Our friends at Silodrome posted this story about Gregor Halenda and his small team building an AWD KTM 990 and then deciding to go out and do the world’s first two wheeled burnout with it. Apparently, the project itself started out as a plan to just powdercoat the swingarm, but before anyone knew it, the mission to create an AWD KTM was well underway. The full build process was catalogued on the ADVRider forum here and the film above shows some great detail of the bike running with both wheels spinning.
Renowned Italian frame maker Pierobon had been burning the proverbial midnight oil on creating a trellis frame version for the Ducati 1199, and here it is. Stuffed to the gills with awesome race-grade tech, the frame – which is a direct replacement by the way – boasts a blend of steel and aluminium along with machined billet lateral plates. The rake and wheelbase of the Panigale are adjustable for various setups, along with carbon fibre air ducts and more ergonomic foot pegs. Another highlight is that the rear subframe is now bolted directly to the chassis. Continue reading →
Bosch has developed motorcycle stability control (MSC), the first brake control system for motorcycles to ensure the best possible stability in all riding situations. It supports the biker during both braking and accelerating, and while riding straight as well as while cornering. The motorcycle’s handling – and thus all the pleasure of riding – remains unchanged. The system will already be available at the end of 2013 with the KTM 1190 Adventure and 1190 Adventure R 2014 models. Continue reading →
Dainese, the pioneers of motorcycle safety, has made significant changes to its state-of-the-art D-air technology for 2014.
In 2000, Dainese embarked on a project to design a new airbag-based technology to protect motorcyclists. By 2007, D-air Racing was in production and being tested on the racetrack by Dainese supported racers. The outstanding protection given by D-air Racing has been documented by its success rate. Since 2009, there has been a total of 306 crashes (some violent highsides) involving a rider wearing the system with no shoulder or collarbone injuries sustained, which the system protects. Continue reading →
If you’re a fan on Biker Boyz masterpiece (check imdb.com for ratings) – than we’re sure this one is for you! A 50th anniversary “special edition limited production” 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE Limited Production (yes we wrote it twice). All in all 100 units worldwide, with the debut right at the heart of MotoGP USA racing – Indianapolis GP. Continue reading →
Wouldn’t you like to own a Suzuki GSX-R750? Then check this one out – a special edition black GSX-R750S featuring a Yoshimura Accessory Pack! You’ll get a bronze-alloy Yoshimura oil filler plug, steering stem nut and timing inspection cap, black Yoshimura bar end weights and rear paddock stand locators, case saver kit and last but not least R11 performance exhaust! Only 25 of this lovelies will be sold – get one for yourself!
Well, if you have the urge to look different than anything else in the world – but still want to retain a piece of that custom Harley Davidson lifestyle, there is nothing better for you than DAM Tech-Twin American 13C! Girder front end with modern Penske Racing developed shock, Brembo brakes, 140hp billet V-Twin engine (god knows what’s the torque number on this sucker), fork blades made from Chromoly Streamline Wing-Strut Tubing…and many more. Continue reading →
“The new KTM RC390, which will be available for sale in 2014, will meet a big demand for affordable, quality sport bikes for the lower displacement class,” KTM CEO Stefan Pierer.
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 and new Honda CBR500R are getting some tough competition. The KTM announced that they’ll produce the superbike based on the light and fast Duke 390. That means lightweight trellis frame, high power output (43hp) and superb handling. The 390 will weigh considerably less than it’s direct competitors (306lbs claimed weight against 390lbs of Ninja300 and well over 400lbs for Honda CBR500R) Continue reading →
“Lotus Motorcycles was established to design and build the first motorcycle of the iconic car manufacturer. The bike will be named Lotus C-01 and will be the most impressive appearance on public roads on two wheels. It will reflect a combination of lifestyle, design and high end technology.
Lotus Motorcycles is a joint project of Kodewa, car designer Daniel Simon and the Holzer Group. The Lotus C-01 will be a hyper bike with integrated racing technology.
It will be manufactured of materials like carbon, titanium and aerospace quality steel, which are also used in Formula 1. Safety, ergonomics and design are the most important factors the design team has put emphasis on. It will be a state of the art motorbike powered by an approximately 200 horsepower engine.
Kodewa has recently built the new sports car Lotus T128 LMP (Le Mans Prototype) and is running the Lotus LMP2 program in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team of Kodewa comprises of experts with a lot of knowledge and experience not only in endurance racing but also Formula 1, DTM and lower formulas.
The unique shapes of Lotus Motorcycles will be penned by renowned designer Daniel Simon. Simon, a former designer for Bugatti Automobiles, has lately been responsible for some of the most sophisticated concept vehicles in Hollywood film history.
Amongst his most recognizable contributions are the ‘Lightcycle’ in the 2010 Disney motion picture ‘Tron: Legacy’ and the ‘Bubbleship’ used by Tom Cruise in the recent Universal Sci-Fi hit ‘Oblivion’. The German was also designing the famous black and gold livery of the Lotus LMP2 sports cars.
Daniel Simon is known for his clean and holistic concepts. The designer says: “With the Lotus C-01, we have only one ambition: to create a unique state-of-the-art machine that carries its brutal forces with elegance and style, a high-tech monster in a tailored suit. The C-01, with all its top notch components and materials, is first and foremost emotional, heart-breaking, at times playfully retro, and always clearly a Lotus.
Lotus is a glamorous name with a rich history, and the C-01 celebrates it proudly: the shapes of the marvellous Lotus 49 were a main inspiration, and all colour schemes pay homage to iconic Lotus racing liveries, such as the dashing black and gold. The intersection of past and future never fails to fascinate, and so does the unique idea of the C-01.”
Within the Holzer Group, the Performance GmbH is involved in the development process. The components made of titanium, carbon fibre and aerospace steel will be produced by RPC GmbH, which is also part of Holzer Group and Kodewa.
Latest CNC machines linked with CAM workstations ensure highest precision and optimal workflow of the complex procedures. Because of quality inspections before, during and after the production process, a safety-related and faultless production is ensured.
In the next few weeks, images of Lotus Motorcycles will be released and will give a first insight into what to expect from the new Lotus C-01.”