DUCATI Superleggera – smarter, faster and on Carbon Fiber Wheels
Ducati’s 1299 Superleggera is the first ever factory bike to be equipped with a carbon fibre frame, swingarm, sub frame and wheels.
What makes the Superleggera stand out from the rest is that it makes use of the Panigale frameless system, whereby the engine makes up most of the frame, but what little frame there is made almost entirely of carbon-fibre. As indicated by BikeSA.net the weight saving is incredible with the main frame being 40% lighter than the unit on the standard Panigale, and the swingarm saving 18%t. The wheels are also carbon-fibre (built in South Africa by BST) and save 26% weight at the front and 44% at the rear. The rear tailpiece and the fairings are also all carbon-fibre. And all this weight saving has had an impact – the entire motorcycle weighs 167kg with Euro4 compliance, and with all fluids except fuel.
To lighten the load by 3.1 lbs and provide a 26 % reduction in rolling resistance at the front and 44 % at the back DUCATI forsakes aluminium wheels for carbon-fibre ones to enhance handling of this superb super bike.
Norton’s New V4 SS the personalised Motorcycle
The Carbon Fibre look on Norton’s VR SS has certainly grabbed the attention of motorcycle enthusiasts. Although Norton only produced 200 versions of the V4 SS, they were all claimed in November 2016.
1200cc carbon-clad sport bike, claiming a maximum output of more than 200 hp and a dry weight of 395 pounds.
Choose between the RR and SS versions both offering a unique design and style. With the RR model showing off its plain carbon bodywork and chrome being an optional upgrade you can’t go wrong. Or choose the SS version available in either the chrome effect or plain carbon, with matching carbon BST wheels. BST also produced the V4’s carbon fibre fuel tank, which has been reinforced with kevlar and chemically treated to safely hold gasoline.
Ariel – The Exclusive ACE R a Personalised Motorcycle on BST Carbon Fibre Wheels
“Motorcyclists have a real passion for their machines. They like them to be individual and they want them to be their bike, not just another bike identical to hundreds or thousands of others. The usual route is to buy a standard bike and then add various aftermarket components to change the bike into what they want. However with the Ace the uniqueness is built in as the bike is produced and each one will be as individual as its owner.” said Simon Saunders, Director of Ariel.
Each Ace motorcycle will be hand built by one Ariel technician in an individual build bay, as with the Atom sports car, giving customers an even greater degree of personal relationship with the build of their motorcycle and the person building it, to the point of being able to visit their bike in build. Only when an Ariel technician is satisfied will the motorcycle gain his personal build plate and move on to final testing and inspection.
Recognizable by the carbon fibre minimalistic bodywork, black pearl frame, gold anodized parts, and carbon fibre wheels the Ariel Ace R comes as a Limited Edition model and only 10 models will be made and sold worldwide.
The carbon wheels show a 50% weight saving over the alloy wheels and centralise weight due to the lighter rim, resulting in improved performance and handling.
VUHL – BST gets in on the car scene / BST Carbon Wheels goes to The Goodwood Festival of Speed with VUHL
VUHL’s 05RR road registered but track focussed supercar is fitted with BST Carbon Fibre Wheels.
These exclusive carbon fibre wheels are bespoke to the VUHL 05ROC Edition weighing in at 4.5kg for the 17” wheels, designed in Turin by Esiste, they are the lightest carbon wheels on the market. Let us know which fitments would interested you by clicking HERE.
According to VUHL technical director Iker Echeverria they have upgrade this car in every area to make it faster, more engaging and more aggressive and the Goodwood Festival of Speed, a Mecca for performance car enthusiasts and also the perfect place to reveal the stunning new 05RR.
Top pro-drivers such as Sebastian Vettel, Juan Pablo Montoya and Travis Pastrana had the chance to push VUHL 05 ROC Edition to the limit. This lightweight model is perfectly fit for short and curvy circuits and for this reason the Mexican sport car is a 6-speed manual, with a 2.0 litre engine that produces 288 hp, and 420 Nm of torque. How quickly does the VUHL sprint from 0-60? It takes 3.2 seconds, reaching maximum speed at 152 mph. And the car only weighs 1,488 pounds, thanks to all the carbon fibre body parts.
I have your wheels on my Multistrada, I could write a book on how awesome they are, best money I ever spent on a bike aftermarket part.
After more than 10,000 km on these rims I couldn’t be happier, and they still shine up like new.
Most of my rides are long distance into peninsula Malaysia, with six hours and more in the saddle on a normal day.
The smaller radius of gyration completely changed the acceleration and braking characteristic. The are a lot of toll gates here, and I have a pretty standard acceleration and short-shifting routine back up to cruising speed, and when I subconsciously did it the first time with the new wheels I was 30 km/h faster than I thought, it was so effortless pulling away. Similarly braking is much easier and stopping distances are shorter as well. This effect is well documented, but it truly can be felt.
The second thing is the nimbleness of the steering and how easily the bike changes direction, again a noticeable difference, at all speeds.
The third thing I noticed is not often described, but one of the biggest improvements to my mind, and that is because of the lower unsprung mass, the tyre does less rebound work and the springs and shocks work sooner, so where before going over a one inch expansion joint step was a jolt, the bike now does not feel it as much. Quite remarkable to feel and a very noticeable difference.
I tell everyone that this is the best performance part that can be added to any bike !
They don’t break any laws and won’t get you into trouble.
Electric startup Alta Motors will be debuting a street tracker concept to the masses.
The concept bike is built off Alta’s Redshift platform, with changes made to the bodywork (made via rapid prototyping), lowered suspension, and an LED headlight, along with the addition of 19″ carbon fiber BST wheels shod in flat-tracking rubber.
A bit of history was made this past weekend, at the Red Bull Straight Rhythm event in Pomona, California.
Amongst the star-studded lineup of riders who competed head-to-head in the straight-line supercross races, we were also treated to the return of Josh Hill, who pulled himself out of retirement to ride the electric-powered Alta Motors Redshift MX. Winning his quarter-final heat, Hill gave Alta Motors its first national-level supercross win, the first for an electric motorcycle. However, succumbing to Mitchell Oldenburg in the semi-finals, Hill finished the day fourth overall, meaning Alta Motors narrowly missed out on a podium debut.
Still, the weekend must surely be counted as a success for Hill and Alta, putting electrics squarely on the map as machines that can best the best gas bikes in the industry. Alta has eyes on furthering its racing résumé, targeting the Redshift MX to compete in other lites class races. We could soon see the Alta Motors Redshift in various 250cc motocross, supercross, and supermoto events in the USA.
|0-100 KPH||3.2 seconds|
|Top speed||245kph (152mph)|
|Power||285bhp, 422bhp per tonne|
|Weight||1488lbs / 675kg|
The VUHL 05 ROC Edition is a road-legal lightweight supercar that has been precision engineered for the track and endowed with exhilarating performance. The car’s provenance is truly international – its handling was optimised in the UK and the carbon fibre bodies are fabricated in Canada, while the chassis production and final assembly are conducted in Mexico City by Adman Leku.
The exclusive carbon fibre wheels are bespoke to the VUHL 05ROC Edition provided by Blackstone Tek (BST). Weighing in at 4.5kg for the 17” wheels, designed in Turin by Esiste and TUV approved, they are the lightest carbon wheel on the market, which are now available on sale. Contact BST for more info .
Montoya pushed out the world’s best drivers including Jenson Button, Travis Pastrana, Petter Solberg and last year’s Champion Of Champions Sebastian Vettel to take on the challenging circuit in the new VUHL 05 ROC Edition supercar.
The VUHL 05 ROC Edition has been specially modified and tested exhaustively in the run-up to the Race Of Champions to ensure the finest drivers in the world experience all of the car’s capability around the challenging tight and twisty circuit. The bespoke rear wing will provide maximum downforce whilst the limited slip-differential will demand respect from the drivers.
Coulthard and Kirstensen in the Vuhl’s
Comment from – Jerry J Morris · Principal and Founder at Veracity Traffic Group
I have BST Wheels on all my bikes, and the thing nobody picks up on is the safety side for street riders. I had my bike hit a curb square at 80mph, thanks to my brother hitting me from behind and on the side that it veered him into a curb. He stepped off and the bike hit very hard.
When we picked the 1198M up, the front tire was intact and holding air. WHAT??? Yes, holding air just fine. When you’re ripping down the freeway and you hit a 4×4 strut or something in the road, hold on, your tire and wheel will be fine.
No catastrophic shatters like a Marchisini or any other alloy wheel set out there. My icon pic, is the bike that hit the curb. Still on the road, with the same wheel. I love’em enough to put them on every bike I own and its the first thing I do to a new bike.
So far, 1198, 1098, 1299s, MV Agusta F3 800…
That’s how much I love BLACKSTONE TEK products!!!!
“BST Wheels are used on the rear and the front of these monster drag machines. Pushing the limits of the carbon Fiber Wheel specifications by factors of up to 300% BST Carbon fiber wheels hold out long after other parts have given way – BST salutes these brave teams for pushing the limits of man and machine! “
NHDRO Champ, Top of the G.O.A.T List—Paquette Looks Back on Successful ‘16
NHDRO/Manufacturers Cup/NHRA motorcycle drag racing
With or without wheelie bars, Mark Paquette has always been known for setting dragstrips on fire with blistering performance. But in 2016, Paquette—also the tuner on his 700 horsepower, turbocharged, Pro Street Suzuki Hayabusa—added season dominating consistency to his resume.
After skipping the NHDRO season opener on the eighth mile at Huntsville, Paquette won every round from then on, easily walking away with his first McIntosh Machine & Fabrication Pro Street championship at the Midwest’s largest motorcycle drag racing organization.
Paquette won APE Pro Street in the stifling heat of the Manufacturers Cup race at Rockingham Dragway, then ran the class’ quickest ever pass with a 6.70 in the DME Pro Street Shootout preceding the Man Cup World Finals in Valdosta. That placed Paquette at the top of the Pro Street G.O.A.T. list as the season closed down for the winter.
“The thing is, we left something on the table with that pass,” said Paquette, a Michigan-based surgical instruments sharpener by profession. “My back-half numbers were 3/100ths off my best. With the conditions the way they were, I knew I should have had my best back-half numbers ever. So that was disappointing.
“I went a low 1.14 60 foot earlier in the weekend and wheelied at the top of first. Usually when that happens, I calm it down at the top of first for the next pass, but this time I softened up the whole thing, thinking if it goes a high .70-low .80, I’m OK. But it went a .700 with that tune-up, with a 1.157 60 foot. So I think I had a hundredth or two still left in the front and definitely three to four hundredths in the back. For sure I should’ve went a mid-.60—a .66 or .67 at least. So it was a disappointment.”
Paquette burnt a spark plug strap on that pass, then spun out of contention for the Shootout in the next round when a quick thrash left some sensors unresponsive.
After running a 6.72 and getting the winlight against Jeremy Teasley in Sunday’s World Finals eliminations, Paquette had to make a controversial rerun when Teasley’s clocks showed no times from 1000 feet to the finishline. Without the prep that had greeted Pro Street bikes every other pass all weekend long, Paquette spun in the rerun—depriving the Pro Street world of a Paquette vs. Joey Gladstone final—NHDRO champion vs. IDBL champion, current number one on the G.O.A.T. list vs. the previous number one, both riders making waves in NHRA Pro Stock, chassis fabricators McIntosh vs. DME. As it was, Teasley’s bike owner Ronnie Mitchell was unable to stay around for the final, which would have been run on Monday morning after curfew closed South Georgia Motorsporst Park for the night. So there was no final at all.
It was a bit of an anticlimactic end to an awesome season for Paquette and the team. “We really didn’t hurt motors this year, we really were consistent. Somebody posted that we had the most 6.70 passes of anybody. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I have to think we probably do. I remember weekends where we went 6.80s and 6.70s all weekend.
“So to not lose one NHDRO round, including the Shootout at Indy, that was something to be proud of. That was over 30 bikes we had to march through at that one—that was a long weekend. To double up there showed how awesome our team is.”
Paquette also tried his hand at NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle in 2016, putting both a Suzuki and a Buell through the paces. Paquette qualified for the Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway on a Matt Smith Racing Buell, and we can expect to hear more about Paquette’s interest in Pro Stock soon.
Paquette’s teammate—the three-time NHDRO champion Bud Yoder—saw his season disrupted as he attended to his daughter Katie’s recovery from very serious injuries sustained in a car crash. Yoder missed the last two NHDRO races, only making it back on track for the Man Cup Finals.
“Bud’s back in the 6.80s again, and if he’d been able to run more he’d be in the 6.70s for sure,” noted Paquette.
You can contribute to Katie’s recovery fund at: https://www.gofundme.com/2sr9rruf
Occasional teammate Jamie Lopes makes all the big races from his home in the Netherlands Antilles, and saw some dramatic improvement in his personal bests in 2016. “Jamie made his first 6 second pass this summer, something he’s been trying to do for a while,” said Paquette. “After that, he went a bunch of 6.90s at the Man Cup. He went a .95, a .94, and he moved up the G.O.A.T. list. For someone who just comes over here a few times a year to ride, he’s doing a great job.”
“It’s a pleasure to be a part of this team,” said Lopes, who owns a construction company. “I’m looking forward to next year.”
“At the end, you have to look back and be thankful,” said Paquette. “I have the world’s quickest Pro Street bike, we hold the ET record at NHDRO and the Man Cup, and I think we showed horsepower too. We went 177.8 or .9 in the eighth mile twice, and to go that fast in the eighth mile is gettin’ it.
“Special thanks to my wife Kerry and daughter Brooke, because without them I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing. Also thanks to my crew/nephews Brent and Thomas Paquette and my brother Tony, Bud and Kelly Yoder, and Terry McIntosh.
“The crew worked their butts off on my bike over the weekend at the Man Cup. I really can’t thank them enough for all they do for me.”
Mark Paquette, Bud Yoder, Jamie Lopes and Terry McIntosh would especially like to thank McIntosh Machine & Fabrication, Portable Shade, Ward Performance, and MTC , along with Energy Coil, Robinson Industries, Shinko Tires, Penske Shocks, RCC Turbos, Worldwide Bearings, Comp Turbo, Bellman Oil Company, Brock’s Performance, Schnitz Racing, and Vanson Leathers
This report was prepared by Tim Hailey.
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BST is proud to be making the tanks for both models and the wheels for the SS … congratulations Norton on a beautiful job!
- All-new Norton V4 British-built engine
- All-carbon fibre bodywork
- Carbon fibre fuel tank
- Carbon fibre wheels by BST
- TT developed chassis
- 7″ high-def dash with rear-view camera
- Full electronics package
“The Aprilia V4 engine is a 65-degree, ours is 72. Their engine is a 1000cc, ours is a 1200cc. The layout of our engine is very different to theirs, and we’ve used a lot of engineering tricks to make ours more compact. Even though it’s 20% bigger in capacity, with a bigger V-angle, it’s the same size as Aprilia’s in profile.
“Ideally what we needed was a 90-degree V, so you can ditch the balancer shaft, but then you end up with really weird chassis geometry. So the 72-degree is a compromise between chassis geometry, weight distribution and engine performance. A slightly wider V, like ours, also gives a better looking engine, and that’s important further down the line so we can make a naked version. I wanted the engine to be beautiful in its own right.
“The electronics are still in development, but electronics won’t make a bad bike good, they can only make a good one better. So you need a good fundamental bike beneath you, and that’s what we’ve developed at the Isle of Man.
“But this isn’t the TT bike with lights bolted on – this was a clean-sheet design. So while this bike came from everything we learnt with the SG5, this is a completely different bike, and will become the basis of next year’s TT bike.
“Engine-wise the output had to begin with a 2. Whether it’s 205, 206, 210bhp – it doesn’t make much difference, but it has to start with a 2. The race system on this bike will give it another 10bhp. The standard road system will have a twin underseat exhaust, and is Euro4 compliant.
“I lost the most sleep over making sure that we could deliver this level of motorcycle from a supply chain and quality point of view, because this really does raise the game for Norton.
“We’ve completely gone to town on making everything real, I don’t want it to be fake style like a new Thruxton R, we had to go another step to make everything a level above. We’ve mixed proper engineering with high technology.
“The Dominator is core to the brand, and if you turn up anywhere on one you’re absolute superstar, and it’s a bit special. But this is a really different project – an all-new Norton. I had to ask myself so many times, ‘What is a new Norton?’, and if Norton had carried on building superbikes from the F1, or Commando 850 days, what would we be building now? I’ve had to fill that gap in, and this is what I think we would be building.
“We’ve beaten all the production constraints into submission to deliver the vision, and it was really awkward at time, but we’ve made it happen. It’s exactly what I wanted.”
Radical liquid retention
There has been a glut of new bikes revealed over recent weeks using carbon fibre in ever-increasing applications, but the new Norton V4 is the only one to use a carbon fibre fuel tank. The tank, built by carbon gurus BST in South Africa, is of full carbon construction, then reinforced with kevlar for impact resistance, and finally chemically lined to make it safe for holding petrol.
Holding it together
The main frame is a polished, hand built aluminium twin-tube shotgun chassis on the SS, and a cast frame and swingarm on the RR. The engine acts as a stressed member, and features an adjustable headstock angle, and swingarm pivot. The frame is actually 3kg lighter than the SG5 race bike’s. The RR also gets a cast swingarm and cast outriggers, but the weight difference is minimal according to design chief Simon Skinner (see right). The frame takes around 26 hours to polish, by hand.
Power and control
The V4 uses the ubiquitous Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to give the rider full control of the 200bhp on offer. It features multi-level traction-control, anti-wheelie, engine braking strategies, cruise control and launch control along with a datalogging system for use on the track. There’s launch control as standard, too. In addition, there’s a quickshifter, autoblipper, fly-by-wire throttle, with all functions being controlled via the full-colour high-definition 7-inch screen.
The standard RR model (pictured) will roll on OZ wheels, which are super-lightweight and fit with Norton’s design brief, while the top-end SS model will use BST-made carbon fibre wheels, which shave another 1.7kg off the mass of the wheels, reducing unsprung mass, moment of inertia, and increasing agility on road and track.
The power to move you
At the heart of Norton’s new V4 is the, er, V4. Completely designed and developed by Norton and engine specialists
Ricardo, the 1200cc 72-degree V-twin is delivering 200bhp+ in standard road trim, and another 10bhp with the race system fitted. The engines will all be built at Norton’s factory. The engine uses titanium valves, a 6-speed cassette gearbox and a race-bred slipper clutch, quickshifter and autoblipper.
Dressed to thrill
Both the RR and SS boast carbon fibre bodywork, with the fender, main fairings, nose section and tail unit all being created in carbon. The SS is presented in a beautiful plain carbon finish, while the RR is painted as a TT replica, using a special silver-impregnated paint which is incredibly difficult to work with . The finished effect looks like chrome.
At the sharp end sits a fully adjustable
Öhlins NIX30 fork, clamped by a completely bespoke machined billet triple clamp. The top yoke was the first part of the bike Simon Skinner designed. At the rear is a bespoke version of Öhlins’ TTXGP fully adjustable monoshock acting on a simply stunning single-sided swingarm which is machined from a single 70kg block of billet. The finished swingarm weighs 3.5kg.
Taking care of the brunt of the braking force is a pair of fat Brembo M50 calipers, the lightest and most powerful current production brakes. They bite down on a pair of 330mm discs, with all the pumping force coming from a Brembo radial master cylinder, fitted with a bespoke machined Norton brake lever. At the rear there’s a single disc matched to another Brembo caliper.
Norton V4 SS £44,000 / V4 RR £28,000
Engine Norton 72-degree liquid-cooled V4, 1200cc. Chain-driven cams with idler gear for reduced engine height. Titanium inlet valves. Slipper clutch
Bore x Stroke: 82mm x 56.8mm
Compression Ratio: 13.6:1
Power 200bhp+ @ 12,500rpm
Torque 95.88ftlb @ 10,000rpm
Fuel injection Electronic fuel-injection system. Constantly variable inlet tracts. 8-fuel injectors. Full drive-by-wire system independent of front and rear banks of cylinders for ultimate control and feel.
Engine modes Road, Sport, Pro-Race
Chassis Polished aluminium twin tube Shotgun frame with single-sided swingarm.
Suspension Fully-adjustable Öhlins NIX30 fork. Fully-adjustable Öhlins TTXGP rear shock.
Brakes 2 x 330mm full-floating discs. Radially-mounted Brembo Monobloc calipers. Brembo discs, and Brembo master cylinder.
Dry weight 199kg
Fuel capacity 18L
Electronics Multi-setting traction-control, wheelie control, launch control and cruise control. Uses six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), quickshifter and autoblipper, plus built-in datalogger
Dash Full-colour 7-inch screen with Road, Track and Pro-Race and rear-view camera and build-in datalogger.
Ignition Keyless ignition system
Dry weight 179kg
Rear suspension Öhlins TTXGP Norton bespoke fully-adjustable rear shock.
Steering damper Öhlins damper
Lighting Full LED lighting system including super bright low beam & high beam, angel eye DRLs, rear lamps and indicators
Race exhaust Full titanium race system supplied with aftermarket tune, approx 8kg lighter and approx 10bhp more.