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MOTUL stays faithful to the magic of the mountain

Motul tt logoAubervilliers, 23 May 2014. As a company with a long and illustrious past in all areas and disciplines of motorsport, there was little doubt in the minds of the cognoscenti that Motul and ‘The Mountain’ would eventually come together as partners.

This came about in 2010 and, now, international specialist in the field of motorcycle lubricants and lubrication has renewed its links with the world’s most famous road race for the fifth consecutive year.  Named as Official Lubricant Partner to the Isle of Man, Motul will be present at the spiritual home of motorcycles and their riders to once again enjoy the mythology, history and excitement of the event.

Testing on the 37.73 mile public road course begins on Saturday (24th May), and the 100+ competitors have been putting themselves through their paces on the scenic Isle of Man, which lies in the Irish Sea between the North West coast of England and Northern Ireland. This year, Motul’s iconic red and white colours will be seen on two specific corners – Quarter Bridge and Gooseneck.

Motul views the IoM TT as an integral part of its two-wheel test and development programme and the complexity and duration of the event provides a perfect backdrop at which to carry out that research.

Furthermore, with the launch last year of its new technologically advanced motorcycle lubricant range, the event allows Motul multiple opportunities to reach its consumers on a personal level. Within the range is the 100% synthetic 300V Factory Line lubricant which will be used by partner teams and riders throughout the 2014 entry list. 

Under the banner of Honda Racing - Road Racing, formerly the Honda TT Legends project, the most notable rider is legendary, Mountain course maestro, John McGuinness, who will carry the No.1 in recognition of his 20th victory in 2013. He will be joined by Manxman Conor Cummins, both competing aboard the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, and the duo promise to pose a serious threat on the roads with the combination of McGuinness’s unrivalled experience and Cummins’s undeniable talent and ambition. Cummins recently finished on the podium at the NW200 event and his confidence will be high going into the Isle of Man event.  Spectators and fans worldwide are eagerly awaiting the Senior TT race on Friday, 6th June – undoubtedly the highlight of the whole 14 days of action.

As part of its partnership with the event, Motul will also be offering the “Motul Award for Technical Performance” to the most meritorious team, to be awarded on Friday 6th June. end bike test

Sora electric motorcycle enters production

Developed by Canadian company Lito Green Motion, the revolutionary Sora electric motorcycle has officially entered production. Sora is an eye-catching combination of street fighter and “bobber”: the Street Fighter influence can be seen in the dynamics of the front of the bike, while the bobber influence can be seen in the rear fender that is fixed to the wheel. The result? A big and brutal zero-compromise electric superbike. Sora offers impressive adjustable driving dynamics: it features the world’s first electrical seat that allows the driver to shift between “custom” and “sport” handling while driving – all at the touch of a button. It also offers an automatic “safe range” mode, which uses the bike’s integrated GPS and touchscreen to dole out the remaining charge in such a way that you’re guaranteed to reach your destination. The Sora goes for 300 km on a charge. Power is provided by a 12 kWh lithium polymer battery and a liquid-cooled, three-phase AC induction motor coupled to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It’s said to go from standstill to 100 km/h in about 4 seconds, with vigorous acceleration all the way through to 190 km/h.

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In the first Italian race at Imola Ayrton Badovini riding the Bimota BB3 crossed the finish line in first position in the EVO Class of the World Superbike Championship achieving the very first victory for Bimota this season.Ayrton

It was an unforgettable day that marked history for Bimota after 14 years; they are back to their normal winning ways in world competition. When the new Bimota BB3, ridden by the talented Italian, crossed the line in a sprint to the line, followed by a victory wheelie, the complete box of the Alstare Bimota team exploded into a burst of joy that pervaded all the technicians, friends and guests present at the event.

The rewards for the Bimota continued on the day thanks to the performance of Christian Iddon with his great second place in Race 1 and Race 2 which gave him a third place on the podium giving Bimota an historical presence on the podium of two Bimota BB3’s.

Now the race of Bimota continues in the other way, the production of the first 125 units and the need to begin to get the points in the races. In Imola the BB3 was exposed to public for the first time a complete road version of the BB3, a good two weeks ahead of schedule and a record created by the production department at the Bimota factory in Rimini .

The road replica of the beautiful Bimota BB3 EVO will be the guest star of the Bimota Experience Weekend on June 14/15 at the brand new circuit Tazio Nuvolari a weekend dedicated to the track where the emotions for this wonderful Italian motorcycle can be shared by all. It can also be viewed at Cayenne Kyalami in the near future.

 “We also celebrated this win” said Craig Langton the South African Bimota agents and division of the Cayenne group as the new brand is a win for us, as we have a few of the new BB3’s on route to this country that have already been taken up by new customers.” “There is something about the Bimota brand that does things to motorcyclist who will buy the motor cycle without seeing the machine.” end bike test


Castiglioni Tamburini
Varese, 7 April 2014 – After a long period of illness, Massimo Tamburini, recognised as the world's 
greatest motorcycle designer, died yesterday at the age of 70.

For over 13 years Tamburini was head of the MV Agusta Design and Engineering Division at CRC (Centro Ricerche Castiglioni) in San Marino, for which he dedicated a significant part of his career, designing Cagiva, Ducati and MV Agusta motorcycles together with Claudio Castiglioni, all of which renowned as the most beautiful bikes in the world. Among these, motorcycle enthusiasts acknowledge first and foremost the outstanding MV Agusta F4 and Brutale models.

“Massimo Tamburini was one of the legends of the motorcycle industry. I want to remember his passion, enthusiasm and determination. He was a great designer, but above all he was truly passionate about motorcycles. He left our company a precious heritage and will always occupy a place of honour amongst motorcycle’s all time greats,” stated Giovanni Castiglioni, President of MV Agusta. “His name will go down in history for his ingenious intuition and perfectionism applied to every small detail.”end bike test


Bimota Aragon
Bimota and Superbike Racing are two names linked in motorcycle racing history back in time, Bimota had won the last World TTF1, the first race of the new World Superbike Championship, Bimota in 2000 won an incredible race with Antony " The Go Show" Gobert. Then for a number years silence and nothing from the famous Bimota factory keeping the industry thinking the worst.

The Industry then saw the small Bimota factory come alive again it had been redesigned and restructured, transforming it. In September 2013 the Bimota operation had changed totally, the new energies had awakened the instincts of a brand that was born with racing on international stage in its blood, they were now back in their natural place on the race tracks of the world.

 Bimota officially returned to International SBK World Superbike racing this year at round two in Aragon Spain and immediately making its presence known.

Bimota brought out its latest creation the BB3, a motorcycle presented at EICMA 2013, 5 months after that it was already on the track and a few weeks later in dealerships around the world. An operation that defined difficulty and to say complex would be an understatement.

It was all made ??possible by the great partner BMW, the German motoring giant was immediately keen on the project and created a synergy which was immediate, almost empathic, which allowed Bimota to proceed in stages. This is now all history.

At Aragon, Bimota began to write a new page in its racing history and did so with class, but knowing that it will all start from zero again and they must earn the respect of the riders, the teams, the press, and all in the race paddock. They were excited again for the smell of rubber on the track, racing fuel, the multi colours in the pits and the great moral support from riders and teams at the circuits. Bimota started this adventure this year with a major fan that will follow all the races around the world, its historic founder, Massimo Tamburini.

Bimota debut at Aragon was fast, elusive and remarkable achieving a 2nd place in race 1 and 3rd place in race 2.

The success was unexpected, because the bike had just obtained the necessary license to participate in round 2.

Only a few days before the race they had only accumulated 200 km of testing

"We were confident of scoring with the motorcycle performance" said Andrea Acquaviva, the designer of BB3. "But we were all surprised for it to happen so soon.” “The emotions we felt when watching the new motorcycle competing at these levels was amazing, in an instant all the efforts and sacrifices made were rewarded”.

The factory has great admiration for the young riders Ayrton Badovini and Chris Iddon, who started the season immediately with an overall good feeling for the new motorcycle.end bike test


KTM Rally Factory Riders Marc Coma and Jordi Viladoms, both of Spain, wrapped up the Sealine Rally in second and fourth place respectively after the conclusion of the final Leg 5 in the desert of Qatar on Friday. The rally was the second round of the FIM Cross Countries World Championship.

Coma, who raced to the finish line together with overall winner Joan Barreda conceded defeat by just one minute 23 seconds after almost 20.5 hours and five days of hard desert racing in temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius and very difficult navigation.

Teammate Jordi Viladoms finished fifth in the final leg to miss his podium third
by a narrow margin. Portugal’s Ruben Faria wound up his week with a very solid final leg, finishing second to stage winner Helder Rodrigues. Faria was out of the final reckoning because he did not finish Leg 2. Sam Sunderland, the team’s latest signing retired in Leg 4 with a suspected wrist fracture.

Coma said he was still happy with his second place. “We added some good points for the World Championship and we again did a good job. We had a consistent race with a good pace, just as we did in the first round in Abu Dhabi. It is very difficult to be competitive in all the stages because they are really different races. These rallies are also short and it is only the small details that decide the outcome. We tried right up until the end of the last stage but it was not been possible to break away from the group of riders.”

KTM Results
Sealine Rally Qatar
Leg Five results
1, Helder Rodrigues, PRT, Honda 4:17,59
2, Ruben Faria, PRT, KTM 4:19.05
3, Joan Barreda, ESP Honda 4:21.54
4, Marc Coma, ESP, KTM at 4:23.58
5, Jordi Viladoms, ESP, KTM 4:28.00

Final overall Results
1, Barreda 20 hours 28.46

2, Coma 20:30.09
3, Rodrigues, 20:30.36

4, Viladom, 20:36.05
5, Goncalves, 20:38.16

6, Mohammed Al-Balooshi, ARE, KTM 23:41.22end bike test


On a day where navigation remained the key issue for riders competing in the Sealine rally in Qatar, KTM factory rider Marc Coma finished Leg Three as part of a closely fought group of four lead riders in second place with a small 2 minute 15 seconds deficit to leader Joan Barreda.

Coma is in second overall about 1 minute 30 behind Barreda. Coma’s factory teammate Jordi Viladoms was fourth and is third overall setting up a battle between these three Spanish riders.

Coma said this year’s edition of the rally was very difficult. “There are longer stages, also for the final two days, and the surface is very stony and white so it is very difficult to see the piste. It’s also wet. We still have a long way to go and after three days of hard riding and we must really stay very focused and try to push.” He said the rally will probably only be decided on the last day.

The KTM factory team’s two other riders, Sam Sunderland of Britain and Portugal’s Ruben Faria finished 6-7 in the stage. Sunderland is sixth overall but Faria, who did not finish on Tuesday, is using the remainder of the rally as training. Sunderland, the team’s newest signing was the Stage 2 winner and had to open the track, a difficult task given how hard the navigation is proving to be. All of the KTM factory riders are competing on the 2014 KTM 450 Rally bike on which Coma in January won his fourth Dakar victory and KTM's thirteenth.

Wednesday was the longest stage in this year’s rally. Thursday, the penultimate day of the 2014 edition takes riders on a 410.91 km loop stage around southern Qatar, of which 404.18 is timed special. The rally will finish on Friday afternoon after riders complete another 362.97 km of timed special.

Sealine Rally Qatar
Leg Three results
?1, Joan Barreda, ESP Honda 4 hours 53.43
2, Marc Coma, ESP, KTM at 4:55.28
3, Helder Rodrigues, PRT, Honda 4:57.45
4, Jordi Viladoms, ESP, KTM 4:59.54
5, Paolo Goncalves, PRT, Honda, 5:01.46
6, Sam Sunderland, GBR, KTM, 5:03.52
7, Ruben Faria, PRT, KTM 5:21.34

Overall standings after Leg 3
1, Barreda 11 hours 10.37
2, Coma 11:11.56
3, Viladoms 11:17.58
4, Goncalves 11:20.13
5, Rodrigues 11:20.32
6, Sunderland 11:25.48end bike test


KTM Results
Sealine Rally Qatar
Leg Three (of five) results
1, Joan Barreda, ESP Honda 4 hours 53.43
2, Marc Coma, ESP, KTM at 4:55.28
3, Helder Rodrigues, PRT, Honda 4:57.45
4, Jordi Viladoms, ESP, KTM 4:59.54
5, Paolo Goncalves, PRT, Honda, 5:01.46
6, Sam Sunderland, GBR, KTM, 5:03.52
7, Ruben Faria, PRT, KTM 5:21.34

Overall standings after Leg 3
1, Barreda 11 hours 10.37
2, Coma 11:11.56
3, Viladoms 11:17.58
4, Goncalves 11:20.13
5, Rodrigues 11:20.32
6, Sunderland 11:25.48end bike test

Small engines for you engineers and car lovers

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SMALLEST PETROL ENGINE SCIENTISTS have built the smallest petrol engine, tiny enough to power a WATCH. 
The mini-motor, which runs for two years on a single squirt of lighter fuel, is set to revolutionize world technology. It produces 700 times more energy than a conventional battery despite being less than a centimeter long (Not even half an inch!). It could be used to operate laptops and mobile phones for months doing away with the need for recharging. Experts believe it could be phasing out batteries in such items within just six years. The engine, minute enough to be balanced on a fingertip, has been produced by engineers at the University of Birmingham . Dr Kyle Jiang, lead investigator from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, said: “We are looking at an industrial revolution happening in peoples’ pockets. The breakthrough is an enormous step forward. 
Devices which need re-charging or new batteries are a problem but in six years will be a thing of the past..”  Other applications for the engine could include medical and military uses, such as running heart pacemakers or mini reconnaissance robots. At present, charging an ordinary battery to deliver one unit of energy involves putting 2,000 units into it. The little engine, because energy is produced locally, is far more effective.  One of the main problems faced by engineers who have tried to produce micro motors in the past has been the levels of heat produced. The engines got so hot they burned themselves out and could not be re-used. The Birmingham team overcame this by using heat-resistant materials such as ceramic and silicon carbide. 
Professor Graham Davies, head of the university’s engineering school, said: “We've brought together all the engineering disciplines, materials, chemical engineering, civil engineering, and mechanical engineering. What better place to have the second industrial revolution in nano-technology than where the first took place, in the heart of the West Midlands. V-8 and V-12 Engines in Miniature!
For all you out there who like big, honking V-8's and screaming' V-12 engines, check out these tiny versions that you could run on your workbench or kitchen table. These models were built by craftsmen the same way the big ones are made, by machining billet stock and castings, but in miniature. These are not just models that look like engines, they are real running engines. Some of these photos were taken from the Joe Martin Foundation Craftsmanship Museum but many more images can be found elsewhere on the web, and engines like these can be seen in person at model engineering shows around the country. Here are some really nice examples: 
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The late Lee Root built this scale Corvette engine. The major components were 
machined entirely from solid billet aluminum that has been bead blasted to look like castings, and it will turn 18,000 RPM! The coin you see in some of the photos for size reference is a US Quarter. The valve covers are just 4-1/2" long, and the miniature spark plugs are commercially available.
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This 1/3 scale billet machined, supercharged Chrysler 300 Hemi racing engine from the 1960s was built by James Weber. It has a 1.0" bore and 0.90" stroke displacing 5.65 cubic inches. The engine burns gasoline or methanol (methyl alcohol) on dual electronic spark ignition and incorporates a two-stage pressurized dry-sump lubrication system. 
It will turn around 12 grand and uses a couple of computer cooling fans on the radiator to keep things cool. Note the professional looking throttle and gauges on the stand.
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Here's a V-8 and a half ; a scale Ferrari V-12 by Jeron Classic Motors. It has double overhead camshafts, burns methanol on glow ignition and is equipped with two oil pumps for dry sump lubrication. All six carburetors function and are linked together for smooth operation. The heads and block are about 7-1/4" long. Only a few of these were made before the company went out of business, so it's pretty rare. Like many of the engines you see here, it is on loan to the Craftsmanship Museum courtesy of Paul and Paula Knapp and their Miniature Engineering Museum .
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Here's another twelve. The late Al Ingersol built this Curtiss D-12D 1/6 scale V-12 airplane engine completely from billet stock and also built a model Curtiss Wright P 6E biplane to put it in. The engine is only 9" long and weighs 6 pounds. It has a 0.80" bore and 1.062" stroke, displacing 6.46 cubic inches.
One of the more popular model V-8 engines over the years has been the Challenger. 
This one was built by Ron Colonna. Casting kits are still available for this 1/3 scale engine through Coles Power Models, although it is definitely not a beginner project.
Several V-8 engines by Ken Hurst are displayed at model engineering shows like the recent Western Engine Model Exhibition (WEME) in Vallejo, CA . How about that supercharger! Behind the first engine is his blue Challenger V-8. The 103 cc engine sounds great running on a mixture of white gas and high octane racing fuel.
Eugene Corl built this 1/3 scale Chevy V-8 using engine castings he produced himself. 
The engine is seen here at the Gas Engine Antique Reproduction Show (GEARS) in Portland, OR.
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Seen above are some of the wooden patterns, molds, cores and raw castings that had to be made to build Gene's 1/3 scale Chevy V-8. Once cast, the parts must be precisely machined just like real engine components. When you look at one of these finished little engines, keep in mind all the planning, preparation, fixturing and behind-the-scenes work that goes into making one.
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The three photos above show the world's smallest known running Chevrolet V-8. 
Jim Moyer built this 1/6 scale version of a 1964 365 HP Chevrolet Corvette 327. 
Note the tiny firing order cast into the intake manifold just like on the real thing. 
The heads and block are machined from billet aluminum. Jim even made stamping dies to make the oil pan, rockers and front cover. The valve covers are investment cast.
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The finished 1/6 scale 5-bearing crankshaft fits in Jim's hand.. It utilizes real Babbitt bearings.
Here you can see the cylinder heads of the Moyer 327 plus the stamped oil pan and front cover. Some parts inside the engines are made to scale like the 30-30 Duntov camshaft, but some things have to be modified to make a small engine run. 
Electricity and fuel molecules don't scale, so some parts have to be slightly heavier or larger than exact scale would dictate. Getting a small engine to run requires skill 
and careful work; getting one to run well is an art.
Here's a shot of Jim's tiny Corvette V-8 being test run. He is now working on a 1/6 scale Chevy 409.
Gary Conley came up with the scale Conley V-8 in the 1980's. This version has twin carbs. You could buy it as a kit or as a completed engine. Gary is now building what he calls the "Stinger 609" V-8 that will soon be available as a complete running engine. A supercharged Stinger 609 running in a 1/4 scale dragster. Impressive!
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Paul Knapp built this great looking version of the Conley V-8. 
It runs twin carbs on a fully functional Roots style 671 blower and will turn 12,000 RPM on methanol. Note the nicely painted and highly polished finishes on this beautiful engine.
(Did you notice that the ignition switch even has its own set of keys like a real engine?)
A Cirrus V-8 by Profi M.E. of the Ukraine is based on the Merritit Zimmerman design. The exposed rocker arms need to be manually lubricated before running the engine. Again, note the really nice finishes on every part.
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This is one of only six air-cooled Micro Cirrus 1/12 scale V-8s produced by Profi M.E. using the components from a run of 4-cylinder Micro Cirrus engines. 
Six water-cooled versions were also built. The cylinder heads on this rare V-8 are only about 2" long. Note the size of the quarter at the bottom of the photo. This thing is TINY!
The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship has a machine shop in their museum in Vista, CA, where they are currently building a miniature Howell V-4 engine. They have documented the build step-by-step so you can see what it takes to put together a running miniature engine.
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Send this on to every motor head you know. The craftsmen who build these little beauties deserve plenty of recognition.
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KTM factory rider and multi Dakar winner Marc Coma launched his bid for another victory in the Sealine Rally in Qatar on Monday, finishing just one minute 02 behind leader and fellow Spaniard Joan Barreda.

Back in the desert sands after the season’s opening round of the FIM Cross Countries Rally World Championship, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge two weeks ago Coma, always a wily tactician is perfectly placed for a good start in Tuesday’s Stage 2. He starts just behind Barreda, whose job it will be to open the track.

Marc Coma: "I'm happy, it has been a positive first step. The terrain is completely different to Abu Dhabi and I decided to take it a bit easy because I did not yet have the feeling for it here. The rally is long and it was important to start without making any mistakes. "

Coma’s factory teammates Jordi Villadoms, Sam Sunderland and Ruben Faria finished third, seventh and eighth on the relatively short opening day and it was up to Sunderland and Faria to open the track because they are yet to score points in the 2014 world championship. Sunderland started in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge but had to retire. Faria of Portugal is competing in his first event of the 2014 series.

Stefan Huber, KTM factory team coordinator: “The first stage was only short but very difficult navigation with lots of parallel tracks to negotiate. It was up to Sam and Ruben to open the track on the first day and they lost a bit of time with the navigation. Marc did a good job today and all our riders are in good shape.”
Riders competed over a total distance of 230.86 km, 164.18 km of which was timed special. The stage started at the Losail racing circuit and ending at the Sealine bivouac.

The factory team riders are competing on the 2014 edition of the KTM 450 Rally bike on which Coma won his fourth personal Dakar title in January, and secured KTM’s 13th Dakar victory.

Coma finished a very close second in the Desert Challenge, finishing five days of punishing desert riding with a deficit of just 20 seconds. He is a two time winner in Qatar but admits it is a very tough rally, but one that he likes.

“The key to a good rally in Qatar is to not make any mistakes because the navigation is complicated,” Coma said. “The terrain gives the impression of being easy but it is not. It is important to be mentally prepared and to have a good strategy.”

On Tuesday riders face a longer stretch, a total of 484.96 km, with 396.46 km of timed special, a loop that takes them away and back into the bivouac.

KTM Results
Sealine Rally Qatar
Stage One results
?1, Joan Barreda ESP, Honda, one hour 42.31
2, Marc Coma, ESP, KTM at 01.02
3, Jordi Villadoms, ESP, KTM at 05:04
4, Mohammed Balooshi, UAE KTM UAE at 07.03
5, Helder Rodrigues, POR, Honda at 09.24
Other KTM
7, Sam Sunderland GBR, KTM at 17.03
8, Ruben Faria, POR, KTM at 19.12end bike test







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