Honda bikes – La Bougeotte http://www.labougeotte.org/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 18:28:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.labougeotte.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/cropped-icon-32x32.png Honda bikes – La Bougeotte http://www.labougeotte.org/ 32 32 10 fastest production motorcycles currently on sale https://www.labougeotte.org/10-fastest-production-motorcycles-currently-on-sale/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 16:01:00 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/10-fastest-production-motorcycles-currently-on-sale/ Speed ​​is not always the priority for those buying a new motorcycle. However, for some riders, speed and performance are the cornerstone of their passions for motorcycling. They live for the roar of the engine when you twist the throttle. Their hearts beat faster as the speedometer climbed, the wind whipped around them, and they […]]]>

Speed ​​is not always the priority for those buying a new motorcycle. However, for some riders, speed and performance are the cornerstone of their passions for motorcycling. They live for the roar of the engine when you twist the throttle. Their hearts beat faster as the speedometer climbed, the wind whipped around them, and they felt the sheer mechanical power beneath them. Adrenaline pumps through their veins as they fold back onto the tank and become one with the bike. These 10 motorcycles let everyone experience what it’s like to be a master of mechanical and engineering excellence. These ten motorcycles are the fastest production motorcycles of 2022.


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10/10 Zero SR/F – 124 mph

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Studio shot of Zero SR/F

When electric motorcycles first hit the streets, they didn’t receive much respect or consideration from riders. However, they have quietly improved from the shadows to become a speed force to be reckoned with. With consistent track performance and a more affordable price, the Zero SR/F is a bike worthy of this list. Its top speed is 124 miles per hour, which might not sound impressive. However, it can hit 0-60 in 3.7 seconds in real-world testing. Also, let’s not forget that it can charge 95% in 60 minutes. This bike is fast in terms of performance and charging times.

9/10 MV Agusta F4 – 290 km/h

2007 MV Agusta F4 1000 R Left Quarter
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The F4 1000 R was the fastest 1000cc motorcycle in the world in 2006

With a top speed of 185 miles per hour, the MV Agusta F4 is another 1000 liter bike that features raw power. What sets this bike apart is its handling. Even at high speeds, the bike leans and turns like it’s on rails. Lightweight crankshaft and stroke engine reduce overall weight. The result is the bike’s ability to go from 0-60 in 2.7 seconds. With this level of power, MV Agusta understands that not everyone is ready to handle this level of performance. Eight-level built-in traction control helps you tame that wild pony. After all, a maximum output of 174 horsepower at 10,000 rpm is enough to help you go wild on the street or on the track.

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8/10 Suzuki Hayabusa – 290 km/h

2023 Suzuki Hayabusa Bol d'Or Side Edition
Suzuki

Only 100 units of the Hayabusa Bol d’Or edition will go on sale

The Hayabusa is the bike that started a speed war and a Gentlemen’s Agreement that followed. When it hit the streets in 1999, the Hayabusa broke speed records that riders had never dreamed of before. The bike might be one of the ugliest bikes on the road, but this list isn’t about looks; it’s a question of performance. The 1340cc four-cylinder engine helps the Suzuki Hayabusa to be one of the kings of speed. Since its introduction in 1999, power has increased by 12 horsepower. It can soar from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. However, he respects the Gentleman’s Agreement. A limiter stops you at 185 miles per hour.

7/10 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP – 186 mph

Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP
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Image of a Honda CBR 1000RR-R Fireblade SP facing right against a white background.

When the Fireblade hit the market 30 years ago, it turned the world upside down. The latest CBR 10000RR-R Fireblade SP has a revised motor for maximum speed and mid-range performance. It is a 999cc liquid-cooled inline-four engine with two-stage fuel injection. Engineers also tuned the bike to HSTC rider calibration data on Honda superbikes. This gives the bike a powerful punch in slow corners and stronger mid-range power. With all the tweaks and adjustments, the Honda CBR 1000RR-R Fireblade SP hits 0-60 in 3.13 seconds and can reach a top speed of 186 miles per hour.

Related: 10 reasons why the Suzuki Hayabusa is the ultimate motorcycle

6/10 Ducati Panigale V4 R – 300 km/h

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Ducati

Side profile photo of a red Ducati Panigale V4R

The Ducati Panigale V4 R is a motorcycle developed from Ducati’s competitor for the 2019 World Superbike. It features classic sport fairings in the iconic Ducati Red. You’ll see other MotoGP features like winglets that help channel air around the bike and rider when traveling at high speeds. Instead of being a standard V4, it settles in at 998cc. However, you can buy it with an optional racing package that increases engine power. Under the right conditions, the Panigale V4 R beats the other bikes on this list by hitting 0-60 miles per hour in three seconds flat. However, it comes with the industry standard electronically limited top speed of 186 miles per hour.

5/10 Yamaha YZF-R1M – 300 km/h

Blue Yamaha YZF-R1M
Yamaha

A static front 3/4 shot of a 2022 Yamaha YZF-R1M on the track

With a 998cc liquid-cooled engine, the YZF-R1M is a powerful superbike. We have MotoGP to thank for the awesome performance technology and capability of this bike. Everything from brakes and tires to recording GPS data from Yamaha’s MotoGP program. The engine features a high-performance intake system, titanium exhaust system, compact stacked transmission, refined rocker arm valvetrain and high-output technology. Engineers took input from the world’s best riders on the toughest racing circuits. The result is a bike capable of hitting 186 miles per hour and going from 0-60 in 2.64 seconds.

Related: 10 Best Naked Sport Bikes Over 1000cc

4/10 Kawasaki ZX-14 – 300 km/h

2020 Kawasaki ZX-14R Sport Motorcycle
Kawasaki

Studio image of a black and green 2020 Kawasaki ZX-14R sportbike facing right against a white background.

Known as the queen of the quarter mile, the Kawasaki ZX-14 is the longtime rival of the Suzuki Hayabusa. Clearly, it knocks the Hayabusa out on looks, with its bold quad-headlamp design and wind-sculpted fascias. However, it’s what powers this bike that gets your heart pumping. The 1441cc engine is powerful enough to propel the bike from 0-60 in 2.85 seconds. Thanks to the Gentlemen’s Agreement, the top speed of the ZX-14 is 300 km/h. However, remove the limiter, and rumor has it you can easily hit over 200 miles per hour. Fortunately, it comes with driver-assist technology like Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), Power Mode and ABS.

3/10 Aprilia RSV4 – 300 km/h

Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory shot in studio
Aprilia

Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory side profile photo

The sleek styling of this bike may distract you from its performance capabilities. The Aprilia RSV4 previously had a 1077cc engine, but now has a 1099cc liquid-cooled 65-degree DOHC engine. There are six driving modes to choose from. There are three street-restricted modes and three trail modes when you’re ready to see what this bike can really do. Plus, there’s a list of fancy performance features that include things like Traction Control (ATC), Launch Control (ALC), Wheel Control (AWC), and Engine Brake Control (AEB) . What sets this bike apart is its power-to-weight ratio. This allows it to impressively reach 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds. You can also take to the track to experience its top speed of 191 miles per hour.

Related: Top 10 fastest touring motorcycles

2/10 BMW S1000 RR – 300 km/h

BMW S1000RR
BMW

Photo of a BMW S1000RR parked in a paddock

Although the BMW S1000 RR is not the fastest motorcycle on this list, it exceeds industry standards and deservedly takes its place on this list.. This light and nimble sports bike features a 999cc liquid-cooled engine with two-stage electronic fuel injection. What helps this bike perform better in the corners is the diagonal-mounted motor. This keeps the center of gravity lower. Offline, you can hit 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 197.4 miles per hour. There’s an understated, sophisticated sophistication that comes with a BMW motorcycle, and you see it in this bike.

1/10 Kawasaki Ninja H2R – 249mph

Kawasaki Ninja H2R 2017
Kawasaki

2017 Kawasaki Ninja H2R side profile studio photo

There was a time when the fastest motorcycle produced by Kawasaki was the ZX-14. The H2R makes the ZX-14 appear to be stationary. The H2R is the fastest production motorcycle on the market. However, it is a trail bike only. If you’re looking for a road-legal bike, the H2 is your bike. The H2R is powered by a 998cc supercharged four-stroke engine. Under the right conditions, a rider who knows what he’s doing can reach top speeds of 206 to 249 miles per hour with the 310 horsepower produced by this mighty engine. What helps the H2R stand out is the centrifugal compressor which produces less heat without sacrificing power output.

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2023 Kawasaki Ninja 650 launched in India at Rs 7,12,000 https://www.labougeotte.org/2023-kawasaki-ninja-650-launched-in-india-at-rs-712000/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 05:22:50 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/2023-kawasaki-ninja-650-launched-in-india-at-rs-712000/ Get the latest updates on the automotive community Log in now In an attempt to do the Ninja 650 an even safer supersport, Kawasaki has updated the fully faired bike for 2023 with new technology. The 2023 model is priced at Rs 7,12,000 (ex-showroom), Rs 17,000 more than its predecessor. What’s new? The 2023 Kawasaki […]]]>

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In an attempt to do the Ninja 650 an even safer supersport, Kawasaki has updated the fully faired bike for 2023 with new technology. The 2023 model is priced at Rs 7,12,000 (ex-showroom), Rs 17,000 more than its predecessor.

What’s new?

The 2023 Kawasaki Ninja 650 comes with a new Traction Control (TC) system that includes two modes. While Mode 1 is intended for mild intrusion, Mode 2 kicks in earlier whenever wheel sleep is detected. Other than that, riders can also choose to disable the TC system.

What is unchanged?

Launch of the 2023 Kawasaki Ninja 650

Apart from the feature mentioned above, the Ninja 650 remains unchanged mechanically and aesthetically. It gets the same aggressive, sharp body design. The 649cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine also remains the same, producing 68bhp and 64Nm. It is mated to a six-speed gearbox and slipper and assist clutch.

In terms of features, the Ninja comes with a bunch of modern tech, including a full TFT instrument panel as well as smartphone connectivity. Apart from that, the supersport is now only available in one color option – Lime Green – while the other black shade is absent from the new update.

Rivals

Launch of the 2023 Kawasaki Ninja 650

While the 650cc segment is not afraid of motorcycles in India, the Kawasaki Ninja 650 however has only one direct rival, which is the Honda CBR650R. That said, the Honda costs Rs 9,35,441 (ex-showroom Gurugram), significantly more expensive than the Ninja, even after the latter’s price hike.

Now that the Ninja 650 has received the TC update, expect its naked sibling, the Z650to get the same functionality soon.

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Mandalika WorldSBK Superpole race results: Toprak Razgatlioglu wins thriller https://www.labougeotte.org/mandalika-worldsbk-superpole-race-results-toprak-razgatlioglu-wins-thriller/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 05:14:22 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/mandalika-worldsbk-superpole-race-results-toprak-razgatlioglu-wins-thriller/ Toprak Razgatlioglu took two out of two wins in Mandalika after winning a tough battle against Jonathan Rea. After leading from pole position, Razgatlioglu failed to break away from the six-time champion during the early stages before a pass was made by Rea on lap three. Continued fighting and overtaking then ensued before Razgatlioglu finally […]]]>

Toprak Razgatlioglu took two out of two wins in Mandalika after winning a tough battle against Jonathan Rea.

After leading from pole position, Razgatlioglu failed to break away from the six-time champion during the early stages before a pass was made by Rea on lap three.

Continued fighting and overtaking then ensued before Razgatlioglu finally made the winning move in round seven.

Like in Race 1 on Saturday, Razgatlioglu started to set a very fast pace which the Kawasaki rider struggled to match, even though the margin of victory was only five tenths.

Third after one of his best performances of the season, Andrea Locatelli managed to fend off series leader Alvaro Bautista.

Only fourth, the Ducati rider’s chances of winning the title in race two are still likely as 71 points separate him from Razgatlioglu.

2022 World Superbike Mandalika, Indonesia – Superpole Race Results
Pos Rider Nat Crew Time
1 Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR PATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK 10 rounds
2 Jonathan Rea UK Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK +0.586s
3 Andrea Locatelli ITA PATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK +1.821s
4 Alvaro Bautista SPA Aruba.It Racing Ducati +1.906s
5 Axel Bassani ITA Ducati Motocross +4.346s
6 Scott Redding UK BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team +5.025s
seven Alex Lowe UK Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK +5.686s
8 Michael Rinaldi ITA Aruba.It Racing Ducati +6.142s
9 Xavier Virgo SPA HRC WorldSBK Team +7.183s
ten Michel Van Der Mark SPA BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team +9.831s
11 Xavi Fores SPA Barni Spark Ducati Team +14.596s
12 Loris Baz ENG Bonovo Stock BMW +16.628s
13 Garrett Gerloff UNITED STATES GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team +17.355s
14 Philippe Oettl ALL Go Eleven Ducati +17.902s
15 Hafizh Syahrin WRONG MIE Honda Racing +21.025s
16 Leandro Mercado AR MIE Honda Racing +22.530s
17 Eugene Laverty IRL Bonovo Stock BMW +22.925s
18 Olivier Konig CZE Orelac Racing Kawasaki +23.371s
19 Kyle Smith UK Kawasaki Pedercini +25.329s
20 Kohta Nozane JPN GRT Yamaha +27.729s

Mandalika’s WorldSBK Records:

Fastest Lap – Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR Pata Yamaha 1:31.371s

Winners of the 2021 race:

Race 1 – Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing Team

Race 2 – Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing Team

2022 race winners

Race 1 – Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR Pata Yamaha

Superpole Race – Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR Pata Yamaha

All three races will go without future rookie of the year Iker Lecuona after the Honda rider’s monster in FP2.

Lecuona suffered fractures to his vertebrae and the left side of his sacrum.

Lucas Mahias joined Lecuona being excluded from all three races after the Puccetti Kawasaki rider crashed in FP3.

Mandalika WorldSBK schedule (UK time):

Friday

Free practice 1: 02:00-02:55

Free practice 2: 05:10-05:55

Saturday

Free practice 3: 00:30-01:00

Superpole: 02h40-02h55

Race 1: 05:30

Sunday

Warm-up: 00:30-00:45

Superpole race: 02:30

Race 2: 05:30

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Honda has already upgraded super dealerships https://www.labougeotte.org/honda-has-already-upgraded-super-dealerships/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 09:00:44 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/honda-has-already-upgraded-super-dealerships/ The new regulations announced last monthallow struggling builders to make chassis adjustments that under normal circumstances would not be allowed under WSBK’s strict homologation rules. Honda was to be one of the main beneficiaries of the system, having failed to live up to expectations since the current CBR1000RR-R was introduced for the start of the […]]]>

The new regulations announced last monthallow struggling builders to make chassis adjustments that under normal circumstances would not be allowed under WSBK’s strict homologation rules.

Honda was to be one of the main beneficiaries of the system, having failed to live up to expectations since the current CBR1000RR-R was introduced for the start of the 2020 season.

Speaking in Friday’s opening practice session, Camier said factory riders Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge’s bikes had been modified to improve cornering and reduce stress on the tyre. .

He also disclosed that the Japanese manufacturer has already been able to test the adjustments it has made with its new status.

“We were able to move our head pipe [steering head] further and our [swingarm] pivot lower,” Camier said. “For us, that makes a big difference in how we load the tire.

“It’s something we couldn’t do before under the current rules, but now we have more space to put the steering pipe where we want. We want to get more turns off the bike, basically, and put less load on the front tire.

“We’ve tested it before and it’s gone really well, so we’ll see this weekend how it works. It’s the first time we’ve had it on track for a race situation, so hopefully which we will understand a little more this weekend.”

Lecuona’s weekend got off to a promising start with the second fastest time in FP1 behind Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu, but had to be taken to the medical center after a heavy crash in second practice.

Virgo, meanwhile, was fifth in the morning before slipping to eighth in the afternoon.

Honda has managed just one podium finish so far in 2022, with Lecuona finishing third at Assen, but hold a slim three-point lead over BMW in the battle for fourth in the constructors’ standings heading towards the Indonesia.

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The Honda XL750 Transalp adventure touring motorcycle presented at EICMA 2022 https://www.labougeotte.org/the-honda-xl750-transalp-adventure-touring-motorcycle-presented-at-eicma-2022/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 01:18:27 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/the-honda-xl750-transalp-adventure-touring-motorcycle-presented-at-eicma-2022/ Honda introduced the first XL600V in 1987 and it was a big hit in the adventure motorcycle market. This bike was a combination of Honda’s legendary reliability and a really capable chassis and tough engine. Now Honda has unveiled the 2023 version of the bike at EICMA 2022 and it will enter the US and […]]]>
Honda introduced the first XL600V in 1987 and it was a big hit in the adventure motorcycle market. This bike was a combination of Honda’s legendary reliability and a really capable chassis and tough engine. Now Honda has unveiled the 2023 version of the bike at EICMA 2022 and it will enter the US and European market in spring 2023. It will compete with Triumph Tiger, Ducati Multistrada and the new Suzuki V-Strom 800DE which will hit the market around the same time next year.

Honda is well known for making fun cars and motorcycles and the introduction of the Honda XL750 Transalp next year will only spice things up for Honda fans. The 2023 Honda XL750 Transalp pays homage to the original Honda XL600V in terms of styling.

The Honda XL750 Transalp is specially designed for on-road and off-road touring. It is equipped with an 8V parallel twin engine developing 90 hp and 75 Nm of torque. This engine uses a 270-degree crank and features air intakes and an airbox that Honda says provides “a little downforce and throatiness.” Honda will offer this engine mated to a 6-speed transmission.

The frame of the Honda XL750 Transalp is made of diamond steel. It has a wheelbase of 1,560mm and a saddle of 850mm with a turning radius of 2.6 meters. It has an empty weight of 208 kilograms. It has a fuel capacity of 16.9 liters and an oil capacity of 3.9 liters. It has acclaimed fuel efficiency of 23 kmpl.

The Honda XL750 Transalp features Showa 43mm SFF-CA USD suspension with 200mm of travel up front and Pro-Link split-pressure swingarm suspension with 190mm of travel in the rear. back. The wheels have stainless steel spokes with aluminum rims and tube tires. It gets a 90/90 R-21 tire in the front and a 150/70 R-18 tire in the rear. It also features dual-channel ABS with a 310mm x 4.5mm dual-disc setup with axial-mount 2-piston calipers up front and a 256mm x 6 single-disc setup. 0mm with a single piston caliper in the rear.

The 2023 Honda XL750 Transalp offers four preset riding modes and one customizable: Standard, Sport, Gravel, Rain and User.

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MotoGP Valencia: Acosta wins with Fernandez crowned Moto2 Champion https://www.labougeotte.org/motogp-valencia-acosta-wins-with-fernandez-crowned-moto2-champion/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 12:21:30 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/motogp-valencia-acosta-wins-with-fernandez-crowned-moto2-champion/ 06.11.2022 | Christina Bulett | MotoGP Image: GeeBee Pictures Red Bull KTM Ajo celebrated another dominant season with Pedro Acosta’s victory in Valencia over teammate and Moto2 Champion Augusto Fernandez. The Spanish duo took all the accolades in the season finale, securing a tag team double, the title crown and Rookie of the Year celebrations. […]]]>

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Red Bull KTM Ajo celebrated another dominant season with Pedro Acosta’s victory in Valencia over teammate and Moto2 Champion Augusto Fernandez.

The Spanish duo took all the accolades in the season finale, securing a tag team double, the title crown and Rookie of the Year celebrations. Tony Arbolino of Elf Marc VDS completes the podium in third position, the fifth grandstand in his second year in the intermediate class and fourth overall.

The first title decider of the day saw Fernandez line up third to fifth behind Ai Ogura as the pair were 9.5 points behind in the 2022 Moto2 standings. Beta Tools Speed ​​Up’s Alonso Lopez led the grid of KTM rookie Pedro Acosta after the pair set nearly identical lap times in Saturday qualifying.

The lights went out and Arbolino immediately ran through Fernandez with title rival Ogura following on the Honda Idemitsu. Fermin Aldeguer made things more difficult for the KTM rider by finishing fifth as the first lap unfolded while Acosta took the overall lead.

Arbolino was in the lead with Ogura until second place at the start of the second lap, half a point now separating the championship as Fernandez rode in fifth. Cameron Beaubier (American Racing) got off to a good start, taking sixth place ahead of Aron Canet (Flexbox HP40). Lopez threatening from third place as he looked to advance on the Japanese rider after sending Acosta for the final podium spot.

Lopez crashed out at the end of lap five, with the Boscoscuro rider crashing into Turn 11 after running wide after suffering numerous moments in the race. Aspar’s Jake Dixon suffered from his own problems starting 20th in the standings before regrouping to 18th two laps later.

Beaubier finished fourth and immediately pulled a three-tenths gap over Fernandez before the American crashed out late on lap six – a disappointing end to his world championship career ahead of a return to MotoAmerica. Another drama finding Arbolino and Ogura almost reuniting as the round ended with Taiga Hada and Celestino Vietti the next to fall.

Acosta aided his teammate’s efforts by capturing second place Ogura on the line for lap eight before the Honda man fought back at turn two. Disaster hitting number 79 with a high-speed crash into turn eight the next time around with Fernandez confirmed as 2022 Moto2 Champion as he inherited third place in stride.

Dixon was in the points and up to tenth place by the end of lap ten. Yamaha VR46 Master Camp’s Manuel Gonzales was eight tenths ahead as the Briton continued to pick up the pace with the default just over a tenth the next time out.

Acosta took the lead with 14 laps to go as the podium trio were covered by half a second. Canet nearly three seconds behind Aldeguer and Albert Arenas focusing on the only remaining Speed ​​Up. Idemitsu’s Somkiat Chantra had other ideas, however. Sending the Aspar for sixth at the halfway mark, Fernandez did the same on Arbolino up front as he joined his KTM teammate for a brace.

Honda’s woes increased on lap 15 as Chantra followed his teammate’s path with an identical crash at turn eight, with Niccolo Antonelli doing the same for the Mooney VR46 team two turns earlier.

Seven laps to go and the leading duo is divided by seven tenths of a second. Arbolino is still two seconds behind the Ajo riders with Canet closing in on the final podium position. Pasini was pushed out of action by Jeremy Alcoba and Canet crashed out five months later.

Late-race action found Dixon down to seventh place behind Gonzales and Arenas. Sam Lowes’ replacement Senna Agius is riding firmly in the points in ninth ahead of Marcel Schrotter in his Moto2 farewell race.

Two to go and KTM Ajo set themselves up for a double in racing and championship celebrations – for the second season in a row. Acosta is also looking to secure Rookie of the Year with his victory in Valencia in front of the home crowd.

The pair eventually met the flag a second behind but eight seconds behind Arbolino, with the Italian completing the podium for his fifth of the year.

Aldeguer crossed the line fourth from Arenas and Gonzales with Dixon completing a determined recovery in seventh. Alcoba, Agius and Schrotter complete the top ten ahead of Bo Bendsneyder, impressive joker Borja Gomez, Filip Salac and Lorenzo Dalla Porta, while Italtrans team-mate Joe Roberts picks up the final point of the season.

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Vroom vroom: Honda New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix returns to Woodville https://www.labougeotte.org/vroom-vroom-honda-new-zealand-motocross-grand-prix-returns-to-woodville/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 20:39:35 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/vroom-vroom-honda-new-zealand-motocross-grand-prix-returns-to-woodville/ Te Puke’s Tyler Steiner (Honda CRF450), one to watch in the premier MX1 ​​class when the gates drop at Woodville 2023. Photo/Andy McGechan www.BikesportNZ.com The biggest motocross race in the Southern Hemisphere – the New Zealand Honda Motocross Grand Prix – returns to Woodville early next year. The 61st edition of the iconic event will […]]]>

Te Puke’s Tyler Steiner (Honda CRF450), one to watch in the premier MX1 ​​class when the gates drop at Woodville 2023. Photo/Andy McGechan www.BikesportNZ.com

The biggest motocross race in the Southern Hemisphere – the New Zealand Honda Motocross Grand Prix – returns to Woodville early next year.

The 61st edition of the iconic event will be held on January 28-29, 2023 and is expected to draw large crowds given that last year’s corresponding event was canceled due to Covid-19.

Manawatu-Orion Motorcycle Club President Brad Ritchie said he was thrilled to have the event returning.

“It’s always a very special occasion for everyone. It always starts the year,” he said.

“With absolute sorrow that we will not be able to hold this event in January this year, but it seems to have resumed at a new high level. The club committee is determined to make it bigger and better than before and we have had many wonderful support from the land owner and really exciting to work with.

“The puzzle is coming together well and everyone is really excited.

“All of our main sponsors are back and we can’t thank them enough either.

“This event sets up the year well as everything takes place in the Senior National Motocross Championship series in February and March. We will have Sky Sport Next covering the event so anyone who cannot attend will still be able to see the race. It will be broadcast live around the world.

Hamish Harwood (CML KTM450F) in action at the 2021 New Zealand Motocross Championships at Woodville.  Photo / Andy McGechan www.BikesportNZ.com
Hamish Harwood (CML KTM450F) in action at the 2021 New Zealand Motocross Championships at Woodville. Photo / Andy McGechan www.BikesportNZ.com

Woodville’s 2021 outright winner, Wyatt Chase of Taupo, has now retired from racing, with his win at Woodville undoubtedly a career highlight.

Picking a favorite this time around is anyone’s guess.

Any overseas riders heading into Woodville 2023 will be up against an impressive array of Kiwi internationals, experienced campaigners like former multiple New Zealand motocross champion, multiple Woodville winner Cody Cooper of Papamoa.

Also competing would be current Auckland MX1 National Champion Hamish Harwood, Te Puke’s Tyler Steiner, former Mangakino National Motocross Champion Maximus Purvis, Rangiora’s International Six Days’ Enduro Gold Medalist Micah McGoldrick ( ISDE) of Helensville Josh Jack and former Hamilton national champion and former Woodville. winner Kayne Lamont, to name a few, in the glamorous MX1 category.

“A few of our ISDE racers have already confirmed they will be coming to do the river race, so that will be a bonus as well,” Ritchie said.

“They raced very successfully in France earlier this year and they’re back home now and will show us what they’re made of.”

The Woodville race is one of the biggest events on the Kiwi calendar and ideal preparation for Kiwi internationals looking to resuscitate their overseas careers now that Covid-19 restrictions have eased.

Since the stand-alone event was first staged over half a century ago in 1961, Woodville Motocross has become the jewel in New Zealand’s motocross crown and hundreds of riders will compete over the weekend, including minis, juniors, seniors, women and veterans. .

Previous winners include 1996 New Plymouth 500cc World Motocross Champion Shayne King, Taupo 2004 MX2 World Champion Ben Townley, Australian Champions Craig Dack, Kirk Gibbs and Dean Ferris, Briton Greg Hanson, American Willie Surratt and Swedish Gunnar Lindstrom, to name a few.

All ages and ability levels are catered for by the Woodville GP event, with the novelty of Sunday’s river racing also a great crowd pleaser and perhaps more appealing to the enduro racing brigade and cross country.

Races over the two days draw thousands of spectators to the Tararua area, filling motel rooms and campgrounds to the point of overflowing, the New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville is a must-see spectacle for any enthusiast motorsport.

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Honda Atlas raises motorcycle prices for the seventh time this year https://www.labougeotte.org/honda-atlas-raises-motorcycle-prices-for-the-seventh-time-this-year/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 14:15:08 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/honda-atlas-raises-motorcycle-prices-for-the-seventh-time-this-year/ LAHORE: Atlas Honda has announced its seventh price increase for 2022. The new prices are as follows: Atlas Honda’s decision to raise prices comes the week after the company published its financial statements on the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) for Q3CY22. The results have been abysmal for Honda on both a quarterly (QoQ) and yearly […]]]>

LAHORE: Atlas Honda has announced its seventh price increase for 2022. The new prices are as follows:

Atlas Honda’s decision to raise prices comes the week after the company published its financial statements on the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) for Q3CY22. The results have been abysmal for Honda on both a quarterly (QoQ) and yearly (YoY) basis. The final sum of 777 million rupees was a decline of 48% quarter on quarter (QT) compared to Q2CY22. This translated to a half-year profit of Rs 2.27 billion, down 8% year-on-year from its Rs 2.487 billion from the same period last year.

Price increases during 2022 have led to lower sales in the second half of the year both in quarterly and annual terms. Atlas Honda launched its price increases in March, however, from March to July the price increases did not appear to have directly affected sales per se. Indeed, CY2022 actually outperformed year-on-year against CY2021 numbers. However, this short-term peak followed by the subsequent decline from July may indicate a short-term buying frenzy in which all customers who wanted to buy a motorcycle did so because they feared future revisions. on the rise.

In addition, from June, Pakistan recorded an average inflation rate above 20%. This is particularly devastating for Atlas Honda, as the lion’s share of its motorcycle sales depend on the CD-70 and CG-125 variants which are marketed to the price-sensitive segments of motorcycle customers. This contrasts with their Japanese counterparts, Suzuki and Yamaha, which target customer segments that are more likely to absorb price increases.

On average, Atlas Honda prices have risen 26% since January of this year to date. The evolution of prices since the beginning of the year until now is as follows:

Going forward, further depreciation of the PKR could lead to Atlas Honda introducing one final price increase to end the year. However, whether Atlas Honda does or not, inflationary pressure alone is likely to compound the negative multiplier that these price increases will have on Atlas Honda sales for months to come. The silver lining of Atlas Honda’s woes is that their more affordable Chinese counterparts have also embarked on upward price revisions throughout 2022. If potential Atlas Honda customers will switch to more affordable options or if customers in more affordable segments will choose to pay the premium for the Atlas Honda brand will become clearer in the coming months.

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2022 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Honors Six Inductees https://www.labougeotte.org/2022-ama-motorcycle-hall-of-fame-induction-ceremony-honors-six-inductees/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 13:13:27 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/2022-ama-motorcycle-hall-of-fame-induction-ceremony-honors-six-inductees/ The event brings together motorcycle legends, enthusiasts andindustry leaders from across the country PICKERINGTON, Ohio – October 29, 2022 – (Motor Sports News Wire) – The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inducted six new members Friday night at the 2022 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame […]]]>

The event brings together motorcycle legends, enthusiasts and
industry leaders from across the country

PICKERINGTON, Ohio – October 29, 2022 – (Motor Sports News Wire) – The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inducted six new members Friday night at the 2022 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2022 include Kenny Coolbeth, Greg Hancock, Effie Hotchkiss, Sandy Kosman, Ben Spies and James Stewart.

“Each year, with the exception of 2020, we have had the privilege of honoring the most accomplished and important people in the world of motorcycling at a very special Hall of Fame induction celebration. AMA’s motorcycle,” AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman said, addressing the audience. “But this is more than a grand banquet and ceremony to honor the incredible inductees who have contributed so much to our sport…it is also a chance for us to come together in the interests of preserving the history of the motorcycle for future generations.”

The ceremony’s emcees, well-known actor and director of stage, screen and television Perry King, and motocross racer, sidecar enthusiast and sidecar journalist Laurette Nicoll, guided the audience through the careers and accomplishments of the inductees.

Those gathered also honored the memory of recently deceased AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame members: Wes Cooley, Ed Fisher, Bobby Hill, Loretta Lynn and Preston Petty.

Induction ceremony supporters and partners included MX Sports, Seven MX, Bubba’s World, Suzuki and Kawasaki.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2022

After an introduction, each member of the Class of 2022 was formally inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, and inductees in attendance were awarded the prestigious Hall of Fame ring by fellow Hall of Famers. Many inductees, or their family members, then addressed the audience.

Kenny Coolbeth

Born in 1977, Kenny Coolbeth began his professional career on the flat track in 1994. He earned his first AMA Grand National victory at the Columbus Half-Mile in 2002. He won his first AMA Grand National championship in 2006 while riding for the Harley-Davidson factory and followed that up with two more championships in 2007 and 2008.

Throughout his successful career, Coolbeth has earned 37 AMA Grand National victories, placing him sixth on the all-time win list, as well as 108 AMA Grand National podiums.

Coolbeth retired from professional flat-track racing at the end of the 2018 season while remaining competitive in the sport. He continues to give back to the sport and now works as a rider trainer and setup expert for the Turner Honda Racing team.

“I was just a kid who could ride motorcycles,” Coolbeth said after being inducted into the Hall of Fame. “I never dreamed of being in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, and it’s an incredible honor to be here.”

Greg Hancock

Greg Hancock, born in 1970, started racing in Junior Speedway competition at the age of 9. At age 15, he won the National Junior Speedway Championship, his first of many titles. Soon he started racing across Europe and in 1997 won the FIM Speedway World Championship.

During the 1990s Hancock also won the FIM World Championship in pairs and won three FIM Team World Cup Championships. He went on to win his second FIM Speedway World Championship in 2011, winning it again in 2014 and 2016.

Throughout his nearly four-decade career, Hancock became one of the most decorated motorcycle riders of all time, winning four FIM Speedway World Championships, three FIM Team World Cup titles, as well as eight AMA US Speedway National Championships.

“As youngsters, we all started riding bikes with big dreams,” Hancock said in his acceptance speech. “Each of us worked hard in our own way to pursue those dreams of being champions of all kinds. When I look back on my career, I’m extremely satisfied and still pinch myself every day thinking about the great success I’ve had. If I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t think twice and go after even more.

Effie Hotchkiss

Born in 1889, Effie Hotchkiss started riding at age 16. She started working on Wall Street in banking but grew tired of the monotony of the job. Using the inheritance her father left her, she bought a 1915 Harley-Davidson 3-speed twin and a Rogers sidecar for her mother Avis and their luggage.

The two embarked on their adventure on May 2, 1915, riding to San Francisco and then riding back to their home in Brooklyn, NY, in late August. Hotchkiss became the first recorded woman to complete a transcontinental motorcycle ride, covering 9,000 miles in five months.

Hotchkiss quickly became a female icon for her company and was celebrated in the very first issue of Harley-Davidson’s The Enthusiast and countless newspapers across the country.

Effie Hotckiss’ great-grandson attended the ceremony as next of kin and commented, “Thank you AMA for inducting my great-grandmother into the Hall of Fame. Today is the best day of my life.”

Sandy Kosman

Born in 1941, Sandy Kosman had both the mind and the vision of a genius. As a self-taught designer of high-performance chassis and wheels for on-road, off-road and custom drag racing motorcycles, Kosman was a builder of champions as well as a highly successful entrepreneur.

In 1965, at age 24, Kosman started Kosman Specialties, building lightweight motorcycle gas tanks in his basement. The business flourished and he moved into a building in San Francisco, expanding his products and services over time.

In its more than 30 years in business, most drag racing bikes, many flat track bikes and a few AMA Superbike racing teams have adopted Kosman products including American Honda, Vance & Hines, Performance Machine and others. Despite no formal training, Kosman and his company have become a household name in racing and performance circles.

“It hasn’t been that long since we lost my dad,” Kosman’s daughter Nadia DeSimone said. “But I know what it would have meant to him to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Tonight is my last moment with him, and it means so much to my whole family.

Ben Spies

Ben Spies, one of the greatest American road racers in sports history, won five national titles and had 44 national victories in his career. Born in 1984, he came of age under the rule of six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin, toppling the champion in his prime in 2006. In 2007 he defended the title in one of the closest battles in the AMA Superbike Championship of all the time.

Spies’ AMA National Championships include the 2006, 2007, and 2008 AMA Superbike titles, the 2007 AMA Superstock title, and the 2003 AMA Formula Xtreme title.

In 2009 Spies joined the Yamaha Italia team in World Superbike competition. His rookie year proved exceptional and he won the 2009 World Superbike title. A full-time MotoGP rider in 2010, his performances won him Rookie of the Year. He retired from professional racing in 2013.

Due to illness, Spies was unable to attend the ceremony, but family friend Alec Dare accepted the Hall of Fame ring on his behalf. “I am proud that my family can look back on all the chapters of my life and see that I have entered the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame,” Dare read in a post from Spies. “Thank you to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and well done to everyone here.”

James Stuart

James Stewart, born in 1985, showed his potential early on, winning his first national amateur championship at the age of 7. Before the age of 16, he won seven AMA National Amateur Motocross Championships.

Turning pro in 2002, he won the AMA 125 MX title later that year while riding for Kawasaki, becoming the first black man to win a title in the sport. Stewart won the 2007 AMA Supercross Championship, earning a runner-up finish in 2009.

Incredibly, Stewart won all 24 motos in the 2008 Pro Motocross Series – a perfect season – securing the 450 Class National Championship.

Stewart’s pro racing career ended in 2016 after totaling 50 AMA Supercross premier class wins and 48 AMA Pro Motocross National wins, making him one of the greatest motocross racers of all time.

“I want to thank the AMA…it’s such an honor,” Stewart said in a moving acceptance speech. “I’ve never been the cool boy; I wanted to ride a motorcycle. But now when you say my name, it’s James Stewart, Hall of Famer. Of all the things I’ve accomplished in my career, that’s the best part. It’s like winning the ultimate championship. It’s incredible!”

The recently unveiled Class of 2022 exhibit, featuring Hall of Famers bikes and memorabilia, is now on display at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. Plan your visit today: https://americanmotorcyclist.com/visit/

About the American Motorcyclists Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a non-profit association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycle event rights and sanctioning organization, the AMA represents the interests of motorcyclists at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competitive and recreational events each year. In addition to offering members economical discounts on products and services, the AMA also publishes American motorcyclista newly revitalized full-color monthly magazine (and its digital version) that covers motorcycle news and history with brilliant photography and compelling writing. American motorcyclist is also the most circulated magazine in North America. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and legacy of motorcycling. For more information, visit americanmotorcyclist.com.

Not a member? Join the AMA today: americanmotorcyclist.com.

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Why Ducati dominance is a growing concern https://www.labougeotte.org/why-ducati-dominance-is-a-growing-concern/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 11:24:49 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/why-ducati-dominance-is-a-growing-concern/ Last weekend’s Argentinian round may have been a success, with nearly 80,000 spectators over the weekend, but it also arguably marked the end of any remaining intrigue in the fight for World Championship honours. of Superbikes. Two direct victories for Alvaro Bautista in the two main races at El Villicum means the Ducati rider looks […]]]>

Last weekend’s Argentinian round may have been a success, with nearly 80,000 spectators over the weekend, but it also arguably marked the end of any remaining intrigue in the fight for World Championship honours. of Superbikes.

Two direct victories for Alvaro Bautista in the two main races at El Villicum means the Ducati rider looks almost certain to win the title. Its main rivals Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Reanow 82 and 98 points behind respectively, would need extraordinary luck to turn the tide in the other two events of the season.

It’s hard to fault Razgatlioglu and Rea, as it’s clear both men are pushing the limit in an effort to do something about Bautista’s dominance. Razgatlioglu’s crash in Race 1 in Argentina and Rea’s numerous minor errors under braking on Sunday show how hard both must push to counter Bautista’s straight-line speed advantage.

And this imbalance must be seen as a major concern for WSBK, which since the start of last season has gone through a purple patch of heightened public interest, spurred by fantastic races between three top riders on three very different bikes.

That changed over the last few rounds as the combination of Bautista and Ducati just got too strong. Since last month’s Barcelona round, the Spaniard has won every race except one and hasn’t finished below second place.

Now Bautista and his team can’t be faulted for doing a better job than everyone else, and a first title for Ducati since 2011 would be a just reward for both rider and manufacturer.

But as things stand, Bautista is expected to get his hands on an upgraded version of the Panigale V4 R for 2023, while his main rivals will have to make do with minor updates to the Yamaha YZF-R1 and Kawasaki ZX. -10RR. Will these adjustments be enough to allow Razgatlioglu and Rea to make the title fight interesting? I have my doubts.

FIM technical director Scott Smart faces a major headache to solve this problem. The recently announced ‘super concessions’ package is unlikely to make a difference as Yamaha and Kawasaki have been on the podium regularly. And in any case, the chassis is not the issue for the two Japanese brands.

One option would be to simply slow Ducati down again, as happened in 2019 when the V4 R lost 250 laps due to Bautista’s early season dominance. The Italian brand is the only one to have been attached to the diet adjustment rules introduced for 2018.

I thought talk of such balancing was over when Ducati ditched its traditional V2 setup in favor of a 1000 four-cylinder engine like its rivals. But that seems like a better way to go than the oft-suggested solution of imposing a minimum combined bike/rider weight.

Although this is common in the junior classes of motorcycle racing, WSBK follows the example of sister series MotoGP by imposing only a minimum weight for the motorcycle itself. And that’s partly because having a lower body weight isn’t purely an advantage.

A rider like Bautista – much like Dani Pedrosa in MotoGP years ago – has fewer options when it comes to shifting his weight around the bike. This makes it harder to warm up the tires and it is also harder to keep the tires warm in wet conditions. These are all factors that are easily overlooked when only straight-line performance is considered.

Moreover, it would be insane for Bautista to ride a bike 15 or 20 kg heavier than those of his rivals – where would this extra weight be placed, for example?

That said, Smart and his team have to come up with something, especially with the updated Ducati on the way, because nobody wants to see a return to WSBK dominated by one brand. But that can be hard to pull off when it’s clear that one brand is much more invested in success than others.

We feel that interest in the WSBK among Japanese manufacturers is lacking. Ducati’s V4 R essentially brought MotoGP-derived technology to the production racing world, but where is the response from Kawasaki, Yamaha or Honda?

Kawasaki may have updated its ZX-10RR last year, but the basic concept is ten years old. Yamaha hasn’t changed much since returning in 2016 either. Honda has the most “radical” bike of the three but clearly still has a lot of work to do to catch up with the leaders.

What has become of the pioneering spirit of the Japanese brands that produced legendary models like the Honda NR750 or the RC30/45? I fear those days are gone forever.

I liked that superbikes are a fairly small segment of the market and the development costs are high. Likewise, in the current economic situation and impending environmental regulations, it’s not hard to see why developing a new 240hp bike might not be the top priority right now for many manufacturers.

However, what has given me some hope for a healthy future in WSBK is how Smart and his team have successfully brought ‘next generation’ bikes into World Supersport this year with a system performance balancing complex.

When I first heard from Smart last year how a 955cc Ducati V2 Panigale would be designed to race competitively against a 600cc Yamaha R6, I had a bad feeling. But I was wrong, as the championship has been very evenly balanced this year between ‘new’ and ‘old’ bikes, and the show hasn’t been overshadowed by constant adjustments.

It gives me some optimism that WSBK can find a way to prevent Bautista’s current dominance from becoming an established trend that threatens to undo all the progress the Championship has made over the past two seasons.

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