KTM continues to set the benchmark in the development of offroad motorcycles with the presentation its Model Year 2014 range. A stand-out example of the company’s dedication to ongoing research and development is the star attraction in the Enduro range, the brand new 250 EXC-F, featuring a completely new engine based on the very successful 350 EXC-F.
The Austrian manufacturer has 50 percent of the Enduro market share but its dedication to R&D was evident right across the new models as it continues to deliver the best in terms of performance, ride-ability and reliability. The star attraction 250 EXC-F also features many improvements over last year’s model, including an all new high tech race proven engine.
Cutting-edge developments in Enduro and Motocross bikes were presented to 70 journalists from 19 countries, including from as far afield as
The Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS recently won the comparative test for 1000 cc supersport bikes conducted by Italian magazine Motociclismo.
This success adds to the victories achieved last season when the Aprilia RSV4 Factory won all the comparisons conducted by the most authoritative publications in the sector in every corner of the globe, on different tracks, with different riders and tyres. "It's difficult not to fall in love with this bike" was the final word from Motociclismo. The comments from the riders who took turns astride the RSV4 were just as positive.
"It has a stratospheric chassis. It's exceptional going into turns", "Incredible! It lets you accelerate where you wouldn't even dream of doing so with others", "An incredibly fine tuned electronics package" were just some of the statements made by the testers at the end of the day.
BIKE ENTHUSIASTS TURN OUT IN DROVES TO CELEBRATE 110 YEARS OF FREEDOM
Harley-Davidson Africa Bike Week 2013 attracted over 80 000 motorcycle enthusiasts
(29 April 2013) Africa Bike Week, the largest free motorcycle rally in Africa, took place from Friday 26 April to 29 April in Margate KwaZulu Natal attracting over 80 000 enthusiasts and visitors. Harley-Davidson also celebrated 110 years of rich history and as part of this iconic milestone William J. “Bill” Davidson, Vice President of the official Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee joined the celebrations.
“An epic conservation project that entails a 10,000km motorcycle adventure around Southern Africa”
The Rock ’n Ride 4 Rhino Project, planned for April to September 2013, epitomises the freedom, adventure and fun of the human spirit via motorcycling and the raw energy of rock ‘n roll, whilst stimulating a national culture of conservation.
The purpose is to raise R20-million to help fund the extensive equipment, manpower, resources and communication channels required to effectively combat the poaching scourge that it threatening our wildlife and our planet.
The Yamaha Mio scooter is now available from Yamaha dealers nationwide at the incredible price of R8995-00!
Yamaha’s new Mio shatters old-fashioned ideas with a new take on uber cool, affordable personal transport for the youth market. Offering exceptional reassuring levels of stability, the Mio makes no sacrifice when it comes to manoeuvrability. Finished with modern, urban designs, this is a scooter that, despite its affordable price, is something you’ll want to be seen on.
We’ve recently been informed that you might be able to buy one of these incredible engines, right here in SA.
Some mad scientist/engineer, from the UK, we believe, has taken two Yamaha Fazer 1000 engines and produced this masterpiece.
Can you imagine how hard it would be to produce a V8 from two 1,000cc bike engines, and then make it work? Obviously some monster downdraft thingies have been installed to dump in tons of fuel and therefore make lots of horsepower.
The outcome is a claimed 380hp @ 14,000pm. Unfortunately it seems this motor ends up sitting inside a car’s frame rails. But can you imagine putting this lump into a motorbike, where it really belongs, and having the best sounding engine, ever?
If you want one for any reason try www.rocket88.co.za for more information.
KTM SHOWS SCOOTER STUDY "E-SPEED" IN TOKYO!
With the FREERIDE E, KTM already has a off-road motorcycle that can be used freely in the outdoors and that has opened up a completely new outlook on motorcycle sports in open nature as it produces no exhaust emissions and is nearly silent. With the “E-SPEED”, the sports bike manufacturer now introduces a concept vehicle based on the same battery and powertrain concept to offer a comparable solution for urban areas.
Stefan Pierer (KTM CEO): “We at KTM are completely convinced of electric mobility as a perfect complement to conventional powertrains. In the long term, the electric drive will come out on top for short distances – particularly in areas which are highly sensitive from an environmental perspective, like open nature and densely populated metropolitan areas! Vehicles like the ‘E-SPEED’ and FREERIDE E can help powered two-wheelers win back more acceptance in society. Not just because of their environmental credits, but because they are easy to use, quick, and simply great fun.”
True to his motto that each and every component of a KTM must have both an aesthetic and a structural function, the chassis and bodywork of the “E-SPEED” have turned out uncluttered and iconic with a true premium look!
Technically the “E-SPEED” takes advantage of the extensive know-how gathered in the development department in Mattighofen. The prototype which is 11kW and 36Nm strong and reaches a speed up to 85km/h, among other things, trusts in a state of the art hybrid steel trellis light metal frame and WP suspension elements.
The “E-SPEED” is powered by a liquid-cooled, permanent-magnet synchronous motor with 36Nm of maximum torque and a permanent power of 11kW to drive the rear wheel via a belt drive. Electricity is stored in a package of cutting-edge lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 4.36kWh that is fully charged within two hours on a regular 220V socket.
The KTM “E-SPEED” does indeed have sporting ambitions, as witnessed by the concept’s chassis and styling – thanks to completely unique technical solutions and the inimitable lines drawn by KTM’s very own designer, Gerald Kiska.
METZELER ANNOUNCES ITS COMMITMENT TO 2013 ROAD RACING ACTIVITIES AND A DEDICATED INITIATIVE PROGRAMME
Dan Tanenbaum is a 41-year-old gentleman who resides in Canada. He’s an extraordinary chap who spends hundreds of hours making these exquisite works of art.
Dan takes old vintage watch parts and turns them into these miniature motorcycles, which unfortunately aren’t ride able, unless you’re the size of a Lego dude.
But we’d all love to have one on our mantel piece, right? However we’ve no idea how much they’ll cost, very expensive we’d imagine.
Sometimes people have too much time on their hands, ha, ha…
The visiting team from Mick Grant a former champion and Isle of Man TT winner, had some notable riders to contest the three leg series held at the Aldo Scribante, Zwartkops and Kyalami tracks.
The Port Elizabeth 200 proved to be a runaway win by a clear 10 laps for Gary Johnson backed up by Parkins 1000cc BMW. Crowd attendance on the Saturday’s racing was fairly sparce but this didn’t stop the TT?legends parade or veteran racers from the Eastern province. Rodney Hiles coupled with Schroder from gaining a podium position on the day’s events.
By far the best attended race day was Zwartkops. The packed race schedule planned for the day took some inevitable delays as racing shunts played out to packed grandstands. A host of champions and former greats sampled a track that contained plenty of oil and rubber to cause the occasional missed heart beat for the veteran racers.
Sean Emmett, multiple UK?champion took home the top spot in the Day of Champions Race riding an ex-works 1984 Suzuki 500cc Grand Prix.
Notable riders like Scottish Champion Alan Dufus and Peter Labuschagne both on ultra-fast 1960 single cylinder bikes put up a good showing against the more powerful machines on race day to gain some silverware.
What was billed as another great day of champions at Kyalami became a major tragedy with the loss of two racers on the day in the brunch runner class where Warren Banfield and Marco Pugi both succumbed to their injuries. The start line mellé crash saw riders and bikes go in all directions as six racers crashed with the result that all ambulances were rapidly dispatched to local hospitals.
The passion for speed day suffered once again from various program delays. The Castrol Tourist Trophy was won by Allan Venter on a Yamaha 1100 ahead of series winner Les van Breda on a borrowed Honda 1100 while fast riding John Kosterman was third on a 1985 Suzuki GSX-R750cc. The small but loyal band of enthusiasts however got to watch the passing show in some glorious Highveld summer weather on the day.
1. For Paddy Driver and Jim Redman it all started in the mid 50’s going from track to track in Europe eeking out a living from GP?racing.