Dirt Action http://www.dirtaction.com.au Motocross/Supercross/Trail/FMX/Enduro Wed, 08 Feb 2017 04:57:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/cropped-DA-Favicon-32x32.jpg Dirt Action http://www.dirtaction.com.au 32 32 MA CLARIFIES HELMET CAM BAN http://www.dirtaction.com.au/uncategorized/ma-clarifies-helmet-cam-ban/20503.htm Wed, 08 Feb 2017 04:57:22 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=20503   There have been recent debates within some factions of the motorcycling community over the use of helmet cameras and other helmet mounted accessories. As the governing body of motorcycle sport nationally, Motorcycling Australia (MA) after measured consideration, has banned the use of helmet mounted cameras in competition. The overarching reasoning, safety. MA is obliged...

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There have been recent debates within some factions of the motorcycling community over the use of helmet cameras and other helmet mounted accessories. As the governing body of motorcycle sport nationally, Motorcycling Australia (MA) after measured consideration, has banned the use of helmet mounted cameras in competition. The overarching reasoning, safety.

MA is obliged to take into consideration the safety of its member’s and participants as an absolute priority, particularly at MA sanctioned events. By identifying all possible risks in the sport, and considering all available expert information in direct correlation with those risks, MA has the obligation to ensure the safe and reasonable conduct of the sport.

Well-known Australian distributor of motorcycle helmets, Rob Casson, said in relation to camera mounts on helmets; “No motorcycle helmet manufacturer recommends any modifications at all be made to their products. They would never approve of anything either bolted to or hanging off them, never.” Casson finished.

The FIM, as the world governing body of motorcycle racing, has banned such helmet additions for over a year now, with many countries immediately following suit. Motorcycling New Zealand for instance, declaring the ban in their 2016 Manual of Motorsport (MoMS);

After researching the use of camera’s on helmets and following the lead from the FIM (World Governing Body for Motorcycle Sport), and all other Motorsports in New Zealand, you will no longer be able to use a camera fixed to your helmet as mentioned earlier this is based on health & safety. All research both Nationally & Internationally states that the camera/mount creates an impact point which compromises the helmet’s design.

You can still use your cameras and where fitted to the motorcycle they must be securely mounted, and those camera mounts are subject to approval by the Machine Examiner. We will continue to monitor all information and testing on helmets, and if there are any changes you will be advised accordingly.

The FIM have been taking steps to phase out helmet cameras since 2014 in a statement to riders and teams ahead of the 2014 International Six Days Enduro, saying “The FIM Board Members have decided to prohibit temporarily On-Board cameras on the riders (helmets, plastrons etc.) in all FIM Championships.
On-Board cameras are authorized on motorbikes only.”

The FIM have stipulated in their 2016 ‘Technical Rules for Motorcross’ publication:
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A helmet is made to provide protection. A helmet is not a platform to attach foreign objects. Cameras or other accessories are NOT permitted nor shall be attached to the rider’s helmet.

69.03 All helmets must be intact and no alteration must have been made to their construction.

McLeod Accessories is one of Australia’s leading motorcycle accessories wholesaler, Marketing Manager, Peter Coffey shared his thoughts on the recent ban; “Obviously, with matters such as this one, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. Like most people, we support rider safety first and foremost. It probably won’t be long until helmet manufactures and camera companies come up with brand new fully integrated product that has been properly tested,” he ended.

Helmet cameras and camera mounts are firmly secured and therefore require force to break away when impacted. This in turn, may magnify the extent of an injury sustained by a rider. As an active participant in motorcycle sport and the wider industry both locally and globally, MA is committed to world’s best practice in relation to all aspects of motorsport safety. Rule #1621 of the MoMS will remain in place in Australian motorcycle competition until such time as there is a safer alternative for consideration.

For further information regarding helmets or 2017 competition in general, click here or visit the Motorcycling Australia website here 

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HELMET CAMS AND MOUNTS BANNED BY MA http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/helmet-cams-and-mounts-banned-by-ma/20496.htm Tue, 07 Feb 2017 05:27:54 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=20496 Motorcycling Australia bans helmet cams

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Motorcycling Australia has released a statement announcing the ban of all helmet cameras and any associated mounts. MA also said that, “Helmet Vinyl Wraps, Skins and any adhesive coverings on helmets across all disciplines is also currently under review.”

In the statement there is no clear reason given nor is there any indication of the process that lead to the decision. It’s reasonable to assume that helmet manufacturers are nervous about the legal ramifications to any damage done via a modification such as a helmet camera. Certainly the speculation that Michael Schumacher’s brain injury was caused in some way by the GoPro mounted on his skiing helmet would have sent shockwaves through the industry, however that has remained as speculation and indeed we couldn’t to find any other cases of a helmet camera causing any damage. And we’ve never heard of a helmet manufacturer recommend that helmet camera never be fitted to its products. So again, MA’s thinking and process is a mystery.

The MA statement also says that, “Helmet cameras are not permitted unless the camera is integrated into the helmet, by design of the manufacturer.” And that, “All helmets are to remain free from all modifications or attachments relating to the use of Cameras.”

It’s an interesting case in a number of ways. GoPro is a supporter of the Aussie MX Nats and in fact the Superpole lap is called the GoPro Superpole lap which now can not be run with a helmet mounted GoPro. It’s not the end of the sport as some of decreed on social media – we raced before there were helmet cams and we’ll race after them, but placing a ban on such a widely used product without any explanation in the main press release isn’t a good look for MA who have promised to be more transparent. The helmet camera is a good marketing tool and a good way to bring racing to people who can’t make it and in this country that should be a huge focus for MA. Also, these cameras are expensive and a lot of people dropped big cash only to find out without warning that they cant be run at MA events. Of course the GoPro chest mount is an option  – if safety was the concern though then how long will that last? The chest mount isn’t a better option than the helmet mount though due to its low perspective and the fact that it moves around a lot more. Mounting the camera on the bike is generally not a great oidea as the cameras cant handle the amount of vibration and the files become corrupted. Plus, if this is all about safety then how could a ‘bar mounted camera be safer than a helmet mounted camera?

You can read the full statement here: Motorcycling Australia press release

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YAMAHA YZ300 – BEAU RALSTON’S TWO-STROKE MONSTER http://www.dirtaction.com.au/photos/yamaha-yz300-beau-ralstons-two-stroke-monster/20479.htm Mon, 06 Feb 2017 23:52:38 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=20479 Active8 Yamaha’s, Beau Ralston, will hit the AORC series this year on what will surely be the most talked about bike on any track. Given Beau can ride a two-stroke like a madman, team boss AJ Roberts decided not only to try putting the big guy on a dinger for 2017 but to take the...

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Active8 Yamaha’s, Beau Ralston, will hit the AORC series this year on what will surely be the most talked about bike on any track. Given Beau can ride a two-stroke like a madman, team boss AJ Roberts decided not only to try putting the big guy on a dinger for 2017 but to take the whole idea up a few levels by building a YZ300. By using an Athena kit AJ took one of the truly great bikes of the modern era in the YZ250 and made it into something the average trailrider would drool over and, if Yamaha is listening, put a headlight on it and we will buy them. The full story behind the YZ build and Beau’s comeback from some pretty gnarly injuries will be in DIRT ACTION issue 213 so keep your eyes out for that and in the meantime check out some of the action from our exclusive shoot with Beau.

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JOSH STRANG TEAM SHOOT http://www.dirtaction.com.au/photos/josh-strang-team-shoot/20465.htm Mon, 06 Feb 2017 09:30:51 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=20465 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing recently announced their 2017 off-road team featuring Colton Haaker, Josh Strang, Jacob Argubright, and Thaddeus Duvall. We cherry-picked some of the best shots of Aussie Josh Strang who’s looking strong as always on the bike and will be looking for no less than #1 in 2017. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RacerJoshStrang

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing recently announced their 2017 off-road team featuring Colton Haaker, Josh Strang, Jacob Argubright, and Thaddeus Duvall. We cherry-picked some of the best shots of Aussie Josh Strang who’s looking strong as always on the bike and will be looking for no less than #1 in 2017.

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2017 HONDA CRF450R – PHOTO GALLERY http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/features/2017-honda-crf450r-photo-gallery/20448.htm Mon, 06 Feb 2017 04:00:52 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=20448 DIRT ACTION issue 211 is on shelves now and inside you’ll find our test from the launch of the 2017 CRF450R. Boothy had a huge day on the red machine – first rider out and last one back in – but we couldn’t fit all the pics from the day in the mag so here’s...

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DIRT ACTION issue 211 is on shelves now and inside you’ll find our test from the launch of the 2017 CRF450R. Boothy had a huge day on the red machine – first rider out and last one back in – but we couldn’t fit all the pics from the day in the mag so here’s a selection of the best shorts from the day including killer snaps of Todd Waters and Luke Clout throwing their new red bikes around.

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HUNTER LAWRENCE INTERVIEW http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/features/hunter-lawrence/20431.htm Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:28:25 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=20431 Just over a year ago, the Lawrence family sold up everything they own, loaded their life into a few suit cases and a gear bag and jumped on a plane headed for Europe.

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PICS BY SUZUKI-MEDIA

Just over a year ago, the Lawrence family sold up everything they own, loaded their life into a few suit cases and a gear bag and jumped on a plane headed for Europe. Brothers Hunter and Jett, had the opportunity of a life time when after Hunter finished third at the World Junior Championships in Spain, he was offered several rides in Europe before settling on a deal with Kawasaki to ride the EMX 250cc championship via the CLS Kawasaki team.
At just 16 years of age, Hunter left his familiar surroundings, his school friends and Australian way of life to make a go of racing a dirt bike on the world stage. He left the peace and tranquility of Landsborough on the Sunshine Coast, where the sound of the wind is only broken by the roar of a Tiger at Australia Zoo, and landed into Belgium in the middle of a series of terror activities. It’s a long way from home!
During his maiden year in Europe, there were plenty of ups and downs. He won a GP, dominated in fact, and closed in on the EMX250 championship lead in the early part of the series but the glory was short-lived as it wasn’t long until he damaged his knee and was forced to watch the his championship hopes slip away as he recovered from surgery.
Just recently things appeared on the up again as Hunter and Jett both signed to race for the Factory Suzuki team under former world champ, Stefan Everts. In 2017, Hunter will race in the MX2 division, alongside Jeremy Seewar, and the world will begin to see the talent that we in Australia have seen for many years.

DA: Ok mate, you have in Europe for 12 months, aside from the racing, how have you found the way of life?
HL: Hey mate, it’s been a tough 12 months to say the least, as things as simple as finding cutlery to put on the dinner table, to the food we eat, to finding your structure with training and just basically starting all over again. We basically came here with nothing. But, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy and we have adapted quite well now. We came with the mentality of this is our new life, so we knew we had to adapt to it. We aren’t living in Australia at the moment, we here for a reason and here to do the best we can with a long term plan in place. It’s been a good journey so far, I think.

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DA: Was it a tough decision to leave Australia?
HL: Yes and no. I couldn’t wait to leave because I was chasing my dream but of course I miss my friends and the things I used to do every day like go skate park or downhill mountain biking with my mates. I also dearly miss a hot chook on fresh bakery bread, meat pies and the list continues but that will always be in Australia so I can always come back to that…. eventually, but for now I want to be in Europe.

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DA: What has been the biggest thing you have need to work on since racing in Europe?
HL:  Fitness. I came straight from juniors where we did 10 minutes plus 1 lap last year at the Australian junior motocross titles to having to race 25 minutes plus 2 laps, which roughly has you at 30minutes, at this years’ EMX championship! So that was a biggest change just getting my fitness level up to a point to handle the longer motos.
Also race craft here is different and learning about the riders I race against. I knew all my competitors in Australia but I didn’t know anything about a lot of the riders in the EMX championships unless I raced against them at the world juniors. It is different racing here and it’s taking me time to learn as a lot of my crashes this year where around or with other riders so we are learning but everything takes time of course but hard work will always get you there.

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DA: Describe the feeling of sitting on the start line at your first GP, how nerves or excited were you?
HL: Valkenswaard GP for me was such an experience in so many ways but I wasn’t super nervous because it was my first EMX round I had no expectations I was just going to go out and do the absolute best I could. I was way worse at the following round in Latvia after a realized what I could do and then I placed so much pressure on myself which I didn’t need to. I was sitting in the waiting zone before qualifying and my heart rate was at 145bpm.

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DA: How did the Suzuki deal come about?
HL: Harry Everts had spoken to us a few times throughout the year at Lommel on some practice days and at the occasional GP round with Stefan. Towards the end of the season we started speaking more and we were lucky enough to make it happen and here we are!

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DA: Why Europe? I know you have always wanted to go and race there and didn’t ever really talk about the US but what was and is the attraction about racing in Europe and the World MX Championships?
HL: When I was younger, I did a lot of the Junior World Championship events and of course that sparked the interest but I guess you could say for sure when you look back the guys who have come from Australian and New Zealand that have gone onto have success in USA, they have come to Europe first. Chad, Ben Townley, Brett Metcalfe and Andrew McFarlane so for sure I would love to go race in America when I have the opportunity to but there is something here in Europe that those riders learnt and that is what I need to do first, so I can reach my goals here in Europe.

 

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2017 SHERCO FACTORY ENDURO http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/2017-sherco-factory-enduro/20423.htm Sun, 05 Feb 2017 23:34:53 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=20423     The latest iteration of Sherco’s flagship Factory Enduros have been unveiled and as usual it’s a sweet selection of both two and four-strokes with plenty of goodies added on. FOUR-STROKE 250/300/450 SEF-R Factory The 2017 Factory replicas are extremely close to being the same bike that Matt Phillips won the World Championship on including...

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The latest iteration of Sherco’s flagship Factory Enduros have been unveiled and as usual it’s a sweet selection of both two and four-strokes with plenty of goodies added on.

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The 2017 Factory replicas are extremely close to being the same bike that Matt Phillips won the World Championship on including the graphics and components.The bikes include the new WP Xplor suspensions, an Akrapovic exhaust, a Pyramid saddle, anodized wheels… and of course the factory graphics kit, that is similar to the factory Sherco. 

– Akrapovic exhaust system
– Special injection mapping
– New WP XPLOR fork, setting on the top (pre-load, compression, rebound)
– Full rear disc
– Pyramid, anti-slip saddle cover
– In Mold Factory Graphics
– Blue anodized wheels

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Exactly like the official Sherco Enduro team bikes that are ridden in the World Championship, the Factory models offer an original look and top-of-the-line components. The two-stroke Factory Replica is equipped with a number of upgrades including the new WP Xplor suspensions, a solid rear disc, a non-slip seat cover, FMF exhaust, blue anodized rims and a black anodized crown. The whole package is highlighted with a unique graphics kit that is identical to the graphics found on the factory motorcycles. 

– FMF exhaust system
– New WP XPLOR fork, setting on the top (pre-load, compression, rebound)
– Full rear disc
– Pyramid, anti-slip saddle cover
– In Mold Factory Graphics
– Blue anodized wheels

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USWE wins two design and innovation awards http://www.dirtaction.com.au/gear-check/uswe-wins-two-design-and-innovation-awards/20415.htm Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:35:06 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=20415 USWE was awarded two Design & Innovation Awards, placing them among the world’s best bike products.

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USWE was awarded two Design & Innovation Awards, placing them among the world’s best bike products. Read the verdicts below:

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THE VERDICT ON THE USWE SCRAMBLER

The SUV among urban riding backpacks, the USWE SCRAMBLER is a high quality 16 litre backpack that teams traditional materials and an achingly hip look with a performance that was previously only found on purebred outdoor sports backpacks.

The SCRAMBLER relies on the award-winning ‘No Dancing Monkey’ carrying system, which has proving its staying power on USWE’s mountain bike backpacks and kept a firm position whatever the situation or terrain. On the more city-orientated SCRAMBLER, USWE have reconsidered the idea of ventilation, choosing to make sensible tweaks to the design rather than blindly copying their successful MTB line.

The SCRAMBLER, for example, features numerous Flex zones that have been optimized for an urban riding backpack. In short: the brand have crafted the ultimate backpack for everyone who’s keen to profit from performance and aesthetics on a daily basis.

THE VERDICT ON THE ​USWE AIRBORNE 

Relying on the brand’s innovative ‘No Dancing Monkey’ carrying system, the USWE AIRBORNE stays firmly on the rider’s back no matter how burly the trails are. With a ton of fine-tuning options for the fit, the AIRBORNE is capable of conforming to  the whole spectrum of physiques. The AIRBORNE’s design is well thought-out, seeing it fit tightly to the body yet still giving the rider the freedom of movement necessary to get loose.

When temperatures and techy feats of riding are on the rise, the AIRBORNE regulates the rider’s back temperature superbly, keeping a decent airflow on climbs and descents. Alongside a watertight pocket for key essentials, like your smartphone, there’s also the option to attach a backlight and a mounting system for a full face or open-face helmet. As a serious trail riding backpack, the USWE AIRBORNE delivers the whole package – and damn well!

 

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7th annual Hoey Moey Coffs Harbour Stadium MX event http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/7th-annual-hoey-moey-coffs-harbour-stadium-mx-event/20406.htm Tue, 24 Jan 2017 03:12:25 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=20406 On Saturday the 14th of January, over 400 riders from all across Australia made their way to Coffs Harbour

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On Saturday the 14th of January, over 400 riders from all across Australia made their way to Coffs Harbour on the North Coast of NSW for the 7th annual Hoey Moey Coffs Harbour Stadium MX event. Including big names such as Dean Ferris, Kade Mosig, Kyle Webster and Aaron Tanti, the 12 hours of action attracted 1000’s of spectators.

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Whilst temperatures of almost 40 degrees celsius challenged the days junior racing, the heavens opened as the gates dropped for the first senior race of the evening. The constant heavy rain added an extra challenge, increasing the difficulty of the already challenging circuit. As puddles formed on the race track, it didn’t stop the eager senior riders from attacking the rutted, and muddy track. The split conditions throughout the event added for extra excitement for the spectators.

Some standout juniors included Hixson McInnes (1,2,1 – 65cc 7-9y), Nate Thompson (4,1,2 – 65cc 7-9y), Yamaha Junior Development team rider Ryder Kingsford (1,1,1 – 85cc 9-11y), Husqvarna Junior team rider Reid Taylor (1,1,1 – 85cc 12-13y), Tyler Darby (3,1,1 – 85cc 14-15y), Hayden Matterson (2,1,1 – 125cc 14-15y) and newly recruited Honda BCP Pro Circuit rider Rhys Budd (1,1,1 – 250cc 14-15y).

Budd, on his first outing on his new Honda BCP Pro Circuit 250cc said he loved the event, stating that “the track was really fun to ride, it had a couple of technical sections that made it interesting.” Contrary to the rain throughout the senior racing, Budd said the only downfall of the event was the heat of approximately 40 degrees Celsius, “but other than that, the event and track were both awesome, and I’ll hopefully be back next year!”

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The Pro Lites produced great racing, with mixed podium placings in each round. CRF Honda Australia Racing’s Kyle Webster took the Overall (3,1,3), followed by BBR Yamaha’s Aaron Tanti (1,2,6), and Yamaha Yamalube Racing’s Cooper Pozniak (4,3,4).

Honda CRF Racing rider, Kyle Webster said that the Coffs Harbour Stadium MX was an awesome and well ran event. “The track was built so well, and would have made for some great racing if it wasn’t for the weather. But even with the weather, Coffs Harbour Motorcycle club made it a great and exciting event. I loved it!”

The rain continued to fall throughout the evening, but it didn’t stop the Pro Open riders from putting on some great racing for the spectators. Reginning MX Nationals champion and CDR Factory Yamaha rider, Dean Ferris (2,1,1) took the overall in the Pro Open Class. Ferris was closely followed by DPH Yamaha’s Kade Mosig (3,2,2) and BBR Yamaha’s Aaron Tanti (1,5,3) all aboard a YZ450f.

Ferris, who is a regular competitor at the yearly event said that “tt was shaping up to be a good day, but the weather came in and made the conditions tough – again I enjoyed myself at the Coffs Harbour Stadium Cross, and I look forward to doing this event another time.”

The most anticipated race throughout the night was the Pro Shootout. Consisting of a one lap dash, 1v1 of the twelve quickest senior riders throughout the night. The shootout made for the most exciting racing of the evening, on a very deteriorated and muddy track. Coming down to a final lap between DPH Yamaha rider Kade Mosig, and CDR Yamaha rider Dean Ferris, Ferris would take the overall, and the $1500 prize money.

As one of the openers to the 2017 Motocross/Supercross season, the Hoey Moey Coffs Harbour Stadium MX always puts on a great show for both riders and spectators. The success of the event was largely attributed to the work of Donna Craig and the entire team from the Coffs Harbour Motorcycle club.

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Touratech R 1200 GS Rambler http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/touratech-r-1200-gs-rambler/20385.htm Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:59:51 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=20385 Taking it to extremes The Touratech R 1200 GS Rambler promises to be a super-lightweight 1200cc adventure bike with excellent enduro characteristics, high performance potential and fantastic suspension. Does a liquid-cooled boxer weighing less than 200 kilos that bounds nimbly over rough terrain sound like a dream? With the R 1200 GS Rambler, it’s a reality. It began...

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Taking it to extremes

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The Touratech R 1200 GS Rambler promises to be a super-lightweight 1200cc adventure bike with excellent enduro characteristics, high performance potential and fantastic suspension. Does a liquid-cooled boxer weighing less than 200 kilos that bounds nimbly over rough terrain sound like a dream? With the R 1200 GS Rambler, it’s a reality.

It began with the K 199 model which didn’t exceed 199 kilos in weight. The result is one of the lightest R 1200 GS conversions ever.

A modern interpretation of the BMW HP2, it’s a motorcycle that not only looks like a sporty bike, but also rides like one, showing just how closely the touring and off-road sports divisions at Touratech are interlinked.

Touratech developed the Rambler in co-ordination with BMW Motorrad, and built two prototypes that only differ in colour: one in the black-grey-yellow Touratech design, and the other in classic BMW Motorsport colours: white, blue and red. The design implementation was done with clay model construction and prototyping which were carried out at TT-3D in Murnau, while the technical components were developed and manufactured at Touratech in Niedereschach, Germany.

Rambler scenicTouratech’s developers combined the engine-gearbox unit from the R 1200 R Roadster model with the shaft drive from the GS, giving the Rambler a directly responsive, high-torque drive system with 125 PS. Based on the Roadster, the chassis on this model is fitted with a tele fork as standard.

The suspension has been tuned by Touratech Suspension and the use of modern materials and technologies, fairing sections made from super-lightweight aluminium tube in conjunction with carbon fibre, a titanium exhaust system, and a powerful but less heavy replacement lithium-ion battery has helped to bring the overall weight down.

Compared to the standard model, the Rambler has shed nearly 50 kilos, making it incredibly agile.

Once the motorcycle was stripped of its fairing and all unnecessary mounting brackets, the frame was reinforced for hard off-road use. The original fairing was ditched to make way for the custom airbox, with fairing made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), and adapted protection bars.

Behind this is a self-supporting, 16.2 litre aluminium tank, which also forms the subframe. Together with a separate plastic tank (1.8 litres) housing the fuel pump, the total tank capacity is 18 litres. The slim seat, developed in a new process by TT-3D, does not require a base plate.

Another unique feature on the Rambler is the front brake: a lightweight single-disc brake, as found on sports enduros, yet it has ABS. A CFRP engine guard panel protects the crankcase and sump when riding the Rambler to extremes over rough and rocky terrain.

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Modifications and materials:

• Airbox: carbon fibre reinforced plastic with original air filter
(Touratech / TT-3D)
• Fairing: aluminium tube construction (Touratech)
• Tank: aluminium, lowered side walls, capacity approx. 16.2 l
(Touratech / TT-3D)
• Fuel pump: in separate plastic tank (1.8 l) beneath the main tank
• Seat: enduro rally seat made from PU foam (Touratech / TT-3D)
• Frame: unnecessary mounting brackets removed
• Rear frame: aluminium with partially load-bearing function (Touratech)
• Handlebar & fittings: Magura TX handlebar, very light high-performance
radial-pump master cylinders for clutch and brake (Magura HC3)
• Triple clamp: custom-made by XTRIG
• Stem: aluminium tube construction (Touratech)
• Brakes: front: 1 x brake disc Ø 300 mm; rear: 1 x brake disc Ø 276 mm
• Brake lines: braided steel hose (Stahlflex)
• Bracket fork protector / brake hose guide: aluminium (Touratech)
• Bracket for number plate, rear light / indicators: plastic parts
(Touratech / TT-3D)
• Rear light: BMW R nineT kit
• Main headlight: BMW G 450 X kit
• Indicators: BMW R 1200 GS
• Enduro exhaust system: titanium and carbon fibre reinforced plastic,
custom-made by Akrapovič
• Rear silencer bracket: aluminium (Touratech)
• Battery: lithium-ion 12 V, 4.6 Ah
• Rear fairing: carbon fibre reinforced plastic (Touratech / TT-3D)
• Wheels: rugged Haan Excel rims (custom-made) with Metzler Karoo 3 tyres;
front:  21 x 2.15 with 90/90 R21, rear: 17 x 4.24 with 150/70 R17.
• Skid plate: carbon fibre reinforced plastic (Touratech / TT-3D)
• Sport mudguard: carbon fibre reinforced plastic (Touratech / TT-3D)
• Suspension: rear shock absorber custom-made by Touratech Suspension
(Extreme type with 200 mm spring travel)
• Forks: Original BMW F 800 GS Adventure fork with Touratech Suspension
Extreme cartridge kit (230 mm spring travel)
• Foot peg assembly: titanium foot pegs, aluminium bracket and heel guard

For further information visit the Touratech website at www.touratech.com.au

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