Sweet little edit from Roccos Ranch by UnityShoots, cheers legends enjoy!
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Sweet little edit from Roccos Ranch by UnityShoots, cheers legends enjoy!
Source: Jack Miller on Facebook
The long-awaited announcement from MotoAmerica should make Twins Cup racers excited – assuming you’re riding an RS 660.
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Piaggio Group Americas is pleased to confirm the approval of the 2021 Aprilia RS 660 to race in the Twins Cup Championship in MotoAmerica, North America’s premier road racing series.
The RS 660 offers a brand-new 100-bhp 660cc parallel-twin engine, which launches a new generation of lightweight, performance-dedicated motorcycles, featuring sophisticated design, with modern technology. Aprilia’s competition experience provides an exceptional chassis and rider geometry, as well as leading electronics for the twins-class category. Aimed to provide the perfect blend of performance and pleasure on the street for owners, the RS 660 is now ready to compete with MotoAmerica’s best racers.
Mario Di Maria, President and CEO, Piaggio Group Americas
“The RS 660 represents a new era of motorcycles for us at Aprilia. Today, we are very happy to offer the opportunity to American teams to race MotoAmerica’s Twins Cup with this incredible machine. The racetrack is and always will be the home of Aprilia, and the RS 660 reflects very well the origins of the brand, capable of winning 54 World Titles while building motorcycles for very passionate riders. We look forward to starting this new adventure, giving a unique opportunity to a new generation of racers and hopefully champions too.”
Wayne Rainey, MotoAmerica President
“We are excited to have Aprilia race in our Twins Cup series with its new RS 660. Our tech department has worked hard with Aprilia to make this happen while ensuring that the Twins Cup class continues to have parity between the manufacturers. We can’t wait to get to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and see how it all stacks up on the racetrack. This is going to be an exciting season in all our classes and the addition of the Aprilia in Twins Cup will be fun to watch.”
Aprilia boasts 54 World Titles (38 in MotoGP, 7 in World Superbike and 9 in off-road disciplines) making it one of the most victorious brands on a global level in motorcycle racing and the most successful among the European brands.
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There has officially been a recall announcement made by Ducati North America on two of the XDiavel trim levels because of a side stand related issue.
According to the NHTSA, only two percent of the 1,601 bikes involved in the recall should be impacted by this issue. The target models of this recall are the 2016-2018 Ducati XDiavel S and STD models.
Ducati specified that the side stand bracket could become deformed over time due to repeated use of holding the XDiavel up. Once the bracket deforms, the bike will sit on a much steeper angle when parked and in extreme circumstances, the bracket can break causing the motorcycle to fall to the ground. If the 500+lb bike were to fall, it could cause injury to anyone on or around the motorcycle.
The Italian-based company does not specify the actual cause for the potentially faulty bracket. It could be a design issue or it could be a quality issue, but I doubt Ducati wants to broadcast that information in either case. As of right now, there have been no injuries reported but Ducati has received multiple reports of downed XDiavels due to the side stand bracket.
XDiavel owners will be receiving a notice in the mail welcoming them to have the side stand bracket replaced with a stronger one, free of charge. The official recall will begin on March 15, 2021, where XDiavel owners can reference safety recall number SRV-RCL-21-001.
Owners who have already had the issue addressed or have incurred damages are eligible for a refund. Ducati owners who have questions, comments, or concerns are urged to contact Ducati customer service by calling 1-888-391-5446 (have your VIN on hand). As always, the NHTSA’s Safety Hotline service is available by calling 1-888-327-4236 or check www.safercar.gov for more information.
The Great Ocean Road along Victoria’s spectacular southern coastline has been rated the world’s most recommended motorcycle route, according to a British online insurer survey.
Confused.com consulted Adventure Biker and other motorbike enthusiasts to pick the top five most breathtaking motorbike routes and the hottest meeting points for bikers around the world.
We agree that the Great Ocean Road is simply one of the most stunning roads in all the world; our version of California’s iconic Big Sur which came in at number three.
However, this heritage-listed road is simply too popular and you may find yourself caught behind tourists unaccustomed to driving on the left side of the road, grey nomads plodding along in Jaycos, cyclists on their own Tour de Chance and novice motorcycle riders unfamiliar with the roads.
Even tackling this road midweek won’t guarantee a smooth run. It’s busy almost every season, almost every day.
However, there is no denying its beauty with the road rated the second-most Instagrammed road trip in the world behind the famous Route 66.
To find the most picturesque biker routes around the world, researchers paired up with motorbiking enthusiasts to map out the ultimate biker bucket list.
These are their most recommended routes around the world:
The new Brit study also lists the top biker hotspots such as Harley’s Milwaukee museum, plus the UK’s biker capitals and best routes.
Harley-Davidson’s first adventure motorcycle, the Pan America 1250, is heading to Australia and New Zealand later this year.
There are two models (pictured above) in the new family, but Australia and New Zealand will only get the up-spec Special model, arriving in Harley-Davidson dealerships in the third quarter of 2021.
The Pan America Special is priced at $A31,995 ride away ($NZ33,995).
That’s fairly competitive when compared with rivals from BMW, Ducati, KTM and Triumph.
In the US, the base Pan America 1250 starts at $US17319 and the Special at $US19,999.
The base model has mag wheels and is more road oriented, while the Special is an adventure tourer with electronically adjustable semi-active suspension, tyre pressure monitors, centre stand, multi-position rear brake pedal, hand guards, aluminium skid plate, Daymaker headlight, heated hand grips and steering damper.
Options include tubeless spoked wheels like BMW’s GS and adaptive ride height.
Both are powered by the new Revolution Max 1250 engine which will also feature in the Bronx streetfighter which has been delayed until the end of this year.
The liquid-cooled 1250cc V-Twin is designed for low-end torque and low speed throttle control that is useful for off-road riding.
Despite this being a new bike and new territory for the company, their launch video featuring Hollywood action hero Jason Momoa points out that Harley’s roots are on dirt roads more than 100 years ago.
Yet chairman Jochen Zeitz also claims it is the first adventure touring bike designed and built in America.
He’s obviously not counting the electric Zero dual-sport motorcycles which are limited in touring capacity to less than 400km.
It will be interesting to see how the big Harley adventurer copes with Australia’s tough terrain, but on paper it stacks up pretty well against its main competition from BMW, Ducati, KTM and Triumph.
With 150hp or 112kW of power, it’s only beaten by Ducati’s Multistrada, while the torque monster BMW at 142Nm is the only with more grunt than Pan America’s 127Nm.
And while many may expect the company which previously boasted it made “heavy motorcycles” would have characteristic lard, it sits in the middle of the pack at 245kg, 23kg less than the market-leading BMW R 1250 GS.
However, in Australia, we get the Special with all its extra tech and comfort features which nudges the weight up to 253kg which is still less than the BMW and Triumph.
All the tech is controlled through the 6.8 inch TFT display with speedometer, gear, odometer, fuel level, clock, trip, ambient temp, low temp alert, side stand down alert, TIP over alert, cruise, range and tachometer indication BT capable – phone pairing to access phone calls, music, navigation through the H-D app.
Harley-Davidson dealers will offer an extensive line of accessories, including three durable luggage systems, and new technical riding gear for men and women developed in collaboration with respected European motorcycle apparel specialist, REV’IT!.
|SEAT HEIGHT, LADEN 7||789mm|
|TYRES||120/70R19; 170/60R17; Michelin Scorcher “Adventure”|
|FUEL CAPACITY||21 litres|
|ENGINE||Revolution Max 1250, liquid cooled|
|BORE x STROKE||104 x 72mm|
|POWER||150hp (112kW) @ 9000rpm|
|SUSPENSION (front)||47mm inverted fork with electronically adjustable semi-active damping control. aluminium fork triple clamps.|
|SUSPENSION (rear)||Linkage-mounted monoshock with automatic electronic preload control and semi-active compression & rebound damping|
The Sonora Rally has been delayed but is still on track to run in 2021.
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Amidst Heightened Safety Precautions, the Organizers Make Changes to Maintain Its Quality
Although hope is on the horizon, 2021 still lives with uncertainty. Because of all the unknowns presented by COVID-19 and the resources needed to safely put on a race of this kind, the Sonora Rally (aka SR) organizers felt it best to delay their premiere North American event to May 9th to 14th. This has also pushed back opening entries to February 5th – which will be accessible at www.SonoraRally.com with further information regarding updates. Apologizing for any inconvenience caused by these last-minute changes to the schedule, the organizers have everyone’s best interests in mind: “The safety of our racers, volunteers and of course the local population who support the rally are our number one priority. We are working on a COVID-19 protocol with the state and will keep you updated as info becomes available.”
For those new to rally raid or just looking to sharpen their skills before taking the coming Dakar-style trials in Sonora, Mexico, Sunday, May 9th, 2021 will host their famed navigation & tactics course, the same day as Tech and Registration. At this time, teams can also sign up for their photo package with WESTx1000, who will require a photo of the riders/drivers holding their helmets next to their respective vehicle (trust this is worthwhile step in the process).
Despite continual chaos around the globe, January offered plenty of positive moments to lighten the load a bit for motorsports fans. At the 43rd Annual Dakar Rally, a cherished partner of the Yokohama Sonora Rally – presented by Method Race Wheels – although SR champion, HRC Honda rider Ricky Brabec, didn’t nab a second title to follow his historic victory last year as the first-ever American at the top of the podium (accompanied by his comrade Casey Currie in the UTV class), he did however accomplish a one-two finish for Honda. 1987 was the last time a Honda has been in First Place, courtesy of Kevin Benavides, and Second, thanks to Brabec. Having a slow start in week one, Brabec pulled it together and nearly took it all in the end – gracefully stepping back for his teammate (like it or not).
A similarly extraordinary performance came from Sonora Rally 2018 winner Skyler Howes who followed his 2020 Dakar finish at 9th place, as a privateer, with 5th overall among the elite group of factory athletes in the Top 10. With BAS DAKAR KTM Rally supporting his efforts in 2021, Howes is still regarded as a privateer, making his achievements all the more exceptional! It was at that fateful ‘18 Sonora Rally when Skyler won the Road to Dakar granting him free entry to the coming Dakar in Peru. And he’s not the only one to take advantage of such opportunities – by motorbike or even UTV.
Not every rider or driver might find the same sort of success as Howes, but they wouldn’t know without pulling up to the starting line… It has been thanks to programs like the Road to Dakar and even the Rallye du Maroc contest which has given grassroots racers the chance to compete in World Championships which might otherwise be unapproachable for any number of reasons. These prizes continue to offer incentives to competitors carving a name for themselves in the rally circuit, if not, helping to build a growing passion in North America. It’s the Sonora Rally’s intention to cultivate this trend into a lifestyle.
Friday, February 5th – Entries Open
Sunday, May 9th – Tech & Inspection; Navigation School
Monday, May 10th – Stage 1
Friday, May 14th – (Final) Stage 5; Awards Ceremony
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The 2021 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R undergoes some choice updates to further the adventure.
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The second installment in the new generation of liter-class KTM ADVENTURE models comes in the form of the all-new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R. Engineered to cross the wildest and most challenging terrain, this motorcycle has the capacity to take adventurers anywhere.
Primed and ready to plant its flag anywhere on the planet, the 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R has been designed from the ground up with an extensive list of innovative upgrades.
Riding the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R across rough terrain in the easiest and most intuitive way has been a development priority for the completely reworked 2021 edition. An all new bodywork providing excellent ergonomics and allowing to hold the fuel in the tank as low as possible has been designed for better agility, a lower center of gravity and an even better feeling in all riding conditions.
A sharper cornering sensation has been achieved by moving the steering head back by 15 mm, re-locating the front section of the engine and introducing a slightly longer new diecast open-lattice swingarm for a greater depth of feeling under acceleration. KTM engineers have analyzed and trimmed every centimeter of the new bodywork in order to provide the right thickness and the optimal rider-bike contact.
The sensation of control and balance is augmented by the new three-part fuel tank that holds 23 l and is positioned lower to assist riding equilibrium. Like the chassis, the subframe has also been reconstructed and is topped with a sporty stepped seat at 880 mm of height with slim dimensions and a handy storage underneath.
Further enhancing handling is the reworked 2021 WP suspension configuration. The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R streams elements of KTM’s prolificacy in offroad and embraces the best of WP XPLOR technology. The fully-adjustable 48 mm front forks with an impressive 220 mm of travel feature split damping functions and quick modification potential with a twist of the respective dials. The same travel measurement graces the WP PDS shock. The competence of the system was achieved through tests in the Californian desert-land as well as long stretches of varied landscapes across Europe.
The 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is a vessel for the latest electronics packages and continuation of the collaboration with first-rate pioneers like Bosch. A new 6-axis lean angle sensor filters information on the exact pitch and position of the bike and its behaviour. In turn, this affects the degree of Motorcycle Traction Control, Motor Slip Regulation, Motorcycle Stability Control and forces of Offroad ABS. To fit the needs of the modern all-terrain riding enthusiast, all rider assists can be tweaked or disengaged.
Alongside the standards RAIN, STREET, SPORT and OFFROAD ride modes, the optional RALLY mode permits riders to set throttle response to aggressive and select one of nine different levels of wheel spin. The changes to suit any kind of topography are all charted through the all-new and more use-friendly 7’’ TFT dash, which is hooked to a new Connectivity Unit. The larger view has quicker and more practical menus and clearly shows turn-by-turn directions indicated by the KTM MY RIDE app.
The KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R relies on the new Euro 5-ready LC8 that is now 1.6 kg lighter and froths out 160 hp at 9,000 rpm and 138 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm for the best power-to-weight offering in the segment. KTM has combed through the internals of the V-Twin powerplant to improve heat dissipation and shave grams in the quest for improved rideability.
With a lot of effort going towards optimizing the air flow through the bike, the 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R features two separate radiators instead of the one-piece unit of its predecessor. With cleverly designed air ducts, the amount of hot air streaming towards the rider´s legs has been significantly reduced and the difference becomes easily noticeable in the slow, tight sections.
Thanks to a reworked airbox, riders can now easily access the air filter by simply removing four screws. The filter itself now features vertical ribs, instead of horizontal, which helps direct dust or sand towards the bottom of the air box. Overall, a better design for hardcore adventurers.
Some additional engine updates include lighter engine cases, new pistons, improved shifting, altered coatings and easier filter access and a re-jigged two-header exhaust unit, with the updated package making the LC8 flighty, more reliable and more dependable for all types of trail. 15,000 km service intervals have again been achieved with low fuel consumption at 5.7 l / 100 km. Together with PANKL, KTM has also reworked the gearbox shifting mechanism for faster, lighter and more responsive actions. The full force of this update can be felt through the optional Quickshifter+, which now has a faster and even more precise operation.
To cope with the rigours of life away from the beaten track, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is armed with premium level equipment. New, Adventure-specific Bridgestone tires are wrapped around ALPINA aluminum spoked wheels, which can be run tubeless with a reassuring O-ring sealant in the spoke nipples. This new generation 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R comes with modern and eye-catching paint and graphic set.
KTM RACE ON tech takes keyless ignition to a new level of autonomy, separate Tire Pressure Monitor system sensors provide more detailed customisation and four piston radial mounted Brembo callipers bring the whole show to a fearsome stop or satisfying slide. The windshield, the levers, the pegs and the handlebars all are adjustable to further enhance rider adaptability.
As is the case with its S model counterpart, the new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R benefits from a remodelled optional software package policy. With the Rally Pack offering the RALLY riding mode, the MTC slip adjuster and the adjustable throttle response, the all-in-one Tech Pack includes the Quickshifter+, the Motor Slip Regulation, the Hill Hold Control, the adaptive brake light and all the features of the Rally Pack.
KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R – MODEL HIGHLIGHTS
// All-new ergonomics offering extra agility
// Redesigned seat with lower height
// Reworked long-travel, adjustable WP XPLOR suspension
// Optimized weight distribution with lower-placed fuel tanks
// Cutting-edge electronics that enhance the ride
// New, intuitive 7’’ TFT display with redesigned handlebar switches
// New LED headlight with LED daytime light
// Revised V-Twin engine [EURO 5] with improved heat dissipation
// New, Adventure-specced tires by Bridgestone
Joachim Sauer – KTM Product Manager: “For KTM, ‘R’ stands for ‘Rally’ and ‘Racing’ so with the new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R we really feel in our element. Adopting all the great benefits of the recently launched S model, the KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R is here to set new standards of all-terrain performance. With this new offroad powerhouse we wanted even more rideability and to achieve it, we looked into rider-focused ergonomics and improved suspension performance. The new bike also offers a big step forward in terms of weight distribution and riding agility. Making gains with the overall performance of our LC8, we were also able to give the 2021 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R innovative technical features. If some of the best moments of adventuring come about by discovering the unknown, with this bike riders could not have a better tool for the job.”
The new generation KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R will be available at KTM dealers internationally starting March 2021. For the North American markets, it will become available in the fall of 2021.
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A hundred years after the first Guzzi and 54 years since the first V7 was sold in Italy, M-G launches its latest V7 for 2021. Power comes from an 853 cc V-twin derived from the one in the new V85 TT, which Guzzi says bumps power by 25% compared to the outgoing engine – going from 52 horsepower at 6200 rpm to 65 HP at 6800 rpm. Maximum torque has also increased, from 44 ft-lbs at 4250 rpm to 54 at 5000 rpm, with more than 80% of that torque available at 3000 rpm. (For the V85 TT, the claims are 80 hp and 59 ft-lbs.)
The new engine’s only part of the story: The new bike’s been thoroughly revised from stem to stern, in three trim levels: V7 Stone, V7 Stone Centenario, and V7 Special.
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NEW 2021 MOTO GUZZI V7
IN MOTO GUZZI’S ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF CREATING MOTORCYCLES, THE V7 IS ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED AND SUCCESSFUL, RECOGNIZED AND CELEBRATED ALL OVER THE WORLD AS A REPRESENTATION OF THE CLASSIC ITALIAN MOTORCYCLE
MOTO GUZZI PRESENTS A COMPLETELY REVAMPED V7. THE NEW, HIGH PERFORMANCE, 850CC, 65 HP ENGINE MAKES ITS DÉBUT. THE 2021 V7 IS FASTER, MORE COMFORTABLE, BETTER EQUIPPED AND MORE REFINED, WITHOUT LOSING ANY OF THAT CHARACTER AND AUTHENTICITY THAT DISTINGUISHES EVERY MOTO GUZZI
V7 is one of the most celebrated and well-known Moto Guzzi models. This global fame is due to its ability to remain faithful to the expectations and reputation of a legendary brand like Moto Guzzi. Since 1967, the year the first units were sold in Italy, the V7 has become a cornerstone of the product range, representative of the ultimate Italian motorcycle and standing out for its features and design, highly popular with a wide and varied public.
More than fifty years after the launch of the first unit, Moto Guzzi is proud to present the new V7, the most recent chapter of a unique history. The revamping is so profound that Moto Guzzi opted to change the name too: V7, without the progressive numbering with Roman numerals that had characterized the previous models – a testament to the almost total change from every point of view, even involving the chassis architecture and the engine. You wouldn’t think so at first glance, and that is perhaps the highest compliment that could be paid the eagle brand designers and engineers in Mandello who have once again demonstrated their passion and skill in improving a legendary model like the V7, leaving its character and authenticity unaltered, values destined to last over time. Two versions are available: alongside the Stone, the most minimalist model with modern content, is the Special which, as always, remains the most classic in style features.
More Maturity, Performance and Comfort: V7 is a Pleasure to Own and to Ride
The new generation V7 will continue to be a viable and attractive entry-level motorcycle of the Moto Guzzi world, easy to ride, with a contained size and weight, but at the same time with a strong and authentic character, typical of all Moto Guzzi bikes, much of which is shown off by the iconic V-twin engine, a one-of-a-kind configuration. The newborn from Mandello is more complete and demonstrates superior maturity, evident in the new, larger engine, which stands out for its generously sized exhaust pipes in a different layout; the view from the rear also highlights the larger cardan final drive and the wider rear wheel, as well as the larger and robust pair of Kayaba shock absorbers. The new V7 therefore has many new features, not only technical, but also philosophical. From now on, we’ll be able to talk about the “eight-fifty” from Mandello, and it is the first time this model adopts this engine size, since it has been a 750cc since 2009. This is a quantum shift in terms of performance and riding fun and is the highest performance and most efficient engine ever mounted in the illustrious history of this model.
Authentic Style and Modern Content
V7 keeps the stylistic personality of the model intact, characterized by a design that dialogues through shapes influenced by Moto Guzzi heritage and modern motorcycle requirements. What
hasn’t changed is the 5.5 Gallon (21-liter) metal fuel tank, the most spacious in the category, with style inspired, as always, by the magnificent 1971 V7 Sport.
Some stylish new elements are the side panels and the shorter rear mudguard which, along with the newly designed exhaust system, give the new V7 a seductive look. One of the important innovations on the V7 Stone consists of the sporty aluminum wheel rims; the rear is shod with a larger tire to the tune of 150/70, capable of providing greater riding stability and more grip in turns. The tire type is different as well: in order to guarantee rider enjoyment, as well as comfort and safety in the wet, high performance Dunlop Arrowmax Streetsmart tires were chosen. On the new V7 Stone and V7 Special, riding comfort is even greater than the already high level of the previous version, thanks to the new pair of shock absorbers with longer stroke and the new, split-level seat, which especially ensures the passenger a more comfortable ride: in fact, the taller height of the cushion means that the pillion rider’s legs are not as bent, and it also offers more comfortable seating. With this same goal in mind, brand new rider footpeg vibration-damping supports are used.
Making its début on the Moto Guzzi V7 Stone is the new full LED lighting system, from the headlamp with DRL that traces the outline of the Moto Guzzi eagle (Limited use in Canada). The new instrument cluster is in keeping with the minimalist motorcycle image. It is a single circular dial, entirely digital, which is also shaped like the outline of the eagle. The instrumentation is complete in terms of information, including an odometer, partial and daily trip (resets automatically eight hours after being switched off), trip time, instantaneous and average consumption, air temperature, average speed and the MGCT (traction control) level, as well as the engaged gear indicator, for which the minimum and maximum rpm value can be adjusted by the user. This way, you can control a predetermined engine rpm range, to run in the bike as effectively as possible or to reduce fuel consumption to a minimum for example. The rider interacts with the instrumentation using the button on the right-hand electrical block. The gear indicator is suggested by the outline of the eagle that flashes at the center of the display. The catalog of dedicated accessories also includes Moto Guzzi MIA, the Moto Guzzi multimedia platform that connects your smartphone to the vehicle, providing an exceptional quantity of information handy for your trip. Moto Guzzi MIA can be used to play music and to make/receive phone calls using a helmet intercom.
Quality Chassis Architecture for an Easy and Fun Ride
Moto Guzzi is renowned for its ability to design exceptional chassis. The delightful ride of the V7 has its origins in the distant past: in 1970, after a highly demanding series of tests, the V7 Police won the selection to join the LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) team, demonstrating the Italian brand’s authority on the matter even overseas. The steel frame maintains the double cradle tubular layout and the same weight distribution typical of this model’s recent tradition. The new V7 introduces more changes that improve stability and comfort, leaving its agility unaltered. In the area beneath the headstock, a sheet of reinforcing steel has been added, whereas the reinforcement that corresponds with the adjustable shock absorber connections has been modified. The shocks themselves are mounted in a more forward-inclined position and they are larger and have a longer stroke. The modifications to the rear suspension significantly increase riding comfort, especially on bumpy surfaces, due to the greater capacity to absorb the imperfections of the road, returning a more progressive and controlled response in any situation, even with a passenger on board. To complete the revamped chassis architecture, a new, larger
swingarm is employed, featuring a new bevel gear capable of better managing the increased torque of the new engine. The already optimum saddle-handlebar-footpeg triangulation remains unchanged, ideally spaced for riders of any height thanks to the lower saddle and the correct positioning of the aluminum footpegs.
Higher Performance and More Character From the New Moto Guzzi “Eight-Fifty”
There are many twin-cylinder engines in the world, but the Moto Guzzi twin is unlike any other, truly unique, born in 1967 thanks to the ingenious intuition of Giulio Cesare Carcano and characterized by a unique cylinder configuration that made it an integral part of the bike’s design, like a true modern art sculpture.
A new Moto Guzzi engine makes its début on the V7, a close derivative of the one that successfully powers the V85 TT. This is the most recent and modern drive developed by Moto Guzzi, which guarantees better performance and overall greater efficiency in order to provide maximum riding pleasure, fun and reliability. The engine maintains the exclusive construction layout of all Moto Guzzi bikes currently in production: air-cooled transverse 90° V-twin with OHV distribution and two valves per cylinder, the pride and tradition of Mandello production. Engine capacity is 853 cc, thanks to a bore to stroke ratio of 84 x 77 mm. Compared with the “seven fifty” in the V7 III, maximum power increases 25%, going from the previous 52 HP at 6200 rpm to the current 65 HP at 6800 rpm. Maximum torque has also increased, going from 60 Nm at 4250 rpm to an outstanding 73 Nm at 5000 rpm, with more than 80% of the torque already available at 3000 rpm. The new “eight-fifty” has more elastic pickup at low rpm and accelerates faster with an extremely low vibration rate.
The engine is entirely new compared with the V7 III: the more rigid crankcase is the result of a new design; Lubrication involves a semi dry sump, with two coaxial pumps (one for oil delivery and the other for oil recovery) that ensure excellent lubrication and dispense with the need for an oil radiator. The semi dry sump solution has all the advantages of dry sump engines, without the disadvantage of the encumbrance of the external oil reservoir, since sump itself carries out this function. The primary advantages are: reduced loss of power from friction coming from interaction of the crank drive with the oil, lower maximum temperature reached by the oil and freedom of the bike to reach a greater lean or pitch angle without any lubrication problems, thereby allowing the reduction of the quantity of lubricant needed to ensure that the pump has correct draft in any situation. In keeping with Moto Guzzi identity, OHV distribution with two valves per cylinder (made of steel) is retained, though the system and materials used are all new. Cylinders are of reduced height, while efficient oil passages and a fastening system to the reinforced crankcase ensure robustness and reliability. The heads have dedicated mix entry ducts and links. One of the stand out aspects of a Moto Guzzi engine is its distribution, complete with aluminum roller cams and rocker arm pushrods. Furthermore, lightweight pistons are used, with 20mm diameter pins. Engine control relies on a single Marelli throttle body, 38mm in diameter, with a traditional mechanical throttle control. The new Moto Guzzi engine is also rather frugal in terms of consumption: it has few components that absorb power (OHV distribution is one of the most frugal in terms of power absorption) and has no cooling circuit pump or long drive chains or belts. So, not only is it more powerful and cleaner than the engine in the previous V7, but it also consumes less, resulting in a range of more than 250 miles (over 400 km) after filling up, thanks to the 5.5 Gallon (21-liter) fuel tank.
The front-engaging gearbox was also revamped compared with the previous unit and is now more fluid and precise. the dry clutch exploits a reinforcement disc under the clutch plate as well as a high-performance clutch disc; there is also a brand new, triple slot type of synchronization that reduces gear noise and gearbox play to a minimum, particularly that of first gear. The final transmission is carried out by a double-jointed drive shaft offset by the generous size and the bevel gear, which provides solid and reliable management of the powerful torque supplied.
ABS and MGCT for Active Safety
Standard on the V7 is the ABS system and an adjustable MGCT (Moto Guzzi Traction Control) system that can also be disabled. The former is a two-channel Continental system that prevents the wheels from locking up, whereas the latter is a system that prevents rear wheel spin in acceleration. The MGCT system is adjustable to two sensitivity levels, one more conservative and ideal, for example, in poor grip situations due to wet or slippery asphalt and the other is designed to cater to the thrill of riding in safety on dry roads. Another peculiarity of the MGCT system is the possibility to recalibrate rear tire circumference, compensating for any wear or the use of a tire with a different profile than the original so that the traction control will always be precise.
Moto Guzzi V7 Stone
V7 Stone is the most eclectic and minimalist version of the “eight-fifty” from Mandello. In keeping with recent tradition, it has no chromed parts, instead embracing the darkness of the matte black paint, which is combined with the new saddle with a passenger grab strap. It stands out both for its new full LED light system, featuring a beautiful headlamp with DRL that outlines the shape of the Moto Guzzi eagle, and for its new instrument cluster, a single circular dial, entirely digital, which is also shaped like the outline of the eagle. The wheel rims are in aluminum with six spokes, and the logo that decorates the side panels is also new.
In addition to the Nero Ruvido color scheme, V7 Stone is available in two new, attractive satin finish colors, Azzurro Ghiaccio and Arancione Rame, also joined by the special Centenario graphic, commemorative of the Larian brand’s first one hundred years, born in 1921. The new graphic version is a tribute to the magnificent Otto Cilindri, one of the most sensational racing motorcycles of all time, born in 1955 and even today a prime example of Moto Guzzi’s creative and technical skills. It stands out with its exclusive matte livery comprising the grey fuel tank and brown seat, combined with a magnificent green shade for the side panels and the front mudguard. Also contributing to make this look unique is the special gold color of the eagle on the fuel tank and the name on the side panels.
Moto Guzzi V7 Special
This version is the closest to the spirit of the original model. Classic and elegant, it features numerous chrome parts and decidedly bright graphics. Moto Guzzi V7 Special flaunts a new interpretation of the typical colored stripe on the side panels beneath the seat, which is color-
coded to match the color of the fuel tank. The spoked wheels have polished channels and black hubs; the analog instrumentation is made up of dual circular displays and the new chrome plated steel passenger grab handle comes standard. The lighting system includes LED turn signals and taillight unit, whereas the classic halogen headlamp remains unchanged. V7 Special also has cylinder cooling fins milled on a machine tool and a dedicated brown saddle, details that highlight its classical and elegant origins. It is available in the Blu Formale and Grigio Casual color schemes.
Moto Guzzi MIA: A Proper On-Board Computer
For the V7 range, the innovative Moto Guzzi MIA multimedia system is available as an optional accessory. This system is able to connect the bike to a smartphone. Thanks to a dedicated application, which can be freely downloaded from the App Store and Google Play, the smartphone (iPhone or Android) becomes a truly sophisticated on-board multifunctional computer, the link between the vehicle and the Internet.
The Bluetooth connection allows you to simultaneously view five parameters of your choice at a time on your smartphone screen, selected from a vast menu and including the speedometer, rev counter, instant power, instant torque, instant and average fuel consumption, average speed and battery voltage, longitudinal acceleration and extended trip computer. The “Eco Ride” feature helps to limit fuel consumption and to maintain eco-compatible riding conduct, providing a brief assessment of the results obtained during the trip. You can record trip information and review it on your computer or directly on your smartphone, analyzing the route taken, viewing the vehicle operating parameters point by point. The system also allows you to easily locate your vehicle when you park in an unfamiliar place, automatically saving the position where it was switched off. V7 Stone’s digital instrumentation integrates fully with Moto Guzzi MIA, so you can manage your smartphone’s multimedia content, as well as telephone calls. The titles of the musical tracks and caller ID appear on the instrumentation display and you can manage all interaction using the handlebar controls, which include activating the telephone’s voice assistant.
The sophisticated on board module management also lets you use two common Bluetooth headsets to achieve the interphone feature, without the additional cost of a dedicated system.
Original Moto Guzzi Accessories: A Comprehensive Range for Every Possible Need
Following the success achieved on the previous versions, the Moto Guzzi customization philosophy continues on the new V7 as well. This means that there are numerous accessories available so that you can personalize your motorcycle in a fun and safe way, creating a true made to measure special. All of the parts have been conceived, designed and made by Moto Guzzi and they are subjected to strict control test cycles just like any other original part on the bike in order to guarantee a quality and long-lasting product. Since they have been conceived and fine-tuned by Moto Guzzi, they are perfectly interchangeable with the factory parts, allowing you to easily revert your bike to its original configuration. They are also fully approved and therefore absolutely “street legal”.
Below are a few of the main accessories in the catalog dedicated to the V7 range.
Red cylinder head covers: cylinder head covers painted red with special, machined patterns.
Tubular engine guard: characterized by a design that follows the lines of the vehicle, this provides specific protection for the engine and the rider’s legs. Available in chrome or black.
Fuel tank cover: these are two soft rubbery guards that are applied to the sides of the fuel tank where the rider’s knees rest in order to increase riding comfort.
Center stand: made out of robust materials, this lets you park your bike in complete safety.
Sport handlebar and semi handlebars: these let you assume a more forward and sporty riding position.
Windshield: this is designed to provide greater aerodynamic protection without compromising the attractive aesthetics of the V7. Type-approved for the strictest standards (DOT and TUV), it has been road tested in all weather conditions by Moto Guzzi test riders. Available in two versions with chrome or black rods.
Aluminum brake and clutch levers: made of billet aluminum, they enhance the V7’s controls.
Heated hand grips: these are adjustable to different intensity levels, so you can ride your bike even in the coldest seasons.
Side panniers in leather, canvas and touring: thanks to the frames featuring fast click quick release, you can use various types of side panniers on the V7. The Moto Guzzi range of accessories includes a pair of panniers in precious, hand crafted leather with closing and buckles in steel and hot-branded with the Moto Guzzi logo, a pair of Touring panniers in sturdy technical fabric to withstand any travel conditions and a pair of very spacious and elegant waterproof Canvas panniers. A special anti-theft locking system prevents any undesired fast click quick release.
Luggage carrier: this valuable item serves two important purposes: on one hand it is a luggage rack and on the other it provides a solid hold thanks to the two built-in handles.
Saddles range: the range of Moto Guzzi saddles for the V7 includes 6 versions and variations to meet any and all comfort and design needs. All the saddles are fully waterproof, made in premium materials that provide maximum comfort and a unique aesthetic impact that perfectly matches the bike’s look.
Motorcycle cover: this cover is made from black scratch proof material and is made precious by the Moto Guzzi logo on both sides.
The Origins of the Legendary V7
The year was 1961 and the success of the mass-produced car was radically reorganizing the motorcycle market. Moto Guzzi, empowered with enviable design capacity reacted to the
unfavorable circumstances by exploring new markets, from delivery three-wheelers to agricultural machinery and special vehicles – even cars. For the latter, the genius designer Giulio Cesare Carcano designed a 90° V-twin air-cooled engine destined for a sport version of the Fiat 500, capable of touching 140 km/h. They liked the new engine in Lingotto, but the annual quantity that Vittorio Valletta requested exceeded the production capacity of the Mandello del Lario plant, so the agreement never came to fruition.
Mr. Carcano, however, did not lose heart and he increased the size of the two-cylinder engine to 754 cc to use it on the “3X3”, a popular, variable track three-wheel drive vehicle destined for use by Alpine troops. At the same time a ministerial tender was launched to provide motorcycles for the Highway Police the winner would be whoever could travel 100,000 km with the lowest maintenance cost. It was the perfect chance to place Mr. Carcano’s two-cylinder, entirely revamped, on a bike, the Moto Guzzi V7. It was an innovative project that combined the reliability of automotive standards with a level of comfort and mechanical affordability unknown to the competition that aroused the curiosity even of foreign police forces, Los Angeles being among the first. The commissioning of the new V7 700 began in 1964. The bike had a 703.3cc engine which developed 40 HP and it weighed 230 kg. In 1966 mass production began, destined for the police department and foreign markets, whereas the following year the V7 700 was distributed in Italy at the competitive price of 725,000 lira, much more affordable than the German and English competitors.
Evolution According to Lino Tonti
Giulio Cesare Carcano’s creation was perfected by an expert designer who joined Moto Guzzi in 1967: Lino Tonti. Hailing from Forlì, with a great deal of experience in competitions with Mondial, Bianchi and Gilera, the engineer was called on by the general manager Romolo Stefani to expand the range of the maxi-bike from Mandello del Lario. The V7 appeared at the right time, bikes were coming domineeringly back into fashion almost as a reaction to the conformism of the car and the market is particularly open to innovations.
The first thing Tonti did was to increase the engine size to 757 and the power to 45 HP to launch the V7 special in 1969, faster, more refined and more elegant than the V7 700. Then he created, initially for the American market, the V7 Ambassador and the California, the latter destined to be one of the greatest Moto Guzzi success stories. The next milestone coincided with Lino Tonti’s masterpiece: the V7 Sport. The designer from Forlì had clear ideas and he set the three parameters of the sport bike from Mandello: 200 km/h, 200 kg, 5 gears. To achieve the objective, he made some changes to the engine, taking the displacement to 748.3cc and the power to more than 52 HP, redesigning the crankshaft and camshafts, in addition to placing the alternator in the front in order to keep the vertical bulk down.
The engine was lodged in a tight, double cradle frame in chrome molybdenum steel, painted red for the first 200 units and assembled directly in the experience department on via Parodi, No. 57. The bike made its début in 1971 and in June of the same year it participated in the “500 kilometers of Monza” race taking third place with Raimondo Riva. This was the beginning of a series of flattering results obtained in endurance races such as the 24 Hour Le Mans and Liegi races which would contribute, together with very popular riders such as Vittorio Brambilla, to making it the most famous Italian sport bike of the 1970s.
From the V7 to the 850 generation
Over a couple of seasons the technological evolution which was achieved with the V7 Sport Moto Guzzi was also transferred to the rest of the range. The new frame, the four-pad front brake and the five-speed transmission introduced on the V7 Sport represented, together with the increased engine size, the primary innovations of the V850 GT, a model which would mark the retirement of the lucky V7 Special in 1973. The Sport would also lose the famous alphanumeric name, replaced in 1974 by the Moto Guzzi 750S. The last model to give up the glorious alphanumeric name was the V7 850 California, which would not pass the baton to the new 850 T California until 1976.
Moto Guzzi V7: Technical Specifications
Capacity: 853.4 cc air-cooled 90-degree V-twin, OHV; 2 valves/cylinder
Bore x stroke: 84 x 77mm
Max Power: 48 kW (65 HP) at 6800 rpm
Maximum torque: 73 Nm at 5000 rpm
Exhaust system: Double pre-cat and double main-cat with double Lambda probe
Frame: double cradle tubular frame, ALS steel with detachable elements
Wheelbase: 1450 mm
Trail: 104 mm
Headstock angle: 28°
Front suspension: 40mm hydraulic telescopic fork, 130 mm travel
Rear suspension: Die cast alloy swing arm, dual shock absorbers with adjustable spring preload; 4.7 inches wheel travel (3.8 inches shock absorber stroke)
Front brake: 320mm stainless steel floating disc, 4-piston Brembo caliper
Rear brake: 260mm, stainless steel disc, 2-piston caliper
Front wheel: 18-inch lightweight alloy (spoked for Special) 100/90
Rear wheel: 17- in lightweight alloy (spoked for Special) 150/70
Seat height: 30.7 in / 780 mm
Fuel tank capacity: 5.5 US gallons (1.05 gallon reserve) 21 liters (including 4-liter reserve)
Dry weight: 436 lbs (Special 447 lbs) 198 kg (Special 203 kg)
Curb weight*: 480 lbs (Special 491 kg) 218 kg (Special 223 kg)
(In compliance with the VO (EU) 168/2013 standards, with all operating fluids, with standard equipment and fuel tank filled to at least 90% capacity).
Consumption (WMTC cycle) 4.9 l/100 km
CO2 Emissions (WMTC cycle) 119 g/km
Details for US and Canada are:
Availability: End of Q1 2021
Price: USA $8,990, Canada $10,990
V7 Stone 100th Anniversary
Availability: End of March 2021
Price: USA $9,190 / Canada $11,390
Availability: End of March 2021
Price: USA $9,490 / Canada $11,590
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Dainese has announced subtle revisions to its flagship men’s Laguna Seca 5 suit while simultaneously introducing a new suit for women.
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Iconic Dainese Leather Suit Gets an Upgrade and The All New Women’s Imatra
COSTA MESA, Calif. — February 24, 2021 — Dainese, the world leader in protective wear for motorcycle athletes and enthusiasts, known for incorporating style and design with premium safety features, introduced two new racing suits for the 2021 riding season.
Named after the Finnish road races where performance is key, the new Imatra Perforated Women’s Race Suit is built with D-skin 2.0 full-grain cowhide leather with strategically placed Tri-Axial and three-way stretch leather inserts that allow for great freedom of movement while guaranteeing top-level abrasion resistance. Other features include aluminum shoulder plates and an aerodynamic hump designed to hold a hydration kit. Localized perforation in the leather helps keep the suit breathing, especially at speed. A Nanofeel liner with a special silver ion treatment helps keep odors at bay.
The Laguna Seca 5 is the latest evolution of the iconic racing leather suit, the essence of Dainese. Made entirely from premium full-grain cowhide leather, ready for any challenge on the track with total confidence. Built to give maximum freedom of movement on the saddle, the Tri-Axial system on the back and three-way stretch leather inserts allow for perfect mobility while guaranteeing the same level of abrasion resistance. The Laguna Seca 5 also features the latest generation protection from MotoGP with aluminum seamless shoulders and RSS 2.0 elbow sliders.
Together, these two new racing suites bring new graphics and improved functionalities, including the new D-Tech Racing Core inner suit for both men and women.
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Michelin continues to support the sport.
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GREENVILLE, S.C., Feb. 2, 2021 — Michelin announced a multi-year feature sponsor agreement with Racer Productions Inc., producer of the 2021 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship.
Michelin’s presence at GNCC races will bring a broad scope of products, including off-road motorcycle tires, bicycle tires, automobile tires and recreational vehicle tires. The MICHELIN® StarCross® 5 off-road tires and the MICHELIN® E-Wild bicycle tires will be featured at Michelin’s GNCC events.
Michelin’s tire technicians will be on site and ready to assist GNCC riders and spectators with their tire selections. Technicians will also be on hand to help with technical support, sales and installation of MICHELIN motorcycle and mountain bike tires.
“We are excited to welcome Michelin into our GNCC Racing family,” said Tim Cotter, GNCC event director. “The MICHELIN brand and lineup of products align perfectly for participants. Michelin’s line of motorcycle tires, light and heavy truck tires along with their bicycle line provide a product for everyone.”
Michelin will offer contingency for all classes and divisions of off-road racing and e-mountain bike racing, offering up to $400 for first place winners. Racers can visit the Michelin race support trailer for more details.
“Michelin looks forward to returning to GNCC after racing success with factory-level teams in the past,” said Richard Kornacki, director of two wheel at Michelin North America. “Working with GNCC racers of all levels will enable us to gain feedback for future generations of tires.”
The 2021 GNCC Series will kick off in Union, S.C., on Feb. 20-21 with the 24th Annual Big Buck GNCC. For more information on the GNCC series, visit the official website at gnccracing.com.
How to Watch
Racer TV and MAVTV are the official homes for coverage of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) events. All 13 rounds, from the season opener in South Carolina to the finale at Ironman Raceway in Indiana, will air in taped-delayed telecasts on MAVTV, while Racer TV provides live streaming coverage of the 2 p.m. ATV and 1 p.m. motorcycle races from each event. Catch all the action at http://www.mavtv.com/ and http://www.racertv.com/.
Michelin, the leading mobility company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve a variety of industries. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America, Inc. (www.michelinman.com) has more than 21,400 employees and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.
About GNCC Racing
The Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Specialized is the World’s premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling two and three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through racetracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks, and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Central America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised live on RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.
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