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    Claudio Castiglioni dies at 64: loss of the father of 916, Monster, MV F4.

    The president of MV Agusta Claudio Castiglioni died in Varese this morning at the age of 64. The motorcycling magnate and sire of iconic Italian bikes including the Ducati 916 and Monster, MV Agusta F4 and imminent F3, whose taste shaped the desires of millions of motorcyclists passed away in a clinic in Varese early this morning.

    British designer Adrian Morton, who worked closely with Castiglioni on the new F3 told MCN: "There are so many bikes that wouldn't exist if it weren't for Claudio. His passion for making beautiful bikes is what shaped everything we did, and his presence is always felt here. It's shocking to think we won't see him any more. He was heavily involved in all future product development right to the end in his characteristic 'insistent' manner. His passion for the bikes kept him going. It was a nightmare trying to keep him happy with the F3, but that's what made it the bike it is. In an era when most people who run businesses wouldn't care if it was motorcycles or washing machines their factories turned out, Claudio was the last of a breed. Hopefully the bikes we do in future reflect his insistence on special machines."

    Source: Claudio Castiglioni dies at 64: loss of father of 916, Monster, MV F4 "Shocking" says F3 designer - | Motorcycle News | Bike News | Motorbike Videos | MCN

    MV Agusta's Emotional Statement And Funeral Details: Claudio Castiglioni's death - MV Press release

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    RIP Claudio, I can't believe he's no more...

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    Bikers torch Porsche 928 in Icon’s latest video


    Icon Motorsports’ latest video has arrived. The video starts with commentary stating “All around the world, motorcycles and cars share the same roads. This video demonstrates some of the situations motorcyclists face every day.” It also involves V-Twin stunt riders Chris Rayburn and Rob Carpenter and a Porsche 928. Icon wanted to remind riders and drivers that they all share the same roads, but the way they did that, is pretty interesting.





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    Here's the link: Risky Business - YouTube

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    Batpod in action

    Or is it Catpod in the new movie?




    Video link: Catwoman Close-Up!! (The Dark Knight Rises) - YouTube


    SPIED in action complete with Anne Hathaway lookalike stunt double on board, here's the new Batpod (or maybe it's the Catpod, now it's got Catwoman riding rather than Batman).

    Presumably corners are something that superheroes just avoid. If you need evidence why real bikes aren't built to look like the Batpod, just check out the video.

    The bike from the last Batman movie was powered by a 250cc single. This one looks similar but sounds like it might have something a bit spicier inside (you can hear it start and rev from the 2.40 mark).


    Source: Batpod in action - Motorcycle news: Videos - Visordown
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    Lightbulb USA's first slick tyres' set, by Dunlop.

    USA's first club racing tyre by Dunlop.

    Dunlop proudly announces the release of the brand-new USA-built Dunlop KR448F and KR449 racing slicks, tires created primarily for club-level racers and hard-core enthusiasts who enjoy participating in track days. The KR449 rear 190/55R17 and 200/55R17 tires will be available in three compound combinations, Soft, Medium and Hard. All of these rear tires incorporate Dunlops exclusive N-Tec, MT Multi-Tread and Intuitive Response Profile (IRP) technology that has proven so effective in other Dunlop road racing tires. The KR448F front 125/80R17 will be offered in three compounds, Soft, Medium and Hard.



    This new KR tire project started in mid-2010 with the goal of providing additional slick rear tire options for club racing and track days across the country. The end result is a tire built in America that is competitive at all levels, including competitive pricing and race-winning performance. During the testing and development phase, these tires have been able to match the lap times of the more expensive made-in-the-UK racing slicks. Such impressive performance was made possible thanks to the investments Dunlop North America made in incorporating high-technology tire-building machines and procedures in the Buffalo, NY, production centerthe same equipment and processes used to build tires in the UK for Moto2.

    Testing of these USA-made slick tires encompassed exhaustive efforts including multiple tests with many riders at AMA test sessions and private tests. Some of the more notable riders included Josh Hayes, Ben Bostrom, Josh Herrin, Roger Hayden, Larry Pegram and Martin Cardenas, and test tracks included Miller Motorsports Park, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Barber Motorsports Park, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Jennings GP, Roebling Road Raceway and Summit Point Raceway. In addition, the BEI Racing Team tested the tires and have been using them in competition in the WERA National Endurance Series, where they have won every race they have entered thus far in 2011.

    The KR448F and KR449 tires will be available in September to all racers from Dunlops race-tire outlets, Erion Racing (800-700-3599) and Race Tire Services (800-772-8473). Go to Dunlop Racing for the most current information about Dunlop racing tires.


    Source: Dunlop Releases New Racing Slicks - Motorcycle USA
    Dunlop Racing Dunlop Announces Release of USA-Made Racing Slicks

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    It's a surprise that it took so long for America to get proper racing slick tyres of its own, despite many bikers and enthusiasts over the country importing the same from UK. With more and more people getting access to racetracks and Sportsbikes, it is a good move, although its difficult to say how right this was commercially.

    However, users should be aware that such tyres have their limitations in the real world/ road environment, where ordinary grooved tyres might prove much better. If the customer knows what he's purchasing, its ok. Otherwise, the company should make full attempts to raise awareness about this.

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    Batpod or catpod looks and sounds wicked!!I want one.

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    Kenny Roberts R1 Auction Nets $87,000 for Charity

    The one-off GYTR-equipped Yamaha YZF-R1 ridden by King Kenny Roberts at this years U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca was auctioned for $87,000.

    Roberts and late night television star Jay Leno were the special guest auctioneers for the R1 at Mecums Motorcycle Auction in Monterey, Calif. The final bid came from Milton Verret for $87,000. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Baileys Caf, a non-profit arts program in Brooklyn, N.Y.

    Im kinda surprised that someone would pay for a bike that I sat my butt on and worked the rear tire on pretty good, says Roberts. But, it was for a good cause, and Milton really came through for Baileys Caf.

    Kenny Roberts R1 Auction Nets $87,000 for Charity | Motorcycle Blog: The Sidecar

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    1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100 wins World Wheelie Championship!

    A 22-year-old Suzuki GSX-R1100 with a homemade turbo defeated dozens of modern GSX-R1000s, turbo Hayabusas and a BMW S1000RR in last weekend’s world wheelie championships at Elvington, Yorkshire.



    Egbert Van Popta, a German now living in Holland, took regular competitors by surprise by approaching the start of the flying kilometer in fifth gear on the elderly GSX-R – bored out to 1127cc –before using the bike’s immense torque to lift the front wheel and just accelerating on one wheel for a kilometer. His average speed was 169.4mph – extraordinary considering the blustery conditions.

    Competitors riding newer, less torquey machines were forced to approach the line in third gear, then change up twice as they accelerated through the kilometer.

    Event organiser and former wheelie champion Dave ‘Dodge’ Rogers said: "He rolls up to the start line in top gear at around 4-5,000rpm then just uses the torque to cover the km on the back wheel!! This means he doesn’t have to change gear on the back wheel, making it much safer."

    Another shock was Holeshot Racing's 231bhp, turbo-charged R6, which saw track action for the first time. The bike was competing in the top-speed run section of the event, and hit 180mph despite a pronounced misfire. A stock R6 will hit an indicated 165mph.

    Team owner Jack Frost told MCN: "I wanted to turbo charge the R6 because nobody else has. I want to beat some of the bigger bikes here today, because for not a lot of money – five grand on top of the price of the bike - you've got a better power-to-weight ratio than a MotoGP bike. It's more powerful than a full-on superbike. It's a great little toy. Some people start putting long bodywork and other alterations to get the most speed out of a machine, but this looks just like the standard bike. That's the appeal.



    "It's the same size turbo as we'd put on a 1000cc machine, because that bike revs up to 16,000rpm. It's the equivalent to a 300bhp turbo on a car.

    "After so many years on turbo-charged big bikes, getting on a stock R6 just feels... gutless. It's like riding a 250, you've got to rev it hard to get the best out of it. They've no torque at all. That's what made it a challenge, they're a hard and compact bike to work on too. If we could make it fit in that small frame, we felt that we could make it fit on anything. It's definitely helped us with our ongoing S1000RR project.

    "A bike engine is a short-stroke, big-piston, quick-revving engine. Particularly something like an R6. You size a turbo to suit the bike. There's no lag. No lag at all. You've got a lot of compression, so it's a little bit slower to pick up than standard, but that's not lag from the turbo. There hasn't been lag on a turbo for 25 years - with modern electronics and fuelling management the problem is completely resolved. Even on carburettored bikes it's hardly noticeable."

    One of the favourites to break records aboard his Busa, Swede Patrik Furstenhoff – star of the infamous Ghostrider videos – had a nightmare event. His year 2000 turbo-charged Hayabusa broke down on his first run and he told MCN: "It's the first time it has broken down in 11 years!" The bike's problems were later traced to a bent valve which put an end to his activities all weekend.


    Source: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100 wins World Wheelie Championship!

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    Guys, finally torque wins over outright power, as the GSXR1100 defeats newer machines! That's why I say tuning can't replace displacement. Tune a big, get more powerful bike and you lose torque (most of the times, although exceptions are there).

    I didn't understand how did he say his R6 has better power to weight ratio than a MotoGP bike. A MotoGP bike has around:
    220-230 bhp/153 kgs

    And his R6 has:
    231 bhp/189 kgs

    But nevertheless, 288 kilometres per hour is a great achievement from a 600cc machine, although I feel he can achieve more by re-gearing his R6. 231 bhp is enough for more top end than just 288 kmph.

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