History maker Binder will be joined by teammate Pol Espargaro as the team try to find yet more improvements ahead of back-to-back home races at the Red Bull Ring. Red Bull KTM Tech3 duo Miguel Oliveira – who gets back in the saddle after claiming his best MotoGP™ finish on Sunday – and Iker Lecuona are also putting in the work, with KTM test rider and MotoGP™ Legend Dani Pedrosa also on track.
But the result in the Czech GP doesn’t just prove how competitive KTM are in 2020. It proves just how close this World Championship is. Seeing Binder and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) climb on their first MotoGP™ podiums is just reward for their talent and hard work, and the same can be said for third place finisher Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing). A KTM, satellite Yamaha and a year-old Ducati on the podium? Unthinkable not so long ago. However, in 2020, that’s how we sit.
German motorcycle accessory company Touratceh has released a range of waterproof bags that fit inside their range of luggage.
What surprises me is that Touratech tank, tail and saddle bags aren’t already waterproof.
Ok, I can see the advantage in having gear in an easy-to-remove waterproof bag so you can take it into your accommodation without having to remove your luggage.
But it seems an unnecessary expense. Why not just make the luggage waterproof from the start?
Some luggage such as tank bags come with a spacial waterproof cover, but they are. never quite secure enough.
Touratech’s inner bags cost $110.48 and are made by Ortlieb who produce quality gear for motorcycles and bicycles.
That’s about the same price as you would pay for waterproof bags from an outdoor store such as Kathmandu.
They say they fit their luggage, but it’s a standard size.
You can actually get different sized bags from outdoor stores.
Like those, these feature a roll top that you clamp with a nylon clip to keep them watertight.
In fact, they are so good, they even hold air and you have to push the air out first before rolling them up!
This can make it difficult to get your bag inside your luggage, so these Touratech bags come with a valve to release the air and squash them down to the smallest size.
They have a volume of up to 22 litres, depending on how much you want to roll the top down.
The say this allows the bag to fit every tank bag or rucksack they make, “without losing valuable storage space”.
Unlike some motorcycle clothing that loses its waterproof capabilities over time, these will remain 100% watertight for ever.
Almost half of the first production run of Australia’s first full-size electric motorcycle, the Savic C-Series, has been allocated to paid-up customers.
So far, 21 of their 49 units have been pre-ordered for their first production run of 2021.
“The company management remains confident that this initial run will be sold out by the end of the year,” they say on their latest email update.
“With the first Savic-developed motor on schedule to arrive at our workshop in September, the current goal remains to get the first five Alpha bikes on to the road by late December.
“This includes our homologation vehicle, which will undergo all the roadworthy and safety tests required for regulatory compliance and state-based registration.”
Savic Motorcycles will make 49 C-Series cafe racer electric motorcycles available in three variants.
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That’s much cheaper than the Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle which launches in Australia next month at $A49,995.
Buyers of the first production models will also receive:
- Exclusive company updates first;
- Lifetime membership providing exclusive discounts for all future Savic rider gear; and
- Live updates and images of their bike build as it happens.
Each model comes with several battery pack options. The largest offered in the Alpha will provide range of up to 200km, while the smallest option in the Omega is expected to have about 50km range.
Like all electric vehicles, peak torque is instantaneous and the Alpha will accelerate from 0-100km in 3.9 seconds.
By comparison, the LiveWire has city range of about 235km and highway range of about 150km and reaches 100km/h in three seconds.
Savic customers will be able choose a range of options in brakes, suspension, wheels, tyres and three colours – Spectre, Stealth, and Rustic.
Aftermarket upgrades will also be offered.
The bikes feature a fully integrated, stressed, liquid-cooled motor and energy storage system.
Depending on the model and battery pack a customer selects, a single charge can provide up to 11kWh. That costs only $3 compared with about $15 for a petrol bike to travel 250km.
Yamaha has been developing electric vehicles for several years, but is now stepping up its electric program with a compact portable motor and an electric motocrosser.
The motor range is called an Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (IPMSM) with varying outputs from 35kw to 200kw.
They say they can be used in motorcycles and other vehicles.
Now Yamaha Motor Europe is also involved in a joint project with KNMV, Dohms Projects and SPIKE to build an electric motocross bike, EMX, to compete with 250cc models.
Benefits include higher torque and higher traction.
So far, Yamaha has only produced the electric PES1 (Passion Electric Street) road bike and PED1 (Passion Electric Dirt), but neither is available in Australia.
Last year, Yamaha unveiled their EC-05 electric scooter with Gogoro lithium-ion battery packs you can easily swap at a convenient roadside vending machine.
Last year, Yamaha also unveiled two electric scooters, an electric bicycle, an electric mobility scooter and an electric personal scooter at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Bu it’s not all electric power in Yamaha’s future.
The company is also considering water power, but we believe it may also have an electric water pump.
That was a perfect weekend. The fastest laps, pole position and three race wins. I do not think it was the result, but it was the way that we made the result this weekend. I could really enjoy the bike. It is strange, because sometimes fighting for a sixth place, like we did in Jerez last time, feels like I was riding 100%. Giving everything to finish sixth. This weekend I could do whatever I wanted and kept increasing the gap at the front. It is an incredible feeling as a rider. I knew Portimao was going to be a good track, and I was talking myself into a good result, but we did not come here in the winter tests so I knew it could also be a difficult weekend. I did not start well on Friday in FP1, but we were able to just work calmly together and understand the bike. http://jonathan-rea.com/news/perfect-worldsbk-weekend-rea-portimao
Jonathan Rea won both Sunday WorldSBK races in Portugal to take the lead in the 2020 FIM World Superbike Championship for the first time
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Full weekend Vlog drop later in the week, but for now, here’s how I’m feeling after a full set
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“And you know, I was just waiting because I thought the last three laps, someone was going to come because my pace dropped so hectic, but obviously everyone’s did. So I just pushed so hard in the last three laps, I think it was the cleanest three laps I’ve ever done. Incredible. What a day. My team gave me such an amazing bike, my bike worked so good I can’t even explain, it was actually surprising me today. Hats off to my team, they’ve worked so well this weekend. We didn’t start very well but we got the bike to an amazing place and we won our first Grand Prix together.”
Claridge struck back to start the final lap in first, however, and the race was on for Bourne to make up a little ground and plan his final assault. Tucked in the slipstream, the number 17 bided his time and stayed stuck to the back of the machine ahead, menacing and looking for a way round the outside. Ultimately though it would come down to the final chicane, with Bourne shooting up the inside in the final braking zone and pitching it to perfection, able to stay ahead to the line for his first win of the year.