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Friday
Aug142015

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

Friday
Jun192015

Racing Improves the Breed for a Few

By Christopher A. Sawyer

Honda has confirmed it will sell a limited number of its RC213V-S as a 2016 model in the U.S. Essentially a MotoGP racer for the street, the RC213V-S is based on the RC213V Marc Marquez rode to two MotoGP world championships. According to Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda: “Ever since the modern four-stroke era of MotoGP began, fans have demanded a road-going version of [the] RCV. This motorcycle reflects the same attention to detail and precision in assembly found in the factory machine. It's an amazing bike that is sure to be a hit with a select group of U.S. customers.”

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Friday
Jun052015

This Legacy isn’t a Subaru

The J.T. Nesbitt-designed Bienville Legacy will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed June 25-28. Billed as one of the most powerful four-cylinder motorcycles ever built, the Legacy is powered by a Motus V4 displacing 1,650 cc, the supercharged bike will produce about 300 horsepower in production trim.

Jim Jacoby and Scott Miller, founders of the ADMCi Foundation that has supported the Legacy project from its inception, will ride the titanium, carbon fiber, leather and mahogany creation at Goodwood’s Hillclimb. Created at Bienville Studios in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Legacy features a patented suspension that leverages a single composite leaf sprint with the engine mounted at its center. In addition, the front forks consist of carbon fiber blades with adjustable rake and trail, a first on a production motorcycle. The Bienville Legacy has been under development for over three years. Three prototypes have been built to date. — CAS

BIENVILLE LEGACY 1080p from Jim Jacoby on Vimeo.

 

Friday
Apr242015

Ducati’s Lightweight Display

Audi’s City Lab, located on Via Montenapoleone in Milan’s fashion district, will display two Ducatis during Milan’s Fashion Week, a marble sculpture and a motorcycle suspended in the air said to celebrate the “Ducati Lightness Experience.”

The Ducati sculpture is hewn from three slabs of white Carrara marble,a nd will be on display on the Via Montenapoleone, until April 28. Inspired by the production Panigale, it was designed by Ducati’s chief designer Gianandrea Fabbro, who also penned the Panigale. The sculpture is called “Fortitudo mea in levitate” (My lightness is my strength), and is said to contrast the lightness of the shape against the weight of the marble from which it is made.

In contrast, the second exhibit takes place in a temporary store, and features a Panigale R mounted on the wall of a symbolic display case in a way that makes it look as if it is floating. It will remain in place through May 10. — CAS

Friday
Jan022015

Bultaco’s Leap of Faith

The Bultaco Brinco (the name is Spanish for “leap”) is back. Unlike the first Brinco, a 74 cc two-stroke motorcycle introduced in the early 1970s, the latest version is a pedal-assisted electric mountain bike powered by a 3kW electric hub motor fed by a 1 kWh lithium-ion battery.

The Brinco weighs 72.8 lb., thanks to a lightweight aluminum mono-beam frame, is capable of a top speed of more than 37 mph, and has a maximum range of 62 miles. The motor produces a maximum of 42 lb.-ft. of torque, but dipping into this reserve of power will cut the range dramatically. To get the greatest range, it’s necessary to use Eco mode, which combines electric drive with pedaling to minimize energy consumption.

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