MotoGP

2015 Motorcycle Fairings

What does 2015 have in store for motorcycle fairings?

Fairing KitAnother new year marks the era of another new set of bikes available on the market. The newest supersport bikes are supporting lairy looks, crazy colors and eye-catching exhausts. The newest fairings are showing the creativity that can be used with advancing technologies in plastic moulding and metal machining that can be used to make them look awesome, while still being functional.

Many motorcycle fairings that are coming out are sporting new matt paint finishes. This is giving the bikes mean looks that haven’t been seen before. There is also the addition of carbon fiber parts into high-end supersport bikes to make them lighter, but also to make them better looking.

The latest fairings that are coming to light on bikes such as the new Kawasaki Ninjas and the BMW S1000RR are showing bold lines that were not possible before, but new advances in technology are making them possible. There are also several concept bikes such as the new Lamborghini concepts, which are sporting the same bold likes and triangular shapes. These are also present in the new 2015 Honda CB 750 concept that is floating around. Making it clear which direction the design of motorcycles in moving in.

The latest Yamaha fairings are also sporting these new strong shapes, which is not only clear in their motorcycles but also their other vehicles too. The addition of LED lights to most of the bikes this year is making the design of fairings easier as less space needs to be allocated to once large light units. The integration of LED lights into most wing mirrors has also improved aesthetics, as they aren’t sticking out the side of the main fairings. However, this may be annoying for some who opt for removing their mirrors regularly for track days.

These improvements are not only coming to supersport bikes though. The latest sport bikes and touring bikes are also being updates, making these look sportier without compromising the ride comfort. This is also evident in the latest street bikes, making ones such as the new ER-6n Kawasaki Fairings and the Ducati Streetfighter look very mean with their latest headlights and what fairings they do have.

The older style bikes are not to be left out either. The new Norton Commando bikes are styled very well, although their fairings are still good ol’ metal, they do not disappoint. With up to Faring Kitdate electronics and LCD tachometers these bikes have been nudged into the 21st century, but not by much. Still giving you the look and feel of an old Norton, without the troubles with reliability and electric controls as stock. Making them more reliable for use as an everyday bike for those that would like to don their old leathers and ride a blast from the past.

Overall, it looks like an exciting year for motorcycles and I look forward to seeing what is going to be revealed over the coming months. From the looks of it, we have a lot to look forward to see in the summer.

Diesel Ducati in Soho

I took a little side trip to Soho last week to find the Diesel branded Ducati Monster 1100 EVO that I posted about a few weeks ago at the Soho Diesel store. It was well worth the trip. This thing is fantastic looking. It was autographed by Kentucky born 2006 MotoGP World Champion and Ducati factory rider Nicky Hayden and actor Adrien Brody (The Jacket, The Pianist). The bike will be on display throughout the country and then go into the private collection of it’s owner Renzo Rosso, the founder of Diesel.

I’ve got a thing for Ducati Monsters and this one is one great looking ride. The Monster Diesel is powered by the Desmodue Evoluzione engine which is the first two-valve Ducati to hit 100 hp. The “urban military chic” color scheme is different and ideal for urban areas. The locking rear cover actually hides a passenger seat. It is amazingly comfortable and ergonomically seems just perfect. Click here for the full specs. Below are some pics (more…)

MotoGP 2012 Round 1 to Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo

Mallorcan Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) claimed a tremendous win in Qatar in round 1 of the MotoGP series for 2012 crossing the line 0.852 seconds ahead of Dani Pedrosa. Lorenzo held the lead early but yielded the lead to Casey Stoner whom he eventually wore down and passed with Pedrosa in tow.  The win gives Lorenzo the lead in the 2012 Championship standings with 25 points. Ducati riders Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi were 6th and 10th respectively.

Lorenzo: “What an amazing race! I put everything I have, all my energy on the track, into this victory is because I never gave up, kept pushing and trying. Casey was very strong at the beginning and opened a gap. Fortunately for us he struggled at the end and dropped his pace where I could keep mine so I managed to pass him. I am very grateful to Yamaha because they have made a big step this winter on the YZR-M1.”

Here are the full results: (more…)

MotoGP 2012

Class of 2012

The 2012 MotoGP season kicks off this weekend at the amazing Losail International Circuit on the outskirts of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. Casey Stoner will be back to defend the title he won easily in 2011 and Ducati riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden will be aboard the redesigned Desmosedici GP12 to try and improve on their 7th and 8th places in the world standings from last year and move Ducati up in the factory standings. SpeedTV will once again have coverage of the MotoGP season. I’ve been itching for the season to get underway since Dakar ended in January. Here’s a compilation video of last season to get you fired up:

Happy New Year

As 2011 draws to a close I thought I’d post about some of the memorable, and tragic, events that shaped the past year in the world of motorcycling.

Marc Coma

Marc Coma

Marc Coma opened the year by winning the 32nd running of the Dakar Rally (his third win) finishing 15 minutes ahead of defending champion Cyril Despres after Despres was assessed a 10 minute penalty earlier in the race. 15 minutes after 5,900 miles of racing over 13 days. There were 200 motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, 140 cars, and 67 trucks in this year’s event through Argentina and Chile. Dakar and the New Year go hand in hand for me and I cannot wait for this year’s race to start on New Year’s Day. Click here for some spectacular photos of Dakar. If you do, I’m sure you’ll be an instant fan.

Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner easily won the MotoGP championship as Honda and Yamaha dominated and Ducati continued to struggle to keep up.

Cori and I were at New Jersey Motorsports Park to watch Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes win the AMA Superbike Championship by a mere 5 points on the season’s final weekend over Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Blake Young. It was the first pro motorcycle race for each of us and were instantly hooked by the speed and sound and amazing display of courage and skill.

Ninja 1000

Motorcyclist Magazine named the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 it’s motorcycle of the year and Eric Buell its motorcyclist of the year.

Nancy Sabater was named AMA Motorcyclist of the year for leading a grass roots effort to repeal the motorcycle lead law which would have banned the production of ATV’s and motorcycles for children. Sabater and others convinced the government to exempt motorcycles from the law (given that there’s little chance the parts of a motorcycle that contain trace amounts of lead will ever end up in a child’s mouth). Thanks to Nancy and others logic prevailed over legislation for a change.

Pennsylvania finally passed a ban on texting while driving, making the roads slightly safer for motorcyclists.

Marco Simoncelli

Marco Simoncelli

Marco Simoncelli tragically lost his life in a MotoGP race in Malaysia in October. This well liked 24 year old former 250cc world champion was a rising star in MotoGP. If you’ve not watched a MotoGP race you don’t know what you’re missing.

On a personal note I started this blog which has been a labor of love and Southeast Pennsylvania Adventure Motorcycle Touring, a group I started at the end of 2010 has grown to nearly 100 members. Cori and I enjoyed meeting and riding with new people and we finished the year incident free as a group and with big plans for 2012. If you’re anywhere near Philadelphia in 2012 drop me an email and we’ll arrange a ride, either with our group or with Cori and I, we’re both free spirits who love to ride together.

As 2011 draws to a close I find myself reflecting, much as I do after every ride, about how fortunate I am to have discovered a hobby/lifestyle/sport like motorcycling that satisfies, thrills, soothes, inspires and excites like it does. Whatever you ride, cruiser, dresser, sport bike, motocross, enduro, I’m sure you feel the same way. I love everything about all kinds of riding. Hopefully you feel the same. Stop in from time to time and I’ll try and make sure there’s something interesting or at least entertaining for you to read, watch or listen to about every facet of motorcycling in 2012.

I hope your 2011 was a safe one. Happy New Year. See you on the road in 2012. Dakar starts Jan. 1st!

Ride safe and thanks for stopping by.

Bud

 

Marco Simoncelli tribute

The MotoGP community pays tribute to 24 year old Marco Simoncelli, who tragically lost his life while racing in the grand prix of Malaysia. If you’ve never seen MotoGP racing you should check it out. It’s the most thrilling racing in the world and Marco Simoncelli was one of it’s rising stars. A tragic loss and one deserving of this solemn tribute.