Wednesday 19 February, 2014In September 1972 the now famous designer Massimo Tamburini crashed his Honda 750 Four at Misano racetrack. The stack left him with three broken ribs. While recovering from his unfortunate incident, he constructed a tubular steel frame to handle the horsepower then being produced by the Japanese bikes. The frame he constructed lowered the centre of gravity and reduced the weight of the original Honda. Called the HB1, the first Bimota was born. Read more ››
Thursday 30 January, 2014In these high tech days of electronic fuel injection you would expect motorcycle throttle response to be smooth as. However many of the latest motorbikes have a snatchy and jerky throttle response; especially around town at low speeds feeling more like a switch than a throttle. This is not just plain annoying but makes holding a steady throttle in corners and riding in town tricky, often becoming a bigger problem in wet and slippery conditions. Read more ››
Monday 21 October, 2013The motoDNA Foundation junior road racer development program got into full swing at the Australian MotoGP at Philip Island this weekend, with young stars of the future taking part in a MotoGP team networking and mentoring event.
Saturday 5 January, 2013On the track, racers are generally on the throttle or on the brakes – no free wheeling – this wastes time. Trail braking is a technique which racers use to slow the bike as quickly as possible from one speed (on the straight) to another (corner apex speed). Read more ››
Wednesday 10 October, 2012Every now and again there is a quantum leap in motorcycle racing technology, whether it’s the engine, chassis, suspension, riding techniques or safety. Consider the genius of Walter Kaaden’s 2-stroke expansion chamber or the back protector which Barry Sheene knocked up from old visors for Dainese to transform into a massive success. More recently it’s been electronics with traction control, wheelie control, engine braking, etc Read more ››
Wednesday 29 August, 2012Ducati have been focusing on taming the GP12’s aggressive power delivery since last season when Rossi climbed aboard the GP11 beast and complained constantly for Ducati to make the bike easier to ride and more competitive in MotoGP. Electronics are receiving a lot of press attention these day’s, however one area that has been overlooked recently in the media is the tuning affect of the exhaust system on power delivery. We often hear about how exhaust systems are tuned to maximise power. Exhaust tuning can also be used to move the power curve peaks around, tuning for better low, mid range or maximum power. Read more ››
Wednesday 22 August, 2012Motorcycle dynamics can be a complex conundrum. Balancing the design elements that make up a bike’s system for optimum performance is a never ending challenge. That system includes an element that plays a major role in the overall performance of the machine, the rider. Bikes are more of a holistic package compared to cars, where all the elements must work well together for optimum performance. Read more ››
Tuesday 21 August, 2012Rather than hypothesise on what’s what on a MotoGP front-end, we explain what all those wires mean, why they are there and what they do…