Posts Tagged ‘sportbike’

Brammo Tests TTXGP Racer

May 12, 2009

Brammo, a privately held start-up manufacturer of electric vehicles, plans to take part in the upcoming TTXGP – a time trial competition open only to two-wheelers powered by clean emissions technologies – with a bike named the Enertia.

Scheduled for June 12, following the traditional Isle of Man TT, the TTXGP (Time Trials Xtreme Grand Prix) is to be held on the legendary Isle of Man Mountain Course, a 37.733-mile circuit with over 200 corner.

The TTXGP was concocted by British entrepreneur Azhar Hussain. 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. Teams are likely to be backed by international corporations, universities and high tech institutions, but 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. Certainly a look, and listen, of Brammo’s test sessions suggest these bikes could indeed represent the future of motorcycling.

Brammo, founded in Ashland, Ore., in 2002, has said it plans to begin sales of the $11,995 Enertia at five Best Buy stores on the West Coast.

Texas Bill Requires Training For “High-Performance” Bike Buyers

April 21, 2009

Legislation being considered in Texas would force those who purchase a “high-performance” motorcycle to take a training course within six months of the purchase.
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HB 4531, if voted into law, would force all owners and operators of a high performance motorcycle purchased on or after September 1, 2009 to show proof of course attendance upon the request of law enforcement. Violators would be fined between $500 and $1,000.

According to bill sponsor Rep. Norma Chavez (D-El Paso), a “high-performance motorcycle” is any motorcycle “referred to, called, labeled, or described as a ‘sports bike’, ‘sports motorcycle’, ‘high performance motorcycle’, or other similar term, in any materials given to an original purchaser at the time of purchase from any retail seller or contained in the owners manual or guides from the manufacturer.”

The bill is currently being debated in the House Public Safety committee.

Fischer Seeks Success with American-Made MRX

April 10, 2009

After many years and several false starts, the first Fischer MRX sportbike has left the company’s shipping dock.

“We are looking to establish relationships in several areas, including engineering and product development, marketing, and distribution,” says Daniel Fischer, founder.

Powered by a Hyosung-made 647cc liquid-cooled 90 degree V-twin, the MRX features all-American made aluminum die-cast chassis components; injection molded parts, including the multi-function central cold ram air intake ducts that are assembled in the U.S.; made in the U.S. roto-molded fuel cell; available hand-laid carbon fiber and fiberglass body components developed and fitted in the U.S.; and V-cast multi-function subframes designed and manufactured in the U.S.

Also standard: Ohlins suspension; Brembo front brake master cylinder with Goodridge steel brake lines; genuine American cowhide leather seat; lots of billet, including 7075 aircraft aluminum, adjustable, clip-on handlebars; a dual chamber, undertail, stainless steel exhaust system; Hella high intensity Xenon headlights; a digital rider information center featuring large, analog tachometer and full electronic dashboard with (more…)

Dainese D-air Suit Making Headlines … Again

February 27, 2009

Dainese has been making headlines this week with its D-air Racing airbag suit. Of course, many of us who follow motorcycle racing and related parts, garments and accessories first saw the suit in action in 2007, when Dainese-sponsored 250cc MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli high-sided during practice in Valencia.d_air

The D-air Racing suit is the product of more than 10 years of study and experiments by D-Tec, the Dainese R&D department.

As the name suggests, the D-air is a suit that incorporates a system of airbags to protect a rider’s body in areas that conventional protections leave exposed: shoulders, collarbones and neck. The entire system is contained in an attachment on the rider’s shoulders and back, which takes the place of the traditional “hump.”  And, unlike the Hit-Air apparel made by Mugen Denko, the D-air Racing airbags are triggered not by a coiled wire but when the rider leaves the bike at a certain velocity.

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KTM RC 125 GP Race Bikes for Sale

February 24, 2009

The 2008 U.S. AMA Red Bull Rookies Cup KTM RC 125 race bikes are now for sale through HMC Racing.

There are a limited number of Rookies Cup bikes available, 24 to be exact. Each bike has been refurbished and comes “Ready to Race.” While the Red Bull Rookies Cup will not be held in the U.S. in 2009, the series will continue on in Europe.

All bike sales and future service and spare parts will be handled directly by HMC Racing. Pricing starts as low as $13,900. For more details contact Mitch Hansen at HMC Racing: (920) 242-9639 or mitch@hmcracing.com
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Ducati Going Superbike Racing in the U.S.

February 13, 2009

Ducati plans to take part in Superbike racing in North America in the 2009 season.

Ducati North America CEO Michael Lock, in an interview this morning, told me U.S. pilots will be competing in the series aboard the 1098 F08 – the same factory superbike used by Troy Bayliss in 2008.

Oh, but because of airbox-related rules in the World Superbike Championship that aren’t present in the North American series, expect the U.S.-spec Duc to produce about 10hp more than the unit ridden by Bayliss.

Superbike racing in the U.S. will be run by the Daytona Motorsports Group (DMG) doing business as AMA Pro Racing. American Superbike is scheduled to be the new premier class for AMA Pro Racing, showcasing the traditional 1,000cc machines that competed in the former AMA Superbike class but running under new rules.

Troy Bayliss riding in the 2008 World superbike Championship

Troy Bayliss riding in the 2008 World Superbike Championship

‘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…)

Suzuki Recalling 26,000 GSX-R1000

January 27, 2009

Stunters beware – American Suzuki is recalling 26,082 model year 2005-2006 GSX-R1000 motorcycles because of an issue with the motorcycle’s frame.

Suzuki says cracking or breakage of the frame can occur in certain extreme situations where unusually high stress is placed on the frame. The OEM says repeated hard landings from hazardous maneuvers such as extreme or extended wheelies or other stunts may generate sufficient stress to cause this problem.

Suzuki says dealers will inspect the frame for cracks. If no cracks are found, a frame reinforcement brace will be attached to the frame using bolts and epoxy adhesive. Should cracks be found during inspection, the frame will be replaced with a new frame that has the reinforcement brace installed.

The recall campaign began on Jan. 21. Click here for more recent powersports recalls.

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Economy Has Yamaha Cutting Costs

January 19, 2009

Takashi Kajikawa, president and CEO, Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd., says the company is going forwardyamahalogo with several cost-cutting initiatives in an effort to streamline its corporate structure and maximize profits to combat the current economic climate.

“The economic crisis grew beyond anything we could have anticipated, compelling us to revise our business plan,” Kajikawa says. “Like so many companies hit hard by the economic nosedive, we are now challenged to maximize our core capabilities just to survive.”

Click here to read more about what Kajikawa has to say.

Red Bull Cancels AMA Rookies Cup

January 15, 2009

Red Bull has decided to cancel the 2009 Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup and trim the 2009 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup to eight races at six Grand Prix following a significant reduction of support by a major partner.

Here’s what Red Bull had to say: “At a time when companies the world over are bracing themselves for the effects of recession Red Bull has shouldered as much of the load as possible to cover both the technical as well as operational efforts of running the MotoGP Cup, but there will simply not be enough spares and technical support available to keep the U.S. series at a high level in 2009.

Mathew Scholtz, #20, and Sturla Fagerhaug, #33, start the 2008 Red Bull AMA U.S. Riders Cup in Indianapolis – Kim F.

Mathew Scholtz, #20, and Sturla Fagerhaug, #33, start the 2008 Red Bull AMA U.S. Riders Cup in Indianapolis – Kim F.

“This is not a happy situation for anyone concerned. The positive is that the Rookies Cup will continue and the aim remains to give as many riders as possible the chance to progress towards the highest level of Grand Prix racing.”

Red Bull wished to thank Alpinestars and Dorna for their support and says it deeply regrets the unavoidable disappointment that the decision brings, particularly to those involved in the U.S. Cup.

The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup now enters its third season and will be contested at the following Grand Prix:
May 2-3 … Jerez, Spain (double header)
May 30 … Mugello, Italy
June 27 … Assen, Netherlands
July 18 … Sachsenring, Germany
July 25 … Donington, England
August 15-16 … Brno, Czech Republic (double header)

Two pre-season tests, each lasting two days, are planned for March 26-27 in Estoril, Portugal, and March 30-31 in Jerez, Spain.