MSF Updates Its Basic RiderCourse Curriculum

It is no surprise that statistics from the NHTSA show that motorcycle accidents and injuries are on the rise. According to the 2012 Motor Vehicle Crash report published by the NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities for that year rose to 4,957, up seven percent from 2011, while injuries increased 15% to 93,000. While the NHTSA statistics are misleading because the motorcycle category includes mopeds, scooters, three-wheelers, pocket bikes, mini bikes, and off-road vehicles, new riders need every advantage they can afford. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has taken notice of these statistics and has revised the curriculum for its Basic RiderCourse to include a new Basic eCourse, which students will take prior to in-person instruction.

Yamaha Trademarks “R1S” & “R1M” at USPTO – “YZF-R1M” Trademarked Abroad – But Why?

Are new Yamaha YZF-R1 models coming down the pipe? That’s the question being asked after trademark filings in the US and abroad tipped off Yamaha Motor’s intention to use “R1S”, “R1M”, and “YZF-R1M” for motorcycle, scooter, and three-wheeled purposes. The filings are being taken as hints towards a possible multiple trim levels of the Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike, with the “S” and “M” designations being different spec machines than the current base model. The “S” nomenclature is a popular one in the two and four-wheeled world, though “M” would certainly be a novel designation, outside of say…BMW.

Bell & COTA Create Texas-Themed Limited-Edition Helmet

Continuing its theme of making limited-edition helmets for premier-class US rounds, Bell Helmets has teamed up with the Circuit of the Americas and Chris Wood, of Airtrix, to create a Texas-themed Bell Star Carbon helmet, just in time for COTA’s MotoGP race next weekend. Available only until April 13th, the Bell/COTA helmet features a red, white, and blue flag motif on the front, with both the American and State of Texas flags visible, which then wrap around the rear to merge with a hardwood design, reminiscent of the floorboards in a Western saloon. The helmet is also crowned with a Longhorn cattle skull, which adds to the Texan motif. The specially designed helmet also features a horseshoe, the COTA logo, and the 2014 Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas logo.

Aprilia Mounting a Return to MotoGP in 2016

Towards the end of the 800cc era, MotoGP looked to be in dire condition. Grids were dwindling, factories were reducing their participation, and teams were in difficult financial straits indeed. By the end of 2011, there were just 17 full time entries, Suzuki was down to a single rider, and were about to pull out entirely for 2012. How different the situation looks today. In a recent interview with the official MotoGP.com website, Aprilia Corse’s new boss Romano Albesiano gave a brief outline of their plans. The Italian factory will continue to work with the IODA Racing team for 2014 to collect data on the electronics and tires, which they will use as input on an entirely new project being worked on for 2016.

This Is Pretty Much What the Monster 800 Will Look Like

With the advent of the Ducati Monster 1200, it was only a matter of time before Ducati’s middleweight liquid-cooled “Monster 800″ would be spotted, and unsurprisingly the machines have a great deal in common. The one big difference seems to be that the 821cc Monster gets a double-sided swingarm, which has become Ducati’s new way of differentiating between its big and medium displacement models of the same machine, see entry for Ducati 899 Panigale. With the spied Ducati Monster 800 looking ready for primetime, and a pre-fall launch isn’t out of the question. Giving us an excellent glimpse into what the Ducati Monster 800 would look like, Luca Bar has again used his Photoshop skills to render up images of the still unreleased “baby” Monster.

Photos of the Mugen Shinden Ni sans Fairings

Given the competitive nature of the electric racing realm, its rare to see the big high-power bikes without their fairings, as teams are reluctant to reveal their secret sauce. Debuting the Mugen Shinden San this past weekend in Tokyo though, Team Mugen did just that, giving us a glimpse into the inner workings of the team’s 2013 race bike, the Mugen Shinden Ni. You don’t have to be an electron-head to get excited by these photos, as any race bike with a carbon fiber frame and swingarm is pretty drool-worthy, though the Shinden Ni’s carbon fiber battery enclosure does hide a great deal of the electric superbike’s geek factor. While the sheer size of the battery bike is impressive, it was expected when the Shinden was first announced.

Mugen Shinden San (神電 参) Electric Superbike Revealed

Mugen’s third purpose-built electric superbike for the Isle of Man TT, the Mugen Shinden San, has been revealed in Japan. Campaigning two machines for this year’s TT Zero race, Mugen has John McGuiness and Bruce Anstey at the helm of its “Shinden San” bikes, as the duo looks for a one-two finish in this year’s race. With MotoCzysz not racing at the Isle of Man this year, Mugen is a hot favorite to take the top podium spots, as well as crack the 110 mph barrier for electrics on the historic Snaefell Mountain Course (Mugen is targeting a 115 mph lap). An evolution on the company’s previous designs, the Shinden San fits 134hp — 10hp more than last year, thanks to a new smaller three-phase brushless motor provided by Mission Motors — into its 529lbs bulk.

Trackside Tuesday: The Winning Personality of Jack Miller

Chatting with a couple of NASCAR fans recently, I was reminded that any competition is boring if you don’t care who wins. But if you do care, then even cars driving around in circles can be very compelling entertainment. Those NASCAR fans really cared about how their favorite drivers finished, and not only how they finished in the latest race, but what and how those drivers were doing off the track as well. Those fans had been captured by the personalities of those drivers. One of the things NASCAR does well is sell personalities. All major sports-related businesses do this to some extent, but some organizations do it better than others.

Living the Dream – A Photographer’s Story: Qatar

Imagine if just for once you didn’t have to stick to your usual nine-to-five job. Instead you were able to do the one job you’ve always wanted to do, but any number of things (it’s usually money) have stood in the way. This is exactly the situation I found myself in six months ago when the company I had worked at, for the last 14 years, decided to close, making everyone redundant. This decision did not come as a surprise; in fact, I had been hanging around for the last few years hoping that it would happen, as I had a plan. Fast-forward six months and I have just finished photographing the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar. The plan is starting to unfold.

Fuel or Electronics? Where Are Nicky Hayden & Scott Redding Losing Out on the Honda RCV1000R?

The news that Honda would be building a production racer to compete in MotoGP aroused much excitement among fans. There was much speculation over just how quick it would be, and whether it would be possible for a talented rider to beat the satellite bikes on some tracks. In the hands of active MotoGP riders, the gap was around 2 seconds at the Sepang tests. Nicky Hayden – of whom much had been expected, not least by himself – had made significant improvements, especially on corner entry. The difference in performance and the big gap to the front has been cause for much speculation. Where are the Honda production racers losing out to the Factory Option bikes?

Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer

11/12/2009 @ 6:31 am, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS

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The Moto Guzzi booth at EICMA was full of eye-candy, unveiling their V12 concepts (V12 LE, V12 Strada, and V12 X) to a packed crowd and much fan-fare, Moto Guzzi hardly hyped the little gem that is the Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman racer. The bike caught our eye, and the concept has a little something for everyone: a longitudinql v-twin motor, a catching color scheme, and cafe racer styling. Click past the jump for more details and photos of the V7 Clubman racer up-close.

Moto Guzzi describes the V7 Clubman Racer as “the epitome of [a] snapshot taken more than 30 years ago, and reworks it by adopting the technology and quality standard of today’s manufacturing processes.” It’s hard to top those words to be honest. The bike’s photo above hardly does the piece any justice, so be sure to check out the gallery below.

The popularity of the retro cafe racer style is certainly in full force, so it comes with little surprise that the country that made drinking coffee cool is leading the charge with bikes like the V7 Clubman Racer.

The bike features a single-seat saddle, Arrow racing exhaust, and a cafe style front fairing. The footrests have been moved back for a more forward riding position, and the handlebars are adjustable. Rear-suspension come from Italian suspension house Bitubo, and have been modified to make the bike sit as low as possible. In addition to the multi-adjustable Bitubo shock absorbers, are Marzocchi 50mm front forks up front.

The rest of the bike follows the features of the V7 Café in regard to both chassis geometry, with its double cradle design and lower elements bolted on and removable, and to the geometry with the headstock tilted at 26°50’.

Technical Specifications of the Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer:

Engine : Type 90° V-Twin, 4 strokes
Displacement : 744 cc :
Maximum power output : 35,5 kW (48,8 CV) at 6,800 rpm (25kW available upon request)
Max Torque : 58,2 Nm at 3,200 rpm
Exhaust system : 3 ways catalyzed with sonda Lambda
Gearbox : 5 speeds
Secondary drive : shaft drive, ratio 8/33=1 : 4,825
Front suspension : Marzocchi hydraulic telescopic fork, Ø 40 mm
Rear suspension : swinging arm in light cast alloy with two dampers, preload adjustable
Front brake : single stainless steel floating disc, Ø 320 mm, with 4 piston calipers
Rear brake : single steel disc, Ø 260 mm
Wheels: : spoke light alloy
Tyres : 100/90 – 18 56H TL (Front) – 140/70 17 65H TL (Rear)
Length : Max 2,185 mm
Width (handlebars) : Max 800 mm
Height (dashboard) : 1,115 mm
Seat height : 805 mm
Dry weight : 182 kg
Fuel tank capacity : 17 litres (Reserve 2,5 litres)
Dry weight : 182 Kg

Source: Moto Guzzi; Photos: Moto Guzzi and Asphalt & Rubber

Comment:

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  2. Scatterbrained says:

    how can you have a motor that is both horizontal and a V? The motor is actually a latitudinal mounted V-twin. Other than that it is one sexy Guzzi.

  3. Tagger says:

    You could have a horizontal configured V engine, It would just be better in a helicopter. Hoverbike?

    I have always realy liked clubman racers. Seems weird that the power is so low, but maby its a typo.

  4. Stunning pics of Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Racer http://bit.ly/q6Rwz #motorcycles

  5. RT @thesmokeout: Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer made its debut @ EICMA – http://bit.ly/1eRssw

  6. Ken says:

    RT @MotorcycleFans

    RT @thesmokeout: Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer made its debut @ EICMA – http://bit.ly/1eRssw [1st MG I have liked]

  7. RT @BarryGRussell: Stunning pics of Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Racer http://bit.ly/q6Rwz #motorcycles

  8. Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer made its debut @ EICMA – http://bit.ly/1eRssw

  9. Biker Pros says:

    Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer made its debut @ EICMA – http://bit.ly/1eRssw

  10. Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer made its debut @ EICMA – http://bit.ly/1eRssw

  11. Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer made its debut @ EICMA – http://bit.ly/1eRssw

  12. Still quite taken with this Bad Moto Guzzi … too many bikes, too little $$ http://bit.ly/4zE57k http://blip.fm/~gkphi

  13. jeffreynajar says:

    Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer made its debut @ EICMA – http://bit.ly/1eRssw