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    SBK


    Yamaha-racig: Melandri and Laverty complete successful Valencia superbike test

    ducatinewstoday: Feracci to run Ducati Superbike Team?

    Video season summaries are appearing in many places. This is from BMW France and FSBK


    MotoGP

    eurosport.yahoo.com: Lorenzo leaving bad news for rivals

    motorcycledaily.com: Stoner stuns paddock at Valencia

    allaboutbikes.com: Pedrosa to get shoulder scans could need surgery

    motomatters.com: Valencia MotoGP test imagaes.

    Formula 1

    thechicaneblog.com: Remaking Grand Prix – WAIT WHAT?

    Christian Horner Red Bull team principal reiterated there will be no team orders for this weekend’s race. A Red Bull could win the race and loose the driver championship in the process. Alonso dismisses any talk that that would taint a title for him.

    fia.com: Media Kit Abu Dhabi GP

    Press Conference
    DRIVERS: Fernando ALONSO (Ferrari), Lewis HAMILTON (McLaren), Nico H?£LKENBERG (Williams), Sebastian VETTEL (Red Bull), Mark WEBBER (Red Bull)

    Sir Richard Branson’s goal was to turn a profit with the Virgin F1 team. He has done that but has sold an undisclosed part of the team to Russian car builder Marussia in the process. The deal was announced today the Financial Times, Marussia is buying part of the stake owned by LDC, the private equity arm of British bank Lloyds. The figure of €10 million has been suggested as LDC’s original investment. The Marussia investment will no doubt be greater over the next four years. The other shareholders are Virgin, Manor Motorsport and Wirth Research.


    Other Racing


    fim-live.com: BMW BMP Elf 99 dominates free practice at Doha

    roadracingworld.com: BMW BMP Elf 99 on provisional pole for 8 Hours of Doha EWC Race


    On the Street

    dealernews.com: Accident in India causes PR headache for Harley-Davidson

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: Harley-Davidson forgoes $25 million in tax incentives

    bolty.net: A puzzle for electrical gremlin hunters

    HFL

    Here’s one to bookmark for slow reading. Motobog.it has compiled a list of all the new model bikes introduced at the recent EICMA show and provided a click through to a product summary of the bikes and photo gallery. Click your way through the EICMA instead of walking.

    webbikeworld.com: ho to make a motorcycle helmet
    Webbikeworld tours the Nolan helmet plant. Video included


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    SBK

    worldsbk.com: Berger breaks into Superbike with Supersonic

    Sorting through Leon Haslam’s tweets can be a bit daunting. He is an active young man with active thumbs. What I have sorted I, at least I think I have, is he and Corser are doing a BMW fitness camp and 5 days of testing this month. Then again it could be just a lot of fun.

    Formula 1

    fia.com: Friday Press Conference

    autosport.com: Alonso happy if Hamilton stays in front

    attwilliams.com: Abu Dahbi from an engine’s perspective

    autosport.com: Heidfeld in talks over Renault drive
    With Petrov likely to go to Marussia Virgin next year Heidfeld would be number 2 at Renault F1 to his number 2 at BMW Sauber.



    Other Racing

    Third pole position for the BMW Elf 99 team

    fim-live.com: 8 Hours of Doha qualifications

    bmwmotorrad.co.za: Preparing for the International GS Trophy

    hondaproracing.com: Team Honda Europe begin Dakar testing in Tunisia



    bmwmcmag.com: S 1000 RR joins exclusive 200mph Club

    racecar-engineering.com: Chevy heads back to Indycar

    On the Street

    Triumph fired a shot with the new Tiger 800s now they take a second shot with price.
    hellforleathermagazine.com: Triumph Tiger priced at $9,999
    Could this start a price war? Only if the Tiger can live up to its hype, but the heat is on.

    motorcycle-usa.com: Yamaha Super Tenere first ride

    sportrider.com: Two different motorcycle crash studies moving ahead

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: Flash back. BMW R32

    bikeadvice.in: How motorcycle tires are manufactured







    bolty.net: Adios, Gerbing’s controller

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    Formula 1

    Here is the setup information for the final Grand Prix of the season. The driver championship will be decided today and could be in doubt to the final lap.

    Saturday Qualifying
    Classification
    Lap Times
    Maximum Speeds
    Sector Times
    Speed Trap

    Post Qualifying Press Conference
    DRIVERS:
    1. Sebastian VETTEL (Red Bull), 1m39.394s
    2. Lewis HAMILTON (McLaren), 1m39.425s
    3. Fernando ALONSO (Ferrari), 1m39.792s

    formula1.com: Qualifying Analysis

    Q&A
    Vettel and Hamilton on their chances to win Sunday’s race and the championship. Alonso would seem to be in the catbird seat.

    Team orders are in place for all teams; win!

    Going into this season I picked Vettel to win the Driver Championship calling him a dark horse. He continues to be even though I pick him to win this race. Alonso is in that dubious position of balancing caution and charge. For him the race and the championship will not be won or lost in turn one, but they could be lost there. If all make it through we may not know until the final points paying position has passed the checkered flag.

    I’ll post a full Bench Racing and Morning Reads this evening.
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    F1 Update: Race Notes

    The midfield drivers could play a very important role today.

    First lap and the Safety Car Deployed (SCD) sign goes up.

    Schumacher spins after making contact with Rosberg and catches up Luzzi in the process. Several drivers dive into the pits, but non of the leaders do.

    Hamilton is on the radio with his pit to see if his front wing is alright.

    Lots of debris on the track.

    Rosberg Petrov Alguersuari Di Grassi Senna and Klien have made stops and taken on hards. They could go the distance now with out another stop. This could mean midfield traffic could play a role when the leaders decide to pit. In addition to those who have stopped note that Kubica started the race on the hards while everyone else started on softs.

    Lap 6 of 55
    The race goes green. Vettel gets a jump on the start leaving Hamilton and others to catch up.

    At this point the top 10: Vettel, Hamilton, Button, Alonso, Webber, Massa, Barrichello, Kobayahsi, Kubica and Sutil

    Lap 7 of 55
    Alonso Webber and Massa are stacked up with only a second and a half covering them. Webber appears to be faster than Alonso but can not get buy while at the same time he must hold off Massa if either he or Vettel hope to take the title.

    Lap 8 of 55
    In front Vettel has opened a 2.0 second gap over Hamilton. He needs to build this for pit stop comfort.

    Webber skims the wall but is alright.


    Lap 11
    Webber pits! In and out. This takes him out of the current cycle with Alonso. Now he races the clock to see if he can close the gap for the pass when the Spaniard pits. The challenge now is not only the clock but where he returned into the race, P16. There are a bunch of midfield cars he must deal with without the aid of the blue flag.

    Ferrari had looked like they were going to pit, did they psyc Red Bull? Only their hair dresser knows for sure and she wonÔÇÖt return my phone calls.

    Lap 14
    Massa pits and returns in P16 (Webber is up to P14)

    Lap 15
    Alonso Pits from P 4
    Webber turns in a new fast lap Where will Alonso cycle back into the race?

    Lap 16 of 55
    Alonso is in P12 2.3 seconds ahead of Webber who is now up to P13. Ahead of them Rosberg and Petrov in P9 and 11 respectively, have made stops are on hard tires and must be past by Alonso and Webber if either wants the championship.

    Lap 19 of 55

    Barrichello pits from P6 he returns in P 16. Alonso and Webber move up one position.

    Lap 20 of 55
    Up front Hamilton appears to be pacing with Vettel. Their gap varies between 1.9 and 2.1 seconds but not more. Button is in P3 5.1 seconds behind the race leader.
    P4-10: Kobyayashi Kubica Sutil Buemi Rosberg Hulkenberg Petrov

    Lap 21 of 55
    Alonso is fighting with Petrov for P10. Webber is closing in on both. Normally this slows drivers down but they are catching up with Hulkendberg P9 in the process. Petrov must be passed if he is to win the championship. The Hulk has not pitted so will be passed for position when he does.

    Lap 24
    Hamilton pits
    Vettel pits before he crosses the line for lap 25
    Both are out cleanly.
    Hamilton returns in P5
    Vettel returns in P2 behind Button and ahead of Kubica and Kobayashi non of which of pitted.

    Lap 25 of 55
    Webber runs wide but no problem. Preasuer?

    Lap 26 of 55
    Vettel sets new fast lap. He is sown 15.7 seconds behind Button so he has a clear track. He needs to set some fast laps to cycle Button as far behind him as he can.

    Lap 27 of 55
    Hamilton has passed Kobayashi for P4. Kubica is next perhaps. Kubica and Button have not made stops yet so there is no immediate urgency to risk all for the pass.

    Lap 28 of 55
    At the half way point Vettel has closed the gap with Button to 12.7 seconds. If things ended as they now stand he would be champion. How will the next 27 laps play out?

    Lap 30 of 55
    P8-12: Rosberg Hulknberg Petrov Alonso Webber of these only the Hulk has not pitted.

    Lap 31 of 55
    Vettel goes purple again closing the gap to 11.2 seconds.

    Button and Kubica could pit and cycle back in ahead of Rosberg making more imperative that Alonso make a move if he wants to take the title.

    Lap 34 of 55
    Kobayashi pits and falls to 16 moving Alonso into P10 the last points paying position. All well and good but he has not been able to do anything with Petrov yet though he is right on his tail. Petrov may be hard but Rosberg is in a wide body jet in P7 that has already pitted.

    Lap 36 of 55
    The Hulk pits and Alonso and Webber move up one more slot.

    Lap 37 of 55
    Buemi pits moving the train up one more.
    ButtonÔÇÖs gap to Rosberg is 35.1 seconds. He could pit and get out ahead of the German. Alonso must move up if he wants the title.

    Lap 39 of 55
    The championship is on the line as Button pits. Where he comes out could decide the title. The gap to Rosberg was 33.7 seconds with Alonso 36.6 when he pitted.

    Button is out cleanly and emerges in P4

    Kubica and Sutil still must pit. Even if the train were to cycle past them that would leave Alonso in P6.

    Lap 40 of 55
    Vettel is in the lead with a 12.1 second lead over Kubica. This is cold comfort given his history this year having lead many races only to suffer engine failure. Will he hold the title as briefly as Massa did two years ago?

    Lap 42 of 55
    Vettel is having problemswith his radio. The team will have to communicate using the pit board and signals.

    Button sets a new fast lap.

    Ferrari continues to urge Alonso to make the pass but as yet he can not find a way around PetrovÔÇÖs Renault. !@# !@#$ mid filders making for an exciting race.


    The gap to between Rosberg and Kubica is about 26 seconds.

    Lap 46 of 55
    Kubica pits. The championship is in the Renault pit crewÔÇÖs hands.
    He is out cleanly but where on the grid?

    Behind Rosberg but ahead of Petrov/Alonso and Weber.

    Lap 47 of 55
    Sutil pits. This could well be the final sort of the top ten and the DriverÔÇÖs Championship.

    Lap 48 the top ten are shown as
    Vettel
    Hamilton
    Button
    Rosberg
    Kubica
    Petrov
    Alonso
    Webber
    Alguersuari
    Massa


    Lap 49
    It is down to a fight for position. Vettel holds a 9.9 second gap over Hamilton, while Petrov a 0.6 second gap over Alonso.

    Petrov is on thing but he has 5 laps to get past Kubica and Rosberg also to take P4 if he wants to win the title.

    Lap 50
    With no radio we donÔÇÖt know what Vettel is saying to himself alone in the cockpit of his Red Bull.

    Lap 53 of 55

    Vettel has a clear track and everything to worry about for 3 more minutes.

    Lap 54 of 55
    Trulli loses some body work and pits.
    Could a puncture happen to spoil the race for Vettel?

    Lap 55

    Vettel wins the race and the 2010 DriverÔÇÖs Championship to go along with the Constructor Championship he and teammate Mark Webber already secured.

    Vettel
    Hamilton
    Button
    Rosberg
    Kubica
    Petrov
    Alonso
    Webber
    Alguersuari
    Massa


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    SBK

    bmwgroup-sport: Wind tunnel testing for the BMW riders



    visordown.com: Haslam wind tunnel tests S1000RR

    MotoGP

    asphoaltandrubber.com: Rossi goes in for surgery

    motogp.com: Dani Pedrosa advised to rest after further hospital tests.

    Take a look at this with a thought to how this works in SBK at the World level.
    motomatters.com: MotoGP electronics – Even more complex than you thought

    A peek into the inner sanctum – motorsport-total.com: The Box - the control center of MotoGP teams.

    Other Racing

    fim-live.com: Victory and world title for SERT
    BMW BMP Elf 99 finish sixth in the race and tenth for the season.

    dfigure1media: Disappointment in the desert for BMP-Elf-99

    bmw-motorrad.com: GS Trophy Daily Report

    BWM GS Trophy Day 1






    On the Street

    motorcyclistonline.com: goat riders in the sky – BMW R1200GS vs. Ducati Multistrada 1200S

    allaboutbikes.com: 2011 Triumph Scrambler preview

    India has another entrant – bikeadvice.in Triumph Motorcycle plans to enter Indian luxury motorcycle segment

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: New school vintage front end

    ultimatemotorcycling.com: Royal Enfield rider gets Saddle Sore


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    SBK

    bikesportnews.com: World Superbikes returns to Donington Park in 2011

    MotoGP

    .motogp.com: Rossi will be ready for Sepang test

    Los Mini Racers wrap up their season at Valencia


    Formula 1

    Formula 1.com
    The young gun’s won! Vettel’s title winning season
    Abu Dhabi analysis – champion Vettel’s perfect timing.
    Q&A with Sebastian Vettel

    autosport.com: Ferrari: Alonso strategy a team decision
    Related
    jamesallenonf1: How did Ferrari make that strategy mistake with Alonso?

    bbc.co.uk: Vettel and Webber clear the air

    racecar-engineering.com: HRT – Toyota dal collapse over unpaid bills

    independent.co.uk: Nico Hulkenberg released by Williams
    And
    attwilliams.com: Barrichello confirmed for 2011.
    The team’s second driver to be confirmed by the end of the year.

    Other Racing

    press.bmwgroup.com: BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2010, day 3. Team United Kingdom storm to the top.




    press.bmwgropu.com: BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2010, day 4 the longest day?



    On the Street

    MCN: Triumph Tiger 800XC first ride



    dealernews.com: H-d says it won’t seek tax breaks in KC
    First in Wisconsin now KC, H-D foregoes offered tax breaks focusing on worker concessions instead

    MotoUSA – 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere Tech Video


    sportrider.com: Electric Sportbikes – the silent future

    thekneeslider.com: How well does a motorcycle fit? Ask Cycle Ergo.

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    Thursday, 18 November

    calmoto.com: California BMW Triumph Motorcycles | In Memory of Kari Pager, 10/21/1947 – 11/14/2010
    Memorial services as well as a tribute ride are being planned. You can stay informed by checking back with the Calmoto site. Details will be posted as they come available.


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    SBK

    worldsbk.com: Double trouble for WSBK winners.
    Fogarty and Bayliss twice as good as the rest.

    A blast from the past
    visordown.com: Class of ’89 Honda RC30 v Ducati 851

    MotoGP

    .autosport.com: Rossi’s sholder worse than expected

    Formula 1

    A letter to the Tifosi
    Ferrari.com: Montesemolo’s letter to the fans


    Nick Heidfeld was rumored to take his seat when he accepted a rumored offer coming from the newly Russian Marussia Virgin team but autosport.com reports Petrov is near a new deal with Renault

    jamesallenonf1.com: Rookie tests end with Ricciardo on top

    Los MiniDrivers – The real last race of the F1 season video here.


    Other Racing

    facebook.com: BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2010 Day 5

    On the Street

    motoblog.it: AGV Standards – How to design a helmet from the head

    ducati.com: Ducati to cooperate with AMG
    Marketing is reported as the initial form of cooperation for these two. What is on the horizon is not clear.


    motorcyclenews.com: MCN – Staff bike long term – BMW R1200RT

    roadracingworld.com: ow to package forks and shocks so they don’t get damaged in shipping


    Triumph is getting ready to shoot another shot across BMW’s bow.
    solomoto.es: Triumph is preparing to release a Trophy 1200
    motorcyclenews.com: Triumph Trophy spy shots!

    dealernews.com: Honda to open third factory in India

    ultimatemotorcycling.com: Kawasaki Versys Review

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    Mika,

    Love the reads, and that bike candy cafe racer is stunning.

    As an FYI, the Happy Birthday link worked weeks ago, but it no longer take me to the correct page. Is it me, or the link? If the latter, kindly fix the problem.


    And, thanks for all you do. These Reads are so great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ-J View Post
    And, thanks for all you do. These Reads are so great!


    to me, Morning Reads is *so* much more interesting than corporate PR hype.

    we really ought to elevate this, like at least link it from the MOA home page.

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    During the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2010, on day 3, I believe they were pulling a Porsche tractor ? Is this a little dig between companies in the Fatherland ? Paging M1KA PI.
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    Jordan, thank you for the heads up about the birthday link. I have been lazy lately and have not checked it when I preview the post. I probably nicked the template I have for it when I updated it one day.

    The bike is really something isn’t it. It is a R69S breathed on by the people at Ritmo Sereno Euro Motorcycle Shop in Japan. They do some incredible work. I have included Bike Candy from this shop several times. Siroh Nakajim is the CEO and I follow his blog. My computer is not set up to deal with Japanese or translations but the blog is full of excellent photographs that I can sit and study for much longer than I should. Their site is fun to explore, even with language difficulties so follow the links and explore. There are some English headers. Check out the Used Bike header. They give you a profile shot of the bikes listed. Click on the model for the pictured and more pictures will be revealed.

    Ian, Vince has asked permission to do what you suggested a couple of times. I gave it. When or if that link happens is, as is often said, “above my pay grade”


    I will look into the tractor question. It slipped past me when I viewed the video the first time. I was multi-screwingup err tasking at the time. If or when I find some more information I will post it.

    I am always open to questions and suggestions for searches or topics any of you would be interested in.

    Thank you for the comments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Statdawg View Post
    During the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2010, on day 3, I believe they were pulling a Porsche tractor ? Is this a little dig between companies in the Fatherland ? Paging M1KA PI.
    i did notice that and thought exactly the same thing.

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    The Members with Birthdays Today link has not been working properly since November 2. I have fixed the link for those days with problems. My deepest apologies to people with birthdays on those days.

    moto.it: MotoGP SBK best? Melandri, burglary and Series B
    The translation may be a bit tortured at times but the article poses the question for Bench Racers, which is better, and comes to another conclusion.

    SBK

    worldsbk.com: Donington the pivotal WSBK circuit

    It is a movie script plot. The monarch is no more and there is no known legitimate heir. Various pretenders vie for the title. Will we ever know or will even care in the coming year?
    gpone.com: WSBK: how many Ducatis?

    MotoGP

    motogp.com:

    .Lorenzo and Rossi brings to mind images of competition on and off the track. Even when they were celebrating on the podium after another double podium win for Fiat Yamaha you had a sense it was a squirt gun duel with magnums of champagne. Exit Rossi enter Spies. HowÔÇÖs that going to work for you Jorge? For the Texanautosport.com says Spies is eager to learn from Lorenzo.

    motomatters.com: Norton in talks with Inmotec over MotoGP engine supply
    Related sites: MCTUK.com, Inmotec.eu

    asphaltandrubber.com: Honda RS 250 gets a little brighter

    Formula 1

    bbc.co.uk: Who were the top 10 F1 drivers in 2010?
    The BBC does not use the points standings to make its rankings and in the process it comes up with interesting arguments to support their rankings.

    autosport.com: Todt ÔÇô New tracks must create passing

    This sounds expensive and I fear will result in more boring races than F1 fans have endured in the past. The solution to the passing problem (if in deed it really does exist) may be as simple as eliminating the blue flag passes for the first time you put a driver down a lap.

    The teams in front are the fast ones with all the development money. Mid pack and back are the slow poor guys and they seemed to pass each other on a regular basis this season. The guys up front need clear air and a straight away to pull off a pass or the help of a blue flag.

    Taking away the blue flag will slow the leaders down once they come up on back marker traffic. If they have to pass back markers without the help of the blue flag their chassis designers will figure out a way to do it. There is no incentive for them to do it under the current rules.

    Drivers qualify with flying laps that they and the teams carefully stagger to avoid traffic. The emphasis is on handling and speed not passing ability. In the race the hope is to break away from the field and have open track. This is done two ways. Be in front in the beginning of the race and run for day light. Develop a pit stop strategy that moves your car into a open slot on the track and do your passing when the other guy is sitting still in the pit getting fresh rubber. Either way if you are in the lead you will never be appreciably slowed down by a back marker because the blue flag comes out and they must yield the track line to you. That is not racing or passing it is traffic control.

    Take away the blue flag and the fast rich guys in front will design cars that can pass and the slow guys will copy them.

    It is so simple. If Mr. Todt would only stop by the Official Fly-Over-Land coffee shop we could explain it to him. Better yet invite us over to Paris for coffee and send his jet to pick us up. I understand the City of Lights is beautiful this time of year.

    Other Racing

    press.bmwgroup.com: BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2010, day 5. The challenge intensifies



    press.bmwgroup.com: BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2010, day 6. Elephants halt the GS Trophy, temporarily.




    On the Street

    bmw-motorrad.co.za: Ted Simon visits South Africa

    motorcycle.com: 2011 Husaberg FX450 review

    trendhunter.com: Selfridges Audi Kids sportscar

    I know some of you are out of the closet and some are still in; the electronic graphic designer closet. Either in or out why if that is the way you lean why not enter the Ducati Greeting Card Contest?

    technologyreview.com: A rocket engine that prints its own fuel

    thekneeslider.com: Harley-Davidson tries crowdsourcing their advertising

    visordown.com. Top 10 tips for pillion success

    "ItÔÇÖs like getting to know a murder. Sometime in the process itÔÇÖs going to wipe you out." Jeremy Clarkson
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    Dear Santa,

    I am not writing for myself, or even this year. I know I have been a bad boy this year and fully expect a lump of coal in my stocking. (Actually if it is low sulfur coal I could use it to help with heating. Oops I may have just blown that too!). I am getting a request in for people at BMW Motorrad Motorsport and BMW racing fans for 2012.

    There have been all sorts of rumors lately that BMW will be joining MotoGP in 2012. That is the year MotoGP goes to the liter bike formula. I am really excited about that and I hope that BMW and you make that happen because racing fans will really be happy to find that under the tree. But that is not why I am writing, although I really do hope you and BMW will give us a present of a MotoGP team ( but I guess I already said that ÔÇô sorry Santa), rather I am writing to ask for something racing but a bit smaller. I wonder if you could find a way to give us a BMW Moto3 bike along with the MotoGP bike? I know this may sound greedy but if you think about it Santa it makes a certain amount of sense, would be really cool and could help BMW pay for all this racing in the long run.

    Santa I know youÔÇÖre in to reindeer racing and probably snowmobiles (or at the North Pole do you call them snow machines?) so let me explain this Moto__ stuff a little bit.

    The FIM makes up the rules for motorcycle racing classes. It has three prototype series. There is MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3.

    The biggest is MotoGP. It has the biggest engines. In 2012 they will be 1000cc with a maximum of an 81mm bore (just like the bore on the S1000RR). Then they take these engines and put them into prototype frames and race them on race tracks.

    The next class is Moto2. The simplest way for me to explain this to you Santa is for you to think of it as a sleigh builders racing class that all use clones of the same reindeer team. Everyone racing in the class uses a prototype frame. They design it or in some cases buy it but it is not a street bike frame. Everyone has to use the same engine. The elves over at Honda make them right now. I kind of think of it as a master class for frame and suspension designers.

    In 2012 the FIM is going to have Moto3. This is really cool Santa. Think of having a really good sleigh designer build you a sleigh to be pulled by one reindeer to go racing with. That is sort of what Moto3 is.

    Moto3 is a prototype class built around a 250cc four stroke engine with a maximum bore of 81mm.

    MOTO3 REGULATIONS
    Engine

    4-stroke reciprocating piston engines only.

    Engine capacity: maximum 250cc.

    Single cylinder only.

    Maximum bore size: 81mm. No oval pistons.

    Engines must be normally aspirated. No turbo-charging, no super-charging.

    Crankshaft speed limited to maximum: 14,000 rpm.*

    Maximum of 1 ignition driver.*

    Maximum of 4 valves.

    Pneumatic and/or hydraulic valve systems are not permitted.

    Valves timing system drive must be by chain.

    Variable valve timing and/or variable valve opening systems are not permitted.

    Engine Supply

    The engine is defined as the complete engine including intake system (throttle body, injectors), and one complete transmission.

    The maximum price of the engine must not exceed 12,000 Euro. No optional parts or service contracts may be used to circumvent this price limit.

    Each engine manufacturer must undertake to supply sufficient engines and spare parts to supply minimum 15 riders per season, if requested.

    Each engine manufacturer must submit a spare parts price and lead-time list for the season for approval by the Organiser, and may not charge more than these published prices. Approval is based on the prices and lead-times being in line with current market norms for these parts and technologies.

    In the event of engine updates or upgraded parts being developed, these must be made available to all customers at the same time, and respecting the price limits described above.


    You can see some of the ties to MotoGP canÔÇÖt you Santa? The reason I am asking for this bike early is, well, it may not be as simple as slicing one cylinder off the MotoGP bike and building a 250cc engine with an 81mm bore.

    Many of the kids that know about these kinds of toys say you may want to make the bore a little smaller and the stroke a little longer so the engine makes a bit more torque. (The torque weÔÇÖre talking about here is not the torque like my mom and dad getting torqued off when I hid under the dining room table waiting for you and ate the cookies and drank the eggnog they left for you. Bye the way Santa you should thank me for that. The eggnog tasted strange and made me feel funny. I donÔÇÖt think you would have liked it no matter what my dad said. No this is the torque that provides the pulling power to the bike. Think of it as reindeer grunt power to get the sleigh moving.) There may be a difference in bore and stroke required between the two engines but the smaller engine could still be a great design testing laboratory and could end up being a building block for other sized street engines for BMW Motorrad to sell and help pay for the racing toys.

    Santa the talk on the playground is the Honda Yamaha Suzuki and Kawasaki families are going to get these kinds of bikes for their kids. The Ducati family already races MotoGP bikes and has a long history of building two wheeled toys with single cylinder engines. Maybe they will be doing it again. The Aprilia family has been racing for a long time. There is talk that they will join MotoGP in 2012. Maybe they will have a Moto3 too.

    I know IÔÇÖm not supposed to want a toy just because all the cool kids or all the other kids have one but Santa please. Moto3 is a really exciting new racing class. It has the potential of generating engines and bikes that will get factories and people interested in entry level bikes that are fun and sporting. If you talk with the Gnomes at BMW see if you can convince them of this. They could sell a bunch of 250cc and 500cc sport bikes in the new markets they are going into. I would even like to have a 250cc BMW sport bike to play with on the double letter roads in Wisconsin. (I promise I wonÔÇÖt speed Santa I promise.)

    Anyway thank you for reading my letter Santa. I will write you again about this.

    I hope you will like the cookies we make for you this year. I have already been testing eggnogs and I will make certain that you get some this time.

    Thank you Santa,
    Mika

    P.S. Check out VoniÔÇÖs Dakar thread. There is a link to an exercise video by Cyril Despres that will help build your body to handle the reindeer team Christmas Eve.


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    BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Fitness Camp
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    BMW Motorrad Motorsport riders get fit for 2011.

    As part of their physical preparations for the 2011 Superbike World Championship, Troy Corser and Leon Haslam are training at the BMW fitness camp.
    worldsbk.com: Roger Lee Hayden abandons WSB for Jordan Motorsports in AMA

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    F1 has a new tyre supplier for 2011, Pirelli. Formula1.comÔÇÖs report says they are happy with their first full grid outing at during the Abu Dhabi testing this past week. They will continue with their own testing in Bahrain in December and back in Europe in January. The goal is to have the tire compounds finalized for the next round of sanctioned F1 testing to be held in February. This will be the first chance all the teams will have to anticipate car setups and limitations of the various compounds. After this round of testing drives are cautiously optimistic about the transition.

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    BMW GS Trophy Africa 2010

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    Day 8 Team UK win the 2010 GS Trophy.



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    GS Trophy 2010 - The total results for the GS Trophy 2010:
    1) UK 152,
    2) South Africa 151,
    3) Nordic 149,
    4) Canada 124,
    5) USA 107,
    6) Alps 105,
    7) Spain 101,
    8) Germany 95,
    9) Italy 86,
    10) Japan 54.

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    Part 1 of this story focused on WebBikeWorldÔÇÖs tour of the Nolan Helmet factory. In part two they take a long detailed look at the two standards and the miss/information that exists about them. Both standards aim to protect riders and are very rigorous but make some fundamentally different assumptions in doing that. Experts donÔÇÖt agree on which is better. Riders are left with the standard adopted by their country. Understanding them and where they have taken helmet safety to at this point is important in order to set the goals for future developments.

    motociclismo.it: A first look at some encouraging safety statistics for Italian riders.

    Curiosity takes its own turns at times. This time it took the form of three wheels.

    Bike EXIF frequently provides Bike Candy for this thread. It has acquired Ural Motorcycles as its site sponsor. The announcement came with pictures of the Taiga, UralÔÇÖs most recent limited edition three wheeler.

    The Tiaga will consist of a 27 unit model run based on the Gear-Up model. The bike is powered by a air cooled 749cc engine and its 40hp is put on the ground through a two wheel drive system. All of the adventure oriented units will come in Larch green and come with a number of off-road accessories.
    Included:
    - Driver Windshield
    - Nose rack
    - Rear fender luggage rack
    - Engine skid plate
    - Black Fluid Canister & bracket
    - Black First Aid Box with 16 pcs survival kit
    - Hand winch with cover & towing points on the front and rear of the sidecar frame
    - Black Cordura tonneau & seat cover
    - Spotlight
    - Shovel

    In your Taiga trunk:
    - Manual Air pump
    - Maglite ?« Flashlight with IMZ logo
    - Motorcycle Repair Tool kit
    - Tow Strap

    All this for an MSRP of $13,999







    Looking for the GS Trophy videos to complete that story I came across a videocompilation on the Spanish site SoloMotoTreinta: 2011 Ural Russian Motorcycles solo & sidecar picture compilation


    I track 35 caf?® racer sites on a regular basis. I spent some time catching up on things there while savoring a {url= http://www.packers.com/ ]Packer[/url] victory and came across the Karuser Domani, a very future oriented three wheeler with two wheel drive designed and built in conjunction with LCR-Sidecar on The New Caf?® Racer Society site.







    In 1989 the first of these Superside inspired street going rigs was built. The traditional three wheeler is a two wheeler with a side car attached. The Domani takes a different approach using an tubular frame that integrates the side car into its structure. The first models used the K100 engine and final drive Power currently is supplied by a K 1200 engine and drive train. If the frame and bodywork are future oriented the front suspension adds more in that direction. The hub center steering seems much more natural in this setting than in some of the two wheeled applications it has been found. Over 100 units have been built and sold during this time.





    The Domani has been built and sold in the European and Japanese markets.





    Back to two wheels and filed with the disclaimer ÔÇ£DonÔÇÖt try this at home this is film of a professional rider on a closed trackÔÇØ Motoblog.it provides the link to video shot at the Alex Barros Riding School of its name sake drifting a S1000RR.


    If that is not enough they then compared it to video from 2009 with Marco Melandri doing some drifting at Phillip Island.


    Motoblog.it is and Italian site but I donÔÇÖt think they are on the same page with Motociclismo.it.

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    returnofthecaferacers.com: Mac dreams become a reality.

    Mac Motorcycles has been a fun story to follow in the news and on their blog The Chin Wag. The opening story along with some exploration of the Mac Motorcycles site go a long way in explaining why. The story of a small concept building overcoming the obstacles presented by development and the marketplace are always a fun read for me. What is even more fun is to imagine what if.

    What if Santa and BMW deliver on a childish Christmas dream and build a 250cc engine for Moto3. It could provide the basis for a variety of new sporting singles that deliver on a dream similar to that of Mac Motorcycles. These would be bikes that deliver a balance of engine frame and suspension that calls on the rider to be in command, not the manufacturerÔÇÖs engineers or programmers, to engage and test the riderÔÇÖs skills working with the bike between their legs to draw out its performance.


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    It is not that there is not a history of such bikes in the BMW line to build upon with a modern sporting 250cc single or larger.

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