BST wheels on the Lotus motorcycle

Lotus motorcycle:  Designed by Daniel Simon, creator of the Tron Legacy Lightcycles and the Bubbleship from the movie Oblivion

lotusThe Lotus C-01 was revealed as a 3D computer mockup in 2013, and the world was stunned by its combination of a radical body shape with the legendary Lotus name, never previously associated with motorcycles. The concept was sketched out by former Bugatti designer Daniel Simon, who is best known in the 2-wheel world for the Tron Legacy Lightcycle. Press and Internet observers were further stunned in 2014 to see the computer model had actually been built in a form very close to the fantasy—a rare occurrence with computer concepts.

The original carbon fiber monocoque idea was swapped for a far more practical chromoly trellis tube frame, built by Kalex, which is partly owned by the Holzer Group, who put this Lotus motorcycle project together. The swingarm is an aluminum casting, fully capable of handling all that power, and road tests of the Lotus have been resoundingly positive. It was projected the Lotus C-01 would have 200hp, but the production model uses a 175hp KTM 1195cc V-twin from the RC8R superbike. The chassis is state of the art, with 320mm Brembo racing brakes, twin Ohlins rear suspension, upside-down Sachs forks, and a carbon-fiber shell built of 12 sections.


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BeST Wheels By Far


Blackstone takes the Win! – German  Wheels Test

The Best Carbon Fiber Wheels in the World ( apologies  – Google translate from the original German )

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Lighter wheels yes or no? Ask the most experienced driver. What do they bring? They improve the handling?  Is it worth the investment? Are there any disadvantages at all? Here are the answers. Are there any disadvantages at all? what are the Best Carbon Fiber Wheels in the World? – Here are the answers. 

In this article: BMW S 1000 RR 


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Light and Lean from Australia


By Doc Robinson of Heavy Duty Magazine, Australia

PhotoID52289-largeInterestingly, when this Ironhead Sportster motor went down the line at Harley-Davidson’s Engine Plant in Milwaukee some time in 1967, carbon fiber hardly existed. Sure, it was back in the 1950s that the first carbon fibers were developed for use on missiles, but they were primitive compared with today’s product. And it wasn’t until the 1970s that today’s carbon fiber composites began to be refined to the point where they became suitable for a wide range of uses.

Carbon fiber’s high strength-to-weight ratio is the core property that makes it such an appealing product to use in all kinds of applications, including cars, motorcycles, fishing rods, guitars and racquet frames, to name but a few. However, you don’t see much of it in the custom bike world and there’s a good reason for this; it’s a real bastard to work with.

 

 

 

 

 


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Street Legal NCR M4 Motorcycle


NCR-M4-and-M4-One-Shot-NCR is pleased to announce a new street legal motorcycle being homologated, initially, for the US market and then for the European and other markets. The new NCR M4 derives from years of building and racing the NCR Millona to many victories and championships in many countries. The Millona is known for it’s light weight and amazing handling. Using the same basic geometry and concept, the M4 was designed to be as light or lighter in street trim than the original Millona was in race trim.

The air cooled NCR M4 comes with a titanium frame and subframe along with carbon fiber tank, BST wheels, instrument cluster, airbox, oil cooler housing and fenders. An innovative central electronic package allows for quick disconnects by way of top grade military connectors along with access to many features by way of an USB computer interface and software. NCR exotic parts like billet triple clamps, fork bottoms, rearsets along with Brembo radial controls and calipers and Ohlins suspension front and back add to the impressive list of features.


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6sec Qtr Mile

Ryan Schnitz Records First 6-Second Pro Street Motorcycle  ¼ Mile Pass

11_1006_Ryan_Andy_Roberts_Photo1Ryan Schnitz has made history, becoming the first rider to record a six-second run on a street-tire bike at the MIROCK ‘Fast by Gast’ – Fall Nationals at Maryland International Raceway. Riding the nitrous-injected HTP Suzuki of Cecil Towner, Schnitz recorded a mind-boggling 6.907 elapsed time at 203.06 mph during the first round of eliminations in the Pro Street class.“When I went through the finish line I knew it was the fastest I had been on the bike,” said Schnitz. “I thought it was a 6.96 or a 6.97. A 6.90 was unreal!”

Schnitz’ 1/8 mile numbers were 4.531 seconds at 171.03 MPH – a time that would have put him in the top half of the Pro Mod field at the event.

“It feels awesome,” said Towner. “Ryan and I had this as goal from the beginning of the year. When we started running 7.0s there was a lot of attention on us. I am glad to get that monkey off my back.”

The run came more than ten years after Brock Davidson made the first seven-second streetbike run, recording a 7.973 at 179 mph on May 21, 2000 at Rockingham Dragway on a nitrous-injected Suzuki Bandit in the old Streetbike Shootout class.


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The Unique BST Carbon Composite Wheel


The Unique BST 5 or 7 Spoke Carbon Composite Wheel

MV3-2-largeThe unique BST 5 or 7spoke carbon composite wheel is made using the state of the art technology, materials and manufacturing processes. This lightweight and exceedingly strong wheel is suitable for both racing and street use. The wheels have been tested at Rim Technology, Eurotype Test Centre and German TUV, and passed all the tests for road certification. And most important of all, our wheels are unique in that they are created as a single unit – we do not bond pieces together.

BST wheels are unique – monocoque (single unit) design with 5 or 7 hollow spokes and are suitable for both street and race use.

BST wheels will save you anything between 40% – 60% in weight, and more importantly, are designed to deliver the lowest Moment of Inertia – the critical factor that affects the performance of the bike.

Because we can engineer with carbon fiber and maximize on its properties of high strength and low weight, we have reduced the weight in the spokes and rim without compromising strength. The weight is therefore concentrated in the hub, which means that rotational inertia is reduced, making the bike easier to handle, and allowing you to accelerate quicker and brake later. So not only is the wheel lighter, but it is engineered for maximum performance.

 


 

ISO9001:2008 Standards

The entire process is managed under ISO9001:2008 standards.


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We design the tooling, moulds, wheel and the hubs and manufacture them onsite. Cutting machines such as those used in the aeronautical industry ensure that the process is guaranteed and repeatable to our high standards. Layup is done in a clean room (dust-free).

The wheels are cured in an Autoclave at 125 degrees C and 6 bar of pressure. This ensures the best compaction and surface finish. Every step of the process is logged and the entire history of each wheel is stored with its unique Serial Number.

The carbon fiber we use is a combination of woven and unidirectional formats, and is embedded in a resin matrix made from toughened epoxy.
Pre-preg is used as the machine application of the specific resin systems ensures the most controlled and even application and therefore the highest quality material for use in all BST products

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BST Black Diamond wheels


The Motus MSTR

motusThe Motus MSTR features BST Black Diamond wheels, the lightest and highest quality wheels currently made. Offering unparalleled advantages in braking, turning and acceleration, they come in matte finish with 90° valve stems. Add Brembo M4 Monoblock radial calipers and durable, high carbon rotors and the Motus MSTR features an extremely effective brake and wheel package.

 

 

 

mstr-wheelsThe Motus MSTR features BST Black Diamond wheels, the lightest and highest quality wheels currently made. Offering unparalleled advantages in braking, turning and acceleration, they come in matte finish with 90° valve stems. Add Brembo M4 Monoblock radial calipers and durable, high carbon rotors and the Motus MSTR features an extremely effective brake and wheel package.