Saturday, August 04, 2012

Eddie Lawson: “I was timid, I wasn’t aggressive…”

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With his four 500cc world championships, 'Steady Eddie' was certainly one the greatest motorcycle grand prix roadracers in the 1980s. We're huge fans and always will be...

The second issue of Dainese Legends magazine features an interview with Eddie Lawson, one of the greatest motorcycle grand prix racers of the 1980s. Lawson, who won the 500cc GP roadracing world championship in 1984, 86, 88 and 89, took 31 race wins in the 500cc GPs in an era that was populated by racers like Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwantz, Mick Doohan, Wayne Gardner and Randy Mamola.

Today, 23 years after Lawson won his last 500cc world championship, he is still regarded as one of the best motorcycle roadracers ever to emerge from the United States and what he has to say is still very, very interesting for those who have fond memories of the old 500cc two-stroke GP racing days. Here are some excerpts from Lawson had to say to Legends:

On how he got into motorcycle roadracing

“I came from a family of racers. My grandfather was one, and my father was as well – bikes, cars, everything. It was natural for me to be in a seat and racing, but I wasn’t fast right away. It took some time. I was timid, I wasn’t aggressive, and I wanted to understand how to go fast, and not just throw myself down the road. It got to the point where my grandfather once said, ‘The boy will never be fast’…”

Friday, August 03, 2012

BMW HP4 is the hottest S1000RR ever

The HP4 is BMW's greatest high-performance motorcycle ever, and the regular S1000RR will also get all of the HP4's goodies next year

BMW have officially confirmed the S1000RR-based HP4, which packs 193 horsepower and weighs 199kg (with ABS and a full tank of fuel). ‘The new BMW HP4 sees its world premiere in 2012 and is a continuation of BMW Motorrad's HP model series founded in 2005. After the Boxer models HP2 Enduro, HP2 Megamoto and HP2 Sport, the BMW HP4 is the first 4-cylinder motorcycle in the HP family,’ says a press note from BMW.

Built as a limited edition model, the BMW HP4 features upgraded brakes, revamped suspension and upgraded electronics – the race-ABS and traction control systems have been tweaked and refined in a big way – and BMW will homologate the machine for superbike and superstock racing. The HP4’s all-new dynamic damping control (DDC) system allows the bike’s suspension to adapt to changing road and track surfaces in real time, providing the best of grip and traction at all times. DDC is, of course, fully integrated with the HP4’s ABS and traction control systems.

Exotica: MV Agusta F4RR Corsacorta test ride

On this episode of On Two Wheels, Bradley Adams of Sport Rider magazine tests the beautiful, powerful and very exotic MV Agusta F4 RR Corsacorta. A 1000cc inline-four that produces close to 170bhp at the rear wheel, top-of-the-line Öhlins suspension and an eight-level traction control system means this is one MV that should be able to run with the best. So what is OTW's verdict...?