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24
Jul 13

KTM Announces RC390 Sportbike

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“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 →


04
Jul 13

Video / How cool is a flying bike?

Okay, we don’t have much info on this contraption. But Technodat’s 2013 Flying Bike prototype was shown on the Youtube page of TechnologicVehicles, a magazine and directory of green vehicles with a twist of fun and design.


25
Jun 13

Lotus C-01, 200 horsepower motorcycle’s coming? Seriously?

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Press Release:

“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.”

Lotus Facebook Page


19
Jun 13

Repsol Honda Unveils 2014 RC213V / MotoGP

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It’s not like Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez need more speed and power from their current Honda MotoGP prototypes, yet the development in Honda headquarters is a never ending process. On the rainy day in Aragon, Honda’s technical director – Takeo Yokoyama – presented the all new MotoGP machines. New frame and the new engine!!! Mad stuff from the land of the rising sun. Continue reading →


10
May 13

MotoGP / Magneti Marelli introduces software upgrade

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Following each of the races so far this season in Qatar, Texas and Spain, those using the Magneti Marelli ECU (Electronic Control Unit) have been reporting back to the Italian company to inform of the changes they would like. In line with these requests, the first significant software update was rolled out for the Jerez test on Monday.

“We have improved some things following requests from the teams and the MotoGP™ Director of Technology (Corrado Cecchinelli),” Marco Venturi, Head of Motorsport for Magneti Marelli’s Bologna Site, explains to motogp.com. “This will effect wheelie control and the anti-jerk strategy, which relates to the re-opening of the throttle after the apexes of corners (and should allow for more stable mid-corner ride). Continue reading →


04
May 13

When the Italians go mad…

Going cheap at nearly half a million USD.

Going cheap at nearly half a million USD.

Named after the LaFerrari hybrid supercar, the Masterpiece MP-05 LaFerrari was created by Mathias Buttet, the guru at Hublot who also launched the MP-02 Key of Time. The watch was developed — in technical and design terms — in parallel with the car, alongside the Ferrari teams. Boasting 637 components for the movement (which is also equipped with a Tourbillon and a power reserve of 50 days) a sequence of interconnected barrels are aligned like a spinal column along the surface of the watch. Definitely a dramatic visual statement. Priced at a mere 475,000 US dollars. Continue reading →


02
May 13

2013 MotoGP Live Experience App winning rave reviews

Available on iTunes App Store for iOS devices and on Google Play for Android devices.

Available on iTunes App Store for iOS devices and on Google Play for Android devices.

The MotoGP Live Experience app can be found on the iTunes App Store for iOS devices and on Google Play, for Android devices, and since its launch it has gone down a storm with users, whilst also catching the attention of key media outlets.

In the well respected Technology Blog of UK based newspaper The Guardian, the app was listed amongst their best rated iPhone and iPad apps, alongside the description, “This promises great things for fans of MotoGP racing. Officially licensed for the 2013 season, it’s designed to be used while races are happening live, with audio and text commentary, live timing and 3D tracking of practice, qualifying sessions and races, with video highlights and news in between events.” Continue reading →


21
Apr 13

2013 Can-Am Spyder ST-S / THE FUTURE IS HERE

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What we say in the opening line of the above title isn’t some corny movie line, we actually mean it. Allow us to explain. Although we are true two-wheeled petrolheads, who live and breathe motorcycles and often describe that feeling of riding at high speeds with our knee down is better than sex, there is no denying that the times are changing. Continue reading →


25
Mar 13

Blast from the Past / Street Hawk

13 episodes later, the TV show was followed up by a couple of movies as well.

13 episodes later, the TV show was followed up by a couple of movies as well.

Remember the show about a police officer and former amateur dirt-bike racer named Jesse Mach (Rex Smith) who is secretly chosen to test a top-secret project – an all-terrain attack motorcycle capable of speeds in excess of 300 miles per hour?

Street Hawk is an American television series that aired for 13 episodes on ABC in 1985. The series is a Limekiln and Templar Production in association with Universal Television. Its central characters were created by Paul M. Belous and Robert “Bob” Wolterstorff, and its core format was developed by Bruce Lansbury, who had initially commissioned the program’s creation. Continue reading →


19
Feb 13

1965 Fruin 200cc Racing Engine / Bonhams

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During the Fifties and Sixties, independent engineer of Hillingdon, Middlesex, Bert Fruin came up with a series of mechanically superior motors, including a 125cc DOHC twin-cylinder racer and a modular V4/V8 engine. The first Fruin-built 200cc was featured in Motor Cycle magazine in 1962. Continue reading →