Trevitt's Blog: Back to Canadian Superbike

At the opening round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike series at Shannonville earlier this month, Jodi Christie finished second in the Superbike race - just half a second behind multi-time champion Jordan Szoke.

Thursday, 27 June 2013 07:38

Trevitt's Blog: Cost-cutting in World Superbike

At the recent Portimao round of the World Superbike series, the FIM, Dorna and the MSMA (manufacturers’ association) announced “a new framework for the Superbike Technical Rules” that will be applied in three stages, beginning next year.

Thursday, 13 June 2013 07:56

Trevitt's Blog: Optimizing Traction Control

In the May issue of the magazine, my article focuses on traction control systems and how you can make the most of their performance. Production systems and most (read: affordable) aftermarket systems are not at the level where you can let the traction control do all the work, and you must ride accordingly. While some systems are limited in their adjustment to the selection of one level from a limited number, many have more elaborate tuning parameters that can be changed.

Friday, 31 May 2013 07:15

Trevitt's Blog: Ducati's MotoGP Lab Bike

Although the media spotlight does not shine as blindingly on the Ducati MotoGP effort now that Valentino Rossi has left the team, development continues and the company is working hard to improve its results in the premier Grand Prix class.

Part of that development involves the use of a "laboratory bike" with test riders Michele Pirro and Franco Battaini evaluating a constant stream of updates. Former FTR CRT rider Pirro raced the lab bike at the recent Jerez event, finishing 11th, and will compete in other races this year.

Thursday, 16 May 2013 18:49

Trevitt's Blog: The Extreme Style of Marc Marquez

At the recent MotoGP event in Austin, Tex., Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez became the youngest-ever rider to win a premier-class Grand Prix race, displacing Freddie Spencer from the record he had held for more than 30 years. It was the young Spaniard's second MotoGP race, and after two rounds he is tied with reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo atop the point standings.

Thursday, 02 May 2013 18:21

Winning debut for innovative BMW suspension

Almost lost in BMW's celebration of Chaz Davies winning both World Superbike races at Motorland Aragon in Spain was Sylvain Barrier's victory aboard a BMW in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup race at the same event. Barrier's win itself was not unexpected - the Frenchman is the reigning champion in the class - but the race marked a milestone in that Barrier rode a BMW HP4 equipped with DDC (Dynamic Damping Control), BMW's semi-active electronic suspension system.

Thursday, 18 April 2013 16:02

Brammo Empulse RR: Unconventional Design

In the current issue of Inside Motorcycles, my article covers some of the electric racing motorcycles and how improving battery technology is leading to some very different design paths from what we consider conventional.

One electric bike I find particularly interesting from a chassis design point of view is the Brammo Empulse RR. On that machine, the motor is located under the swingarm rather than in what we consider the traditional engine bay, and this turns out to be a favourable arrangement when anti-squat and chain pull is considered.

Thursday, 04 April 2013 16:38

Dua Motorsports 2012 ARL Contingency Error Corrected

Dua Motorsports has posted a correction to its press release from last fall listing the winners of its 2012 Atlantic Roadracing League contingency program. The program offered contingency funds to the top finishers in the ARL Amateur Superbike division.

Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:04

The MotoGP Leg Dangle

If you watch MotoGP racing you have no doubt noticed almost all the riders hanging their inside legs off the footpeg and to the side of the motorcycle at the entry of many turns. It has become quite common over the last few years and has more recently spread to the other Grand Prix classes and World Superbike. "Why do they hang their legs out like that?" is probably the question I am most asked when the topic of MotoGP comes up.

Thursday, 21 March 2013 07:21

Body Steering

Using countersteering to turn your motorcycle is a well-understood and easily grasped technique: Turn the bars to the right, and the motorcycle will fall to the left; turn the bars to the left, and the motorcycle will fall to the right. We learn this instinctively from the first time we ride a bicycle, and when used consciously it is the most effective way to quickly and accurately turn your motorcycle in the desired direction.

Thursday, 07 March 2013 07:30

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