Triumph is blazing guns to get ready for the 2019 Moto2 World Championship.
Back in June this year, the British motorcycle manufacturer had announced their entry into the world of motorsports by replacing Honda as the engine manufacturer for the Moto2 Motorcycles from the 2019 season.
Making use of the talented 765cc Triumph Street Triple engine, the folks at the racing department are putting all their resources into tuning this three pot motor into a dedicated Moto2 worthy engine. With multiple enhancements and developments underway, the engine has successfully being tested with the second track test at the Ciudad del Motor de Aragón by Julian Simon, 2009 125cc World Champion, Moto2 runner-up and experienced Moto2 test rider.
Triumph will power the Moto2 World Championship from 2019.
There is ‘motorcycle’ and then there is ‘motorcycle racing’. Each of them has a different meaning for every manufacturer. And being associated with the latter is a form of prestige to them. The term ‘motorcycle racing’ was coined the day the second motorcycle was ever made and since then, the world of racing has seen a great deal of competition and rivalry amongst manufacturers and builders, all vying for the glory of unadulterated use of power and the pride of being at the top of their game.
The FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix is the premier class of motorcycle road racing held since 1949. The Grand Prix is categorised into three formats - MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3. All manufacturers put all their resources into running the best of their machines on the world stage and claim for the ultimate crown.
Now, Triumph has officially announced their entry into the world of motorsports and are readying to replace Honda as the engine manufacturer for the Moto2 Motorcycles from the 2019 season. And they are doing it with the dedicated race tuned 765cc Triumph triple engine, based on the powerplant from the all-new 2017 Triumph Street Triple.
Mommy said never to play with swapping engines.
An engine swap is done basically if your old engine fails or if you want more horses, efficiency and performance under the hood. Sometimes your vintage two-wheeler cannot find spare parts and is always more expensive to keep it in running order. This swapping of engines in cars are a common practice but rarely do we come across people doing engine swaps on a motorcycle.
But here are two chaps who have upgraded their old charming Vespas into a monster truck of two wheelers by getting it a Harley Davidson engine and a Diesel powerhouse. To do so, they have each built custom engine mounts and transmission bell housing adaptors to interface them along with a custom built driveshaft. Then you have that big-ol radiator to cool things down and, of course, that exhaust note.
2017 BMW HP4 RACE
You know that it is a big deal when BMW themselves call it ‘the most exclusive BMW motorcycle of all time’. At this year’s EICMA, BMW Motorrad revealed to the world an initial glimpse of the most exclusive model in its history to date: the sinister looking BMW HP4 RACE. The Germans have now showcased the production version of the same at the ongoing Shanghai Auto Expo 2017.
It will be a purposefully limited edition hand built motorcycle by the blokes at BMW, which will itself be a notch higher than the brand’s superstar, the S 1000RR-HP4. With a full carbon fibre twin-spar main frame and rims that are made in the same factory that makes carbon fibre components for BMW’s iconic ‘i-series’ and 7 series of cars.
Aprilia’s "Factory Works" has couped up a 250 bhp RSV4!
Recently, we had featured a piece where the Austrian Orange is readying its production motorcycle of the MotoGP-spec KTM RC16 for 2018. It boasted a massive 240 bhp power mill and all of us blew the trumpets with joy.
With regards to what is coming up, that RC16 might feel a little soft and supple.
A couple of years ago Aprilia Racing christened its ‘Factory Works’ project which allowed customers to get access to their special, high-performance machines. It is the most advanced development, innovation and experimentation platform that began life as the extraordinary RSV4. It was the single most exciting thing to come out of the 2015 EICMA convention which got every moto aphrodisiac’s blood racing.
The first iteration from the Noale-based manufacturer was the Aprilia RSV4 R-FW ‘Misano’ which was showcased at the 2015 EICMA. It demonstrated the level of possibility that the Factory Works machine can dispatch. A monstrous performance motorbike while maintaining elevated overall balance and reliability.
From then on, Aprilia has been evolving and getting in the best of technology into their superbike and superstock machines. And for 2017, they have updated their ultimate offering with a 250 bhp Aprilia RSV4 R FW-GP. The nearest one can get to the MotoGP experience.
Along with this, customers can also get their hands on three different mods that suit their expectations and are compliant with Superstock and Superbike Championship regulations in each country it will be put to test. And each of them will carry various levels of chassis, engine and electronic preparations with a maximum configuration that exceeds 200 bhp.