Bike gang tags dead whale
WHAT do you do with a dead sperm whale? The answer, it seems, is to spray it in motorcycle gang graffiti.
Yes, the old cliché of stupid, gang-centred motorcycle culture is alive and kicking as hard as ever in San Francisco’s Bay Area, where a dead whale washed up on a beach last week. Having already made the news once, the ex-whale has hit the headlines again with the addition of the words “East Bay Rats Motorcycle Club” daubed in foot-high letters along its decomposing flank.
Because what biker doesn’t want to be associated with the image of dead sea mammals?
One local interviewed by NBC said “I don’t know who would do that.”
Hint: it was probably a member of the East Bay Rats Motorcycle Club. Just a hunch.
It seems the genius who tagged the whale didn’t manage to leave a lasting legend, though – the paint washed away within a day.
Cop shoots biker then karate kicks him
VIDEO has been released of a 2012 chase which resulted in a motorcyclist being shot and then kicked off his bike – earning the police officer three days off without pay.
The story started just after midnight two days before Christmas 2012, when Steven Gaydos opted to run a red light on his GSX-R750. It was a bad move, since he was spotted by trooper Abraham Martinez, who set off in pursuit.
Gaydos’ second mistake was to think he could outrun the patrol car, which he led on a 38-mile chase at up to 130mph. “I took off, thinking I could easily lose him,” he said later. It turned out that he couldn’t and eventually Martinez shot at his back tyre – missing and instead hitting him in the leg, which finally encouraged Gaydos to give up. However, the video shows that even as he was trying to put the side stand down (and struggling, as you might with a bullet in your right thigh), Martinez launched a ninja-style flying kick that took him and the bike to the ground.
It’s taken years of investigations to establish whether or not the police action was heavy handed, eventually resulting in Martinez’s brief unpaid vacation last year and the video being released now.
It looks like nobody was being terribly sensible that night.
Birdhill mx track direction
Motocross racing going well so far this season. Nowhere near the front of the pack but im making good improvements.
Anyway can someone give me directions to Birdhill mx track please!! Im travelling from Mayo so will be coming into limerick from galway.
New 120dB Denali Split SoundBomb motorcycle horn
FOLLOWING the release of the original Denali SoundBomb, R&G has released a new version which it claims to be more stylish and fitment friendly.
The horn has a new design that allows the compressor to be fitted separately to the acoustic unit, which enables the horn to be mounted on all bikes, even those with limited space.
The SoundBomb’s 20dB increase over a standard horn equates to being four-times louder at three feet away.
Measuring 4.5” wide, 2.9” high and 3” deep, it costs £39.99 and comes with a 12V, 20A relay.
R&G UK Sales Manager Alan Garrett added ‘We take motorcycle safety very seriously at R&G, and being heard can be a vital tool on the road. Being four times louder than a standard horn, the Denali Split SoundBomb will ensure riders are heard clearly on the road, whilst being small enough to be unobtrusive on any machine.’
23 bikes affected if Marzocchi closes
SHOULD Marzocchi stop making suspension – more than 65 years after being founded way back in 1949 – then several manufacturers will be forced to redevelop their bikes to accommodate alternative parts.
While swapping a set of forks isn’t a hugely difficult job, when it comes to mass produced bikes there’s still a lot of development and testing needed before making that sort of change, and for the bike firms involved it will be development that they might not have been planning to do.
Even once a suitable alternative has been found and developed to suit each specific bike, there are also likely to be cost implications and supply chain difficulties to be overcome, so it’s safe to say that the manufacturers that have been notified that they won’t be able to have Marzocchi parts for next year’s bikes may well be less than pleased about it.
Here are some of the bikes that will be hit by Marzocchi’s problems:
1. MV Agusta Stradale 800
MV has long been a Marzocchi customer, and the new Stradale is one of several of the firm’s bikes to use Marzocchi forks. Having only just been launched, it’s unlikely that MV was planning to make any changes to the Stradale for 2016, but now its hand has been forced.
2. MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster
Another new MV, another bike that won’t have been scheduled to be updated, but another that’s going to be hit since it too uses Marzocchi forks.
3. MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster RR
Normally, higher-spec bikes like the Dragster RR will have different suspension from alternative suppliers, but in this case MV opted for top-end Marzocchi parts, which it will not be forced to replace. Surely MV will be moving the RR to Ohlins?
4. MV Agusta Brutale 1090
The Brutale 1090, 1090R and 1090RR all use Marzocchi parts, while the Corsa gets Ohlins bits. Since MV is planning to launch a new four-cylinder platform for 2016, it will already be developing replacement models – let’s hope it’s been doing its development around alternative suspension parts.
5. MV Agusta Brutale 800 and Brutale 675
Another MV, another set of Marzocchi forks. It’s unlikely that the firm really wanted to be making changes to the smaller Brutale for 2016, given the other development work it’s already got on its plate.
6. MV Agusta Brutale 800RR
MV is probably wishing it had gone down the default Ohlins route with the Brutale RR. It didn’t, so it’s another bike that’s going to need changing.
7. MV Agusta F4 and F4R
Funny, you’d have thought that Ohlins would be the obvious choice for the F4. Bet it will be next year. The F4R also uses Marzocchi, although the RR and RC are Ohlins-suspended already.
8. MV Agusta F3 800 and F3 675
Guess what brand of forks the F3 models use? More changes will be afoot here unless MV has access to a warehouse full of Marzocchi bits to draw upon for 2016.
9. MV Agusta Rivale 800
Bet you didn’t realise there were this many bikes in the MV Agusta range, did you? Bet MV wishes it hadn’t chosen to equip nearly all of them with Marzocchi forks, too…
10. MV Agusta Tourismo Veloce 800
Yes, it’s got Marzocchis too. Unless you opt for the Lusso version, which has Sachs electronically-adjustable forks. At least one MV won’t need to be modified for 2016, then.
11. Ducati Hypermotard SP
There aren’t many Ducatis that still use Marzocchi forks, but the Hypermotard SP is one of them. Fortunately, the base Hypermotard doesn’t, and given Ducatis close ties to Sachs and Ohlins, getting replacement bits shouldn’t be a big problem
12. Ducati Diavel
Oh, there’s another Ducati that uses Mazocchi forks – the Diavel. Fortunately, Ohlins already makes replacement forks for the odd muscle cruiser, which further improve its surprising handling ability. Don’t be surprised if they come as standard in 2016.
13. Ducati Streetfighter 848
The Streetfighter 848 is probably nearing the end of its natural life now anyway, but the fact it’s got Marzocchi forks might accelerate the process. Is it going to be worth reworking it for alternative front suspension?
14. BMW C600 Sport
BMW’s first foray into big scooters, the C600 Sport is another Marzocchi customer that will need updating.
15. BMW C650GT
Given that it’s near identical to the C600 Sport, it’s no surprise that the C650 GT is also Marzocchi-sprung.
16. BMW C Evolution
It looks like BMW’s pricy electric scooter shares its forks with the other two models in the range, which means they’ll be Marzocchi too.
17. BMW R1200 R
Another brand new bike that’s fitted with Marzocchi forks as standard, the R1200 R gets the Italian parts in its base form, although it can also be had with Sachs electronically-adjustable forks.
18. Bimota DB8
Bimota has long had ties with Marzocchi, and many of its current bikes use the kit. Let’s start with the DB8, which has 43mm Marzocchis.
19. Bimota DB10
The ‘Bimotard’ is another Marzocchi-kitted machine. Let’s hope they can find a suitable alternative.
20. Bimota DB11
Guess who makes the forks. Go on. Guess. Fortunately, all the DB models are similar so hopefully one set of replacement forks will work for all the bikes. Ohlins already supply parts for the DB9 and DB8 Oronero, so have got to be favourites for the rest of the range next year.
What constitutes a light bike?
So if I look at practical bikes in or around 170kg, in my price range of as close to 2K as possible, all there is that interests me is the SV650. Nice bikes but I’d rather have more choices. So at what point does a bike become lardy? Does a ~200kg Z750 feel light? Is anything over 180kg heavy? Obviously I’m talking about handling and the feeling under you as opposed to picking a bike up.