Dirt Action http://www.dirtaction.com.au Motocross/Supercross/Trail/FMX/Enduro Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:32:34 +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 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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Skills not Spills http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/videos/five-year-old-trials-rider-on-an-oset-16-0r-electric-bike/20377.htm Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:07:21 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=20377 Watch five year old Elliot Smith hit the trials on an OSET 16.0R electric bike!

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Watch five year old Elliot Smith hit the trials on an OSET 16.0R electric bike!

NO FUEL – NO BURNS – NO OIL – NO SMELL

just #OSETFun

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2017 Ducati Team MotoGP presentation in live streaming and on TV http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/2017-ducati-team-motogp-presentation-in-live-streaming-and-on-tv/20355.htm Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:21:40 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=20355 The countdown to the 2017 Ducati Team MotoGP presentation is on!

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The countdown to the 2017 Ducati Team MotoGP presentation is on!

The presentation is scheduled to take place in the Ducati Auditorium, Bologna (Italy), on Friday 20th January for an invited audience.

It’s here that the 2017 Ducati Desmosedici GP and riders Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso will be presented. The entire event will be streamed live on the official Ducati website and Facebook page.

The press conference will be in Italian with simultaneous translation in English.

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Ducati ends 2016 on yet another high http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/ducati-ends-2016-on-yet-another-high/20344.htm Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:26:10 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=20344 Ducati Motor Holding enjoyed further growth in 2016, delivering a total of 55,451 motorcycles to customers across the globe.

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Ducati Motor Holding enjoyed further growth in 2016, delivering a total of 55,451 motorcycles to customers across the globe. Compared to 2015, sales grew an impressive 1.2%.

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The impressive result came from the addition of new bikes to the range last year. Sales of bikes in the Multistrada family were up 16% compared to the previous year.

The renewed Hypermotard family enjoyed growth of 15% and the Ducati XDiavel sales topped 5,200.

It’s second year on the international market, the Ducati Scrambler extended its success with over 15,500 bikes delivered worldwide.

ndrea Buzzoni, Global Sales and Marketing Director of Ducati says the growth demonstrates the strength of the Ducati range and brand in a global sales network.

“Results on the Italian market have been significant. Thanks to 20% growth in 2016 – and an excellent 84% over the two-year period 2015/2016 – Italy is again the second most important market, after the USA and ahead of Germany.”

Now that 2016 is history, Ducati present new models for the year ahead. Sticking to the motto “More than Red – Evolution never stops”, the 2017 range is packed with new developments. The range will feature more accessible, differentiated bikes with a passion for performance racing.

The 2017 Monster family is being refreshed and extended with the arrival of the 1200 and the all new 797 to join the new Multistrada 950 and Ducati SuperSport with the exclusive 1299 Superleggera.

Ducati Scrambler has launched two new bikes to extend the range, the Cafe Racer and the Desert Sled.

 

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Limited Edition ‘Radiant’ Tech 10 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/gear-check/racewear/limited-edition-radiant-tech-10/20270.htm Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:52:31 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=20270 To celebrate all the glory that is Anaheim 1, Alpinestars has created the Limited Edition ‘Radiant’ Tech 10.

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There is something about A1 that both fans and racers alike cannot deny… the electrified crowd, the lights, the fireworks, and the high race speeds all partner to create a radiating experience. To celebrate all the glory that is Anaheim 1, Alpinestars has created the Limited Edition ‘Radiant’ Tech 10.

This new LE boot will be used by Alpinestars athletes at A1 and will be available for Australian consumer to purchase in-store on Monday.

The world’s most technologically advanced and protective motocross boot, the Tech 10 offers unrivaled  race-winning performance to dirt riders who demand nothing less than the best. The limited edition ‘Radiant’ Tech 10 fuses all the performance innovations of the iconic Tech 10 with an exclusive colour combination. Bright and vivid, the ‘Radiant’ Tech 10 features a fluro yellow lower chassis, a luminous pink front upper and a bright white shin plate. To complete the look, the rear of the boot is sleek black with an Alpinestars logo accented in white.

The result, a vibrant, high performance motocross boot worthy to be debuted at one of the most exciting Supercross rounds of the year, A1.

 

 

 

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2017 Thor Spring Release http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/videos/2017-thor-spring-release/20267.htm Mon, 09 Jan 2017 23:01:18 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=20267 THOR MX introduces their all new Spring 2017 collection.

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Press release

THOR MX proudly introduces their all new Spring 2017 collection. With bold new designs in the Fuse, Pulse, and Pulse Air racewear lines, and the Verge helmet, the Spring line brings a fresh look for 2017. The Combat and Combat Sand goggles also make their debut, bringing incredible value to a price point goggle.

As the pinnacle of motocross racewear, the Fuse’s tailored chassis is carefully constructed with premium materials to deliver peak performance without sacrificing durability. The Spring line brings an all new look to Fuse with the Propel graphic, which utilizes a clean symmetrical design in two multi colorways.

The Pulse line boasts functional performance at an incredible value. With the addition of three new designs, the Pulse line has everything from edgy to conservative. Pulse Louda is exactly as the name implies; loud, bright and bold colors with 80’s punk rock style. The Taper graphic utilizes traditional colors with a rugged taped design. Pulse Air, the fully vented chassis, also receives a new graphic with the Profile – a clean symmetrical design with two multi colorways.

The race proven Verge receives a graphic update with the new Tracer – a bright multi colorway with a bold, fast paced design.

Designed for affordable performance, the all new Combat and Combat Sand goggles bring a variety of colorways and lens options at an attractive price point. Single layer, 12mm face foam prevents dirt and debris from entering the goggle while the anti-fog, scratch resistant lens keeps your vision clear and focused on the line ahead.

For more details and a look at the entire line, head over to thormx.com or visit your local Parts Unlimited dealer.

 

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Mountain Man Motocross http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/mountain-man-motocross/20262.htm Sun, 08 Jan 2017 23:22:55 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=20262 Mountain Man Motocross is back again after the popularity of the 40th Anniversary revival in 2015. This year will once again feature a mix of vintage and modern racing, celebrating the past, creating champions and inspiring aspiring racers.

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Press release

Mountain Man Motocross is back again after the popularity of the 40th Anniversary revival in 2015. This year will once again feature a mix of vintage and modern racing, celebrating the past, creating champions and inspiring aspiring racers.

2017 will again feature vintage classes from “Pre 1975” to “Pre 1995”, Sidecars, Junior Lites, the popular Golden Tyre 125cc Cup, the challenge of the Mountain Man Unlimited class and Mini Lites and a Womens class has been added for more to enjoy.

A massive prize pool of over $18000 will be awarded to racers. The Mountain Man Unlimited class for seniors of 122cc and over will be paying from the winner at $2000 down to 20th place with bonuses for 1st to 3rd in each of the Pro, Intermediate and Clubman classes. The Golden Tyre 125cc cup is paying from $2000 for first through to 15th place with cash bonuses also for running Golden tyres. The prize pool for the Women is $1300 paying from 1st to 10th place but will be doubled by Gierke Pumps if more than 30 women enter the race, so women races – spread the word and get your friends to enter. For all details of prize money check out the Mountain Man Facebook page.

Great value Sponsorship packages are available. If you know a business that would like to get involved and support this exciting event – please contact 0428159989 or 0418754022.

The Toowoomba Motocross Club is looking forward to seeing you all at the Echo Valley track on the 11th & 12th March to celebrate the old and new motocross. Supplementary Regulations will be released shortly with all details.

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Shooters Hill Learning to Fly MX facility ready to open http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/shooters-hill-learning-to-fly-mx-facility-ready-to-open/20254.htm Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:53:28 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=20254 Motocross facility Learning to Fly MX is finally ready to open after nine years, 15,000 man hours and 400,000 tons of earth moved.

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Motocross facility Learning to Fly MX is finally ready to open after nine years, 15,000 man hours and 400,000 tons of earth moved.

Tania and Mark Weekes’s motorcycle facility at Shooters Hill is not just a motorcycle track. The facility is a junior-focused park to give young ones an opportunity to enjoy a healthy way of life.

“I’ve been riding for 34 years now and it’s a good, healthy lifestyle,” Mr Weekes said in an interview with the Oberon Review.

“I’m concerned that the youth of today are hitting these hard drugs and do not have other opportunities to spend their time doing something they enjoy.

“I’ve made it my job to provide an opportunity, so I’ve affiliated with Motorcycling NSW to provide trainers on a regular basis that have the capacity to train from kick-starting a bike to advanced supercross.

“The Department of Sport and Recreation will provide rider scholarships. As a combined hub we can now show strength and provide to the sport we are very proud of.

“There are five tracks and three tracks are designed specifically for junior riders and their families.”

The facility also includes a check area, dedicated car park, picnic area, toilet facilities, a lockup compound area and camping facilities.

“The tracks are designed to cater for all skill levels, from beginners to the more experienced rider,” Mr Weekes said.

“Our aim is to provide a much-needed facility in a supervised and purpose-built manner to cater for a growing number of off-road motorcycle enthusiasts.”

Don’t want to trust the words of Mark Weekes? Daniel Gatt, CEO of Motorcycling NSW, made comment that the new centre was the best facility in NSW.

Before you head to the track you’ll need to make a booking. If there’s no booking, you won’t be able to ride. To book, go to LTFMX.net.au

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Queensland Moto Park celebrates fifth anniversary http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/queensland-moto-park-celebrates-fifth-anniversary/20250.htm Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:45:02 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=20250 More than 115,000 riders have enjoyed the recreational trail bike facilities on offer at the Queensland Moto Park since it opened on this day five years ago.

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Press release

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More than 115,000 riders have enjoyed the recreational trail bike facilities on offer at the Queensland Moto Park since it opened on this day five years ago.

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Queensland Moto Park, located in the Scenic Rim, a dedicated trail bike facility established by eight South East Queensland (SEQ) councils to provide riders with a safe, legal and sustainable option for the motorsport.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair Cr Graham Quirk said the opening of the Queensland Moto Park in 2011 was the result of two years of extensive planning and hard work by the Council of Mayors (SEQ), the State Government and Motorcycling Queensland.

“At the time, the region was experiencing serious problems with illegal trail bike riding. Residents were sick of the noise, destruction of the natural environment and the risk of injury to both riders and the general public,” said Cr Quirk.

“The SEQ Mayors identified the lack of safe and legal places to ride as a real issue in our region and worked together, with the Queensland Government and Motorcycling Queensland, to fix the issue. This is how the Queensland Moto Park was born.”

“The eight SEQ councils surrounding the Park – Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Redland, Scenic Rim and Somerset – invested a total of $1.44 million in funding to make the Queensland Moto Park a reality. It’s a proud moment to see it growing and fulfilling its purpose five years down the track.”

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen added the Queensland Moto Park was ideally located just outside of Boonah, making the facility easy to access for SEQ trail bike riders while being some distance from residential areas.

“Riders of all ages and ability can test their skills on the dedicated motocross, supercross and peewee circuits or the 40 kilometres of recreational trails running throughout the 745 hectare property. The Queensland Moto Park is SEQ’s premier trail biking destination,” said Cr Christensen.

“It’s encouraging to see that more than 115,000 riders have enjoyed the Queensland Moto Park in its five years of operation, with approximately 85 percent of those riders coming from the eight council areas that initially invested in the facility.”

“The Queensland Moto Park is not only serving the SEQ community as a safe and legal trail biking facility, but continues to be a worthwhile investment for the eight surrounding SEQ councils, with significant new facilities set to be announced next year.”

The Queensland Moto Park is managed by SEQ Regional Recreational Facilities Pty Ltd, an entity owned by the eight participating SEQ councils, and is operated by Motorcycling Queensland. These councils include Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Redland City, Scenic Rim and Somerset.

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Tom Edwards gets dream start in Superprestigio http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/tom-edwards-gets-dream-start-in-superprestigio/20243.htm Thu, 15 Dec 2016 01:20:44 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=20243 Junior Champion motorcycle racer, Tom Edwards (15yrs), has just been given a dream start in the hugely popular Superprestigio Dirt Track event in Barcelona, Spain.

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Junior Champion motorcycle racer, Tom Edwards (15yrs), has just been given a dream start in the hugely popular Superprestigio Dirt Track event in Barcelona, Spain. The event attracts some of the best motorcycle racers in the world, including reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez, along with American Flat Track Champion, Brad “Bullet” Baker and Japanese sliding sensation Masa Masatoshi.

Tom recently travelled to Spain to train with friend Brad Baker and Spanish Champion Ferran Cardús, soaking in some European motorcycle experience after having spent much of his season competing in the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup.

Initially, young Tom had hoped to have an opportunity to see his hero’s race the highly competitive Superprestigio event before flying home to spend Christmas with family. Now he finds himself on the starting line with an opportunity to show his racing talents alongside the worlds best.

Tom is currently a guest of the Spanish Grau Suzuki Racing team who Ferran Cardus is the teams star rider. After attending training sessions with Ferran and Baker, Tom impressed the Spanish with his dirt track skills making a strong case to be included in the event. At fifteen​, Tom is possibly the youngest rider to be invited to compete at the Superprestigio and follows in the footsteps of another Australian, former Superbike World Champion, Troy Bayliss who raced the event two years ago.

Tom is extremely grateful to the Cardús family for hosting his stay along with Brad Baker for his guidance and support. He would especially like to thank Grau Suzuki for giving him a fantastic SUZUKI DTX race machine and to the organizer for making his dreams come true.

“I can’t wait to ride with some of the worlds best. I’m really looking forward to working closely with my friends Brad Baker and Masa Ohmori. It will be the first chance to race alongside some European riders which is super exciting”

Tom Edwards

The race will be held on December 17th at the Palau Sant Jordi Stadium in Barcelona. Check event website for full details: dtxbarcelona.com

@tom_e_gun971 @alpinestarsaus @suzkuigrauracing @ridedunlopau @dtxbarcelona

Watch the Superprestigio Live on Fox Sports3 10am – 12pm Sunday 18th Dec.

Media enquires to tomedwardsracing@gmail.com or call Paul +61 438 693 525 Support by our sponsors Steeline and Inglis Plumbing.

 

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