About a decade ago, modular helmets came on the scene. They offered the benefits of making it easier for those who wear eyeglasses to put the helmet on, and to raise the front part of the helmet to get a little air at stop lights or gas stops and talk to your riding buddies.
The drawback was that the helmets were not designed to be ridden with the chinbar up. They rested on top of the helmet, and created so much aerodynamic drag that it would try to yank the helmet off your head at speeds above 25 miles per hour.
Then in 2009 Shark Helmets came out with a game changing helmet - the Evoline. When I say “game changing”, think about the first laptop computer, or the first tablet device, iPod, iPhone, or even the first package of sliced bread. The Evoline was the first modular helmet – and still the only one I’ve ever seen – that is designed to swing the chinbar assembly all the way back to rest behind the back of the helmet. That puts it out of the wind blast so the helmet is aerodynamic enough to ride at speed in total comfort. And the rider can still lower the face shield and the tinted “jet fighter” sun shade independently.
Brough Superior has a pretty long history behind it as they’ve started to build bikes in 1919. Luckily the company managed to survive until the present and they’ve promised to reveal an all new V-twin superbike.
The new motorcycle will make its debut in November 2013 and will be propelled by a strong 1200cc V-twin engine. This big news was revealed by the company’ CEO Mark Upham during a press conference at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, hosted by Jay Leno.
Talking about the new bike, Mr. Upham said that it won’t come alone and in the future, we can expect to an entire lineup of new motorcycles: “We will be commencing with a V-twin model range but it won’t stop there. We’re working flat-out to get the first example ready for the Milan show in November. It will be the first in a series of different model families – some with more than two cylinders. But I won’t be revealing anything more until then, other than to say that each motorcycle we construct will be fully bespoke, built to the specifications of each customer.”
The company has also said that they will race in the GPs next year with a Moto2 race bike that features a carbon fibre monocoque chassis.
Most of the vehicle manufacturers are trying to keep it up with the latest technologies in the business and are constantly trying to develop new ways to make their products more efficient, comfortable and practical.
As the oil crisis is getting worse with every year that passes, the big manufacturers are looking for a viable replacement for the classic combustion engines and at the moment, the most promising technology is considered to be the one based on electric power.
BMW is aware of the potential that stays behind this type of technology and has already started to develop electric vehicles. After presenting the C evolution concept a while ago, the company is now ready with the production version and has officially announced that it will present its new model at the IAA Car Show in Frankfurt, 10 September 2013.
The new electric scooter will be based on the same technology used by the innovative BMW i3, so as far as performances are concerned we’ll certainly be pleasantly surprised.
The new scooter will be built on the same platform as the company’s C-series, so technically, it will be an electric maxi scooter that will provide plenty of space for the rider as well as a generous storage volume.
Wunderlich is one of the most trusted aftermarket parts manufacturers for BMW motorcycles. The company has earned a pretty good reputation among BMW’s riders and there is no wonder why as its products are reliable, practical and easy to mount on the stock models.
The latest product designed by the German company is a tasty windscreen named the Ergo Marathon. The new windscreen has a modern design and was especially developed for the BMW R1200GS. The company promises that its special windscreen will improve the motorcycle’s aerodynamic abilities and the rider’s comfort during long journeys. There is also available an additional support bracket which eliminates the vibrations produced while riding on tough terrains.
The Ergo Marathon windscreen is made of petrol-resistant Lexan plastic and is offered in two versions - clear or smoke-tinted. Needless to say, that the Ergo Marathon windscreen can be mounted very easy on the bike and doesn’t require any modification whatsoever.
The Wunderlich Ergo Marathon for the BMW 1200GS is offered with a MSRP of $309.
Meet the new ICON Spec 32 Eboz Edition - a special model that was created to mark the company’s entrance in the 2013 TTXGP series. This Special Edition also celebrates the inclusion of Eric Bostrom on Team ICON Brammo.
The new model is offered in a limited run of only 32 units and comes with an orange/blue livery. The 32 number represents the Eric Bostrom’s race number and can be also seen on the motorcycle’s body.
Talking about the body, the 2013 Brammo / ICON Spec 32 comes with color coded wheel trim, a stainless steel plaque with the unique bike number and a laser cut EBoz signature. You also get a Bostrom Icon Airmada signature helmet painted in the same colors as the motorcycle.
The company says that apart from the style modifications, the special edition also features a slightly tweaked motor which offers “crisper throttle response and sharper regenerative braking as well as a bit more power.”
Icon’s Media Coordinator Joe Gustafson said: “As title sponsor, of Team Icon Brammo, we have the ability to design a great graphic instead of a great compromise. If this was traditional motorsports, there would be just too many variables to design a truly striking piece of artwork.”
Mr. Gustafson added: “There is no playbook for electric motorcycling, so both organizations are completely uninhibited to try a variety of different things. With Brammo, this is shown by their design leadership in the industry by creating world- beating electric motorcycles, and then racing them against their gasoline counterparts – which no other electric brand is doing. On our end, it’s in offering gear that is industry leading in both design and function, and bringing that into the racing atmosphere.”
The Brammo / ICON Spec 32 Eboz Edition is offered with a price tag of $19,995.
When it comes to speed, Triumph has a pretty glorious past as it used to hold the title of “World’s Fastest Motorcycle” from 1955 to 1970.
The company is now determined to reclaim this title. Therefore they’ve developed a totally fresh concept that promises to break the actual 376.156 mph land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The team behind this project is made of three men namely Matt Markstaller, Bob Carpenter, and Jason DiSalvo with the latter being the Rocket’s pilot.
The new Castrol Rocket looks more like a fighter jet than a motorcycle and is propelled by two 2,300cc Rocket III engines which deliver a combined output of 1000 hp at 9000 rpm and 500 ft. lbs of torque. The 2013 edition Castrol Rocket features Carbon Kevlar monocoque construction and it is 25.5’ long, 2’ wide and 3’ tall. This rocket on two wheels is powered by methanol fuel and it engines use Castrol 4T 10W40 full synthetic oil.
Talking about the Castrol Rocket, Triumps declared: “The Castrol Rocket is unique in that it’s a 1,000-horsepower motorcycle built like a fighter jet. The project is undergoing testing this week at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah. The goal is an eventual 400-mph-plus record-breaking run. The current American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) motorcycle land speed record is 376.156 mph, set in 2010, by Rocky Robinson with the Ack Attack streamliner.”
The Rocket’s pilot Jason DiSalvo said: “Land speed racing is the purest form of motorsport. It’s about bringing all of your ingenuity, resources and determination together for a constant battle against the elements. The salt surface has little traction. The wind pushes against you from every side. But what’s really special about Bonneville Land Speed Racing is the people. The conditions are so challenging that for the past 100 years, racers with little else in common, have banded together to support and encourage each other to become the world’s fastest.”
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If the performances of your Honda CBR1000RR are no longer keeping your adrenaline levels go crazy, than you should take into consideration a small power upgrade.
Two Brothers Racing is making your job easier with their new Power Plus kit that was especially developed for the 2012 Honda CBR1000RR.
The kit promises to improve the motorcycle’s output with up to 8 hp and 11 ft.lbs of torque. For the power upgrade we have to give credit to the Black Series Slip-on exhaust which is available with aluminum, titanium or high-temp carbon fiber canisters.
The kit also contains a P1X Power Tip, a igh-performance repack kit, an aluminium anodized red bolt kit and the Juice Box Pro fuel management system. Other items included in the kit are a TBR Red Shield t-shirt, decal stickers and a black side cover.
It is also worthy of being mentioned that the TBR Power Plus Kit is intended for closed-course competition use only, so in some state you may not be able to use on the public roads.
The kit is offered with a promotional price rated at $842.
The Kawasaki ZX-14R is by no means a boring bike, but the guys from Icon wanted to make it even cooler.
For the starters, they’ve redesigned the motorcycle’s fairing to make it slide easier through the air. For this job they’ve collaborated with Hotbodies which did a pretty nice job with the body lines. As far as colors are concerned, the motorcycle is dominated by Kawasaki’s iconic green paint which is combined with a few white and blue accents forming a race-inspired style.
Apart from the racy livery, the Kawasaki ZX-14R has also received a Leo Vince exhaust which rewards you with a mighty roar and improved engine performances.
Needles to say that the custom Kawasaki ZX-14R is packed with a long list of custom parts and accessories. Among them you’ll find Galfer petal rotors, green Performance Machine wheels, K&N filters and a Roaring Toyz extended swingarm. Moreover, Icon’s Kawasaki ZX-14R has received a custom seat made by Saddlemen and PIAA lights.
It is also worthy of being mentioned that the ride quality is kept in check by Ohlis suspensions and the stock OEM controls were ditched in favor of PSR units.
Touratech is already known for its wide range of aftermarket accessories, so its new products comes as no surprise. We are talking about its new Zega Pro Aluminium Panniers that were especially developed for the 2013 BMW R1200GS.
Needless to say that the panniers were designed with practicality in mind and come together with model specific racks so they can be easily installed on the motorcycle.
The Zega Pro Aluminium Panniers are made of 1.5mm thick aluminium sheets with a reinforced structure, and are offered in three volumes namely 21, 38 and 45 liters. You can also choose from three colors including bare aluminium, anodized black or anodized silver.
The panniers were carefully designed to withstand the toughest punishments and are the perfect solution if you want to some extra storage place. Thanks to their tough construction they can be used both on- and off-road.
The Touratech Shows Zega Pro Aluminium Panniers offered for the 2013 BMW R1200GS are priced between $1342 - $1538.
Local Motors is a relatively new company specialized on automotive design and technology and its purpose is to create unique and innovative vehicles. A while ago, the company amazed the automotive media with its capableRally Fighter , a sporty off road vehicle powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 that goes head to head with models like the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.
Luckily the company didn’t stop there and its newest project is a custom motorcycle named the Racer.
The new custom bike has a pretty interesting story. To start this project Local Motors organized the Custom Motorcycle Design Challenge with Justin and Jarrod Del Prado of Arizona-based DP Custom Cycles.
The challenge was to invite a wide range of designers to come up with their version of a customized 2000-2003 Harley Davidson Sportster.
More than 2,400 files were submitted for evaluation and the winner was the DP Racer designed by Andre Costa of Portugal.