Motorcycle Technology – Joerg Teuchert http://joergteuchert.com/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 20:52:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://joergteuchert.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/cropped-icon-32x32.png Motorcycle Technology – Joerg Teuchert http://joergteuchert.com/ 32 32 Historical racing bike illustrations: 1972 Laverda 750SFC, in the September issue – Roadracing World Magazine https://joergteuchert.com/historical-racing-bike-illustrations-1972-laverda-750sfc-in-the-september-issue-roadracing-world-magazine/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 06:18:51 +0000 https://joergteuchert.com/historical-racing-bike-illustrations-1972-laverda-750sfc-in-the-september-issue-roadracing-world-magazine/

Featured in the September 2022 issue of Roadracing World:

In 1873 Pietro Laverda founded Laverda as a manufacturer of agricultural equipment. Between the First and Second World Wars, the company was a leader in the mechanization of agricultural equipment. After World War II, Laverda saw the need for cheap transport and added motorcycles to the company’s products.

Wanting to showcase the performance and reliability of its motorcycles, Laverda entered the then-popular long-distance races on public roads. A string of overall and class wins proved it was a smart move.

Fast forward to 1964 and the appointment of Pietro’s great-grandson, Massimo, as CEO. After a trip to the United States, Massimo saw the need for larger capacity machines, starting with an air-cooled 654cc four-stroke parallel twin that debuted at the Earls Court Show in 1966. Production continued. started two years later, and the bike didn’t stay a 650 for long…

—Historical racing bike illustrations: 1972 Laverda 750SFC, by Mick Ofield

To compete in more endurance events in 1971, Massimo Laverda launched an SFC (Super Freni Competizione) version of the SF. Factory bikes ridden by Hans Hutten, Sergio Angiolini and Augusto Brettoni dominated many European endurance races that year. To capitalize on this success, a limited run of 20 SFCs were produced in early 1971, followed by another 65 later that year. Read the story of the development of one of the most beautiful bikes to come out of Italy in the latest issue of Road racing world!

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Shops: Royal Enfield North America, in the September issue – Roadracing World Magazine https://joergteuchert.com/shops-royal-enfield-north-america-in-the-september-issue-roadracing-world-magazine/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 06:13:41 +0000 https://joergteuchert.com/shops-royal-enfield-north-america-in-the-september-issue-roadracing-world-magazine/

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Featured in the September 2022 issue of Roadracing World:

Pop Quiz: Which brand has been making motorcycles the longest?

The answer is Royal Enfield, which has been producing motorcycles continuously since 1901. And Royal Enfield is also one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers, currently producing 900,000 units a year.

Until recently, however, very few of these motorcycles were sold in the Western Hemisphere. But that’s all changing fast thanks to Royal Enfield North America (RENA), the company’s first direct distribution subsidiary outside India…

—Shops: Royal Enfield, by David Swarts

The first Royal Enfield motorcycle was built in England in 1901. Since then the company has transformed, survived the collapse of the British motorcycle industry and somehow found itself as one of the biggest motorcycle manufacturers in the world! Read the story of Royal Enfield’s breakthrough into the US market – it’s in the latest issue of Road racing world!

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This is what it’s like to drive a 1975 Kawasaki H2 on the roads in 2022 https://joergteuchert.com/this-is-what-its-like-to-drive-a-1975-kawasaki-h2-on-the-roads-in-2022/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 19:54:00 +0000 https://joergteuchert.com/this-is-what-its-like-to-drive-a-1975-kawasaki-h2-on-the-roads-in-2022/

Here in 2022, many fans of motorcycle history know the outline of the original Kawasaki H2. In the early 1970s, the magic three-digit code seemed to be 750 among several OEMs, so Team Green had to find a way to stand out from the pack. 750cc, but do it fast.

Of course, this speed depends on the context, like most other things related to motorcycle technology and how it has developed over time. This is something I often consider, especially when it comes to bikes that were big business (capitalization intentional) long before I was born. Of course, I can try to absorb the opinions of people who experienced it when it was new. However, unless someone invents a time machine, I’ll never be able to have that experience for myself – and even riding that same bike now won’t help me.

It seems to be part of what The world of cycling Chris Northover (former BSB racer and bike enthusiast since childhood) wrestles with him as he gazes at this stunning 1975 Kawasaki H2. It is, as he says, a bike where his experience has been seeing pictures of his dad and his dad’s buddies when they were young, whipping this bike and others of the era for fun. It’s not something he grew up with, or had personal memories or experiences of.

The original H2’s reputation as “the widower” preceded it over the years, so much so that you almost can’t think of “H2” without hearing “you know, the widower” in your head shortly after. . This air-cooled two-stroke triple was an engineering marvel in its day, but the handling and brakes in no way matched its insane (for its time) horsepower.

So, as Northover says, the riding experience is completely different from any modern bike. You have to reconsider almost everything about how you ride it, from the start-up procedure to early anticipation of every little move you’re going to make on the thing.

It’s not a bike you just think about cornering or you won’t have a good time. You could seriously injure yourself. Even though it’s a last generation H2 – where the flaws of the first generation H2s have already been ironed out – it’s still more than a handful to handle on the road in a straight line, let alone cornering . Also, keep in mind that the bike in this video was fitted with modern rubber, which is already a huge leap from what it could have had anytime new.

This purple colorway is admittedly gorgeous, though. Would you ride one if you could? Have you ridden or do you own any of these classics?

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Top 11 Asian Motorcycle Brands https://joergteuchert.com/top-11-asian-motorcycle-brands/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 21:03:49 +0000 https://joergteuchert.com/top-11-asian-motorcycle-brands/

You may not know the history of the motorcycle. The events following World War II provided many new approaches to dealing with a dire situation.

The appeal of motorcycles began to increase. By studying the history of motorcycles, you may learn more about their creation and development.

The motorcycle has become increasingly popular as new trends have emerged. There are several well-known brands of motorcycles today that are substandard and expensive.

Besides good customer satisfaction, there are a few well-known motorcycle brands. The major motorcycle brands come from Asia.

Buying a new motorcycle or even your first motorcycle can be difficult. You may not know where to start with the number of brands available.

So, if you are looking to promote Asian motorcycle brands, this article is for you:

1.YAMAHA

One of the first Japanese motorcycle companies to be established was Yamaha. Genichi Kawakami started it. The first motorcycle model was completed in 1954, and the company’s philosophy was “If you’re going to make it, make it the best it can be.”

Following the popularity of this model, they began to manufacture others, including the Yamaha YA-1 from 1955.

In 1960, the company entered the international market and started exporting bicycles to the United States due to the popularity of the brand in the local market. Yamaha specializes in on-road and off-road motorcycles.

These Asian motorcycle brands also manufacture sports bikes. They have affordable costs and, if desired, passenger vehicles.

The Yamaha Niken GT has all the features required to increase customer happiness. It’s a three-wheeled motorcycle. It features heated grips and a taller and wider touring windshield. These seats are comfortable.

2. Cyclones

Zongshen Industry Group’s motorcycle brand Cyclone was launched in 2016. It was named America’s media’s most popular car in 2015. CYCLONE is a national motorcycle enterprise with a medium and large product system today. .

Although the CYCLONE RA2 with Harley style is more focused on a small form, it still has the dominant taste of the cruiser motorcycle. It gives people the impression that he is big and strong.

3.Honda

Honda has continuously produced some of the greatest motorcycles in its class since 1959. Hondas have dominated every class, from scooters to mopeds, from sportbikes to cruisers.

You can’t go wrong with Honda because of its class-leading quality and reliability for a variety of top Asian motorcycle brands.

The Rebel 250, arguably their best-known motorcycle brand, is one of our favorite and greatest Japanese motorcycles.

This vintage motorcycle has a 4-stroke single cylinder engine and looks like it was pulled straight from an American biker movie set.

In 1969! Chrome exhaust pipes and unique wheels are part of the cruising accessories. There are countless things you can do with your brand new Honda Rebel 250.

4. Child

Guangdong Daye Motorcycle Technology Co., Ltd., a Sino-foreign joint venture, was established in 2003 with an investment of RMB 2.6 billion.

Jiangmen has been certified in Advanced Customs by AEO. It has an area of ​​600 mu, more than 1600 workers, and 60% have a university degree or above.

The KIDEN brand is used to market medium and small displacement motorcycles and micro cars by Guangdong Daye Motorcycle Technology Co., Ltd.

While this model should have been more conservative, KIDEN 150G1 goes above and beyond to deliver top performance. It is one of the best-known Asian motorcycle brands.

5. Moto Benda

Formerly known as Zhejiang Zhongnan Motorcycle Co., Ltd., BENDA motorcycle was established in 1994, and is one of the four major motorcycle companies in Zhejiang province, having the longest history, independent manufacturing of motor vehicles and export qualification.

The previous product line was replaced in 2012 after restructuring and upgrading. Establish an independent heavy machinery R&D department and engine business section.

Moreover, it is a company capable of managing every step of the manufacturing process, including vehicle design, energy R&D, power generation and vehicle manufacturing.

One of the best brands of Asian motorcycles is Chinchilla 300. The Chinese can see the appeal of cruiser motorcycles because of the looks of this one.

Before that, BENDA unveiled the GV300s, which garnered favorable reviews; it is obvious that this “chinchilla” has its appeal.

6. CFmoto

The next name on the list of Asian motorcycle brands. R&D, production and sales of motorcycles, off-road vehicles and aftermarket accessories are the core business of CFMOTO.

They value the core competitiveness of large-capacity water-cooled power technology, produce unparalleled control, and promote fun with a positive attitude.

The sense of science and technology that follows the zeitgeist should only be demonstrated in details.

Acceleration and high speed performance may be the focus of the sports motorcycle, but without a fashionable appearance, it cannot be said to be the ideal motorcycle.

The CFMOTO 250SR is well aware of this. It optimizes the design while guaranteeing the performance, giving this motorcycle a universal appearance.

7.Suzuki

Another of our top picks among Asian motorcycle brands is Suzuki. They have a distinguished motorcycling heritage spanning over 60 years.

You can discover whatever suits your needs from an impressive selection of over 75 distinct models. It can be a scooter, a cruiser or an all-terrain bike for the weekend or the daily commute.

Also, their GSXR series of street bikes are well known. One of their newest models, the GSX-S1000, has won several accolades since its launch and received accolades from other motorcycle enthusiasts.

8.Kawasaki

Kawasaki has held a strong position in the motorcycle industry for over 70 years. They have had the most success in creating large displacement motorcycle engines.

The sportbikes in their Ninja line are among the fastest and largest Asian motorcycle brands available today.

Moreover, they create many effective utility models. Kawasaki’s achievements are the result of its meticulous attention to technical detail. While improving each model for safety, comfort and profitability, they maintain performance.

Their commitment to making things work comes second only to their relentless pursuit of improvement. Riders can count on all Kawasaki models to deliver strong performance and reliable maintenance.

9. Voge

On September 21, 2018, Longxin Common Elements Co., Ltd. introduced VOGE, a premium train brand, at the 15th Chongqing Worldwide Bike Expo.

Today’s VOGE hopes to provide consumers with a fun, affordable, and high-quality sports train brand. It was more about humanizing research and innovation through high-tech tools than about technical specifications. One such framework is the brilliantly high-speed 64-channel stress test.

Siemens is one of the first technical groups specialized in participation in the United States. Like Siemens in Italy, Ricardo, Reino and AVL in Germany and Austria. Best bike:

The VOGE 500DS.bVOGE storage models have long been known for their elegant design and affordable price.

Also, this VOGE 500DS should serve as the best example. It is quite remarkable in terms of quality and execution.

It has a very long lifespan and is incredibly reliable in terms of performance and sturdiness. The engine monitoring bar is produced as standard equipment and covers the letterbox.

In addition, the locomotive can be successfully secured. With a 17.2L fuel tank, it has a long-distance range of over 300 km.

10. Rikuo

RIKKO’s founding dates back to 1885 when Tokyo-based inventor Yataro Iwasaki established his first steel production plant.

His son Hiroshi Iwasaki decided to start a motorcycle factory in 1955. He further established RIKUO, one of the best-known Asian motorcycle brands.

However, despite the factory closing in 1969, its owner continues to produce new RIKUOs as a hobby today. Thanks to Kawasaki Motors Corp., it arrived on American territory.

11. Tohatsu

Not one of the better known Asian motorcycle brands. You should research Tohatsu if you’ve never heard of it. In 1949, Tohatsu, a company best known for its outboard motors, began manufacturing tiny motorcycles and ATVs in Japan.

Two mini-motorbikes were first offered in local markets in 1961, and by 1964 a full range of vehicles, including 150cc mopeds and a 230cc motorcycle, had been built.

But their international journey didn’t begin until 1983. Due to their outstanding performance at a reasonable price, Tohatsu’s ATVs are now available with engine sizes ranging from 50cc to 1300cc. They are popular with both commercial users and recreational cyclists.

Conclusion

Motorcycles these days come in different brands, but not all of them are the same. Some are just plain awful, while others are superior.

To narrow your search, you should be familiar with some of these Asian motorcycle brands mentioned above.

The durability and efficiency of the designs and workmanship of these Asian motorcycle brands have been established. Also, while browsing, keep some of these Asian motorcycle brands in mind if you want to buy your motorcycle.

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Honda Motorcycle Business Briefing Summary

– Achieve carbon neutrality with a focus on electrification –

September 13, 2022

Striving to achieve carbon neutrality for all of its motorcycle products during the 2040s, as a primary goal of environmental strategies for motorcycle companies, Honda will accelerate the electrification of its motorcycle models, while continuing to advancing ICE (internal combustion engines).

Honda plans to introduce 10 or more electric motorcycle models globally by 2025 and aims to increase annual sales of electric models to 1 million units over the next five years, and 3.5 million units (equivalent to 15% of total unit sales) from 2030.

Silhouettes of 11 of Honda’s upcoming electric motorcycle models. Image courtesy of Honda.

As the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, Honda will continue to lead the industry in this “carbon neutral era” by continuing to deliver “fun to ride” with its electric motorcycles and offering value-added products by taking advantage of the high level of compatibility. software technology and electrified models.

Honda aims to achieve carbon neutrality for all products and corporate activities in which Honda is involved by 2050. Today, Honda held a press briefing regarding its motorcycle business initiatives, presented by Kohei Takeuchi (director , Executive Vice President and Representative Managing Director) and Yoshishige Nomura (Manager).

Here is a summary of the briefing:

1. Approach to carbon neutral motorcycle products

To meet a variety of uses and needs of customers around the world, Honda offers a wide range of motorcycle products, from small commuter models to large fun models, which are used worldwide in emerging and advanced countries. . In emerging countries, in particular, there is a strong demand for motorcycles, mainly commuter models, as a lifeline for people in their daily lives; however, the popularization of electric models faces challenges such as heavier vehicle weight and higher prices. Moreover, the demand for electric models largely depends on government incentives, regulations, and the availability of charging infrastructure in each respective market.

Given these circumstances, Honda will accelerate the electrification of motorcycles as a primary focus of environmental strategies for motorcycle companies, while continuing to advance the ICE, aiming to achieve carbon neutrality for all of its motorcycle products globally. 2040s. In addition, Honda will continue to lead the industry at the forefront of its environmental initiatives.

In order to achieve carbon neutrality while meeting the wide range of customer needs and operating environments specific to motorcycles, Honda continues its initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions from ICE models, while developing models compatible with carbon neutral fuels such as gasoline-ethanol blends. To be more specific, in addition to Brazil where flex-fuel (E100)*1 motorcycle models are already available, Honda plans to introduce flex-fuel models in India as well, one of the major motorcycle markets. The plan is to first introduce flex-fuel (E20)*1 models from 2023, and flex-fuel (E100) models in 2025.

2. Electrification initiatives

Anticipating market expansion, Honda will launch electric motorcycles that meet a wide range of customer needs. Commuter models and fun models combined, Honda will launch more than 10 new electric motorcycle models by 2025, aiming to reach annual electric motorcycle sales of 1 million units in the next five years, and 3 .5 million units (about 15% of total sales) from 2030.

Details of the product launch plans follow:

(1) Commuter EV

As companies become more environmentally conscious, the demand for electric motorcycle models for professional use has increased in recent years. To meet this demand, Honda is offering the Honda e: Business Bike series models and is accelerating the global launch of electric motorcycles for business use. In addition to supplying Honda e:Business Bike series model to Japan Post and Vietnam Post Corporation*2 for mail delivery, Honda is currently conducting joint trials with Thailand Post Company Limited*3 and plans to start production and sales of the Benly e: in Thailand before the end of this month. These Honda e:Business Bike series models are fitted with exchangeable Honda Mobile Power Pack (MPP) batteries, which are well suited for business use such as delivering small parcels and solve range and charging time issues. , which are key challenges that need to be addressed to mainstream the use of electric motorcycles.

For personal use, Honda plans to introduce two commuter electric vehicle models between 2024 and 2025 in Asia, Europe and Japan. Considering the future market environment, uses and technological advancements, Honda is exploring a range of future models for personal use, including those equipped with a power source in addition to interchangeable batteries.

(2) Suburban EM*4 / EB*5

Currently, EM and EB account for more than 90% of global industry-wide electric motorcycle sales (approximately 50 million units). In China, the world’s largest market for electric motorcycles, EM/EBs are widely adopted as a convenient form of everyday mobility, and Honda offers these products by leveraging its local supplier infrastructure and development/manufacturing operations. Expecting an increase in EM/EB demand globally, Honda plans to introduce a total of five compact and affordable EM and EB models by 2024 in Asia, Europe and Japan. , in addition to China.

(3) EV FUN

In addition to commuter electric vehicles, Honda is actively developing electrified models in the “FUN” category. Based on its FUN EV platform currently under development, Honda plans to introduce a total of three full-size FUN EV models in Japan, the United States and Europe between 2024 and 2025. Honda will also introduce the Kids Fun EV model, designed to pass on the joy of riding to the next generation.

Based on its competitive “Monozukuri” (art of making things) know-how, accumulated through the development and application of platforms for ICE-powered models, Honda will develop and apply motorcycle platforms electric vehicles that combine the three essential components of electric vehicles – the battery, PCU and motor – with the body of the motorcycle. By meeting customer needs with a highly efficient Monozukuri, Honda will continue to deliver the joy of mobility with affordable electric motorcycle models.

Regarding the battery, a central component of electric vehicles, Honda aims to equip its electric motorcycle models with an all-solid-state battery that Honda is currently developing by actively using its own resources.

3. Smoother and smarter use of electric motorcycles

Improving charging infrastructure and standardizing battery specifications are key to the widespread adoption of electric motorcycles. As part of improving charging infrastructure, Honda is working to popularize battery sharing.

(1) Popularization of Battery Sharing

Honda has set up a joint venture in Indonesia, a major motorcycle market, to operate a battery-sharing service using MPPs and MPP-powered motorcycles. The JV currently operates a battery sharing service in Bali.

In India, Honda plans to launch its battery-sharing service for electric tricycle taxis (known as “rickshaws”) by the end of this year. Honda also plans to expand its initiatives to popularize battery sharing to other Asian countries.

In Japan, in April this year, ENEOS Holdings, Inc. and the four major Japanese motorcycle manufacturers*6 jointly established Gachaco, Inc., which will provide a standardized interchangeable battery sharing service for electric motorcycles and develop an infrastructure for this service. The company plans to launch its motorcycle battery sharing service this fall.

(2) Standardization of batteries

In Japan, four major Japanese motorcycle manufacturers have agreed on common specifications for interchangeable batteries based on the JASO TP21003*7 directive.
Honda is working on the standardization of interchangeable batteries while participating in a battery consortium in Europe*8 and working with a partner company in India.

To increase the added value of its electric motorcycles, Honda aims to transform its business from a one-time hardware (product) sales business into a recurring business model combining hardware and software.

In the area of ​​software development, Honda is working with its software subsidiary, Drivemode*9, to improve the creation of new value for its electric motorcycle products in the connected domain. Starting with the commuter electric vehicle model expected to go on sale in 2024, Honda will offer user experience (UX) features that continuously enrich ride quality through connectivity, such as offering options optimal route plans that take into account the remaining range, charging point notification, safe driving coaching and after-sales service.

Going forward, Honda will work towards a connected platform where greater value will be generated not only by connecting its motorcycles, but by linking a wide range of Honda products and realizing connectivity beyond. of their product areas.

*1 Gasoline-ethanol mixture. Different blend ratios are available, from 100% gasoline to 100% ethanol. E100 is 100% ethanol, while E20 is 20% ethanol.

*2 Vietnamese postal service

*3 Thai Postal Service

*4 Electric moped category. Maximum speed: 25km/h – 50km/h

*5 Electric Bikes category, excluding electric bikes. Maximum speed: 25 km/h or less.

*6 Honda, Kawasaki Motors, Ltd., Suzuki Motor Corporation and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

*7 Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Inc. Organization (JASO) Technical Document TP21003, titled “Guideline for Interchangeable Batteries of Electric Two-Wheeled Vehicles”

*8 Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium (SBMC) created with the goal of increasing the adoption of electric motorcycles and other small electric mobility products.

*9 A software developer transforming user experience for mobility. Drivemode develops smarter, safer and connected driving technology for everyone on the road.

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Yamaha launches track-only R1 for 2023 https://joergteuchert.com/yamaha-launches-track-only-r1-for-2023/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 16:49:07 +0000 https://joergteuchert.com/yamaha-launches-track-only-r1-for-2023/

Yamaha has been keeping its shoes tied lately.

Between the brand’s successes on the track since Quartararo set the fastest time at the Misano tests, the release in 2022 of the brand from its “Certified Pre-Owned” platformand Signing of Yammie into the Exchangeable Battery Consortiumthe brand barely gave a breather between debuts – and, as usual, we’ve got another Team Blue machine for you.

Yamaha’s all new YZF-R1 GYTR/GYTRPro. Media sourced from Motorcycle.com.

Meet the track-only YZF-R1 GYTR/GYTRPro – Yamaha’s first-ever GYTR (Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing) package for their greatest supersport offering.

This thing is the closest you’ll ever get to having a WSB-spec bike under your caboose (not counting, of course, those WSB-contracted legends who ride around daily).

By giving us the ready-to-go package, Yamaha deliberately freed up space in the old garage; vsare to know the pretty penny needed to get her in there?

Yamaha's all new YZF-R1 GYTR/GYTRPro.  Media sourced from Motorcycle.com.
Yamaha’s all new YZF-R1 GYTR/GYTRPro. Media sourced from Motorcycle.com.

According Moto.comyou hovers between €25,000 and €30,000 for the privilege of ownership…although the price certainly comes with a list of perks.

Over 25 performance-focused bonus parts, ‘Bring the bike to FIM Superstock 1000 rules’, including full Öhlins suspension, Akrapovič racing pipe, Brembo master cylinder brakes (with pads Brembo Z04 brake and stainless steel brake lines), sprung rear calipers, a handy wiring harness and a brand new brand new ECU – all of which will likely complement whatever color you decide to dress up your racing bonnet.

Yamaha's all new YZF-R1 GYTR/GYTRPro.  Media sourced from Motorcycle.com.
Yamaha’s all new YZF-R1 GYTR/GYTRPro. Media sourced from Motorcycle.com.

“With our R series, combined with GYTR Racing parts, we are trying to cater to two target groups”, enthuses Leon Oosterhof, Yamaha Europe’s Race Product Management Manager, to MCN.

“The first is what we call track enthusiasts, who are basically track riders who want to enjoy a few track days a year, but when they go they really want to enjoy it…the technology and…the cool machine .”

See also

Last Wednesday, reigning MotoGP 2021 champion Fabio Quartararo recorded the fastest times in the Misano Test.  Media sourced from Motorcycle Daily.
Yamaha's all new YZF-R1 GYTR/GYTRPro.  Media sourced from Motorcycle.com.
Yamaha’s all new YZF-R1 GYTR/GYTRPro. Media sourced from Motorcycle.com.

“There is a part of that market, of course, that will always prefer to go with a used machine as a base and that’s understandable, but that’s not something that we as a manufacturer can exploit. What we try to do is try to be very accessible in what we offer.

Like what you see?

Yamaha's all new YZF-R1 GYTR/GYTRPro.  Media sourced from Motorcycle.com.
Yamaha’s all new YZF-R1 GYTR/GYTRPro. Media sourced from Motorcycle.com.

Be sure to leave a comment below to let us know what you think – we love hearing from you.

Stay tuned for all things bike-related and, as always, stay safe on the bends.

*Media from Moto.com*
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2022 Mercedes A35 AMG review, first drive https://joergteuchert.com/2022-mercedes-a35-amg-review-first-drive/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 13:35:11 +0000 https://joergteuchert.com/2022-mercedes-a35-amg-review-first-drive/

While other luxury car makers are busy releasing “normal” luxury cars, Mercedes has done that and more. The brand enjoyed great success with the E-Class of sedans and SUVs as well as the fanfare of the S-Class derivatives of vehicles. However, there is one thing that surprisingly gets more attention than these, and that is AMG cars. AMG vehicles that are now present in the brand’s entire portfolio as well as cars with a “normal” powertrain have slowly gained attention. Raison? Many! Superior performance to “normal” petrol engines and similar flexibility in everyday use. The Mercedes A-Class was well received as the brand offered an 8-year warranty and a beautiful sedan with plenty of options to choose from. The Mercedes AMG A35 is one of them. Namely, even with a 3-year warranty, this Class A derivative has serious potential. How good is it? We discover!

On the outside, the butterfly taillights are a great addition to the A-Class. The new angular LED DRL in the front along with the AMG grille make the car one of the best entry-level AMG sedans to get out of Mercedes in the world. The C-pillar makes it look like a legitimate younger brother of the C-Class. A sporty bumper at both ends makes the A35 AMG look like a real European sports sedan. The build quality on the outside looks and sounds great and it scores high in crash tests like any other Mercedes. Overall, the elements of the car, such as the alloy wheels and a well-made grille, make the A35 AMG stand out in all the colors of the regular A-Class.

Mercedes A35 AMG 2022-6 review

Inside, the build and quality are good, as is the long list of features we’ve explained time and time again in our previous review. The interior has fantastic turbine jet air vents and rocker switches which give the cabin a sporty and powerful look. You get automatic lights and wipers for rear view cameras, front and rear parking sensors, wireless chargers, ambient lighting and floodlights with LED lamps. The only thing we don’t like is browsing through music where the cursor is missing and using the touchpad on the steering wheel, you have to find it first, then navigate it to the track button, then the ‘utilize. The long tedious process can be solved by pressing the touch screen or using the buttons below. Something Mercedes should fix by simply initiating the pad slide on the steering, which should change assuming it’s a track change command and changing the track on the first try! Yes, this is the third time we mention the same fact with the Mercedes system which really needs an update!

The car has a large panoramic sunroof, AMG sports seats equipped with electric and memory functions. The missing equipment continues as it lacks ventilated seats, wireless Apple car play and Android Auto. However, the best part is the full screen offered behind the AMG steering wheel which extends all the way to the center and adds a technological aspect to the car making it easy to access all the features. The instrument cluster has everything you need, as previously explained in our A-Class review. There’s Mercedes ME, Concierge Service and all the other features hooked up to make it like the A-Class, but with more performance!

Mercedes A35 AMG 2022-10 review

The space is more than adequate with enough shoulder and knee room that you would expect considering this is a performance sedan in disguise or a normal limo. Legroom and headroom continue to be adequate, but as always, this is a strict four-seater. Boot space is good enough at 400 liters but the space saver takes away space. Road noise inside the cabin is a little higher, but wind noise is well controlled thanks to good insulation. Like any other Mercedes, it’s still a great place to live thanks to multi-level filtration. The safety kit continues to be elevated with electronic stability control and eight airbags, hill hold assist, ABS and EBD, active brake assist and more. series.

2022-4 Mercedes A35 AMG Review

The AMG petrol engines are smooth, free-revving and low NVH and that of the A35 is the same but with a load of boat power and torque. The 2.0l engine produces 301 BHP and 400 Nm of torque. The low and mid ranges are good on the engine. It all goes through a quick and smooth shifting 7-speed DSG automatic. The engine is flexible and powerful at the same time. The 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds is fast and the top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h is offered.

Off-line acceleration for a car that feels like a family car pulls so fast and forward that it forces you to concentrate really hard and when you do, it doesn’t disappoint. It ends up bringing the inner child out of you all at once, smiling all the way, until you hit the brakes. The soundtrack, of course, isn’t V8 thunder, but for a four-cylinder extracting 300 BHP, it’s good to hear that throaty exhaust note.

The high end is excellent when the boost kicks in. The engine can run at legal speeds and higher than that quite easily when desired. This makes it good enough for urban and road duties and makes driving comfortable. We’ve seen it hit 12 mph on the highway and 8 mph in the city, which isn’t too bad for a 300-hp entry-level sedan.

2022-2 Mercedes A35 AMG Review

Ride quality is about compliant enough at all speeds and that’s nothing new with AMG cars. The steering gives enough feedback and is very precise at all speeds. It’s something that Mercedes does very well with all of its cars these days. The steering also weighs very well on the highway! High-speed stability is perfect thanks to the ideal balance between underlying stiffness and suspension compliance. The brakes were also good with excellent pedal bite and plenty of performance on offer. Body roll is negligible when changing lanes at high speeds and it’s still a very inspiring car to drive at any speed. Ground clearance on really badly made speed breakers is a problem, the rest of them can be dealt with easily.

2022-1 Mercedes A35 AMG Review

Overall, with AWD, traction and grip aren’t a problem at all. They help launch the car and turn the car. One reason we love AWD cars these days is because they offer both fun and safety without compromising performance or fuel economy for that matter!

2022 Mercedes A35 AMG review, verdict

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At Rs 69 lakhs on the road in most cities, the A35 is very good value for money. Of course, ground clearance and ride stiffness are things to keep in mind. However, it’s practical enough for the posh, well-paved areas of most cities, and why the A35 AMG should be on your list, at the top of it very specifically, to check out. Mechanically, aesthetically and in terms of value, the A35 ticks all the boxes. This makes them the most sought after AMGs in India which is surprisingly accessible and gives you a grand entrance into the world of AMGs.

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September 2022 – Roadracing World Magazine https://joergteuchert.com/september-2022-roadracing-world-magazine/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 14:50:14 +0000 https://joergteuchert.com/september-2022-roadracing-world-magazine/

On the front cover: There’s a reason that’s the view challengers typically have.
Defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Jake Gagne, no
no matter how good they think they are. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology is THE definitive source for motorcycle racing, riding and technology information.

World of road racing and motorcycle technology The magazine is available in print and digital format. SUBSCRIBE NOW. Or call (909) 654-4779 to subscribe, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.

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SEPTEMBER 2022 EDITION

FEATURES

Interior info: Can-Am’s electric return; Ducati World Week Hosts
80,000 fans at Misano; Honda wins Suzuka 8 Hours; American children
Win in Europe; JD Beach Winning In AFT, and more…

Historic racing bike illustrations: 1972 Laverda 750SFC

MotoGP analysis: why Andrea Dovizioso is retiring from MotoGP

Intro—Suzuki GSX-S1000GT+: 2,400 fast miles and 25 fast laps

Intro—Yamaha MT-10: Knee-Dragging Fun and All-Day Comfort

Stores: Royal Enfield North America Headquarters

RACES

MotoAmerica at Brainerd: Gagne crashes, Petrucci wins

MotoAmerica at PittRace: Gagne’s Perfect Weekend

Seen on the track: joy and tragedy in Brainerd

Seen on the track: PittRace super fans

MotoGP: Bagnaia v Quartararo draws crowds in UK and Austria

World Superbike: Victory for Razgatlioglu and Bautista in the Czech Republic

WSBK Notes: 1,000th podium for Ducati, 100th victory for Yamaha

COLUMNS

Letters to the editor: hate for baggers, love for MV Agusta

10 years ago, September 2012: Casey Stoner On A Rampage, Continental Tires Tested,
Rick Matheny’s RM Racing featured in stores

Figures and anecdotes: the career of Andrea Dovizioso

Children’s page: Alex Coughtry

The crash page :: Andrea Dovizioso takes flight

New Products:: RSD “Crashing Sucks” Hat, AlpineStars Riding Shoes and more…

Race, school and track day schedule: where and when to ride

ASRA/CCS bulletin

High performance parts and services

Chris Ulrich: the adventures of an ex-runner

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Aprilia introduces the ultra-exclusive 230hp RSV4 XTrenta – Roadracing World Magazine https://joergteuchert.com/aprilia-introduces-the-ultra-exclusive-230hp-rsv4-xtrenta-roadracing-world-magazine/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 12:53:59 +0000 https://joergteuchert.com/aprilia-introduces-the-ultra-exclusive-230hp-rsv4-xtrenta-roadracing-world-magazine/

Aprilia RSV4 XTrenta

APRILIA’S RACING ENGINEERING AND MOTOGP TECHNOLOGY COMES TO THE MOST EXTREME, HIGH-PERFORMANCE AND MOST EXCLUSIVE APRILIA RSV4 EVER

CHARACTERIZED BY REFINED AERODYNAMICS, THE RSV4 XTRENTA IS THE WORLD’S FIRST MOTORCYCLE EQUIPPED WITH A REAR AND LOWER WING

UNPRECEDENTED PERFORMANCE FOR MAXIMUM PLEASURE ON THE TRACK: 230 HP FOR ONLY 166 KG, RACING ELECTRONICS AND SUSPENSIONS, DEDICATED SC-PROJECT EXHAUST AND A TRUE RACING BIKE SETUP

BORN TO CELEBRATE THE 30 YEARS OF APRILIA’S FIRST WORLD TITLE, IT IS PRODUCED IN A LIMITED AND NUMBERED EDITION OF 100 UNITS

After the great success of the RSV4 X, presented in 2019, and the Tuono X, the most powerful and lightest hypernaked bike ever, Aprilia Racing is getting back to work on the extraordinary V4 project by presenting the Aprilia RSV4 XTrenta, an absolutely unique creation that celebrates the 30th anniversary of Aprilia’s first world championship title.

The RSV4 XTrenta is manufactured by the Noale Racing department exploiting technologies never so close to those used in MotoGP in terms of materials, components, electronics, attention to detail and above all aerodynamics, a sector that has become of fundamental importance in recent years. and in which Aprilia Racing has been at the forefront with the RS-GP entered for the 2022 season.

Never before has a motorcycle on sale to the public been able to boast of such refined aerodynamic study. All the parts of the carbon fairing are manufactured by PAN Compositi using the same processes used in MotoGP and incorporate both the newly designed front fenders, able to guarantee more load and at the same time less drag, and the brand new fenders back, on the tail. But that’s not all: the RSV4 XTrenta is the first motorcycle in the world to mount the ‘under wing’ on the swingarm, the lower wing that equips RS-GP motorcycles from 2019 and is commonly called the ‘ spoon’ in MotoGP. The results of the new configuration speak for themselves: the aerodynamic load increases by 25%, while reducing the drag by 4%.

Aprilia’s RSV4 XTrenta features front and rear aero wings as well as a spoiler under the swingarm. Photo courtesy of Aprilia.

Starting from the already excellent base represented by the Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2022, Aprilia Racing’s interventions have covered all areas, starting with the engine, which reaches the extraordinary peak of 230 horsepower. This is thanks to an increase in the compression ratio, which works in symbiosis with a specific titanium and carbon exhaust system created by the partner SC-Project, which deals with and develops all Aprilia Racing exhausts. A Sprint Filter air filter using MotoGP and Formula 1 specification materials completes the equipment. An all-titanium silencer whose design is directly derived from the unit used in MotoGP will be available as an option. Considering the high performance and the intensive use of the tracks, the water and oil radiators are Superbike-derived Taleo Tecnoracing.

The Italian V4’s performance is handled by a specially tuned Magneti Marelli control unit, while the transmission is fitted with a PBR-branded titanium pinion (another XTrenta exclusive). The RSV4 XTrenta’s electronics suite is controlled by a JetPrime racing panel, while accessories include Spider’s CNC footpegs, handlebar levers and fuel cap.

On the chassis side, the RSV4’s rigorous chassis is refined with Ohlins suspensions modified by Andreani in collaboration with Aprilia MotoGP engineers. The billet steering plate is exclusive to Aprilia Racing. The braking system is the best available on the market, Brembo branded, consisting of GP4-MS billet monobloc calipers at the front and 330mm T-drive discs. The Marchesini M7R GENESI forged magnesium rims are suitable for Pirelli Diablo SBK slick tires in sizes 120/70 and 200/65, with SC-1 compound at the front and SC-X at the rear. The weight gain of the wheels is about 2 kg compared to the standard.

The livery of the new Aprilia RSV4 XTrenta, used by Lorenzo Savadori in the Austrian GP, ​​represents a contemporary interpretation of that sported by Aprilia in 1992 in the MotoGP 125cc class, on the occasion of the first of the 54 world titles that make up his one of the richest track records in motorcycling sport.

Availability and prices

Each of the 100 units of the Aprilia RSV4 XTrenta, priced at €50,000 (USD 49,727) excluding VAT, will be bookable exclusively online from September 6, by accessing the web space factoryworks.aprilia.com. Lucky buyers will also have the chance to collect their model from Aprilia Racing, with an exclusive visit to the Noale racing department at the same time, and receive not only the limited and numbered version of the RSV4 but also the dedicated motorcycle cover and carpet.

The RSV4 XTrenta is part of the Factory Works program launched by Aprilia Racing: unique in the world, it makes the same technology developed in competition available to those who intend to compete at the highest level in production derivative championships or who wish to have an RSV4 or Tuono V4 with performance optimized for track use.

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10 things only true enthusiasts know about the Honda VFR750R RC30 https://joergteuchert.com/10-things-only-true-enthusiasts-know-about-the-honda-vfr750r-rc30/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 12:31:00 +0000 https://joergteuchert.com/10-things-only-true-enthusiasts-know-about-the-honda-vfr750r-rc30/

When the first Honda VFRs hit the mean streets of the 80s, they were revolutionary machines. First, they weren’t 2-strokes, and second, they weren’t inline 4s.



Any engine configuration has its pros and cons, and the V4 is no exception. They are complex machines, both to build and to work with, but in terms of raw power, they have no equal. So in the racing world they make the most sense, but with this bike having to meet homologation requirements, the general public could get their hands on a 4-stroke V4 for the very first time.

Today we are spoiled for choice with several manufacturers offering V4 bikes, but back in the 80s this was the first of its kind.

Related: 10 Things We Love About The Honda Fury

ten V4 engine

Mass centralization is the main advantage, no matter how heavy the engine is, the bike will still handle well, thanks to the weight remaining more or less in the middle of the bike.

This made these bikes exceptionally flickable, yet still easy enough to ride at the limit and led to one triumph after another on the track.

9 Special Homologation

For Honda to be competitive internationally, they had to produce at least 3,000 units of these bikes, which were quite expensive in the 80s at around $15,000 before taxes.

Needless to say, they didn’t really have a hard time moving these bikes around, even though that price was a little steep, and they’re now very collectible.

Related: A Detailed Look At The Original Yamaha YZF-R7

8 Race roots

The main advantage of this bike is the fact that it was only available with a solo seat and no option for a passenger seat or foot pegs.

As a result, the bike is set up for a mid-size rider, and it’s a pretty dedicated setup, all things considered. This makes the bike useful to the point that it’s actually rather one-dimensional, and by that we mean it’s a fish out of water off the track.

seven Pro Arm

In truth, any one-sided swingarm is inherently limited because the forces generated at cornering speeds will make it more susceptible to flex.

It was initially used for endurance racing, facilitating quick wheel changes. However, in other forms of racing, time lost in corners would be scrutinized and its weight has since consigned it to the annals of racing history.

Related: 5 Ducati Motorcycles That Can Be Reliable (5 Fun Hondas We’d Rather Be Buying)

6 Incredible engineering

It must be remembered that to compete at the highest level, it was necessary to reduce the weight and the engine capacity under 750cc.

All of this while adding more components, as the bike now needed 4 cams, all of which were gear driven (not chain driven) to serve two separate banks of cylinders. There is also a spare parts program for the RC30.

5 Reliable performance

With all the lightweight components and all the extra moving parts, you’d think these race engines were a little flimsy. Well, they weren’t.

Honda has a way of baffling the mind when it comes to reliability. On their smaller motors they often leave the motors under-stressed, but in racing there is no room for that as you need all the power available, but they are still reliable.

Related: 5 Super Reliable Honda Motorcycles That Are Too Boring (5 Unreliable Ducatis We’d Rather Buy)

4 Honda build quality

Most of these high-performance bikes have stood the test of time, and it’s pretty amazing when you consider how many would have been raced.

It’s easy to see why, their build quality is simply top notch, with everything oozing class and even though the entry point was expensive, you would have been very happy with your purchase at the time.


3 Supreme maneuverability

By today’s high standards, not so much, but for the late 80s it was in a league of its own.

This was aided by the fact that it was set up for racing, and as long as you had a smooth track ahead of you, it was the best tool for the job. It won’t necessarily make for a comfortable ride, as it will get hot if you drive it too slowly and the seat is about ½ inch thick.

Related: 10 things you need to know before buying a Honda VTR1000 SP1 or SP2

2 Ahead of its time

Any good race bike needs to be one step ahead of the competition, and it’s fair to say that this machine was at least two steps ahead.

Things got crazier and crazier for Honda who were doing an amazing job in the early 90s, but that’s the foundation they built it all on.

1 Simply the best Honda

Everyone will have their personal favorites, but this is the machine that really pushed motorcycle technology to its limits.

It ushered in a new era, an era that would eventually spell the end of high performance 2-stroke motorcycles and bring the 4-stroke V4 engine into the premier class of motorsport.

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