Suzuki bikes – La Bougeotte http://www.labougeotte.org/ Sun, 19 Sep 2021 21:26:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://www.labougeotte.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/cropped-icon-32x32.png Suzuki bikes – La Bougeotte http://www.labougeotte.org/ 32 32 MotoGP, Dovizioso believes Misano’s race was the best way to prepare for the test https://www.labougeotte.org/motogp-dovizioso-believes-misanos-race-was-the-best-way-to-prepare-for-the-test/ https://www.labougeotte.org/motogp-dovizioso-believes-misanos-race-was-the-best-way-to-prepare-for-the-test/#respond Sun, 19 Sep 2021 19:46:49 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/motogp-dovizioso-believes-misanos-race-was-the-best-way-to-prepare-for-the-test/ Andrea Dovizioso’s return to race weekend ended in 21st place. It was a normal race where Dovi was able to accumulate experience behind the wheel of Team Petronas’ M1, also managing to stay in touch with the squad until a long penalty in the middle of the race, for overtaking the limits of the track […]]]>

Andrea Dovizioso’s return to race weekend ended in 21st place. It was a normal race where Dovi was able to accumulate experience behind the wheel of Team Petronas’ M1, also managing to stay in touch with the squad until a long penalty in the middle of the race, for overtaking the limits of the track on several occasions, moved him away from the runners in front. Dovizioso however found many positive aspects, also in view of the tests which will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, still in Misano.

“More than the race, we have to talk about the weekend: we gathered a lot of information and everything went well, because we had the opportunity to ride a lot in the dry and we also rode on the wet and for me and Yamaha it was important to understand – explained Dovi – The race was good for learning and getting feedback. Before the race I didn’t have the speed to stay with the group, I was at least a half a second behind, while in the race I stayed with the others and after making a mistake and the long lap my pace improved a lot. I could be a lot faster than in practice and had my best lap with two laps to go. As the feelings with the bike changed during the race, I tried a lot of things and I have good feelings in some areas. Now I have to put everything in place, I tried to explain everything to the team today in the best possible way and now they have to help me put everything in place. In free practice I had trouble braking while in the last part of the race it went much better and we have to understand why and what we have to do. Then we will work more on the center of the turn, on the exit of the turn and on the potential of the bike ”.

In racing, have you been able to understand why all the riders who rode this bike in 2021 really struggled so hard?

“No, I think it’s normal. I don’t know what the difference is from the factory motorcycle and what exactly the difference is. Apart from that only Fabio is doing something special and I am not in a position to understand and analyze all of it. The bicycle is special and has many advantages, but it must be ridden in a special way and it takes time to adjust and figure it all out. The question mark I had before the weekend, relating to the rear tire introduced last year, I still have it because it is a bit strange both under braking and improving the bike at the end of the race. This is why it will be important to analyze and understand if the cause is me or the bike or what has changed in the racing bike. For me it’s brand new, I have a lot of feedback but I can’t know why a lot of things happened. In the race, there were many moments where I had good feelings and I felt the strengths of the bike, even if I did not know how to exploit its potential. It’s important, after going 10 months without a race, to do a race with so much consistency and being able to be fast in the final stages makes me happy, it’s the best way to prepare for the test. If the weather is nice, doing a test after the race is the best thing that can exist ”.

You said the bike is special, can you explain it more precisely? You said there are things on the bike that are different from what you are used to, can you tell us more? And will that be the team you race with next year?

“This is the team I will be racing with next year on a factory bike. Regarding the bike I would say it’s easy, you all see how Fabio rides, you have to brake very deeply and bring a lot of speed in the turns, it’s the only way to exploit the potential of the bike because it is the bike itself that asks for it. It’s a peculiarity, not all MotoGP motorcycles require this type of driving, perhaps the Suzuki but the others do not ”.

You have a lot of experience with other manufacturers, do you think this can help you adapt to the Yamaha faster? Do you think that even a lap in Misano, first in racing and then in testing, could be helpful in the process of adapting to the bike, allowing you to do it faster?

“Of course doing a test after the race is the best thing for everyone, both when there are new things to try and, as in my case right now, when there are no things to do. to try but you have to adapt to the bike because its potential is greater than what we have seen, tomorrow I can recover my energy and take a two-day tour if the weather is nice. I think that in the process of adapting to the bike, a lot has to come from the cyclist, the team certainly makes the difference because it takes a lot of help from the team to analyze and focus on the things that are needed, but when the change that needs to be made is big, like what I need to do, a lot has to come from the pilot. If I succeed, I will be able to tell you at the end of 2022, but it is certain that a large percentage must come from me ”.

Morbidelli came back from injury and changed bikes, you already explained your current situation, Valentino is not at the best time of his career and, if you also look at the other Yamaha riders including Crutchlow and the rookies, everyone , apart from Fabio, seems to be struggling. In your opinion, is there a problem with the bike that Quartararo is hiding?

“I can’t know the details, but each time the strongest runner from each brand masks a lot, always. How much depends on who and how, each year. Fabio is definitely doing something special. I have a hard time answering how the bike might not be in shape for certain things or why Fabio is the only one this year, because in 2020 Morbidelli came in front, and he managed to figure out how to pull the best use of the bike I can’t know now because I am the first one not to get the most out of it. It is too early to talk about it ”.


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Best bikes to consider instead of KTM 200 Duke https://www.labougeotte.org/best-bikes-to-consider-instead-of-ktm-200-duke/ https://www.labougeotte.org/best-bikes-to-consider-instead-of-ktm-200-duke/#respond Sun, 19 Sep 2021 05:00:02 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/best-bikes-to-consider-instead-of-ktm-200-duke/ Suzuki Gixxer 250, Husqvarna 250 and more: the best bikes to consider instead of KTM 200 Duke The 200 Duke was a special motorcycle for KTM India as it marked the start of the Austrian brand’s journey here. The naked streetfighter saw strong sales for the company, but then it started to look a bit […]]]>

Suzuki Gixxer 250, Husqvarna 250 and more: the best bikes to consider instead of KTM 200 Duke

The 200 Duke was a special motorcycle for KTM India as it marked the start of the Austrian brand’s journey here. The naked streetfighter saw strong sales for the company, but then it started to look a bit dated and in need of an overhaul. This is exactly what KTM did last year by releasing virtually a new generation of 200 Duke. It is based on a new split trellis frame, has a design inspired by the 1290 Super Duke R and has a larger fuel tank than before. And of course, it still has the energetic single cylinder engine and uses impressive suspension and braking hardware. But the 200 Duke has certainly gotten more expensive in recent years and may not seem like the ideal purchase for people looking for a motorcycle on a budget of around 2 lakh. If you’re one of those folks who are leaning towards buying a KTM 200 Duke but aren’t quite sure, here are some other bikes you can buy in a similar price range.

For reference, KTM 200 Duke has 25 hp with 19 Nm at pressure and will cost you 1.86 lakh (ex-showroom)

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The Gixxer 259 is powered by an oil-cooled 249cc single cylinder that develops 26hp and 22Nm in combination with a six-speed transmission. And while the performance numbers aren’t stellar, the Gixxer 250 certainly shines with its handling dynamics. It rides on a telescopic suspension with mono-shock absorber and swingarm while the braking tasks are performed by disc brakes at each end with dual-channel ABS. Another reason to buy the Gixxer 250 may be its aggressive design and all-LED lighting. When it comes to functionality, the bike has a fully digital LCD dashboard which offers all the necessary information such as speed, trip odometer, tachometer, odometer, clock, fuel consumption, etc.

Suzuki Gixxer 250 performance specifications: 26 hp, 22 Nm
Suzuki Gixxer 250 price in India: ₹ 1.73 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

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Husqvarna and Vitpilen are visually among the most distinct bikes you can find in a budget of around 2 lakh. The minimalist styling and neo-retro design cues set them apart from the rest of the KTM despite the mechanical similarities. The Husqvarna twins are based on the 250 Duke and use KTM’s 248.8cc engine which develops 31hp and 24Nm. The lightweight construction makes the Husqvarna 250 a very agile motorcycle and performance is further enhanced by impressive hardware – WP Apex 43mm USD with mono shock and disc brakes with dual channel ABS. The motorcycle comes with an LCD dashboard which offers all the necessary information such as speed, tachometer, trip odometer, gear position indicator, etc.

Husqvarna 250’s Performances: 31 hp, 24 Nm
Husqvarna 250 price in India: ₹ 2.11 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

BS6 Bajaj Dominar 400 price increase in India

The Dominar 400 is not a streetfighter but rather a tourer. And although sales are not soaring, the Dominar 400 is still very popular in the country, thanks to the liquid-cooled unit’s specifications of 73cc, 39.5hp and 35Nm. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox and also receives a standard slip clutch. What further makes the Dominar 400 a worthwhile buy is the hardware – 43mm inverted forks and monoshock while braking functions are provided by 320mm front and 230mm rear disc brakes with Dual channel ABS. And when it comes to features, the Dominar flagship has a fully digital instrument cluster that offers information like speed, trip odometer, odometer, clock, fuel consumption, and more.

Bajaj Dominar 400’s Performances: 39.5 hp, 35 Nm
Bajaj Dominar 400 price in India: ₹ 2.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

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The new Classic is as different from the KTM 200 Duke as it gets. Still, the new iteration might be a suitable purchase for you if you want a bike that’s suitable for long journeys and can handle rough terrain with ease. The new Classic is powered by a 349cc air-cooled engine capable of delivering around 20hp and 27Nm of maximum torque. This powertrain is offered in combination with a five-speed gearbox. One of the biggest highlights of the new Classic is the instrument cluster – a semi-digital and tripper instrument cluster for turn-by-turn navigation.

Performances of the Royal Enfield Classic 350: 20 hp, 27 Nm
Royal Enfield Classic 350 price in India: ₹ 1.84 lakh to ₹ 2.15 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)


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Bagnaia and Quartararo ready to fight for the victory of San Marino in MotoGP. https://www.labougeotte.org/bagnaia-and-quartararo-ready-to-fight-for-the-victory-of-san-marino-in-motogp/ https://www.labougeotte.org/bagnaia-and-quartararo-ready-to-fight-for-the-victory-of-san-marino-in-motogp/#respond Sat, 18 Sep 2021 20:48:04 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/bagnaia-and-quartararo-ready-to-fight-for-the-victory-of-san-marino-in-motogp/ Francesco Bagnaia stormed another pole position in MotoGP, but Sunday’s weather could be decisive for decide who will win the San Marino Grand Prix. Ducati motorcycles dominated qualifying, representing four of the the first five places, with Jack Miller joining Bagnaia in a one-two for the factory team, ahead of Yamaha championship leader Fabio Quartararo. […]]]>

Francesco Bagnaia stormed another pole position in MotoGP, but Sunday’s weather could be decisive for decide who will win the San Marino Grand Prix.

Ducati motorcycles dominated qualifying, representing four of the the first five places, with Jack Miller joining Bagnaia in a one-two for the factory team, ahead of Yamaha championship leader Fabio Quartararo.

The Ducati-powered Pramac Racing pair of Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco took fourth and fifth places at Misano, a local track for Ducati who will be hoping for a home win.

Bagnaia and Quartaro are waiting for a wet track

Still, Bagnaia and Quartararo both indicated after Saturday’s qualifying session that if it rains, as forecasts suggest, it could be a major factor in the result. A wet track is likely to suit the pole sitter.

Pacer Bagnaia also took pole last week Grand Prix of Aragon and converted that to a race victory, his first at MotoGP level, and he is second in the championship.

He described his fastest lap Saturday time like “unbelievable” and said: “I feel good with everything. I think we did at a really good pace

Ready to fight for victory

“In both conditions, dry and wet, I think we are ready to fight. Of course, in the dry, Fabio has a better pace than in Aragon, so I think it can be a good fight with him, but let’s see, never say never.

“I prefer the dry.It’s very difficult to plan a strategy for tomorrow but I would like to start, attack from the start, and see if I can handle the gap or I will have to fight in the last laps. In any case, we will try to be ready under all conditions.

“It’s the second weekend in a row that all Ducati leading qualifying, and also for me to put the bike in front of Fabio for the championship. We work well, the bike is very competitive and we take a really good step every time. “

Confident quartaro

Quartararo crashed as he was looking to get ahead of Bagnaia on the grid, but the French rider swept him away after the session, stating that he was “totally OK”.

“I just wanted to exaggerate a bit on the braking, but unfortunately it was not working,” Quartararo said on the official MotoGP website. “But it was good, I tried – at least I felt the real limit on the bike. I feel like our pace is really good compared to Aragon, where it wasn’t great. i feel ready for tomorrow – a little surrounded by red [Ducati] bikes but I feel good.

“They’re faster than us in the wet, but my feeling in the dry is super good and I want to continue in this direction. I don’t want to talk about rain and I don’t want to call it. “

Ducati: fourth time on pole

Ducati took four pole positions at Misano, after Casey Stoner topped the timesheets in 2007 and 2008, followed by Jorge Lorenzo three years ago. From these pole-sitters, only Stoner in 2007 took the checkered flag the day of the race.

Last season’s champion Joan Mir had a qualifying session to forget, with a message on the scoreboard on his Suzuki Ecstar bike urging him to dig to prove a red herring. There were no issues with the bike and technical director Ken Kawauchi later apologized for the mistake.

Mir was returned to the track but was only able to finish in 11th place, with Quartararo crash causing yellow flag conditions in the closing phases.

Sad Mir after qualifying issues

“Qualifying was a shame; we didn’t have the potential to fight for pole and we’re honestly pretty far from it, ”said Mir.

“I felt second row was possible, but then I had issues with the front on my first outing and then saw a message on my dash right after I got out for the second run. I thought I had to stop in case there was a problem with the bike, and in the end it impacted my qualifying as well as the yellow flag on my last lap.

“There is no point in being frustrated; the focus is now on racing and I know I have a good pace if I can get off to a good start. “

Qualifying results

1. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) 1: 31.065
2. Jack Miller (Ducati) + 0.249secs
3. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha) +0.302
4. Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) +0.598
5. Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) +0.771
6. Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda) +0.858
7. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) +0.870
8. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) +0.872
9. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) +0.952
10. Maverick Vinales (Aprilia) +1.056
11. Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) +1.361
12. Enea Bastianini (Avintia) +1.396


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Saint moly! Crazy-looking British speed machine hits track in high-speed testing https://www.labougeotte.org/saint-moly-crazy-looking-british-speed-machine-hits-track-in-high-speed-testing/ https://www.labougeotte.org/saint-moly-crazy-looking-british-speed-machine-hits-track-in-high-speed-testing/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 13:01:58 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/saint-moly-crazy-looking-british-speed-machine-hits-track-in-high-speed-testing/ When Max Biaggi set the ground speed record for electric bikes in the semi-aerodynamic category the Last year, Voxan’s Wattman used raw horsepower to make it happen – with 367 hp under pressure for an average of 228 mph. Now British company White Motorcycle Concepts plans to break this record using smart aerodynamics and a […]]]>

When Max Biaggi set the ground speed record for electric bikes in the semi-aerodynamic category the Last year, Voxan’s Wattman used raw horsepower to make it happen – with 367 hp under pressure for an average of 228 mph. Now British company White Motorcycle Concepts plans to break this record using smart aerodynamics and a two-wheel drive transmission.

The company’s manufacture of carbon fiber and machined aluminum is the first demonstrator of a new aerodynamic concept, the brainchild of founder and namesake Robert White, an engineer with a quarter of a century of experience in the sport automobile.

He will also ride the bike in the record attempt, but his plans are much more ambitious than just going fast. He believes the same thinking that makes the WMC250EV 70% more aerodynamic than a Suzuki Hayabusa can be transferred to road bikes, running at reasonable speeds to deliver range, performance, and economy that will likely be particularly useful for motorcycles. electric.

The most obvious party part of the bike is the duct running from the nose – normally where the air pressure is greatest on a conventional bike – to the tail. In addition to reducing the frontal area of ​​the bike, a key part of aerodynamic drag, it lowers the center of pressure up front, so the airflow over 200 mph doesn’t try to lift the wheel. front off the ground as much as on a conventional designed bicycle.

The design means there is more load on the front tire at high speeds, allowing White’s second innovation – 2wd – to come into play. Instead of relying solely on rear tire grip to overcome the Aerodynamic drag on the Bolivian salt marshes where the record attempt will be made, the WMC250EV uses both wheels. It adds traction, and when it comes to setting speed records on land, it’s as important as outright power.

The front wheel is driven by two hub-mounted motors. Two more drive the rear wheel, mounted in front of the swingarm, and transmit the drive through a closed chain transmission. Initially, the bike used brushless motors from Hacker, a German company specializing in light and powerful motors for large rc airplanes.

The rear pair is 40 hp each, the front two are each good for 27 hp, making a total of 134 hp for the initial shape of the bike. This figure will increase as the record attempt gets closer. White believes the existing setup should be enough to raise the UK record north of 200mph later this year, but wants to boost horsepower to over 250kW (335bhp) for world records next year, aiming for over 250 mph.

White concept gets sealed chain drive

Although the WMC250EV is a pure record holder, White sees a future for both its 2WD system and the radical aerodynamics of production bikes. The conventional saddle height means that the channeled design could be used in a street bike, maintaining the high center of gravity needed for cornering as well as an actual riding position.

Plus, the 2WD system opens the door to an energy harvesting system that recharges the batteries while you brake, something current e-bikes lack that only power the rear wheel.

White Motorcycle Concepts WMC250EV explored:

  • The truth of the hole Full-size CFD and wind tunnel testing confirms the bike’s drag is 70% less than that of a Suzuki Hayabusa thanks to the center duct – made of carbon fiber and supporting the rider’s seat and bars.
  • Two-wheel drive A motor on either side of the specially designed Dymag front wheel drives it directly. Hacker’s motors have relatively low revs, eliminating the need for a reduction gear. HEL calipers and EBC brake discs are also installed.
  • Cable steering A steering rod would block the aero intake, so the front wheel of the WMC250EV, mounted on a Bimota Tesi style front swingarm, is directed via flexible cables routed to either side of the duct.
  • Sealed chain drive The rear motors drive a closed chain, which allows White to use fine oil, sprayed on the chain to lubricate and cool it during high-speed races, without it being thrown onto the wheel and the tire. White also sees the potential of the system on road bikes, with lower power losses and reduced maintenance compared to exposed chains.
  • Battery in the chassis The entire lower part of the bike is machined aluminum, which is used to mount the lithium-ion batteries and form the main section of the bike’s structural frame.


White Motorcycle Concepts WMC250EV targets 250mph with radical low-drag design

First published on 23 Jun 2021 by Ben Purvis

WMC250EV in wind tunnel

A new British company from the motorsport heart of Northamptonshire has revealed the radical new machine to attempt the British and world electric land speed records over the next year.

Rob White, founder and driving force behind White Motorcycle Concepts, has been working on the WMC250EV for over two years, creating a revolutionary aerodynamic, two-wheel drive bike that has already managed to garner considerable funding and support.

The bike breaks with conventional speed record machines, which put the rider as low as possible for aerodynamic gains, sticking to a conventional saddle height but adding a large duct, dubbed “V-Air” which crosses the bike. Tests, both in simulators and in the MIRA wind tunnel, have shown that the design reduces wind resistance by 70% compared to the more aerodynamic production bikes.

Robert White on his WMC250EV at Silverstone

It also reduces front lift, allowing the company to drive the front wheel as well as the rear to maximize traction, while a third innovation – called “F-Drive” – ​​includes a fully integrated chain drive. inside the swingarm which improves efficiency over a conventional design.

The name WMC250EV reflects the intention to go beyond 250 mph, breaking the 228 mph record set by Max Biaggi on the Voxan Wattman last year. Initially, the company is aiming for 200 mph and a UK record later this year using four electric motors – two powering the rear wheel and another pair in the front hub – with a total of 100 kW (134 hp). This power will then be increased for the world record attempt in Bolivia in 2022.

“If you want to show the rest of the world that you’ve just invented a new aerodynamic concept that means you can go faster for a given horsepower, the best thing to do is go as fast as possible,” White explains. “That’s why we created the WMC250EV high-speed demonstrator, the most radical version of this concept, to challenge the world speed record on land.”

He believes the same thinking can still provide significant benefits when toned down for road bikes, saying, “While this technology allows you to go faster, it also allows you to go much further for road bikes. the same amount of energy. direct and tangible benefit on the reduction of C02. “

The company’s next project, a 300cc three-wheeled scooter based on the Yamaha Tricity 300, illustrates the potential of the idea at the other end of the performance envelope, with a 25% drag reduction and adds a hybrid system to the existing combustion engine to offer 500cc performance and 50% less CO2 emissions.

Watch a video about Rob White and the project here:


White noise: the technological secrets of a daring British attempt to break the electric bike record

First published on Jun 16, 2021 by Ben Purvis

Rob White poses with the WMC250EV

A new British challenger to the electric land speed record for motorcycles will be officially unveiled next week at Silverstone.

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Created by Northants-based White Motorcycle Concepts, the WMC250EV promises radical aero and electric drive solutions, using the ground speed record to prove their efficiency.

So far, the company has only revealed ripped-off glimpses of the machine, but is optimistic its ideas can translate into improved consumer electricity.

While the full reveal isn’t expected until June 23, White Motorcycle Concepts says the bike incorporates three key technologies, dubbed “V-Air,” “D-Drive,” and “F-Drive.”

Rob White tests the aerodynamics of his bike in Mira

They are intended to help him break the record for a semi-aerodynamic electric motorcycle, set at 366.94 km / h (228.05 mph) by Max Biaggi on the Voxan Wattman last October, but also to have applications beyond.

Founder and CEO Robert White – an engineer with 24 years of experience in the motorsport industry – will ride the bike and aim to set the UK speed record later this year and then the world record in 2022.

The “V-Air” aerodynamic innovation is said to reduce drag by 69%. In the process, the system also increases downforce and stability, and although the speed recording machine is an extreme interpretation of the idea, White believes it can be integrated into mainstream machines at the to come up.

Electric energy

“D-Drive”, the second piece of the puzzle, adds drive to the front wheel as well as the rear. By adding front-wheel drive, the door is also opened for efficient regenerative braking, something that has been absent from electric motorcycles until now because the front wheel – responsible for most of the braking – is usually not connected to the motor. transmission.

The third technology still secret, “F-Drive”, concerns the final transmission. White Motorcycle Concepts claims that it improves the efficiency of the final drive and could also be adapted to existing motorcycles.

White said, “This is the culmination of two years of hard work and I’m very happy to finally be able to share these innovations that are truly disrupting the market. “

A second project, dubbed WMC300FR, is being developed around the company’s V-Air technology to demonstrate the feasibility of the idea at lower speeds on a city-oriented road machine, with the three-way scooter. Yamaha Tricity 300 wheels as a reference.


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Pakistani auto industry in the eyes of a schoolboy https://www.labougeotte.org/pakistani-auto-industry-in-the-eyes-of-a-schoolboy/ https://www.labougeotte.org/pakistani-auto-industry-in-the-eyes-of-a-schoolboy/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 06:30:31 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/pakistani-auto-industry-in-the-eyes-of-a-schoolboy/ Guest screenwriter: Zaim Butt Zaim is an 8th grader and a car enthusiast. The young boy is passionate about cars and keeps abreast of the latest automotive trends. His dream car is the BMW i8 Roadster. Here are his thoughts on the Pakistani auto industry. The car is an incredible find. In the past, people […]]]>

Guest screenwriter: Zaim Butt

Zaim is an 8th grader and a car enthusiast. The young boy is passionate about cars and keeps abreast of the latest automotive trends. His dream car is the BMW i8 Roadster. Here are his thoughts on the Pakistani auto industry.

The car is an incredible find. In the past, people did not believe that such a machine could exist. Yet someone did, which shows the power of the human spirit. My books tell me that the very first car was made in 1886 by a German Carl Benz, called the Benz Patent Motor Car. This vehicle was powered by a gasoline engine and was the birth certificate of the automotive industry. In Pakistan, the first vehicle was manufactured in 1953 at the National Motors factory in Karachi.

Since then, the three market leaders of Pakistani automotive industry are Honda Atlas, Toyota Indus and Pak Suzuki. Currently, the Big Three have the highest market shares. According to the latest data from the Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association (PAMA), Suzuki has sold over 60% of total cars this year, followed by Toyota and Honda.

Personally, I am a Honda fan because of the fascinating range of its cars and the value of its brand. The Honda Civic is our family car, and it’s totally amazing.

I still think there should be competition in the market and a lot of variety for consumers. I think new car manufacturers entering the industry need some time to settle in. New manufacturers like KIA, Hyundai and MG are branding their capital, and soon they will be giving the three market leaders some hooligan time.

Electric vehicles in Pakistan

Then there are the electric cars. Electric vehicle (EV) technology has been introduced in many countries. Big names like Tesla are working there. Electric vehicles have entered the Pakistani market, but it will take decades to convert to electric cars.

Pakistan is on the list of the most polluted countries in the world, be it air, land or water. Electric vehicles can help us and our next generations to breathe clean air. The government of Pakistan and Prime Minister Imran Khan are working on it, but they should be more deliberate on the matter.

Car prices in Pakistan

The prices of cars and bicycles are rising shockingly day by day, which is not at all acceptable. As Chairman of PakWheels Mr Suneel Munj says that the 2021 budget only benefits the rich, not the poor, and I totally agree.

In Pakistan, 24.3% of the population lives below the national poverty line. The government should think about this issue and try to help and support the poor. They relaxed cars in the 2021-2022 budget and then shockingly increased gasoline prices. If a person buys a car, they need gasoline to drive it. Ultimately, he could face financial problems due to the very high oil prices. I think the government is playing with the citizens, but perhaps they will take good initiatives in the future.

I would like to end with a note that PakWheels is a great platform for young people and teens like me and millions of people who are interested in cars and bicycles. Thank you PakWheels for giving me this opportunity to share my perspective on Pakistani automotive industry.


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MotoGP: Would Misano be better the other way around? | MotoGP https://www.labougeotte.org/motogp-would-misano-be-better-the-other-way-around-motogp/ https://www.labougeotte.org/motogp-would-misano-be-better-the-other-way-around-motogp/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 15:09:37 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/motogp-would-misano-be-better-the-other-way-around-motogp/ Amid the safety changes made to Misano for its return to the MotoGP World Championship calendar in 2007, there was the unusual movement of changing the track direction from counterclockwise to clockwise. MotoGP Crash Podcast – Click here to listen to Keith Huewen, Harry Benjamin and our own Pete McLaren talk about MotoGP The original […]]]>

Amid the safety changes made to Misano for its return to the MotoGP World Championship calendar in 2007, there was the unusual movement of changing the track direction from counterclockwise to clockwise.

The original steering was used by the Grand Prix from 1982 to 1993, when Wayne Rainey suffered career-ending injuries after falling into a gravel pit dug in deep ruts, to stop cars rather than bikes.

While the change in direction of the track allowed for more runoff, it meant that previous acceleration zones had become braking zones and vice versa.

The biggest difference was on the back straight, where what had been a series of ever faster left-handers leading up to the straight turned into a succession of tight right-turns, starting with the dreaded Curvone, at the end of the straight line.

One runner who, unsurprisingly, would prefer an anti-clockwise direction is eight-time world champion Marc Marquez, who has a breathtaking record at “left” venues, underscored by the Sachsenring’s victory this year and a another victory challenge in Aragon last Sunday.

“Although Misano is one of the oldest tracks on the current MotoGP calendar, it has been completely improved and this makes it a modern track,” said Marquez, who has won six wins at Misano in all categories.

“In Assen, for example, you can see how old he is when you look at the pits and some details of the track, but in Misano it’s not like that.

“For me, the old direction of Misano would have been better because it would be a left-hand circuit and I’m still better in this area,” confirmed the Repsol Honda rider.

“You can see that at some corners where you see the line would be more fun in the other direction, as a lot of them seem to be designed to go backwards.

“But it’s still an entertaining circuit and its current clockwise direction makes it safer and offers better areas of runoff.”

Reigning world champion Joan Mir has agreed that the facility facelift means Misano is not showing its age.

“Although Misano is an old circuit, the paddock and the track have been kept updated so you don’t see anything different, but of course you can still feel the unique atmosphere of Misano,” said the driver. Suzuki.

“Everyone who works there is completely involved, there are always a lot of fans and there is also a track layout that I really like.

“It would be fun [to ride in the original direction], but now everything is set in the opposite direction, although the quick right turn 11 is to the left and you also have strong acceleration coming out of the left turns. “

His teammate Alex Rins believes he would still prefer the current clockwise direction.

“I think with the changes already made it would be impossible today to ride in the opposite direction for safety reasons. Leaving that question aside, I think I would still prefer the current direction of the race,” said he declared.

Misano is one of the circuits chosen to help flesh out the MotoGP calendar with two rounds per season, this year and the last, due to the Covid pandemic.

Perhaps with that in mind, Alex Marquez suggested that it would be “fun” if a future circuit was designed to meet MotoGP’s safety requirements for two-way racing.

“You see that some corners [at Misano] appear to be designed to go backwards, but doing it in the original direction would require major changes, ”said the LCR Honda rider.

“In any case, it wouldn’t be bad if in the future there was a circuit prepared to run in both directions, it would surely be fun.”

Meanwhile, the events of Misano 2021 will mark the farewell of local legend Valentino Rossi, who is retiring at the end of this season.

“Valentino’s farewell will make Misano an extraordinary event. We’re going to see yellow in all the stands, ”said Rins.

Although last year’s two rounds of Misano went back to back, this year’s events are divided by a trip to COTA.


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Aragon MotoGP: Mir regrets the first laps behind Aleix; ‘he was not stronger’ | MotoGP https://www.labougeotte.org/aragon-motogp-mir-regrets-the-first-laps-behind-aleix-he-was-not-stronger-motogp/ https://www.labougeotte.org/aragon-motogp-mir-regrets-the-first-laps-behind-aleix-he-was-not-stronger-motogp/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 10:29:43 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/aragon-motogp-mir-regrets-the-first-laps-behind-aleix-he-was-not-stronger-motogp/ Joan Mir won his fifth MotoGP podium of the season after edging out Aleix Espargaro and Jack Miller for third place in Aragon. MotoGP Crash Podcast – Click here to listen to Keith Huewen, Harry Benjamin and our own Pete McLaren talk about MotoGP Mir was fifth in the first part of the race until […]]]>

Joan Mir won his fifth MotoGP podium of the season after edging out Aleix Espargaro and Jack Miller for third place in Aragon.

Mir was fifth in the first part of the race until Miller – third at the time – was wide in the last corner, which allowed the Suzuki and Espargaro rider to pass.

However, a slightly disappointed Mir felt that the challenge of victory was possible if he hadn’t been stuck behind the Aprilia man.

While Mir finally passed Espargaro, the first two of Francesco Bagnaia and Marc Marquez had already built a three second advantage.

The Spaniard managed to cut his times and tie the two leaders, but it was too little, too late for last season’s champion.

“I tried to do my best but it was not enough for the victory today. I think the problem was the first part of the race behind Aleix [Espargaro] and Jacques [Miller], I wasted a lot of time, ”Mir said.

“Then I was probably doing the same pace as the guys up front. But it wasn’t enough to finally fight for the win.

“I’m happy because we are working very well, we probably need a little more to fight for the victories, but still a podium is good.”

Speaking after the race, Mir also referred to the exact difficulties he encountered in trying to overtake Espargaro, as “acceleration and braking” are areas that need to be improved.

Mir added, “He wasn’t stronger, he was right in front. I could see that the Aprilia was strong under acceleration.

“He could have stopped the bike well. It’s always difficult to overtake these (type) of bikes, before it was easier to overtake in the straight line, but now I’m not even able to be close.

“We lack acceleration compared to the others. We lose a lot in a straight line, not for the engine, but just for the acceleration.

“I hope to improve in this area and also in the braking zone and let’s see.”


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Espargaro prefers “manual” ride height system to Aprilia MotoGP’s “automatic” system | MotoGP https://www.labougeotte.org/espargaro-prefers-manual-ride-height-system-to-aprilia-motogps-automatic-system-motogp/ https://www.labougeotte.org/espargaro-prefers-manual-ride-height-system-to-aprilia-motogps-automatic-system-motogp/#respond Sat, 11 Sep 2021 19:01:17 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/espargaro-prefers-manual-ride-height-system-to-aprilia-motogps-automatic-system-motogp/ MotoGP rear ride height systems have already gone from one-off use at the start of a race to repeated activation when accelerating hard on long straights. MotoGP Crash Podcast – Click here to listen to Keith Huewen, Harry Benjamin and our own Pete McLaren talk about MotoGP But the most advanced systems are now starting […]]]>

MotoGP rear ride height systems have already gone from one-off use at the start of a race to repeated activation when accelerating hard on long straights.

But the most advanced systems are now starting to move from “manual” to “automatic”.

Manual systems – still used by most teams – instantly lower the bike each time the rider pulls a lever out of a turn (then reset upon hard braking for the next turn).

Rather, the new versions are designed to allow the rider to activate the system before the turn, and then – using hydraulic and mechanical connectors, combined with a weight transfer from braking to acceleration – let the bike lower. automatically on exit.

Suspicions that Ducati, at the forefront of wheeling and ride height reduction systems, had made such a breakthrough was heightened when this year’s technical rules covering suspensions and shock absorbers tripled in size.

Previously, the rules simply stated that no “electronically controlled suspension, ride height and steering damper system” was allowed, adding: “Adjustments to the suspension and steering damper systems may not be allowed. be carried out only by manual human inputs and mechanical / hydraulic adjusters “.

But the new text also clarified that the settings can be “determined passively by forces / displacements directly transmitted by mechanical / hydraulic connections (for example, the position of the suspension, the load, the acceleration, the pitch … can be used as mechanical triggers for passive adjustment).

“For example, ride height systems that operate on collapsible elements that collapse / expand under the load to which they are subjected and are locked / unlocked by the rider and / or by mechanically triggered locks are authorized. “

In other words, the exact moment the suspension rods “collapse / extend” to lower the bike can be “passively” triggered by the transfer of weight during braking and acceleration.

The rules also seem to leave the option open for a fully mechanically triggered ride height system (without a pilot needing to prime the device).

However, unless the need for hard braking to reset the suspension was overcome, there would be a risk that a fully automatic system would deploy out of a slow turn followed by a faster turn, leaving the bike “stuck” in the lowered position.

Anyway, the appearance of a small hydraulic cylinder behind the front suspension fork is one of the new “automatic” systems.

Aleix Espargaro first tried Aprilia’s version of an automatic ride height system in Austria, before reverting to the standard manual version of Silverstone.

After qualifying in sixth place in Aragon, the Spaniard spoke about button automation and why he currently prefers the manual deployment method.

“Ducati invented this, but Aprilia was faster than any Japanese manufacturer, including KTM, to develop this. They did very well,” Espargaro began.

“I had the manual device three or four months ago. I had the device – it’s not automatic, but let’s call it the automatic device – in Austria. So we are still trying.

“At first I had it on the right side, on the throttle side, which is not easy. Now I have on the left side. But I don’t really like it either, so now I have both sides automatic and it depends on the track.

“But I prefer to use the manual here. Pushing and then removing a button as well when pushing on the track is very difficult. For example, before the straight line here there is the chicane, so the automation was difficult to operate. , so I prefer to use the manual.

“As soon as I accelerate, I push down on it and the bike falls and I have less nose-up. Friday I tried out both bikes, automatic and manual, and decided to stay on the manual.”

Regardless of how it is activated, Espargaro praised the non-intrusive way the RS-GP lowers and then returns to its normal position.

“This [ride height] it works very well on the Aprilia, especially when you activate the system the bike accelerates much more. You have less wheelie, ”he said.

“The problem we had at the start was that when you were on the brakes to take the system out it was super aggressive and I had some issues up front.

“Aprilia did a really good job. Now on the brakes I don’t feel if they’re on or off which is fantastic. So I can’t wait for the preseason to decide if I’ll use the manual. or I will make it use the automatic on the left or on the right [next year].

“I asked Aprilia to change the location a bit to make it easier. So we’re mostly working to make it easier for the rider, but the system is fantastic.”

Meanwhile, at the other end of the ride height development ladder is Suzuki, which has become the sixth and last factory to introduce a rear system after the summer break in Austria.

While the system initially performed well on the stop-go track of the Red Bull Ring, the fine tuning required for the Silverstone fluid circuit saw the device removed from the GSX-RRs.

He was then reinstated for Aragon this weekend, which offers a slow chicane on a long back straight, the ideal scenario.

But defending champion Joan Mir felt he had no choice but to remove the device due to braking issues, likely caused by the rear of the bike popping up too aggressively when the system disengaged.

“Removing the device is not the [best] manner. But we can see with the device, at the moment it is not on the best performance. So we have to improve the device a lot more to use it all the time, ”said Mir, who qualified seventh.

“The key to the device is that when you use it, you don’t feel like you have it on the bike. At the moment, there is a difference. ” stop the bike with the device on the bike.

“I hope to have a new [version of the] device and soon. I’m probably the only rider on the grid who doesn’t use the device and it’s free time I’m wasting. “

Teammate Alex Rins has confirmed that he continues to use the device, due to the acceleration and top speed gains (also due to the lower drag of a ‘smaller’ bike) on the straights.

Meanwhile, Aprilia’s ride height system isn’t Aragon’s only boost for Espargaro, who also confirmed they have an engine upgrade for this weekend.

“Yes, since this morning I have used a new engine with a very small difference compared to the one I used at the start of the season,” he said. “But, I have to say I’m happy. The acceleration is a bit better. Top speed especially in sixth, especially when I’m alone, not in the rough.

“We still have to improve a bit, but especially in the acceleration phase, he has a little more power. So it’s always welcome. I know I won’t get an engine that gives 15 more horsepower one day. So these small steps are more than welcome.

“I can’t wait to try it out tomorrow in the race, to fight with the others, with the best guys, to see if the engine will be better, but it looks good. It looks promising.”


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Child ‘unable to sleep’ as Northamptonshire bicycle thefts leave family ‘shattered’ https://www.labougeotte.org/child-unable-to-sleep-as-northamptonshire-bicycle-thefts-leave-family-shattered/ https://www.labougeotte.org/child-unable-to-sleep-as-northamptonshire-bicycle-thefts-leave-family-shattered/#respond Wed, 08 Sep 2021 10:42:25 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/child-unable-to-sleep-as-northamptonshire-bicycle-thefts-leave-family-shattered/ The theft of off-road motorcycles in Northamptonshire has left a child ‘unable to sleep’ in an incident the family calls a ‘soul destroyer’. On September 2, between 1 and 6 a.m., a burglar entered a house on Manor Road in Rothwell. During the heist, three motorcycles were stolen – two Yamaha DTR 125s and a […]]]>

The theft of off-road motorcycles in Northamptonshire has left a child ‘unable to sleep’ in an incident the family calls a ‘soul destroyer’.

On September 2, between 1 and 6 a.m., a burglar entered a house on Manor Road in Rothwell.

During the heist, three motorcycles were stolen – two Yamaha DTR 125s and a Suzuki RM 125, which was later recovered nearby.

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Two helmets and a set of keys were also taken in the incident.

Elouise Botterill, 39, said the atmosphere in the house was “heartbreaking” after the theft and that it was “more than just bicycles”.

Her 12-year-old son, who has mental health problems, has moved on to live with his grandmother because he “cannot bear” to stay at home.

She said, “They broke into our man cave to enter the house, ripped the entire top of the window to enter, and forced the door to open.

“They unlocked the back garage door and took the three bikes, along with a helmet and our front door key.

“A bike, we ended up hiding down the road in some bushes, but the other two and the helmet are still missing.



Family ‘heartbroken’ over burglary

“It devastated our family, especially my 12 year old who already has mental health issues and my partner too.

“We watched every day and night. I am constantly sharing on Facebook trying to get as much coverage as possible.

“I’m not giving up, they have ruined more than they think.”

Elouise said the family “didn’t hear a thing” because the dog didn’t bark, but they believe the thief knew where the bikes were stored.

They found the black Yamaha stickers “ripped off and thrown in the bushes” on the roundabout near Spinney Industrial Estate in Northampton.

She said: “My 19 year old son is still very angry, my 12 year old son cannot sleep and wants to stay downstairs because he is afraid it will happen again.

“My three-year-old keeps asking where the bikes are. My partner, their father, is broken and his sanity has deteriorated.

“He thinks he let us down as they invaded our home, our safe place and his destructive soul. They took more than the bikes that night, they took our safety.

“To think that they were in the house, where our boys sleep, I just can’t say – it’s devastating.”

“It has affected us financially as well and it will take a long time to get back to normal if we ever do.”

The family was restoring the white Yamaha DT125R with the model “quite sought after” and “the only one in this condition in Northamptonshire”.



A distinctive helmet was also stolen
A distinctive helmet was also stolen

Elouise has also received messages from people on Facebook who claim to have spotted the bikes in the Kingsthorpe, Kings Heath and Blackthorn areas of Northampton.

A Northamptonshire Police spokesperson confirmed that a man had been arrested in connection with the incident.

They said: “A 35-year-old Northampton man arrested in connection with the burglary has been released under investigation.

“Anyone with information about the incident or the location of any of the stolen property is asked to call 101, regarding incident reference 21000509667.”


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“Happy” Maverick Vinales feeling “very strong” on Aprilia | MotoGP https://www.labougeotte.org/happy-maverick-vinales-feeling-very-strong-on-aprilia-motogp/ https://www.labougeotte.org/happy-maverick-vinales-feeling-very-strong-on-aprilia-motogp/#respond Wed, 01 Sep 2021 17:56:40 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/happy-maverick-vinales-feeling-very-strong-on-aprilia-motogp/ It only took a few runs for Maverick Vinales in Misano’s private practice this week to decide to race for Aprilia next weekend in Aragon. MotoGP Crash Podcast – Click here to listen to Keith Huewen, Harry Benjamin and our own Pete McLaren talk about MotoGP After a year of roller coaster emotions – including […]]]>

It only took a few runs for Maverick Vinales in Misano’s private practice this week to decide to race for Aprilia next weekend in Aragon.

After a year of roller coaster emotions – including winning the season opener in Qatar, finishing last at the Sachsenring, a finalist a week later in Assen then a two-part “divorce” from Yamaha on both sides. other from the summer break – the 26th – One year old called the Aprilia test “the happiest moments of my life”.

“Because after five years there [at Yamaha] having ups and downs and we didn’t get a lot of things, at the end you say ‘what’s going on?’ But as soon as I moved to Aprilia I know my potential, I know even more what I’m capable of, “said Vinales.

Race winner for both Suzuki (1) and Yamaha (8), the Spaniard admitted he was nervous before his first encounter with a V4 engine.

179 laps later (65 Tuesday, then 114 today) and Vinales had taken the RS-GP to a fastest lap of 1m32.4s, equaling what he had managed to win for Yamaha in the grand prize of the year last and 0.8s under the fastest Aprilia race lap.

“Honestly, I went [into the test] without waiting, because you never know how the bike will react, “said Vinales.” But I have to say I was a little nervous because I had never tried another [V4] motor.

“I used to ride bikes with an Inline 4 fitted, but was quite surprised to find that the way I adapted to the engine was pretty easy and that’s good. Basically the bike really has a [good] the handling of the engine, which is also very important for a long race.

“What I have to change is that the way of braking is a little different. It’s a big learning process because the way you can brake with Aprilia is totally different and for that I will need more turns.

“And also Aleix [Espargaro] is very hard braking and I will need to learn a little bit from him how he does that hard braking. But I think it will come with confidence. This is the important point. “

The level of ease with which Vinales felt on the Aprilia meant he wanted to run the RS-GP after only “three runs”. These debuts will therefore be in Aragon next weekend.

“It’s the best way to prepare for next year,” Vinales said. “Although maybe I’m not ready because it’s hard for the riding style to be one with the bike because I used to ride a completely different bike.

“But I think that in Aragon I will understand a little more, also riding with Aleix, he is fast so I can quickly learn how the bike works.

“But I feel strong. I feel very strong and that’s the good thing.

“Now I have the opportunity to do six races and it is much better than doing just five days of [winter] trial. I will try to prepare myself well, also with Aleix, the 2022 bike, which is very important to me. “

When Vinales signed for Aprilia, the RS-GP still hadn’t made it into the MotoGP top five. That all changed on Sunday when Espargaro celebrated an emotional third place in the British Grand Prix.

“The atmosphere is really strong and coming from a podium is also the best time to join the team and try to give them feedback,” said Vinales.

“Of course Aleix and Savadori did an amazing job because they go very fast and the bike runs well. I was quite surprised because the adaptation to the bike was quite quick.”

Initially negotiating to leave Yamaha at the end of this season, Aprilia’s early debut was only possible after the split that followed her suspension for engine over-revving in Austria.

But was Vinales surprised that Yamaha, under the conditions of separation, did not prevent him from racing for Aprilia until 2022?

“No, that’s right. Everyone should have the opportunity and leave it to the past,” he replied.

“After everything that happened, the only thing in mind was to keep riding, I won’t give up!” Vinales swore. “Until my goals are met, I will continue to move forward very hard.

“I’m going to push my hardest from the first lap in Aragon. I know my place at Aprilia for what it is, so I need to push so badly. I need to improve and I have to keep going.”

With Vinales alongside Espargaro, rookie Lorenzo Savadori will be transferred to tests and joker duties.


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