MotoGP News - Avintia Ducati MotoGP squad extends Rabat's deal for '20/21 seasons
The Avintia MotoGP team has announced it has retained Tito Rabat for the next two seasons, ending speculation that the 2014 Moto2 champion could make a World Superbike switch.
Rabat joined the Avintia team last season, but had his season cut short by a horror leg injury sustained in a crash during a wet practice session at Silverstone.
His place at the team came under some doubt, as Moto2 frontrunners Alex Marquez, Lorenzo Baldassarri and Remy Gardner were touted to replace him at the customer Ducati squad.
Rabat was also linked a switch to WSBK with Kawasaki, but a solid run of races before the summer break elevated him to 19th in the standings and has secured his place at the team.
Avintia added it is in negotiations to bring onboard a major sponsor, and is seeking works machinery from Ducati for the next two seasons.
However, Ducati is already stretched to its limits in supplying the Pramac team with two works bikes for next year, which makes Avintia's ambitions unlikely.
"It is a pleasure to announce that Tito will continue with us for the next two seasons," said team CEO Raul Romero.
"There has been a lot of talk about Tito's future and the future of the team, but with this announcement we made it clear that we are moving forward together and that we will be stronger than ever before.
"The team grew steadily since we arrived in MotoGP and the next step is to get factory machines, the same way as all the other independent teams in the championship.
"We are working on this right now and we are also in negotiations with a big sponsor that perfectly matches the size of the project we are planning for the upcoming seasons."
On Tuesday, the Pons Moto2 team announced it would be continuing with Baldassarri and team-mate Augusto Fernandez for 2020, with Marquez now expected to remain with Marc VDS.
Marquez, like Rabat, had been linked to the seat alongside Jonathan Rea at Kawasaki in WSBK.
However, current rider Leon Haslam's position with the team has looked more assured in recent weeks, with his part in Kawasaki's first Suzuka 8 Hours victory last weekend likely sealing his place for 2020.
Rabat will once again be partnered at Avintia next season by Karel Abraham, who signed a two-year deal with the team last year.
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July 31, 2019 at 09:55AM
Motorcycle News - Triumph Unveils 2020 Rocket 3 R Rocket 3 GT
In 2004, Triumph introduced the Rocket III, and it stood unchallenged as the largest displacement motorcycle in production. Well, the folks from Hinckley have decided that 15 years without a complete overhaul is enough. We’re excited, but we can’t say we’re surprised. Way back in January, we received some spy photos that showed the work in progress. We were impressed and curious then, but now that we’ve actually got some specifications along with some official photos of the two Rocket 3 models, all we can say is, “When can we ride them!”
The tidbits that have us most intrigued are the 11% increase in power and “the highest torque of any motorcycle with 163 LB-FT @ 4,000 rpm” from the 2.5-liter Triple. Toss in tidbits like Brembo Stylema calipers and dropping 88 lbs on top of the bump to 165 hp peak, and we’re almost drooling. Pricing won’t be available until November, but the Rocket 3s will start rolling into dealerships in January 2020.
Read the full press release below.
Launched in 2004, Triumph’s legendary Rocket III was a pure original with more muscle, presence and torque than any of the competition.
Now, the all-new Rocket 3 R and Rocket 3 GT lineup heralds the genesis of a new motorcycle legend.
With the world’s largest production motorcycle engine at 2,500cc, the new Rocket 3 delivers more power, 11% up on the previous generation, and the highest torque of any motorcycle with 163 LB-FT @ 4,000 rpm.
Combining imposing muscular stance, magnificent style, the highest levels of technology,
Triumph’s trademark sublime handling character, and all of the Rocket’s world-renowned presence and all-day easy riding capability, the new Rockets are truly in a class of their own.
Available: January 2020
Pricing: Released November 2019
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July 31, 2019 at 08:20AM
Motorcycle News - ‘La Monica’. Moto Guzzi Le Mans III by Dirty Seven Garage.
Written by Tim Huber.
By far one of the most significant decades in American automotive history, the 1950s gave rise to some of the most iconic vehicle designs ever created. With stylistic elements reflecting the public’s fascination for the emerging Space Age, streamlined forms, pronounced fins, and other rocket-inspired visual themes on cars became symbols of quintessential midcentury Americana. 1959 Cadillacs like the Eldorado and De Ville are archetypal examples of designs from this era, sporting curved glasswork, chromed accents, fins even more dramatic than their predecessor’s, and distinctive “jet pod” tail lights.
And it’s those tail lights that became the entire basis for this one-off Moto Guzzi, dubbed “La Monica”, from France’s Dirty Seven Garage. Starting with a 1981 Le Mans III, the Toulouse-based shop fully rebuilt the 844cc longitudinally-mounted V-Twin with a 1,000cc kit. The electronics were then overhauled via an Electrosport regulator/rectifier, Dynatek Dyna 3 electronic ignition, and new custom wiring throughout.
Next, the “square-head” twin received matte black paint with polished fins and custom aluminum valve cover guards, velocity stacks, and generator cover. The 36mm Dello’Orto carbs also got a coat of black in an effort to keep the mechanical bits more uniform. The tank and tail’s sides were brushed and a black stripe was laid down across the top before both were sealed in a polyurethane varnish. Contrasting the black paint and bare metal is the frame’s coat of candy red enamel.
The running gear on the first-year Guzzi was updated with modern componentry. Up front, slotted in custom triples, there’s a modified inverted fork off a Z1000, while out back dual Bitubo shocks are paired with a swing-arm that’s been altered to accommodate a wider tire. Stopping power now comes from top-shelf Beringer hardware linked to dual front 300mm discs (and a single 265mm rear) via braided lines and steel connectors. La Monica also gets a hydraulic clutch conversion.
The build’s pièce de résistance is undoubtedly its custom tail section, a steel unit housing a set of replica ’59 Cadillac taillights complete with chromed bezels. Draped over the one-off tail is a thin black leather seat with red ribbed stitching from fellow Toulouse-based outfit, Skinass Kustom Leather. Under the new upholstery is a pair of custom side-covers, each comprised of a dozen slash-cut stainless steel tubes, mimicking the ornate taillight bezels.
“The whole design of the bike was based on these lights,” explains the Dirty Seven crew. “We tried to marry Italian class with a spirit of vintage American cars and vintage cafe racer spirit.”
Another unique aspect of the “Guzzillac” is its exhaust, which reportedly features Ratier replica silencers decorated in custom chromed heat guards. The stock cockpit is no more, having been swapped out for an 80mm Daytona speedo, and Gilles Tooling bars with Rizoma-style grips, CB750 switchgear, bar-end mirrors, and Kellermann bar-end signals. Other details include custom steel fenders held in one-off supports, 18” Borrani wheels with stainless spokes, a custom 175mm headlight, Tomaselli foot controls, one-off license-plate holder, acid-etched Moto Guzzi eagle logos on the tank, and a myriad of minor chromed and CNC’d odds and ends.
Aside from the one-off triples and seat, all of the work on La Monica was done in-house by Dirty Seven. Overall the build’s transformation is damn impressive, and details like the hand-polished stainless screws used throughout really demonstrate and drive home how much every inch of the build’s been calculated and pored over. And it all started with just a taillight.
If you like what you see, the shop is currently seeking a new home for La Monica, too. You can find out more here.
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July 31, 2019 at 07:06AM
Motorcycle News - Angrylane Pacsafe anti theft backpack
As a motorcyclist keeping my belongings safe generally means carrying them at all times. A backpack offers the easiest solution, but what about those times when carrying a backpack and helmet isn’t an option? This was the problem Hong Kong workshop Angrylane wanted to overcome. So they contacted the folks at Pacsafe. Together they have developed a unique anti theft backpack for motorcyclists that will ensure your belongings are safe when you need to step away from them.
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July 31, 2019 at 04:34AM
F1 News - Will Hamilton return to winning ways at Hungaroring?
It was the race that had it all - spins, crashes, crazy weather and incredible results as Sunday's German Grand Prix thrilled, amazed and excited us.
That is now three epic races we have had in a row - Austria, Great Britain and Germany - so can Formula 1's resurgence carry on this weekend for the 12th race of the season in Hungary?
It is the last race before F1's four-week summer break and Lewis Hamilton, ninth at Hockenheim, holds a 41-point advantage over Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, one of seven drivers to not finish in Germany.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen took his second win of 2019 with Mercedes suffering their worst weekend of the season.
But the Silver Arrows will feel comforted by the fact Hamilton has won six times at the Hungaroring, including four successes in the past seven years, to be the most successful driver there with two more wins than the four Michael Schumacher managed.
The Hungaroring, just over 10 miles north-east of the centre of Budapest, first held a grand prix in 1986 and was the first race to be held behind the Iron Curtain. Then F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone wanted to stage a race in Russia but was convinced to go to Hungary instead and it has been part of the calendar every year since, and has a deal to stage races until at least 2026.
Hamilton won by 17 seconds last year with the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen coming second and third respectively, while Verstappen's race ended on lap five with a loss of power and Charles Leclerc, then of Sauber, failed to complete a lap because of a suspension issue.
The 20 drivers will race 70 laps of the 4.381km 14-turn circuit and the weather forecast suggests showers for the opening two practice sessions on Friday, but, sadly, it is not expected to be a wet race like the one that caused so much chaos in Germany.
Pit stops proved crucial last weekend with Verstappen stopping five times on his way to victory and the tactical strategy is often vital in Hungary.
Last year Ferrari did not do two-time Hungary winner Vettel any favours as they delayed and then botched a pit stop which inadvertently left him behind Bottas, who repeatedly blocked off and delayed the German as Hamilton disappeared into the distance.
Bottas did such a good job at holding up Vettel that Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff later called the Finn a "sensational wingman", something the driver took exception to, saying the description "hurt".
This race has been good for Bottas' Finnish compatriots over the years as Mika Hakkinen won in 1999 and 2000, Raikkonen took the chequered flag in 2005 and Heikki Kovalainen clinched the only grand prix success of his career in Hungary 11 years ago.
The championship and Bottas himself, who still does not know if he will be driving with Mercedes in 2020, could really do with another victory for Finland on Sunday and moving from Hungary wingman to Hungary winner.
From 2 to 4 August BBC Sport has live coverage of practice, qualifying and the race across the BBC Sport website with updates on BBC Radio 5 Live, plus live digital coverage on the BBC Sport website and app - including audience interaction, expert analysis, debate, voting, features, interviews and audio content.
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July 31, 2019 at 12:42AM
Motorcycle News - 2019 Honda CB500X Review – First Ride
2019 Honda CB500XEditor Score: 85.75%
You never know what bikes will end up garnering a cult following. This can be based on so many variables, one of which is the aftermarket. The Honda CB500X was a nice enough little adventure-styled 471cc motorcycle when it was introduced in 2013, but when aftermarket manufacturers like Rally Raid Products out of the UK started providing accessories to bring the CB500X into dirt-worthy territory, interest in the bike took off. You can now buy full suspension kits and spoked wheels among other serious off-road accoutrement to fit to your CB500X. When Honda went back to the drawing board to redesign its littlest adventure touring bike, it began with a look at what current owners and prospective buyers wanted in a light(ish) weight touring bike and how to make the CB500X easier and more fun to ride. The result? Read on.
When I asked our helpful Honda media coordinators how much off-road riding we’d be doing versus street, I was pleasantly surprised to be told 50/50. Yes! The more dirt the MO betta, and it speaks to where Honda sees this bike being used by its owners. Of course, the off-road sections would be more like gravel fire roads for the most part, but that’s okay. The 500X isn’t meant to be a hardcore adventure bike, but I was excited to see just how capable the 2019 Honda CB500X is.
Honda paid attention to the popularity of its CB500X being outfitted for adventure and wanted to deliver customer-driven updates for its little ADV. For 2019, the 500X receives a larger, 19-inch front wheel as well as additional suspension travel – with 5.9 inches both front and rear giving increased ground clearance of just over seven inches. Spring preload is adjustable on both ends. The shock itself has seen a full redesign using a higher spec two-chamber system. A taller windscreen has also been included with the 2019 CB500X, which can be moved a touch higher as long as you have a 5mm allen handy.
For 2019, the CB500X has also gained a degree of rake at 27.5 degrees, as well as an inch from axle to axle giving it a wheelbase of 56.9 inches. This all lends to a more stable and planted feeling at speed; after railing the CB500X through stretches of sinuous pavement and gravel roads, I can confidently say the bike handles predictably. It’s quite fun to ride fast and loose, which is also thanks to its 430-pound curb weight, though it feels lighter. The X also has a much wider turning capability from lock to lock making it easy to maneuver in tight situations.
One thing you may have noticed in these pictures is that our test rides were fitted with Bridgestone’s new AX41 adventure tire, which is not stock fitment for the 2019 Honda CB500X. Sorry. The folks at Honda decided that we could better utilize the bike’s off-road performance with more aggressive tires. During our day’s ride, I REALLY enjoyed these new Bridgestones and am thankful to have had a brief test of the tire’s capability. From the factory you’ll see more road-going rubber by way of the Dunlop Trailmax.
Honda didn’t just push the CB500X closer to being off-road adventure ready, it also put time into engine and transmission updates to make the bike more efficient and easier to ride. Although much of the engine remains unchanged, Honda claims 4% more torque between 3,000 and 7,000 rpm, thanks to revised intake timing which sees the valves opening earlier. This also has been aided by optimized fuel injection spray and changes to the airbox which allow for more direct flow. The exhaust has also undergone a redesign and left me surprised by its aggressive tone every time someone would take off quickly in front of me. As we saw with Honda’s new CB650s, the 500X also receives a new slip and assist clutch which is said to provide a 45% lighter pull at the lever. Percentages aside, it’s one of the lightest pulls at the lever I’ve tested. Shifts are also more positive thanks to the new model’s gears using nine dogs versus six in the previous model.
Riding the 2019 Honda CB500X is such a fun and easy affair that it left a smile on my dust-covered face for our entire ride. On the street, the 19-inch front wheel has little to no adverse effect on steering as the bike is easily pitched from side to side. The single 320mm front brake has a fairly strong initial bite to it, and even if it doesn’t give much feedback, it will still get the bike slowed quickly enough. The rear brake is easily modulated at the lever and with our more aggressive tire fitment worked very well for getting the bike turned off-road. The CB500X is available with ABS or without and offers no easy way to switch it off should you opt for the anti-lock option.
While power is modest, the revised power delivery from the 471cc parallel Twin gives more torque where you most need it. The only time I felt the power lacking was when trying to overtake cars at speed. The character of the parallel Twin was also what added to the fun off-road as we all enjoyed breaking the rear end loose into and out of every corner. No TC available here.
The rider triangle is as neutral as they come while seated and perfectly comfortable whilst standing for my 5-foot 8-inch self. The seat is a bit stiff but maybe just enough to be supportive. Our 200-plus mile ride consisted of plenty of stops, so it was hard to tell. We’re told the handlebar has been moved up and back slightly from last year’s model, which for me, made the fit juuuust right. Although the seat height has been raised by just under an inch to 32.7, the seat has been slimmed closer to the tank, making getting your soles on the ground easier while giving more room in the seat to footpeg department.
Because the bike feels so light, it’s a real pleasure to ride off-road. Sliding and jumping don’t have the same consequences on the CB500X as they do on a 550-pound plus 160-hp adventure bike. If you get into trouble with the 500X, it’s easily remedied thanks to its light weight, modest power delivery, and good brakes. The suspension also handles light off-road duty with ease. I might like to make some adjustments to compression and rebound for the shock, but it’s not bad out of the box. The fork was actually fairly stiff in its initial stroke but didn’t feel harsh on any of the larger bumps off-road.
At $6,699 for non-ABS or $6,999 with, the 2019 Honda CB500X delivers more versatility than its predecessor while coming in at a great price for new riders, old riders, or any rider looking to add some easy-going fun adventure to their garage. My colleagues and I were already planning rides to Baja on this thing before our press ride even began, now I’m even more excited about the prospect. Baja 1000, here we come! To spectate, of course.
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July 30, 2019 at 08:17PM
Motorcycle News - MotoGP Brno Preview 2019
This article originally appeared on Late-Braking MotoGP.
With 58 points in hand and things generally going his way, Repsol Honda wonder Marc Marquez is unlikely to throw a 2019 world championship down the road. Let’s put on our blinders and refocus our attention and interest on the fight for second place. After all, this is MotoGP. Second-best in the world is nothing to sneeze at. If this were March Madness, it would be like playing on Monday night. You might lose by 30 but at least you were there. Put it this way – it’s better than just beating your teammate.
The factory Ducati team of Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci is sitting pretty with 127 and 121 points, respectively, Petrucci telling everyone “I told you so” after years of perdition. Next comes the reckless, but not wreckless, Alex Rins, with expensive DNFs in his last two races, at 101 points. Maverick Viñales had lately been hot at Assen and Sachsenring, but his season was in tatters until then – and he sits with 85. Valentino Rossi has 80 points. People no longer wonder out loud whether Valentino will win another title. They are reduced to arguing whether he will win another race, which is an editorial on How Things Are.
Recent History at Brno
2016: With three wet/dry races in the previous four rounds, MotoGP fans had been getting accustomed to strange results. Aussie Jack Miller came out of nowhere to win at Assen on his satellite Honda. Marquez held serve at The Sachsenring, joined on the podium by Cal Crutchlow and Ducati pilot Dovizioso. At dry Brno, the abrasive #CalCulator, on the LCR Honda, won his first ever premier class race ahead of Yamaha icon Rossi and Marquez, who set another new track record during quals. Karma prevailed – the biggest day in modern British motoracing history had virtually no impact on the 2016 season standings.
The 2017 Czech Motorcycle Grand Prix, after much weather-related pre-race drama, turned out to be a six-lap affair with a 16-lap warm-down. Afterwards, many of the attendees berated themselves for wasting all that money on such a crummy day at the track. Series leader Marquez, with the best weather guy of any crew, pitted at the end of Lap 2 and changed from rain tires to slicks before the thought occurred to many of his competitors. He summarily seized the lead early on Lap 6 and never looked back. This was another example of how his crew had the #2 bike fitted the way the rider wanted without any communication from him. Pretty awesome crew. Again.
Still one of Europe’s elite racing venues, Brno gave 140,000 fans a thoroughly enjoyable MotoGP race last year. Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo put a heavy Ducati doubleteam on series leader Marquez as all three ended up on the podium. Rossi and Crutchlow had their own little late-in-the-day tête-à-tête for fourth place, won by Vale. Marquez, who finds a way to win while losing, extended his season lead over Rossi to 49 points.
After last year, one might expect the factory Ducatis to dominate again this year, and that may happen. But Marquez will surely be in the mix, Viñales is likely to be fast, and Rins will show us how grown up he is by how long he keeps the bike upright. Marquez is the one of these five contenders who would be least unhappy to finish fifth, as the others are desperate for a win. Unfortunately for them, they are not allowed to affix blinders and ignore the remarkable Marquez. None, however, seems willing or able to challenge #93 early in a race, perhaps force him into a mistake that puts him back in mid-pack and reduces the probability of another boorish Repsol Honda win. Madness reigns on the grid – the top guys keep doing the same things, expecting different results, their best simply not good enough. Meanwhile, Marquez has his sights set on a fourth consecutive world championship and could seriously care less about the outcome of a particular race at this point, Catalunya having already passed.
How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Jonas Folger – earning a full-time gig in Moto2. He should contend quickly. He was good enough in Moto2 years ago to earn a promotion to MotoGP and would probably still be there had it not been for some serious health issues which have since been resolved. Good on ya, Jonas.
Brad Binder – earned a promotion from KTM’s factory Moto2 team to the Tech 3 MotoGP team, to be riding alongside Miguel Oliveira. For Hafizh Syahrin, MotoGP was nice while it lasted. KTMs are the new career-killers, replacing Ducati. Johann Zarco will leave tarnished after next season; Pol Espargaro and Oliveira resemble lifers. Binder does not seem quite ready to me, but Syahrin was going nowhere. Put a South African on the grid, lose a Malaysian. In the words of Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman, “’ts all good, man.”
Lorenzo will miss two more rounds recovering from cracked vertebrae. Off in the distance, if you listen carefully, you can hear a bell tolling. It tolls for Jorge.
2020 is looking more and more like Andrea Iannone’s last year in MotoGP. Dude would rock in WSBK.
Is it just me, or is the silly season pretty much over for next year? Does anyone think Alex Marquez will be some kind of force in MotoGP even a year from now?
Your Weekend Forecast
Weather in Brno for the weekend looks, in the words of Steve and Matt, “a bit iffy.” Rain in the area with temps in the upper 70s. Don’t know about you, but it sounds like Marquez weather to me. His favorite conditions are, in his words, “whatever.”
There is no reason both Dovizioso and Petrucci shouldn’t be on the podium, with Viñales and Rins in the top five. They’ve had three weeks to do stuff to the bikes. Even Crutchlow should be feeling pretty good now, ready for the chase for second. Rossi needs to find a way into Q2. Period. No longer any need to worry about Lorenzo, injured former-Alien, in 2019. Looks, however, like a great opportunity for Stefan Bradl to pile up some points for the Repsol Honda team, perhaps for the remainder of the season.
Speaking of Aliens, Rossi has become an Alien Emeritus. Boom. Viñales, Dovizioso, Petrucci and Rins would all be considered Aliens in a non-Marquezian world. As denizens of Tranche 2, however, can they still be considered Aliens, or are we down to one Alien and a handful of super-strong, untitled, unfortunate riders?
Hard to say. All we know for sure is that hope springs eternal in the hearts of those in Tranche 2. As for Sunday’s race, I would bet a small trifecta of Petrucci to win, Dovizioso to place, and Marquez to show, similar to last year. Yamahas in fourth and fifth.
We’ll see if any of this happens – results and analysis – right here after the race.
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July 30, 2019 at 05:46PM
Motorcycle News - Vemar Shark: Modular Helmet Review
Vemar Shark modular helmetEditor Score: 83.0%
If you didn’t know the Vemar Shark was a $199 helmet, you probably wouldn’t guess it. You wouldn’t confuse it with our MO consensus Cadillac of modulars, the Shoei Neotec 2, but you also wouldn’t think it would sell for one- fourth the price of my go-to Neotec Splicer TC-6.
Comfort is number one, and my head has been inside this reasonably plush size L Shark for three hours at a stretch with zero discomfort or hot spots, with no modifications whatsoever. The shell shape seems to be the same intermediate oval of the Shoei, which is so common among North American skulls. Naturally the Vemar’s insides are removable and washable, and the standard chin curtain and nicely padded neck roll keep the insides quiet and calm.
The mandible, or front of the helmet, locks into place with a reassuring snap, and unlike some (more expensive) modulars, the center-mounted release at the bottom of the chinbar is always easy to locate to open it again. One unique feature of the Vemar I really like is its really big storm trooper style eyeport. The eyeport’s not that tall, but it is really wide and extends lower than most at the sides; it’s like a bay window. Because of that, instead of reaching for the open-the-front button quick! at every stop, you sometimes forget you even have that option, since it feels so un-claustrophobic inside there. This one would make a good ADV helmet. Hang on while I see if goggles will fit. Yes, but just barely. (In fact, Vemar makes a couple of ADV helmets.)
The face shield mechanism seems a bit cheesy at first glance. There’s no cracked-open detent: Of the three detents, the first one has the shield open most of an inch. Weirdly enough, it’ll stay in that spot with little buffeting or weirdness up to well over 90 mph on a naked bike without slamming shut. And since it’s Pinlock ready, it feels like you might never miss the barely cracked anti-fog position found on more expensive lids. But I’ve only worn it in hot, dry conditions so far.
What’s really nice is that there are wings molded into the bottom of the shield on both sides, so it’s easy to open the shield with either hand (unlike my Neotec, whose shield can be a b***h to open sometimes, left thumb only) – and those same little wings seem to keep the shield positively closed when you’re rolling along at 80, even when you turn your head. The top of the shield has a unique molded profile also, that fits snugly onto the rubber trim on top of the eyeport. Overall, the thing’s remarkably quiet for a $200 modular helmet, and looks like it would keep out the rain, too.
Speaking of hot and dry, the chinbar vent is easy to find when you’re riding and flows a good amount of air when the shield is closed, and the two vents on top are also easy to operate while riding and flow good air (if not quite as much as the flow-through king Neotec).
Pushing down on the rear of the two top rocker-type vents opens them to let the air in. The exit vents are always open.
Yes, there’s a drop-down internal sun visor that deploys via a sliding bar at bottom left of the helmet, just like Neotec. We’ve grown to love these things for riding in bright sun followed by dark night, with no need to lug around an extra shield, and the Vemar’s works as well as any. Better than most in fact: Its visor’s got little winglets along its bottom edge too, and it seems quieter and calmer than most when riding with the main shield, or the front of the helmet, open.
There’s a removable port on the left side designed for a communicator to fit right over (and a sticky mount for a Cardo provided), pre-molded pockets in the EPS liner for speakers, and even a clip in the left front for a boom mike just like the one my Cardo Packtalk Bold came with. The speaker pockets molded into the EPS liner don’t line up with where my ears are, but that could be a defect with my head as much as with the Vemar?
Wire-framed eyeglasses slide in easily, my Wayfarers do too if a bit snuggly (they won’t go in my expensive Schuberth at all).
Paint and graphics aren’t up to Shoei/Arai standards, but again, not that far behind at all given the price difference. My favorite cheapie modular before this one was an HJC IS-MAX II; I’d say the made-in-China Vemar has the HJC beat in terms of design, fit/finish, appearance and comfort. It’s also less expensive. Weightwise, it feels a smidge heavier than the HJC, about the same as the Neotec 2. In addition to the Matt Black/Yellow here, there are also Matt Black/Orange and Matt Black/Gray color options, in six sizes from XS to XXL. My L fits my usual size L noggin just right.
This is my first Vemar, but it’s not Vemar’s first rodeo by any means. They’ve been at it since 1975 in Tuscany, Italy; you can read all about their history here. In addition to the mandatory DOT sticker, every Vemar helmet is engineered to Europe’s ECE-22.05 standard.
Even if you have an $800 head, I bet it would be about $400 to $500 as happy inside this great $200 helmet.
Vemar Shark – $199
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July 30, 2019 at 05:15PM
Motorcycle News - Best Deals On Motorcycle Gear At Revzilla For The Week Of July 29
Attention, Revzilla shoppers; look up and look around at these flashing blue light specials. Okay, there is no blue light, and we’re not in K-mart anymore, but right now some of these closeout deals are 60% off. Here are more than a few standout deals that caught the editorial eye this morning.
Dainese Chiodo72 Leather Jacket – $230
This very swell soft cowhide jacket from Italy has an asymmetrical zipper up front over a nice storm flap for that classic look. There’s a mesh liner inside, with soft Pro-armor in the shoulders and elbows for impact protection – along with a pocket for a G1 or G2 back protector (sold separately). Two zippered handwarmer pockets outside and another inside provide room for your stuff, and there’s a zipper to connect Dainese pants as well. Extremely nice-a.
Shoei GT-Air (Solid colors) – $410-$420
Once you go Shoei, you never go backei. Well, that’s not true for everybody, but a surprising number of riders who’ve worn the GT-Air swear it’s their favorite helmet ever. With a fully adjustable ventilation system, drop-down internal sun visor, fog-free Pinlock CNS-1 face shield and Shoei-typical comfort and quality, the wind-tunnel designed GT-Air has everything you’d expect in a premium helmet, and now at a way less than premium price.
Trackside Rear Paddock Stand – $69
If you don’t have one of these, it’s only a matter of time `til you need one. Not just to change your rear tire now and then, but to simplify all kinds of maintenance, including lubing your chain now and then – way easier than rolling your bike down the driveway. This stand lifts both spools and flat- bottomed swingarms, is constructed of heavy-duty 38mm steel tubing covered in tough powder-coat. Dual wheels makes the lifting easy, a retractable handle makes it easy to store. (While things are almost half price, Trackside’s front paddock stand’s also $69.)
REAX 215 Jeans – $170
These are some good riding jeans, complete with seat, thigh and knee areas reinforced with aramid fabric, triple-stitched seams in critical areas, and ready to accept Rokker D3O Knee Armor (sold separately). Way safer, in other words, than regular jeans, but their normal straight-cut five-pocket design, complete with YKK zip-front fly, doesn’t make you look like you just stepped in from a planet far away.
Fox Racing Titan Sport Jacket – $120
Not a bad idea if you’re dual-sporting, adventure biking or whatever, Fox’s “ultimate battle suit” gives all your vulnerable spots complete plastic plating, on top of a full mesh main body that provides a precise, bunch-free fit and as much ventilation as you need; wear it alone or with a jersey or jacket on top as needed. CE certified.
SIDI Fast Rain Boots – $99
SIDI makes some very nice boots, and there’s no reason to think these wouldn’t fit the usual mold. With a waterproof and breathable barrier to the elements, integrated internal protection and super durable Technomicro and Cordura construction, the Fast Rain Boots should be good to go for years. Velcro straps make it easy to get in and out of the Cambrelle-lined interior, where there’s also a full-length inner gaiter and a removable arch support pad. Also internal heel and toe protection. Outside, there are reflective points above the heels, and it all sits on a bonded non-slip lug sole.
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July 30, 2019 at 03:15PM
Motorcycle News - Rescue Mission: A Penton Mint 400 restomod from Chi-Jers
It also helped that the Penton’s owner and builder, PJ Grakauskas of Chi-Jers Vintage Bike Works, is one of the friendliest and most forthcoming guys you could ever hope to meet. And as it turns out, his love for these vintage, KTM-made dirt bikes goes way back…
“The collection of old Penton parts in the barn is massive. I didn’t have to go far for what I needed.”
After he finished an Indian Scout Bobber for an Indian-sponsored build-off, he decided it was time to build something for himself. And so the Penton went under the knife—with no expectations and no deadline.
The carb is a vintage Lectron unit, built up from a bag of parts that were rotting away in the workshop. And the stainless steel exhaust is custom—modeled after a smashed-up 70s Penton 400 flat track pipe.
“It took some math and engineering to make work,” he says, “including grinding down the rear motor cases a bit.”
There’s only one brake—a Beringer Aerotec setup with a gold finish. It plays nice with the Penton’s stock foot controls, which didn’t get the chop because they’re just too valuable to toss out. The bars are from Biltwell Inc., the throttle and clutch lever are from Joker Machine, and the blue grips are ‘new old stock.’
Even the Penton’s new bodywork is a mash up. The fuel tank’s off a Honda CG125, and the tail section is a flat track unit that PJ had lying around for the right project. Ginger over at New Church Moto handled the upholstery, on a custom built three-piece base.
The frame looks nickel plated, but it’s not. Instead, it’s been powder coated in ‘prismatic super chrome,’ by 6th City Cycles in Cleveland. And then there’s that sublimely retro paint scheme.
Kacey wasn’t too stoked when he later noticed Sharpie scribbles all over his artwork though. “I took it to the Penton Owner’s Group meeting which John Penton himself attends,” PJ explains “so I had to have him autograph the tank.”
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July 30, 2019 at 12:12PM