BMW hasn’t detuned or remapped the S 1000 RR motor for the M model. (BMW/)
A few short years ago the concept of 200 hp naked bikes for the street seemed as pointless and unlikely as a perforated umbrella. But here we are in late 2022 and suddenly we find ourselves with a small but burgeoning club of fairing-free firebreathers capable of laying a double century of horses to the pavement.
Ducati’s Streetfighter V4 and MV’s Brutale 1000 RR are both in the 200 hp club, with Kawasaki’s supercharged Z H2 SE just a couple of horsepower short. Now BMW Motorrad has joined them with the astounding M 1000 R hyper-naked, a machine so capable, so rapid, and, with a claimed 205 hp on tap, so powerful it would surely have competed in World Superbikes not so long ago.
BMW already has its long-running, 165 hp S 1000 R naked, of course, which in performance terms sits in the subcategory of super-nakeds just below the firebreathers. To create its M, BMW has taken the new ShiftCam engine from the 2023 S 1000 RR superbike and inserted it into the S 1000 R’s naked chassis, meaning it makes the same power and torque, and even shares the same gearbox, as the track-focused RR.
Aerodynamic wings help to suppress wheelies by adding 24.3 pounds of downforce at 137 mph. New brakes, again taken directly from the S 1000 RR superbike, give improved braking. Chassis dimensions remain the same as the Single R but the electronic suspension (DDC Dynamic Damping Control) has been recalibrated to deal with the 40 hp increase in peak power.
Electronic rider aids also get a significant upgrade and recalibration to deal with the improved engine and braking power, and are linked to a six-axis IMU. New for the M 1000 R (and S 1000 RR) is the Brake Slide Assist system, which allows some drift on corner entry before the lean-sensitive ABS kicks in.
Transplanting the higher-revving ShiftCam engine from the latest S 1000 RR into the M 1000 R means the naked M has a peak of 205 hp at 13,750 rpm, up from 165 hp for the standard S 1000 R. Peak torque is 83.3 lb.-ft. at 11,000 rpm, which is a fraction down on the 84 lb.-ft. that the S 1000 R manages at a substantially lower 9,250 rpm, indicating the much racier nature of the new bike’s engine. There’s also an extra tooth on the rear sprocket to reduce the final drive ratio.
The standard 165 hp S 1000 R motor is flexible and as well suited to a commute into the city as it is on a day at the racetrack. I was worried that the M would lose that all-round usefulness, but it hasn’t. To make a 205 hp superbike engine user-friendly on the street is a big ask, but BMW has managed it.
Fueling is smooth, the power delivery is linear, and the quickshifter is light and perfectly matched with each up-or-down change. Even in sixth gear the motor pulls effortlessly below 30 mph. It’s easy to forget you’re sitting on top of an engine designed to win superbike races as it trickles without fuss through traffic or flows in a lazy gear too high through a local set of twisties.
The midrange is superb. Peak torque is a fraction down and higher in the rpm compared to the S 1000 R, but you’d be hard-pressed to tell. The M surges to 8,000 rpm and is thoroughly enjoyable to ride using the middle part of the rev range alone, short-shifting effortlessly via the slick and perfectly set-up quickshifter. In real terms, nothing has been lost in the move to the ShiftCam I4.
But—and let’s face it, you knew this was coming—from that strong but civilized midrange it revs wildly on to redline just short of 14,600 rpm. Switch the riding mode to Race or Race Pro and at 9,000 rpm the M 1000 R morphs into an entirely different beast. It revs so freely that it feels like the engine is frictionless. A wall of frantic air grabs feverishly at your leathers, you bend your torso into some kind of defensive tuck… And the speed just builds relentlessly.
Luckily, BMW allowed us a handful of laps of the Almeria racetrack in southern Spain to experience its full potential and, boy, does it deliver. Top speed is a quoted 174 mph, 16 mph higher than the standard S 1000 R. At the end of the long back straight it was still accelerating, still stable as rock under its aero winglets, and feeling like it would keep driving forever. Or until my head blew off.
BMW claims the winglets produce 24.3 pounds of downforce at 220 kph (137 mph), and they’re mounted on a substructure that transmits that force into the chassis—and on track you feel their presence, incredibly stable.
BMW’s electronic Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) is correlated to the bike’s riding modes—Road, Rain, Dynamic, Race, and
By: Adam Child
Title: 2023 BMW M 1000 R First Ride Review
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/story/reviews/bmw-m-1000-r-first-ride-review-2023/
Published Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2022 11:00:01 +0000
BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
Written by Barbara Toombs
Fremont Street in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.
Millions of visitors are understandably attracted to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas’ renowned Strip each year, where world-class resorts, casinos, shows and incredible dining options are the name of the game.
What many don’t realize is that there’s another fascinating side to the Entertainment Capital of the World, headlined by two cultural districts known simply as Downtown and Chinatown.
Downtown Las Vegas (also known as DTLV) is really where this unique desert city got its start. In 1931, construction began on what is now known as the Hoover Dam, attracting thousands of workers to a site just east of the city. To capitalize on this growing workforce, savvy businessmen began building casinos and showgirl venues along Las Vegas’ only paved road at the time: Fremont Street.
Today, DTLV is comprised of three distinct districts. Many visitors to the city are already familiar with one of them: the Fremont Street Casino District, which contains museums, restaurants and bars, as well as the original Las Vegas casinos, including El Cortez, Golden Nugget and Golden Gate. Here you’ll also find the renowned Fremont Street Experience, which debuted in 1995. This pedestrian-only thoroughfare is covered by a canopy of more than two million LED lights and a state-of-the-art sound system that comes to life every night for a spectacular sound and light show called “Viva Vision.”
The Arts District
A popular attraction in this district is The Mob Museum (the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement), which showcases intriguing tales and the age-old dichotomy of good guys versus bad guys. Explore at your own pace, go on a guided tour or uncover museum surprises as part of a group scavenger hunt. Want a literal “taste” of old-school Las Vegas? Plan to dine at Top of Binion’s Steakhouse, perched on the 24th floor of Binion’s Gambling Hall. The restaurant dates back to 1965 when it was known as Top of the Mint, the signature dining spot at The Mint hotel tower. The interior design (and menu – think steak, prime rib, lobster and even Baked Alaska) is a throwback to an earlier era when the mob ran much of Las Vegas, but the real draw is the spectacular view through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.
Built in 2002, the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) is a six-block area that stretches from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street and from Ogden Street South to Carson. FEED is pedestrian-friendly, offering diverse street life and many eateries, cafes, bars and lounges, as well as ample shopping opportunities and lively entertainment. A must-see attraction in this district is the Downtown Container Park – a dining, shopping and live music venue made of 45 colorful repurposed shipping containers, all fronted by a two-story, fire-breathing praying mantis who made its original debut at Burning Man. Nearby is the popular Bin 702 – one of many great dining choices in the area – featuring a great selection of beer and wine, as well as a tantalizing choice of charcuterie and cheese, sandwiches and small plates for sharing.
18b sign in The Arts District.
In recent years, The Arts District – or the 18b as it’s also known (a reference to it occupying 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas, loosely outlined by Commerce Street, Colorado Ave, Fourth Street and Hoover Avenue) – has been growing in popularity. Its monthly “First Friday” block party and art walk features food trucks and live music, serving as a backdrop for artists showing their works off at a variety of open-air and indoor galleries. These include The Arts Factory, home to over 30 artists and art galleries, and ArtSquare, a hip establishment that houses design stores, designer’s studios, wellness spots, and food and drink outlets. Behind The Arts Factory sits one of many great dining choices in The Arts District: Taverna Costera, serving up delicious Coastal Mediterranean fusion that draws inspiration from coastal Spanish, French, Italian and Greek cuisines and beyond.
Just a couple of miles east of the Strip, along Spring Mountain Road (roughly between Rainbow Boulevard and Interstate 15), lies the city’s amazing Chinatown, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades. Here you’ll find the largest collection of Asian businesses in Southern Nevada, including a multitude of authentic Asian restaurants, gift shops, a hair stylist, a reflexologist, home decor, an Asian supermarket and the only Chinese bookstore in Nevada.
At Chinatown’s heart is the enormous and ornate Chinatown Plaza, featuring a colorful, dragon-adorned, Tang Dynasty-inspired gate and gleaming
Title: BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
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Published Date: Fri, 19 May 2023 18:07:14 +0000
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
This red 1967 Corvette custom coupe received a complete custom restoration at Springfield Motorsports in Peachland BC, Canada. The build consists of a completely new jig-mounted tube chassis with C4 corvette front upper and lower control arms riding on coilover shocks and power rack & pinion steering. The rear differential is a custom narrowed 9-inch Ford with aluminum Dale Gerry center section with Wilwood disc brakes on all 4 corners. Filling out the wheel wells are custom offset Fikse wheels.
K&S machine in Kelowna, British Columbia took the 454ci engine and machined it to 496ci it is equipped with Comp Thumper camshaft and 800cfm carburetor and it creates a true hot rod sound through the ceramic-coated exhaust. Lee Baxter upholstery created the one-off hand-stitched red leather interior with a rear storage area. It features Vintage Air, Digital gauges, power windows and a leather-wrapped vintage-style steering wheel.
Title: 2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
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Published Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2023 15:52:01 +0000
From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
The Honda CBX 1000 was only in production for four years, but that was enough time for it to leave a lasting impression on the motorcycle industry. First released it in 1978 as a screaming six-cylinder naked superbike, it later faced stiff competition from its stablemate—the equally iconic CB900F. So the Japanese marque redesigned it as a sport tourer, halfway through its tenure.
The updated ‘CBX-B’ had a touring fairing, optional panniers, and Honda’s new-at-the-time Pro-Link mono-shock setup. It was a hair less powerful than before, but that didn’t stop it from becoming a legend in its own right. If you park a CBX and CBX-B next to each other, you could argue that the latter has more presence.
It’s that mystique that prompted the owner of this 1982 Honda CBX 1000 Pro-Link to buy it. Enamored with the fusion of modern technology and ancient traditions found in Japanese cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, he was on the hunt for a classic motorcycle that embodied that philosophy. When he found the CBX, the sheer brutalism of its six-cylinder engine was impossible to ignore.
“In the eyes of this enthusiast, the engine wasn’t just a mechanical marvel; it was the soul of the motorcycle, much like the heart in a human body,” says Tiago Gonçalves, founder of the Portuguese custom shop, Unik Edition. “This revelation laid the foundation for a transformative project, one that would honor the motorcycle’s origins while infusing it with a new identity.”
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-cbx-1000-restomod
Published Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 16:34:54 +0000
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