RIP Dean! Such a sad day. Thinking of your family and friends and team!
Source: Jonathan Rea On Facebook
RIP Dean! Such a sad day. Thinking of your family and friends and team!
Source: Jonathan Rea On Facebook
Berta Viñales, cousin of MotoGP™ rider Maverick Viñales, was enjoying a recent run of good form in his rookie season in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship, claiming a best of fourth place at Magny-Cours in Race 2 and backing it up with sixth in Barcelona-Catalunya Race 2, having set the fastest lap in Race 1. He was showing great potential during the Motul Spanish Round, in the leading group and starting from his best Superpole result.
This allows the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup to stage two rounds at the new Mandalika International Street Circuit: one the weekend preceding WorldSBK, from the 12th to the 14th of November, and one alongside the world’s fastest production-based motorcycle racing Championship from the 19th to the 21st of November.
If you thought the two-stroke motorcycle was dead, think again.
Many bespoke companies around the world are keeping the smell and light-switch power of two-stroke motorcycles alive.
The latest is a new Australian motorcycle company called Salt which has developed a cafe racer powered by the KTM 300 EXC TPI engine with a lightweight frame, exotic components and bespoke build.
Salt chief development officer is former former 500 GP racer and multiple national champion Paul (Angry Ant) Lewis who worked at Morgan & Wacker in Brisbane until recently.
“It’s everything we set out to achieve,” he says.
With 52 horsepower, just 111kg of dry weight and Austrian WP suspension and brakes the corner-carving weapon promises to be a real track-day weapon.
However, that power-to-weight recipe is going to cost quite a bit … try $39,990 for size!
Mind you, many of the other two-stroke track-only weapons being released around the world to a motorcycling public starve of traditional two-stroke fumes is not cheap, either.
For example, the Langen Two-Stroke machine will set you back £28,000 ($A57,000) plus tax!
The all-Australian, hand-built Salt allows customers to chose the suspension setup, colours and upholstery.
At the heart of the machine is a KTM 300 EXC TPI engine with a Salt expansion chamber, high–compression TSP cylinder head and ECU.
It develops 52-horsepower at 8500rpm and 46.8Nm of torque at 7000rpm.
The expansion chamber was designed in-house and took hundreds of hours of R&D. Tyga performance manufactured the final product and combined it with a craftsman-built stainless steel exhaust system and carbon silencer. We’d love to hear that!
Power is driven through a six-speed gearbox with a Rekluse CX Torqdrive auto clutch so there is no need to select neutral when stopped at the lights. Just twist and go for maximum acceleration.
It features fully adjustable WP suspension as used on KTM motorcycles with upside forks anda monoshock rear tweaked by Aussie MPE Suspension.It has Brembo brakes, with single 260 mm rotor and 4-piston calliper at the front and 220mm rotor with 2-piston calliper at the rear.
The Salt features a traditional 19” front wheel with Takasago Excel Rims and 110/90-19 tyre, complemented by a 130/80-18 section rear.
Seat height is a high 830mm, combined with clip-on handlebars and mid-controls to make a cafe racer rider position.
Up front are instruments dominated by a large analogue tachometer with an LCD display inset to display speedometer, odometer and trip computer functions. An array or warning lights sit between the dial and its Molock keyless ignition.
Bodywork and seat cowl are made of carbon fibre and the aluminium fuel tank is hand crafted in Brisbane.
Once the pandemic lockouts finish in Australia, we’re all going to need a good travel guide book and one of the best places to start is with the guides from Bridget Hallam and Alan Cox (pictured).
The third Australian rider guide book is now available with the second edition of their first book Throw Your Leg Over South East Queensland & Northern New South Wales. Their second book was a guide to Tasmania.
The second edition of their South east Queensland and northern New South Wales guidebook has 29 ride routes.
It comes with maps, directions and navigation waypoints for every ride and beautiful images of the roads and scenery.
“We’re excited to share even more of our favourite rides in this amazing part of the world with other riders,” says Alan.
“We’ve added more videos of rides in Edition 2, so you can view the actual rides by scanning the QR codes in the book – and we have GPX and ITN (TomTom) navigation files for every ride, free for anyone who buys the book.
“We’ve also included a section on preparing for your adventures, with handy information on everything from self-care to packing for weekend rides,” Bridget added.
After selling out of two print runs of the original edition, and with motorcycle sales in Australia surging by 22.2% in 2020, Bridget and Alan know that motorcyclists are keen to explore regional areas.
Motorcyclists are generous, too. “Motorcycle tourism makes an important contribution to regional economies because we travel light and spend money locally on food, fuel and accommodation,” Bridget explained.
About the authors
Avid motorcyclists and adventurers, Alan and Bridget ride two-up on Beauty, their 2008 model BMW 1200 GS.
“Beauty has over 120,000km on her odometer and we’re just getting started,” says Alan.
“We’ve ridden many roads in Australia and Europe on her and when the world opens up again, we’ll ride many more.”
Alan navigates the routes and Bridget videos and photographs from the pillion position.
The second edition of Throw Your Leg Over South East Queensland & Northern New South Wales and Throw Your Leg Over Tasmania plus their Throw Your Leg Over Europe are available online at throwyourlegover.com.au and 60+ stockists throughout Australia (see website for locations).
The Moto Beach Classic returns to Bolsa Chica on Saturday, October 23rd. Entry is free for a full day of motorcycle racing from the final round of the 2021 Super Hooligan National Championship, as well as a Costume Surf Contest, local live bands, ride-in motorcycle show, art show, vendors, and much more.
The Moto Beach Classic, now in its fourth year, draws racers, bike builders, surfers, artists, musicians, and motorcycle enthusiasts to Bolsa Chica State Beach, in Southern California, for a day of family-oriented action and adventure. The organizers say that the event has cultivated a community of eclectic humans that live a life on two wheels and speaks to the heart of Southern California, and we are all invited.
Roland Sands Design has partnered with SeaLegs at the Beach, Bolsa Chica’s concert venue on the sand, to host a full lineup of punk, funk, reggae, and surf rock, to bring home the final round of the Super Hooligan series. The venue will also include an art show, the V-Twin Visionary Ride-In Bike Show, a vendor village, a kid’s STACYC electric bike course, food, and spirited beverages.
The 2021 Super Hooligan National Championship is an open series for lightly modified street bikes running on road, oval, and dirt tracks, where racers must prove their versatility in addition to skill and nerve. The season finale takes the form of Flat Track Racing on a purpose build asphalt oval track on Bolsa Chica beach and will determine the best and most well-rounded heavy street bike racer of the series. All-day racing will also be served up by an eclectic group of additional race classes: Vintage, Mad Dog Mini’s, Big Twin, Run What Cha Brung, and Super 73 to name a few.
The vendor village includes representation by local motorcycle shops. Check out new models, try on riding apparel, and shop new products from a host of manufacturers.
Roland Sands Designs has selected and curated a collection of installations inspired by surf, rock & moto culture, and has promised attendees an art show “to rock your oculars.”
All day long kids can walk into the STACYC booth and demo an e-bike. In the afternoon, open to all STACYC owners, kids 3-5 years old in the 12″ class and 5-7 years old in the 16” class will have a chance to prove they are the fastest eKids at the beach. The STACYC Electric Kids Race main event will take place on the Super Hooligan racecourse.
V-Twin Visionary Ride-In Bike Show contestants will have front row parking for their custom machines at the center of the action. The custom bikes will range from mild resto-mods to wild choppers, scramblers, flat trackers, café racers, and purpose-built race bikes in all makes and models.
VIP tickets are available in a limited quantity this year. While the event is free to the public, the VIP area will feature Grandstand seating with an unobstructed view of the racing action, a VIP bar, VIP restrooms, and 2nd story viewing from the RSD Moto Shed. VIP tickets will also get you access to the racing pits.
“The Moto Beach Classic is the physical realization of a lifetime of insane ideas all jammed into one day at the beach,” said Roland Sands. “Motorcycles, music, racing, art, all on the sand where I grew up surfing. I couldn’t think of a better place to do it and with a better group of people.”
General admission is free, action starts at 10am and finishes at 6:30pm. VIP tickets available for purchase at: rolandsands.com
For additional event information, please visit: motoclassicevents.com
We started with a new set-up idea that we had from these last few races in the heat, trying to take some of the grip off the rear of the bike, to create more balance. We worked with that idea and near the end of FP1 we went back to what we used to have. That confirmed that the new idea was working. In the afternoon we tried to do a longer run to understand my rhythm, to understand the tyre drop, and how the bike behaved. It was very consistent, especially in the last sector where normally you face a big drop in the fast right corners. The sector was very stable but the area where I am struggling the most is sector one. That is the main point of focus so we will check and see again tomorrow. What we did is not revolutionary, but it is a step
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The first race was just two turns old when the championship was blown wide open. While attempting to take the lead, Trast73 crashed out, with Williams_Cristian falling when taking avoiding action. The pair would finish no higher than seventh and eighth respectively. Meanwhile, at the front, an incredible battle between Adriaan_26 and AndrewZh developed, with the lead changing hands several times. In the end, the Spaniard just hung on to win –by the incredibly close margin of only 0.001s!
Chinese manufacturers have the unfortunate reputation of being synonymous with cheap rip-offs and unoriginal designs. However, over the last couple of years, a company called Benda has been coming up with some rather unique concepts. The most recent announcement includes two new V4 engines that will power upcoming models set to launch in 2022.
The first glimpse of Benda’s ingenuity came in late 2020, with the unveiling of a low-slung power cruiser dubbed the LF-01 concept. This year, the bike was launched as the LFC 700, retaining all the quirky lines and the 680cc inline-four engine from the concept. Along with it, another flat-tracker-inspired model called the LFS 700 made its debut, as well.
The firm has now showcased its two upcoming V4 engines at the CIMA Motor Show in China. The larger of these engines, dubbed the BD476, is a 1198cc, water-cooled, 16-valve, DOHC unit. Peak output figures are a claimed 152hp and 89lb-ft; this may not sound like much compared to what similarly sized European V4s – on the Ducati Panigale V4 or Aprilia RSV4 – are capable of. Still, it’s enough to make it the most potent Chinese-made motorcycle engine we’ve seen.
Bennetts points out that the engine’s dimensions suggest that it’s aimed at a Yamaha V-Max style bike, and we think so, too. The bore and stroke figures of 76mm x 66mm are identical to those on the old V-Max 1200. The similarities end there, though, and this engine looks different and features a higher 11.5:1 compression ratio.
The second engine, called the BD453, shares its external appearance with the larger one but displaces 496cc. Bore and stroke figures are 53.5mm x 55.2mm – a rather interesting configuration that results in an engine that’s barely under-squared. Peak output figures on this smaller unit are 56hp at 10,000rpm and 33lb-ft of torque at 8,000rpm.
Benda did not announce what kind of motorcycles these engines will be powering, but they did say that the bikes will be coming out in 2022. The company currently has its dealers present in Spain and Portugal, outside China, and they may choose to expand to more international markets before next year.
The SOL Pocket Rocket is a piece of machinery you’re probably unfamiliar with. Designed and manufactured by Speed Of Light (SOL) Motors in Germany, the little e-bike was first unveiled 3 years ago, in October 2018. There’s been little news of the model since, but RideApart has now reported that the company has started accepting pre-orders.
The Pocket Rocket, as its name suggests, is a puny little e-bike that one might even mistake for a bicycle. Measuring 67.7 inches long, 28.7 inches wide, and 46.4 inches tall, the Pocket Rocket is a compact machine. It employs a lightweight aluminum frame with 16-inch wheels at either end and weighs a total of just 55kg (121lbs). It’s got a minimalistic design, and the removable battery, controls, rear and front headlights are seamlessly integrated into the frame.
The Pocket Rocket is available in a standard model and one that wears an ‘S’ suffix. Interestingly, both variants share the exact dimensions and hardware, except the motor. While the standard model gets a 5kW unit that can propel the bike to 45kph (28mph), the Pocket Rocket S features a 6.5kW motor that can get you up to a claimed 80kph (50mph). Both variants use a hub-mounted motor powered by the same 58V, 2.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The claimed range for both variants is the same at 50-80km (31-50 miles). Considering the speed, weight, and range of the Pocket Rocket, it’ll make for the perfect ride to get around town.
Pre-orders for the SOL Pocket Rocket have started at €500 (around $590.) However, prices for the standard model are starting at €5,980 ($7,056), making this a relatively expensive product. Pre-bookings are open in select European countries, including Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.