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Bell’s Ultra Light Carbon Fiber Helmet

Bell Helmets recently launched a new Pro Star helmet reinforced by TeXtreme, an ultra-thin carbon fiber material that reduces weight without affecting mechanical properties.

Bell says it rethought its Pro Star helmet, wanting to reduce the weight of the shell by as much as possible while retaining exemplary head protection properties. Adding TeXtreme to the shell layup reduced its weight by 21% with no degradation in performance.

TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fiber reinforcements is used in Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, Le Mans, Bicycles, Ice Hockey, Surfing, Rowing Shells, Golf, Tennis, Skis, and Snowboards. It also is used in a wide variety of Aerospace and Industrial applications. — CAS


BMW's New Single

The G 310 R is BMW’s world bike. It is designed to run on most available fuel qualities, get great fuel economy, and meet all emission standards and local requirements while establishing a beachhead for BMW in the sub-500 cc. class.

Powered by a new 313 cc. single-cylinder engine, the 349 lb. G 310 R produces 34 hp at 9,500 rpm and 21 lb.-ft. of torque at 7,500. The liquid-cooled, twin cam engine has a bore of 80 mm., stroke of 62.1 mm., and a relatively moderate 10.6:1 compression ratio. The single cylinder is laid back 180 degrees with the intake tract positioned at the front and facing the direction of travel. This leaves a lot of room for a generous intake silencer that is positioned directly behind the steering head and fuel tank. The valve gear is similar to that found on the S 1000 RR, and features friction minimizing Diamond Like Carbon-coated engine components and a Nikasil cylinder liner. DLC coating also is used on the piston pin to eliminate the need for a bearing in this area. To reduce vibration, there is a counterrotating balance chart located directly in front of the crankshaft, while engine-out emissions are handled by a closed-loop catalytic converter and secondary air system. The engine mates to a six-speed gearbox that drives the rear wheel through an O-ring chain.

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New Suzukis for 2016

GSX-R1000 Concept

The “Concept” part of the this motorcycle’s name is there to give Suzuki an excuse to show the bike well forward of its production debut in the second half of 2016, thus maximizing the press coverage it receives prior to launch. It’s a good policy, especially when the release date is that far into the future, and the motorcycle is as important as the GSX-R is to Suzuki’s image.

The next-generation GSX-R will feature a Broad Power System that features a production version of Suzuki Racing’s variable valve timing system. This design optimizes intake cam timing at both high and low rpm, so that top-end power doesn’t come at the expense of low-end grunt. The valve train has a new finger follower rocker arm design, secondary fuel injectors in the top of the airbox that come into play only at high rpm, and two servo-controlled butterfly valves in each exhaust header balance tube.

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BMW’s Bad Motor Scooters

BMW Motorrad’s new C 650 Sport and C 650 GT scooters are geared to riders with more sporting ambitions (Sport) and those looking for a ride with greater comfort and touring capability (GT). Both are powered by a revised twin-cylinder 647 cc. engine mated to a CVT transmission.

The rated power output for this engine is 60 hp at 7,500 rpm, with 46.5 lb.-ft. at 6,000. Redline is 8,500 rpm. It features a cylinder block that has been tilted forward 70 degrees in order to lower the engine’s mounting position and center of gravity. This is a dry sump motor with a dual oil pump, electronic fuel injection, four valves per cylinder, and twin balance shafts.

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2015 Yamaha R1 Exhaust Kit

California’s Taylormade Racing looked to Valentino Rossi’s M1 MotoGP bike for inspiration when it decided to create a compact GP-style exhaust for Yamaha’s R1 and R1M. Stainless steel with carbon fiber trim, the dyno-developed exhaust increases both mid-range and top-end power, reduces weight, and features carbon fiber brackets that mount the ceramic-coated muffler to the bike’s stock titanium headers. The stock O2 sensors are retained, however, the catalytic converter is removed.

According to Taylormade Racing CEO Paul Taylor, the kit is, “fully compatible with the R1's class-leading electronics. We are particularly delighted with the sound, which makes the most of the R1's cross-plane roar, but keeps noise levels acceptable, even though both mid-range and top-end power are improved.” The chambered muffler keeps the sound level at idle to 94 dB, and 105 dB at 6,000 rpm. This should keep it under most track-day noise requirements. However, an optional “Db killer” is available to reduce the sound level further.

Classic weave carbon fiber trim panels blend with the factory R1 bodywork. However, those with the range-topping R1M can order the optional twill weave carbon trim panel to match that bike’s bodywork. Prices for the Taylormade Racing exhaust begin at $999 — CAS

Power Gain:
    Mid-range: 3 hp
    Top-end: 5 hp
Weight: 7.5lbs (3.4kg)
Weight reduction: 10 lb. (4.5kg)
Sound level:
    Idle: 94dB
    6000rpm: 105dB