Why be satisfied with droning stock performance? Cycle World’s most recent BMW S1000RR made 179 hp at 13,100 rpm, but there is no limit to what we humans may want next. I got an email from Chip Spalding at Ballistic Performance Components (an outfit that offers weight-saving lithium/iron phosphate batteries) containing specs and pictures of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
JetNetherlands: Mercy Missions Executive-jet service provides flight support for injured motorcycle racers.
When Pata Honda Superbike World Championship rider Leon Haslam broke his tibia and fibula in a high-speed crash at Assen this past April, he and his family had to make a critical medical decision. Option 1: Wait in The Netherlands until the swelling subsided before the local medical staff could carry out their preferred treatment [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
In 1983, the magnesium engine cases on Freddie Spencer’s three-cylinder Honda NS500 were run 600 kilometers (372 miles) and then returned to the factory to be remachined so they could be used through a second block of mileage. After that, too weak for reuse, the cases were scrapped. Googling an assortment of metallurgical papers revealed [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
By now, it’s a good bet that most motorcyclists know about the events that unfolded in New York City’s West Side on Sunday, September 29, after about 1:30 p.m. A large and disparate group of motorcyclists swarmed the West Side highway, apparently headed for Times Square, and in the process, tangled with a man driving [...]Read Full Post | Comments(73)