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  • 2022 BMW Motorrad R18 gets R18 Transcontinental and R18B Bagger variants, Marshall sound system

    Joining the recently updated R18 and R18 Classic are the 2022 BMW Motorrad R18 Transcontinental and R18B Bagger variants in the Munich firm’s “Heritage” motorcycle lineup. Styling for the R18 Transcontinental and R18B follow traditional American cruiser motorcycle styling closely, with the Transcontinental setup as a touring rig complete with boxes and engine guard while the R18B a ‘bagger’ has a clean rear end and factory installed side panniers.

    Standard fitment on both new R18 models is front fairing with non-adjustable tall windshield and auxiliary riding lights on the Transcontinental, the R18B Bagger gets a lower shield and omits the extra lighting, in the classic American style, along with wind deflector and flaps for directing airflow. Inside the cockpit are four round analogue gauges displaying the usual information, again, mimicking the touring motorcycles of a certain bike maker from Milwaukee.

    A collaboration with British sound specialists Marshall sees the Transcontinental and R18B Bagger fitted with two-way speakers as standard. Available as an option is the Marshall Gold Series Stage 1 and Stage 2 sound systems, with up to four speakers and 2 subwoofers providing 280 Watts output.

    The initial release of this pair of touring motorcycles sees BMW Motorrad offering the “First Edition” featuring edition specific paintwork and chrome. Both the Transcontinental and R18B First Editions feature classic black paintwork with hand-painted white pin striping, a “Chrome Package” and special seat stitching along with “First Edition” name plates.

    In Malaysia, the 2021 BMW Motorrad R18 Classic is price tagged at RM154,500 while the R18 First Edition goes for RM149,500. The R18, as part of BMW Motorrad’s Heritage range of bikes, comes with a 1,802 cc boxer-twin that produces 91 hp at 4,750 rpm and 158 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm.

  • Petronas SRT takes on Crutchlow for three more races

    With Franco Morbidelli sidelined, Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team (SRT) will be putting Cal Crutchlow in the hot seat for three races. Morbidelli, currently recovering from knee surgery due to an injury suffered during training, will no be returning to MotoGP for the next round in Styria after the summer break.

    Crutchlow, currently tasked as test rider for Yamaha Racing, is slated to race at the next two MotoGP rounds in Austria – the Grand Prix of Styria on August 8 and the Austria Grand Prix on August 15, followed by the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 29.

    Starting his MotoGP career in 2011 with Yamaha Tech 3, Crutchlow placed a best championship position of fifth in 2013 on the Yamaha YZR-M1, his final year with the team. A season with Ducati in 2014 with a 13th place in the riders’ championship saw the 35 year old Isle of Man resident move to Honda in 2015, where he raced the Honda RC213V for six seasons before moving to the Yamaha Racing Test Team last year.

  • 2021 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S in M’sia, RM132k

    Launched in January 2021 and now in Malaysia, priced at RM132,900 excluding road tax, insurance and registration, is the 2021 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S. Now in its second iteration after being first revealed in 2017 (then priced at RM115,000 in Malaysia), the 1290 Super Adventure S features a host of improvements to improve rider ergonomics and riding dynamics.

    Power still comes from KTM’s LC8 75-degree V-twin, producing 160 hp at 9,000 rpm and 138 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm, which KTM claims is the best power-to-weight ratio in this adventure bike class. The liquid-cooled, eight-valve mill is now 1.6 kg lighter than before and revised engine internals improve heat dissipation, including the use of two radiators and reworked air ducts that direct heat away from the rider’s legs.

    More improvements come in the form of lighter engine cases, new pistons and revised twin-header exhaust, along with a redesigned airbag that improves maintenance access and directs dirt and dust to the bottom of the airbox. The six-speed gearbox with Pankl clutch gives slip and assist functionality, reducing wheel hop during hard downshifting which can be mated with the optional quckshifter than gives improved and precise gearshifts.

    Rider ergonomics is made accessible with a new, lower 880 mm tall seat and the all-new bodywork now places the fuel tank and low as possible in the frame to improve handling dynamics. The fuel tank itself hold 23-liters and is now a three-part unit, distributing fuel weight around the Super Adventure S, lowering the centre of mass.

    The riding suite also sees a number of enhancements, including a new six-axis inertial measurement unit developed in collaboration with Bosch. This allows for traction control, motor slip regulation, stability control and offroad ABS as well as four ride modes – Rain, Street, Sport and Offroad – plus an optional Rally mode that allows the rider to change throttle response and select from nine diffrent levels of wheelspin.

    Other rider conveniences include a 7-inch TFT-LCD instrument panel that controls and displays all the relevant functions of the 1290 Super Adventure S, activated by keyless ignition. Software management is done through the KTM My Ride app and has turn-by-turn navigation functionality.

  • 2021 Red Bull Romaniacs – five days of hard off-road

    Kicking off today in Sibiu, Romania, the 2021 Red Bull Romaniacs will see competitors tackle five days of hard off-road racing. Climbing features strongly in this 18th edition of the fourth round of the FIM Hard Enduro world championship, dubbed “Vertical Madness Reloaded” for 2021.

    Coming off his second place finish in the previous Hard Enduro round in Abestone, Italy, two-time Romaniac winner Manuel Lettenbichler is confident of making it three-in-a-row this year. “I’ve won it two times now and so there is a little bit of pressure to make it three, but my plan is to try and ignore that, go out there, have fun, and do my best. Anything can happen at Romaniacs, but if all goes well, I should be pretty close,” said Lettenbichler.

    Riding a KTM 300 EXC TPI, Lettenbichler and other Romaniacs will face a gruelling five-stage race, including a marathon second stage. At the end of day two’s long stage, competitors will camp out and in authentic rallye fashion, have no outside help from their team or anyone else during the bivouac.

    Racers are thus required to ride a tactical race, conserving both themselves and their machines across two days of racing, after which they will be reunited with their teams at the end of stage three. “I’m super excited that we get to go to Romaniacs this year. I’d say it’s the hardest race of the year, but it’s definitely one of my favorites. I’m really looking forward to racing in the mountains again, the terrain there is tough, but really good fun,” Lettenbichler said.

  • 2021 Suzuki GSX-R1000R comes in Matte Mechanical Grey colour option for Japanese domestic market

    Set for official release in the Japanese domestic market (JDM) come July 30th is the 2021 Suzuki GSX-R1000R in a Glass Matte Mechanical Grey/Matte Black Metallic No 2 colour option. This new paint scheme with the code CB8 joins the current Suzuki liter-class superbike colours of Triton Blue Metallic/Mystic Silver Metallic (code GUL) and Matte Black Metallic No 2 (code 4TX) with pricing at 1.96 million yen (RM75,325) excluding Japanese consumption tax.

    Producing 197 PS at 13,200 rpm and 117 Nm of torque at 10,800 rpm, the GSX-R1000R carries it’s liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder in a diamond frame, with 46 mm throttle bodies fed by twin injectors. Variable length intakes are used on the number 1 and 4 cylinders, with the middle cylinders having fixed length intakes to improve low and medium range torque while producing top-end power at maximum revs along with a smooth power delivery.

    More power gains are realised with Suzuki Racing Variable Valve Timing (SR-VVT) that uses steel balls activated by centrifugal force, optimising intake cam timing. On the exhaust side, a servo-controlled butterfly valve balances flow through the interconnected exhaust pipes, optimising exhaust back pressure and improving engine torque.

    Three riding modes are available on the GSX-R1000R, called Suzuki Drive Mode Selectro (S-DMS), switchable using the left handlebar pod. This is combined with 10-mode traction control and a six-axis inertial management unit giving 30 possible ride settings.

    Other riding aids include low RPM assist that prevents engine stall in first gear and at very low speeds, as well as single-push engine start. For racetrack duty and fast road riding, the GSX-R1000R comes with launch control and two-mode bi-directional quickshifter.

  • Workhorse Speed Shop builds “Black Swan” and “FTR AMA”, based on Indian Motorcycle FTR flat tracker

    Readers might recall Workhorse Speed Shop from its build from last year, the Workhorse Appaloosa, based on the Indian Scout Bobber. The Belgium based outfit is now back with two speed oriented motorcycle builds using the Indian Motorcycle FTR.

    Still in the build phase, this pair of custom builds from Workhorse take inspiration from two branches of motorcycling – the road-going sportsbikes of the 1990s dubbed “Black Swan” and the 1980s era AMA SBK race bikes, called the “FTR AMA”. These customs belong to two brothers, the brother who commissioned Black Swan asking Workhorse to build another for his brother, the only stipulation being it have Martini Racing livery.

    Black Swan is built for road use, with a sporty intent and constructed from carbon-fibre. Rotobox will be supplying the carbon-fibre wheels for Black Swan, while German composite specialists Liteblox are providing a one-off carbon-fibre battery.

    Blacked out, the FTR V-twin engine is ceramic coated by Cerakite NI with the billet CNC machined parts done by Vinco Racing of Holland. Clay modelling for Black Swan is done in-house, with Workhorse principal Brice Hennebert sculpting half the bodywork after receiving renderings of the concept sketches from Axsent in Japan.

    After 3D scanning by Forame Design, Robert Colyns of 13.8 Composites then 3D-printed the bodywork for Black Swan from the CAD model, creating the masters for the carbon-fibre moulds and dies, resulting in bodywork that weighs just 1.8 kg. Further goodies for the Black Swan come in the form of custom Ohlins suspension and Behringer 4+ brake callipers.

    For FTR AMA, the AMA superbike raced in the 1980s by the likes of Wes Cooley and Fred Merkel provide the design inspiration. Form follows function in the FTR AMA, with twin aluminium fuel cells providing a total of 14-liters capacity, with one of the tanks located under the seat.

    The intake system has been redesigned to allow fitment of DNA air filters and the tail section now accommodates twin Ohlins shocks absorbers. JoNich Wheels from Italy provides the wheelset for FTR AMA, based on its Rush wheel design but omitting the carbon-fibre flanges.

    Hennebert says the wheels from JoNich reminded him of the vented wheels used in the Lancia Delta HF, which then set the tone for the rest of this custom motorcycle. The final design of the FTR AMA will be an amalgam of the Bol d’Or endurance racers and American muscle bikes, retaining the original FTR’s upright riding position.

    GALLERY: 2021 Indian Motorcycle FTR Workhorse FTR AMA

    GALLERY: 2021 Indian Motorcycle FTR Workhorse “Black Swan”

  • Harley-Davidson sees 77% increase in 2021 Q2 sales

    It appears Harley-Davidson’s (H-D) Rewire marketing strategy is bearing short-term fruit with second quarter (Q2) revenue for 2021 showing a 77% increase over the same period in 2020. Translated into dollars, this represents a total Q2 revenue of USD 1.53 billion (RM6.46 billion) from all income streams, with motorcycle sales representing USD 1.33 billion (RM5.61 billion) of that sum.

    In a presentation to investors by H-D chairman, president and chief executive officer Jochen Zeitz, year-to-date (YTD) revenue showed a 37% increase, some USD 2.9 billion (RM12.5 billion) over the same six-month period in 2020, despite sales and marketing challenges posed by the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. YTD motorcycle revenue for H-D increased by 45%, a dollar value of USD 2.56 billion (RM10.81 billion).

    In terms of individual units sold for Q2 2021, this represented 56,700 motorcycle shipped out the door worldwide, compared to 28,400 units in Q2 2020. This robust performance from America’s major motorcycle maker was reflected in its home market, where Q2 sales were up 43% in a global market breakdown, with YTD sales up 38%.

    2021 Harley-Davidson Sportster S (left) and Pan America

    However, general worldwide sales in H-D’s other markets showed a marked downturn, with Latin America recording a drastic reduction of 31% in sales, and a 48% drop in YTD numbers. For Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Q2 sales fell by 7%, attributed in part to import tariffs imposed by the European Commission (EC), while Asia Pacific recorded a 13% drop in sales for the second quarter.

    The recent release of the H-D Pan America adventure tourer (from RM99,900 in Malaysia), followed by the Sportster S, both using H-D new Revolution Max liquid-cooled, eight-valve V-twin, served to bolster sales and market interest for the first half of the year. With the spin-off of the Livewire electric motorcycle into a separate brand, H-D is indicating a focus on its primary market segment and income earner of large-displacement V-twins.

  • 2021 Ducati Panigale V2 Bayliss celebrates 20th anniversary of Troy Bayliss’ WSBK championship

    Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Australian World Superbike (WSBK) racer’s first ever championship win, Ducati has released the 2021 Ducati Panigale V2 “Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary”. Priced at 20,990 euros (RM104,438) in Italy, the limited edition Panigale V2 Bayliss will be available for public sale at all Ducati dealers worldwide in September 2021.

    Bayliss won the WSBK title for Ducati in 2001, the first of three titles won using Ducati Corse V-twins and remains the only racer to win a WSBK and a MotoGP race in the same season, a feat he performed in 2006. Taking the Panigale V2, this entry into the Ducati superbike range is clad in the livery of Bayliss’ championship winning 2001 Ducati 996R.

    #21, Bayliss race number, takes pride of place on the fairing while his autograph is reproduced on the fuel tank. Meanwhile, the edition number of the Panigale V2 Bayliss is etched on the billet aluminium upper triple clamp though the Ducati press release neglected to mention exactly how many units of this special edition Panigale V2 would be produced.

    Setting the Panigale V2 Bayliss apart from the run-of-the-mill Panigale V2 is the use of Ohlins suspension, an NX30 front fork and TTX36 rear shock absorber, full-adjustable and setup for track performance. These are complemented by an adjustable steering damper, adjustable to suit riding style and track characteristics.

    As suits a racetrack oriented special edition motorcycle, the Panigale V2 Bayliss is 3 kg lighter than the standard model. This is achieved with the installation of a lithium-ion battery and monoposto (single-seat) unit, with the passenger seat and footrests supplied should the rider desire to configure the Panigale V2 Bayliss to two-up duties.

    Completing the fitout list is sport grips, exhaust can cover in carbon-fibre and titanium and a rider seat combining two different materials with double red stitching. In Malaysia, the 2021 Ducati Panigale V2 retails at RM109,900 excluding road tax, insurance and registration.

  • Davinci introduces DC100 and DC Classic e-bikes

    New entry into the electric motorcycle (e-bike) arena is China-based Davinci Dynamics with two models, the Davinci DC100 and the DC Classic. Priced at USD 27,500 (RM116,261), the DC100 is scheduled to ship to customers in July 2022, while the limited edition DC Classic of which only 50 units will be made can be purchased for USD 90,000 (RM380,458).

    In the vein of full-sized electric motorcycles such as the Zero and Energica, Davinci says the DC100 delivers the electric equivalent of 137 hp, similar to liter-class sports bikes. Using a 17.7 kWh lithium-ion battery pack giving an estimated 400 km range, the DC100 is claimed to take 30 minutes to get to a full charge using a Level 3 charger.

    What is astounding the the torque number for the DC100 and DC Classic, listed as 850 Nm with two ride modes – Relax and Sports. Starting and operating the Davinci e-bike is with an app on the rider’s smartphone and official training is required to unlock Race mode while top speed is governed to 200 km/h.

    For the limited edition DC Classic, delivery is expected to begin in April 2022, with pre-orders being taken on the Davinci website. Performance numbers for the DC Classic are similar to the DC100, with premium quality motorcycle components used in the fit out.

    These include Ohlins FGRT 240 forks with Dyneema carbon-fibre fork tubes, Brembo GP4 brake callipers matched to a Brembo RCS master cylinder, Ohlins STX 46 monoshock and a handmade French calfskin seat. The DC Classic utilises a handmade, custom-built composite chassis, with the hud-mounted motor sitting on a single-sided swingarm.

  • Jetpack Aviation successfully hover tests flying bike

    While the world is quite a long way away from speeder bikes like those seen in the “Star Wars” movies, US firm Jetpack Aviation (JPA) has successfully hover tested the Speeder flying motorcycle. Still in development and flight testing, with first full flights expected later in the year, the Speeder called for JPA to develop a new type of flight control software.

    JPA’s system does not use rapidly varying thrust unlike the drones we are used to for camera and video work. Instead, the Speeder prototype uses what JPA calls “Jetovators”, servo-controlled nozzles that vector thrust 360 degrees, similar to the system used in the British Aerospace Harrier and McDonnell Douglas AV-8B V/STOL military aircraft.

    A completely new flight control software had to be developed for the Speeder, and features the ability to hold itself in a stable hover using LiDAR. JPA aims to have the final version of the Speeder simple enough to operate as to not require a pilot’s license, with control and operation simplified to the level of a motorcycle.

    JPA plans several versions of the Speeder, including both civilian and military variants, as well as a pilotless cargo version that is tipped to do well over 480 km/h. In its current prototype configuration, the Speeder uses four jet engines located at each corner of the airframe, rotating on gimbals.

    Testing has proven the Speeder can take off and climb vertically, do turns and hold a stable hover. The final form of the Speeder has yet to be decided, including pilot accommodation and wing configuration for level flight, but it is envisioned there will be twin engines at each corner of the Speeder.

    Preliminary specifications for the Speeder include an unladen weight of 104 kg and a maximum thrust of 750 kg, enough to propel the flying motorcycle to speeds well above 250 km/h with a flight time of between 10 and 22 minutes. The Speeder is multi-file capable, utilising kerosene, Jet-A or diesel, and preorders are being taken for a provisional price of USD 380,000 (RM1.6 million).


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Last Updated 29 Jul 2021