American flat track racer Sammy Halbert wet down to Australia to race the annual Troy Bayliss Classic race. Halbert lowsisded while battling Bayliss for the race lead. Bayliss went on to win his own race! The track is a really cool TT style flat track (minus the jump) on an oiled surface - They mix in used motor oil into the dirt. this results in a very consistent surface with great traction
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Bicycle trials riders Martyn Ashton, Danny MacAskill and Chris Akrigg put a road bike through its paces once again. Some wild lines in here including my favorites: a full pipe loop, a loooong turning fakie nose manual, water slide rides and MacAskill's signature front flip over the yoga ball.Check out Road Bike Party 1 too.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Offroad racing legend Kurt Caselli past away Friday night racing the Baja 1000. It was first suspected that a man made booby trap took was the cause but this was not the case. His bike was recovered with traces of a small animal that an altercation with was deemed to have caused his crash. Never the less its a terrible situation. My thoughts and prayers go out to his fiance, family and friends. I never had the pleasure of meeting Kurt but I've been a huge fan of his and judging by the outpouring of love around the world he had an great impact on many people. The sport of motorcycling lost a great one.
I love this picture of Kurt
I love this picture of Kurt
Here is the statement from KTM:
Kurt, part of the Factory FMF/Bonanza Plumbing/KTM team competing in this desert race, was in a leading position when he suffered a crash that resulted in severe head trauma. He died of his injuries in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Ian Everest stated: “The original design brief recognized the opportunity for an ‘out of the box’ product for freestyle motocross. All other forms of motorcycle sports use purpose built machines. FMX riders have no option but to adapt and heavily modify race bikes. It made sense to explore what an FMX specific bike might look like. Being a concept motorcycle it also meant we were not constrained or restricted by production or cost requirements.
• 75 kilograms (165 pounds)
• Uses existing powerplant and suspension setup typical to FMX
• Carbon fibre monocoque frame with integrated fuel tank
• Carbon fibre swingarm with integrated silencer
• Ultra-slim carbon fibre bodywork
• Grab handles integrated into carbon fibre body
• Carbon fibre rims
• Compact front-mounted cooling system with single radiator core
• Custom-built titanium expansion chamber
• Full titanium axle and bolt kit
• Titanium shock spring
• Front air suspension
• Unit magnum grips (patented design)
• Increased/adjustable turning angle
Its always cool to see new ideas come to be reality. carbon fibre is not known as the most durable material in the world but it is extremely strong for its weight. I'm thinking a few good crashes and the carbon structural components may be compromised. The open cradle motor design is interesting - I wouldn't want to be casing any jumps. Having the exhaust routed through the swing arm is also interesting considering the high stress area having high temperatures routed through a composite.
I'm looking forward to seeing what some top FMX riders can come up with on this thing!
The Red Bull Rampage big mountain mountain bike freeride contest went down last weekend. This contest is the gnarliest MTB event going. Huge drops, massive gap jumps, high speed and crazy consequences. This year didnt disappoint. It was a bummer that the wind picked up part way into 2nd runs and cut the event short. Guys who got solid first runs in were rewarded. Cam Zink did the biggest backflip drop in history but the bottom part of his run fell apart keeping him off the top spot. Check out the highlight video.