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2014 BMW C evolution Electric Maxi Scooter has arrived – top speed 120km/h, range 100km

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

BMW C Evolution, International Media Launch, Barcelona 2014

Dynamic riding fun with zero emissions.
The arrival of the new C evolution marks the start of a new chapter in the urban mobility segment for BMW Motorrad. The two conventionally powered maxi scooter models – the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT – already succeed in combining the superb ride qualities of a motorcycle with the specific agility of a scooter and the design’s inherent comfort. The new electrically powered C evolution now goes even further by fusing riding fun and dynamism with the benefits of zero-emission performance to create a whole new experience on two wheels.

In keeping with the BMW Group’s sustainability strategy, BMW Motorrad is taking a fully committed approach to electric mobility. As with BMW i, development of the C evolution revolved around creating a visionary vehicle concept offering maximum everyday practicality and an inspirational design.

Powerful drive unit with liquid-cooled electric motor and air-cooled high-voltage battery. Range of 100 kilometres (62 miles) under practical conditions.
The C evolution is powered by a drivetrain swing arm with liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor via a toothed belt and ring gearing. The rated power output is 11 kW (15 hp), with a peak output of 35 kW (47 hp). This enables the C evolution to achieve a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph, electronically limited) and gives it better acceleration than some maxi scooters powered by engines with displacements of 600 cc or more.

The generous 8 kWh capacity of the air-cooled lithium-ion high-voltage battery allows the two-wheeler to cover a range of up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) before it needs to be charged from any domestic mains supply. When plugged in to a standard 220V domestic socket with a 12A charge current, recharging fully from empty takes around 4 hours (with 220V / 16A = 3 h).  (more…)

Bridgestone MotoGP™ Preview – Round 4: Spain, Jerez

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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Round four of the MotoGP™ championship sees the World Championship touch-down in Europe, as Spain’s Circuito de Jerez gets a new-look front and rear tyre allocation for 2014.

The first of four races on Spanish soil always draws a huge crowd, with the 4.423 kilometre circuit providing some good overtaking opportunities that have set the scene for many memorable championship battles over the years.

Comprising eight right-hand and five left-hand corners, Jerez is a balanced circuit in terms of the demands it places on the left and right shoulders of the tyre and traditionally has been the only circuit on the calendar where Bridgestone hasn’t offered asymmetric rear slicks. For 2014 however, Bridgestone will bring asymmetric rear slick with slightly softer rubber on the left shoulder to offer even more grip to riders. The rubber on the right shoulder will be one step harder than the left shoulder, and is the same hardness as was offered in the symmetric rear slicks in 2013. Rear slick options for the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders are the soft and medium asymmetric rear slicks, while for the Ducati and Open-class riders, the extra-soft asymmetric rear slick makes its debut for 2014, alongside the soft compound rear.

Starting from this weekend, Bridgestone will increase the front tyre allocation for riders, giving each rider an extra front tyre (ten in total) and the ability to choose from three compound options, whereas previously only two choices were available. The front tyre allocation for Jerez is the soft, medium & hard compound front slicks.

Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

After three intriguing races to start the season, I am excited to see MotoGP heading to Europe for the first time and especially to be going to Jerez, which is a circuit that always delivers fantastic racing. The tyre allocation for this year’s Spanish Grand Prix has seen a change from symmetric rear slicks, to asymmetric rears which will give riders even more safety and performance at this flowing circuit.

This weekend is also the debut of our revised front tyre allocation system which gives riders greater flexibility with their front tyre choice than ever before. The weather forecast for this weekend is sunny and warm weather, so I hope to see a huge Spanish crowd present at Jerez to welcome their MotoGP heroes.”

Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Division

Jerez has a mix of fast and slow corners with a layout that is quite balanced in regards to the demands placed on the left and right shoulders of the tyre. The diversity of the corner layout and this means that we need to provide a tyre with a balanced character to provide good handling from low speed to high speed corners, and from flat corners to changes in elevation.

The balanced layout has meant in the past we always supplied symmetric rear slicks at Jerez, however, for this year we’ve decided to bring asymmetric rear slicks with softer rubber on the left side to provide better grip and warm-up performance in the left-hand corners. The surface is smooth which is easier for the tyre’s centre section but it is abrasive so harder compound tyres are required to ensure good durability. The track temperature during the race weekend is historically high too, adding to the challenge of minimising tyre wear.”

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium & Hard; Rear: Extra-soft, Soft & Medium (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative – front), Extra-hard (Alternative – rear)

Bridgestone to withdraw from MotoGP™ after the 2015 season

Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Grand Prix de France, Le Mans, France, 15th May 2011.

Bridgestone, the Official Tyre Supplier to MotoGP™ since 2009, has agreed a one-year extension to its current tyre supply contract with series promoters Dorna to supply tyres for the 2015 season, after which the Japanese tyre manufacturer will withdraw from the role of Official Tyre Supplier.

Bridgestone entered the MotoGP™ World Championship at the dawn of the modern four-stroke era in 2002, with the objective of establishing itself as the world leader in tyre development. The Japanese company’s rise to glory was characterised with quick-found success in the championship with a first pole position in its maiden year, a first podium in 2003 and a first race victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2004. From this point onward, Bridgestone’s success rapidly gained momentum with multiple victories in the 2005 and 2006 seasons, culminating in a first MotoGP™ championship title with Ducati’s Casey Stoner in 2007. A second MotoGP™ championship followed in 2008 with Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, resulting in Bridgestone receiving the honour of being named the first ever Official Tyre Supplier to the series in 2009, thus achieving its objective of distinguishing itself as the world’s premier motorcycle tyre manufacturer.

A long and successful involvement in MotoGP™, supported by significant investment, has given Bridgestone an edge over the competition through the transition of race-proven technologies from the circuit to the road. Motorcycle riders around the globe will benefit from Bridgestone’s long and successful involvement in MotoGP™ for many years to come.

Bridgestone expresses its deepest gratitude to the riders, teams, FIM, IRTA and Dorna, as well as motorsports fans around the world, for their support over the years.Although it is planning to exit the MotoGP™ World Championship at the end of the 2015 season, Bridgestone will continue to do its best in promoting motorsport as part of its portfolio of activities.

Shu Ishibashi – Senior Vice President Chief Marketing Officer Responsible for Group Global Marketing, Bridgestone Corporation

Since 2002 Bridgestone has invested large amounts of resources into MotoGP, to help us achieve the goal of becoming the world’s foremost tyre manufacturer. During this time we have forged a strong and successful partnership with Dorna and the teams, which culminated in our company being the first ever Official Tyre Supplier to the championship. MotoGP has proved to be an extremely valuable tyre development platform that has helped us introduce highly advanced technologies into our range of road tyres, to the benefit of consumers. The increase in our brand awareness since joining the series has also been an excellent outcome for us, and we are proud that we have been involved in a series that continues to grow in popularity year-on-year.While Bridgestone will withdraw from the MotoGP championship after 2015, we are considering other opportunities to maintain our position of as a key player for motorsports fans all around the world.”

Kyota Futami – General Manager, Global Motorsport Department, Bridgestone Corporation

It is with some sadness that we will make our exit from MotoGP after such a prosperous participation in the sport. Yet, having achieved everything we set out to do when we entered the championship over ten years ago, including sharing in many MotoGP World Championships, our company believes it is the right time to implement an exit strategy from the series. Over the next two seasons we will continue our world-class level of support to all the teams and riders, and will keep investing heavily in our MotoGP tyre development programme. We will continue to push the boundaries of motorcycle tyre development over the next two years to ensure that we leave the championship at the end of 2015 in the best way possible.”

2014 Kawasaki Z250SL Officially Launched in Indonesia – the supernaked of RR Mono – Rp. 38,9 million (RM10,978)

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

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The family of Kawasaki Z series has become bigger with the introduction of this Z250SL in Indonesia for the world premiere. Few months ago, we just got to know the presence of the Kawasaki RR Mono or 250SL as the full-fairing supersports which is also unveiled in Indonesia. This single-cylinder bike is going to be marketed with its brother, Z250 which is 2-cylinder bike. Now, there are more choices for customer to choose in the 250cc category.

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Z250SL comes with the same chassis as the RR Mono which is the beautiful Trellis-like frame (in the tech specs it is called diamond type, but I’ll call it Trellis anyway). Compared to the supersports RR Mono, the frame are now much more visible to the eyes as the bike is naked type that shows the muscle and the chassis under it. At 148 kg (Non-ABS model), the Z250SL is almost 20 kg lighter than the Z250. The light weight is a significant factor in the bike’s nimble handling.  (more…)

Clearer spyshot of 2014 Yamaha YZF-R25 in Indonesia

Thursday, May 1st, 2014
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Spyshot of 2014 Yamaha YZF-R25 in Indonesia

May is the month for the launch of this 2014 Yamaha YZF-R25 and now there are a lot of spyshots of it. This one as posted by Taufik from tmcblog is clearer than the first spyshot that we have seen. The overall appearance of this YZF-R25 is very sporty. We can see the high tail position with that sharp design. The tank also are big and rises higher that the handlebar itself that shows that this bike is serious in supersports 250cc bike. The wheels are also nice with that 10-spoke Y-shape design. The engine are said to be 2-cylinder but we are not sure. It might be 1-cylinder as manufacturer are now pushing to fuel-efficiency and lowering the cost.  (more…)