Monday, March 25, 2013

KTM E-Speed electric scooter prototype unveiled

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Designed by Gerald Kiska, the KTM E-Speed electric scooter just might be the shape of things to come. It's only a prototype for now, though

After the Freeride E, their off-road electric bike, KTM are now ready with their first battery-powered electric scooter for urban use. The KTM E-Speed prototype uses the Freeride E’s lithium-ion battery and liquid-cooled, permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor, and with 11kW and 36Nm available, it can hit a top speed of 85km/h. A full recharge takes just two hours and with its steel trellis chassis and WP suspension components, KTM’s electric scooter should be competent in the handling department as well.

“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,” said KTM CEO, Stefan Pierer. “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,” he added.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

2013 Yamaha YZR-M1 unveiled at Jerez

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Yamaha Factory Racing launched their 2013 colours yesterday, at the Jerez de La Frontera Circuit in Spain. Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and returning teammate Valentino Rossi were on hand to reveal their 2013 liveries
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Cedric Klein, CEO, Avinton Motorcycles: “We deeply prefer to give priority to quality and I think we like our little niche…”

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The Avinton Motorcycle line-up looks gorgeous...

If you’ve been a regular here at Faster and Faster, you’ve probably read some of our earlier posts on Wakan, some of whose bikes we quite liked – especially the S&S 50th Anniversary Track Racer Special. Well, that was back then. Now, the ‘Wakan’ name is no more – the French company was bought over by one Cedric Klein (who’s now the CEO) and continues to produce motorcycles, but under the ‘Avinton’ brand. The one thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that their bikes are still very cool. So, we caught up with Cedric for a quick chat about the bikes that his company builds. Here’s what he had to say about Avinton motorcycles:

On Wakan, and the subsequent birth of Avinton Motorcycles

Avinton was born in January 2012 – this is a young company! I've worked as an engineer in heavy industries and was thermo-dynamic systems supplier for the French army. I’ve been keen on road bikes since I was a young boy and when I discovered Wakan motorcycles, I just fell in love with their incredible musclebike. Later, when I came to know that Wakan was about to go out of existence, I refused to accept that – I decided to sell my thermo-dynamics systems company, to buy Wakan and give it another chance of success.

I decided to change ‘Wakan’ to ‘Avinton’ because this new brand is easier to export outside of France. Our factory is located in the South of France, in Sommières (a beautiful place located between Nîmes et Montpellier) and 80% of our production is for the export market. This year, we hope to sell a total of about 100-120 bikes.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R: High-res pics, details, video

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Gorgeous styling, awesome performance. We LOVE the 1199 Panigale R!

Ducati have now released more details and high-res pics of the 1199 Panigale R, which was first announced in November last year. The 1199 R is, according to Ducati, “The absolute flagship of the range, and the machine specially developed with enhanced technical specification by Ducati Corse for World Superbike homologation.”

With the arrival of the 1199 Panigale R, Ducati have also announced updates to the entire Panigale range, including improved heat protection for the rider, inclusion of the latest generation engine management mapping and revised ride-by-wire calibration. The R model gets Öhlins electronic suspension, the monocoque chassis has a 4-point adjustable swingarm pivot position (this allows riders to dial in varying levels of pro- or anti-squat to optimize traction on corner exit), the engine gets titanium con-rods and the bike has various carbonfibre bits for reduced weight.

With a lighter crankshaft flywheel and DLC-coated rocker-arms, the 1199 R’s ‘Superquadro’ 195bhp L-twin revs to 12,000rpm and a 41-tooth rear sprocket (39 on the standard and ‘S’ versions) means improved acceleration, without compromising on top speed. The R race kit also consists of a racing screen, fairing mirror caps in machined alloy and a full Termignoni exhaust system with dedicated ECU mapping (for track use only).

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Django Django and the Wall of Death

WOR, a music video from Django Django, featuring real-life motorcyclists who ride the 'Wall of Death' in Allahabad, in North India. Very cool, we think!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Valentino Rossi does the Samba in Brazil

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As you can see in the pictures here, The Doctor has talents other than the ability to go very fast on a motorcycle. Not bad at all, eh?

Valentino Rossi was in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last week to… er, well, promote a new 125cc motorcycle for the South American market. As part of the promo activity, The Doctor flew to the Città Velo circuit where he rode an R1 and interacted with the local media.

“It’s a great pleasure to be back in Brazil after so many years. I still have good memories of the GPs I rode here. Brazilians are really special and their passion and enthusiasm is contagious! They also managed to make me dance Samba in public!” said Rossi. “I am really looking forward to coming here again soon, hopefully for a MotoGP race! Brazilians deserve a race here, as their passion for MotoGP is without equal,” he added.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Valentino Rossi on COTA: “The track is good, a very classical ‘Tilke’ track…”

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The Doctor talks about the Circuit of the Americas...

“I really like the track. My first impression is that it is beautiful. It’s very flowing, with a lot of fast corners and a lot of change of direction; it is fun on the bike! There are three hairpins that are very tight; this is better for Formula 1 overtaking, but for us they are a bit slow. In general the track is good. There is some downhill and uphill and first braking zone is very good,” said Valentino Rossi earlier this week, after riding his Yamaha YZR-M1 for the first time around the newly built Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, in the US.

“The track is a very classical ‘Tilke’ track. The uphill at turn one helps to stop the bike, which is beautiful. I like the fast parts, turn two and turn ten especially. There is lots of hard braking and it is very wide, so good for overtaking. The long right before the last two lefts is also good. It's fun, and not too hot like it is in Sepang, so it's a good place to make a motorcycle race,” added The Doctor. “For me, turn two is the best, though, and after you enter into the chicane which is very similar to Silverstone. The straight is very long, which is maybe good for overtaking,” he said.

Jay Leno rides the Brammo Empulse R

Its manufacturers claim that the Brammo Empulse R's 6-speed transmission emulates the performance of a traditional internal combustion engine, even though it's electric and the first production motorcycle with a water-cooled electric powertrain. Mr Leno talks about the bike and takes it out for a spin...

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Birdy Nam Nam - Defiant Order

Birdy Nam Nam? Er.. no, we don't have a clue either. But there's some good motorcycle action in the video and the music isn't too bad either. So, enjoy...

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

i-Road: Toyota also does a tilting trike

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The i-Road. A Toyota that could actually be fun to ride!

Toyota have unveiled their new ‘personal mobility vehicle,’ the i-Road, at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Essentially a full enclosed tilting trike, the battery-powered all-electric i-Road can seat two people in tandem and can travel up to 50km on a single charge. According to Toyota, the i-Road’s ‘Active Lean’ technology has been designed to “provide a safe, intuitive and enjoyable, helmet-free driving experience.”

The Toyota i-Road’s is a zero-emissions vehicle and its all-electric powertrain features a lithium-ion battery, which powers a pair of 2kW electric motors, one each of which is mounted within the front wheels. A full recharge takes three hours and Toyota claim ‘brisk acceleration’ and ‘near-silent running’ for the little three-wheeler.

The i-Road’s ‘Active Lean’ system features a lean actuator motor and gearing mounted above the front suspension, linked via a yoke to the front wheels. An ECU calculates the required lean angle based on steering angle, gyro-sensor and vehicle speed information. “The system automatically moves the wheels up and down in opposite directions, applying lean angle to counteract the centrifugal force of cornering,” claim Toyota. “Because the Active Lean system obviates the need for the driver to lower his feet to the road surface at any time, the i-Road is equipped with a safer, weatherproof, closed body construction,” they add.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Jim Kor talks about the possibility of 3D printing tech coming to motorcycle production

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That's Jim Kor, with the Urbee - the world's first 3D-printed three-wheeled vehicle. Kor talks about 3D printing, digital manufacturing and how these technologies may change the way motorcycles are designed and produced in the near future...

Based in Canada, Jim Kor graduated as a mechanical engineer from University of Manitoba in 1974 and spent a decade designing farm machinery – tractors and combines etc. These days, though, he’s on to something that’s a bit more exciting. His companies, KOR Product Design (an international design consultancy with operations in Canada, the US and Europe…) and KOR Ecologic are now in the process of building the world’s first 3D-printed car – the Urbee – which is actually a ‘trike’ since it only has three wheels.

Kor’s 3D-printed car trike, which will be able to carry two passengers, will only comprise forty 3D-printed parts, compared to the hundreds used in an average car. According to the company, this lightweight vehicle has been designed to travel at speeds of up to 112km/h and will have exceptionally good mileage.

So, what exactly is 3D printing? Well, originally used exclusively by engineering types for verifying prototype designs, 3D printing is now being considered as a means to mass production. Digital manufacturing? Yeah, well, the time has come for that, it seems. Things like a remote-controlled model airplane and a bicycle have already been 3D printed, so why not a trike? Or, indeed, a motorcycle…?

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Bott XR1 gets out on the track, looks impressive

We've been reading about the 1200cc Harley-engined Bott XR1 for some time now. Yesterday, the first was tested on the track for the first time and, honestly, looks damn impressive. More information and pics here and here

2013 Campagna T-Rex 16S launched

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The new BMW-engined T-Rex 16S is here...

Campagna Motors have announced a new trike – the T-Rex 16S – which is powered by the 1649cc inline-six from the BMW K1600GT. The six-cylinder engine produces 160bhp and 175Nm of torque and is mated to a sequential 6-speed transmission (plus one reverse gear…). Final drive is by chain. The T-Rex 16S has fiberglass bodywork with carbonfibre accents, and has adjustable seating for two along with adjustable ergonomics.

Like its predecessor, the Kawasaki ZZR1400-engined T-Rex 14R, the 16S is a very high-performance trike and its chassis and suspension are optimized for high-speed handling. There’s a double-wishbone set-up at the front and dual coil over spring at the back, while the tubular steel chassis has a rollcage bolted on to it for additional occupant safety. Other bits include 3-point safety belts, cross-drilled brake rotors, waterproof seats, removable side cases for luggage and a high-end audio system with Bluetooth etc.

While the 2013 T-Rex 16S will now be their top-end trike, Campagna say they’ll also continue with the Kawasaki-engined T-Rex 14R and the Harley-engined V13R. More details of the T-Rex 16S here



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