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    Dutch Biker Group head to Iraq to fight ISIS

    Members of a Dutch motorcycle club have reportedly travelled to Iraq to help Kurdish forces battle Isis fighters descending on the country.

    Three bikers from the No Surrender Banditos club are believed to have joined the fight against Islamist militants last week.

    Klaas Otto, the head of No Surrender, told Dutch broadcaster NOS the members who travelled to Mosul were from Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Breda.

    Source: Dutch Motorcycle Club members 'join Kurdish fighters battling Isis' in Iraq - Middle East - World - The Independent


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      During the RC twins presentation, Stefan Pierer had talked about the KTM 1050 Adventure to be launched in India in 2015.

      Here's the first spy shot:

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      Since it (mostly) won't be made here, it is going to be expensive. Hopefully I'll have the $$ by then.
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          A couple from the beautiful bike list which I liked, the Lotus and next the Moto guzzi:

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          • Suzuki Motorcycles recalls 23073 units: xBhp News

            Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. has announced a recall of 23,073 GSX-R motorcycles, as missed shifts may cause chain detachment.

            The bikes affected by the recall include the 2009-14 GSX-R1000 and the 2011-14 GSX-R750. If a gear is missed while upshifting these bikes, the strain applied to the drive chain after the next shift may lead to the rear axle moving, damaging the left-side drive chain adjuster. If the drive chain adjuster is damaged, the drive chain may come off, removing power to the rear wheel.

            Suzuki is notifying owners of the affected bikes, and dealers will replace the left-side chain adjuster with an improved part.

            Source: Suzuki recalls 23,073 motorcycles | Powersports Business


            • Re: Suzuki Motorcycles recalls 23073 units: xBhp News

              Honda U3-X, self balancing unicycle used in music video with very good results!!! -

              The Honda U3-X is a unicycle which allows the rider to sit and steer by just leaning instead of steering with hands or feet.

              Source - OK Go's New Video Is a Spectacular Self-Balancing Unicycle Ride
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              • Here's another random news:
                Motocross rider Robbie Maddison has set a world record for the largest vertical drop, at over 56 metres by riding off the ski jump at Utah Olympic Park

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                  One gorgeous looking cruiser, the Indian Scout for you-

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                    Pricing/ Availability announced for YZF R1, YZF R1M and YZF R3.

                    The 2015 YZF-R1:-The 2015 YZF-R1M:-The 2015 YZF R3:-NOTE: YZF R6 seems missing, isn't it? Well, the R3 goes to the learners, and R1 to the pro's. Seems like the 600cc segment isn't doing so well, so no data from Yamaha on the new model.

                    The 2015 Yamaha R1 and R1M made their debut at the 2014 EICMA motorcycle show in November held at Milan, Italy. Both the bikes are among the most important motorcycle to be unveiled in 2014.

                    Powering the 2015 Yamaha R1 is a new crossplane motor that has been christened CP4 by Yamaha and it churns out 200PS of peak power. This means that the 2015 Yamaha R1 is almost 19PS more powerful than its predecessor.

                    The new mill has been equipped with titanium fracture-split conrods, a 10.5-litre airbox, two-directional fuel injectors and a slipper clutch.

                    The overall design of the 2015 Yamaha R1 is more compact and petite compared to the older bike with the rear section being specially tapered down.

                    Yamaha claims the fairing design has been influenced from the M1 MotoGP machine and from the front it seems to have a headlight less appearance. But look closely and you will see twin LED headlamps sitting underneath the fairing. Also the front fairing has a vent at the centre for ram air similar to the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. Another major change is the shift from under seat exhaust to a more conventional single muffler at the side.

                    The instrument cluster is all-digital with a TFT display buyers also have an option of communication control unit (CCU), which allows a rider to download GPS data, and upload ride settings to the R1. The new R1 tips the scale at 199kg (wet weight) which is 8kg lighter than the older bike. This means that the 2015 Yamaha R1 has a power-to-weight ratio of over 1:1 and among the best with respect to its rivals.

                    The 2015 Yamaha R1M is a track focused offering based on the stock R1 and has been loaded with goodies like Ohlins sourced ERS semi-active suspension, carbon fiber fairings to reduce the weight further and a GPS-powered data acquisition system. But before purchasing the Yamaha R1M prospective clients will have to fill a purchase form the official website of Yamaha. After which they will receive a confirmation mail that needs to be submitted to the nearest Yamaha dealer to confirm their purchase. It is unlikely that the Yamaha R1M will be put on sale in the Indian market as production of it is limited.

                    While the 2015 Yamaha R1 will be brought to the Indian market via the CBU route and will retail for around Rs 18 lakh. The new Yamaha R1 has been introduced in the following colour options of Yamaha Blue/White, Raven Black and Red/White. The 2015 Yamaha R1 should make its way into our two-wheeler market by first half of 2015 and will compete against the likes of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, Honda CBR1000RR, Aprilia RSV4 and Suzuki GSX-R1000.

                    Source Links: 2015 Yamaha R1 and R1M pricing announced - The Economic Times

                    2015 Yamaha YZF-R1, R1M and R3 European Prices Announced - autoevolution
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                      Continental develops cornering ABS for motorcycles

                      BOSCH'S cornering ABS system has its first competitor from fellow German firm Continental.

                      Having developed and manufactured ABS systems for motorcycles for over 10 years, Continental has now launched its new ‘Optimised Curve Braking’.
                      BMW’s new S1000XR, available in summer 2015, will be the first production motorcycle kitted out with the system.

                      It monitors roll, pitch, lateral acceleration and lean angle around 100 times per second to help maintain stability under braking whilst cornering.

                      Continental says: ‘As the rider leans more into a curve, the system further limits the speed of the brake-pressure increase at the beginning of braking. The resultant braking pressure accumulates in a more gradual fashion. ‘Advantages of the optimised curve braking result in a more sensitive response, greater stability and optimum braking, even in curves for the driver.’

                      Ronan Le Roy, head of Continental’s Chassis and Safety Division, said:
                      ‘Thanks to optimised curve braking, braking in curves is more stable and therefore more predictable. The danger of having an accident in a curve is reduced and safety increased.’
                      Source/Thanks: Visordown

                      Continental develops cornering ABS for motorcycles - Motorcycle news : General news - Visordown
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                      The girl said, 'NO!'

                      And the guy lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and watched sport on a big screen TV, went fishing and surfing, and played golf a lot, and drank beer and scotch and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up and farted whenever he wanted.

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                        ON THE RECORD: RICKEY GADSON

                        The 11-time drag racing champion talks candidly about his exciting new project: the Ninja H2 Hybrid Drag Bike.

                        I didn’t know anything about the H2 until the dealer meeting in 2012 when the Kawasaki president came up to me and said he’d like me to come to Japan and give him my opinion on a project. I was flattered. I didn’t hear from him until November of 2013. So, on Thanksgiving Day 2013, while everyone was eating their dinner here in the States, my mechanic Coby Adams and I got to see two clay models of the Kawasaki H2.
                        I had heard rumors of a supercharged engine before I got to Japan. But I didn’t believe them. When I saw that it really was a supercharged motorcycle, I was excited beyond belief. It was a complete collaboration of all things KHI. They took it very seriously.
                        They wanted to know what it would take for me to adapt this bike for drag racing. Of course, I knew they were building the H2 to be an all-around bike, not a drag racer. But I also knew that because the H2 was supercharged, it wasn’t a roadracing bike.

                        The same day I saw the clay model, they showed me a huge poster on the wall. It was a concept Rickey Gadson H2R with the number 62 on it, with my name on the windscreen and all the stickers from my sponsors. This was just a concept, but I was flattered. I was in Japan, and the engineers had thought enough of me to create this concept drawing. It actually looks very similar to the Ninja H2 Hybrid.
                        I had two days of testing at a secret facility. One day on an H2, the other on an H2R. On Saturday, I rode the H2 and did some speed runs. Most importantly, I did some dragstrip runs to see if the single-sided swingarm was strong enough to hold up to the horsepower.
                        On Sunday they brought me back to test the H2R, which is the first time I saw that exhaust and those wings. I had never, ever, experienced a feeling like that. When I first got on the throttle, the front wheel came up instantly. This was not drag racing; this was just rolling on the throttle. These were pre-production bikes with no electronics. No traction control. No wheelie control. Just raw power.
                        I promise you, I never expected that kind of power. I had never ridden a supercharged motorcycle. I’ve ridden every configuration but supercharged. And you gotta remember: a supercharged motorcycle has no lag. When you twist the throttle, you get instant acceleration. It goes from 180 horsepower to 240 at the crack of the throttle. The response is instantaneous.
                        The sound of this motorcycle is like nothing you’ve ever heard before. When the H2 comes at you at over 200 mph, the sound arrives after the bike, like it’s trying to catch up to the machine.
                        I had to roll the throttle on all the way until fourth gear before I could lock the throttle. I can’t tell you how excited I was that this motorcycle was a reality. In my mind, Kawasaki already ruled the roost with the 14R. They were already were the king of performance. Why build a motorcycle this insanely fast? It must be for bragging rights, and this played into my favor.
                        I never looked down at the speedometer. I know it was well over 200 mph when I passed by the camera. I wasn’t making top speed runs. I wanted to see how long it would take me to get into wide-open throttle. So when it came to drag racing this thing, I would know what I could not do.
                        Those wings on the H2R? I can absolutely tell you they work. After 100 mph you can feel the difference. The H2 floats its front wheel, even if fourth gear. The front wheel is light. In fourth gear on the H2R, the front wheel was heavy. It felt firmly planted on the ground, which told me the wings worked. The bike was super steady at high speed.

                        When I first drag-tested the H2, I really felt like an amateur. It was pissing me off. The bike was so powerful it intimidated me. I knew that if I twisted the throttle too fast, the front end was going to go skyward. I manipulated the throttled based on how far the front wheel was off the ground. The more throttle I gave it, the more it picked the front wheel up. I’d then have to get the front wheel back down before rolling on the throttle a little bit more and doing it again. I had to manipulate the throttle like that until I could get the throttle wide open. Do you know how much time I’m losing by doing that?
                        I made several runs on both bikes and told the engineers what I had felt. Or what needed to be enhanced or changed somewhat. These guys are smarter than me, and they absolutely know how to build a motorcycle, so all I could do was humbly give them my opinion on what I thought they needed to do make the H2 a better drag racer.
                        They started asking me about rules for the class I race in. Knowing the power this thing was supposed to put out, it was always my intention to race this motorcycle in the class I run in currently.
                        I run in Real Street, which represents a production style motorcycle with unlimited modifications to the motor. The only limitation: It has to have a DOT tire and a stock clutch. You can have any power “adder” you want, but only one. You can’t have turbo and nitrous, or a supercharger and nitrous. It has to be all motor. Or turbo. Or nitrous. Or supercharged. One power “adder” only. You have to have all production bodywork. If you wanted to put down 450 horsepower and the clutch can take it, it’s up to you to hold on.
                        I believe the H2 can be competitive in Real Street. At this point, I’ve only been able to do bolt-on modifications and enough modifications to make this bike unique and one of a kind. But I haven’t yet been able to search for more power and manage the power it already has.
                        I picked up the H2 on October 28 and immediately took it to my mechanic’s shop. We discussed our game plan. I could not take it to the racetrack with me because the bike was top secret and under embargo. Nobody had ever seen one yet, so I had to keep it out of sight. We rented the Rockingham track a day after my race. After hours, with stock wheelbase, we tested it. I knew I didn’t have enough time to figure out the electronics, so I turned them off. I didn’t have wheelie control or any traction control helping me. I probably got about seven runs on that bike.

                        For that test, I brought along my 2015 ZX-14R,
                        set up the same exact way, with stock wheelbase and lowered, that’s it. Everything else was factory. Did the same thing to the H2. The ZX-14R ran a 9.16 at 149 mph. The H2, with H2R pipes and ECU tuning very similar to the H2R’s, went 9.16 at 160. That’s 11 mph better!

                        Most people will say that’s not enough difference given the extra cost of the bike. But let’s not forget this fact: With the 14, I can lock the throttle in first gear. On the H2, I can’t lock the throttle until fourth gear. If you were to do a side by side run, the ZX-14 would pull away from the H2 until the eighth mile, but in the second half of the run the H2 would catch the ZX-14R by the finish line.
                        After that test, the next phase was to make the bike rideable. Again, I could not lock the throttle until fourth gear. So I took the bike to Coby Adams for a swingarm that would help me get power to the ground a little quicker. He made me a swingarm, We went back out 30 days later. We took it to Mooresville Dragway, right around the corner from the shop, to see if we got the gearing right. The following day at Rockingham, we did our second and final test. I also brought my school bike, a 2013 ZX-14R set up very similarly, for comparison.
                        The school bike went 8.69 at 154 mph on pump gas. Anybody who knows drag racing, knows that’s nothing to sneeze at. On the H2 Hybrid, I went 8.21 at 166 mph. So we jumped from 154 to 166. That’s 12 mph more. Going from an 8.69 to an 8.21 is a huge jump in performance.

                        The H2 Hybrid has a 68-inch wheelbase, as opposed to 56.5 stock. The swingarm is 11 inches longer than stock. Right now, it also has a BST carbon rear wheel. We’re gonna put one on the front as well.
                        Remember, Coby Adams had to make a conventional swingarm for a bike that was designed for a single-sided swingarm. Everything on the rear end had to change. In doing that, we lost 12 pounds on the drivetrain. With the chrome-moly swingarm, the wheel and the sprocket, we lost 12 pounds. Which is always good for performance. We also put the JRI shock on it, and Dusty from Dynojet flew out to make us a PowerCommander 5 for it with an ignition module.
                        Of course, nothing on this bike fits any other bike that Kawasaki has. Not the electronics. Not the wheels. Nothing is the same. It was like a total ground-up restoration. It made for some headaches, honestly.
                        At one point, we ran into a little situation. We lowered it too much in front when it had the stock wheelbase. When the front came back down on one run, it broke the fender. So we had to raise the bike back up about an inch and a half and have the fender fixed. Right now, the front end is actually strapped down with a front-end tie-down strap. It helps by not letting the front end rebound, but it doesn’t let you get front end close enough to the ground to stop the bike from wheelieing.
                        We gotta bring the front end down a lot. There are lots of modifications I’d need to make to get the bike as low as I’d like. I would have to get rid of the standard pipe that goes underneath the engine. Once we have more time with the H2, we’ll get it down as low as we need to get it.

                        It makes 292 horsepower to the rear wheel on pump gas. KHI is very smart. They are never going to run anything on the edge. When we checked the air-fuel ratio, it was 11.3 to 11.4. That’s how rich they had it. They had to make sure it’s safe enough for anybody who gets their hands on it to not blow it up. We knew from racing my turbo bike that we can lean it out quite a bit more than that. So we took the air-fuel ratio to about 12.2 and picked up 30 horsepower. With the leaner mixture and improved airflow, we went from 269 horsepower to 292. If you equate that to crankshaft horsepower, that would be around 320 horsepower.
                        To try to calm this thing down with its stock wheelbase, we made fifth gear very long. Stock gearing is 18/42. When we stretched it out, we dropped it to a 16/42, but even that was still too much too handle. Even though we were 12 inches longer, two teeth down on the front was just too much off the start line. We ended up going to a 16/41, which was still too much, but we left it there because we ran out of time.
                        People will say this bike isn’t all that fast. But I haven’t had the H2 long enough. For the bike to run a 9.16 in stock configuration, without being able to open the throttle until fourth gear, at beyond half track, this bike has so much potential. It’s much better than anything else I’ve ever ridden.
                        To put this in perspective, my race bike is a turbocharged ZX-14R with close to 500 horsepower. My best-ever time to half-track on that bike is 5.13. The H2 does it in 5:31. That’s the only difference between the H2 and the bike I’ve developed and raced for the last several years? Of course, in the second half of the track, the 500 horsepower takes over. But the H2 still remains within a half-second of the national record.

                        Before you figure out how to make the H2 go faster, you have to figure out how to ride it. It’s gonna take you four or five runs to learn how to ride the bike. And one of the challenges I’ve had with the H2 is that it left the line so hard that I kept sliding back on the seat. On all of my race bikes, I cut out the seat so it cradles my butt. Well, we didn’t have enough time to worry about the seat. Every time I left the start line, I’d slide to the back of the seat. I’d have to lift my leg up and put it under the shifter and shift before I wound up in the rev limiter. That was a challenge. It took me a while to get the timing right. We ended up putting some duct tape on my leathers to keep me from sliding back!
                        It has a hard rev limiter. The tach gets red at 14,000 rpm, but the redline area is from 14,000 to 16,000 rpm. But it hits the rev limiter right at 14,100. Turbochargers typically sign off at a certain rpm. A supercharger continues to make boost as long as you continue to rev the engine. I believe my motorcycle could go another 2 or 3 mph faster if I could rev it a little more.
                        People keep commenting about how heavy the H2 is. They’re appalled that it’s listed as 530 lb. I will say this: I never believed the bike was that heavy, so I pulled it onto a scale. In completely stock trim (no carbon, except where the mirrors and wings are), my bike weighed 475 lb. stock, with a gallon of gas. Then, at our December test with the extended swingarm and carbon rear wheel, the bike weighed only 460 lb. I weighed my ZX-14R school bike that same day, set up the same way and with a gallon of fuel. It weighed 530 lb. Sure, if you compare the H2 to a liter bike, it’s heavy. But it also has a steel frame, a supercharger, and what looks like the heaviest exhaust I’ve ever seen on a production bike.
                        Three hundred horsepower is super fast, but it’s not fast enough for me.


                        On The Record: Rickey Gadson- Project Kawasaki Ninja H2 Hybrid Drag Bike
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                        • Yamaha Launches the Mio 125 M3 Scooter in Indonesia: xBhp News

                          Yamaha motors launched the Mio 125 M3 Scooter and Blue M3 Core 125 in Indonesia. The scooter was earlier showcased at the Indonesia Motorcycle Show in November 2014.

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                          The M3 is a sporty scooter with angular lines and catchy paint scheme that attracts the Japanese market. The scooter carries regular telescopic forks and disc brakes at the front, providing good handling.

                          The engine is a 125cc, four-stroke air-cooled unit that produces 12.5 bhp @ 8,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 9.6 Nm @ 5,500 rpm, making it quite a punchy little engine. It lays its power down on to the road with the help of a CVT gearbox.

                          Yamaha said:
                          The Yamaha Mio 125 would be sold in Indonesia in 6 different colour options and is priced at 1,130 USD (Rs 70,000!), having targeted towards the age group of 17-25, Yamaha expects to sell upwards of 860,000 units by the end of 2015.

                          News Source: Yamaha Launches the Mio 125 M3 Scooter in Indonesia


                          • Re: Yamaha Launches the Mio 125 M3 Scooter in Indonesia: xBhp News

                            The power figures are simply great for a 125cc scooter. Looks unconventional too!
                            Hope to see the Indian equivalent of the same.
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                            • GM/Tyco to swap Suzuki for BMW

                              Martin & William remain with Tyco for 2015.. But with new machine partner, BMW

                              ...but neither of them have raced with BMW machinery before

                              TYCO'S international road racing team, William Dunlop and Guy Martin, is to remain unchanged despite the move to BMW machinery.

                              It was announced that Tyco had split from Suzuki earlier this month and said were looking to 'take on a new challenge'.

                              With the confirmation the Tyco have secured BMW machinery with BMW Motorrad UK, they have already seen support from BMW in Germany.

                              William said: Neither Dunlop or Martin have raced BMW machinery before on the roads, however William's brother Michael won both the Superbike TT race and the Senior TT last year on a BMW S1000RR.

                              Martin added: Michael Dunlop is still yet to confirm his plans for 2015, but it is now highly unlikely he will be back with BMW.

                              Source/Thanks: Visordown

                              Martin & William remain with Tyco for 2015 - Motorcycle racing news : road racing - Visordown

                              Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl 'Will you marry me?'
                              The girl said, 'NO!'

                              And the guy lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and watched sport on a big screen TV, went fishing and surfing, and played golf a lot, and drank beer and scotch and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up and farted whenever he wanted.

                              THE END


                              • Suzuki Recursion concept heading for production?

                                A JAPANESE bike mag has released what appears to be a production version rendering of the Suzuki Recursion concept.

                                The render of the 588cc turbocharged parallel-twin concept, first revealed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor show, is on the front cover of the latest issue of ‘Young Machine’ (YM) magazine.
                                It features a number of similarities to the turbo concept, including a belly pan exhaust, two-cylinder engine and half-fairing setup.
                                Oddly, however, the front end looks curiously similar to Suzuki’s own 1100cc six-cylinder Stratosphere concept released in 2005.

                                The last time YM had a render appear on its front cover was when it released an image of the Yamaha R25 several months before its official launch. It was about as accurate as a computer-generated picture could be and looked identical to what was eventually released by Yamaha. The Recursion is said to make 100hp at 8,000rpm with peak torque of at 4,500rpm, overcoming the poor mid-range associated with early turbo systems.

                                It weighs 174kg and offers 50% better fuel economy than a sports 600, according to Suzuki.

                                Check out the website for the pic.

                                Source/Thanks Suzuki Recursion concept heading for production? - Motorcycle news: New bikes - Visordown

                                Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl 'Will you marry me?'
                                The girl said, 'NO!'

                                And the guy lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and watched sport on a big screen TV, went fishing and surfing, and played golf a lot, and drank beer and scotch and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up and farted whenever he wanted.

                                THE END