Sunday, December 30, 2012

Pata Honda Superbike and Supersport Teams to be introduced at Motor Bike Expo


Honda has announced that the 2013 Pata Honda World Superbike and World Supersport team will be introduced at the 2013 Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy next month - January 18th to 20th.
The team’s four riders – Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam in Superbike and Lorenzo Zanetti and Michael van der Mark in Supersport – will appear in their 2013 racing livery alongside the team’s Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade and CBR600RR racing machines.
The introduction will take place at 15.00 on Saturday 19 January on the main stage at Verona’s Motor Bike Expo, one of the most popular motorcycle exhibitions in Italy, with Pata president Remo Gobbi and team manager Ronald ten Kate also in attendance.
“This is an exciting introduction for us,” said Carlo Fiorani, racing operations manager for Honda Motor Europe. “Not only do we have some really important developments on the CBR1000RR for the 2013 season, but we also have a brand new CBR600RR to contest the World Supersport championship. It is a great honour to be able to undertake these two championships with Pata on board as our title sponsor and we are proud to introduce the new team in the new Pata livery in Verona.”
The factory and headquarters of the team’s title partner Pata are in Brescia, just 70km to the west of Verona in northern Italy where the Pata Honda team will visit the day before the team launch on Friday 18 January.
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Norton to field two bikes at the 2013 Tourist Trophy


British manufacturer Norton has confirmed its participation to the 2013 Tourist Trophy, but this time around they will go to the Isle of Man with two SG1 bikes: one for the confirmed Ian ‘Mackers’ Mackman and the other for new signing Dan Hegarty, who will have the task to revive the past glories of the legendary British manufacturer in the event that more than any other has contributed to its fame.
Hegarty, 25, made ​​his TT debut in 2010 and has a personal best on the Mountain Course of 121.731 mph (18′35.80) set last year in first race of of Superbike class: “It’s great to get a factory ride and have the opportunity to be in at the beginning of the development programme for Norton - Hegarty said - I also look forward to working alongside ‘Mackers’ who I have raced alongside before and have a great relationship with.”
“Norton’s continued investment in developing bikes and its team shows their total confidence in the most prestigious and inspirational motorcycle racing in the world - added Norton CEO Stuart Garner - We have followed Dan’s progress at the TT and have been very impressed with his ability and commitment to the sport. Along with these qualities he also brings a very competitive edge to the team, which makes him a great rider to work with.”
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Pierobon X60R


Italian frame builder Pierobon introduces the upgrade of its own X60R, a fascinating model launched about a year ago and presented as an extreme evolution of the previous F042 concept. The revamped X60R comes with technology borrowed from the MotoGP world to get the most out of its Desmodue Evolution engine, which is the advanved 1100 cc air-cooled twin unit equipping the Ducati Monster 1100 EVO.
Pierobon is based in Borgo Panigale - and that alone says enough about the existing close relationship between this company and Italian manufacturer Ducati - and the chassis is obviously the strong point of this X60R. The bike uses a trellis frame made aluminum alloy EN AW-7020 weighing 6.32 kg (painted in “Rosso Corsa” Red and with adjustable swingarm pivot and steering head), black swingarm of the same material weighing 3.96 kg, Ohlins 235 DU monoshock, OZ Racing wheels, RT Racing upside-down fork, carbon fiber fairings, 305 mm wave discs at the front and a 245 mm one at the rear, Termignoni exhaust, Pirelli Diablo Superbike PRO tires, AIM digital instrumentation, dedicated wiring harness and EFI ECU. The slim silhouette of this bike is then completed by a 16-liter aluminum fuel tank.
The Pierobon X60R comes with a particularly aerodynamic bodywork, with the front section of fairing that has been specifically developed to efficiently convey the air flow to the engine. In this regard, the increased radiator has been integrated in the lower fairing to convey the flow of air into the engine in the most effective way, while air ducts have been carefully design to allow for the maximum air delivery to the pressurised airbox. It’s possible to order the complete motorcyle or just the kit, which - in combination with other components - would allow you to assemble your own bike by youself. For more information on this stunning looking machine, visit Pierobon’s official website.
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BMW's 2012 Christmas video

BMW Motorrad has decided to forgo the usual Christmas e-cards and for this year’s season greetings has released this video of the newest S1000RR in the HP4 verson and one of their TwinPower Turbo M6 CoupĂ©’s breaking out of two gigantic Christmas gift boxes to race against each other and then perform a series of splendid drifts and burnouts to help you rocket start 2013.
We bet that everyone would like to find one or both of these stunning German beauties under their Christmas tree Tuesday morning.

Stunting by night in beautiful Paris

There are thousands and thousands of stunt videos, but very few have the the backdrop of the world famous landmarks that characterize Paris, France, and very few are done at night in the City of Lights.
The video is produced by Rock the Street, the stunt rider is Thibaut ‘Tobi’ Nogues with his Honda and the historical momuments are the Arc de Triomphe in Place Charles de Gaulle, the Louvre Pyramid at the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower, Palace de la Concorde with its Obelisk, the giant Ferris Wheel, several of the famous bridges that span the river Seine.

Honda VFR 'Swamp Rat'


Rat Bikes are a very peculiar genre of motorcycles, no doubt about that, and it is precisely for this reason that the standards of ‘beauty’ through which they should be judged are just ‘different’. Of course there are those who despise the whole kind writing it off as ‘wrecks’, ‘pieces of junk’ and so on, but there are also many admirers of this genre, who know how to appreciate its features and that raw ‘post-nuclear war’ vibe that is so typical of certain sci-fi films such as’ Blade Runner’, ‘Terminator’, ‘Escape from New York’ and the likes.
We also know that the negligence and carelessness of some motorcyclists turns into Rat Bikes even certain machines that really should not be, but this is certainly not the case of the bike that we are going to ntroduce today, whose ’scruffy’ looks are actually conscious choice of the owner: it’s called ‘Swamp Rat’ and is a ‘Rat’ reinterpretation ‘Rat’ of an old Honda VFR (from the mid-90s, we would say).
Photographed in front of the famous Ace Cafe in London, this ‘Swamp Rat’ shows a rough ‘rust and welds’ look that immediatly qualifies it as a proper Rat Bike: rims, instrumentation, levers, handlebars, basically there is nothing on this bike that would give any sense of modernity. Its designed is also ‘enhanced’ (in lack of a better word …) by a pretty rough saddle, a tail rudely cut off and its name proudly flaunted on the ’side plates’.
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Harley-Davidson 'Redhot' Cross Bones by Roberto Rossi


The 2011 Harley-Davidson Softail Cross Bones (FLSTSB) is the last H-D model to come with a standard Springer front end which, in combination with the fat tires (130 mm at the front, 200 mm at the rear), provides this motorcycle with an image that’s quite reminiscent of the bobbers of the 50s. With that in mind, it is just logical to expect that the customizations of this model would just follow the same style.
Roberto Rossi, a customizer from the Italian town of Mantua, introduces his interpretation of this 2009 Cross Bones, aptly re-dubbed ‘Redhot Bones‘. The first relevant modification concerns the rear, where the 17×6 rim is replaced by a 16-inch one fitted with a 5-inch Firestone ANS tyre. The same tyre has been used for the front too.
Gone are the standard mudguards, though the one at the front comes back properly cut and polished. At the rear instead we get sheet metal shaped by hand to resemble the sporty tail of the Laverda 500 Formula, an old 500 cc racer that the now defunct Italian manufacturer introduced in 1978 to promote its own trophy. The rear section is enriched with fine leather courtesy of Connolly Luxury Leathergoods Limited, the same company that took care of the upholstery on the Rolls Royce Phantom II of the 1930s. The original fat bob tank got replaced with a classic 8-liter peanut one with electric pump, borrowed from a modern Forty-Eight and embellished with the graphics of the 1972 H-D XRTT racer. Nice fishtail exhaust tips complete the looks of this awesome special bike.
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