Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited (SMIPL), a subsidiary of one of the world’s leading two-wheeler manufacturers Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan, will introduce limited units of its legendary superbike – the Hayabuza Z.
The Limited Edition will benefit from the legendary Yoshimura exhaust “Yoshimura Slip–On R-77J Carbon End Exhaust”. Hayabuza Z will be available in two colors – the Pearl Vigor Blue/Metallic Mystic Silver (ASU) and Pearl Bracing White/ Metallic Mystic Silver (ARA).
The Yoshimura Slip – On gives the superbike that defining competitive edge. It features a trapezoidal design, which allows a large volume of packing material and in turn delivers top performance. The R-77 muffler’s front cap is MIG-welded, while the end cap is riveted, using high-end 304-L polished stainless steel rivets and bands.
The Hayabusa Z will be priced at Rs. 16,20,000 (ex-showroom price, Delhi) – only Rs. 25,000 higher than the regular model, as a special and limited period offer. Hayabusa Z customers will also receive special gifts on purchase of the motorcycle. These include a scale model (1:48) of the legendary Yoshimura Hayabusa X1 and a racing calendar acknowledging the biker’s passion.
Welkom – A Pietermaritzburg biker raced into the Guinness World Records this week, covering an incredible 3 257.5km on a motorbike in 24 hours.
Double-amputee Bushy McKelvey, 52, is now the holder of the world record for the greatest distance on a motorbike in 24 hours by an individual. He set the record at the Phakisa oval in Welkom on Wednesday, unseating an American who set the previous record in 2011.
McKelvey is a bike enthusiast and all-round adventurer who also has rides around sub-Saharan Africa under his belt and holds another distance world record, having ridden a scooter over 1 400km in 24 hours.
Speaking to The Witness on Friday, he said he was thrilled with the ride. “It is one thing I can now tick off my bucket list. This was actually my third attempt,” he said.
The first two attempts were hampered by a big fall and bad weather.
The successful attempt began at midnight on Tuesday and finished the following night. Averaging a blistering 200km/h over the 2.5km, McKelvey blitzed the record by 7.5 km.
Making just seconds-long racing-style pit stops, he used 17 tyres and burnt through R5 700 worth of fuel in those 24 hours.
McKelvey, who lost his legs in separate bike accidents, said the hardest part of setting the record was maintaining his concentration. “You have to have some level of fitness, but the biggest part is concentration … Concentration is key,” he said.
It was a highly emotional moment when he realised he had achieved his objective, he added.
The only after-effects the motorcycle riding instructor suffered were minor blisters on his hands and a sore butt.
Mckelvey, who said he is passionate about helping the disabled, founded the Out on a Limb organisation which is dedicated to helping people with physical challenges. He said the new world record was dedicated to helping people with multiple sclerosis.
Bridgestone has made an addition to its BATTLAX range of motorcycle street tyres, with the latest developments in MotoGP™ compound and construction technology making its way to the street in the new BATTLAX Racing Street RS10. Displayed at this year’s Intermot fair in Cologne, this new BATTLAX sports radial, which replaces the BATTLAX BT003RS, is an ultra-high performance tyre for the road that is equally at home on the track. The RS10 gives enthusiasts sportier handling and more control with faster acceleration out of corners, enhanced steering response, greater line-holding precision in corners and confident braking stability, particularly on dry surfaces. Specially-formulated compounds are strategically located for sure grip on low-friction. “The aim is to produce high-performance radials for enthusiasts of super sports and the latest naked street bikes who love the open road but occasionally take their machines to the racetrack. Bridgestone’s upgraded BATTLAX RS10 gives them the high grip, high performance to explore higher levels of excitement and control” says Jake Rønsholt, Managing Director Consumer Business Unit, Bridgestone Europe. MotoGP™ analysis techniques To raise dry-surface grip and performance levels, while maintaining current wet performance levels, Bridgestone engineers concentrated on RS10’s contact area, grip level, stability and damping, in a total re-examination of current designs and construction. Firstly, the contact area was improved through the development of new front and rear patterns featuring an extra-long pitch design with grooves aligned in the direction of forces acting on the tyre during cornering, using analysis techniques developed in Bridgestone’s MotoGP™ programme. This design increases block stiffness and adds more stability and predictable behavior, leaving the rider with a confident feeling of stability on the brakes and in the acceleration phase. This cornering stability is further enhanced by the new 3D design of the groove walls which adds stiffness to the tread blocks. On the rear pattern, separate short-lag grooves promote the right sort of tyre deformation around the grooves during cornering, helping to increase grip and acceleration out of corners. Reformulated compound Higher levels of grip over a wider temperature range are added by the use of a newly-developed compound, providing riders with superior handling and line-tracing precision. The RS10 profile was also revised, giving the new tyre a larger contact area in mid- to high-angle leans, producing better grip. This improvement gives the rider better line-tracing precision and a more confident feeling through corners. In terms of construction, BATTLAX RS10 has been revised to upgrade cornering, add stability and provide a smoother ride. The front tyre’s mono-spiral belt is made with stiffer steel which improves the rigidity of the tread area. The rear tyre also has a softer sidewall construction for a smoother ride and is 650 grams lighter than the RS10 predecessor (BT003 Racing Street), which reduces the gyro effect, making leans easier in corners. From compound side the rear tyre adopts a cap and base layer compound in order to reinforce the stiffness of the tread. Bridgestone testing at the Autopolis international racing circuit in Japan shows that the BATTLAX RS10 offers significantly higher levels of both front and rear grip over its predecessor, enabling faster performance. The BATTLAX RS10 will be available across Europe progressively from January 2015 in sizes front 120/70ZR17and rear 190/55ZR17 and 200/55ZR17.
Johannesburg – A man accused of shooting dead a motorcyclist
during a road rage confrontation appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court
in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Magistrate Denise Smith set the trial to run from 26 January
to 13 February next year, in the South Gauteng High Court, sitting in the Palm
Ridge Magistrate’s Court.
Smith extended 43-year-old labour law consultant Meekahefele
Masooa’s R5 000 bail, on condition that he appeared in court at 08:00 on 26 January.
“If you are not there your bail will be forfeited and a
warrant will be out for your arrest,” she said.
Smith told him he should arrange his own witnesses for the
Dressed in a black suit and blue tie, Masooa appeared in the
dock just after 09:00. He stood up straight, folded his arms and looked
directly ahead, avoiding the public gallery where dead biker Douglas Pearce’s
family, including his wife, mother, and brother, were seated.
Bikers in court
A group of leather-clad bikers were also in the gallery to
show support for Pearce’s family. Their motorcycles were parked outside the
Proceedings were slightly delayed as Smith asked Masooa’s
lawyer Paula Thekiso, who was standing in for his usual lawyer Victor Nkwashu,
to confirm his residential address, contact details, and language preferences.
Masooa told the court he preferred his trial to be in English.
Mosooa allegedly shot Pearce in a road rage confrontation on
Malibongwe Drive, Johannesburg, in February.
During the bail application it was heard that both men
carried firearms on the day of the shooting. Mosooa claims he acted in
Cape Town – With his last few breaths, a Cape Town motorcycle rider and police officer asked a fellow rider to hold his hand. A few agonising seconds later, Constable Lebohang “Fish” Matease was dead.
Metres away, a Kenyan man identified only as Ben also lay dead.
The two were among 18 people killed on Western Cape roads at the weekend – the highest fatality count this month.
Authorities warned last week of the so-called pay-day weekend death tolls, when more people die on the province’s roads than at any other time of the month.
Matease, riding his Honda 919 CBR, had collided with pedestrian Ben in the early hours of Saturday on Plumstead’s Main Road opposite Pirates Steakhouse and Pub.
At the scene on Sunday, pieces of Matease’s motorcycle were scattered across the road.
Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said that Matease, 30, who was stationed at the Steenberg police station, was off duty at the time of the incident, which had happened at about 2.30am.
Van Wyk said Matease died from his injuries and a culpable homicide case had been opened. Both men had died at the scene.
A member of Khayelitsha’s Kasi-Riders Mcc, one of three black-founded motorcycle clubs in the Western Cape, said Matease was an avid motorcycle rider who went by the riding handle “Mad-x”.
The club’s president, Mzingisi Baartman, told the Cape Argus on Sunday that Matease, who lived in Muizenberg, and other bikers had been heading towards Plumstead after a bikers’ event.
Baartman said Matease was conscious for a few moments after the collision and had asked a fellow rider to hold his hand before he died.
“He was a sweet and humble guy who loved cracking jokes,” Baartman said.
He said Matease, who was popular in riding circles, rode a blue Honda 919 CBR.
Born in Bloemfontein in the Free State, he had joined the club two years ago.
The club is made up of 15 black riders who are 30 or younger.
“We are all very close and are more like brothers than club members. Not a day goes by without phoning or messaging each other,” said Baartman.
A Pirates Steakhouse and Pub employee, who declined to be named, said Ben had been a regular at the pub. She said that Ben had crossed the road from the Purple Onion club opposite the pub when the motorbike struck him.
Another bike rider, Nkagisang Maduo, of Bravehearts Mcc Cape Town said Matease’s death was a great loss to the black biking community.
“We are shaken as it’s the first death in our black biker clubs,” he said.
As far as his biker friends knew, Matease was unmarried.
Maduo, 30, said that more young black people were buying motorbikes and that there was an increase in black bikers in the past four years.
“Some love the adrenaline rush that comes with riding a fast motorbike, and others just want to look good on a bike,” said Maduo.
The bikers met regularly for a braai or to do charity work in townships, he said.
A colleague of Matease, who declined to be named, described him as a hard worker.
Police are trying to contact Matease’s family in Bloemfontein.
On Sunday, provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa said the toll of 18 fatalities this weekend was the highest this month.
Africa said that were it not for the arrests of 38 drunk drivers in 24 roadblocks on Friday and Saturday, it could have been higher.
Across Europe, ‘Nakeds’ are among the top-selling models in every country and their popularity is growing, particularly at the premium end of the market.
Part of the reason that they are proving so popular is that they represent a back-to-basics style and stir nostalgic urges in those riders returning to a saddle that they dismounted back in their youth when for practical reasons two wheels gave way to four.
As Jamie Whitham, Visor Down’s chief road tester puts it “The purity of Naked bikes reminds you of why you started riding. Stripped down to the essentials, with more upright ergonomics, nakeds can be the ideal commuter, back road hack, track day weapon or holiday tourer.”
New Naked bikes are expected to be high on the list of new models at this year’s Intermot, which gets underway on October 1 in Cologne, Germany.
Piaggio has already outed the Moto Guzzi V7II, which will be making its debut in Germany at the show. It is more of a retro-styled stripped-back bike but one with a close ratio gearbox, repositioned engine to improve knee room for bigger riders plus ABS brakes, a better clutch and a choice of styles including a solo seat racer option.
Joining it will be the new BMW R1200R, one of three new bike the company will be launching at the event. There are no official images of the new bike but it’s expected to be an evolution of the current model.
It will line up alongside the recently launched Erik Buell Racing (EBR) 1190SX that is a real “streetfighting” Naked in that it takes its styling and performance cues from the European definition of what a Naked bike is.
The origins of the Naked are disputed — Europeans claim the naked was born of necessity. Riders who wrote off their sportsbikes in accidents would strip them back to their bare metal and replace the handlebars because they couldn’t afford to get the fairing fixed. The bike’s wounds and dents would be exposed, almost celebrated, proving it to be a ‘streetfighter’. However, the Japanese claim that the Naked bike was born in Japan as a riders’ protest against the increasingly homogenized styling of sportsbikes from Kawasaki, Yamaha, and Honda. It was Japanese riders’ ‘chopper’ moment. They stripped their bikes of their fairing to make their machines look different and original again.
The first motorbike truly marketed as ‘Naked’ was the Ducati Monster. It offered the top-end thrills of a sportsbike but without the arm ache and with a gearbox that made it capable of holding its own around town and in traffic, rather than just on the track.
And so now, when a bike is described as naked, it in some way extols the qualities and excitement that Ducati captured in the original Monster which got its last significant upgrade last year.
And despite its pedigree in this area,Ducati is tipped to be launching a scrambler and a sports-focused Adventure bike at the event.
Spandau, Berlin – BMW claims to have invented the sports-tourer segment with the 1976 R100 RS – the first production bike with a frame-mounted full fairing developed in a wind tunnel.
Whether or not that’s true, ever since then the model designation RS has, in Beemerspeak, denoted a genuine Gran Turismo motorcycle, designed for covering long distances on unstraight tar at impressive point-to-point speeds.
Now the Blue Propeller Boykies have brought the concept right up to date by putting the liquid-cooled flat-twin engine of the current R1200 GelandeScooter in a specially-developed tubular-steel bridge frame, with state-of-the-art upside-downies instead of BMW’s own Telelever front end and Evo Paralever rear suspension, and accommodation for you and your +1 behind a crisp-edged half fairing that derives its design language from the S1000RR superbike.
For this application the 1170cc twin-cam boxer has a modified air-box and reshaped air-intake snorkels, and breathes out through a two-into one auspuff that ends in a dramatically uptilted rear silencer.
It’s rated for 92kW at 7750 revs and 125Nm at 6500rpm, but with slightly more bottom-end torque than the GS and its RT full-dress cousin.