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Roland Sands Design / Ducati Desmosedici Tracker

Roland Sands is really pushing the envelope with his designs, and this time he has a surprise for us. Similar to his KRV5 Tracker creation, when he used a full MotoGP spec’s motorcycle (and some help from Kenny Roberts JR.), Roland is chopping the uber-bike – the Ducati Desmosedici !!! Now since it’s debut in 2008, this bike remained a true and only street legal MotoGP bike available for general public. Stock machine delivers a brutal 200hp with the redline at 16,000rpm! Weight – 377 pounds.

Now for the rest – go through the RSD blog and check the progress so far. For the time being the bike is in “stage 2″.

The sub frame has been complete as well as the gas tank base/airbox cover, top and sides. We utilized many of the Desmo’s original lines while giving it a large radius and lowering the tank considerably from the stock position. We machined a new fuel pump base and mounted it in the bottom of the tank above the exhaust exit and rear cylinder head at an aesthetically pleasing angle. This will allow us to keep the sub frame area as open as possible as we plan on doing trellis bracing in that area and don’t want to have a jumble of wires and hoses in that area.

The Ducati Demosedici completely blew away the motorcycle world in its debut in 2008. The only true, street legal Moto GP race bike made available to the general public. With a limited production of 1,500 units worldwide, the 500 shipped to the US sold out in just 5 hours! This box-stock V4-powered machine cranks out 200 HP, redlines at 16,000 RPM and weighs in at a nimble 377 lb. What more could you ask for?

Well, our good friend Justyn Amstutz (owner of 3 Desmo’s) is not one to leave anything alone. We already did the teardown on his ZERO-mile bike in order to start converting it into our version of a street legal, “Street Tracker”. All of the bodywork was preserved to allow him to use as spares in case he lays down one of his other Desmos. We started mock up of the project by putting it on some spoked wheels with flat track race tires. We then fab’d up a subframe, and started on creating the tail section and aluminum gas tank to get that flat track inspired appearance.…

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ZX10R Accessories / Rizoma

Following the trend of direct partnership between Rizoma and Kawasaki, here is a new state-of-the art offer of the Rizoma Research and Development department. A new luxury kit is already available for the latest Ninja ZX10R. This kit, in part or in its entirety, will further enhance its unique sporting essence of this amazing bike.

This includes a series of protections (wheel, fairing and engine) for your bike, in the event of a fall, while the new rear sets give the rider the ability to adjust the riding position more accurately, to suit his needs.

Their LED turn signals can be fitted in front of the fairing and at the rear license support plate.
The latter has characteristics similar to all the RIZOMA support plates, in regards to adjustments and quality standards.

When we think about McLaren, we usually associate it with the lenghty and successful Formula 1 history, McLaren F1 supercar and the latest addition in their car range, the MP12-4C. But we never think about bicycles…and that something that McLaren would like to change. UK based factory set out to create the fastest complete performance bicycle in the world. With modern aerodynamics road bikes having sacrificed too much, losing stiffness and gaining weight, McLaren simply weren’t willing to compromise.

Now what we like the most: numbers. The bikes frame weighs only 950g! (2.1 lbs approx.), with the whole module (frame, fork, seatpost and crankset) tipping the scales at 2.07 kg!!! (4.5 lbs). And get this – this bike has an electronic gearshift…It will be available in two specifications, namely the McLaren and the S-Works Venge.

“We can optimise a bike to levels that have never been achieved before,” said McLaren Applied Technologies’ design director Duncan Bradley at the bike’s launch, at Woking.

The pro road bike will make its competition debut from as early as this Saturday’s Milan-San Remo race, where it will be entered by Briton Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad). Additionally, the S-Works McLaren Venge will also be ridden by several drivers from the Astana and Saxo Bank-Sungard teams.…

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Everything you need to know about Street Triple R

The average naked Triumph changed it’s looks. The new styling trend of the English brand affected the 2012 Street Triple and Street Triple R as well as their older sibling – the Speed Triple. They all received an “eye lifting” treatment, with the smaller Street Triple being the later one for this change. We say goodbye to headlights looking like they were coming out of the comic book, and welcome the new slanted, more aerodynamic and technologically improved ones. Small naked bike from Hinkley has been de-chromed as well, replacing chromed exhaust, rider footpegs and handlebar raisers with stainless steel.

The chrome is now considered less and less sporty, and gradually disappears from the sports bike sector, remaining dominant as an styling element of cruiser bikes.

Street Triple R, is not that different from the less spec’d version, as it remains same in aesthetics and chassis department. “Never change the winning team” as people would like to say. Triumph Street Triple R receives a new logo found on the Daytona 675R model. Aluminum tapered handlebars are found on both Street Triple and Street Triple R models, so no difference there. Color options have been updated as well: Crystal White, Black Phantom and new Imperial Purple for Street, while Street R comes in Diablo Red, Chrystal White and Phantom Black.

The engine remains completely unchanged, well known three-cylinder, 12 valve, 675cc, 106HP at 11,700rpm per min and 68Nm of torque at 9,200rpm per min.The main difference between the standard and R model is limited to the suspension, which is coming directly from the Daytona and is fully adjustable on Street Triple R.…

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