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Cardo Freecom 4+ Unveiled at EICMA 2018

The Cardo Freecom 4+ unveiled at EICMA 2018 features a host of premium features at a decent price. We hope to get some for testing as soon as possible. 

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Cardo Systems Unveils All-New Freecom 4+ Setting Again New Standards for Bluetooth Communications Systems

The company continues its tradition of innovation,  delivering the world’s 1st Bluetooth Communicator with JBL-Sound, Natural Voice-Command Operation, and a razor-thin Control Wheel

Cardo Freecom 4+

Plano, Texas (Nov. 6, 2018) – Cardo Systems, the global market leader in wireless communication systems for motorcyclists, today unveiled the Freecom 4+, an all-new scion of its immensely successful Freecom Bluetooth Communicators line – packing high-end technology, at a mid-range price point. Cardo’s Freecom 4+ is the first-ever Bluetooth system to deliver top-end Packtalk features such as JBL-sound, real natural voice-command operation, and a razor-thin analog wheel. Together with state-of-the-art four-way rider-to-rider, rider-to-passenger, and single-rider intercom, the Freecom 4+ is the best equipped and best performing Bluetooth communication system anywhere.

We are excited to offer top-end technology at an affordable price point for the consumer,” said Dr. Abraham Glezerman, Cardo’s founder and CEO. “With its best-in-class sound, truly natural voice operation and the innovative razor-thin wheel, FREECOM 4+ underscores again our ongoing and firm commitment to developing the industry’s best solutions and providing consumers with communication systems that perform extremely well for virtually any riding style.”

The FREECOM 4+ sports a cutting-edge aerodynamic and ergonomic design, plus comes loaded with new technology including two features only available through Cardo: Sound by JBL and truly natural voice-command operation. Developed specifically for Cardo, Sound by JBL now also gives riders the highest standard of audio quality. Freecom 4+ single sound profile offers the purest sound designed and perfected in JBL’s Los Angeles audio labs. Natural voice-command operation allows riders to simply say, “Hey Cardo” without having to press any buttons, and the always-on device reacts instantaneously. The big safety benefit: hands always remain on the handlebar, including activation of Apple’s Siri™ and “OK Google”™ by voice-command.

FREECOM 4+ ($249.00 MSRP)

The FREECOM 4+ represents all of PACKTALK’s premium features in a Bluetooth system to create the best Bluetooth communication device in the world. Connect one to four riders with up to 3/4 mile range, experience Sound by JBL and easy-to-use natural voice-command operation, Bluetooth 4.1, and universal connectivity.

Freecom 4+, like all Cardo units, is IP-67 waterproof, not simply water-resistant, and feature a two-year warranty and a U.S.-based customer-support system.

You can find more information about Cardo Systems at www.cardosystems.com.

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80-year-old Malaguti brand returns

Over the past few years we have seen old motorcycle brands return to the market and more to come including little-known 80-year-old Italian brand Malaguti.

Brands that have returned include Bultaco, Brough, Hesketh, Levis, Matchless and Norton and there are several more to come including Jawa, Cagiva and BSA.

Now Austrian KSR Group has announced at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan that they have bought Italian brand Malaguti.

They will launch next year with six models, five being single-cylinder 125cc road and trail bikes and a 300cc scooter.

Malaguti Montepro125
Malaguti Montepro125

Malaguti was founded in 1930 by Antonino Malaguti in San Lazzaro di Savena, a suburb of the traditional university town of Bologna, as a bicycle dealership and repair shop.

The passionate cyclist began to make his own bicycles soon afterwards. From 1949 onwards, he built bicycles with auxiliary engines, soon after that also small motorcycles, finally also scooters.

In contrast to other manufacturers, he refused to participate in the “arms race” of motorcycle manufacturers with increasingly larger and more expensive models.

He concentrated on smaller bikes for younger riders.

Similarly, this new breed are small bikes.

KSR Group has partnered with an unidentified production partner, but claims the bikes are equipped with “reliable and proven Italian technology”.

The models presented in Milan are powered by water-cooled injection engines developed by Aprilia.

Their 125cc engines have 11kW of power for use in Europe by riders with novice A1 licences.

Malaguti

Malaguti

The Supermoto XSM 125, cross-country XTM 125, naked Monte Pro 125, RST 125 and Dune 125 will be made from February 2019.

Madison 300 will be the Italian company’s first scooter and will be available from April 2019.

Malaguti Madison300 scooter
Malaguti Madison300 scooter

They will hit the European market at €2999 for the XSM and XTM models.

There is no word on other prices or whether they will be exported outside Europe.

The Austrian owners say they will also produce Malaguti motorcycles with larger displacement and a three-wheeled scooter.

As a supplier of electric two-wheelers, KSR will also develop electric Malaguti motorcycles and scooters.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com
https://motorbikewriter.com/80-year-old-malaguti-brand-returns/

Retro Kawasaki W800 makes surprise return

Many thought the retro-styled Kawasaki W800 would be killed off by the tougher European emissions regulations, but the bike has made a surprise return at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.

Fans of the bike will be glad to see it has managed to clean up its act without having to resort to liquid-cooling like its nearest competitors, the Triumph Bonneville range.

Surprise returnKawasaki W800 in surprise return

There was wide speculation that Kawasaki would scrap the W800 or bring out a water-cooled W900 model.

But somehow the engineers have managed to lean down the air-cooled 773cc engine to meet the Euro4 emissions regulations.

Kawasaki says the engine is 90% new, yet it retains the bevel-drive camshaft.

No more technical details or how this has been achieved are yet available, but the bike will arrive next year.

Modern techKawasaki W800 in surprise return

And for the first time it gets a disc brake on the rear and modern LED lighting, yet it manages to retain its beautiful heritage looks.

It will be available in a range of colours and Street and Cafe (pictured top) models.

Kawasaki W800 in surprise return
Street model

The Street is the traditional naked model with straight bars and a sit-up-and-beg riding position.

Like the Z900RS and Cafe version, the W800 comes in a second Cafe version that brings back memories of the Ace Cafe in London.

It features a bubble fairing, a hump-backed seat and clip-on bars.Kawasaki W800 in surprise return

W800 revival

In recent years the W800 and the former W650 has enjoyed a bit of a resurgence among younger costumers wanting to modify it into a cafe racer, scrambler, street tracker or bobber.Kawasaki W1-1965

The original W1 was first Kawasaki’s first four-stroke sports model and the largest capacity Japanese motorcycle at the time.

Kawasaki revived the W series with the W650 in 1999, well before the 2001 retro Triumph Bonneville was reborn and Ducati introduced the SportClassic series (2003-2010).

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com
https://motorbikewriter.com/kawasaki-w800-surprise-return/

2019 BMW S 1000 RR | New 207hp engine | 11kg lighter

A decade after BMW’s S 1000 RR first debuted and shocked all of us with its next level engine performance as we tasted its power for the first time at Portimao, BMW have re-imagined their flagship sportsbike for model year 2019.

BMW S RR Red RHF
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

The headline figures for this new third-generation S 1000 RR are 207 horsepower at 13,500 rpm and a wet weight (with 16.5 litres of fuel) listed as 197 kg in base form, and as low as 193.5 kg with the M package option.

BMW S RR Motorsport LHF
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

In base form the 2019 S 1000 RR is 11 kilograms lighter than its predecessor.

Claimed torque is 113 Nm at 10,500 rpm and the engine itself is 4 kg lighter than the previous donk.  Maximum engine speed is rated at 14,600 rpm and BMW claim that the new engine has more grunt across the entire rev range. 

BMW S RR Engine
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

Combined with a new suspension package and even more comprehensive suite of electronics BMW claim the new bike is ‘at least one-second faster than its predecessor’. 

BMW S RR Action
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

Highlights

• 4 kg lighter, newly developed 4-cylinder in-line engine with BMW ShiftCam Technology for variation of valve timings and valve strokes on the intake side.
• Increased output and torque: 152 kW (207 hp) (in the USA: 151 kW (205 hp)) at 13 500 rpm and 113 Nm at 11 000 rpm.
• At least 100 Nm of torque from 5,500 to 14,500 rpm.
• Effort-saving, linear torque curve: further improved ridability and controllability due to increased torque in the lower and medium engine speed range.
• Newly developed suspension featuring Flex Frame, with the engine taking on more of a load-bearing function.
• Significantly improved ergonomics due to Flex Frame.
• Refined suspension geometry for further improved handling, increased traction and crystal-clear feedback in the threshold range.
• Further developed electronic damping adaptation Dynamic Damping Control DDC with new valve generation as an optional equipment item.
• New rear wheel suspension weighing 300 g less than before with Full Floater Pro kinematics.
• Weight reduction of 11 – 14.5 kg to 197 kg when fully fuelled (DIN unladen) and 193.5 kg with M Package.
• New exhaust system weighing some 1.3 kg less, with front silencer.
• New 6-axis sensor cluster.
• Further developed Dynamic Traction Control DTC as standard
• DTC Wheelie Function as standard.
• Adjustable (+/- shift) DTC Wheelie Function as an optional equipment item.
• Engine brake function, adjustable.
• ABS Pro for increased safety when braking, also in banking position, as standard.
• New riding modes “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic” and “Race” as standard and “Pro Modes” option with three additional configurable modes “Race Pro 1-3” for optimum individual adaptation to conditions.
• Launch Control for perfect starts comes with “Pro Modes” option.
• Pit Lane Limiter for precise pit lane speeds also included with the “Pro Modes” option.
• Shift Assistant Pro for fast up and down shifting without clutch, standard.
• Shift pattern can easily be reversed. Electronic cruise control as an ex works option.
• New instrument panel with 6.5-inch screen offering excellent readability and featuring a Pure Ride screen as well as three Core screens.
• LED light units all round.
• Turn indicators with new “Comfort Indicator” function.
• Completely newly designed body elements for even more dynamic styling and optimum aerodynamics.
• Two colour schemes for the market launch: Racing Red and Motorsport paint finish.
• Extended range of special accessories and ex-work options.

BMW S RR Action
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

BMW ShiftCam Technology

Not only is the geometry of the intake and exhaust ports further optimised, the 2019 BMW S 1000 RR now also comes with BMW ShiftCam Technology.

BMW S RR Cams
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

This system varies the valve timings and valve strokes on the intake side via a two sets of lobes on the camshafts. 

BMW S RR Shiftcam
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

The valves themselves are made of light titanium with the intake items featuring a hollow bore. 

BMW S RR Cam
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

A revised intake passage and a new exhaust system that is 1.3 kg lighter likewise contribute to increased overall performance. Ridability and sprint capability benefit from a substantially increased torque across a wide engine speed range.

BMW S RR Engine
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

New Suspension

With the aim of achieving a significant weight reduction, the engine in the new RR now has more of a load-bearing function than was previously the case.

BMW S RR Frame
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

The requirement in designing the new main frame, in addition to improving ergonomics, was to have the force applied directly to the engine structure via the shortest possible paths.

BMW S RR Frame
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

BMW claim that a significant increase in riding dynamics was achieved in the new RR based on the combination of the new riding geometry, optimised wheel load distribution and a substantial weight optimisation.

BMW S RR Action
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

The steering head angle has now been set 0.4° steeper at 66.9°, with the offset of the fork bridges adjusted as necessary. The castor is reduced to 93.9 mm (previously 96.5 mm).

BMW S RR Swingarm
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

At the same time, the wheelbase was extended by 9 mm to 1,441 mm. The length of the new single-section rear wheel swinging arm with underslung sections is 606.6 mm.

BMW S RR Action
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

The new Full Floater Pro kinematics in the rear suspension also contributes significantly to the perceptible increase in suspension performance.

BMW S RR Shock
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

All in all, riders of the new RR will benefit from further improved handling, increased traction and even more transparent feedback in all riding states up to the threshold range.

BMW S RR DDC Shock
2019 BMW S 1000 RR – DDC Shock

The next generation of the electronic suspension DDC is available for the new RR as an optional equipment item. Specially developed for the RR, Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) requires no compromises in terms of suspension set-up.

BMW S RR Controller
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

This is made by possible among other things by new valve and control technology. What is more, a shim package is available for selective adaptation when required for ambitious race track riding.


Riding Modes

Four riding modes as standard and three more as part of the “Pro Modes” option for optimum adaptation. For ideal adaptation to varied conditions of use, the new RR is fitted with the four modes “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic” and “Race” as standard.

BMW S RR Motorposrt LHS
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

For those who wish to delve deeper into the world of race tracks and motor racing, the “Pro Modes” option offers an additional three riding modes (Race Pro 1-3) that are freely programmable. These enable individual adaptation of the most diverse control functions such as Dynamic Traction Control DTC, ABS and wheelie detection as well as the throttle curve (torque adjustment) and Engine Brake to suit the rider’s own skill level and riding style.

BMW S RR Action
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

Other features that come with the “Pro Modes” option are Launch Control for perfect race starts and the configurable Pit Lane Limiter for exact adherence to speeds in the pit lane. Ultra-fast shifting up and down without the clutch is enabled by HP Shift Assistant Pro, which comes as a standard feature.

BMW S RR Swingarm
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

New Six-Axis IMU

New 6-axis sensor cluster for an unprecedented level of electronic control quality.

The new RR is fitted with ABS Pro and Dynamic Traction Control DTC as standard. In addition to traction control, DTC also includes the DTC Wheelie Function as standard – available as an ex works option and now individually adjustable for the first time.

All control systems have been readjusted for regulation quality and characteristics. While the part integral BMW Motorrad ABS systems already provide a very high degree of performance and safety when braking in a straight line, ABS Pro now takes this a step further to offer increased safety when braking in banking position as well.

BMW S RR Red LHS
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

New 6.5-inch colour TFT screen

The instrument panel of the new RR has also been completely newly developed and is now designed even more consistently for use in supersports racing. In addition to a maximum range of information, the BMW Motorrad developers paid particular attention to ensuring that the 6.5-inch TFT screen provides excellent readability – even in difficult light conditions.

BMW S RR Dash
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

The aim was to offer the rider individually tailored screen displays for different uses. The Pure Ride screen shows all the information required for regular road use while the three Core screens are designed for use on the race track, with the rev counter displayed in analogue form (Core 1 and 2) or else as a bar chart (Core 3), for example.

BMW S RR Dash
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

Alongside the digital display of speed, revolutions per minute, selected mode, settings for ABS Pro, DTC and DDC and the menus, it is also possible to access the following wide range of information on the screen (depending on the options fitted), for example

• Current banking position, left/right.
• Maximum banking position achieved, left/right.
• Current deceleration in m/s2 .
• Maximum deceleration achieved in m/s2 .
• Engine speed reduction by DTC.
• Speed warning (“SPEED” appears when a previously defined speed is exceeded).
• Average speed.
• Average fuel consumption.
• Trip 1 and 2.
• Remaining range.
• Total kilometres.
• Fuel tank fill level.

For riders using the new RR on the race track, the new instrument cluster offers additional and highly interesting data which can be accessed in a variety of screen display formats:

• Lap time and lap distance.
• Lap-specific speeds (min, max, average).
• Active mode per lap.
• DTC adjustment value per lap.
• Banking angle, left/right.
• Maximum banking positions, left/right per lap.
• Maximum DTC torque reduction per lap.
• Maximum deceleration per lap.
• Number of shifts per lap.
• Average throttle grip position per lap.
• Total laps, total riding time and total distance.
• Best ever lap.


Ergonomics and Styling

BMW S RR Front Half
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

The new layout of the main frame – as a Flex Frame – has made it possible to create a much leaner fuel tank and seating area trim sections for further improved support and knee grip.

BMW S RR RHF Motorsport
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

What is more, optimised contact surfaces and a newly defined ergonomic triangle between the handlebar ends, seat surface and footrests makes for optimum ergonomics.

BMW S RR Half
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

Meanwhile, completely newly developed bodywork features ensure the new RR is instantly recognisable as a new model. This is supported by the dynamic design featuring a colour scheme with two individual characters: Racing Red and Motorsport paint finish.

BMW S RR Motorsport RHF
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

Option Packages

• M Package: Pro Mode, Motorsport paint finish, M carbon fibre wheels, M light weight battery, M sport seat, M chassis kit with rear ride height adjustment and swingarm pivot.

• Dynamic Package: Next generation Dynamic Damping Control DDC, heated grips, cruise control.

• Race Package: Pro Mode, M forged wheel, M light weight battery, M chassis kit with rear ride height adjustment and swingarm pivot.

BMW S RR Action
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

BMW aiming for WorldSBK Title

A new BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team will enter WorldSBK in collaboration with Shaun Muir Racing and with a well-known rider pairing: 2013 Superbike World Championship winner Tom Sykes (GBR) together with reigning Superstock 1000 European champion and three-times IDM champion Markus Reiterberger (GER).

With the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team and the cooperation with Shaun Muir Racing, BMW Motorrad is significantly expanding its engagement in the WorldSBK. At the same time, BMW Motorrad will continue its successful customer racing program in numerous other national and international racing series.

What do you think of BMW’s effort? Please comment below.

BMW S RR Front
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

Technical specifications

BMW S 1000 RR
Engine
Capacity cc 999
Bore/Stroke mm 80/49.7
Output kW/hp 152/207
@ Engine Speed rpm 13500 
Torque Nm 113
@ Engine Speed rpm 10 500
Type Water-cooled in-line 4-cylinder engine
Compression/Fuel 13.3:1  Premium (super plus) unleaded petrol, octane number 95-
98 (RON) (knock control; rated output with 98 RON)
Valve/Accelerator Actuation DOHC (double overhead camshaft)
Valve activation via individual rocker arms
and variable intake camshaft control system BMW ShiftCam
Valves Per Cylinder 4
Ø intake/Outlet mm 33.5/27.2
Throttle Valve Diameter mm 48
Engine Control BMS-O
Emission Control Closed-loop three-way catalytic converter
Electrical System
Alternator W 450
Battery V/Ah 12 / 8, maintenance-free
Headlamp W LED low beam twin headlamp in free-form technology
LED high beam free-form surface/modular design
Starter kW (0.8)
Power Transmission – Gearbox
Clutch Self-reinforcing multi-plate anti-hopping wet clutch,
mechanically activated
Gearbox Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox
Primary Ratio (1.652)
Transmission Ratios I (2.647)
II 2.091
III. 1.727
IV. 1.500
V (1.360)
VI. 1.261
Rear Wheel Drive Chain
Secondary Ratio (2.647)
Suspension
Frame Construction Type Aluminium composite bridge frame, self-supporting engine
Front Wheel Control Upside-down telescopic fork, slide tube diameter 45 mm,
spring preload, compression and rebound stage adjustable, DDC
option: damping electronically adjustable
Rear Wheel Control Aluminium underslung double-sided swinging arm with central spring
strut,
spring preload, adjustable compression and rebound stage,
DDC option: damping electronically adjustable
Spring Travel, Front/Rear mm 120/117
Wheel Castor mm 93.9
Wheelbase mm 1 441
Steering Head Angle ° 66.9
Brakes
Brakes Front Twin disc brake, floating,
Ø 320 mm, radial 4-piston fixed calipers
Rear Single-disc brake, Ø 220 mm, single-piston floating caliper
ABS BMW Motorrad ABS Pro
(part integral, disengageable)
Traction control BMW Motorrad DTC
Wheels Standard: Die-cast aluminium wheels
Forged aluminium wheels as part of Race Package option
Carbon fibre wheels as part of M Package option
Tyres Front 3.50 x 17″
Rear 6.00 x 17″
Front 120/70 ZR17
Rear 190/55 ZR17
Dimensions And Weights
Total Length mm 2073
Total Width mm 846
Seat Height mm 824
DIN unladen weight, road ready, fully
fuelled
kg Standard: 197
with Race Package option 195.4,
with M Package option 193.5
Permitted Total Weight kg 407
Fuel tank capacity l 16.5
Performance figures
Fuel Consumption (WMTC) L/100 km 6.4
CO2 g/km 149
Acceleration 0-100 km/h Seconds 3.1
BMW S RR Lights Glow
2019 BMW S 1000 RR

What do you think of BMW’s effort? Please comment below.

BMW S 1000 RR: more power, less flab

The third generation of the BMW S 1000 RR gets a revamped engine and suspension for 2019, with more power, more technology, but less flab.

Power has been increased by 6kW (8 hp) to 152kW (207hp) and weight has been reduced from 208kg to 197kg.

And for the first time, BMW Motorrad offers M options and M Performance Parts for the new S 1000 RR. With the M Package, the S 1000 RR is even lighter at 193.5kg.

Most of the details had already been unveiled in spy photos and a leaked brochure.

Now the bike has been unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.

There is no word yet from BMW Motorrad Australia on pricing or arrival. The current model starts at $24,500.

It comes in red or a tri-colour paint scheme.

Here is the full, official BMW press release with all the details:

Newly developed engine with BMW ShiftCam Technology for further enhanced power in the lower and medium engine speed range and increased top-end power. BMW S 1000 RR less flab
With its newly developed 4-cylinder in-line engine, now 4 kg lighter than before, the new RR achieves an entirely new level of performance. For this purpose, not only was the geometry of the intake and exhaust ports further optimised, the motorcycle now also comes with BMW ShiftCam Technology – an entirely new technology for BMW motorcycles which varies the valve timings and valve strokes on the intake side. A revised intake passage and a new exhaust system that is 1.3 kg lighter likewise contribute to increased overall performance. Ridability and sprint capability benefit from a substantially increased torque across a wide engine speed range.

Completely new suspension with further developed suspension geometry for even greater ride precision and further improved handling.
On the suspension side, too, the BMW Motorrad developers have left no stone unturned. With the aim of achieving a significant weight reduction, the engine in the new RR now has more of a load-bearing function than was previously the case. The requirement in designing the new main frame, in addition to improving ergonomics, was to have the force applied directly to the engine structure via the shortest possible paths. A significant increase in riding dynamics was achieved in the new RR based on the combination of the new riding geometry, optimised wheel load distribution and a substantial weight optimisation. The new Full Floater Pro kinematics in the rear wheel suspension also contributes significantly to the perceptible increase in suspension performance. All in all, riders of the new RR will benefit from further improved handling, increased traction and even more transparent feedback in all riding states up to the threshold range. In short: the new RR noticeably raises the bar on the suspension side while at the same time offering improved user-friendliness and controllability. The next generation of the electronic suspension DDC is available for the new RR as an optional equipment item. Specially developed for the RR,

Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) requires no compromises in terms of suspension set-up. This is made by possible among other things by new valve and control technology. What is more, a shim package is available for selective adaptation when required for ambitious race track riding.BMW S 1000 RR less flab

Four riding modes as standard and three more as part of the “Pro Modes” option for optimum adaptation.
For ideal adaptation to varied conditions of use, the new RR is fitted with the four modes “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic” and “Race” as standard. For those who wish to delve deeper into the world of race tracks and motor racing, the “Pro Modes” option offers an additional three riding modes (Race Pro 1-3) that are freely programmable. These enable individual adaptation of the most diverse control functions such as Dynamic Traction Control DTC, ABS and wheelie detection as well as the throttle curve (torque adjustment) and Engine Brake to suit the rider’s own skill level and riding style. Other features that come with the “Pro Modes” option are Launch Control for perfect race starts and the configurable Pit Lane Limiter for exact adherence to speeds in the pit lane. Ultra-fast shifting up and down without the clutch is enabled by HP Shift Assistant Pro, which comes as a standard feature.

New 6-axis sensor cluster for an unprecedented level of control quality. Dynamic Traction Control DTC and DTC Wheelie Function. ABS Pro for increased safety when braking in banking position.
The new RR is fitted with ABS Pro and Dynamic Traction Control DTC as standard. In addition to traction control, DTC also includes the DTC Wheelie Function as standard – available as an ex works option and now individually adjustable for the first time. All control systems have been readjusted for regulation quality and characteristics. While the part integral BMW Motorrad ABS systems already provide a very high degree of performance and safety when braking in a straight line, ABS Pro now takes this a step further to offer increased safety when braking in banking position as well.BMW S 1000 RR less flab

Multifunctional instrument panel with 6.5-inch TFT screen for excellent readability and maximum range of information.
The instrument panel of the new RR has also been completely newly developed and is now designed even more consistently for use in supersports racing. In addition to a maximum range of information, the BMW Motorrad developers paid particular attention to ensuring that the 6.5-inch TFT screen provides excellent readability – even in difficult light conditions. The aim was to offer the rider individually tailored screen displays for different uses. The Pure Ride screen shows all the information required for regular road use while the three Core screens are designed for use on the race track, with the rev counter displayed in analog form (Core 1 and 2) or else as a bar chart (Core 3), for example.BMW S 1000 RR less flab

Even more dynamic design with optimised ergonomics and attractive colour schemes.
The new layout of the main frame – as a Flex Frame – has made it possible to create a much leaner fuel tank and seating area trim sections for further improved support and knee grip. What is more, optimised contact surfaces and a newly defined ergonomic triangle between the handlebar ends, seat surface and footrests makes for optimum ergonomics. Meanwhile, completely newly developed body features ensure the new RR is instantly recognisable as a new model. This is supported by the dynamic design featuring a colour scheme with two individual characters: Racing Red and Motorsport paint finish.

The highlights of the new BMW S 1000 RR:BMW S 1000 RR less flab

  • 4 kg lighter, newly developed 4-cylinder in-line engine with BMW ShiftCam Technology for variation of valve timings and valve strokes on the intake side.
  • Increased output and torque: 152 kW (207 hp) (in the USA: 151 kW (205 hp)) at 13 500 rpm and 113 Nm at 11 000 rpm.
  • At least 100 Nm of torque from 5 500 to 14 500 rpm.
  • Effort-saving, linear torque curve: further improved ridability and controllability due to increased torque in the lower and medium engine speed range.
  • Newly developed suspension featuring Flex Frame, with the engine taking on more of a load-bearing function.
  • Significantly improved ergonomics due to Flex Frame.
  • Refined suspension geometry for further improved handling, increased traction and crystal-clear feedback in the threshold range.
  • Further developed electronic damping adaptation Dynamic Damping Control DDC with new valve generation as an optional equipment item.
  • New rear wheel suspension weighing 300 g less than before with Full Floater Pro kinematics.
  • Weight reduction of 11 – 14.5 kg to 197 kg when fully fuelled (DIN unladen) and 193.5 kg with M Package.
  • New exhaust system weighing some 1.3 kg less, with front silencer.
  • New 6-axis sensor cluster.
  • Further developed Dynamic Traction Control DTC as standard
  • DTC Wheelie Function as standard.
  • Adjustable (+/- shift) DTC Wheelie Function as an optional equipment item.
  • Engine brake function, adjustable.
  • ABS Pro for increased safety when braking, also in banking position, as standard.
  • New riding modes “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic” and “Race” as standard and “Pro Modes” option with three additional configurable modes “Race Pro 1-3” for optimum individual adaptation to conditions.
  • Launch Control for perfect starts comes with “Pro Modes” option.
  • Pit Lane Limiter for precise pit lane speeds also included with the “Pro Modes” option.
  • Shift Assistant Pro for fast up and down shifting without clutch, standard.
  • Shift pattern can easily be reversed.
  • Electronic cruise control as an ex works option.
  • New instrument panel with 6.5-inch screen offering excellent readability and featuring a Pure Ride screen as well as three Core screens.
  • LED light units all round.
  • Turn indicators with new “Comfort Indicator” function.
  • Completely newly designed body elements for even more dynamic styling and optimum aerodynamics.
  • Two colour schemes for the market launch: Racing Red and Motorsport paint finish.
  • Extended range of special accessories and ex-work options.

BMW S 1000 RR less flab

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com
https://motorbikewriter.com/bmw-s-1000-rr-power-flab/

Arc Vector claims to be most advanced electric motorcycle

$165,000 AUD | 0-100 in 3.1-secs | 220kg

Arc Vector
Arc Vector

Recently announced motorcycle maker Arc has launched its first model, the Vector, at Milan’s EICMA Motorcycle show today with the company claiming that the Arc Vector is the most advanced electric motorcycle ever brought to market. With a price-tag starting at £90,000, that is about $165,000 AUD, it bloody well should be too!

Arc Vector
Arc Vector

The hand-built Vector has a lightweight carbon-composite structure and battery-module monocoque. Its lighter weight solves one of the headaches normally attributed to brick battery EVs, and ARC are claiming MotoGP levels of chassis stiffness.

Arc Vector
Arc Vector

The Samsung battery cells are cutting-edge and Arc claim to be the first motorcycle manufacturer with access to this technology. The battery packaging has been developed to be completely modular, flexible, and legacy-free, maximised for simplicity, space and mass-reduction. Arc’s batteries are the only motorcycle batteries tested to Reg100 standards – a test normally only undertaken by automotive OEMs.

Arc Vector
Arc Vector

The powercell produces 399 units of voltage, giving a realistic range of around 320 kilometres in urban use and 200 kilometres on the highway. The NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) showed a 600+ kilometre urban range, which is the drive-cycle often quoted by companies

Arc Vector
Arc Vector

Vector utilises carbon-fibre swingarms front and rear with suspension via custom-made Ohlins dampers. Brembo supply the brakes while the wheels are from BST.

Arc Vector
Arc Vector

The entire package tips the scales at 220kg, which is almost 60kg lighter than comparable machines. Vector has the best power-to-weight ratio of any electric motorcycle of its class by a considerable margin.

Arc Vector
Arc Vector

In raw pace, Vector rivals regular sporting motorcycles, sprinting from standstill to 60mph in 3.1 seconds and carrying on to 120mph.

Arc Vector
Arc Vector

Human Machine Interface (HMI) has been taken to a new level, comprising an intelligent rider jacket packed with haptic sensory technology and a Heads-Up Display (HUD) helmet inspired by those of fighter pilots, giving the user important information and enhancing the freedom and wellbeing of their riding experience.

Arc Vector
Arc Vector

The key to the bike is the Zenith helmet, which has been designed in collaboration with Hedon. Its connected HUD projects speedo, sat-nav and ancillary graphics onto the rider’s visor so they can keep their eyes affixed to the road, Iron Man-style. A live rear-view camera is encased in the calfskin-trimmed helmet, giving the user the ability to see what’s behind them.

Arc Vector
Arc Vector

The bespoke jacket, Origin, represents a game-changing advance in intelligent technology, making motorcycling even more immersive. HMI has been applied to the armoured ride-wear by packing the jacket with audio-type haptic amplifiers – like a smart phone’s vibration notifications, but a lot more advanced. These may vibrate to alert of a potential hazard, provide dynamic performance-based feedback, or enhance the senses when on a stimulating ride.

Arc Vector
Arc Vector

The Origin jacket, which is tailored in collaboration with style gurus Knox, has three settings. Urban Mode focuses on safety, alerting the rider to dangers such as vehicles in their blind spot with a polite tap on the shoulder. Sports Mode gives the rider feedback on the bike’s dynamic position and parameters by taking G-Force related data from the Vector’s carefully nuanced sensors and providing a graduated level of feedback. This tells the rider how close to the limit of the motorcycle’s capabilities the rider is. For example, the harder you brake the more feedback you receive.

Arc Vector
Arc Vector

Euphoric Mode lets you play music through the haptics as you ride and simulates the bass through the jacket’s amplifiers, making your hairs stand on end. It communicates with the Vector bike and the Zenith helmet wirelessly, emboldening freedom by enhancing the senses.

Financial backing has been obtained from a number of blue-chip beneficiaries, including Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital fund InMotion Ventures, Mercia Fund Managers and the Midlands Engine Investment Fund.


Mark Truman, Founder and CEO, Arc Vehicle Ltd

“We felt that there was more one could get out of motorcycling which no one was tapping into. This is about using technology to strip back the experience of riding a bike, through the use of haptics and HUD. The helmet and jacket work in tandem with the Vector to remove distractions and emphasise the joy of riding.

“With Vector, we’ve set out to build the best performance electric motorcycle. With electric vehicles in general, the powertrain weighs a lot. This really can’t be avoided if you want capacity, distance and performance. So, it was about stripping everything back and using a lot of exotic, lightweight materials, such as carbon-fibre. The chassis and battery module had to be one, and because of this approach we’ve been able to reduce the weight as much as possible to achieve the performance we wanted. The design brief was; if the term ‘cafe racer’ was going to be coined in ten years’ time, what would that look like?

“Arc Vector satisfies those of us who are rarely satisfied, who are always looking for a different road, a different view. We understand the need to be different, to be better, and challenge the norm.”

Arc Vector
Arc Vector

 

Arc Vector Specifications

  • Build Volume – 399 in first year
  • Maximum Power 103 kW
  • Maximum Torque 85 Nm at Motor, 397 Nm at Gearbox Output Sprocket
  • Battery Capacity 16.8 kWh (Samsung Battery Cells)
  • Mass 220 kg
  • Top Speed 200 km/h
  • Range 436 km (EU Reg. 134/2014, annex VII)
  • Charging Time 30 minutes (CCS Rapid Charging)
  • Frame Carbon Fibre Monocoque
  • Front Suspension Hub-Centre Steering, Carbon fibre swing arm, Öhlins ILX36 mono-shock, 110mm wheel travel
  • Rear Suspension Carbon fibre swing arm, Öhlins TTX36 mono-shock, 110mm wheel travel
  • Brakes Brembo Stylema 4-piston monobloc calipers with 320mm floating front discs, Brembo 2-piston caliper with 240mm rear disc, Continental Advanced ABS with IMU
  • Front Wheel BST Black Diamond 5 carbon fibre wheel 120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II
  • Rear Wheel BST Black Diamond 5 carbon fibre wheel 180/55 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II
  • Seat Height 840mm
  • Wheelbase 1438 mm
  • Rake 18.5°
  • Trail 100mm
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi and Bluetooth protocol across motorcycle, cell phone, helmet and jacket
  • Haptics ARC ORIGIN JACKET (co-engineered with KNOX), with 8x high-definition haptic transmitters HUD ARC ZENITH HELMET (co-engineered with HEDON), with wave-guide projection HUD
  • Riding Modes Road, Rain, Sport, Track, Eco and Euphoric
  • Zero-60mph Under 3.1 seconds
  • Price Starts at £90,000
Arc Vector
Arc Vector

Based in Coventry, in the centre of the UK’s automotive high-tech industry, Arc aims to be a transformative vehicle that will challenge the rider’s way of seeing and thinking.

MV Agusta Superveloce 800 | F3 sports base | Heritage style

MV Agusta are the masters of special editions, some are simply a bit of a bling and some new colour treatments, but every now and then they come up with something a bit more special. I think it is fair to say the MV Agusta Superveloce 800 might indeed be a bit special.

MV Agusta Superveloce RHF
MV Agusta Superveloce 800

The legend of “Meccanica Verghera” and MV’s incredible record on the racetracks of the world in the 1960s and 1970s is celebrated in the MV Agusta Superveloce 800.

The machine you see here is dubbed a ‘concept’ but MV Agusta have stated that the bike will be produced in the second half of 2019. 

MV Agusta Superveloce RHS
MV Agusta Superveloce 800

Timeless classic lines pay homage to MV Agusta’s history but in the Superveloce 800 also sees plenty of modern styling cues successfully married in a tasteful nod to the heritage of iconic Italian brand. 

A carbon-fibre fairing envelopes the engine and frame while the upper fairing pays tribute to design ethos of the nineteen-seventies.

MV Agusta Superveloce LHRThe yellow colour of the plexiglass windscreen and the headlight unit in particular is certainly a nod to the psychadelic 70s. The latter is a technologically advanced twin-function full LED poly-ellipsoidal unit complete with LED daylight running light built into the cover of the new instrument cluster.

MV Agusta Superveloce Front
MV Agusta Superveloce 800

The sub-frame allows the owner to transform the bike from single-seat to pillion ready depending on their mood at the time. 

MV Agusta Superveloce Cowl
MV Agusta Superveloce 800

A new circular LED tail light unit is distinctive.

MV Agusta Superveloce Rear
MV Agusta Superveloce 800

 
The engine and braking system are directly derived from the MV Agusta F3 800, with some key adaptations that enhance the performance on the new Superveloce 800. The engine is entirely remapped to enhance the excellent power characteristics, without excluding an eventual increase in maximum power.

MV Agusta Superveloce Belly
MV Agusta Superveloce 800

The entire exhaust system was redesigned based on the classic 3 in 1 in 3 layout, with the silencers placed asymmetrically: two are on the right side and one on the left, reminiscent of a prominent technical and aesthetic solution employed in MV Agusta’s racing history.

MV Agusta Superveloce LHS
MV Agusta Superveloce 800

The riding position has been adapted directly from the F3 800 supersport bike, including the seat height, handlebars and footpegs, with the sole purpose of generating maximum riding efficiency.

MV Agusta Superveloce Top Seat
MV Agusta Superveloce 800

Adjustable footpegs allow the rider to customize their position, guaranteeing a perfect rider-vehicle fit. The user-friendly handlebar and foot controls integrate perfectly with the clarity of the new TFT dashboard with dedicated graphics and a host of new features.

MV Agusta Superveloce Top
MV Agusta Superveloce 800

The fuel tank cap was specifically designed to integrate a characteristic leather strap that secures the fuel tank to the frame at the front and back.

MV Agusta Superveloce Tank
MV Agusta Superveloce 800

The new MV Agusta Superveloce 800, in its final technical definition and stylistic form, will go into production in the second half of 2019.

MV Agusta Superveloce Cockpit
MV Agusta Superveloce 800

2019 Ducati Diavel and new Diavel S get DVT 1262 engine

2019 Ducati Diavel

2019 Ducati Diavel S

Fully-adjustable Ohlins for new Diavel S


Ducati’s Diavel launched at EICMA in 2010 to a great reception. Ducati took low slung, almost cruiser like styling and ergonomics, into a chassis with big power, great suspension and pretty good handling. For 2019 Ducati fits its up-spec Testastretta DVT 1262 engine to both the standard and new S editions.

Ducati Diavel S
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S

The Testastretta DVT 1262 engine combines strong acceleration with smooth low-rev power delivery. This engine has already made a previous appearance on the Diavel platform in the XDiavel but now boasts more grunt for 2019.

Ducati Diavel S
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S

An upgraded chassis set-up aims to make the Diavel 1260 more responsive on mixed-road routes – ideal for many Australian roads – while performance, braking and electronics provide performance akin to something much more sporting, including Bosch Cornering ABS.

Ducati Diavel
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260

Naturally comfort levels for rider and passenger remain a strong focus with an upright riding position and a large, generously padded seat.

1260 Ducati Testastretta DVT

The heart of the new Diavel 1260 is the 1262cc Ducati Testastretta DVT engine with variable cam timing. Already featured in the XDiavel, it has now been upgraded to output 159 hp (117 kW) at 9500rpm and 129 Nm (13.1 kgm) at 7500 rpm, providing good pulling power right from the low-medium rev range.

Ducati Diavel S
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S

The variable timing system acts continuously on the intake and exhaust camshafts, meaning the engine adjusts power delivery to suit riding conditions, with smooth delivery at low revs, and sporty performance at high revs.

Ducati Diavel S
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S
Power cruiser ergonomics & style

The riding position and ‘power cruiser’ ergonomics so popular with first-generation Diavelisti remain unchanged, however the new Diavel sports a prominent new tubular steel Trellis frame.

Ducati Diavel S
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S

Anchored to the frame is an aluminium swingarm, designed to give cornering agility, feel and easy riding, while the rear wheel is shod in a wide 240 mm hoop – a Diavel hallmark.

Ducati Diavel S
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S

Sophisticated electronics include the 6-axis Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) which instantaneously detects bike speed and acceleration and is crucial to the many electronics systems on the Diavel 1260. These systems includes Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control EVO, Ducati Power Launch EVO and Cruise Control.

Ducati Diavel S
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S

The Diavel 1260 will be available in Sandstone Grey with a black frame.

Diavel 1260 S

A sportier S version of the Diavel 1260 will also available, featuring fully adjustable Öhlins suspension at both ends, dedicated wheels and an up-spec braking system.

Ducati Diavel S
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S

Compared to the standard Diavel the 1260 S boasts radially mounted Brembo monobloc four-piston M50 callipers and a PR16/19 radial master-cylinder. The upspec suspension is a 48mm Öhlins adjustable USD fork with TiN treatment, while the rear is a Öhlins fully adjustable monoshock. The custom wheels are machined but share the same dimensions as those found on the standard.

Ducati Diavel S
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S

The S version also mounts the Ducati Quick Shift up & down EVO system as standard to allow clutchless shifting.

Ducati Diavel S
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S

The Diavel S offers two livery options: Thrilling Black & Dark Stealth (motorcycle surfaces feature two contrasting blacks with different finishes, with red frame) and Sandstone Grey (with black frame).

Ducati Diavel S
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S
Diavel multimedia

This new Diavel 1260 is also compatible with the Ducati Link App: this lets riders set ‘journey mode’ (a combination of Load Mode and Riding Mode) and personalise the parameters of each individual Riding Mode (ABS, Ducati Traction Control, etc.) in a user-friendly manner via their smartphones. This App also provides comprehensive maintenance deadline info, a user manual and a Ducati Store locator.

Ducati Diavel S
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 dash

Furthermore, the Ducati Link App lets riders record performance and routes so they can share their new Diavel experiences with the Ducatisti community.

Ducati Diavel S
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S

Ducati Diavel S Specs
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 & Diavel 1260 S Specifications

Ducati Diavel S
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S

Ducati Diavel S
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S

Ducati Diavel S
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S – Cruise control on the switchblock

Ducati Diavel S
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S

Ducati Diavel S
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S – Sculpted fuel tank

Ducati Diavel S
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S

Sepang a positive weekend for Rossi despite crashing out of lead

Sepang a positive weekend for Rossi despite crashing out of lead

Multi-time world champion salvages 18th in Malaysia.

Source: Supplied.

Valentino Rossi is still accepting Sepang’s penultimate round of the 2018 MotoGP World Championship as a positive weekend, despite crashing out of the lead with five laps remaining.

The multi-time world champions displayed strong form and looked to be in line for his first victory since Assen in 2017, however it wasn’t to be as a critical mistake saw him slide out in the closing stages while under pressure from Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda), who went onto seal victory.

The Italian ace remounted for 18th position and still retains third in the championship standings, although his chances of advancing to second in the rankings have been crushed, losing crucial points to rival Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team).

“It was a great shame because this was my best race of the season,” Rossi explained. “I felt comfortable, I had a good pace, I pushed, and I had the chance to win, but unfortunately with four or five laps to go I fell – I don’t understand what happened. I made a mistake, because I crashed.

“It’s such a pity, but it still remains a good weekend, because we improved the setting of the bike. I think we have to do some more work, but it looks like we were able to use the bike in a better way in the last few races. This is good, but we have to see if we’re also strong in Valencia. It’s a difficult track for us in general, but we have to try.”

The number 46 will return to action at Valencia in Spain on 18 November for the final round of the world championship.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

Track ready GYTR 20th Anniversary Yamaha YZF-R1 | 20 Only

GYTR Yamaha YZF-R1
Suzuka 8 Hours livery

2018 saw the 20th anniversary of one the most iconic designs in motorcycle history, the Yamaha YZF-R1.

The first 1998 model revolutionised superbike engineering and Yamaha have continued to use their industry defining superbike as a platform for innovation for two decades now.

Yamaha YZF R GYTR Special RHS
GYTR Yamaha YZF-R1

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their ground-breaking machine, three Yamaha Racing Teams entered the legendary Suzuka 8 Hours on YZF-R1’s sporting the vintage red and white livery of the original 1998 YZF-R1.

Suzuka Hour QP Nakasuga
Katsuyuki Nakasuga – 2018 Suzuka 8 Hour

On-board their special edition machines and wearing matching leathers, the Yamaha Factory Racing Team of Alex Lowes, Michael van der Mark and Katsuyuki Nakasuga delivered a heroic effort to secure a historic consecutive 4th victory in this prestigious endurance race.

Suzuka Hour Yamaha Winners
Yamaha Factory Racing Team – 2018 Suzuka 8 Hour winners

Marking this momentous occasion and two decades of leading the way in superbike technology, Yamaha Motor Europe will released a limited edition, track ready 2019 YZF-R1 GYTR.

Yamaha YZF R GYTR Special Front
GYTR 20th Anniversary Yamaha YZF-R1

Featuring the winning 20th Anniversary Suzuka 8 Hours livery including a wide range of GYTR Performance Products – Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing – and other performance parts as standard. The YZF-R1 GYTR is for track use only.

Yamaha YZF R GYTR Special RHF
GYTR 20th Anniversary Yamaha YZF-R1

The key GYTR equipment on YZF-R1 GYTR includes a race wire harness set, ECU, CCU and quick throttle.

Yamaha YZF R GYTR Special Cockpit
GYTR 20th Anniversary Yamaha YZF-R1

This exclusive racer also comes with a high performance Öhlins FGRT 219 front fork package.

Yamaha YZF R GYTR Special Forks Brakes
GYTR 20th Anniversary Yamaha YZF-R1

Ohlins TTX36 GP rear shock and fully adjustable steering damper as well as a full titanium Akrapovič Evolution 2 exhaust system.

Yamaha YZF R GYTR Special Shock
GYTR 20th Anniversary Yamaha YZF-R1

And to shield the bike, there are protectors for crankcase and wheel axles by Gilles Tooling.

Yamaha YZF R GYTR Special Badge
GYTR 20th Anniversary Yamaha YZF-R1

There will also be an optional addition of non-Yamaha racing parts, specially selected and installed by racing engineers of a partnering Official Yamaha Racing Team. They ensure each bike will be adorned with a full carbon race fairing in iconic Suzuka 8 Hours livery and after their assembly a dyno engine break-in and tailored chassis set-up is performed, so each individual will be fully ready to conquer the track. This is a machine for true racing fans.

Yamaha YZF R GYTR Special LHS
GYTR 20th Anniversary Yamaha YZF-R1

Yamaha Motor Europe will be releasing twenty units of this exclusive machine, one for each year the YZF-R1 has been setting pace in the superbike world.

Yamaha YZF R GYTR Special LHF
GYTR 20th Anniversary Yamaha YZF-R1

The model shown at EICMA is a prototype and customers will have access to the final and full specifications as well as pricing in mid-December when customers will also be able to reserve their bike online before purchasing their 2019 YZF-R1 GYTR at an Official Yamaha Dealer.

Yamaha YZF R GYTR Special Tail
GYTR 20th Anniversary Yamaha YZF-R1

Anyone lucky enough to get their hands on this unique piece of motorcycle history will also automatically receive admission to the 2019 Yamaha Racing Experience (YRE) where they will be taught by the specialists how to get the most out of their track ready racing machine.

Yamaha YZF R GYTR Special Rear
GYTR 20th Anniversary Yamaha YZF-R