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Thursday, October 02 2014 @ 03:23 PM ICT
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40-years Honda Gold Wing Brand

Master BuildersToday the Honda iconic 'Honda Gold Wing' brand celebrates its 40th anniversary. What was launched a a 1000cc motorcycle back in 1975 has turned into an iconic top of the line touring motorcycle now-a-day.

The Honda Gold Wing has over the years introduced many firsts in the motorcycling world, including an electric reverse and not so long ago the first commercial available airbag system for motorcycles.

From the flat-four engine that powered the Honda Gold Wing GL1000 to the current six-cylinder GL1800A, it has grown and evolved in every sense you can imagine.
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The Basics of Braking

Motorcycle PartsSo you got a fast motorcycle? Try riding fast assuming your brakes don't work. You'll find it impossible. As much as brakes are there to control speed and stop your motorcycle, their effectiveness is required to ensure you can actually use all that performance in the first place.

The one common phenomenon that connects steering, acceleration and braking is friction. The braking system essentially causes deceleration by converting kinetic energy into heat using friction. It usually has three parts. The first is the actuator which is the human interface – usually in the form of a lever or a pedal.

Then comes the force multiplier. This is important because the amount of force needed to stop even a lightweight motorcycle is immense. Even the fittest, strongest person will find it hard to press a lever hard enough to produce reasonably good deceleration. The force multiplier takes the form of mechanical or hydraulic systems.
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The Polaris Slingshot - Will It Become Legal?

Motorcycle NewsThe Polaris Slingshot has to wait until the Thai Ministry of Transport authority categorized it With a quick look it's almost a lightweight sporty open top sports car, but it's missing one wheel. In most countries around the world the Polaris Slingshot is qualified as a motorcycle, as it only has three wheels.

The overall design of the Polaris Slingshot reminds us of the KTM X-Bow, with razor sharp lines and the semi-naked exterior. The construction employs a steel spaceframe and the body panels are made of light-weight polymers.

The Polaris Slingshot is powered by a General Motor 2.4 liter EcoTec engine, providing 173 horsepower at 6,200rpm and 225Nm torque at 4,700rpm. All this horsepower is transmitted to the rear wheel via a five-speed manual gearbox and a carbon-reinforced drive belt. The total vehicle weights about 771 kilograms which will aid handling and performance.
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Triumph 250cc Motorcycle Development on Hold

Motorcycle NewsBritish motorcycle press have quotes Triumph sales and marketing director Paul Struad as confirming that the 250cc platform project 'has been on hold'. Two motorcycles, one streetbike and one sportsbike had been caught testing earlier and Triumph had also showed sketches at a motorcycle show for this project. The motorcycles were expected to be produced in India for distribution around the world.

Triumph India has neither confirmed nor denied that the 250cc development project has stopped. They wanted to contact Triumph headoffice first for an official response.
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Movistar Yamaha Magic Continues as Lorenzo Masters Aragon

Motorcycle RacingToday’s Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón proved to be the most dramatic of the season so far as Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo defied both his rivals and the changing weather to deliver a master class in Grand Prix riding and claim his first victory of the season.

Teammate Valentino Rossi’s Aragón fortunes were the mirror opposite, the Italian crashing out in the early laps.

With a dry start to the race, Lorenzo was one of the few to opt for the soft front medium rear tyre combination and made a jump of three places to fourth in the opening corners. Third was to follow quickly and then a promotion to second as front runner Andrea Iannone became one of the first of many to crash out.

Lorenzo tucked in behind race leader Marc Marquez, beginning the Spanish duel that race fans had been waiting for. Never more than half a second apart, it wasn’t until there were just 15 laps remaining that Lorenzo made his move through the uphill section of the circuit for the lead. Three laps later Marquez was back through, passing into turn one.

One lap later and the weather became another rival to face on track as the white flag was waved. With some drops of rain falling riders were now clear to change to wet bikes if wanted. The lead group stayed out and with 9 laps remaining Lorenzo mirrored Marquez’ earlier pass, re-taking the lead into turn one.
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The Akrapovic Racing Line for the Yamaha FZ-09

Motorcycle PartsThe Yamaha FZ-09 has been an unqualified success for the Japanese manufacturer, and that means that others can use this accomplishment to sell it's aftermarket products. If you're got a Yamaha FZ-09, then your first modification could be Akrapovic, who has com up with a Racing Line exhaust system.

This Racing Line exhaust system uses stainless headers and carbon fiber sleeve for the can, wise, the Akrapovic claims gains for nearly 7 hoursepower over 6Nm torque over standard, which is a pretty good improvement for a modern machine.
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Yamaha Take 2014 World Endurance Championship Victory

Motorcycle RacingThe Yamaha Racing GMT94 Michelin Yamalube team has taken title victory in the 2014 FIM World Endurance Championship with the Yamaha YZF-R1. Riders David Checa, Kenny Foray and Mathieu Gines made the last race of the season count yesterday, working tirelessly through the night to score second on the podium in the gruelling 24Heures du Moto at Le Mans.

With several teams in the running for the title in the run up to last weekend’s race everything was to play for in the toughest road race in the world. The French team employed a brilliant strategy, working carefully through the practice and qualifying sessions to focus on their overall set up.

Having qualified in fifth position the team then dropped over 40 places in the first lap of the race when a crashing rider collided with David Checa. Luckily he was uninjured and the following incredible team effort then saw an unstoppable climb up the ranks. As the team rode through the night their skills and the abilities of the Yamaha YZF-R1 where put to the test as they swapped between rain and slick tyres to battle the changing elements. As dawn broke the team were securely in second place and held it to the race finish, closing the distance to the lead bike with every lap.
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Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R 30th Anniversary Bike

Motorcycle NewsTo celebrate 30 years of the Ninja, Kawasaki debuted this limited-edition Kawasaki ZX14R at the Laguna Seca round of the World Superbike Championship earlier this year. Appearing as a 2015 mode, keen observers will note the 30th Anniversary Ninja lands 31 years after the Kawasaki Ninja 900 debuted in 1984, but the spirit is what's important.

And so is the paint. After searching for color schemes, the Kawasaki development team settled on the same Firecracker Red and Metallic Graystone two-tone combination as the original Kawasaki Ninja 900, with gold pinstriping and brake calipers to make it pop.
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The Motorcycle Boots - How to Choose

Motorcycle PartsBecause laces can get tangled, normal lacing isn't usually a motorcycle boot feature except for the lowest-end motorcycle boots. More common is a zipper on the inside with a velcro flap. This is easy to use. Top race boots commonly use an internal armored boot (no-a-day usually carbon-fiber) that actually is covered by the outer boot (in leather or synthetic leather) that makes wearing these cumbersome but the protection levels are incredible. For our purpose we are simply looking for a closure system that doesn't take forever to use while ensuring the boot stays on the foot in a crash.

Motorcycle Boot Fit

Motorcycle boots should fit as snug as you like and feel like an extension of your foot on the motorcycle. Thicker soles last longer but may rob you of feel. One thing to remember is that because of the armor, motorcycle boots take longer than normal boots to 'break-in' and they also flex and stretch less than normal boots so getting the fit right at the start is critical.

As usual, we are looking for a snug, comfortable fit. Armored motorcycle boots feel very different from normal footwear and the armored areas – like the toe-box and heel cup don't really loosen up over time. So pay extra attention to how they feel and whether you'll be comfortable. If you're going to spend a lot of time off the motorcycle in the boots, then, also see how easy it is to walk around.
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MotoGP - The Doctor Performs a Misano Miracle

Motorcycle RacingThe many thousand Valentino Rossi fans gathered at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli had their dreams come true today as their Movistar Yamaha MotoGP hero delivered a perfect race to take victory for the 'Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini'. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo came home in second to make it a perfect Yamaha one-two finish.

The Doctor made his intentions clear from the off with a flying start to move up from third to second into the first corner, tucked in behind teammate Lorenzo. An early attack by rival Marc Marquez was quickly dealt with and then with 25 laps to go he was able to pass Lorenzo to lead the race. Championship leader Marquez followed soon after and remained within half a second of Rossi until with 19 laps remaining he lost the front trying to keep up and crashed out, taking himself out of contention.

From that point the Doctor was unstoppable, building a gap of over two seconds to his chasing teammate, he held command of the race to the finish line to take his first race win since Assen last year, and Yamaha’s first MotoGP win of the season.
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