The friends at MrHornig have come up with a rather unusual motorcycle vs car comparison as the challenger is the 2010 BMW S1000RR superbike and the challenged a 2008 BMW M3 E92. Considering that the S1000RR benefits of 193 horsepower while weighing 183kg and the M3 is a 420 horsepower blast weighing 1.655kg, we invite you to do the math for the power-to-weight ratio or, even better, check out the video and see which one is faster in a straight line.
Alex de Angelis was warming up for the Moto2 race at Jerez a couple of weekends back when his bike engaged into a highside, sending him rolling end-over-end on the side of the track. From what this leaked video shows, you’ll have all the reasons to think that de Angelis couldn’t have survived this and we totally agree, except he did. The RSM Team Scot rider even managed to walk away unharmed from his incredible crash and was willing, but not allowed by circuit doctors to participate in the race. Video after the jump.
In one of Orkin’s (company producing an anti-cockroach poison) latest commercial for hot tubs, they show a monster bug going in “for a piece of the action” and then making a run for it…on a motorcycle. This is actually a funny commercial if you don’t come to think this is actually how people around us see motorcyclists.
These guys were out on the twisties having the time of their lives and filming themselves while on it when everything ALMOST came to a tragic end when a BMW rider passing a van during a turn suddenly appeared in front of them. But luckily, the surprised rider manages to countersteer his bike immediately and avoid a head on collision by going off the road. He lives to ride another day and have this post on youtube.
As you all know, the world has heard hundreds of legends about Count Dracula and vampires, but they all have something in common – the Bran Castle in Transylvania. Famous trial rider Julien Dupont went to the Bran Castle not only to see if these legends are true, but also to ride his bike in the castle’s yard.
Even though the legends about Dracula have been circulating for around 500 years, this character remains alive not only for tourists, but also for writers who see it perfect for a new book or a new movie scenario.
Julien has heard numerous legends circulating around the Bran Castle, but only one caught the most of his attention. It seems that not far from the castle there is a cross which turns those who touch it into fearless persons. Just what Julien needed in order to pull out the most amazing tricks.
So Julien Dupont searched the respective cross on the hill near the castle, touched it and the legend turned out to be true – Julien became fearless and went crazy around Bran Castle.
But, a mystery remains…will Julien eventually turn into a vampire or not? Find out the answer by watching the video after the jump.
Watch as 12 times trial world champion Dougie Lampkin slides and glides his way down and around Nevis Range Ski Resort just outside Fort William Scotland.
He is joined by stunt cyclist Danny MacAskill at the fabulous Nevis Range venue, which will be home to the UK round of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship on 25/26/27th June, when the best trials riders on the planet will meet the arguably the best trials terrain on Earth. This short movie will give you a taste of what you can expect, but this is no substitute from being there in the flesh.
With three great days of action on offer, visit www.ukworldtrial.com to make the most of the heavily discounted advanced tickets and to discover more about what promises to be the trials event of the year.
Bikers often happen to pick up chicks with their two-wheeled magnets, but the chances for all of them to find themselves in the scenario proposed by Markus Hofmann in his latest short movie featuring the BMW F800R are pretty small. That’s why they’re still doing it, but the guy in this video must have had the surprise of a lifetime when waking up. See it for yourself.
Here’s a video from the Swedish Motorcycle Association that takes a different approach towards awareness regarding bikers. Starting from the question “are we invisible?” they’ve put together a scenario showing people acting as such. See it for yourself, but wait till the very end.
Very often, careless riders end up challenging different obstacles around them and in most cases the obstacles are the ones that win. This is also the case of this possibly drunk fellow riding a scooter around just so that he would look a bit more interesting on the camera until a handrail gets him. That’s just crazy.
Alpinestars have today presented their Tech Air Race motorcycle suit, which was specifically designed and built to enhance the rider’s survival chances in case of a crash. In other words, the leather suit has airbags.
The safety gear manufacturer somehow managed to integrate the system into the Electronic Airbag Protection Suit and have it controlled through a high-tech electronic brain and we hear the process was a long and complicated one, but the breakthrough was worth the while.
The suit constantly monitors the rider’s movements and will only arm if the rider is moving and the engine is running. It offers five levels of programming and even works on electric bikes, so it seems Alpinestars thought at everything.
In the unhappy event of a crash, the safety system’s response is crucial, so the electronic brain determines the imminence of a crash in about 8 milliseconds, the airbags fully inflate in 50 milliseconds and they stay like that for 5 seconds before starting to deflate, process which takes 25 seconds.
Once used, the system can be rearmed in less than 60 seconds using two separate cylinders with a cold charge of nitrogen. The extra protection system will increase the price of the standard suit with about $2,500 when it is expected to hit production in June 2011. Also, the system will be adapted on all kinds of riding gear, from racing to off-road.
It all sounds good in theory, but nothing compares to actually seeing the airbag system being deployed on a rider, so hit the jump for a video showing just that.