Posts Tagged ‘motorcycle design’

‘Clean’ Cycles Prepping for Isle of Man TTXGP

January 28, 2009

History will be made on June 12 when the Isle of Man hosts the TTXGP – a time trial competition open only to two-wheelers powered by clean emissions technologies.
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Concocted by British entrepreneur Azhar Hussain, the TTXGP (Time Trials Xtreme Grand Prix) is scheduled to be held on the legendary Isle of Man Mountain Course, a 37.733-mile circuit with over 200 corners, following the traditional Isle of Man TT.

Hussain says the event offers an opportunity for leading global innovators in racing and clean emission technologies to compete and prove to the world that being green does not mean being slow. The planned TTXGP will showcase a diverse range of vehicles capable of reaching race speeds. Racing teams are likely to be backed by international corporations, universities and high tech institutions, all eager to prove their credentials in clean emission transportation.

“TTXGP is about competitive innovation – pushing the frontier and making the next leap,” Hussain says.

Not only an event for well-funded corporations, the TTXGP also will offer an “Open” class race for innovative cottage teams who are interested in experimenting with alternative energy sources. These teams will be required to (more…)

Naked Vision (and one clothed)

December 9, 2008

Here’s some more stuff from out at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show this weekend. I thought this was really interesting. I’ve seen a Victory Vision sans bodywork before but really dug seeing it again. Just being able to see the chassis, gas tanks, etc. go a long way toward explaining the final finish of the bike. I can’t count how many times people have commented on the radical design of the Vision while asking “Why?”

A Nake Vision

A Naked Vision

And one fully clothed

And one fully clothed

This usually precedes a discussion that goes one of two ways: That’s the ugliest bike I’ve ever seen on God’s green earth or Man, if/when I get a touring bike that’s the one I’m gonna get. Victory knew this when it designed the bike, in fact the company’s head honcho Mark Blackwell told me Victory set out to polarize the public with the Vision. Read it here. It knew it had to shake things up.

I was once riding one of these (the blue one) down to San Diego. I stopped at a rest stop and decided to take some pics. While shooting a guy came over, started chatting and then after confirming that I wasn’t the owner or a Victory employee decided to tell me how horrible, ugly and freakish he thought the Visions were. The whole time I was thinking, really, I actually like them.

Oh well, there’s a style for every taste.

MV Agusta’s Massimo Tamburini to Retire

December 3, 2008

This is straight from MV’s site as of today, Dec. 3:

MV Agusta Design Chief Massimo Tamburini will retire from the company, effective Dec. 31, 2008. Tamburini has been with Cagiva since early 1985 and has headed up MV Agusta’s engineering and design center, Centro Ricerche Cagiva, in San Marino for over 13 years, where he and the staff designed what are widely regarded as world-class, premium, high-performance

Tamburini and great mood lighting

Tamburini and great mood lighting

sport motorcycles, including the legendary F4.

“I have dedicated a significant part of my career in motorcycle design to Cagiva and MV Agusta and am immensely proud of the beautiful and thrilling motorcycles we have created,” said Tamburini. “While my decision to retire was extremely difficult to make, I am confident the highly-talented designers and engineers in San Marino will continue the tradition of excellence that is the hallmark of MV Agusta. I have been privileged to realize so many dreams during my years with Cagiva and MV Agusta and look forward to seeing more great things yet to come from the company,” Tamburini said.

Tamburini plans to pursue design interests outside the motorcycle field and to spend more time on his other outside interests.

“Massimo Tamburini is one of the legends of the motorcycle industry and leaves a great legacy at MV Agusta,” said Claudio Castiglioni, MV Agusta Chairman and Director of Motorcycle Research and Development. “The capabilities he built at MV Agusta’s design center are outstanding and his legacy and vision will now be carried forward by the team he assembled and mentored over many years. While we will miss his presence, we respect his decision to retire and wish him all the best for the future,” Castiglioni said.

Wonder if this has anything to do with Harley-Davidson’s purchase of the legendary Italian brand? I’d love to have seen a collaboration between Tamburini and Willie G.