Friday, August 17, 2012

The Story of the Gyronaut X-1

Built in the mid-1960s by Bob Leppan, Alex Tremulis and Jim Bruflodt, the Gyronaut X-1 held the absolute Land Speed Record for motorcycles from 1966 to 1970

With Bob Leppan riding it, the Gyronaut X-1 land speed record setting motorcycle could hit speeds of more than 390km/h. The bike had been designed by noted automobile designer, Alex Tremulis (who's also worked for Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg, Tucker and Subaru, among others...) and is now in the hands of his his nephew, Steve, who has teamed up with Bob Leppan to restore the machine to its former glory.

Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Carbon Special Edition is insanely lustworthy

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The Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Carbon Special Edition has a very, very long name, an equally long list of exotic, race-spec parts and full carbon-kevlar bodywork. We love it!

The good folks at Aprilia Australia weren’t, apparently, too happy with the stock RSV4 Factory, so they’ve gone ahead and created this – the RSV4 Factory APRC Carbon Special Edition, which is absolutely dripping in the best bits from from companies like Akrapovic, Brembo, Ohlins and Pirelli.

The limited edition RSV4 is fitted with a host of billet aluminium parts (rearsets, brake and clutch levers, handlebars and weights, rear stand pick up knobs…), full carbon-kevlar bodywork, tinted screen, high-performance Akrapovic titanium exhaust system, Ohlins TTX rear shock, fully adjustable fork and steering damper, Brembo gold series brakes with four-piston monobloc calipers at the front, and Pirelli Supercorsa SP tyres.

With 185 horsepower from its 999cc 65-degree V4, APRC electronics package (which includes traction control, wheelie control, launch control and a quick shifter) and 169-kilo dry weight, the stock RSV4 Factory is already one of the most impressive superbikes on the planet. The Aussie Carbon Special Edition just turns everything up by a few notches. We’re certain we can’t afford one but if you’re interested, you can send them an enquiry here

Jay Leno's Garage: 1931 Henderson KJ Police Special

"This was the superbike of the 1930s," says Jay Leno, about his 1931 Henderson KJ Police Special. "It did 110mph, which in 1931 was really, really fast...," he adds

And here's another one...

Monday, August 13, 2012

Carlin Dunne, Ducati, win 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Carlin Dunne, Ducati, win 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
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If you think 320km/h in MotoGP is tough, try doing 230km/h at the Pikes Peak. Go off the mountain at those speeds and you know what's going to happen...

Carlin Dunne, riding a Ducati Multistrada 1200 S, won the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb today, setting a new course record for motorcycles in the process. Dunne’s win marks Ducati’s third straight victory at the historic ‘Race to the Clouds’ Pikes Peak hill climb event.

Both Dunne and the other Ducati rider, Greg Tracy, finished the race in less than 10 minutes, which is a first for any motorcycle in the race’s 90-year history. Dunne crossed the finish line at the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak with a record-setting time of 9:52.819, while Tracy, who was less than six seconds behind, took second spot with his time of 9:58.262.

‘Today was an emotional day. Getting across the finish line in under 10 minutes is an achievement we’re very proud of. When we heard that we won and broke the record for the second time, I was speechless. The one-two finish proves the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S is the ultimate bike to conquer Pikes Peak,’ said Dunne. And, indeed, Dunne’s victory is no mean feat – the rider hit speeds of more than 230km/h on the mountain’s straights, and negotiated all of 156 turns, including hairpin, blind, decreasing radius and multi-apex turns, while consistently gaining elevation up the very technical 20km course.


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