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    Default Pikes Peak Hill Climb bans Sportbikes

    Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has effectively banned sportbikes from competing next year.

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    ďOnly motorcycles manufactured with one piece handle bars as original equipment will be permitted. Only OVM one-piece handlebars will be permitted. This Rule does not apply to bikes in the Pikes Peak Challenge Sidecar Class.Ē

    The new rules mark a return to regulations last featured in 2010, which only allow bikes with a one-piece handlebar. That essentially rules out all sportbikes, a move that makes sense after two deaths at the last two events. After crossing the finish line in 2014, Bobby Goodin was killed while riding his Triumph Daytona 675R. Last year, rider Carl Sorensen died after driving his Ducati 848 off a cliff.

    Instead of banning motorcycles outright, the board of directors decided to revert to a set of old rules that require one-piece handlebars.

    Jeremy Toye, 2014ís fastest rider, doesnít think the rule change makes sense either. He said
    ďThe handlebars didnít cause those deaths, and the handlebar isnít going to reduce speed. A motorcycle produced with a one-piece handlebar isnít designed for optimum handling, shall we say, and the conditions at Pikes [Peak] are pretty intense so you need the best-handling situation you can get whether itís the handlebars or an air bag or a fuzzy seat. I think itís ridiculous. The handlebar has nothing to do with [safety]Ē.
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    Default Re: Pikes Peak Hill Climb bans Sportbikes

    News Approved!

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    Thumbs up Re: Pikes Peak Hill Climb bans Sportbikes

    As saddening as the deaths are, I still agree more with Jeremy Toye... A handlebar is a spec, we agree, but again, it doesn't mean it will be a low powered bike. There might already be 100-150 bhp bikes with handlebars, like Yamaha FZ1 and that Aprilia bike with RSV4 engine (I think its Aprilia Tuono?) This logic is flawed.

    I think top revs should be limited instead of this. Ban any bike which goes above 10 krpm. High revs with even reasonable amount of torque up there build up such a rush of power that it may be uncontrollable in few situations.
    High Torque is ok, it only puts the rider in more control in comparison.

    And one more thing:- I would rather be rushing towards a peak's edge at 120 kmph on a Ducati 848, than an adventure bike with a handlebar, if the 848 brakes better (which it should, generally, the low weight, the brakes, etc).


    Of course, we need to have the decision maker's viewpoint before we arrive at a conclusion. That I would love to hear.

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    Default Re: Pikes Peak Hill Climb bans Sportbikes

    I'd say ban all powerful bikes (irrespective of handle bars) altogether. Pikes peak challenge is a maniacal event and they don't seem to have enough (or any) preparations for such catastrophic events (like a crash).

    Do read this article about the Daytona crash from the 1st person's account - Witnessing death at Pikes Peak: a first person account of Bobby Goodin's final moments

    I'd pick up these lines from the above article because I feel it summarizes the whole thing perfectly (applies to our mad riding in ghats/highways too):

    "Pikes Peak is dangerous, has always been dangerous, and will continue to be dangerous. It is accepted, and almost expected, that someone may perish at this event. I fear that this nonchalant attitude towards death has begun to evolve the prestigious exhibition of speed into something demonic and inhuman.


    Motorsport is dangerous, that we know. However, Motorsport is organized and planned. That is the difference between a sanctioned event and an illegal festival of speed. To not take proper precautions or plan accordingly in the event of a catastrophe is immature. There is no acceptable reason for this unwillingness towards safety, especially now that the racing is only getting faster."

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