Ducati recentlky showed three Scrambler-based concepts at the Verona Motor Bike Expo, the Peace Sixty2, Revolution and Artika. The bikes were created by Nicola Martini, Officine Mermaid and the Dario Lopez Studio, respectively, and show what can be done to personalize this handsomely simple bike. — CAS
The global, three-year agreement uniting the Ducati and Italia Independent brands has resulted in its first products, a special edition Ducati Scrambler and a unique collection of Italia Independent sunglasses. Each wears a special logo that will be used on future products.
The limited edition Ducati Scrambler Italia Independent features the Ducati Scrambler - Italia Independent logo on each side of the tank, another on the tag for the leather seat, and a laser-etched aluminum plate with the bike’s serial number. Just 1,077 units will be built.
According to Ducati, this motorcycle is all about hand-crafted details, and the cafe racer soul. It has a black engine with brushed cylinder head fins and visible machining; a black exhaust system with Termignoni silencer; a low handlebar with aluminum mirror mounts; a short front mudguard, nose fairing, frame and wheels all painted “Night Copper”; and a matte black paint color scheme.
The sunglasses are dark black with a rubber surface treatment, brushed copper bridge and temples, and a dedicated logo on the left temple. Mirrored copper-colored lenses round out the look. There sunglass range includes four other styles based on the color schemes and aesthetics of different models of the Ducati Scrambler. — CAS
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
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.
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.