The Best Racing-Ready Motorcycles of 2013
Whether you’re new to racing and are looking for a starter bike, or are looking for a powerful performance motorcycle, you’ll find a wide range to choose from this year. The following are five of the most exciting bikes to be released in 2013, for both practical and sporting purposes.
MV Agusta Rivale 800
Aggressively styled with a powerful engine, the 2013 MV Agusta Rivale 800 is ready to tear up the roads with ease. It weighs in at only 375 pounds, which will help push it ahead of the pack in terms of speed. The Rivale 800 is powered by an engine with an output of 125hp, along with 60 lb-ft. of torque. It offers excellent traction control for unsteady terrain or inclement weather, which could make it a good fit for long haul races or even off-roading.
BMW S1000RR HP4
Although BMW motorcycles are a bit pricier than some other marques on this list, they still offer great value for money due to the use of technology and outstanding performance. This is clear when you look at the BMW S1000RR HP4 model, just released for 2013. The HP4 technology includes Dynamic Traction Control, which helps improve rider safety even at high speeds. It operates more fluidly than ever and drivers can choose from over a dozen different power settings to enhance performance. The bike is designed for racing at high speeds, with a 200hp engine. The bike can zip a quarter of a mile in under 10 seconds, in addition to its use of dynamic technology.
Moto Guzzi V7 Racer
If you love the look of 1970’s sport bikes, you’ll be intrigued by the new Moto Guzzi V7 Racer; which looks straight out of this classic era. Although it is powered by a simple 744-cc V-Twin engine that only offers 50hp, the bike is sleek, stylish, and zips along nicely. Its vintage good looks are open to modification, for those who want to take this Moto Guzzi out on the track.
Electric motorcycles have been gaining more attention from the racing circuit over the past year, with a fully electric model from Lightning Motorcycles winning the Pikes Peak challenge a few months ago. The 2013 Zero X seems to be one example of the new breed of speedy electric motorbikes, with improved battery technology. The new model can now reach top speeds of 95 mph, up from 88 mph just last year. It can also travel up to 137 miles without any need for a recharge, which makes it better suited to long distance challenges. For those interested in saving money on fuel while enjoying a high performance bike, this is one to watch.
With a low entry price, the new Honda CBR500R is a fully equipped sport bike with decent engine power and a light weight. It would be a good starter bike for those just beginning a hobby in motorbike racing, with its finely tuned frame and easy handling response. The bike is powered by a liquid-cooled, 55cc parallel Twin engine and can handle tight turns with ease.
Jonathan Rea Profile Bio
Superbike racing is a real test of how man can harness the abilities of a machine – many would say no more so than the illustrious Moto GP, which is faster but perhaps less testing. Jonathan Rea is one of the stars of the Superbike field and one of those sportsmen who have graced the scene for a number of years due to their prodigious talents. Still only in his mid-twenties, Rea’s career could be about to really take off.
Rea cultivated his talents on the Motocross circuit where he learned the invaluable arts of balance and handling – essential in managing a bike’s varying dynamics. A move to the racing circuit was inevitable for a rider of his talents.
He competed in the British Superbike Circuit where he achieved 2nd place overall in 2007 and was named Irish Motorcyclist of the Year in 2008. Rea competed in the final race of the World Supersport calendar that year and in 2009 he moved on to complete a full season in in the World Superbike Championship.
He took two wins in his first proper season and an impressive four wins the season after. He’s been a steady presence in the World Superbike field since then, and a much respected member of Pata Honda’s team.
2012 was a good year with Rea finishing fifth in the World Superbike Championship and won the Suzuka 8 Hour. Rea goes into 2013 as a confident and more experienced rider and has already taken a victory at Silverstone. He’s well placed to compete for a top 5 finish, chasing after the breakaway pack of Guintoli, Sykes, Laverty and Melandri.
Rea rides the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade and is a stable mate of the legendary Casey Stoner. Because of the recent rider test ban in Moto GP, Rea worked on the testing of Honda’s 2011 RCV which Stoner rode to victory in that season.
There are firm links between the worlds of Moto GP and Superbikes as the two sports move technically closer together. Anyone who admires the Moto GP season would do well to watch the exploits of their Superbike counterparts. Valentino Rossi is a known enthusiast of the sport.
Like any sporting talent, Rea is much in demand when it comes to sponsorship. Honda, RedBull, Oakley, and motorbike insurance specialists Carole Nash, are all proud to back one of sport’s most promising talents.
You can catch Jonathan’s blog on the Carole Nash website for an insight into his character and all round profile: http://www.carolenash.com/insidebikes/bikers-blog/jonathan-reas-first-insidebikes-blog.htm
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Steve McQueen’s 1946 Indian Chief to be auctioned
Legendary badass Steve McQueen was known for more than just his film career. The “King of Cool” was also known as a truly talented and highly successful racing driver. He loved cars and motorcycles and accumulated quite a collection over the years, many of which have been auctioned off to collectors.
Now his 1946 Indian Chief motorcycle, which was completely restored in the 1990s, will be auctioned of in Los Angeles from August 1-3 by Auctions America. Check out the photos above. The auction will be covered live by NBC Sports and Jay Leno will be a guest commentator.
Ryan Dungey gunning for 2012 MX Championship repeat
Photo credit: Chip Kalback
Ryan Dungey is sheer class. Every sport witnesses a wide range of talents that pour their lives into the fragile hope of one day reaching the top, yet rarely do young phenoms storm the scene and rack up the kind of success that Dungey has already seen.
After a string of noteworthy performances in the amateur ranks, including a victory in Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Championships, a promising young Dungey was pleasantly surprised by an offer from Team Suzuki to join their factory team, and in 2006, made his professional debut at just 16.
Feeding off the tutelage from motocross elite Ricky Carmichael and Roger DeCoster, accolades continued to roll in, including 2007 AMA Rookie of the Year. Despite these successes, it wasn’t until 2009 that Ryan really layed down the hurt on his competition, sweeping the 250 Motocross and Supercross Lites championships and gaining a victorious momentum that steamrolled into 2010, where he accomplished what only one other rider has: win the 450 Supercross and Motocross championships in a rookie season.
2011 saw Dungey’s talent continue to thrive, and despite landing on the podium countless times and bringing home the win for team USA in the Motocross of Nations, he fell just short of overall victory in both the Supercross and outdoor seasons.
A new team and machine were no doubt risky moves for Dungey coming into 2012, yet it didn’t take long for him to put the hammer down and bring Red Bull KTM its first ever Supercross victory. A broken collarbone sidelined the champion for a large chunk of the remaining Supercross races, yet he still managed to win the final two events. During the outdoor season, Dungey rode away from his competitors and into the books as being the first rider to win a 450 Motocross Championship for KTM.
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Scootering Around Roma: The best way to see the Eternal City is on two wheels
Last month, my wife and I went on a mini European tour for our honeymoon that comprised of stopovers in London, Paris and Rome. But this story starts a little earlier than that, roughly two weeks before we were scheduled to leave, when I suddenly got the itch to research Vespa tours in Italy. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, but for some reason, failed to include in our original plans. Thankfully, after trading a few emails with the wonderful couple that runs Scooteroma Tours, they graciously agreed to take us around Rome to experience what makes seeing the Eternal City from a motorino (that’s “scooter,” in Italian) so extraordinary.
Annie, the self-titled Scooter Maven, was unfortunately unable to join us on the tour due to a bad case of bronchitis (though she stopped by the meeting point to introduce herself anyway), but her husband and business partner Giovanni arrived with one of their many other English-speaking tour guides, all of whom have years of professional experience in the tourism and hospitality industries. As a couple of Yanks with only a phrase book-sized knowledge of Italian, I can’t begin to explain how much of a relief it was to have tour guides who not only spoke English, but spoke it fluently. (Annie herself is American-born, but you can read all about how she came to live in Rome here.)
With the pleasantries and introductions out of the way, it was time to hop on the back of a Vespa and get to scootering. While Giovanni drove a newer Vespa model (red and shiny, and clearly the pride and joy of the Scooteroma family), his cohort Stefano arrived on a gorgeous vintage Vespa in order to give us a taste of what it would be like riding on both. That’s because Scooteroma offers a variety of different tours, as well as different ways to experience them. In addition to their half- and full-day tours, the company also does vintage Vespa and foodie tours, as well as a few other non-scooter variations. You can also either rent a scooter (up to two people per bike) or chose to ride on the back along with a guide, and although driving might sound like a lot of fun, it was actually much more enjoyable just to sit back and soak up the sights as Giovanni and Stefano zipped around the busy streets of Rome.
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