the RW750 Road Warrior and RR1000 BattleTwin in the early-1980s, to the current EBR 1190RS.

It’s been a long journey for Buell motorcycles and as it must be with such journeys, there have been highs and lows. But the man behind the bikes – Erik Buell – remains committed to his motorcycles and continues to innovate, engineer and build some of the finest motorcycles in America. All right, for now, just one of the finest motorcycles in the US – the absolutely amazing 1190RS – but we’re sure there’s more to come.

We’ve been big fans of Erik Buell and his bikes for the last 10 years. And now, finally, we’ve managed to ask him a few questions about his bikes and about himself. Here is what Erik had to say:

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Naked Brawlers: 2012 Ducati Streetfighter S vs Aprilia Tuono V4R

On this episode of On Two Wheels, Motorcyclist magazine's Ari Henning and guest test rider Zack Courts saddle up in a bid to find out which among the 2012 Aprilia Tuono V4R and Ducati Streetfighter S is the baddest super naked on the planet...

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Simon Crafar: The Limit is Yours

In this video, Simon Crafar, who's raced in World Superbikes and MotoGP, says that motorcycling shouldn't be electronics. Rather, the limit should be yours, he says. Umm... we agree that that's how it should probably be on the track. But on the street, we think it's all right for riders to have whatever electronic aids that are available. If things like ABS and traction control can help boost safety and make you go a bit faster, hey, why the hell not?!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

The five technologies that are making motorcycling safer for everyone

The human body was probably never designed to travel at triple-digit speeds, balanced precariously as it were on two wheels in the case of motorcycle travel. Motorcycling is an activity that’s inherently fraught with some amount of risk, but ongoing advances in technology are making it safer for bikers to go out and ride.

Sure, technology will never be a substitute for a large dollop of common sense, a high degree of alertness and rider training, but with those elements in place, there are some technologies that are now taking motorcycle safety to a higher level. Here, we take a look at what these technologies are and what they mean for motorcyclists.

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On the street, ABS can save motorcyclists' lives, period

Anti-lock Brakes

Various studies conducted in recent years in Europe and the US conclude that with anti-lock brakes (ABS) being fitted to motorcycles can lead to a very significant reduction in fatal motorcycle accidents. Admittedly, the percentage of possible reduction of such crashes varies from one study to the other – various studies peg that number from anywhere between 12% to as much as 48%. But even if we choose to believe only the lower numbers, ABS would still be a very worthwhile addition to all motorcycles.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

2012 Piaggio X10 range is all set to go touring

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The Piaggio X10 range of scooters is available in 500, 350 and 125 versions
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Piaggio have released pics and specs of the 2012-model X10 range of scooters, which are now available with 125cc, 350cc and 500cc engines. Part of Piaggio’s ‘Gran Turismo’ scooter range, the X10 series features bits like electrically-adjustable rear suspension, anti-lock brakes, backlit controls, an onboard trip computer with large LCD display, a USB port, LED daytime running lights and a very spacious luggage compartment that can take two helmets.

The Piaggio X10’s ergonomics have been optimized for long-distance travel, its large windscreen provides a significant amount of wind protection and its seat is broad, flat and plush, and features longitudinal adjustment of the lumbar cushion, which allows the rider to adjust and vary the space available to the passenger.

Engine options include 15bhp 125, 33bhp 350 and 41bhp 500cc single-cylinder units that are fully compliant with the most stringent of emissions norms anywhere in the world. The entire range gets a double-cradle steel tube chassis and the X10 rides on 15-inch (front) and 13-inch (rear) wheels, shod with 120/70 (front) and 150/70 (rear) tyres. Braking duties are handled by twin 280mm discs at the front and a single 240mm disc at the back. Piaggio’s combined braking system is standard across the range while ABS and anti-slip ASR are optional.

The X10 is available in brown, grey, white and blue colours and Piaggio offer a wide range of optional accessories for the scooter, including hard and soft luggage, passenger backrest and an electronic anti-theft system.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Shootout: Audi TT RS Plus vs Ducati 1199 Panigale S

The guys at Auto Bild magazine have pitched the Ducati 1199S Panigale against the Audi TT RS Plus. It's one-wheel-drive and 195bhp against Quattro four-wheel-drive and 360bhp. Who do you think is going to come out on top?
Hit the jump for a massive collection of high-res Ducati 1199S Panigale photographs...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Shootout: Triumph Daytona 675R vs Ducati 848 EVO Corse SE

On this episode of On Two Wheels, Bradley Adams and Kent Kunitsugu of Sport Rider magazine pit Triumph's 2012 Daytona 675R against Ducati's 2012 848 EVO Corse SE. The battle begins at Streets of Willow racetrack in Rosamond, CA, then continues along the canyon roads of Southern California...

Fastest: In conversation with Mark Neale

Mark Neale, the man who's directed some of our favourite motorcycle films - Faster, The Doctor, Tornado and the Kentucky Kid, Charge, and Fastest - talks about his movies and how it really is inside the high-speed, high-adrenaline world of MotoGP



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