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Friday
Nov072014

Ducati’s 2015 Range

By Christopher A. Sawyer

1299 PanigaleDucati CEO Claudio Domenicali launched the 2015 1299 Panigale and Multistrada 1200 in Milan, and showed four versions of the company’s Scrambler. He also previewed the limited edition (500 units) Diavel Titanium sport cruiser. Said Domenicali: “For Ducati, 2015 is a milestone as Ducati enthusiasts will be able to choose from a range more technologically advanced and innovatively designed than ever.”

The 1299 Panigale has a name that is 17 cc too large, as it is powered by a 1285 cc Superquadro engine that produces 200 hp at 10,500 rpm, and 107 lb.-ft. of torque at 8,750 rpm. With a dry weight of 367 lb., Ducati claims it has a record-breaking power-to-weight ratio for a road bike.

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Friday
Nov072014

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M

By Christopher A. Sawyer

YZF-R1Early in the second quarter of 2015, Yamaha will launch two new flagship models in the U.S. Both are powered by a 200 hp, water-cooled 998 cc inline four with cross plane crankshaft, and carry the YZF name. The YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M also will be the first commercially available motorcycles with a six-axis position sensor that detects angular velocity along three axes, as well as three-axis acceleration so the rider can devote more attention to riding. In addition, the YZF-R1M features an electronically controlled suspension, carbon fairing and a digital data recorder.

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Friday
Nov072014

Building a Better Motorcycle Factory

By Christopher A. Sawyer

Photos courtesy William McDonough + Partners About 15 years ago, I was asked to cover the Greenbrier Conference for Ford. The idea was to provide participants with a synopsis of the proceedings so they could refer to at their leisure once they got home.
The original plan, promulgated by Ford’s Richard Parry Jones, was to provide giant binders with blow-by-blow coverage of the speeches and Q&A sessions. The one problem? This would have taken a phalanx of people, used tons of paper, required an almost mind-numbing number of binders, and increased the fuel used by every mode of transportation used to get the attendees back home. It wasn’t the brightest idea for a take away from a conference on sustainability. Unfortunately, Ford didn’t want to film the proceedings, put them up on a dedicated website, and give folks access to a password-protected site where they could watch them. Doing that would have cost a lot of money. The compromise was to synopsize each presentation and put them up on a dedicated website. It was a lot of work, and I think we burned out one very nice court reporter whose job it was to transcribe the proceedings. I still owe her my apologies.

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Friday
Oct242014

Variable Valve Timing Comes to Ducati

By Christopher A. Sawyer

Ducati’s new Testastretta DVT brings variable timing to desmodromic intake and exhaust valve actuation, and is the first of a new generation of Ducati engines. The system acts independently on both the intake and exhaust cams to optimize efficiency, and helps the Testastretta reach full Euro 4 emission compliance.

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Friday
Aug082014

BikerCam HD 1080p

Tachyon has introduced a new HD camera engineered for shooting forward in open areas, which eliminates the need for a fisheye lens and the distortion it brings. Called the BikerCam 1080p, it shoots in wide-screen format, and can connect to the motorcycle’s power via the included three-foot USB cable or a 12-volt adaptor plug. When connected in this fashion, it starts recording when you turn the ignition on, and stops when the bike is powered down. 

Like the black box on an airplane, the camera records continuously, and overwrites the oldest files with the most recent. Thus, you can run the camera non-stop, and remove any important video files should you need to preserve a recording. This is made all the easier because the unit offers the option of adding a date and time stamp. 

Tachyon claims the camera also can be used as a dash-mount unit in a car or truck, and offers a number of brackets and mounts to make that possible. It has a 1.3-in. CMOS high-dynamic sensor and high-speed CPU, and can record more than two hours on the 1080p setting. (Longer recording time is possible with the 720p setting.) It retails for $229.99 and is available from tachyonic.com or Amazon. — CAS