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  1. Beta has provided the first look at is 2020 range of RR-S dual sport bikes. Here’s a quick summary. RR-S Engines A new redesigned four-stroke motor is 2.2 pounds lighter and sports new twin injectors. By using a new map, the injectors provide better fuel economy and a bit more power. Each Beta gets a new cooling system. A new higher flow water pump has been added through high-efficiency radiators. Cooling is simplified by moving coolant through the frame. Beta has also added a new cylinder and cylinder head specifically designed to utilize the additional coolant flow and reduce engine operating temperatures. An updated clutch uses now friction material with the aim of making shifting smoother. A revised gear shifter with shorter throw now requires less force. A new magnesium clutch cover assists a more efficient flow of oil to the clutch. The flywheel cover is also now made from magnesium. Beta has revised the RR-S range of engines. RR-S Chassis The bike’s center of gravity has been moved. It is now closer to the swingarm pivot. The crankshaft has been moved rearward and the clutch assembly moved upward to centralize mass. The swingarm is longer to improve stability and traction. The same frame used for all four motorcycles in the 2020 Beta RR-S lineup. But its geometry and rigidity are new. Cast pieces are now used and the frame is narrower. Below, the revised frame gets a new skid plate. The new Betas get a new rear subframe. A beefed-up subframe helps improve resistance to crash damage. The new air filter positioning makes it faster and easier to install a replacement filter properly. A new exhaust is mated to the new rear subframe and the heat shield has been updated. The RR-S range features a revised frame and subframe. RR-S Suspension The complete 2020 Beta RR-S lineup gets new ZF fork internals. The cartridge now has a lower center of gravity to improve handling. It also results in better compliance. Beta has also reworked the fork valving. The four models now have an all-new ZF shock. It has revised valving, and less bounce when braking. A longer, more progressive shock bumper provides a softer and increased bottoming resistance. Riders who want a two-inch lower seat can order it as a factory option. Purpose designed parts inside the fork and shock make it easy to reduce the seat height on all four 2020 RR-S dual-sport motorcycles. A two-inch lower seat height can be ordered through the use of purpose-built fork and shock internals. Other goodies New cast footpegs with larger openings to better shed mud. New footpeg teeth increase boot grip. A larger fuel tank now holds 2.4 gallons of fuel. The dash is new. It also includes GPS as a standard feature. Redesigned ergonomics provide wider handlebars and a more comfortable seat. A new front cowl, front and, rear fenders ducts and fairings have been installed. The RR-S’s revised footpegs help shed mud and improve boot grip. Notables The sidestand is new and now has a bigger foot for more stability. The revised 2020 Beta RR-S dual-sport motorcycles will be at dealers in November 2019. Beta’s changes and updates come at a price. The new models have a $300 across the board price increase. The new pricing is a follows: $10,599 MSRP – 2020 Beta 350 RR-S $10,699 MSRP – 2020 Beta 390 RR-S $10,799 MSRP – 2020 Beta 430 RR-S $10,899 MSRP -2020 Beta 500 RR-S BYOB (Build Your Own Bike) For 2020, Beta is continuing its BYOB program. The novel program allows riders to custom build their own Beta. More than 400 accessories from aftermarket manufacturers allow customers to customize their bikes with options like wheels, handlebars, gearing, tire, etc. and have those choices delivered with the bike. All photo credits: Beta Vezi sursa
  2. Curtiss Motorcycles has rolled out another new model dubbed “Hades”. JT Nesbitt designed the new bike. Nesbitt is better known for his work with Confederate Motorcycles, an all internal combustion engine motorcycle company. Nesbitt is the driving force behind the design of Confederate’s Wraith and second-generation Hellcat. The Hades has a tubular horizontal battery pack. Hades’ Designers In designing the Hades, Nesbitt worked with fellow designer Jordan Cornille to produce the machine. While the two moto designers both have independent projects, there is a cross-pollination of ideas and creativity that resulted in the Hades. While discussing the Hades, Nesbitt said the following: “We have a deep and abiding respect for materials. Our goal with Hades is to build the least wasteful machine possible. This not only applies to how the motorcycle operates, but also how it is constructed. Most of the parts on the machine serve more than one purpose. Like Miles Davis, we’re playing the fewest possible notes to convey the emotion. That’s minimalism.” The machine is certainly minimalistic. Left side view of the Hades. Specifications Specs for the electric motorcycle are sparse. It’s not clear that the bike is even a running model. But Curtiss does make some claims about the bike’s power. Electrical power comes from a single tube-like, horizontal battery “vault”. That vault holds batteries providing 16.8kWh at 399 volts. Estimated Power is 217 HP with 147 lb-ft of torque. And, Curtiss says that the powertrain is still being optimized. That’s certainly a lot of power if the specs are true. The rear of the machine looks clean if a bit unbalanced by the drive unit on the right. At this point, little else is known about the bike. Like Curtiss’ Zeus model, the bikes may be considered rolling art. Unfortunately, until either bike makes an on-road appearance, Curtiss’ bikes are little more than show models. If you want one, the Hades will set you back $75,000. All photos credit: Curtiss Motorcycles Vezi sursa
  3. Energica Motor Company has announced that it has partnered with Italian firm Dell’Orto. The deal calls for the development and production of a new type of power unit for small (8/11 kW) and medium-sized (up to 30 kW) electric vehicles (EV). Their goal is to “offer technologically advanced solutions to the major manufacturers operating in the two-wheeled market”. What Energica and Dell’Orto bring Energica brings its unique know-how in electric motorization. Dell’Orto will add its injection system design skills. In addition, Dell’Orto will provide its production and commercial reach in Europe, China, and India. It’s unclear how Dell’Orto’s design skills in injection systems are applicable to this partnership. But what is clear is that Dell’Orto certainly brings significant production capabilities and commercial reach to the deal. With the growth of electric vehicles and growing emission regulation, it makes sense for Dell’Orto to find ways to keep itself relevant. Dell’Orto has excellent production and manufacturing reach. Image credit: Dell’Orto Joint development Ultimately, the goal of the agreement is to commence joint development of an “innovative system” based on the know-how of both companies. Once the “innovative system” is brought to production and market, the companies will utilize a 50/50 revenue sharing model. Both Energica and Dell’Orto play roles in the current FIM Enel MotoE World Cup series. Perhaps their work in that series is what jump-started the agreement. Livia Cevolini, CEO of Energica Motor Company had this to say about the deal: Thanks to the know-how acquired and recognized internationally, Energica aims to start the development of this motorization, expanding our offer with a large volumes segment with high potential growth in the world. Our teams are already working on new solutions to meet the new market demands” Dell’Orto CTO Davide Dell’Orto went on to say: This challenge well represents the continuous will of Dell’Orto to innovate not only in its core sector of internal combustion engines, but also in the field of urban sustainable mobility that we consider to be one of the fastest growing sectors for the future electric traction. The end result Dell’Orto’s statement is likely what’s driving this partnership. The small and medium EV segment is expected to grow significantly in the upcoming years. The small and medium-size EV market has experienced significant growth recently. In the first quarter of 2019, this market grew at a rate of 79%. So it looks like these two companies want to be first to the EV power systems coming bubble. Featured photo credit: Energica Motors Vezi sursa
  4. Energica Motor Company and Dell’Orto Partner

    Energica Motor Company has announced that it has partnered with Italian firm Dell’Orto. The deal calls for the development and production of a new type of power unit for small (8/11 kW) and medium-sized (up to 30 kW) electric vehicles (EV). Their goal is to “offer technologically advanced solutions to the major manufacturers operating in the two-wheeled market”. What Energica and Dell’Orto bring Energica brings its unique know-how in electric motorization. Dell’Orto will add its injection system design skills. In addition, Dell’Orto will provide its production and commercial reach in Europe, China, and India. It’s unclear how Dell’Orto’s design skills in injection systems are applicable to this partnership. But what is clear is that Dell’Orto certainly brings significant production capabilities and commercial reach to the deal. With the growth of electric vehicles and growing emission regulation, it makes sense for Dell’Orto to find ways to keep itself relevant. Dell’Orto has excellent production and manufacturing reach. Image credit: Dell’Orto Joint development Ultimately, the goal of the agreement is to commence joint development of an “innovative system” based on the know-how of both companies. Once the “innovative system” is brought to production and market, the companies will utilize a 50/50 revenue sharing model. Both Energica and Dell’Orto play roles in the current FIM Enel MotoE World Cup series. Perhaps their work in that series is what jump-started the agreement. Livia Cevolini, CEO of Energica Motor Company had this to say about the deal: Thanks to the know-how acquired and recognized internationally, Energica aims to start the development of this motorization, expanding our offer with a large volumes segment with high potential growth in the world. Our teams are already working on new solutions to meet the new market demands” Dell’Orto CTO Davide Dell’Orto went on to say: This challenge well represents the continuous will of Dell’Orto to innovate not only in its core sector of internal combustion engines, but also in the field of urban sustainable mobility that we consider to be one of the fastest growing sectors for the future electric traction. The end result Dell’Orto’s statement is likely what’s driving this partnership. The small and medium EV segment is expected to grow significantly in the upcoming years. The small and medium-size EV market has experienced significant growth recently. In the first quarter of 2019, this market grew at a rate of 79%. So it looks like these two companies want to be first to the EV power systems coming bubble. Featured photo credit: Energica Motors Vezi sursa
  5. The largest city in western Massachusetts is fed up with people illegally riding dirt bikes on city streets. So the city of Springfield is taking a controversial approach to solving the problem. Springfield’s approach was prompted by a recent event. The Springfield Police were trying to arrest an individual who was allegedly riding a dirt bike on city streets. According to police, the dirt bike rider allegedly threw a chunk of concrete at the head of an officer. Also, a patrol car’s window was smashed with a brick. Acting on direction from Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, Springfield’s city police started “undercover” operations using dual sport bikes. The activities have resulted in several arrests. But as an additional measure, police have seized the offender’s dirt bikes. A seized dirt bike (foreground) and Springfield police’s dual sport bike. Springfield seizes dirt bikes Now, the Springfield City Council has petitioned the state legislature to allow police to seek court-ordered forfeiture of the seized dirt bikes at the first offense. Forfeiture would occur if the person operating the dirt bike were driving dangerously, exceeding noise limits, or storing the vehicle inside a residence. Presently, the city of Springfield has seized about 40 dirt bikes. According to Springfield Police Department spokesman Ryan Walsh, ” Right now they are just sitting there in a storage bin, so crushing them would be an option to get rid of them,” said Walsh. ” If you resell them a lot could end up getting back in the wrong hands again.” Further, Springfield City Councilor Orlando Ramos has proposed an ordinance that would set fines ranging from $500 – $2500 for offenses related to operating off-road vehicles unlawfully on city streets. Is confiscation the answer? Clearly, operating dirt bikes on city streets in a reckless manner must be addressed. Dirt bikes weaving in and out of traffic and riding recklessly on city streets shouldn’t be tolerated. According to reports, three persons have died in dirt bike crashes in Springfield. But is confiscating and/or destroying someone’s personal property the answer? Even for a first offense? Are the proposed fines excessive considering the crime and Massachusett’s current motor vehicle fines? What do you think? Tell us in the comments below. All images credit: WAMC Vezi sursa
  6. The largest city in western Massachusetts is fed up with people illegally riding dirt bikes on city streets. So the city of Springfield is taking a controversial approach to solving the problem. Springfield’s approach was prompted by a recent event. The Springfield Police were trying to arrest an individual who was allegedly riding a dirt bike on city streets. According to police, the dirt bike rider allegedly threw a chunk of concrete at the head of an officer. Also, a patrol car’s window was smashed with a brick. Acting on direction from Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, Springfield’s city police started “undercover” operations using dual sport bikes. The activities have resulted in several arrests. But as an additional measure, police have seized the offender’s dirt bikes. A seized dirt bike (foreground) and Springfield police’s dual sport bike. Springfield seizes dirt bikes Now, the Springfield City Council has petitioned the state legislature to allow police to seek court-ordered forfeiture of the seized dirt bikes at the first offense. Forfeiture would occur if the person operating the dirt bike were driving dangerously, exceeding noise limits, or storing the vehicle inside a residence. Presently, the city of Springfield has seized about 40 dirt bikes. According to Springfield Police Department spokesman Ryan Walsh, ” Right now they are just sitting there in a storage bin, so crushing them would be an option to get rid of them,” said Walsh. ” If you resell them a lot could end up getting back in the wrong hands again.” Further, Springfield City Councilor Orlando Ramos has proposed an ordinance that would set fines ranging from $500 – $2500 for offenses related to operating off-road vehicles unlawfully on city streets. Is confiscation the answer? Clearly, operating dirt bikes on city streets in a reckless manner must be addressed. Dirt bikes weaving in and out of traffic and riding recklessly on city streets shouldn’t be tolerated. According to reports, three persons have died in dirt bike crashes in Springfield. But is confiscating and/or destroying someone’s personal property the answer? Even for a first offense? Are the proposed fines excessive considering the crime and Massachusett’s current motor vehicle fines? What do you think? Tell us in the comments below. All images credit: WAMC Vezi sursa
  7. For the first time this year, Silk Way Rally, a 5,000-kilometer race across Russia, Mongolia, and China was open to motorcyclists. The bike class attracted all the stars – Sam Sunderland, Kevin and Luciano Benavides, Andrew Short, Adrien van Beveren, Laia Sanz, and many other Dakar heroes and heroines. Sunderland won the Silk Way Rally followed by Andrew Short coming in second and Adrien van Beveren taking third place. [embedded content] Cross country navigation rally scene is exploding all over the world, with new rallies cropping up in each continent including Africa, South America, Europe, and now, Asia. Silk Way Rally may not be the Dakar, but it’s a serious runner-up in the category of tough, grueling multi-day rallies out there. Treacherous Gobi dunes, Siberian forests, the boundless plains of Mongolia – Silk Way Rally offers diverse and challenging terrain as well as some otherworldly landscapes. An American may not have yet won a Dakar, but Andrew Short made a big splash during the Silk Way placing second. “Yesterday was amazing but today was even better. I rode with a big heart and a lot of passion. Finished 2nd overall at the @silkwayrally ! Great opportunity for me to lead out the whole stage for the first time since I started Rally. This event was amazing and the whole rally community is something special! Big thank you to the whole team for their hard work and this opportunity”, Short said in his Instagram post yesterday. Silk Way Rally organizers were offering free entry to female competitors this year, hoping to attract more women riders. It worked – all three Dakar women were competing: Laia Sanz (who placed 13th overall), Dakar malle moto finisher Anastasiya Nifontova, and Dakar finisher Gabriela Novotna all made an attempt in competing for the White Tiger. Featured Image: Silk Way Rally Vezi sursa
  8. Sam Sunderland Wins Silk Way Rally

    For the first time this year, Silk Way Rally, a 5,000-kilometer race across Russia, Mongolia, and China was open to motorcyclists. The bike class attracted all the stars – Sam Sunderland, Kevin and Luciano Benavides, Andrew Short, Adrien van Beveren, Laia Sanz, and many other Dakar heroes and heroines. Sunderland won the Silk Way Rally followed by Andrew Short coming in second and Adrien van Beveren taking third place. [embedded content] Cross country navigation rally scene is exploding all over the world, with new rallies cropping up in each continent including Africa, South America, Europe, and now, Asia. Silk Way Rally may not be the Dakar, but it’s a serious runner-up in the category of tough, grueling multi-day rallies out there. Treacherous Gobi dunes, Siberian forests, the boundless plains of Mongolia – Silk Way Rally offers diverse and challenging terrain as well as some otherworldly landscapes. An American may not have yet won a Dakar, but Andrew Short made a big splash during the Silk Way placing second. “Yesterday was amazing but today was even better. I rode with a big heart and a lot of passion. Finished 2nd overall at the @silkwayrally ! Great opportunity for me to lead out the whole stage for the first time since I started Rally. This event was amazing and the whole rally community is something special! Big thank you to the whole team for their hard work and this opportunity”, Short said in his Instagram post yesterday. Silk Way Rally organizers were offering free entry to female competitors this year, hoping to attract more women riders. It worked – all three Dakar women were competing: Laia Sanz (who placed 13th overall), Dakar malle moto finisher Anastasiya Nifontova, and Dakar finisher Gabriela Novotna all made an attempt in competing for the White Tiger. Featured Image: Silk Way Rally Vezi sursa
  9. Sam Paschel is the CEO of Zero Motorcycles Inc. based in Scotts Valley, California. Zero makes electric motorcycles and powertrains, as well as fleet vehicles for military and police. Recently Mr. Paschel gave an interview to the New Haven Register a Connecticut newspaper. e-Bike Industry During the interview, several topics were discussed. The motorcycle industry as a whole, the e-motorcycle industry, competition, and sales were discussed. Paschel believes that Zero’s recent success is driven by improvements in technology, infrastructure investment and the acceptance of electric vehicles. When queried about how much attention Zero pays to its competition, Paschel had this to say: We’re a challenger brand with a disruptive product. We look at the competition in an effort to understand the areas where we need to conform to industry practices and standards to connect with consumers, and where we can break from convention to meet consumers’ needs most effectively. Tax Credits So are the improvements identified by Paschel enough to keep Zero’s sales growing? Perhaps, but Zero’s CEO thinks more is necessary. In fact, Paschel testified before a U.S. House committee to make the case for extending consumer tax credits to two and three-wheel plug-in vehicles. Paschel said: Zero is just winding down the best year in its history. We’ve seen incredible growth because of the support from our dealers and the years of work we have put into perfecting our motorcycles and our powertrain. The electric motorcycle market is now international and competition is heating up. Several of our key competitors are located in countries in the European Union and around the world with more progressive tax policies for two- and three-wheel electric vehicles. We can make those vehicles one of the next great homegrown industries. But without that same tax-credit support here at home, where most of our volume historically is located, we run the risk of wasting our head start. Paschel also noted that was a strong link between tax credits and sales. We’ve seen a strong link between the presence or absence of tax credits and the pace of growth both domestically and in international markets. As tax credits become available for electric vehicles, our sales consistently and dramatically outperform years in which those same credits were absent. Tax credits for automobiles have been available for quite some time now. in 2017, there was a retroactive tax credit up to $2,500 for e-bikes. If Sam Paschel has his way, those credits will extend to Zero Motorcycles in the future. Vezi sursa
  10. Zero Motorcycle CEO Wants e-Bike Tax Credits

    Sam Paschel is the CEO of Zero Motorcycles Inc. based in Scotts Valley, California. Zero makes electric motorcycles and powertrains, as well as fleet vehicles for military and police. Recently Mr. Paschel gave an interview to the New Haven Register a Connecticut newspaper. e-Bike Industry During the interview, several topics were discussed. The motorcycle industry as a whole, the e-motorcycle industry, competition, and sales were discussed. Paschel believes that Zero’s recent success is driven by improvements in technology, infrastructure investment and the acceptance of electric vehicles. When queried about how much attention Zero pays to its competition, Paschel had this to say: We’re a challenger brand with a disruptive product. We look at the competition in an effort to understand the areas where we need to conform to industry practices and standards to connect with consumers, and where we can break from convention to meet consumers’ needs most effectively. Tax Credits So are the improvements identified by Paschel enough to keep Zero’s sales growing? Perhaps, but Zero’s CEO thinks more is necessary. In fact, Paschel testified before a U.S. House committee to make the case for extending consumer tax credits to two and three-wheel plug-in vehicles. Paschel said: Zero is just winding down the best year in its history. We’ve seen incredible growth because of the support from our dealers and the years of work we have put into perfecting our motorcycles and our powertrain. The electric motorcycle market is now international and competition is heating up. Several of our key competitors are located in countries in the European Union and around the world with more progressive tax policies for two- and three-wheel electric vehicles. We can make those vehicles one of the next great homegrown industries. But without that same tax-credit support here at home, where most of our volume historically is located, we run the risk of wasting our head start. Paschel also noted that was a strong link between tax credits and sales. We’ve seen a strong link between the presence or absence of tax credits and the pace of growth both domestically and in international markets. As tax credits become available for electric vehicles, our sales consistently and dramatically outperform years in which those same credits were absent. Tax credits for automobiles have been available for quite some time now. in 2017, there was a retroactive tax credit up to $2,500 for e-bikes. If Sam Paschel has his way, those credits will extend to Zero Motorcycles in the future. Vezi sursa
  11. eBike manufacturers and model offerings are becoming more and more commonplace. Companies from all over the world seem to be jumping into the eBike arena. The US already has three fairly well known eBike manufacturers. Zero, Lightning, and Harley-Davidson have already shown off their eBikes with Zero having already entered significant scale production. Enter Finnish eBike manufacturer RMK. A clean sheet of eBike paper? RMK recently unveiled its new eBike creation. Called the E2, RMK’s design uses a refreshing, but risky, mostly clean sheet of paper design. While many of its competitors have seized upon “traditional” eBike designs, RMK has taken a very different approach. During the MP19 Motorcycle Show, RMK took the wraps off their eBike prototype, the E2. The E2 is no “ordinary” eBike, it’s very different from the competition. Deciding to ditch most of the competition’s power train designs, RMK developed an in-wheel motor using a hubless design. The motor’s stator takes up most of the inner part of the hubless rear rim while a magnet-laden rotor is used on the outer portion of the rim. It’s a complex design, but one which certainly sets itself apart from the competition. Another interesting and eye-catching design element is the heavy gauge wiring that connects the motor to the battery. The bright orange wiring is shown off instead of hidden. It runs from under the saddle and along the swingarm. RMK is certainly trying to show off the elements that make the E2 go. Along with these design elements, the E2 sports an angular and futuristic look. [embedded content] What are the specs? But what about range and charging times, some of the key issues that surround eBikes? RMK has not announced the E2’s battery capacity. However, RMK’s website says that the battery can be configured for between “200 – 300 km of riding depending on customer preference”. They also claim that with an onboard charger, the E2 will reach 80% charge in 2-3 hours. DC fast charging speed is TBD. RMK says that the E2’s frame architecture offers plenty of room for a large battery. Unfortunately, they have not elaborated on the actual capacity of its battery. Weight is claimed to be around 200 kk (440 lbs), so the E2 will not be a lightweight machine. All in all, the E2 represents a different approach to eBike design. It will be interesting to see what the final production model looks like and how well it will sell if it reaches production. Ready for Pre-Order You can pre-order the E2 online now with a non-refundable €2,000 deposit. The current anticipated retail price is about $29,000; less than Harley-Davidson’s Livewire. Vezi sursa
  12. eBike manufacturers and model offerings are becoming more and more commonplace. Companies from all over the world seem to be jumping into the eBike arena. The US already has three fairly well known eBike manufacturers. Zero, Lightning, and Harley-Davidson have already shown off their eBikes with Zero having already entered significant scale production. Enter Finnish eBike manufacturer RMK. A clean sheet of eBike paper? RMK recently unveiled its new eBike creation. Called the E2, RMK’s design uses a refreshing, but risky, mostly clean sheet of paper design. While many of its competitors have seized upon “traditional” eBike designs, RMK has taken a very different approach. During the MP19 Motorcycle Show, RMK took the wraps off their eBike prototype, the E2. The E2 is no “ordinary” eBike, it’s very different from the competition. Deciding to ditch most of the competition’s power train designs, RMK developed an in-wheel motor using a hubless design. The motor’s stator takes up most of the inner part of the hubless rear rim while a magnet-laden rotor is used on the outer portion of the rim. It’s a complex design, but one which certainly sets itself apart from the competition. Another interesting and eye-catching design element is the heavy gauge wiring that connects the motor to the battery. The bright orange wiring is shown off instead of hidden. It runs from under the saddle and along the swingarm. RMK is certainly trying to show off the elements that make the E2 go. Along with these design elements, the E2 sports an angular and futuristic look. [embedded content] What are the specs? But what about range and charging times, some of the key issues that surround eBikes? RMK has not announced the E2’s battery capacity. However, RMK’s website says that the battery can be configured for between “200 – 300 km of riding depending on customer preference”. They also claim that with an onboard charger, the E2 will reach 80% charge in 2-3 hours. DC fast charging speed is TBD. RMK says that the E2’s frame architecture offers plenty of room for a large battery. Unfortunately, they have not elaborated on the actual capacity of its battery. Weight is claimed to be around 200 kk (440 lbs), so the E2 will not be a lightweight machine. All in all, the E2 represents a different approach to eBike design. It will be interesting to see what the final production model looks like and how well it will sell if it reaches production. Ready for Pre-Order You can pre-order the E2 online now with a non-refundable €2,000 deposit. The current anticipated retail price is about $29,000; less than Harley-Davidson’s Livewire. Vezi sursa
  13. Taiwan has become another country in the growing list of countries that require motorcycles to have a form of anti-lock braking systems. A new rule requires all new motorcycle/scooters manufactured after January 1, 2019 to be equipped with either anti-lock braking (ABS) or combined braking systems (CBS). The Taiwanese Ministry Of Transportation and Communication (MOTC) expects that the new rule would cut traffic casualties by 30 percent. The rule would have also required that by January 1, 2021 all motorcycles/scooters with greater than 125cc engines must have the systems regardless of the year of manufacture. According to MOTC Acting Minister Wang Kwo-tsai, over 60 percent of the 1,680 traffic fatalities reported last year were related to motorcycle/scooter accidents. He added that the new rule was in line with what he said was a global trend and could help improve road safety. But in a sudden change of course after pressure from social media groups and the President of Taiwan, the MOTC has changed the rule. Opponents of the rule said that adding ABS or CBS to existing bikes was estimated to be between NT $1,500 ($49 USD) to NT $8,000 ($260 USD) and placed an undue financial burden on motorcycle/scooter riders. In response, the MOTC now says the regulations pertaining to new scooter models released after the end of this year will stand, but it has suspended the implementation date for the second phase. That phase would have required owners to ensure that their motorcycle/scooters were equipped with one of the two braking systems. The MOTC has said that it will meet with motorcycle manufacturers to discuss ways to reduce the cost of purchasing and installing the systems. The MOTC has not said when it will implement the second phase of the regulation. Vezi sursa
  14. Taiwan has become another country in the growing list of countries that require motorcycles to have a form of anti-lock braking systems. A new rule requires all new motorcycle/scooters manufactured after January 1, 2019 to be equipped with either anti-lock braking (ABS) or combined braking systems (CBS). The Taiwanese Ministry Of Transportation and Communication (MOTC) expects that the new rule would cut traffic casualties by 30 percent. The rule would have also required that by January 1, 2021 all motorcycles/scooters with greater than 125cc engines must have the systems regardless of the year of manufacture. According to MOTC Acting Minister Wang Kwo-tsai, over 60 percent of the 1,680 traffic fatalities reported last year were related to motorcycle/scooter accidents. He added that the new rule was in line with what he said was a global trend and could help improve road safety. But in a sudden change of course after pressure from social media groups and the President of Taiwan, the MOTC has changed the rule. Opponents of the rule said that adding ABS or CBS to existing bikes was estimated to be between NT $1,500 ($49 USD) to NT $8,000 ($260 USD) and placed an undue financial burden on motorcycle/scooter riders. In response, the MOTC now says the regulations pertaining to new scooter models released after the end of this year will stand, but it has suspended the implementation date for the second phase. That phase would have required owners to ensure that their motorcycle/scooters were equipped with one of the two braking systems. The MOTC has said that it will meet with motorcycle manufacturers to discuss ways to reduce the cost of purchasing and installing the systems. The MOTC has not said when it will implement the second phase of the regulation. Vezi sursa
  15. We’ve all heard of “Barn Finds”. You know, those cars/bikes that are found stored in some remote barn. Someone once loved the machines but for one reason or another, it was forgotten. Well, there’s a new barn find and just went up for auction July 6, fetching a significant £25,000 (~$31,000). The fully restored AJS Model 37/2. Photo credit: Spicer Auctions This particular find is a pre-war 1937 AJS Model 37/2. It’s a 990cc v-twin powered machine and is one of only 15 surviving examples. Detailed history The story about the find is particularly interesting. There’s a detailed history of the bike’s life. It was first registered in 1937 with a sidecar attached. Then in 1941 Frank Smith of Kirkburton registered it. Later, in 1953 Peter Hanson of Huddersfield became the registered owner. Next was Jack Wheeler of Batley a few months later and then Benjamin Rhodes of Scarborough in 1965. But in 1966, the final registered owner, Edward Reed, again of Scarborough took possession. A front view of the fully restored AJS Model 37/2. Photo credit: Spicer Auctions. Found in a barn Reed used it for a year and parked it in a barn that had an underlying inspection pit. The bike was lost to the barn’s inspection pit when the flooring collapsed. It remained covered by broken planks, an old refrigerator, and other garage junk. In 2018 a company hired to clean up the mess and drop everything off at the dump noticed the bike’s taillight sticking out of the debris. A digging company extricated the bike from the bowels of the pit. A view of the AJS Model 37/2 990cc V-twin engine. Photo credit: Spicer Auctions Easily restored Amazingly, the bike was in very good condition. An engineer restored the bike. The restoration was simple. Everything was complete and the most significant damage was a single minor dent to the mudguard. If you want to read more about the bike’s ownership and history there’s in-depth information at the auctioneer’s website. Vezi sursa
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