Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the signing of Moto3 talent Darryn Binder. He will be joining Yamaha‘s rebranded RNF MotoGP Team‘s rider line-up for the 2022 MotoGP season, with an option to stay on for 2023.
Following two years of riding in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, the South African started his full-time Moto3 class career in 2015. That year Binder became a well-known name thanks to his brother (Brad Binder) who went on to become the 2016 Moto3 Champion. However, Darryn has since long proven that he is an exceptional racing talent in his own right. Known for his hard racing and making use of any and every available gap during a race, the 23-year-old has ridden to six Moto3 podiums so far, including a win at the 2020 Catalan GP.
Furthermore, Darryn Binder‘s eagerness, feistiness, and seven Moto3 seasons of experience make him a perfect teammate for the vastly experienced Andrea Dovizioso, as the rebranded RNF MotoGP Team start their new and exciting chapter.
LIN JARVIS MANAGING DIRECTOR, YAMAHA MOTOR RACING “I want to give a warm welcome to Darryn. We are delighted that he is joining the Yamaha line-up next year. We‘ve had many conversations about who would be a good match for the new RNF MotoGP Team set-up. It‘s a fresh start for the Yamaha satellite team and that makes it all the more fitting to have a young and eager rider like Darryn join them, as Fabio and Franky did before him.
“For Yamaha the primary mission of the satellite team is developing future MotoGP talents. Darryn has already shown on numerous occasions what he‘s made of in the Moto3 class. We know he is a fast and determined rider who has got what it takes to battle at the front of the pack. Obviously, the step up to MotoGP is significant and will take some adjusting, but we feel that he‘s ready, and Yamaha and the RNF MotoGP Team will fully support him for this new and exciting challenge.”
DARRYN BINDER RNF MOTOGP TEAM RIDER “I‘m extremely grateful for this opportunity, as it has been a lifelong dream to race in the MotoGP category. I definitely didn‘t expect to make the jump straight from Moto3 to the highest class, but I do believe I‘m up for the challenge, and I‘m ready to put in all the hard work for 2022.
“My target at the beginning will be just to find my feet in the big class and learn as much as possible to get stronger and stronger throughout my rookie season.
“I would like to say a really big ’Thank you‘ to Yamaha and the RNF MotoGP Team for everything they have done to make this possible as well as everyone who has been involved in getting me to this point.
“I‘m now just looking forward to riding the Yamaha YZR-M1 for the first time at the end of this season.”
DARRYN BINDER Personal Profile Date of birth: 21 January 1998 Place of birth: Potchefstroom, South Africa Nationality: South African Height: 175cm Weight: 63kg
First Grand Prix: Qatar GP 2015 (Moto3) First Grand Prix Win: Catalan GP 2020 (Moto3) Grand Prix Wins: 1 (1x Moto3) Podiums: 6 (6x Moto3) Pole Positions: 3 (3x Moto3) Fastest Laps: 6 (6x Moto3)
Racing Career 2021 Moto3 World Championship (6th – 123 points) [with 3 rounds remaining] 2020 Moto3 World Championship (8th – 122 points) 2019 Moto3 World Championship (22nd – 54 points) 2018 Moto3 World Championship (17th – 57 points) 2017 Moto3 World Championship (19th – 35 points) 2016 Moto3 World Championship (25th – 27 points) 2015 Moto3 World Championship (no ranking – 0 points) 2014 Red Bull Rookies Cup (13th – 55 points) 2013 Red Bull Rookies Cup (15th – 5 points)
Biography Darryn Binder was exposed to racing at the early age of 5 where he began racing karts before switching to minimotos at age 8. As he turned 15 in 2013, the South African was selected to enter the Red Bull Rookies Cup in which he competed for two seasons.
The younger Binder brother (Brad being the elder of the two) made his full-time entry into the World Moto3 Championship in 2015 at age 17. He scored two podiums over his first five Moto3 seasons (third at the 2018 Japanese GP and second at the 2019 Argentina GP). Then, in 2020, he stamped his authority on the class with his elevated racecraft, charting his first race win at the Catalan GP. He added another podium in Aragon before concluding the season with a career best rank of eighth overall in the standings.
In 2021, the 23-year-old joined PETRONAS Sprinta Racing and started the season strong with a third place in Qatar and a second place in Portimao. Lauded by many as the class‘s new ’dark horse‘, Binder is poised to further elevate the team‘s performance this season. He is currently sixth in the standings with three rounds to go.
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. is pleased to confirm the signing of an agreement with RNF Racing Ltd. The freshly branded RNF MotoGP Team is set for a new era as part of the Yamaha line-up in 2022 and possibly 2023 and 2024.
Sepang Racing Team is rebranded RNF MotoGP Team, with former CEO of Sepang International Circuit and Team Principal Razlan Razali remaining at the helm. The team has signed a five-year deal with IRTA that sees the remodelled set-up continue participating as an Independent Team in the premier class of the FIM MotoGP World Championship until 2026.
The signed agreement between Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and RNF Racing Ltd. foresees the satellite team leasing Yamaha YZR-M1 motorcycles for 2022, with the option to extend the partnership for the 2023 and 2024 FIM MotoGP World Championship seasons.
LIN JARVIS MANAGING DIRECTOR, YAMAHA MOTOR RACING “We are delighted to extend our partnership with the now rebranded RNF MotoGP Team. When Razlan Razali and the Sepang Racing Team embarked on their MotoGP adventure at the end of 2018 and the start of 2019, nobody could have expected how they would take the premier class by storm. The impressive 2019 season and exceptional 2020 season results underline the professionalism and quality of this team that will soon be renamed RNF MotoGP Team.
“The core DNA of this team remains, so we are confident to continue with them as our official supported satellite team. Moreover, Yamaha has always been clear that it wants to continue to have four bikes in total on the MotoGP grid: two bikes in the Factory Team and two bikes in the Independent team.
“We will do our best to support the newly founded RNF Racing Ltd. to achieve their goals and to provide the stepping stone for future talents to enter into the world of Yamaha in MotoGP.”
RAZLAN RAZALI FOUNDER & TEAM PRINCIPAL, RNF RACING LTD “We have today reached a historical milestone for the new RNF MotoGP Team. I would like to thank Yamaha for the trust and confidence given to me and the team for the upcoming season despite the changes that happened this year.
“The achievements that we have shared together in the first three years of our partnership with wins, podiums, pole positions, and awards has been memorable and motivates us towards greater heights.
“We have the experience from our past successes, supported by the same strong and passionate crew from our MotoGP garage, with a solid rider line-up, so we are set for a competitive comeback with Yamaha for the 2022 season.”
The UK’s biggest motorcycle show, Motorcycle Live in association with Bikesure Insurance, will have nine opportunities for visitors to get on two wheels, no matter their experience and skill level.
The MCIA Try Ride feature, in association with MCN is the perfect place for those wanting to start their two-wheel journey and take the first steps towards their CBT. Participants will receive a FREE 20-minute lesson with a professional instructor, away from the crowds in an indoor, controlled environment, with protective clothing also supplied.
Spada has teamed up with Motorcycle Live to give away a new learner package to a lucky participant of the MCIA Try Ride feature, which includes full rider equipment. All participants will have to do is take part in the free 20-minute lesson, and enter their details to be in with a chance to win.
If visitors have never experienced a larger capacity bike, then the Harley® JumpStart® motorcycle simulator will allow visitors to learn the basics of throttle control, clutch and gears to see whether they want to take the next step on to larger motorcycles.
For those already with a full-motorcycle licence, the Test Ride Zone will offer participants the chance to test ride a great line-up of bikes from leading manufactures. Supported by Shoei, Sidi and Spada, participants will have the option to receive valuable feedback from IAM instructors, such as advice on road and body positioning, to get the best out of their ride.
Motorcycle Live 2021 at The NEC, Birmingham opens its doors at 09:00am Saturday 4 December. Discounted advanced tickets are now on-sale and available from motorcyclelive.co.uk
We hear about betting in almost any sport that is being played nowadays. It is becoming more and more popular, with some people betting on sports they wouldn’t traditionally be into. Betting is a great way to make sporting events more interesting and to be able to turn your deposit into a win based on your favorite athletes’ performance. However, it also comes with its risk and can cause gambling risks for some. Let’s have a look at the growing betting trend, and how motorcycling fans are partaking in it.
Where to bet?
Inexperienced bettors probably have some questions regarding how and where you do this. Normally, it happens through apps and websites. Where bets used to be more change-driven, it is now possible to make better-argued decisions that are more based on research and statistics, rather than a guess. As the trend is becoming bigger, many betting sites are being made, and not all of them are as good.
It is highly important to do your research and take some time to find the best sites so that your money is not going to waste. While a victory is never guaranteed, you can at least make sure you are not getting scammed and end up losing your money before you have even placed a bet. You can have a look at some bets and betting sites to get familiar with the matter at Betting.com.
Wagering on motorcycling
Like any other sport, there are a lot of different categories to bet in when it comes to motorcycling, you can for example bet on who wins, which is perhaps the most common thing to do. Placing wagers on a possible winner can be a good place to start when betting because it is easier to keep track of. Before you bet on this, you should look at some former performances of the racers participating in the event.
It is very important that you know as much as possible about the athletes that are partaking in the race, what track they are using, and if some racers are out of the game for some reason. It is a good idea to have a look at a race calendar to be best prepared for the given betting opportunity. Other than betting on the winner, you can also wager on top 3 finish, pole position, fastest lap, and qualifying in the top three, amongst others.
Before you bet
There are plenty of things you should consider and prepare before you bet. While it is very much a growing trend, it is not for everyone. You first have to figure out if you have the financial assets for it because you should never gamble with money you cannot afford to lose. Many get addicted to gambling, and it is important to look for signs of gambling addiction. With that being said, for most people, it is simply a fun hobby, and betting in a moderate amount usually does little to no harm.
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Model updates: A new breed of Honda tourer makes its debut. Taking the heart of the CRF1100L Africa Twin as a starting point, the NT1100 builds on the platform to offer comfortable, agile, enjoyable performance. A low seat height and sharp steering geometry combine with high specification suspension to create a sporting package. 5-way height and angle adjustable screen and upper/lower wind deflectors ensure high-speed aero efficiency and outstanding weather protection; cruise control is standard, as are slim panniers and heated grips. Rider aids include 3 default riding modes, 2 USER custom options, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) and Wheelie Control. Radial-mount four-piston front calipers provide the braking power, 120/70-17 and 180/55-17 front and rear tyres the grip. A 6.5-inch TFT touch screen rounds out a premium specification and featuresApple CarPlay® and Android Auto® connectivity.
In a motorcycling landscape full of adventure-styled bikes, there is a gap. And that gap exists for riders that desire performance, handling, long range comfort, and technology but not necessarily the image or physical dimensions of ‘adventure’. In other words, what they want is a straightforward touring machine, but one with a rich specification list and a sporty edge to its performance – the sort of bike that deals with the weekday commute efficiently and usefully and is also ready for an extended tour, fully loaded.
The NT1100 is precisely that bike. A new breed of Honda tourer, it’s designed to draw those with a long memory of similar Honda machines of the past, but also attract a much younger rider. Employing the frame and characterful twin-cylinder engine of the CRF1100L Africa Twin as a base, engaging performance is assured. But it’s also packed with features that build and broaden any motorcycle’s appeal. Koji Kiyono, Large Project Leader, NT1100: “At Honda we have a long tradition of catering for owners who desire a ‘traditional’ touring bike. Our previous Pan European and Deauville models have enjoyed a very loyal following for many years. So, when it came time to design a new touring model, we wanted to produce something that would resonate – and appeal broadly – to these traditional touring bike customers. But we also wanted to stoke desire in riders of all ages and tastes who are looking for a genuinely new and versatile fun bike. That’s why we’ve created our new NT1100, offering thoroughly modern engine performance, a fun-to-handle chassis, a suite of modern technology and completely fresh, distinctive styling.
We sincerely hope that many new owners will try exploring to the maximum all of its many capabilities.”
Comfortable, agile, enjoyable. The NT1100 in a nutshell. Sleek, subtle styling delivers efficient aerodynamic performance with a riding position tailored for touring. Screen height and angle are 5-way adjustable and upper and lower wind deflectors also work to protect the rider. A 6.5-inch TFT touch screen provides full colour, customisable displays and offers Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® connectivity. Cruise control, heated grips and sizable integrated panniers are standard equipment.
The NT1100’s steel semi-double cradle frame employs a relatively short wheelbase and sharp steering geometry while suspension is via 43mm Showa cartridge-type inverted front forks and single-tube rear shock. Rear spring preload adjusts hydraulically. Dual 310mm front discs are paired with 4-piston radial-mount calipers; tyres are sized 120/70-17 front and 180/55-17 rear.
It also features full-fat performance from the twin-cylinder engine, inherited from the Africa Twin, but with intake and exhaust tuned for super-smooth acceleration and a pleasing low-rpm sound. The performance does not come to the detriment of fuel economy: the engine’s efficiency allows a 400km range from the 20 litre fuel tank.
The electronic package includes 3-level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), Wheelie Control, full LED lights, self-cancelling indicators and Emergency Stop Signals. And finding a natural home in the NT11000, Honda’s six-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) is an option.
5-stage screen height and angle adjustment plus upper/lower wind deflectors
Panniers standard equipment, as are heated grips and cruise control
5-inch TFT touch screen includes Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto® and Bluetooth connectivity
USB socket, centre stand and ACC socket as standard
The NT1100 has been designed, from the outset, as a sporting, agile bike but one that’s also enjoyable to ride all day with efficient, protective aerodynamics and easy-going ergonomics centred around rider comfort.
Styling is subtly sophisticated with straightforward surfaces that emphasise key character lines. Dynamic elegance front to back are the defining features of the design language of the NT1100. And of course this motorcycle’s sleek form is also about function – aimed to elevate the quality of the riding experience.
Fitted as standard, upper and lower deflectors provide wind and weather protection around arms and lower body. The screen offers 5-stage adjustment for height and angle through a total 164mm between the high/low position. Set low, it sends air around the shoulders; set high it moves air over the rider’s helmet. Heated grips are standard equipment, as is cruise control.
The rider integrates into the machine neatly, enveloped by the protection offered by the fairing. A wide, thick seat material offers a luxurious expanse for two; seat height is set at 820mm. A large grabrail for the passenger extends from the rear rack.
The exhaust muffler, too is set low to maximise pannier volume. And it’s the standard-fit, detachable panniers that are one of the NT1100’s key features. Deliberately designed to be as slim as possible for around-town riding they are just 901mm across at their widest point. Pannier volume is at 33L left and 32L right.
Bright and easy to read, the 6.5-inch TFT touch screen offers 3 choices of screen display; GOLD shows all numeric and mode information. SILVER centres on the speedometer and rev-counter, BRONZE on the rev-counter. The background colour has a default setting plus the choice of black or white. Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto® and Bluetooth connectivity allows access to smartphone functions via the TFT display.
The premium specification is rounded out by full LED lights (with DRL), self-cancelling indicators and Emergency Stop Signals; practicality is further elevated by USB socket, centre stand and ACC socket as standard.
The NT1100 will be available in the following colour options:
Matte Iridium Gray Metallic
Pearl Glare White
CRF1100L steel semi-double cradle frame and bolt-on aluminium subframe
Sharp steering geometry and high spec suspension front and rear
Showa 43mm inverted front forks and rear shock with hydraulic preload adjustment
Dual 310mm front discs and 4-piston radial-mountcalipers
The NT1100’s underpinnings are well-proven and tough – the Africa Twin CRF1100L’s steel semi-double cradle frame and bolt-on aluminium subframe. To suit the all-round, sporting purpose of the NT1100, the off-road ready suspension of its sibling has been replaced by road-focused equipment matched to sharper steering geometry.
The 43mm Showa cartridge-type inverted front forks feature 150mm travel and are preload adjustable. Like the forks, the single-tube pressurised Showa rear shock offers 150mm axle travel; it uses a 14mm diameter rod. To make carrying a pillion and/or luggage easier spring preload adjusts hydraulically, and remotely.
The wheels are aluminium, fine die-cast with a sand core allowing a hollow hub centre for the front. An intersecting spoke design (with the spokes attaching to the rim diagonally) offers several benefits: it smooths road vibration in a straight line and offers high rigidity for cornering. Tyres are sized 120/70-17 front and 180/55-17 rear.
Wheelbase is set at 1535mm, with rake and trail of 26.5°/108mm and 175mm ground clearance Kerb weight for the NT1100 with manual transmission is 238kg, 248kg with DCT.
Dual 310mm front discs are squeezed by lightweight, 4-piston radial-mount calipers. The rear 256mm disc uses a 1-piston caliper. All braking is ABS-controlled.
Intake and exhaust tuned to deliver smooth, powerful acceleration and pleasing low-rpm ‘throb’
The NT1100’s 1,084cc SOHC 8-valve parallel twin-cylinder engine is the well-proven units from the CRF1100L Africa Twin, with peak power of 75kW @ 7,250rpm and 104Nm @ 6,250rpm peak torque. Compression ratio is identical at 10.1:1. Another shared feature is the 270° phased crankshaft and uneven firing interval.
Throttle By Wire (TBW) provides engine management and PGM-FI feeds the throttle bodies. Where the engine tune differs to the Africa Twin – and immediately noticeable to the rider – are the optimisation of both air intake duct length and muffler internals to produce a pleasing, low-rpm ‘throb’ and smooth, powerful acceleration married to relaxed highway cruising – perfect for the wide-ranging duties the NT1100 is built for.
The crankcases are split vertically and the water pump is housed within the clutch casing with a thermostat integrated into the cylinder head. Manual and DCT versions of the engine share common crankcases with only minor external differences. Secondary vibrations are neutralised by the mutually reciprocating motion of the pistons, while primary inertial and coupling vibrations are cancelled by the use of biaxial balance shafts. The water and oil pumps are driven by the balancer shafts.
A crank pulsar – with relator teeth spaced at 10° intervals – manages misfire detection, important for OBD2/EURO5 compliance. In addition for EURO5 Linear Air Flow (LAF) sensors in the downpipes give accurate measurement of the air/fuel mixture ratio.
3.4 Engine Electronics
3 default riding modes to choose from, plus two customisable USER modes
3-level Honda Selectable Torque Control
3-level Wheelie Control
TBW manages engine performance and character, plus Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) and Wheelie Control. There are 3 pre-set modes for the rider to choose covering a wide variety of riding conditions and 3 levels of management for Power and Engine Braking, with level 1 delivering the maximum of either parameter. For HSTC and Wheelie Control level 3 provides the highest intervention.
Mode selection is managed from the left-hand switchgear; an indicator in the instrument display activates when HSTC is working.
URBAN is standard and offers an all-round middle setting of engine power and engine braking.
RAIN reduces engine power and engine braking for extra reassurance on wet or slippery surfaces.
TOUR gives full engine power and standard engine braking, for strong acceleration while carrying a pillion and luggage.
USER 1 and 2 modes offer the ability to customise between the settings for the preferred combination. Once set, the USER setting is automatically stored so there’s no need to re-set each time the ignition is turned on.
3.5 Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)
DCT offers choice of Automatic (AT) or Manual Transmission (MT)
3-levels of S mode for wide-ranging sporty AT shifting performance
Honda has sold over 200,000 DCT-equipped motorcycles across Europe since the system first appeared as an option on the VFR1200F in 2009. Testament to its acceptance in the market place, across Honda’s model range, 53% of customers chose the DCT option over the manual in 2020. The system delivers consistent, seamless gear changes and very quickly becomes second nature in use. It uses two clutches: one for start-up and 1st, 3rd and 5th gears, the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th, with the mainshaft for each clutch located inside the other for compact packaging.
Each clutch is independently controlled by its own electro-hydraulic circuit. When a gear change occurs, the system pre-selects the target gear using the clutch not currently in use. The first clutch is then electronically disengaged as, simultaneously, the second clutch engages.
The result is a consistent, fast and seamless gear change. Furthermore, as the twin clutches transfer drive from one gear to the next with minimal interruption of the drive to the rear wheel, any gear change shock and pitching of the machine is minimised, making the change feel direct as well as smooth. Extra benefits include durability (as the gears cannot be damaged by missing a gear) impossibility of stalling, low stress urban riding, reduced rider fatigue and – crucially – the ability to concentrate more on riding lines, braking and acceleration points.
The DCT system offers two distinct riding approaches – Automatic Transmission (AT), with pre-programmed shift patterns which constantly read vehicle speed, gear selected and engine rpm to decide when a shift should occur, and Manual Transmission (MT), for gear changes using the paddle-shift style triggers on the left handlebar.
There are two settings within AT to choose from; D mode offers effortless riding and maximum fuel efficiency. S mode serves up 3 levels of sports-based shifting. Level 1 is the most modest, changing gears in the medium rpm range. Level 3 is the most aggressive and operates at high rpm with Level 2 is the intermediate point between the two. The preferred selection can also be saved.
There are a range of accessories tailor made ready for the NT1100, including quickshifter with autoblipper function, and aluminium cosmetic panels for the luggage. To make it easy for an owner to get their NT1100 the way they want it, 3 packs are also available (all items can also be purchased separately):
50L top box with inner bag, comfort back rest, 4.5L tank bag.
Rider/pillion comfort seats, comfort pillion footpegs and fog lights.
50L top box with inner bag, comfort back rest, 4.5L tank bag, rider/pillion comfort seats, comfort pillion footpegs and fog lights.
5 Technical Specifications
Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270° crank and uni-cam
6.5inch TFT Touch Panel Multi information display & secondary LCD meter
LED with DRL
Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
Auto Winker cancel
5 Riding Modes
** Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.
Many riders today desire performance, handling, long-range comfort and a full range of technology but not necessarily the image or physical dimensions of ‘adventure’. What they want is a straightforward touring machine, but one with a rich specification list and a sporty edge to its performance – the sort of bike that deals with the weekday commute efficiently and is equally ready for an extended tour, two-up and fully loaded.
The new NT1100 is precisely that bike. A comfortable, agile, enjoyable New Touring breed, it’s designed to draw those with a long memory of similar Honda machines of the past, and also attract younger riders looking to move up from a middleweight machine. Using the frame and characterful twin-cylinder engine of the CRF1100L Africa Twin as a base, engaging performance is assured. But it’s also packed with features that build and broaden any motorcycle’s appeal.
Available in 3 contemporary paint options – Matte Iridium Grey Metallic, Pearl Glare White and Graphite Black – sleek, subtle styling delivers efficient aerodynamic performance with a riding position tailored for touring comfort. Screen height is 5-way adjustable and upper and lower wind deflectors also work to protect the rider. Practicality is guaranteed with sizable integrated panniers, heated grips, centre stand, cruise control and USB and ACC charging sockets all standard equipment. Lighting is full LED with Daytime Running Lights for increased visibility, plus self-cancelling indicators and Emergency Stop Signals. Seat height is a very manageable 820mm.
The steel semi-double cradle frame employs a relatively short wheelbase and sharp steering geometry while suspension is via high specification 43mm Showa cartridge-type inverted front forks and single-tube rear shock, with 150mm travel front and rear. Rear spring preload adjusts hydraulically. Dual 310mm front discs are paired with 4-piston radial-mount calipers; tyres are sized 120/70-17 front and 180/55-17 rear.
The NT1100 also features ‘full-fat’ performance from its engaging and characterful engine, with 75kW power and 104Nm torque and intake and exhaust tuned for super-smooth acceleration and a pleasing low-rpm sound. The performance does not come to the detriment of fuel efficiency, with a 400km range possible from the 20 litre fuel tank.
Honda’s unique 200,000-selling Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) is an option for the six-speed gearbox, and finds a natural home in the NT1100 with its choice of trigger-based manual gear changes or smooth, efficient automatic shifting.
The NT1100’s substantial electronics package includes 3 default riding modes (URBAN, RAIN and TOUR) plus 2 customisable USER modes, 3-level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) and 3-level Wheelie Control. A 6.5-inch TFT touch screen provides full colour, customisable displays and offers Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto® and Bluetooth® connectivity.
With its rich specification sheet and thorough-going versatility, practicality and comfort, the NT1100 offers adds yet another new dimension to Honda’s uniquely broad and diverse motorcycle line-up.
Motorcycling legend Giacomo Agostini will ride the new limited-series MV Agusta Superveloce AGO for a parade lap together with Simone Corsi at Misano before the Grand Prix.
MV Agusta is introducing the new limited series Superveloce AGO, a model celebrating 15 times World Champion and MotoGP™ Legend Giacomo Agostini. It will officially debut in grand style this coming Saturday October 23 at the Misano racetrack, Italy, on the occasion of the Nolan Made in Italy and Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Agostini will be back in racing leathers for a historic parade lap, riding the Superveloce named after him. He will be joined by Simone Corsi, MV Agusta Forward Racing Moto2 rider, on his F2 which will be sporting the same livery as Ago’s. In fact, both the MV Agustas taking part in the Moto2 race, will feature the same colour scheme as a tribute to Giacomo’s racing legacy and the new Superveloce.
The Superveloce AGO will be produced in a limited series of 311 units, one for each of Agostini’s career wins, with the first 15 dedicated to his World Championships titles, a record still unbeaten.
All the details of the Superveloce AGO will be officially unveiled on Saturday. MV Agusta fans and motorcycling enthusiasts will discover this truly incredible motorcycle, which the legend himself will present to the world in the best and most spectacular way.
MXGP continues its intense season with round 14 of the FIM Motocross World Championship this weekend in Pietramurata, Italy, for the MXGP of Trentino.
The Grand Prix of Trentino will be the first of a trio of races taking place at the breath-taking Pietramurata venue this weekend as the fierce battle for the title carries on.
While five rounds remain of the MXGP and MX2 World Championship, this weekend we will see the finale of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship as Bike it MTX Kawasakirider Courtney Duncan will look to secure her third WMX World Title. But Kiara Fontanesi will no doubt put up a fight as the Italian is just 16 points behind the Kiwi heading into the final round. Ceres 71 Racing’s Nancy Van De Ven is third in the standings a further 12 points behind Fontanesi, so the championship is far from over, and as always in this sport, anything can happen.
Additionally, we will see round six of the EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing championship as MRT Racing Team KTM’s Valerio Lata will enter his home round with the red plate. The Italian leads the series 11 points over ASA United GasGas Racing Team’s Bobby Bruce and Kay Karssemakers ofHusqvarna SKS Racing NL who is just five points behind the Brit.
Also entered for the European 125cc races are EMX85 Finals top three Marek Vitezslav who wrapped up the title in Sardinia, while Janis Martins Reisulis and Lotte van Drunen who were second and third will also line-up for the races as they make the move up to the bigger class.
The MXGP of Trentino is set to be a fiery one as huge fan support is expected at the spectacular Pietramurata venue and what’s more is that the paddock is finally open to the public which means fans can get even closer to their heroes!
Entering the MXGP of Trentino, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings leads the MXGP standings by 12 points over Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Romain Febvre. Herlings added another overall victory at the MXGP of Spain, making it his 96th career, while Febvre had a mixture of a weekend. The Frenchman went on to win race one in incredible fashion but was much unluckier in race two, managing to fight back to seventh place.
Team HRC’sTim Gajser remains third in the championship but is just three points behind Febvre and this upcoming weekend will be a chance for the Slovenian to claw back some points and hopefully get closer to the lead. Last season Gajser won two out of the three GPs in Pietramurata and also secured his fourth world title there, so the place holds fond memories for the Honda rider who could get back on the top step and even get the red plate back by the end of it.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli also could find himself back on top at his home round also, especially after his victory there last season. But Cairoli has been struggling during the last several GPs. He’s struggled to get inside the top three but has battled well inside the top 10. It’s not clear whether it’s the crash from Sardinia that’s affecting the 9-time world champ or whether it’s something else, but hopefully the home support in Trentino will give him the boost he needs to finish off his racing career on a high at the last five rounds.
His teammate Jorge Prado was impressive at his home round just a week ago, as he fought hard at the front of the field in both races. This was somewhat of a surprise considering the fact that he struggled so much in France the previous weekend. The incredible home support must’ve given a huge adrenaline kick and hopefully he can carry that momentum into the remaining rounds as he remains fourth in the standings, 50 points behind Gajser.
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jeremy Seewer seemed to be back to his old self in Spain, as the Swiss battled at the front with the likes of Febvre, Gajser, Prado and Herlings. Seewer finished the weekend seventh overall, while his teammate Glenn Coldenhoff placed 13th. The third factory Yamaha rider, Ben Watson had another tough weekend, after twisting his ankle before the Spanish Grand Prix which made racing harder. He was 19th in race one but failed to line-up for race two. Watson will now return to Trentino, a place where he secured an overall victory as he finished off his MX2 career in the best way possible. And with that memory hopefully fresh on his mind, this could give him a much-needed boost.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer Olsen will head to Trentino after some good races there last season. The Dane finished second on the podium at the MXGP of Trentino so will no doubt will search for more positive results as he nears the final races of his rookie season in MXGP.
One of the most talked about things entering the weekend has to be the pending debut of Mathys Boisramewith his new team Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team. The Frenchman has joined the factory Kawasaki team for the remaining Italian rounds, replacing injured Ivo Monticelli. For Boisrame this is an important opportunity to show his abilities as he looks to move up to the MXGP class in 2022.
But this weekend will be a big one for the home riders Alessandro Lupino of MRT Racing Team KTM and Alberto Forato of SM Action Racing Team YUASA Battery who will want to put on their best performance for the Italian fans. Both Lupino and Forato have had some very positive results this season and hopefully they get do the same again in Trentino.
Meanwhile this weekend we will see the return of the former world champion David Philippaerts as he will make a wildcard appearance, along with Morgan Lesiardo and Andrea La Scala who will also line-up for the MXGP races.
2020 MXGP of Trentino – MXGP Top 3: 1. Antonio Cairoli 2. Tim Gajser 3. Clement Desalle
MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 505 points; 2. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 493 p.; 3. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 490 p.; 4. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 440 p.; 5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 419 p.; 6. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 373 p.; 7. Pauls Jonass (LAT, GAS), 352 p.; 8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 302 p.; 9. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KTM), 233 p.; 10. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 220 p.;
Meanwhile in MX2, the title chase is a little more relaxed as Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Maxime Renaux has full control of the red plate. The Frenchman is 108 points ahead of his teammate Jago Geerts, while Geerts begins to come under pressure from Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Mattia Guadagnini who is just a single point behind him!
Renaux had a strong weekend in Spain as he obtained his fourth Grand prix victory of 2021. The victory must’ve been a big step for the Frenchman mentally as he continued to prove that he is able to challenge Tom Vialle of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing who had been dominant at the last few races.
Vialle finished second overall last weekend after struggling to find his rhythm in the second heat and will no doubt be looking to be on the top step in Trentino, where he claimed his maiden MX2 world title this season.
Geerts had a chance to get himself on the podium in Spain, but once again fell short as he finished sixth overall after a hard first race. The Belgian was 13th in race one after crashes once again cost him vital positions and points, but he was however able to make a comeback in race two to finish second behind his teammate. The final five GPs will be a real test for the title contender, as he will need to keep it on two wheels and deliver some consistent results to keep the championship chase alive and avoid being caught by Guadagnini.
Meanwhile Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jed Beaton added a third podium to his season tally last weekend and will no doubt be motivated to carry this energy into the MXGP of Trentino. Last season, Beaton finished on the podium once out of the three races in Pietramurata, so if he can get the start, there is no doubt he will be challenging for top positions once again as he looks to end his MX2 career on a positive note. His teammate Kay de Wolf will want to do the same after a hard race in Arroyomolinos.
While Renaux and Geerts will be focused on going for the win, the third Monster Energy Yamaha Factory rider Thibault Benistant will have the same motivation. While Benistant only has one podium this season, he has consistently been fighting inside the top 10. Last season Benistant made line-up for his first MX2 race in Trentino after he wrapped up his EMX250 title and the result that he delivered on that occasion was pretty remarkable. While he missed out on a podium spot, he did however finish second in the second heat. It will be interesting what he can do this season, as he nears the end of his rookie season in MX2.
Of course, this weekend the focus will be on the home rider, Guadagnini, who will look to get back on the box and deliver some consistent results to stay in the title fight and have the chance to take over second place from Geerts.
Keen to perform well on home soil as well will be Andrea Adamo of SM Action Racing Team YUASA Battery, Gianluca Facchetti and Filippo Zonta who recently signed with Honda Assomotor. And making a wildcard appearance in MX2 are Giuseppe Tropepe of Millionair Racing Team and Emilio Scuteri.
2020 MXGP of Trentino – MX2 Top 3: 1. Jago Geerts 2. Thomas Kjer Olsen 3. Tom Vialle
MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification: 1. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 535 points; 2. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 427 p.; 3. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), 426 p.; 4. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 417 p.; 5. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 395 p.; 6. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 364 p.; 7. Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 362 p.; 8. Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 331 p.; 9. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 292 p.; 10. Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 230 p.;
SATURDAY: 09:00 WMX Free Practice, 09:30 EMX125 Group 1 Free Practice, 10:00 EMX125 Group 2 Free Practice, 10:35 WMX Qualifying Practice, 11:10 EMX125 Group 1 Qualifying Practice, 11:45 EMX125 Group 2 Qualifying Practice, 13:10 WMX Race 1, 14:00 EMX125 Race 1, 15:10 WMX Race 2, 16:05 EMX125 Race 2.
From its recently introduced aerodynamic package creating a maximum of 17% more downforce to the technical masterpiece that is the four-cylinder, water-cooled 998cc ZX-10R engine, the 2022 Ninja ZX-10R delivers a lexicon of performance technology from A to Z.
The litre class Ninja ZX-10R features class-leading tech that delivers outstanding performance and high technical features. The bike features full LED lighting and an aero package that includes integrated winglets for substantial additional downforce allied to a tall screen and adjustments to foot peg and handlebar position to help the rider tuck in and present minimal wind resistance at track speeds. With large TFT meter displays and Smartphone connectivity via Kawasaki’s newly updated Rideology App, the technical nature of the machine simply has to be experienced to be fully appreciated.
In terms of electronic rider aids, KIBS integrated braking is standard fitment as well as an up/down quick-shifter, launch control, cornering management function and a state-of-the-art Bosch IMU offering precise control of sports style variable traction control plus selectable rider modes and engine brake control. There is even electronic cruise control and the option of heated handlebar grips such is the generous specification of this consummate supersport machine.
Braking on is taken care of at the front with M50 monobloc calipers acting on ø330mm rotors with a horizontal back link rear suspension system which is near identical to the set up on the machines fielded by the Kawasaki Racing Team in WorldSBK.
Proudly featuring the Kawasaki River Mark, the ZX-10R will be available from February 2022, coming in Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray or Lime Green/Ebony/Pearl Blizzard White and will cost £15,999 standard and £16,999 for the Performance edition.
Kicking sand in the face of all other naked machines, the Kawasaki Z H2 and its equally sinewy sibling, the Z H2 SE, are products of a manufacturer at the forefront of the trend for stripped back, naked machines.
But Kawasaki has a trump card in the litre class segment of this popular style of machine, a 100% in-house designed and manufactured integrated supercharger. Calling on the skills of its aerospace and gas turbine divisions, Kawasaki has created a unique range of forced induction machines with Supersport, Sport Touring and, in the case of the Z models, Supernaked focus.
Key to the essential lure of the Z H2 concept is the use of a balanced supercharger application. Prioritising low and especially mid-range pulling power (without completely sacrificing that essential Kawasaki “top end rush”) the two 998cc Supernaked models in the 2022 range are impressively specified.
Sugomi styling dominates making an unapologetic statement where engineering qualities are matched like-for-like by styling features. Allied to this the rider environment is equally impressive featuring fat type tubular handlebars, a large colour TFT meter panel with a variety of settings plus the ability to pair with the rider’s Smartphone and interact with the latest, updated version of Kawasaki’s Rideology App.
The trellis type chassis will be familiar to Ninja H2 fans but subtleties such as the twin spar swinging arm illustrate just how the creation of these dominant Supernakeds was fine tuned to suit the style of riding and performance envelope they would be operated within.
Rider aids abound with up/down quick shifters, integrated braking, switchable launch control, three mode traction control, power modes and even electronic cruise control showing that the seductive raw looks belie a refined rider-friendly personality. LED headlamps and ancillary lighting throughout illuminate what lays ahead while Brembo M4.32 monobloc calipers ensure controlled and predictable stopping while the assist and slipper clutch facilitates slick down-changes.
For those seeking the ultimate in naked satisfaction, the SE model offers a degree of temptation that, for many, will be hard to resist. Kawasaki’s KECS electronically damped suspension is the stand-out feature of the SE model offering Showa Skyhook Technology whereby the attitude of the machine remains stable as the road undulates and the suspension reacts updating itself thousands of times per second. Additionally, the Z H2 SE’s higher-spec Brembo front brake package includes Stylema monobloc calipers and a Brembo radial pump front master cylinder, offering stronger braking performance and enhanced control.
The final touch is a special graphics package that sets the SE model apart from not just the standard Z H2 but all other Supernaked machines in the category. There is choice in the upper echelons of naked class, and an array machines on offer so it’s reassuring that once the bare facts are considered the Kawasaki Z H2.
Available from March 2022, colours and prices will be:
Z H2 – Metallic Graphite Gray/Metallic Diablo Black (Standard £15,999, Performance £17,099) – Metallic Diablo Black/Golden Blazed Green (Standard £15,999, Performance £17,099)
Z H2 SE
– Metallic Diablo Black/Golden Blazed Green (Standard £18,449, Performance £19,549)
GBRacing is excited to announce the launch of a comprehensive range of engine protection for Aprilia’s middleweight super-twin, the stunning RS 660.
After several months of development and refinement to ensure each secondary cover’s impact and abrasion performance meets the usual GBRacing standards, the design team set about creating aesthetics to complement the Italian’s beautiful lines without compromising functionality and safety.
In addition to the usual alternator and clutch secondary covers, GBRacing’s engineers decided that due to the shape of the engine and vulnerability of certain fluid-containing parts, a water pump cover should be included to add even more protection to the parallel twin-cylinder engine.
With a commitment to protect riders and machines from oil spills, and to assist race stewards and track day operators to minimise stoppages and damage to the track surface, GBRacing is proud to have produced a competitively priced set of secondary engine covers for the Aprilia RS 660 with the same high-quality materials and level of attention to detail as those used by teams at the very highest level of competition.
Parts are available now for the Aprilia RS 660.
Pricing as below (inc UK VAT): Alternator/generator cover: £93.10/ $124.13 / €93.87 Clutch cover: £90.36 / $120.48 / €91.11 Water pump cover: £73.87 / $98.50 / €74.49 Complete set of above: £244.46 / $325.95 / €246.50
● Braih Super e-Bikes are more than bikes, halfway between normal e-Bikes and motorbikes. Unstoppable and versatile machines, with great stability, comfort and one of the highest ranges on the market, 184km (114mi) under the R200 certification.
● Entirely handmade in Spain, handcrafted and with an exclusive design, the Super e-Bikes are presented today to the market with a limited edition launch.
● They are designed based on three clear pillars: exclusivity, performance and technology.
● Braih thus responds to a demand from users who are looking for different riding sensations from an e-Bike, valuing a ground-breaking aesthetic and superior comfort and stability compared to other bikes.
Braih Bikes presents today its first bike, the Super e-Bike, an electric bike handmade in Spain, with a torque of up to 160Nm (114Nm in the 250W versions), a range of 184 km and a groundbreaking design, clearly inspired by off-road motorcycles.
The Starting Line Edition is a limited launch edition of 150 units, in which you can find exclusive and numbered Super e-Bikes that leave no one indifferent thanks to their eye-catching design, high quality features and the careful attention to detail typical of the first edition.
The RC1 250 and RC1-R 250 are the launch models, approved under the EPAC cycle and limited to 250W and 25km/h. Both models come with high quality standard features, such as a 1,254Wh battery, a Bafang MM G510 central motor, limited to 250W, and 6082-T6 aluminium backbone chassis handmade in Barcelona (with 185 mm of rear travel) and mono-link swingarm, inspired by manufacturing solutions in the motorbike world.
“We have made accessible to users a different electric bike, with its own personality, which combines the riding sensations of an off-road motorcycle with the sporting experience of a bike. All this is the outcome of our great passion for the world of motorbikes and bikes, and the result of our many years of industrial experience leading the manufacture of components for trial and racing motorcycles”, says Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, CEO of Braih.
Braih has also developed for their Super e-Bikes a unique solution in the industry, implementing Bluetooth connectivity to the charging system. This solution allows to protect and extend the life of such a critical element as the battery, reducing the number of cycles and the stress produced by full charges. With this technological application, all the models in the range have an Intelligent Charge Management System through the Braih APP, which connects to the e-Bike and allows 3 different charge levels to be set, depending on how the battery is going to be used:
Storage, for when the bike is not going to be used immediately.
Daily use, charges to about 80% and offers enough range for most routes.
Full charge, only for when you need to use 100% of the e-Bike’s great range.
Braih will sell their Super e-Bikes exclusively online through their e-commerce, however, unlike other online D2C brands, Braih offers physical and mobile workshops, which are part of BraihTec, their international network of technical services, and where maintenance, repairs and warranty management of the bikes can be carried out.
The brand has opened the pre-order form for the first Super e-Bikes in stock, on their website https://en.braihbikes.com/ The bikes will be ready to be delivered to the first customers on the 1st of December. Available from €6,590.
About Braih Bikes
At Braih, we believe that the world is much nicer on a bike and that the best way to get around is on bikes with a soul and a strong personality. Braih has arrived to break the market status quo by providing powerful electric bikes, designed and handmade in Spain, that offer technology and a lot of fun. Long-range, performance, comfort, stability and a biker style design are their trademarks. For further information, please check https://en.braihbikes.com/
Record third quarter for Ducati, which leads to already higher deliveries in the first nine months of 2021 than entire 2020.
An extremely positive third quarter has ended for Ducati with 49,693 motorcycles delivered to enthusiasts all over the world. At the end of the first nine months of 2021, the company has already exceeded the sales volumes obtained in the whole 2020 (year total 2020: 48,042).
The third quarter of 2021 is confirmed as the best in Ducati’s history, with a growth of +3% over the same period of 2020 and +25% compared to 2019.
At the end of September, the biggest market for motorcycles delivered remains the Italian one (7,954), followed by the United States (7,475) and Germany (5,627).
Francesco Milicia, Ducati VP Global Sales and After Sales: “Ducati closed the first nine months of the year with sales volumes that are already higher than the full year 2020, both for the bikes and for after-sales products like clothing, accessories and spare parts. The growth we are experiencing is practically widespread on all the main markets in which Ducati is present and extends across the product families. We are very satisfied with the results obtained: the community of Ducatisti is growing all over the world and the most influential magazines in the motorcycling sector are awarding important prizes to Ducati bikes. This is a source of pride and satisfaction for us here in Borgo Panigale and in all Ducati subsidiaries worldwide. The brand is now more solid and appreciated than ever and we are already focusing on next year. In fact, in these weeks, we are presenting to the world the new products for the coming year, through the web series Ducati World Première 2022”.
Confirming the appreciation of Ducati motorcycles, throughout the year all the product families of the Bologna-based manufacturer have been growing across the board. In particular, the most delivered bikes are the Multistrada V4, which has remained in first place throughout 2021, followed by the Ducati Scrambler 800 family, the Streetfighter V4 and, immediately after, by the Monster.
Ducati has already started to present the new products of the 2022 range. The first episodes of the Ducati World Première was dedicated to the new Multistrada V2, a comfortable, fun to ride, versatile and technologically advanced twin-cylinder bike that represents the new gateway to the Multistrada universe.
Also the new models of the Ducati Scrambler world have been unveiled, with the arrival of the new Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute PRO which was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the air-cooled twin-cylinder engine on a Ducati and which incorporates some stylistic elements typical of the 1970s era. On the other hand, the 800 family is joined by the Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard, a motorcycle created to experience the city environment by making itself noticed through a combination of style, sportiness and fun.
Dorna Sports can now announce the departure of Energica Motor Company as the single manufacturer for the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup, with 2022 confirmed as the marque’s final season.
Energica has been the sole supplier to MotoE™ since the Cup’s inception in 2019, with 2022 now set to mark the last chapter of a four-year journey full of evolution, excitement and adrenaline. Energica has been a key part of making MotoE™ a must-watch showcase for both electric mobility and close competition, with the Cup racing at some of the world’s most iconic circuits.
The Energica Ego Corsa has proved to be fast, extremely reliable and well-appreciated by the riders who have taken part in the Cup, and will doubtless continue to impress next season before the collaboration between Energica and MotoE™ then concludes. The work done both at the track and at company headquarters has seen constant innovation and new solutions drive MotoE™ to the incredible level it is at now, with Energica showing an ability to react quickly to challenges and different technical requests in record time. The joint effort between all parties has been key developing a competition that will now move into a new era built on a foundation all involved can take immense pride in having constructed together.
Dorna Sports would like to thank Energica for their immeasurable contribution to the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup and wishes the company the best of success in their future endeavours after 2022.
Livia Cevolini, CEO of Energica Motor Company: “We are extremely happy at Energica to have provided our invaluable contribution to make MotoE the success it is today. We’re confident that our initiative and efforts have generated plenty of interest from the big OEMs to follow the path we started a decade ago. Being pioneers of electric mobility on two wheels, we have opened up the way to a whole new strata of sustainable and exciting motorcycle racing and – as we have always done – we now aim at testing ourselves with new challenges. This is why we are looking forward to the next big thing to come! We would like to thank Dorna Sports for the great opportunity to showcase our technology and we are looking forward to wrapping up our journey together in style.”
Nicolas Goubert, Executive Director of the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup: “The first three seasons of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup have delivered an incredible show despite all the unforeseen external challenges that have been thrown at us. It wasn’t an easy task to undertake and one very new in many aspects, but we did it and this was thanks to a joint effort between all parties involved. From the very beginning, Energica has brought its know-how to the track in a way we couldn’t be happier with, delivering a package that has proved to be extremely competitive, showing impressive maximum speed (exceeding 260km/h in Barcelona in 2021), and lap-times that on some occasion were in line with other classes – despite the much shorter history of electric motorcycles.
“Maybe even more impressive than the on-track performance was the bike reliability, as none of the 18 riders ever encountered any mechanical failure during any of the races we enjoyed in the three seasons. Their ability to respond quickly and effectively to our requests and the ones coming from the riders and teams are proof of all the expertise and passion they brought to the series. All sides are committed to continuing giving their maximum effort into 2022, for what will be another spectacular year of racing. I would really like to thank Energica for the quality of their innovative products and their engagement in the MotoE series.”
Moto Electric, the sole UK distributor of the Sunra EV brand, has agreed a partnership with leading motorcycle and scooter insurance experts, Lexham Insurance, providing the official scheme for owners of the brand’s models.
Commencing with immediate effect, owners of the entire Sunra range can now benefit from preferential insurance rates from Lexham; leading specialists not only in scooter and small capacity motorcycles, but specifically for two-wheel EV models too.
Logan Black of Moto Electric, commented, “We’re very pleased to agree this partnership with Lexham. For us, establishing the brand in the UK isn’t just about bringing new products to the market, but ensuring we support both our customers and dealers as comprehensively as possible. Having a trusted insurance partner is an important part of this overall support, of which Lexham are incredibly well positioned for, thanks to their long-standing experience and great reputation for customer service too”.
With the Sunra range boasting five models, currently offering 50 and 125cc equivalents and with many customers based in urban areas, the team at Lexham have a panel of underwriters that aim to keep the cost of zero emission transport as competitive as possible.
Andy Goodson of Lexham Insurance, explained, “The EV market is of course relatively new to us all, and there are some misconceptions about risks both in terms of theft and in total loss situations. The reality is far more conventional and so we’ve been able to work with underwriters to look at rates from a real-world perspective. As such, we can offer Sunra owners a truly cost effective approach in general to their insurance cover.”
With Sunra products priced competitively to begin with, Insurance rates with Lexham are extremely competitive, making the switch to two-wheels for commuters even more compelling.
The FIM MiniGP Ireland Series completed its inaugural season with two races at Watergrasshill in Cork, where Brian Hamilton was crowned as the champion. The fourteen year old from Co Antrim completed his season by adding another race win to his tally, with local rider Fionn O’Connell taking the other victory on his home track to take maximum points for the first time.
The weekend began with Hamilton needing to simply finish race one to pick up enough points to secure the top spot, while his nearest rival, Finnan Wherity, had a fight on his hands with Josh O’Brien for second place. O’Brien sat just three points behind Wherity and while the top three riders were already guaranteed a spot at the World Final in Valencia, none of them were ready to settle for their current positions.
Making their first visit to the Kartworld track, the riders were set to have five sessions in total, with practice followed by qualifying and three races. The untimed practice session was completed successfully but qualifying had to be delayed due to a coolant spillage in a non MiniGP session, which created a two hour delay. With qualifying starting much later than expected there would now only be enough time on the timetable for two of the three scheduled races.
Race one developed into a familiar pattern as Hamilton got away ahead of Wherity, O’Brien and O’Connell. Wherity’s title challenge did not last long however, as he suffered a mechanical failure while closing down the leader leaving Hamilton to cruise to his seventh race win in succession. Behind the leader Fionn O’Connell took his first FIM MiniGP podium as he got the better of O’Brien to take second. Hamilton’s win confirmed him as the 2021 champion while O’Brien moved ahead of Wherity following his non-finish.
The second and final race of the day had to be stopped due to an incident and when it restarted it was once again Hamilton who lead. The Ulster rider then suffered his own mechanical issues and failed to finish for only the second time all season, leaving O’Connell and O’Brien to fight for the win. At the flag it was the local rider who took his first win of the season, ahead of O’Brien, who took second in the championship from the unfortunate Finnan Wherity who did not make the start. The Wherity family did have a presence on the podium, as the younger of the two brothers, Max, took his first top three finish of the year.
The Irish series may be complete but for the top three riders, Brian Hamilton, Josh O’Brien and Finnan Wherity their season will continue into November as they travel to the World Final in Valencia on November 9th to 11th. The young racers will compete in the final against riders from eleven different national and regional series for a place on the Road to MotoGP programme, which could see them progress into one of a number of different FIM supported feeder series.
Next month’s World Final will give many fans a first chance to see the future stars in action as all of the Thursday November 11th races will be broadcast live. Details of where to watch the broadcast will be available closer to the event.
The new BMW CE 04 as an environmentally friendly authorities vehicle for the city and urban areas.
With the new BMW CE 04 and the BMW F 900 XR in an official version for the police – a cooperation with BMW Motorrad Netherlands – BMW Motorrad will be celebrating two world premieres at Milipol 2021 from 19 to 22 October 2021 in Paris. This adds two superior and forward-looking vehicles to the range alongside the current police version R 1250 RT, F 750 GS and F 850 GS.
The new BMW CE 04 in police version: Future-oriented, sustainable e-mobility for the city and urban areas.
The new CE 04, which was presented a few months ago, plays a particularly important role, since the dynamic, environmentally friendly electric scooter not only offers a concept tailored to special authorities requirements by offering flexible options and a high level of operational expertise in urban and metropolitan areas. The new CE 04 is also a forward-looking component of the sustainability strategy anchored in the BMW Group, in which riding pleasure goes far beyond simply getting from A to B. Over the past years and decades, significant standards have already been set in the BMW vehicle eco balance – starting with the resources used, through energy consumption, to the share of recycled components.
Powerful drive and ample range for authority-suitable use.
With a maximum output of 30 kW (41 hp), the new BMW CE 04 features a powerful motor and offers the best prerequisites for police work in the city and urban areas. The top speed is 120 km/h – enabling fast riding not only in the city, but also on motorways and motorway sections.
With 60.6 Ah (8.9 kWh), the new BMW CE 04 has an ample battery cell capacity and provides a range of around 130 kilometres. This ensures everyday, reliable and emission-free riding in the city as well as in urban environments.
In addition, the authorities version of the new CE 04 also has a number of technical highlights that make riding it everyday reliable, comfortable and, above all, safe:
• Short charge times and charging technology based on the system used in cars.
• Increased riding stability thanks to slip control by means of ASC (Automatic Stability Control). • DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) as an ex-works option.
• Three riding modes “ECO”, “Rain” and “Road” for efficient, everyday use as standard.
• “Dynamic” riding mode for an even sportier riding style as ex works optional equipment.
• Directionally stable suspension and chassis with single-unit tubular steel main frame.
• Powerful braking system with ABS. • Banking-enabled ABS (Automatic Stability Control) as an ex-works option.
• 10.25” TFT colour screen with integrated map navigation and extensive connectivity as standard.
• Powerful LED lighting units all round. Adaptive Turning Light Pro and light functions as ex-works options.
• Wind deflector.
• Storage compartments at the side and front.
• Customisable ergonomics thanks to a choice of various seats.
Special optional equipment for the authorities versions of the new BMW CE 04:
• LED flashing lights front and LED beacon in the rear.
• Authorities case.
• Additional switch for controlling the light and sound signal components.
Built at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin and individually configurable with special optional equipment.
Like the series-production vehicles, the authorities vehicles are also built at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin and are integrated into the series production process.
The BMW Motorrad range of optional accessories and optional equipment ex works, specially tailored to the needs of authorities and institutions, benefits from decades of experience and development in this field. Whether for the police, customs, technical aid organisations, fire brigade, military, escorts or as support for heavy goods transports – BMW Motorrad is always able to offer tailor-made authorities vehicles.
Accordingly, the new CE 04 as well as the R 1250 RT-P, F 750GS-P and F 850GS-P in the authority versions can be configured for a wide variety of uses.
The optional equipment is integrated into the vehicle’s series production and thus guarantees highest-level process reliability and thus consistently high quality – in contrast to simply putting on add-ons and integrating conversions or one-off vehicles, as practised elsewhere.
BMW Motorrad – the leading manufacturer in the authorities business.
For more than 90 years, the authorities business has been an important and successful field of activity for BMW Motorrad. BMW Motorrad is the only manufacturer that, in addition to production, also develops authorities components and carries out the homologation of the vehicles and authorities equipment itself.
Since 1970, more than 160,000 BMW official motorcycles have been delivered to relevant institutions in over 150 countries around the world. A figure that impressively underlines the reliability and versatility of this BMW Motorrad division. In 2019, customers included public authorities from 31 countries. With more than 2,400 vehicles delivered worldwide – 235 of them in Germany alone – BMW Motorrad was again the leading international manufacturer in the authorities business last year.”
As London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expands on 25 October, thousands of city commuters could be hit with a daily charge of £12.50 if their car or motorcycle does not meet the required standards. One of the best ways to avoid the fee – and save additional money in the long term – is to switch to commuting on a Super Soco electric motorcycle.
As the UK’s best-selling electric motorcycle brand, Super Soco specialises in zero-emission transport that delivers affordable and convenient urban commuting. With potential savings in excess of £3,000 per year, there has never been a better time for city dwellers to make the switch from a fuel-powered vehicle.
From 25 October 2021, London’s ULEZ is expanding from central London to create a single, larger zone up to the inner boundaries of the North and South Circular roads. Anyone travelling in a vehicle that does not meet the required standards for emissions will have to pay £12.50 per day to do so – and unlike the existing Congestion Charge, this includes motorcyclists.
For people working in London and still wishing to commute in a non-compliant car or motorcycle, this could mean paying up to £3,262.50 more per year*, which is a staggering amount on top of other costs including the Congestion Charge, tax, fuel and parking. In contrast, a one-off outlay of just £2,249 could buy a brand-new Super Soco CUx scooter, which is exempt from all charges and road tax, is free to park and costs just 1p per mile to run**.
More and more people are making the switch to electric two-wheelers as they realise not only the lifestyle and financial benefits they offer, but just how accessible they are. All Super Soco models can be ridden upon successful completion of a one-day Compulsory Basic Training course (CBT), and thanks to the lack of gears, the bikes are incredibly simple to operate and ride.
With five 100% electric models in the Super Soco line-up, ranging from the entry-level 50cc-equivalent twist and go CUx scooter and TSx motorcycle to the 125cc-equivalent CPx maxi scooter and TC and TC Max motorcycles, there’s something for every urban commuter’s needs. Each model features easily removable batteries that can be charged from a domestic three-pin plug within 3-4 hours.
Prices range from £2,249 to £4,699 inclusive of 20% discount via the UK Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles Funding (OZEF) grant. For more information on Super Soco or to find your nearest dealer, visit www.supersoco.co.uk
*based on an average working year of 261 days
**Electricity currently costs approximately £0.12 to £0.18 per kWh, so based on charge time the Super Soco CPx costs less than 1p per mile to run.