Sunday
Nov122017

Is RC Ready for WWE?

Well, this didn't disappoint! Ronnie Mac VS. Ricky Carmichael. Looks like the G.O.A.T. left all his talking on the track...

Sunday
Nov122017

Dull Day at the Office

Meet the Egyptian Motorcyclist Ali Abdo who broke Guinness World Record in Motocross


November 12, 2017
4:14 pm

A new world record for the longest distance crossed on a motocross bike in one day was achieved by the Egyptian motorcyclist Ali Abdo who managed to break the Guinness World Record.

By crossing 613.59 km (381.27 miles) which is the longest distance crossed on a motorbike in 24 hours, Ali was able to break the Guinness World Record in Egypt’s coastal city of Gouna.

The 34 years-old Egyptian motorcyclist Ali Abdo applied at the end of 2016 to the Guinness World Record aiming to achieve a World Record.

“Through off-road track and a Honda Tornado 250 cc motorbike, I have engaged in the implementation of the World Record operation in June 2016 in a track located inside Egypt’s coastal city of Gouna” Ali told Egypt Independent.

He further noted that after ending the trial inside the track by lapping around the Motorclub Egypt track 510 times, he awaited the final ratification of his world record from the international Guinness World Record.

“The ratification on my record from Guinness arrived last week, last time when similar world record took place was in 2013 in England” he said.

Ali explained that his goal was to attract the world’s attention towards Egypt as a touristic destination and appropriate environment for similar types of the motorbike sport.

In 2013, Abdo launched his own initiative “Around Egypt on a Motorcycle” that aimed to encourage adventure traveling, explore the beauty of Egyptian locations, and increase the motorcycle riding culture in Egypt.

Since the start of the initiative, Ali has attracted local and international attention from various media outlets.

In 2016, Ali achieved a world record when he crossed the longest distance touring Egypt on a motorcycle in 7 days. He traveled across the country to photograph his adventure and the hidden gems of Egypt.

Ali, who is also a senior system engineer at IBM, is currently working on an electronic encyclopedia to include his trips around Egypt. This encyclopedia will act as a complete guide to the destinations and services that people might need on their trips.

Sunday
Nov122017

Anderson Tops AUS-X 

Anderson captures 2017 AUS-X Open Sydney crown

All-international podium sees Brayton increase AUS Supercross advantage.

Image: AUS-X Open.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson is the 2017 Monster Energy AUS-X Open champion after soaring to a commanding victory by the end of Sunday’s SX1 main event in Sydney.

Earlier, headline American Anderson was untouched in a relatively uneventful opening SX1 heat, jumping out of the gates to lead and crossing the line with a sizeable 7.3s advantage following eight laps.

Anderson dominated from Dan Reardon (Mega Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki) – also going into the main event – a couple of seconds up on Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire, who in turn edged out Nick Schmidt (Wilson Coolair Motul Suzuki) for position.

Opening night winner Dean Wilson rode his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna to another win in the second 450 heat of Sunday, leading the duration for a 1.8s victory over current AUS Supercross number one plate-holder Justin Brayton (Penrite Honda Racing), who posted the quickest lap of the round so far at 31.246s.

Brayton capitalised on an error of Kade Mosig (DPH Motorsport Yamaha) in the whoops, however the latter recovered to cross the line in P3 but unable to match the outright lap pace of the imports.

CDR Yamaha talent Dylan Long impressed by taking out the first of the SX1 semis, starting out from and staying there for the entire six laps. He finished 1.9s ahead of Hampshire, while fellow American Schmidt trailed him again – all three going through to the final.

Current two-time MX Nationals champion, CDR Yamaha rider Dean Ferris, mirrored his team-mate’s result by winning his semi-final, 1.7s ahead of Nathan Crawford (Mega Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki) – who led five laps of last night’s main – and Mosig as all three went into the final.

The SX1 last-chance qualifier produced a few surprises, as FMX ace Robbie Marshall rode his privateer Honda to victory from Daniel Herrlein (KSF Racing Suzuki). Crankt Protein Honda Racing factory rider Todd Waters was out due to a crash, as was opening night standout Joel Wightman (Penrite CRF Honda Racing).

Pre-race favourite Anderson dominated the 20-lap SX1 main event to become this year’s AUS-X Open champion in what was another hard-fought affair for position in the 12-rider pack.

It was Ferris who led out of the first turn and the opening lap, however Anderson took full advantage of the Shannons Shortcut to seize the lead on lap two. Behind them, Wilson moved into P3 and then bypassed the whoops himself to close in on Ferris, who slid out before the whoop section – and went down again soon afterwards – and that put him out of contention.

Out front it was all Anderson though, slicing his way through lapped traffic to maintain an advantage over team-mate Wilson, again delivering a 1-2 for Husqvarna by 7.245s at race’s end.

Behind them it was eventually current AUS Supercross points leader Brayton who rounded out the all-international podium in P3, albeit over 30 seconds from Anderson at the front. Reardon was once again top of the Australians in fourth this time, edging ahead of rookie team-mate Crawford in another strong ride – the final rider on the lead lap.

Mosig went down in the first turn and could only recover to 10th, one place ahead of Ferris, which now sees Brayton hold an 18-point lead in the series from Reardon, who is a further two markers ahead of Ferris entering Jimboomba, Queensland’s final round next Saturday night.

Saturday
Nov112017

Husky Returns to the Street!

Husqvarna Unveils Production VITPILEN 701 and SVARTPILEN 701 Concept


I admire motorcycle companies that are willing to take risks when it comes to design, and Husqvarna has certainly done that with the production VITPILEN 701 unveiled in Milan earlier this week. Prototypes have been displayed for quite some time, and the production machine follows earlier designs very closely. It also looks a lot like the production VITPILEN 401 introduced at EICMA last year.

While the Swedish design of the VITPILEN 701 might be polarizing, the concept is attractive. Strip the machine down to its essence, and power it with a single-cylinder engine. Simplicity with modern technology, including a claimed 75 horsepower — a massive power figure for a single.

The videos below talk about the design goals, which are principally centered on simplicity in a complex world. It is worth taking a look at those, as well as the following press release from Husky. The press release also discusses the prototype of the SVARTPILEN 701, a more upright, dirt-oriented machine powered by the same big 693cc single.

By the way, you can take a look at the full specifications for the VITPILEN 701, which reveals a claimed weight of 346 pounds (wet, without fuel). Husky says the VITPILEN 701 will be available for purchase in the United States beginning in the Summer of 2018.

Husqvarna Motorcycles is proud to unveil the production VITPILEN 701 machine, while also introducing the all-new SVARTPILEN 701 concept motorcycle at EICMA – the annual motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. With the historic brand continuing to take dynamic steps towards fulfilling their progressive vision of street motorcycling, both models will be on display for the duration of the show in Italy.

Forming new additions to Husqvarna’s exciting range of ‘Real Street’ motorcycles, these two new machines are powered by robust yet sophisticated single-cylinder motors that are housed within a minimalistic layout. Both motorcycles have been created to provide a genuine riding experience.

The all-new VITPILEN 701 machine represents a bold step into new territory for Husqvarna Motorcycles. Inspired by the same unique design approach that runs through the whole VITPILEN family, the VITPILEN 701 perfectly embodies Husqvarna’s progressive vision for innovative and accessible street motorcycles.

Simultaneously launched at this year’s EICMA show is the SVARTPILEN 701 concept machine. Inspired by the resurgence of the iconic flat track scene, the new SVARTPILEN 701 is a progressive single-cylinder motorcycle that is designed to deliver an authentic riding experience.

VITPILEN 701

The VITPILEN 701 is the highlight of Husqvarna´s re-entry into the street motorcycling segment. Impressing both the media and the public during its first launch as a prototype in 2015, it has now reached production and is expected to be available in North America in summer of 2018.

Bringing about a new era of motorcycling for the sophisticated urban traveler, the VITPILEN 701 perfectly mixes enjoyable performance for novice and expert riders with a simple yet progressive design and a unique style.

Largely inspired by the brand’s Swedish heritage, the VITPILEN 701 is a modern motorcycle that features some of the most state-of-the-art technology available.

From the trellis frame to the powerful single cylinder motor or the standard WP suspension and Brembo brakes, this machine is bristling with premium components.

VITPILEN 701 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Simple yet progressive design
  • Chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame
  • 75 hp engine – the most advanced single cylinder available on the market
  • High quality components and technology as standard
  • Ride-by-wire throttle
  • Cutting edge switchable ABS
  • Slipper clutch
  • Extensive range of Husqvarna accessories

 

Saturday
Nov112017

Dramatic Saturday AUS-X Open win for Wilson on debut in Sydney

Championship tightens as Brayton battles to seventh in SX1 main event.

 

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Dean Wilson made a glorious return to the top step of the podium in Saturday’s opening night of the 2017 Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney, round four of the Australian Supercross Championship.

The first time we saw the SX1 bikes on track tonight was in heat one, and Wilson worked his way by Dan Reardon (Mega Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki) early to go onto a 3.6s victory.

Former champion Reardon kept Dylan Long (CDR Yamaha) at bay for second, as Nick Schmidt (Wilson Coolair Motul Suzuki) and Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) were fourth and fifth respectively. Kade Mosig (DPH Motorsport Yamaha) recovered from an early fall in the tunnel for P7.

American duo Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) and Justin Brayton (Penrite Honda Racing) put on a show in SX1 heat two, but it was the headline guest Anderson who was able to fend number one plate-holder Brayton off for a 0.3s victory.

Behind them Jesse Dobson (Penrite Honda Racing) went third, with Nathan Crawford (Mega Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki) and FMX ace Robbie Marshall (Honda) the top five. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing crossed the line fifth despite a crash, while Dean Ferris (CDR Yamaha) and RJ Hampshire (Geico Honda) both fell victim to falls on the first lap.

It was an entertaining fight for victory in the first SX1 semi-final, as Penrite CRF Honda Racing’s Joel Wightman rode a composed race to lead Long and Mosig across the line. Just 2.2s separated the top five, including Waters and Schmidt.

Out of the gates it was Clout who led the way, however he went down entering the tunnel and that saw Ferris take charge at the front. From there he stretched out a 1.4s lead, topping Crawford and Dobson. Hampshire also encountered troubles, dropping him well down the order and ultimately out of the race.

Out front in the SX1 LCQ main event was Waters and that’s where he stayed, trailed across the line by American rising talent Hampshire as those two made the main event later tonight. Behind them was Clout, who traded blows with Schmidt – the latter coming off second best but neither made it through in the end.

An intense SX1 class main event saw Wilson return to the top of the podium in a Rockstar Energy Husqvarna 1-2, but he had to work for it throughout the 20-lap final.

It was Australian rookie Crawford who took the hole-shot and led the opening five laps after capitalising on the Shannons Shortcut and stretching a lead, before teammate Reardon took charge on the sixth lap. He controlled the race for the next five laps, until Wilson made the pass directly after the whoops and that was where he remained.

From behind though, after going down in the first turn, Anderson charged to second after moving by Reardon in the closing laps. Behind the podium trio, Mosig put up a solid fight for fourth, while Ferris edged Crawford for fifth.

Next came Long in his first AUS-X Open appearance as the final rider to make the entire 20 laps. It was a difficult final for Brayton, who also went down in the first turn, eventually going a lap down and only crossing the line in P7. Still, in the standings, he leads by 10 points from Ferris, with Reardon a further six in arrears in third.

Night two of the 2017 Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney will mark the fifth and penultimate round of AUS Supercross, where Brayton will be eager to bounce back to solidify his place at the top of the 450 standings.

Friday
Nov102017

Twice Pipes CR500????

Sometimes you just have too much time on your hands but what fun this beast looks to be.

Dirt Bike Magazine's latest 2-Stroke project in the RAW! The AEO Powersports CR500AF with dual FMF exhaust ripping up some SoCal trails on it's maiden voyage.


Friday
Nov102017

Max Nagl Joins TM

A win-win situation.

 

The perception of the TM Factory Racing team is skewed somewhat, as the Italian manufacturer are not necessarily one of the big six. Eyebrows were raised when it was first announced that Max Nagl, a former Grand Prix winner and title contender, was moving across to the team that has not even featured in the premier division in recent years.

Could this move be one that revitalises Max Nagl’s career though? There is no denying the fact that he will lack the support and infrastructure that he had at Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing the last three years, but the fall from such an elite outfit will also mean that less is expected of him. Nagl was simply phenomenal in his maiden season aboard an FC 450, one of the most sought after machines in the paddock, but he then struggled to rediscover that magic in the years that followed. There was always hope though.

Max Nagl spent three years with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna (Husqvarna Motorcycles/J.P Acevedo)

Now most will be impressed if he can finish inside of the top ten consistently, because no one has managed to do that aboard a TM. The bike could be capable in the right hands though, as Davide Guarneri danced on the cusp of the top ten when he last piloted the machine. Would he really have fared much better on a Japanese or Austrian machine? Exactly.  It is rather difficult to shake the stigma that surrounds TM though and, consequently, Nagl could be in a position to impress and boost a dwindling fan base.

Just finishing in the top ten will be enough to garner attention, as mentioned above, and that is something that he has lacked recently. Nagl is not the most outgoing rider in the paddock nor is he a hit on social media, so it is fair to say that he does not have the largest following in the top ten. Now, however, most will scour the results just to see how he has performed aboard the foreign machine. That increase in relevance could aid him further when his contract expires in twelve months, especially seeing as he believes that he still has a lot more to give in MXGP.

The deal with TM Factory Racing is almost guaranteed to work out for Nagl, even if he struggles to fulfil his potential, as if he flounders in the lower half of the top ten, then an uneducated fan would automatically assume the machine is to blame. Although this deal could be considered the beginning of the end for the nine-time Grand Prix winner, it may also turn into a fresh start that becomes one of the biggest talking points of the new season.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Husqvarna Motorcycles/J.P Acevedo

Friday
Nov102017

KTM & Dakar

 

“We’re going in confident but humble,” stated Dakar champion Sam Sunderland as he helped unveil KTM’s new 450 Rally bike at EICMA.

EICMA, Europe’s biggest motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, was the stage for KTM to officially show the world its new 450 Rally bike, which they hope will take them to an astonishing 17th consecutive Dakar Rally victory next January.

With press from all corners of the globe watching on, KTM pulled back the covers on a bike that has taken them two years to develop.

 

ktm 450 rally dakar 2018 1600

Photo Credit: Andrea Belluschi/Future7Media
 

In October they raced it in a black livery in Morocco, but in Milan it was sporting its thoroughbred race colours.

As the nature and terrain of the Dakar Rally has developed, it’s clear KTM have engineered their latest offering to mirror that.

Most certainly a visual step forward in the evolution of rally bikes, the new 450 Rally looks sleeker, slimmer and trimmer than its predecessor.

It looks closer to an enduro bike than we’ve seen before.

Under that new bodywork features an all-new engine with higher peak performance balanced by a new engine management system with a better throttle body to improve response.

 

ktm 450 rally dakar 2018 3 1600

Photo Credit: Andrea Belluschi/Future7Media
 

It’s got a new air box and a completely new frame to improve agility and handling.

New rear suspension is mated to a new swing arm. There’s a lot going one, more than KTM are willing to talk about this close to Dakar.

“It’s been two years of testing to get to this stage,” told Sunderland. “We spent a lot of time in 50 degree heat in Morocco doing durability testing.

“A lot of work has gone into this bike from the whole team, and with the win at our first outing in Morocco, it’s a good sign for Dakar.”


 

 

Friday
Nov102017

New Gas Gas GP Model

Gas Gas have announced a pair of factory edition models labelled Enduro GP for their 250cc and 300cc two-stroke bikes.

Mirroring that of their race bikes used in the Enduro World Championship, the Enduro GP models feature a series of upgrades and improvements over the production spec bike.

A new competition benchmark by Gas Gas incorporate a long list of new specifications and components, which proudly shows off a new look.

A high performance engine with a cylinder head with new combustion chamber achieve greater power and delivery for the most demanding riders. 

Rekluse & FMF partnership

Gas Gas Enduro GP 2018 enduro 0048 1 1200

 

The Gas Gas Enduro GP has a new clutch cover and housing from the Rekluse company for increased efficiency and cooling performance.

The exclusiveness of this model is evident in its smallest details, at a visual level and even regarding the sound for two-stroke lovers, with a complete exhaust system developed by FMF especially for Gas Gas.

Kayaba fork upgrade

Gas Gas Enduro GP 2018 enduro 0048 2 1200

 

For the Enduro GP edition, the Kayaba forks have a new anti-friction treatment in black (DLC coating) guaranteeing a boost in performance and to give even more confidence to the rider and adapting to any type of terrain.

The front end features new X-Trig triple clamps finished in red anodising, and Renthal 997 handlebars, new handlebar clamps and grips by same brand.

In addition to the long list of new features added to the front end is a new axle puller for easy removal and a floating front disc to improve feel and increase braking power.

The factory look

Gas Gas Enduro GP 2018 enduro 0048 5 1200

 

Naturally the Enduro GP model is given the factory makeover. Gas Gas reflect their 100% 'Factory Racing' spirit of the new GP 2018 on the outside with a fresh design of its plastic covers and graphics to give a faithful replica of its GP motorcycles. 

The new Enduro GP features black spokes and a black anodised aluminium rear sprocket.

The look is completed by a new racing seat, the same as used by the Gas Gas riders in the World Championship to offer greater grip and safety.

The Enduro GP models will be available from November.

 

Gas Gas Enduro GP 2018 enduro 0048 4 1200

New Specification Gas Gas Enduro GP 250/300*

  • Rekluse clutch cover and housing exclusive to EnduroGP for increased efficiency and cooling
  • Cylinder head with a new combustion chamber for greater torque and more precise response for the most demanding riders
  • Complete FMF exhaust system - Gas Gas EnduroGP
  • Renthal 997 handlebar and Renthal grips give greater feel and comfort to the rider
  • X-Trig machined red anodised triple clamps. They give a greater feeling in the front end and a reduction in weight.
  • New machined handlebar clamps give a greater firmness and strength to the handlebar mounting system
  • Kayaba 'Factory Racing' EnduroGP forks incorporating a new black anti-friction treatment (DLC coating) guaranteeing perfect feeling for the rider on any type of terrain
  • Front wheel axle handle for quicker and easier removal
  • Floating front brake disc for increased performance and improved front brake feel
  • Black spokes
  • EnduroGP seat for extra grip. Exclusive factory racing team colour scheme
  • Exclusive EnduroGP plastic covers and graphics
  • Black anodised aluminium rear sprocket
* All these components are part of the new Gas Gas EnduroGP 'Factory Racing' product line

 

Wednesday
Nov082017

2017 Gobbler Getter National Enduro Highlights 

Steward Baylor topped the Gobbler Getter National Enduro - the ninth and final round of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series in Stanton, Alabama, and by doing so claimed this second National Enduro title.