Motorcycle News - Lets Watch Some Motorcycles Crash At The Nurburgring
The famous Nurburgring is known as one of the most dangerous racetracks in the world. With its high speed nature, mixed with a couple tight turns that can throw off the best pilots, it takes a brave soul to pilot a vehicle there at speed. Oh, and don’t forget the guardrails – they’re awfully close to the track. Making matters even more precarious is the fact that cars and motorcycles are allowed on the course at the same time. So not only do you have to worry about the track, you also have to worry about not getting hit by a young buck in a Porsche. That said, get it right and the Nurburgring Nordschleife is an absolute thrill to experience. Get it wrong and you’ll be crying all the way home – if you’re lucky.
This compilation is filled with poor saps who got it wrong. It’s easy to do, as there are a lot of turns to remember, some of them require very careful line choices, you’ve got other cars and motorcycles racing around you, and in some cases it’s raining. No pressure, right?
Most of the crashes in this video occur at the same turn – a tricky and slow late apex left preceded by a quick right-hand sweeper, preceded by a long straight before that. You need to be patient with your apex, but for much of the lap beforehand you’ve been hauling the mail. In the case of the riders here, once the late apex approaches they either panic brake or stand the bike up. The former end up tucking the front, while the latter jump the curbing. If they’re lucky, the grass is dry and they can ride off. Otherwise they end up spinning around on the wet grass, waiting for the embarrassment to end. Luckily all the riders shown were fine, though some of them had to find other ways home.
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December 13, 2018 at 04:05PM
Motorcycle News - SS1000 Carbon: A rapid Ducati 900 SS from Moscow
Birdie’s Ducati 900 SS knocked us out a year ago, and they’ve just returned with an even faster 900 SS, built in a different style and taking on board lessons learnt with the previous Duc. It’s sleek and stylish, and there’s nothing else quite like it—especially in the Federation.
“Bike EXIF has made us rethink our projects and create something new and much more ‘technological’.”
“Our core idea was futurism—customized carbon parts, combined with Ducati superbike parts, the classic air-oil engine, and high-end electronic Motogadget components.”
The heavily modified back end is now suspended with the monoshock from Monster 1100. “Based on our experience building the 900 SS ‘Red Alert’, we paid special attention to control and ergonomics,” says Ilya. The angle on this shock is less horizontal and likely to provide better bump absorption.
“So I used the stock calipers from the 848, hooked them up to metal hoses, and used PT Performance Technology brake and clutch master cylinders.”
He’s also installed a 1098R slipper clutch to avoid any dramas on mistimed downshifts
Unlike most carbon-based builds, the tank is ‘real’ and not a cover for another material. The low profile accentuates the trellis frame just perfectly. The wasp-like tail unit is even tinier, but caused more problems than anything else on this Ducati: “Surprisingly, it was this design that was the hardest,” Ilya reveals.
Juice for the lighting comes from a Hypermotard wiring loom, which links a Ducati Performance ECU with a Motogadget m.unit control box and m.lock keyless ignition system. “When people hear that it can be hooked up to an iPhone for settings and diagnostics, they are shocked!”
The next steps are track testing, and tuning the ECU on the dyno to create track and city modes. Ilya’s planning to show the bike at World Ducati Week 2019, along with ‘an aggressive Scrambler’ with a similar carbon tank.
Our eyes will be peeled.
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December 13, 2018 at 11:16AM
F1 News - Formula E: Best moments so far with driver Sam Bird
British driver Sam Bird talks us through Formula E's best moments since its debut in 2014, with the new season season set to get under way in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
Watch all 13 races from the 2018-19 Formula E season live on BBC Sport.
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December 13, 2018 at 09:36AM
MotoGP News - New Aprilia rider Andrea Iannone 'surprises' team in his feedback
Aprilia MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone believes the feedback he has provided the manufacturer in the 2018 post-season tests has "taken it a bit by surprise"...
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December 13, 2018 at 09:20AM
Motorcycle News - RIDE THE LIGHTNING. GDZH’s ‘Storm’ Suzuki A100 Racer
Written by Martin Hodgson
While most motorcycle racing has its origins in Europe and North America one form of the sport is so quintessentially Australian it started life in New Zealand; just like Phar Lap and Russell Crowe. The humble Bucket Racer was a cheap way to get your need for speed and gets its name because the donor bikes were considered buckets of shit. Decades on and the style, like everything else, has gone global. But to find one of the best examples we’ve ever seen, we had to travel to Bandung, Indonesia. There Dana Prasetya and his crew at GDZH Custom Cycle have crafted this stunning Suzuki A100 racer that smokes up a ‘Storm’!
It was supposed to be a bargain way to go racing, buy a cheap commuter bike with a tiny engine, strip off the road gear and thrash it amongst a pack of up to sixty others on the circuit. But once the competitive juices start to flow the need to win takes over and would you believe it, a global arms race broke out to make sub 10hp bikes, race winning weapons. Thankfully common sense eventually prevailed and budgets were reined in. But some of the special parts from the glory years remain and a few even made their way to Indonesia.
There a friend of Dana’s by the name of David brought his little A100 into GDZH for a basic restoration and paint job. But like those racers of old, once he returned to collect his restored machine his eyes started to sparkle as he saw the amazing custom creations that were packed into the workshop. David had a simple question, “can you custom this A100, like other custom bikes?”. Dana who has been designing and building motorcycles since he was in high school had an even shorter reply, “of course I can!” and they commenced a discussion that would result in the machine that sits before you.
After a mix of examining the bikes frame and basic style, and scouring the internet for inspiration, the pair agreed that the best approach was to build a cafe bike with a serious racer attitude. The freshly restored Suzuki was pulled apart once again and Dana envisioned a bike that looked like the “shape of a bullet moving at high speed”. To achieve this the first change was to swap the fuel tank out for one from an earlier Suzuki A, that is more aggressive in nature and with lines that don’t say cheap old commuter. But the rest of the bodywork to accentuate the look are all hand formed at GDZH.
“Dana envisioned a bike that looked like the shape of a bullet moving at high speed.”
Starting at the front Dana mounted the small round headlight in close to the trees and then began to hand form the cowl. The result is a stunning custom piece that gives the desired speeding bullet effect while setting up the shape for the rear. The tail section was one of the hardest parts of the build, with the emphasis on creating smooth transitions from every surface but still finishing out in that signature racer hump. From every angle it works perfectly and Dana went the extra mile, forming in reliefs for shock mounts and shaping a brilliant flush mounted tail light.
To show off all the hard work the slick paint job was laid down in-house with the main colour broken up with accents of white and black. With the all important race number, ‘Storm’ name graphic and Suzuki decals done in gold. The seat is far more luxurious than anything you’ll find at a race track, with the natural coloured leather contouring brilliantly with the bodyworks lines. While miraculously the bike is kept street legal without taking anything away from the racer looks with the addition of four tiny LED indicators.
But all of the visual goodies just provide the platform for the screaming little 98cc, rotary disc valve, two stroke that is its beating heart. The top half of the engine is a piece of vintage racing kit, with the owner informing us its from Italian firm Parilla. Suzuki made factory racing parts too, but rather than try and track them down Dana wanted to make his own. The flat slide carby has an all new mount that took three tries before the welds were up to GDZH standard. While the polished up expansion chamber and race muffler look as good as they sound screaming along Bandung’s streets.
To make sure the bike handled as well as it went the front suspension has been rebuilt and lowered 4cm. A set of adjustable shocks handle the rear and the now exposed front springs were painted red to match. To help the bike turn more sharply the wheelbase has been given a chop too, with Dana taking 3cm out of the swingarm before re-welding it for extra strength. The factory braking would never suffice, so to keep the vintage look a Honda CB front drum has been adapted to fit with lightweight rims laced up front and rear. The slicks give a tip of the cap to the bikes racing heritage but can be changed out for treads when required.
With an old frame, short wheel base and double the power the addition of a steering damper does its best to reduce those sphincter tightening moments. While the rearsets were also made at GDZH with all the rods and mechanisms designed to work precisely for this build rather than pick up generic parts. The finishing touch is the set of clubman bars and the can do attitude in Indonesia means these are built in house as well. And when David returned for a second time to collect his little A100 the choice to go from basic resto to full custom special had proven a wise choice. His neighbours might not love the two stroke scream but the motorcycle community has already rewarded the efforts with a growing cabinet of trophies!
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December 13, 2018 at 06:22AM
Motorcycle News - Cafe Racer Evolution – Mark II EVO R100R
Building one-off projects for individual customers has its benefits, but it isn’t the most reliable income model for a custom builder. Those who are established enough to have a queue of customers waiting at their door are the lucky ones, but for others, it can be a struggle to maintain a consistent income stream. Germany’s Diamond Atelier workshop has found a way around the issue and it involves building what they call ‘series bikes’. The idea is to come up with a great design that can be reproduced at an affordable price for both them and the customer. The latest addition to their series range is this, the Mark II Evo, and it’s a very well executed BMW R100R cafe racer.
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December 12, 2018 at 10:39PM
Motorcycle News - Trizzle’s Take: Why Would You Do Such A Thing?
If there’s one thing the motorcycling community is full of it’s opinions. Ask 10 people what they think is the best tire and you’ll get 10 different answers. Same goes for oil, exhaust pipes, and heck, motorcycles themselves. Despite this, I think we can all agree: starting your own motorcycle company is not a great idea. Thankfully, Markus Kramer never got that memo. Well, he did, he just didn’t care – and, to me, the world is better off for it.
Last week, I told the story of how I got to be the fortunate soul to take the Kramer Motorcycles GP2 Prototype on its maiden voyage around the spectacular Barber Motorsports Park. It was a real treat on my riding resume, and it all came about because I wouldn’t stop pestering Kramer’s US importer, Joe Karvonen – the subject of my last Trizzle’s Take column – on social media. The icing on the cake was having Markus Kramer himself come to Barber to be a part of the maiden ride in person. After riding his motorcycles and meeting him in person, his was a story that had to be told.
For someone who now has his own motorcycle company, it’s amazing to think two wheels weren’t a part of Kramer’s life growing up in Northern Germany. Instead of motorbikes and racing – one of the most expensive sports to get into – Kramer’s world was filled with soccer, where all you need is a ball, some sticks to make goals, and enough space to run around.
Everything changed during Markus’ teenage years. At age 15, Kramer was introduced to two wheels, in the form of the Hercules MX1 moped (look it up). With looks and style not at all befitting to a name like Hercules, the little 50cc moped might have been slow (tiered licensing meant 15 year olds are capped at 25 kph/15 mph anyway), but none of that mattered because Markus formed a “moped gang” with his brother and their friend, and would buzz all around their town. “Then we were addicted,” he said, and motorcycles were to be a part of his life from then on.
Like many of us (MO staff not included), hobbies eventually tend to give way to real life, and Markus landed himself an apprenticeship as an industrial mechanic building gearboxes for container ships. After the apprenticeship, university came calling again and soon Markus added a master’s degree in mechanical engineering to his resume, getting to and from class aboard the original KTM Duke. Being a poor student, “my mother offered to buy me a car and pay for the insurance,” Kramer says. “I still bought the KTM instead.” Little did he know at the time how much of an impact KTM would have on his professional life…
With his master’s degree out of the way, Kramer packed his bags and moved to Canada – without knowing a word of English. “I knew my opportunities would be limited if I only knew German,” he says. Still, he got himself a job at Ontario Drive and Gear, making amphibious vehicles. “The first six months were really hard, but eventually my English was okay.” The job actually wasn’t too bad, he says, and he was starting to like Canada, giving serious thought to putting down roots there. Then a job at KTM came calling, and he couldn’t resist.
The dream job – for most
Slightly unexpected, Markus packed his things again and went back home – well, to Mattighofen anyway – to start his career at KTM. The year was 2007, and he now had a nice job as a CAD engineer in the Power Parts department. Not a bad gig considering the impending economic downturn that soon awaited. Until now, Kramer had been a supermoto guy all the way, due in part to the Duke he terrorized the town with. “Sportbikes were the enemy,” he says. “Full fairings make the rider invisible!”
His world was about to get flipped upside down when, during his first year at KTM, he was brought to a trackday at the Salzburgring, where he rode a 990 Superduke. “I was hooked after that,” he says. “By the time I got home that night I was looking for cheap Japanese sportbikes to go to the track with. I was becoming the enemy!”
The whirlwind took over Markus instantly. The following year, 2008, KTM released the RC8 fully faired sportbike and Markus took it club racing straight away. He admits, “I was stupid and thought a literbike was the perfect bike to start racing with. I looked in the mirror and said to myself, ‘this is too much bike for me. It’s too much stress.’ I didn’t really enjoy it.” In his heart of hearts, single cylinders like the 690 Duke were always his love. That’s when he got the idea – why not put a 690 Duke engine into an RC8 frame? Thus formed the early beginnings of Kramer Motorcycles.
Being a single guy sharing a house with other KTM engineers, Markus devised a plan to get his co-workers to help him out after hours. “We were at a party at the end of the 2008 season, and I waited until they were all drunk to tell them I wanted to build my own supermono and that they were going to help me.” Maybe it was the alcohol talking, but they all agreed. As Markus explained, Mattighofen, where KTM is based, is out in the countryside. There wasn’t much else to do after work, none of them had girlfriends at the time, and KTM itself was much smaller than it is today. “We literally had KTM know-how at our side. Everybody was happy to lend their support.”
The EVO1, as it was to be called, was a 690 Duke frame with RC8 headstock. Markus got his hands on 690 engines used for durability testing that were destined for the crusher and then made his own subframe and fuel tank for the bike. Markus and his friends even developed their own engine map because EFI was relatively new. In fact, the first year of the project (2009) they converted the engine back to carburetors to make things easier. As Markus explains, “Almost everything broke or cracked or fell off because of vibration. We’d get about two hours of riding, then spend the rest of the day putting it back together.” Of course with time things got better year after year, to the point the bike was eventually good and reliable. As the ultimate proof of concept, they raced the EVO1 in the local club level Supermono championship and took second. A wildcard appearance in the European championship netted an eighth place finish. Then the wheels started turning in Kramer’s head, and thoughts of doing this full time took over.
Of course, starting your own motorcycle company is crazy. Just look at Erik Buell or Michael Czysz, or Alta, or Motus. All of them had great ideas. All of them eventually folded (with the exception of EBR, kinda…). Meanwhile, Kramer was doing well for himself at KTM, getting promoted to R&D Group Leader of the Power Parts department. But still, his itch had to be scratched, and by mid-2013, he made the decision to leave KTM and branch out on his own.
The start of Kramer Motorcycles
Leaving a job isn’t new, of course. But of all things to do, who in their right mind leaves a good job at KTM to start his own motorcycle company? As Markus explains, “I’ve always had the inner drive that wanted to be an entrepreneur. My hobby was taking more of my time and was a growing thing. We developed the bike further and further, and I’m a big believer in lightweight racing bikes for the starting racer. After three years, we got the EVO1 to a stage where we couldn’t make big steps in development. I already had the EVO2 concept in my head and how it should be, but at that point, I knew I couldn’t do it as a hobby. I took a year to think about it with my new wife, friends and family.”
Ultimately, Markus realized “It’s a crazy big risk, but in the end, you only have one life. I knew if I didn’t do it I’d regret it. I had to try it. I might fail, but I have to try.” The next step was getting the cooperation with KTM because obviously, “without engines, I can’t do it.” It was a pretty ballsy move to get in front of the KTM board and to tell them he was leaving their company and wanted to use their engines. “I was expecting they would say they weren’t interested in a niche market like this,” Kramer admits. “But I talked with the CFO of KTM, Hubert Trunkenpoltz [the T in KTM]. He’s big into racing, and he said he would support me as much as possible,” agreeing to sell Kramer engines – making Kramer Motorcycles the only company in the world with direct cooperation with KTM. Markus laughs, “When Trunkenpoltz gave the thumbs up, I said ‘f*ck, I have to do it now!’”
Thus, the EVO2 was born. Much like with the EVO1, the EVO2 would use the latest 690 Duke Single – a new one this time, not a test mule – as the heart of the motorcycle. An entirely bespoke frame, not a 690/RC8 mashup, would then wrap around it. Markus leaned on his industry friends to help in their off-time with several aspects of design. Having made connections while at KTM with a large supplier network, they then helped produce the components. The fairings, for example, were made from a 1:1 3D print that was then used as a mold. Roto Industries produced (and still produces) the combination subrame, rider seat, and fuel tank. WP provides the suspension, Dymag the forged wheels on the up-spec R model (stock cast wheels from the 690 Duke are used on the lower end S model), and Brembo helps with the brakes.
As an example of an area Kramer knew the EVO2 could be improved over the EVO1, Markus explained how his design of the shock mount position alone saved 3.5kg of material between the EVO1 and EVO2. As a byproduct, it also became simpler, easier, and faster to work on. Since the EVO2 was destined for the track, crash resistance was also important. Kramer designed footpegs that are interchangeable left and right, so race damage doesn’t matter as much and are easier to replace if you happen to find a spare peg in your parts bin.
Engine-wise, the EVO2 was basically starting over again. Leaning on his network some more, he turned to KamaTec to help with tuning. The owner is friend and also a previous KTM guy. By May2014, the first EVO2 R&D bike hit the track, literally, at Oschersleben. Test rider Lukas Wimmer crashed it at the very first turn! “I didn’t think it would happen that soon!” Kramer laughs. Jokes aside, the new bike showed promise, and the very next month Kramer and Wimmer entered the EVO2 in the Supermono championship at Snetterton, which ran alongside the British Superbike series. The result? First place.
The EVO2 and its development quickly gained momentum. In the second European Supermono season they won every race. In 2016, their third season, they were second place. Then in 2017 they won again. Looking for another challenge, they raced the 2018 British Supertwins series and won again!
Of course, having a portfolio with one model in it doesn’t make for much of a motorcycle company. This is where the GP2 comes in. “I knew about the 790 Twin in 2015,” admits Kramer. “I wanted to build a bike around it, but I was busy developing the EVO2, and KTM was busy developing the final production version of the engine.” Now that it’s here, there’s a clear sparkle in Kramer’s eye when talking about it with him – a new project, early in its development – that excites him much like the EVO2 did at this stage. Being the racer at heart, Kramer has big plans for the GP2, but it’s much too early to know what they are, though he did let slip that testing of big bore versions of the 790 engine is on his to-do list.
If you’ve gotten this far you might have noticed Kramer Motorcycles are a niche bike to the extreme. A track-only motorcycle in a time when sportbike sales are tanking? Surely a street-legal model is on the horizon, right? “Never say never,” Kramer admits, “but building a street-legal motorcycle requires more than some lights, a license plate holder and a side stand on the race bike.” Besides the regulatory hoops Kramer would have to jump through (and there are several), there’s also another consideration to think about: KTM. “First, I would need their blessing, because I don’t want to build a bike that could potentially compete with theirs.”
Ultimately, he’d like to have four steps on the racing ladder: the EVO2, GP2, a Superbike, and an entry level model, making for a complete range. Then, if demand is high enough, maybe a possible road-legal model could pop up. For now though, Kramer is focused on his racing machines.
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December 12, 2018 at 05:45PM
Motorcycle News - The Rock Store Makes It Onto NPR
The Rock Store Makes It Onto NPR
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I think the first time I ever encountered the famed Rock Store, Malibu’s truly iconic riding destination, it was in this 1980s Kawasaki magazine spread. That’s just what I imagined California must look like from the confines of my ghetto-adjacent Kansas City apartment. Beautiful people on swell new motorcycles under towering oaks on a perfect Fall day. Who knew I’d wind up spending a small chunk of the rest of my life there. Stopping to kick tires, grab a cold drink, shoot photos – but mostly run up and down the crazy-tight section of Mulholland Highway that begins just past the Store’s front door. We’re testing, see. It didn’t even matter that the Store was usually closed during the week when we were there “working.” It was still the Rock Store.
Unfortunately, the Store was right in the middle of the huge Woolsey fire that burned from November 8, consuming nearly 97,000 acres in both Ventura and Los Angeles counties on its way to the Pacific Ocean, before firefighters achieved full containment on Nov. 21. The official word is it claimed three lives, destroyed 1,500 structures and damaged 341 more.
The good news is that one of the structures that didn’t burn was the Rock Store (maybe it helped that it’s made of rock?). National Public Radio’s Ari Shapiro caught up with owner Rich Savko to get the scoop, in a segment that was broadcast yesterday.
Both the transcript and the 6:15 broadcast are here.
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December 12, 2018 at 05:16PM
Motorcycle News - Yamaha Teaches You How to Knit Your Own Niken
Yamaha Teaches You How to Knit Your Own Niken
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We’ve heard the term “crotch rockets” thrown around but in this case, “crochet rockets” might be more appropriate. In what may be the most Yamaha thing you’ll see this week, the Japanese manufacturer wants to teach people how to knit their own mini-Niken three-wheelers out of yarn, either by the Japanese art of amigurumi crocheting or by a technique called needle felting.
Over the years, we’ve become quite familiar with the arts and crafts side of Yamaha. We’ve previously written about the company’s Paper Craft kits, where you can make your own scale model of motorcycles out of paper such as the YZF-R1, Yamaha’s factory Rally bikes or even Valentino Rossi cutting through the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca. It’s not a surprise, then, to see Yamaha explore other kinds of craft work. In this case, Yamaha makes use of two kinds of wool work, amigurumi and needle felting, to build a miniature Niken.
Amigurumi is a Japanese form of crocheting a stuffed figure out of wool (see the larger Niken on the left in the photo above). Each individual component is knit out of wool, with cotton stuffing, wire and bamboo sticks helping to provide the correct shape. Yamaha provides a full how-to guide, with a downloadable pattern and a series of instructions and videos on how to crochet each individual part and assemble them together.
Here’s the finished result, using the appropriately colored wool:
Needle felting is a different technique, using barbed needles to separate and pull fibers in wool to form three-dimensional shapes. As with the amigurumi Niken, each part is individually formed, using wool and wire before getting assembled into a single unit. Yamaha provides a pattern and an instructional guide for needle felting a Niken.
And here’s the finished product:
Is this neat? Sure, in its own unique, very Yamaha way. Do we have the patience and fine manual dexterity to try to pull either of these off? Definitely not. But if any of our MO readers out there want to try and get their Etsy-on, let us know how it goes.
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December 12, 2018 at 03:37PM
MotoGP News - Petrucci doesn't want Dovizioso as MotoGP 'enemy' like Lorenzo had
Newly-promoted factory Ducati MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci says he wants to avoid the strained relationship his predecessor Jorge Lorenzo had with Andrea Dovizioso
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December 12, 2018 at 08:44AM