Data released by Alpinestars shows that Loris Baz hit the track with a force of 29.9g during his horrific crash on the second day of the pre-season MotoGP test in Malaysia. Baz was thrown from the bike at 290km/h after a mechanical failure caused him to lose control on the main straight of the Sepang Circuit. The official cause of the crash has not been announced, but speculation is that the rear tyre exploded. The data was captured by the Alpinestars Tech-Air Race airbag system built into his race leathers. The Tech-Air system detects and logs violent movements and impacts the rider experiences. It analyses the data instantly, and determines if the rider is likely to be experiencing a crash at the time. If so, it activates an airbag inside the suit to help protect the rider. The airbag inflates in a similar way to those built into cars. The data captured from Baz’s crash firstly shows a loss of control that continued for approximately 1.9 seconds, after which time he was launched from the bike. The airbag deployed and the data then shows that Baz’s left shoulder hit the ground with a force of 29.9g. That force is around three times that felt by a fighter pilot during manoeuvres. Baz then slid along the track for 6.6 seconds, finally stopping 8.5 seconds after the initial loss of control. He then stood up and ran from the circuit. Loris’ only obvious injury was a bruised elbow despite the extreme speed and force associated with the crash. The system clearly works and he was able to resume testing later that day. Michelin withdrew the soft compound rear tyre from testing after the crash, and the use of tyre pressure sensors has been mandated for the forthcoming MotoGP season.
Author: Matt Coopz
Aprilia Australia has announced local pricing for the limited edition 2016 Aprilia RSV4 RF. At $32,000 (ride-away) it’s certainly not a cheap motorcycle, but then it’s not your average sports bike either. For 2016 the RSV4 is available in two specification levels – RR and RF – and only 500 of the RF variant will be made available worldwide. Both versions have received some significant updates in order to meet the regulations for this year’s Superbike World Championship. The new rules allow fewer modifications to the production machines competing, so Aprilia has applied many of the changes it wants for the race bike to the road going production models. The engine has a new crankshaft, connecting rods, and cylinder head. It also now has forged camshafts and titanium exhaust valves. The previous model already had titanium inlet valves and these have been retained. There’s a new airbox, variable length intake funnels and a revised exhaust as well. The engine mapping has also been revised to give a smoother and more linear power delivery. All the changes to the engine have increased power by around 16hp, and the 1000cc V-Four engine now just breaks the magical 200hp mark at a claimed 201hp or 148kW. The bike has been lightened to a dry weight of just 180kg making this the lightest and most powerful RSV4 ever produced. To cope with the increase in power, the chassis has been redesigned to lower the centre of gravity and the swingarm has been lengthened. Front brakes are dual 320mm stainless steel discs with four piston Brembo M430 monobloc radial calipers. The rear has a 220 mm diameter disc with a twin piston Brembo caliper. The 2016 RSV4 is a heavily updated machine, and since it’s release last year it has been getting sensational reviews around the world. The RF model lifts the bar just that bit further with uprated suspension, wheels and electronics. Instead of the Sachs suspension of the RR version, the RF has race specification Öhlins components both front and rear. The RF also has an adjustable Öhlins steering damper replacing the non-adjustable Sachs unit fitted to the RR. The wheels are forged aluminium alloy with 5 split spokes. Both variants of the RSV4 have the APRC System (Aprilia Performance Ride Control), which includes traction control, wheelie control, and launch control. All of these functions can be configured and deactivated independently. But Aprilia has added an updated version of its Multimedia Platform to the RF model which allows a smartphone to communicate with the bike. Changes to the settings can then be made directly from the smartphone app. The Aprilia RSV4 RF will be available from April and Australian stocks will be very limited. Aprilia dealers are already taking orders.
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Yamaha has decided to run its proposed single model YZF-R3 Cup. The race series will be presented by Yamaha Motor Finance and Insurance and run over five rounds throughout the year. Four rounds will be run in conjunction with the Australian Superbike Championship, and one with the Victorian Road Racing Championships at Phillip Island. Yamaha proposed the race series last year as a way of attracting new riders to road racing. YMA General Manager and Director, Steven Cotterell, says “the intention is to introduce new riders to the sport and so help build a more solid future for Australian road racing”. Whilst “A” grade riders, internationals, former champions and VIPs will be welcome to compete, they will not be eligible for prizes. The series will be overseen by Motorcycling Australia and the competition rules are currently being finalised. They will be based on the existing over 300 production class rules. Only minimal modifications will be allowed to the stock machine in order to keep costs down. Yamaha Australia will also subsidise the cost of the race kitted bikes to assist riders looking for a low cost introduction to road racing. For $7,900 Yamaha will supply a YZF-R3 in road trim with the addition of a full race kit, giving the option to return the bike to road going form if desired. The comprehensive race kit was developed with the help of the Australian based Yamaha Racing Development team and consists of: – Fairing kit including front fender and tank cover. – Akrapovic full racing exhaust system with titanium muffler. – Racing rear sets with multiple adjustments. – Handlebar lowering kit. – Gearing set – 1 front, 2 rear. – MUPO suspension kit – complete rear shock absorber with adjustable preload, ride height and rebound damping. Front fork kit with springs, spacers and shim stack. – Graphics kit with all series and bonus sponsors logos supplied. – R+G protection kit including crash knobs, engine case covers, rear stand pickups, chain guard, radiator protector. – R+G muffler mounting bracket. – AIS pollution system block off plate. – Yamalube Service kit – 4 litres of synthetic engine oil and engine oil filter. – Oxford rear race stand. – CD with parts book, service manual, kit fitment manual, etc. To make it even easier, the package may be financed through Yamaha Motor Finance. Repayments on the $7,900 package amount over a 12 month term would be approximately $168 per week or $88 over a 24 month term. Application forms are available online at www.yamaha-motor.com.au
Triumph is currently offering fantastic deals on a large number of motorcycles throughout its range. To start, there are special ride-away prices on the 865cc parallel twin engined Triumph America and Triumph Speedmaster. The Triumph America is currently available for $13,990, while the price of the Triumph Speedmaster has been dropped to just $14,490. That represents a saving of up to $1,000 on two of Triumph’s most popular cruisers. Both of these prices are “ride-away” and strictly while current stocks last at participating dealers. There are also a number of offers available for Triumph Tiger buyers. Free adventure panniers will be added to both the mag wheel and wire wheel variants of the Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer. The Triumph Tiger 1050 Sport is currently available with free colour coded panniers. And for a limited time Triumph Australia is offering a saving of $1000 on the Triumph Tiger 800 XC and Tiger 800 XR models. The Tiger 800 has quickly developed a reputation as a good all round adventure bike both on and off the road and has ABS, traction control and ride-by-wire throttle as standard equipment. Triumph is also running a “For Having It All” Sale. With this sale, customers can save up to $1000 on selected Triumph Models with an in store voucher. There is a saving of $1000 with a Triumph In-Store Voucher on the 2015 Daytona 675. An In-Store Voucher will give buyers a saving of $750 on the price of a Street Triple 675, Speed Triple 94, Speed Triple 94R, Bonneville T100 Spirit, Bonneville T214 Limited Edition, Bonneville Newchurch Special Edition, Bonneville A3 (standard mag wheel), 2015 Thunderbird Commander and 2015 Thunderbird LT. And finally there is a $500 saving available on a 2015 Thunderbird Storm with a Triumph In-Store Voucher. All Triumph In-Store Voucher offers are limited while stocks last or until March 31st 2016. More details on all of these special offers are available in dealerships or online at www.triumphmotorcycles.com.au
The Canberra Motorcycle Centre is one of five finalists in Ducati’s “Custom Rumble” competition. The competition had official Ducati dealers from around the world design and build a custom bike based on the Ducati Scrambler. The various dealers started work on their specials last September, and posted videos and photos of their work in progress over the course of several months. The finalists were decided by the public through online voting on Instagram from late October through to the end of January. One finalist has been selected from each continent (except for Antarctica of course!), and they are: “Iron lungs” produced by Warsaw Liberty Moto (Poland); “Ice Track Pro” from Canadian creative workshop Bow Cycle North; “Scrambobber” made in Thailand by Ducati Vibhavadi; “ScramblArabia” built by Wheels of Arabia in Bahrain, and “Scramblegale” created by the Canberra Motorcycles Centre. The finalists will now take their creations to “World Ducati Week”, the world’s largest gathering for motorcyclists and Ducatisti that takes place at Misano Adriatico in Italy from 1st to 3rd July, 2016. A jury of expert designers, motorcyclists and customisers will decide the winner during the event. Australia’s finalist was prepared by the team of skilled mechanics and custom bike experts at Garage 30 Customs, the custom division of the Canberra Motorcycle Centre. Canberra Motorcycle Centre is the largest motorcycle dealership in the ACT and has been operating for over 25 years. Among the other bikes customised by the team is a Victory Hammer S, Kawasaki W800 and ZX-6 and Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle.
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