2012 World Superbike PrepThe World Superbike Championship not only challenges the overall shape of a rider’s body, but also the mind.
And one way BMW Motorrad’s newest rider, Marco Melandri, stays in shape both physically and mentally is through off-season training aboard two wheels.But not on the street; the 29-year-old Italian who signed with BMW Motorrad for the 2012 World Superbike Championship stays fit aboard a Husqvarna TC250 motocross bike.Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad World Superbike) says: “It is the best way to train my concentration. In the gym you can chat with other people or think about other things. On a bike, however, you have to remain focused. While the test ban is in place during the winter, riding an off-road bike is the best opportunity to practice this.”During the off-season, the 2002 250cc MotoGP Champion can not only be found regularly raining aboard the Husqvarna, he also uses the bike for leisure.Marco Melandri says: “I ride a lot, almost every week. I like riding with friends, mainly just to have fun. We find nice routes, enjoy the views and stop somewhere for lunch. I really enjoy riding the bike. I love it. It is perfect for me – it is easy to ride. I also like the fact that it does not have a kick-starter, but an electric start, as I am quite small.”Melandri’s first outing on the BMW S1000RR Superbike will be Feb. 21-22 at Phillip Island, Australia, where the first of 14 rounds on the 2012 World Superbike calendar occurs Feb. 26.
Zero Electric ADV Bike + Al and Bridget from Throw Your Leg Over
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Electric mobility is everywhere nowadays. Whether it’s a car, a truck, an assisted bicycle, a scooter, or any number of new innovations, the electric revolution is certainly here. In this week’s first segment, Nic de Sena took a ride on Zero’s recently announced new Adventure bike—the Zero DSR-X. There’s been a lot of hype about this new arrival on the ADV scene, and of course the questions are many. Nic talks to me about whether Zero actually have a credible, alternative energy ADV bike—or if the machine is just simply an empty promise.
In our second segment, I chat with Al and Bridget from ‘Throw Your Leg Over’. They took time out to record this episode from somewhere in the middle of Romania, of all places.
These interesting Aussies have traveled—and painstakingly documented—the thousands of miles they’ve covered riding the best roads and sights through Australia, Tasmania, Europe, eastern Europe, and Scandinavia, among other places.