2011 GSX-R 600
Three-time British Superbike Champion (BSB) and Suzuki development rider John Reynolds has been involved in the development of the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 K11, which has been hitting the headlines in the world’s media recently for all the right reasons.
BMW F800R Review
Motorcycle enthusiasts in Europe tend to get some cool bikes that, for whatever reason, sometimes don’t find their way across the pond.
I saw a BMW last year in Germany that I thought would be a natural fit for the American market; the F 800 R. I was pleased to discover it’s been granted a hall pass Stateside for 2011.
This new BMW R1200GS Tankbag from Touratech is optimally formed to fit the unique slope of the tank of both the standard GS and GS Adventure. The tankbag will not shift from side to side like other bags. All Touratech motorcycle bags are hand-made in the black forest region of Germany by Kahedo.
BMW Motorrad can look back on a successful year in 2009 in spite of a very difficult market environment marked by the global financial and economic crisis. Last year 87,306 (previous year: 101,685) BMW motorcycles were delivered to customers which is equivalent to a comparatively moderate drop of 14.1%.
A packed audience of over 1,000 people in the fabulous surroundings of the BMW Museum in Munich, Germany, witnessed a total sell out auction of the Willy Neutkens Collection of BMW Motorcycles on Saturday 28 November, 2009.
The Collection comprised 94 Lots (91 motorcycles; an Ural side-car; a BMW stationary engine; and a wooden model) and carried a pre-sale estimate of Euro 590,000 – 780,000. By the time the last lot was knocked down, the auction totalled a premium inclusive Euro 1,038,400 (£944,191), with 100% sold by lot and by value.
Zero Motorcycles announced it was awarded "Best Electric Motorcycle" at the first international fair for electric mobility, eCarTec 2009.
Casey Stoner will start the final round of the 2009 MotoGP World Championship from the front of the grid after a dominant performance in today’s single qualifying practice for the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana. The Australian was rarely troubled at the top of the time sheets, while his team-mate Nicky Hayden was also impressive as he lapped sixth fastest in a late charge.
Casey Stoner Speaks… (1st; 1’32.256)
The Asphaltfighters Stormbringer powered by Warm Up, will debut at the Essen Motor Show in Germany. The ultra-high-performance bike, that claims to be the world’s fastest street motorcycle, will be unveiled and on display at the Speed Bike Show in hall 6 at the Essen Expo Center starting on November 28th, 2009.
To everyone who have supported me,
I send this news on a short notice, but I have decided to retire from racing at the end of this season.
I’ve concentrated on treatment after breaking my collarbone during Round 3 in Spain and straining my neck in Round 11 in Germany, but by missing a few races, I’ve been a burden to my team as well as to others involved.
If feel that as a professional rider, it’s time to stop racing if I’m not in a perfect condition to do so.
I’ve given this a lot of thought the past few weeks, and I’ve come to this decision through my own will.
The Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team has signed Max Neukirchner to ride its Honda CBR1000RR in the World Superbike championship for the 2010 season.
The 26-year-old from Stollberg in eastern Germany has spent much of his career on Honda machinery and already has five years’ experience in the World Superbike championship with 10 podium finishes, one with Honda in 2005; he also took two wins in 2008 on his way to fifth place in the series.
John Hopkins suffered a severe head trauma when he came down in a horrific way on the opening lap of the first superbike race at the Nurburgring. Initial scans in the local hospital showed no serious injuries, but further examination in the United States revealed that John had suffered a severe head trauma, as well as wrist, shoulder and hip injuries.
John Hopkins has successfully undergone surgery in the United States, but will be forced out of action for at least eight weeks, which brings a premature end to the unfortunate American’s first season in the World Superbike Championship.
MotoGP rights holders Dorna Sports S.L have reached an agreement with leading motorcycle engine oil brand Shell Advance, for them to become the title sponsor of the 2009 Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
The agreement has resulted from an ongoing partnership which has already seen a Shell Advance presence through track side advertising campaigns at MotoGP events this season in Qatar, Italy, Germany and the United States. Shell Advance is also an official technical partner of the factory Ducati MotoGP team.