Monday, 23 August PM Edition
[url=http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/features/122_1009_motorcyclist_of_the_year/index.html]Motocyclist Magazine[/url] 2010 Motorcyclist of the Year - BMW's Hendrik von Kuenheim
[b]Formula 1 and ÔÇª[/b]
[url=http://en.espnf1.com/ferrari/motorsport/story/26271.html?CMP=OTC-RSS]espnf1.com[/url]: Ferrari prepared to launch civil action against the FIA
Team orders resulted in $100K in fines so far and a trip the World Motorsport Council could see FerrariÔÇÖs championship points take a dip. If this happens then it will be off to the French courts. They were not friendly to the [url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/formulaone/ferrari/7960832/Fernando-Alonso-should-be-docked-points-for-Ferrari-team-orders-fiasco-says-Max-Mosley.html]Mosley[/url] run FIA will they deal differently now that the FIA has changed leadership and approaches?
Follow up | [url=http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?id=49055&PO=49055]itv-f1.com[/url]: Force India / Aerolab dispute escalates
[url=http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A//globoesporte.globo.com/motor/formula-1/noticia/2010/08/mark-webber-relembra-tempos-de-instrutor-e-gandula-na-liga-de-rugbi.html&hl=en&langpair=auto|en&tbb=1&ie=utf-8]Mark Webber[/url] is reportedly vague about his future in F1 after the 2010 season.
Nico Rosberg talks about his steering wheel
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[b]On the Street[/b]
[url=http://www.dealernews.com/dealernews/LATEST+NEWS/Men-turning-to-motorcycles-in-mid-life-crises-UK-i/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/684191?ref=25]dealernews.com[/url]: Men turning to motorcycles in mid-life crisis, U.K. insurer survey says
- my life has always been in crisis so I became an early adoptor.
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[b]FWIW[/b] / [b]Bike Candy[/b]
[url=http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/New-bikes/2010/august/BMW-HP2-Evo-Fighter/_/R-EPI-126279]MCN[/url] ran this concept drawing inked by [url= http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A//motosketches.blogspot.com/&hl=en&langpair=auto|en&tbb=1&ie=utf-8 ]Oberdan Bezzi[/url] for a BMW street fighter to take on the likes of the [urlhttp://www.streetfighter.ducati.com/jspstreetfighter/studio.jsp]Ducati Streetfighter. [/img]
I like it but hope BMW does a few things differently
I spent some of this past weekend messing around over at [url=http://www.baxtercycle.com/]Baxter Cycles[/url] a wonderful anomaly in the little berg of [url=http://www.marneiowa.com/]Marne Iowa[/url]. This is a Triumph dealer with an incredible stock of vintage British iron and parts; but that is another story for another time.
Baxter Cycle Days brings the Triumph demo truck to town. If you have been to a BMW MOA national and seen the BMW demo setup roll in and set up you know what this is all about. I spent some time with the [url=http://www.triumph.co.uk/usa/default.aspx]Triumph[/url] Speed Triple and its smaller sibling the Street Triple. The Speed Triple was introduced in 1995 and defined the hooligan bike class right from the start. Upgrades to engine and frame landed it a Best Naked award from Cycle World in 2006. In the accompanying paragraphs there was a sentence along the lines of ÔÇÿif you have a scintilla of hooligan in you system there is a Speed Triple with your name on it.ÔÇÖ
Poverty is the only reason a bright red Speed Triple with a white center strip (see BR&MR post #14 ) isnÔÇÖt sitting next to my Roadster.
The Ducati Streetfighter may be the inspiration for Bezzi but Herr von Kuenheim if you are reading this the Street Tiple and its sibling are what your hooligan bike would be compared too. I know you have said there will not be a naked hooligan S1000RR (I would be hard pressed not to buy one if you built it even though I am poor.) so lets use the HP2 and some advice from my college wrestling coach to make a few changes.
At 265, and a bit more as the season went bye, I was small for a college heavyweight wrestler. My coaches advice was to ignore watching the heavy weight wrestlers and focus on the 118 lb wrestlers and their moves. IF I were to win against the 400lb monsters on the mat it would be by using relative speed and agility not trying to go toe to toe with them. Listen to my coach Her von Kuenheim.
The HP2 is a great engine but will it hold its own against the Speed Triple on the street and in the showroom? Maybe but the non BMW is going to wonder about the flat twin engine and shaft drive. LetÔÇÖs build a ÔÇÿ118lbÔÇÖ bike using some of the HP2 as a starting point.
Take one cylinder from the HP, breath on it and mount it on a lower end/transmission that delivers its power to the rear wheel with a chain. Mount all of this into a chassis with ergonomics that have the midlife crisis gentleman sport rider/hooligan in mind. Keep the weight down to the minimum to meet the class requirements while giving it the handling agility to whip the Speed Triple and Streetfighter into submission on the double letter Wisconsin roads I love to play on.
Congratulations on your Motorcyclist of the Year Award. We are all waiting to see what you have in mind for expanding the sport portion of your lineup. I am certain Mr. Bezzi would be as willing as I am to help you with some ideas.