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With six consecutive World Superbike Championships under his belt, Jonathan Rea (33) has made racing history. Of course, fans always knew he’d do well but even his most loyal supporter could not have foreseen the scale of his success. However, there is one woman who, from the moment she set eyes on…. Source: Jonathan Rea On Facebook
The FIM Moto3™ JWCh gave an enthralling spectacle, although big crashes on the exit of Turn 14 for David Salvador (Cuna De Campeones) and Gerard Riu (AGR Team) meant the Red Flag came out. A 12-lap restart saw poleman Pedro Acosta (MT-Foundation 77) grab the lead whilst fellow Spaniard Daniel Holgado (Openbank Aspar Team) passed Japan’s Takuma Matsuyama (Asia Talent Team). However, the man on the move was Izan Guevara and whilst Jose Julian Garcia (SIC 58 Squadra Corse) took a long lap penalty and Matsuyama fell back, the three Spaniards fought to the end. Passing Holgado at Turn 8 and Acosta at Turn 14 on the last lap, Guevara took a fifth victory and the Championship lead for the first time. Xavier Artigas (Leopard Impala Junior Team) didn’t score points after a problem on the grid before lights went out for the restart, and drops to second overall.
Future confirmed as Australian team transitions into premier class for 2021.
Image: Octopi Media.
Justin Brayton will lead an expanded Penrite Honda Racing effort in Monster Energy Supercross for 2021, the team in which he’s won four Australian championships with set to transition into 450SX.
Following a single season back at Team Honda HRC, Brayton has aligned with the team that he’s won the past four Australian SX1 championships with.
It will be a significant step for 36-year-old Brayton and the Yarrive Konsky-owned Penrite Honda team as the pair looks to carry its success from down under into the US-based world championship in the premier division. Konsky fielded Luke Clout and Mitchell Oldenburg in a 250SX West program this season.
Brayton will continue on his longstanding professional career and will be on-board the anticipated new CRF450R when the new season opens in Houston, Texas, on 16 January. His deal will extend into the Australian championship once again, where he will target a fifth-straight crown in 2021.
“I’m super-excited, working closely with Yarrive and his whole team down in Australia for the past four years, I really got to know the team well, knowing what they’re all about,” Brayton told MotoOnline.com. “When he made a push to come here to America in 2020, I thought it was really cool and his passion for the sport speaks volumes.
“Yarrive thinks big, he thinks like me in a sense, which you just don’t feel like there’s any limits – that’s why he and I get along so well. Obviously, being with American Honda this year in Supercross, riding for the factory team, I was still close with Yarrive and the Penrite guys.
“We’ve always talked about doing something in America. We never knew for sure if we’d get the right support or if it could ever happen, but if there was ever a way to make it happen, we were going to do it. We’ve been working on it a long time and yeah, we’re going racing here in America and in Australia. We’ve got an awesome program put together and it works well for me, having some continuity with the same team. I’m excited about it.”
Longtime Brayton mechanic Brent Duffe will be part of the program in both the US and Australia after working together at HRC this season and that combined experience will be essential in Penrite Honda Racing becoming a success at the highest levels of Supercross.
Konsky is a renowned commercial director and has broad credentials both in motocross and the Australian-based Supercars series, working day and night – often alongside Brayton – in order to raise the necessary funding to enter the 17-round 450SX season and in a bid to be competitive at an international scale. It isn’t known if Australian oil giant Penrite will remain the team’s US title sponsor moving forward.
“Yarrive is a genius when it comes to the marketing side and sponsorship side, so I just open some of those doors and get him introduced to the right people,” Brayton added. “Racing for as long as I have, I know a lot of people in the sport and the right people to talk to at each company.
“That’s been really fun for me, to be super-involved and we talk pretty much daily to try and put all this together, get all the pieces of the puzzle to connect where it makes sense for me and also for him as well. I feel like we work well together and that I know what it takes over here to truly make something work, because he’s obviously got the Australian thing mastered.
“But it’s also very similar once you know the right people, get the right pieces and parts for the motorcycle and understand the landscape of it all such as travel and things like that. The older I get, the more I enjoy to help programs get to the best level and essentially be kind of a team manager and rider, you know? It’s been quite fun.”
It’s not clear what the final specification of Brayton’s Penrite Honda CRF450R will be, however, with close ties to American Honda and immense experience in working with Konsky Motorsport Group in Australia, it’s expected that his race bike will be to the highest of standards.
“My relationship with American Honda’s really good, obviously riding for the team this year, I know a lot of guys there,” he added. “The 2021 model is quite different, so I haven’t actually ridden one yet, but we’re hoping to get them here in the next couple of weeks. If I need any assistance, if we have any questions, we can go right to them and get those questions answered.
“As far as pieces and parts to the motorcycle, we’re just going to have to wait and see. If I get on and feel that we need specific parts that will make it better, I don’t know what exactly that looks like. We’ll have good support from everybody that we need to get support from and my bike will be as good as any other bike out there.”
Brayton finished ninth in this year’s 450SX standings with best results of sixth both in Glendale and Salt Lake City 6, recording 12 top 10 finishes over the course of the season. Plans to return to Australia in the later stages of this year were halted when that national championship was cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
It was always expected that Brayton’s time at Team Honda HRC would be for the single season in an interim arrangement, since two-time 250SX East champion Chase Sexton had signed for the works team late last year to ride alongside the already-contracted Ken Roczen full-time in 2021.
Penrite Honda, despite only committing to a US program at the 11th hour, also had its share of encouraging results, with Oldenburg eighth and Clout – understood to be remaining for next year – ninth in the final 250SX West standings. The team’s best finish came courtesy of Clout when he finished fifth at Oakland.
Whether you are working in a small shop or a big factory, welding safety is going to be of the highest importance when working. But when it comes to welding in a small garage, the safety conditions might become even more dangerous due to a cramped space. Accidents can happen in a spur of a moment and everything could go ablaze just like that.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 500,000 welders suffer some type of a welding injury on a yearly basis. The most common type of injuries is caused by arc flashes, fire hazards, or due to toxic fumes that are created during the welding process.
Riders perhaps know this best as a single slip can cause you to hurt yourself and end up in a hospital. So properly securing your working area when welding is a must and the first thing that you have to think about if you are working from your garage. According to WeldingPros, a large number of welding accidents happen in an improperly secured welding garage.
Luckily, all of that can be avoided just by following some basic safety tips. Always think about safety first before starting your work.
Set Your Working Area Properly
The starting point that leads to safe welding is creating a safe working environment. It starts with properly setting and storing your equipment.
So, for instance, if you are not using your welder, keep it on a flat and dry surface and as far as you can from any flammable materials. Speaking of flammable materials, things like wood or cloth or anything else that can catch on fire quickly should be stored away in a safe place far away from the welding arc and welding area in general.
Electrical Installations and Electric Hazard
Make sure to have quality grounded installation and you can get an electrician to check all of that for you before you start doing any work to prevent any electrical hazards that may take place. Do not attempt to do this yourself if you are not a trained electrician!
What you can do is to check the work clamp, in particular, it needs to have a good metal-on-metal connection that is unimpeded by paint or any other unwanted materials. If not it will heat up and get damaged (you will also have poor weld quality).
Other simple things you can do to prevent these types of accidents:
Keep your hands and welding gloves dry.
Make sure the electrode holder and a welding gun are properly insulated.
Welding and power cables can present a tripping hazard, they should not be all over the place but out of the way in the corners of the shop or hanging from the walls. Hoses from cylinders that hold protective gases or hoses from cutting torch kit can catch fire from welding sparks or hot metal should be in a safe distance and not in a direction of the welding or cutting sparks.
Be sure to store them in a safe way once you are done with them or find ways to tie the cables up once you are done. You can go to a hardware store and get a cable storage organizer to keep all of them in check.
Finally, handling gas cylinders is probably the most overlooked part. Make sure to keep them in an upright position at all times in a cart and secured by a chain. The protector cap should always be fastened to the top of the cylinder when moving it. Also, only hoses that are designed for welding should be used and always check for leakage.
It is also important to say that gas cylinders should also be stored away from the welding area just in case a welding arc sparks. You can even cover them with some inflammable asbestos cloth for added safety.
Keep a fire extinguisher close by at all times, close enough to the welding area so you can act quickly. But not just any kind of an extinguisher, get a CO2 extinguisher or a type that puts out electrical fires.
The greatest hazard for a small welding garage is the fumes. The process of fusion welding creates harmful gasses that can create serious health problems. The gases involved may contain dangerous byproducts that include aluminum, arsenic, magnesium, beryllium, and even lead.
Short term exposure can cause you to have more than throat irritation but can lead to nausea and dizziness. Long term exposure can have much more devastating effects as it may potentially lead to cancer, kidney damage, liver damage, respiratory issues, and urinary tract problems.
The best way would be that there is no gas at all in your lungs and that your working area is well ventilated. That can be ensured with the addition of a quality welding aspirator placed directly above the welding area. Keeping a window or the garage door open is also good, but at the same time, the aspirator ensures that all the hazardous welding fumes are drawn out.
In order to achieve complete safety, clean all the welding surfaces after you finish working. Always stay upwind from welding fumes when working in an open area or in the outdoors. Use any local exhaust ventilation systems for indoor welding. But be sure to keep the exhaust ports away from yourself or other workers. If you notice that the ventilation system does not reduce the number of fumes, wearing respiratory protection.
Never weld in a confined space that isn’t properly ventilated.
Getting the Proper Personal Protective Equipment
The process of welding emits a lot of high-intensity radiation and spatter. When arc welding, there are going to be a lot of sparks flying around everywhere so you have to protect yourself from burns.
Wearing flame-resistant clothing is the way to start. We don’t mean a rider’s jacket but a proper flame-resistant welder’s jacket made out of leather that can protect your skin from burns. Long-sleeve shirts are desirable with buttoned-up cuffs and collars all the time as sparks can fly inside your suit and burn you.
The welding process actually emits X-rays, infra-red rays, and UV rays. Ultraviolet rays in particular can be damaging as they can cause skin burns and even lead to skin cancer in some drastic situations. Long-sleeve shirts and full-body protection is the only way to prevent these rays from getting to your skin.
Shoes are also important. Welding in your Nikes is not a good idea. You need some high-top leather boots that are resistant to high-intensity heat. If a spark catches your regular shoes they can either burn off or even melt and stick to your skin.
Finding some good gloves is also necessary. Get a pair of quality leather welding gloves, cowhide ones are the most appropriate. 1.2mm of thickness is the best way to go as they are both durable and provide flexibility for work at the same time.
Finally, the eyes are what you need to protect the most. Not having the proper welding mask can lead to thermal burns of your eyes or small particles that fly off striking your eye. So don’t even think of using a full-face helmet with a built-in visor. Get a proper welding helmet, perhaps an auto-darkening one. They not only provide the best protection but ensure quality work as well.
This helps avoid arc flashes that tend to happen all the time and a lot of welders suffer from a condition called “welder’s eye.” So when choosing your welding helmet make sure to go for one that has a certain protection standard. The price tag is not as important as your health.
Go for welding masks with ANSI Z87+ standards as they are tested for high-velocity impacts, so spatter cannot damage your eyes.
In an hour-long programme, motogp.com’s Jack Appleyard and Jack Gorst were on presenting and commentary duties, while there were appearances from MotoGP™ Championship contender Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), race winner Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and recent rookie rostrum finisher Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) to deliver some all-important pointers for mastering his home circuit. Santi Hernandez, crew chief of Marc Marquez at Repsol Honda, delivered some set-up advice to the eleven hopefuls.
Coronavirus-induced-panic sees motorcycle sales soaring!
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Ducati Records Best Third Quarter Ever Despite Complex Global Situation
The third quarter closed with 14,694 total motorcycles delivered worldwide
A total of 4,468 motorcycles were delivered in September, of which the Panigale, Ducati Scrambler and Multistrada families were the best results
China, Switzerland and Germany, from the beginning of the year to the end of September, recorded higher sales compared to the same period in 2019
Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), October 30, 2020 – Despite the complex global situation, Ducati, with 14,694 motorcycles sold, registers the best third quarter ever. In fact, September confirmed the recovery trend that began in June, with 4,468 motorcycles delivered to customers.
Since June – also thanks to the positive market trend – Ducati has started to recover from the decline in performance recorded in the first months of the year, partially filling the sales gap compared to the previous year caused by the slowdowns that are affecting the whole world.
2020 has been an extremely complex year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ducati, putting the safety of its employees first, immediately adopted all the necessary preventive measures (remote working and production stop of six weeks right at the peak of the season), reacting in a fast and flexible way to the changes imposed by the pandemic.
The Borgo Panigale motorcycle manufacturer has made the most of digital systems to continue serving its customers and fans (for example with the virtual presentation of the Streetfighter V4 and the Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO). Since April, the company introduced a dedicated protocol – the Ducati Cares program – so that Ducatisti could return to visit their trusted Ducati dealers around the world in complete safety, as well as digitally interact to book an appointment or evaluate the purchase of a motorcycle remotely.
Remote working and digital events to protect security first. Themes that, with the progressive worsening of the situation, are taking up space again in Borgo Panigale. Ducati has decided the unveil of the 2021 Ducati Model Year will take place online, with a new format of episodes every Wednesday from November 4 to December 2.
“Although 2020 is a stormy year, the third quarter recorded the most positive performance ever,” says Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati. “Now the situation is worsening again, unfortunately just when we are about to present to the world the new models for 2021, on which we have worked continuously despite the difficulties introduced by the pandemic. Once again we are forced to redefine working methods and processes in order to maintain a high level of attention to the safety of our employees, suppliers and operators. Digital presentations, use of smart working and video meetings, access into the company only when strictly necessary. All with the aim of serving Ducatisti all over the world in the safest possible way.”
Ducatisti today can count on a global sales network of about 730 dealers and service points in almost 90 countries, including the latest openings in Rio de Janeiro, Vienna, Wolfsburg and Antwerp. Ducati Motor Holding now has a total of 1,665 employees.
“All of us are required to make a continuous effort to reconcile work needs with the safety measures defined by the internal Task Force in relation to the correct behavior to adopt in the company and at Ducati dealerships,” added Claudio Domenicali. “For this reason I would like to thank all the employees, suppliers and dealers who, in such unpredictable times, continue to react quickly to market demands and to adapt in a timely and attentive way to the situation that evolves daily.”
The 2021 Triumph Trident 660 has finally been unveiled, and Triumph hopes that its triple-cylinder-powered roadster has what it takes to shake up the twin-cylinder dominated middleweight class. Aggressively priced at $7,995 and equipped with ABS, switchable traction control and selectable ride modes, the British marque is bringing the fight to its competition.
Pitted against the likes of the Suzuki SV650, Yamaha MT-07 / XSR 700, Kawasaki Z650 and Honda CBR650R, the Trident 660 has its work cut out for it. However, the Triumph offers plenty of up-spec componentry and features for a few hundred dollars above most of its competition — and significantly less than the Honda.
The Trident moniker is an essential piece of history for Triumph, as it was the brand’s first triple-cylinder powered machine, launched in 1968. A full-factory racing Trident known as “Slipper Sam” also claimed five consecutive Isle of Mann Production TT wins from 1972 to 1975. In the early 1990s, the Trident name was revisited with the Trident 750 and 900 roadsters.
Triumph began teasing the 2021 Trident 660 earlier this year when it revealed a design prototype at the London Design Museum, which displayed the new roadster’s rough concept. Shortly after, Triumph broke tradition and officially released images of the new Trident during its final testing stages. Details have been scarce until now.
Beginning with its Euro 5 compliant powerplant, the 2021 Trident is powered by a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 660cc inline-triple cylinder engine making a claimed 79.9 horsepower at 10,250 rpm and 47 lb-ft of torque at 6,250 rpm. Notably, the Trident’s engine is said to provide 90-percent of its peak torque at an impressively low 3,600 rpm. Triumph engineers stated that low end and midrange power is prioritized in its design and it will also offer top-end power that middleweight parallel and V-twin engines are not known for. A sleek underslung 3-into-1-exhaust system is almost surely going to produce the triple-cylinder howl that Triumph fans adore.
If the engine cases and bolt patterns look familiar, that’s because the engine is an evolution of what was used in the 2013-2016 Triumph Street Triple 675. This refined engine features 67 new components and significant design changes. Engineers narrowed the 74mm bore and lengthened the 51.1mm stroke, resulting in decreased displacement and paving the way for a new crankshaft, piston design and cam profiles. Additionally, an all-new intake and exhaust system was needed for the Trident’s application.
The 6-speed gearbox is updated with new internal gear and final drive ratios and a redesigned slip-assist clutch that is said to offer a light clutch pull for urban riding. The lever itself is non-adjustable. The Trident can be fitted with an optional factory up/down quickshifter, which isn’t offered by its direct competition.
Thanks to the modern throttle-by-wire, the Trident 660 boasts two preset ride modes, Road and Rain, which alter throttle response and rider aid intervention. Traction control can be disabled, while ABS cannot, per Euro 5 standards. To help keep the MSRP down, the Trident does not use an IMU, but Triumph staff says that its rider aids are tested at full-lean, suggesting that its system may not be as heavy-handed with intervention.
A round TFT/LCD instrument panel offers an uncluttered design. The optional Bluetooth module provides modern amenities such as turn-by-turn navigation, GoPro control, phone, and music control, all accessed from the switchgear.
Stylistically, the Trident strikes a careful balance between its heritage and modern lineups. Triumph is flexing its fit-and-finish prowess with numerous embossed components and LED lighting all around. Four liveries are available: Crystal White, Matt Jet Black & Matt Silver Ice, Sapphire Black and Silver Ice & Diablo Red.
An all-new tubular steel chassis and cast aluminum swingarm have typical roadster figures, with a 55.2-inch wheelbase and 24.6-degree rake. The standout number is the accommodating 31.7-inch seat height, which should appeal to a broad range of rider sizes. The 3.7-gallon fuel tank features knee cutouts, which are a classic styling cue from the Triumph playbook but also help keep the overall package slim. The claimed weight is listed as 417 pounds, which is noticeably heavier than the MT-07 and Z650.
Suspension duties are handled by a non-adjustable 41mm inverted Showa fork and Showa shock featuring spring-preload adjustment only. Compared to the traditional fork found on most bikes in this class, the inverted fork is a step up, although costs were still saved with the lack of adjustment.
Class-appropriate 2-piston floating Nissin calipers work with 310mm floating rotors, and a single-piston Nissin caliper grabs onto a 255mm disc.
High-quality Michelin Road 5 120/70 and 180/55 rubber is mounted on cast aluminum 17-inch wheels. Michelin Road 5 tires are a significant improvement when compared to the OEM rubber available in this class.
We can’t wait to throw a leg over the 2021 Triumph Trident, but until we do, feast your eyes on the images below.
2021 Triumph Trident 660 Specs
Base Price: $7,995 Website:triumphmotorcycles.com Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse in-line triple, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl. Displacement: 660cc Bore x Stroke: 74.0 x 51.1mm Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated assist-and-slipper wet clutch Final Drive: O-ring chain Wheelbase: 55.2 in. Rake/Trail: 24.6 degrees/4.2 in. Seat Height: 32.5 in. Claimed Wet Weight: 417 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gals., last 1.0 gal. warning light on
Triumph Motorcycles have been heading more and more upmarket in recent years with higher specification models that wear premium price tags to match.At the moment the entry point in to the range is the Australian LAMS edition of the Street Triple 660 at $13,175 +ORC. Australian pricing from importer Peter Stevens is actually quite aggressive, with many comparable models actually more affordable here than in the UK. Still, overall, there are many more Triumph models that sell for 20k+ on the road than there are under that marker.
Clearly a circuit breaker was needed to bring the entry point down further, particularly for the Asian market. The new model that Triumph hope will spark more interest among motorcyclists brings back the Trident appellation.
While the Trident name has long been associated with Triumph it is interesting to note that a trident is not only the weapon of Neptune or Poseidon, but also the weapon of Shiva, one of the primary deities of Hinduism. Useless facts with Trev #478…
Developed in Britain, the Trident will be manufactured in Triumph’s own Thailand plant, and is not a product of any collaboration with Bajaj or any other brand. Undoubtedly though there will be models coming down the pipeline that leverage those partnerships and allow Triumph to offer a much more affordable range to expand their global sales.
Trident is due to arrive in Australia early next year, and Triumph Australia have indicated to us that the sticker price they are hoping to achieve with Trident is $10,999 +ORC.That is only marginally more expensive than Honda’s CBR650R, Kawasaki’s Ninja/Z 650 duo or Yamaha’s hugely successful Yamaha MT-07. Of the major brands only Suzuki seriously undercuts them with SV650.
Trident though mounts a very convincing argument in its favour with a specification level far higher than all those aforementioned options.
Full-colour TFT instrumentation with Bluetooth and phone driven navigation via the ‘My Triumph’ app’. Complete with music and GoPro control functionality directly from the motorcycle via a bar-mounted switch-cube. The target market will certainly appreciate this sort of 21st century functionality.
ABS, Riding Modes and a switchable traction control system add to the tech package and tick all the boxes in regards to safety aids. Integrated tyre pressure monitoring is an optional extra, as are heated grips and a USB charging socket.
Showa provide the suspension. SFF forks up front with 120 mm of travel and a pre-load adjustable monoshock rear with a generous 134 mm of travel suggests Trident will ride well. Triumph claim the suspension has been tuned to be pillion capable and offers best in class handling.
Name dropping continues when it comes to the braking components, here Nissin provide the hardware with twin-piston calipers clamping on full-sized 310 mm rotors and a 255 mm rear disc.
LED lighting features throughout from the handsome seven-inch headlight through to integrated LED tail-lights and self-cancelling indicators.
A sculpted 14-litre fuel cell has nooks for your knees and the seat height is a modest 805 mm. The frame is tubular steel.
Most overseas markets get a Trident with 80 horsepower and 64 Nm of torque but to meet our learner requirements the Australian model arrives with 53 horsepower and 59 Nm of torque. The revs these peaks are reached at are also considerably lower than on the overseas model.LAMS peak power arrives at 8750 rpm, 1500 rpm less than the full power models, and torque peaks 1250 rpm lower.
While the LAMS model is 27 horsepower down, we don’t miss out on much torque, that suggests the Aussie spec’ Trident will be a flexible mill. The full power engine boasts 90 per cent of its maximum torque from as low as 3600 rpm, Aussie models could be even stronger when driving out of the basement.
While the engine does share some common characteristics with the Street Triple it is virtually all-new with 67 different components that include a new crank, cams, pistons, cylinder head, balancer, throttle bodies, air-box and stainless steel exhaust system. The radiator and fan set-up is also different.
Six gears are there to shuffle with the aid of the now customary Triumph slip-assist clutch while a two-way quick-shifter is an optional extra.
Ready to roll with a full tank the Australian specification Trident tips the scales at 189 kg.
The ride away price is estimated to be $12,699 and Triumph are boasting the lowest servicing costs in the segment with 16,000 kilometre service intervals that add more value to the ownership equation.Warranty coverage is two-years unlimited kilometres.
We expect to throw a leg over the machine when they land in February. Trident certainly looks to be a top shelf option for the discernible LAMS rider, and it could even make an affordable commuter for experienced riders that clock up big kilometres to and from work each day. I look forward to sampling it.
2021 Triumph Trident Specifications
Engine / Transmission
660 cc / Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder
Bore / Stroke
74.0 mm / 51.1 mm
53 bhp (39.8 kW) @ 8,750 rpm (LAMS approved)
59 Nm @ 5,000 rpm (LAMS approved)
Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with electronic throttle control
Stainless steel 3 into 1 header system with low single sided stainless steel silencer
Wet, multi-plate, slip & assist
Tubular steel perimeter frame
Twin-sided, fabricated steel
Cast aluminium, 17 x 3.5 in
Cast aluminium, 17 x 5.5 in
Showa 41mm upside down separate function forks (SFF)