The Diablo Super Biker is an iPhone App developed by Pirelli and we get the feeling this will really take off. The application can monitor a motorcycle road trip or track laps via GPS, and then registers various data which gets saved. While not for every motorcyclist, the app records some handy information which can be used later.
The Diablo Super Biker can tell you the maximum lean on any one corner which was achieved during a trip, to the distance run, top speed and average speed achieved and can then produce a report complete with speed diagrams and cornering angles. More interesting for track riders is the chance to compare two different runs on the same course.
The Diablo Super Biker App is already available at the iTunes App Store and as of us writing this, it’s free. If anyone does download this and use it, drop us a line and let us know how it goes!
Source | Motoblog.it
The Pirelli contract to Superbike has been renewed for another three years, taking the Italian tyre company through to 2015 with its supplier’s contract. The Pirelli-Superbike partnership started back in 2004 and will again include tyres for the Supersport, Superstock 1000 and Superstock 600 classes.
The press release states that the one-make tyre rule is essential to the Superbike championship, and it is reasonable to expect that it will continue in the future, beyond 2015. Infront Sports says:
The FIM Superbike World Championship has benefitted from stability, quality, competitiveness and fairness, and the one-make supply is fully in line with the philosophy lying behind the four championships, which is to give all competitors the same level playing-field regarding performance, service and costs, while Pirelli’s ongoing R&D in collaboration with the world’s leading production-based racing championships has led to its constant developments in advanced racing technology being transferred to its products for everyday use on the road. Other important factors in the supply renewal were Pirelli’s working methods, tyre performance, reliability and durability and top-level service quality.
Despite rumors of Pirelli thinking of supplying tires to MotoGP and Michelin was thinking of a shock return in 2012, with Bridgestone thinking of cutting back their involvement in the series, the Japanese tire manufacturer has confirmed that it has extended its deal to supply tires to MotoGP teams until 2014.
Bridgestone has supplied control tires to the series since 2009, when almost the majority of the riders voted to have the single tire rule implemented after the raging tire debate that ensued during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
“I am proud that we are able to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to MotoGP by extending our participation as ‘official tyre supplier’ to the premier class with a new three-year deal,” said Mikio Masunaga, VP for Bridgestone Motorsports. “Bridgestone has a very rich heritage in the leading motorsport categories across the world, and MotoGP represents a significant part of this heritage.”
While Dorna’s CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta said, “I am very pleased that we can continue to work closely with Bridgestone for another three years after this season, and I would like to thank them for their continued commitment to MotoGP. Bridgestone has a great track record in all forms of motorsport, in particular MotoGP, and has done a great job since they were appointed the championship’s first ever ‘official tyre supplier’ so we all know they are up to the task this season and over the following three years. Their ongoing commitment at this early point is important in allowing us all to plan for the future, especially for the teams as they are already underway with their development plans for next year and the new 1000cc era, and I believe it also demonstrates the value of MotoGP as a business platform.”
We took a look at the 2011 Bike Exif calendar as a motorcycle-themed gift for Christmas, but here’s what the in-crowd will be looking at next year: the 2011 Pirelli Calendar by Karl Lagerfeld. Nothing really to do with tyres, and even less so with motorcycles, it’s reached the same kind of world fame as Playboy and this year Lagerfeld is adding a touch of the artistic from the fashion world. The gods and goddesses theme has given him plenty to work with, and although it’s not really in the style of previous Pirelli calendars, it will certainly go down as one of the more adventurous in the history of the calendar. The costuming for grid girls looks like playschool in comparison. You won’t be buying this though, strictly for Pirelli customers and anyone it considers is worthy of a copy, but if Pirelli gets is MotoGP involvement from 2012, we could see more of these turn up on the motorcycle circuit.
With Bridgestone still unsure if they will continue to be the single tire supplier in MotoGP when their three year contract is up at the end of 2011, another manufacturer could show up and take their place for the 2012 season.
Giorgio Barbier, Pirelli’s Director of Racing Activities was spotted at Estoril this weekend and this could mean
that Bridgestone is indeed going to announce that 2011 will be their last season in MotoGP, as they have with their pull-out from Formula 1, with Pirelli will be taking their place.
Pirelli currently supplies all the tires in the World Superbike series and their contract is up at the end of 2012, when MotoGP will switch to the new 1000cc rules and adding MotoGP to their list could be another great marketing coup and making tires for an extra 17 and hopefully more teams, wouldn’t cause any problems to the Italian tire manufacturer, because according to Barbier, ” the differences between a superbike and a MotoGP isn’t that big, the two bikes are very similar.”
Apparently Bridgestone will announce their future plans in Valencia and also confirm if MotoGP teams will have to pay for their tires in 2011.
Source | moto.caradisiac.com
Pirelli Tires has a nifty surprise for Diablo Rosso Corse tire purchasers.
Available only in Europe, Pirelli is offering the opportunity to create your own personal labels and apply them to the dedicated spaces on the sidewalls of your new set of Diablo Rosso Corsas for only five euros plus postage.
To personalize and order on-line to receive your kit containing 6 tire labels with all the necessary materials to apply them, just click here where you can make up your labels from dozens of combinations, from flags to reproductions of the World Superbike circuits to coloured letters and numbers to make up names or dates.
The Rosso Corsa was developed from Pirelli’s experience as the exclusive tire supplier in the World Superbike Championship. It’s designed to outperform its predecessor (Diablo Corsa III) in every possible performance measurement including: warm-up time, outright grip, and mileage durability.
Here’s an onboard video of the new Ducati Hypermotard 1100. This particular version is the Hypermotard 1100 Evo SP, which is equipped with a Desmodue Evoluzione 1100 cc engine, with bore and stroke of 98×71,5mm. Other modifications increase the power of the Hypermotard, taking it up 5 hp to a total of 95 hp (69.9 kW) at 7,500 rpm. It has torque of 10.5 kgm at just 5,750 rpm.
Other fun bits on the Hypermotard 1100 Evo SP is the Marzocchi fork with DLC material (Diamond Like Carbon), Ohlins shock absorber, Brembo callipers the same as those on the Ducati superbike, and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres. After the jump is another video from Tor Sagen with his Hypermotard test ride.
About ten days ago the WSBK promoters and the FIM announced that from the Valencia round in April, they would be moving Friday morning practice to 2 o’clock in the afternoon in an apparent cost saving effort. This measure was decided during the Phillip Island weekend when several teams requested that all Friday practices be cancelled, the Superbike Commission and FIM compromised by cancelling only Friday’morning practice and moving all practices to the afternoon.
However an organization problem was presented during this weekend in Qatar when Pirelli tire manufacterer informed the organizers that with practices so close together they would not be able supply and mount more that four tires per rider, so admist general embarrassment the SBK had to reorganize the schedule again, with the first free practice starting at 12:45 and finishing with the first qualifying session that will be begin at 16:15.
Another problem has also come up and regards the SuperSport Championship. Several of the teams are having economic troubles and have asked the Flammini Brothers to cancel the South Africa and USA rounds for them, but the promoters have said no, replying that it was the SuperSport teams that requested a matching SBK and SS calendar and now they cannont turn back and the two races are definitely confirmed, however it is very possible that if the economic crisis continues the SuperSport championship will race only in Europe in 2010.
The January testing for World Superbike will be at the Algarve, Portimao track in Portugal. The three-day test will take place from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th. All Superbike and Supersport teams, including factory and private teams will travel to the new circuit for the first try-out. It will be a very interesting three days to have an idea about the bike performance and promises for the upcoming races, with the first in Australia on March 1st.
For the manufacturer tyre development teams another three days of Pirelli testing is planned for December 10th to 12th at the Kyalami racetrack in South Africa.
Source | superbike
Recently presented was KTM’s 690 Enduro R 2009 model. The Austrian company is continuing to expand the range with the LC4 engine, revealing this uncompromising sports enduro.
The 690 Enduro R is based on the 690 Enduro and should satisfy more demanding riders with its sports style. KTM has really invested in the technology of this bike, giving it some great performance and with a more versatile range of use.
Other characteristics include reduced emissions and fuel consumption thanks to the implementation of modern electronic ignition, and the 62hp of power from the LC4 engine put the bike at the top for performance.