2014 Ohlins TTX GP Hypersport and Racing Shock for Street and TrackHot and ready for the grid after winning the AMA Pro National Guard Superbike title, and sweeping the podium with Josh’s Herrin and Josh Hayes of Monster Energy Graves Yamaha, and Martin Cardenas of Yoshimura Racing Suzuki, respectively, Öhlins introduces the latest version of its multi-time, championship-winning twin-tube technology shock, the TTX GP.
On the newly released TTX GP shock, compression and rebound adjustors are updated with new needle profiles, resulting in improved flow guidance and volume control, for more precise and consistent damping fine tuning.The available range of adjustment is also now broader, while establishing a new industry standard of minimized shock-to-shock variance. These advances allow for improved chassis feedback, giving the rider enhanced control.The TTX GP’s primary piston is redesigned for improved traction and feel, optimizing the established components of the TTX GP’s lineage from the ground-breaking TTX36. The TTX GP also has Moto GP style damping adjustors. As with all twin-tube TTX shocks by Öhlins, the TTX GP has completely segregated compression and rebound damping, and no risk of cavitation.The TTX GP will be available in applications for most major sportbikes, and is equally suited to enhance a rider’s control and confidence on the street and on the racetrack. Racers. Track-day riders, or street enthusiasts, can use the dealer-locator on the Öhlins USA website to find the closest certified Öhlins retailer.Öhlins USA distributes and services the world’s leading performance suspension components for automobiles, motorcycles, and ATVs. Öhlins develops its trend-setting suspension components, steering dampers and oils, at the highest levels of racing from open-wheel car racing, to Moto GP, to off-road competition on two and four wheels. Öhlins USA also provides training for service centers and dealers. Öhlins USA can be contacted at: 828-692-4525; www.Ohlinsusa.com.
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!