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BBR, the world’s leading Mazda MX-5 tuning specialist recently made some exciting news. The company is well known for their high-performance upgrades, and in 2021, they have been working with Rotrex Superchargers to develop upcoming upgrades for the Mazda MX-5 NA, NB, and ND models.

Corten Miller, BBR’s counterpart in the UK, approached the latter to work together so that the latter’s reliable and engineered Mazda MX-5 NC Rotrex conversion could be commercialized. BBR technicians has been working and developing their version of a Rotrex supercharger upgrade for the NC model and they eventually realized that due to the confined nature of the standard MX-5 NC engine bay and since they didn’t want to move the battery to the boot or to remove the air-conditioning, there is really only one place that is perfect for the supercharger and its drive system – the same area that Corten Miller first found.

Not wanting to seem like an imitation, the most logical option was to collaborate with Corten Miller and BBR did just that. They forged a collaboration and BBR was able to get complete rights to production, commercialization, and further development of the current Corten Miller supercharger upgrade package.

This has allowed BBR to skip the 12 to 18 months needed for hardware and software development and validation that is normally required before they can offer a conversion to the retail market.

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“The Corten Miller kit is a proven conversion over eight years, tested in all conditions and climates on both road and track, so that crucial aspect of the hard work was already done. So now BBR is pleased to announce that the MX-5 NC packages previously marketed as the Corten Miller Rotrex KIT PRO and Kit Club Sport are now available with further BBR hardware and software enhancements, henceforth referred to as the BBR Stage One and Stage Two Supercharger conversions,” BBR’s Neil McKay shared.

“The Rotrex Supercharger is a highly reliable device that requires minimal servicing. Combined with the well-engineered air-to-air intercooler package and BBR’s software enhancements, the end result is stunning performance for NC owners, combined with OEM levels of everyday drivability,” McKay added.

The BBR Stage One / Two Supercharger packages does not only provide huge performance boost, but also gives a lot of electronic improvements like launch control, switchable engine maps, flat shift, and auto-downshift throttle blipping.*

BBR Mazda MX-5 Stage One Supercharger Conversion Details

Performance: 250 BHP / 213 ft.lb

0-60 MPH 5.3 seconds

• C30-94 Rotrex Supercharger

• Rotrex Oil reservoir

• BBR Oil Cooler

• BBR High Quality Anodised CNC Rotrex brackets

• BBR High Quality Anodised CNC Tensioner brackets

• Supercharger and revised ancillary belt

• BBR 250 BHP intake restrictor

• BBR CAIS – Cold Air intake system with serviceable air filter

• BBR Front mounted intercooler

• BBR branded Intercooler silicone hoses

• BBR Mandrel Bent intercooler pipe work

• BBR Branded Breather hoses

• Bosch EV14 BBR spec Injectors

• BBR / Bosch MAP / Temperature sensor

• BBR Recirculating piston type dump valve in factory black finish

• BBR Starchip EcuTek calibration software with driver switchable modes (ECU Connect required for models without cruise control)

• Optional hardware only and BBR Software/EcuTek programming cable choices for DIY clients

The BBR Stage One supercharger conversion is already available for all 1.8- and 2.0-liter 2005-2015 Mazda MX-5 (NC) models. The ‘drive-in, drive-out’ option is priced starting at £4,995 at BBR’s Brackley headquarters and it comes with a 12-month warranty.

There is also a DIY version for export and for competent mechanics and it is currently available as ‘hardware only’ for £4,095. It comes with comprehensive instructions to install and technical support. The price rises to £4,590 for those who opt for the BBR software with either EcuTek ProEcu or ECU Connect programming.

It should be noted that a sports manifold is required, preferably the BBR 4-1, for all tuning levels and it is not provided with the kit.

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By: Reggie
Title: BBR Supercharger Upgrades For The Mazda MX-5 and Miata NC Models
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/bbr-supercharger-upgrades-for-the-mazda-mx-5-and-miata-nc-models/
Published Date: Sat, 08 Jan 2022 02:14:49 +0000

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Mama Tried Brings the Ruckus Back to Brewtown in 2024

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Although technically distinct events, Mama Tried wouldn’t be the same without the Flat Out Friday races. Maclain “The Bear” Drucker (24) holds off Daniel Bromley (64) in the AA (Pro) races.
Although technically distinct events, Mama Tried wouldn’t be the same without the Flat Out Friday races. Maclain “The Bear” Drucker (24) holds off Daniel Bromley (64) in the AA (Pro) races. (Cathy Drexler/)

Since 2014, the Mama Tried Motorcycle Show and the Flat Out Friday race have been a showcase for builder culture, custom bikes, and lighthearted mayhem. It’s not everyone’s cuppa, as the English say. Some folks huff and puff about the pointlessness of choppers and custom bikes and the rowdy atmosphere. It’s not that they’re wrong. They’re just not partying correctly.

For the less dogmatic among us, it’s a welcome break from the Midwest winter and a great excuse to party in Cream City (aka Milwaukee). It’s about imagination and engineering running riot in flake paint and TIG welding. Calling Mama Tried a “chopper show” is only half right. There are also EVs, ‘70s survivors, Franken-bikes, and plenty of real dirt and patina. Plus, dozens of hopeful vendors with parts, accessories, gadgets, and new gear.

It all kicks off with the Flat Out Friday races at Fiserv Arena. It’s usually clad in a parquet floor for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. But one night every year, aspiring racers and various ne’er-do-wells fill the arena with exhaust fumes and lay down rubber on the Dr Pepper syrup-prepared surface. Last year was a hoot, but this year brought out even finer costumery and livery concepts. Tea time while racing? That’s rich.

Photographer Cathy Drexler has been shooting the event since 2016. What’s her take on Mama Tried?

“It’s a uniquely Milwaukee experience that has a happy way of bringing us together over our love of bikes.”

Truer words were never spoken. So take a load off, grab a cold one, and check out the 2024 edition of Mama Tried and Flat Out Friday in glorious color and pixels.

Flat Out Friday always brings high class and fashion in equal measure.
Flat Out Friday always brings high class and fashion in equal measure. (Cathy Drexler/)
James “Jimbo” DeLisle (963) boxes out Dan “Dangerous Dan” Jacobson (39) in the Masters class, Flat Out Friday.
James “Jimbo” DeLisle (963) boxes out Dan “Dangerous Dan” Jacobson (39) in the Masters class, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
An unidentified future 50cc champion holds their own on the track, Flat Out Friday.
An unidentified future 50cc champion holds their own on the track, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
Kaleb Zink (15) applies Team Green grit to his orange Harley-Davidson in the Vintage class, Flat Out Friday.
Kaleb Zink (15) applies Team Green grit to his orange Harley-Davidson in the Vintage class, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
Where my zip-ties at? Donovan LeVan’s BSA puts power (and pipe) to pavement in the Vintage class, Flat Out Friday.
Where my zip-ties at? Donovan LeVan’s BSA puts power (and pipe) to pavement in the Vintage class, Flat Out Friday. (Cathy Drexler/)
Conflict of interest? Andrew Clark (52) and an unidentified race official team up on the parade lap, Flat Out Friday.
Conflict of interest? Andrew Clark (52) and an unidentified race official team up on the

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By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: Mama Tried Brings the Ruckus Back to Brewtown in 2024
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/photo-galleries/mama-tried-motorcycle-show-2024/
Published Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2024 21:36:17 +0000

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Level Up: A BMW K100 café racer with a John Player Special vibe

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BMW K100 café racer by Motocrew
Despite its increasing popularity, the 1980s K-series BMW remains a difficult bike to customize. There’s hardly an inch of it that isn’t blocky, angular, or just plain awkward—so it takes a sharp eye and deft hand to massage it into a slick and cohesive café racer. Enter Chris Scholtka.

Based in Cottbus, Germany, Chris splits his time between his job as a firefighter and his after-hours custom bike-building endeavor, Motocrew. He cracked the code for building razor-sharp BMW K-series café racers a while ago, and he’s produced a handful of them since. But his latest build—a 1984 BMW K100 café racer—hits a little differently.

BMW K100 café racer by Motocrew

The project was commissioned by a friend who had found a 1984 BMW K100 that was in great shape and wanted it customized. He naturally called Chris first—but Chris was hesitant to take the job.

“My first thought that it wasn’t a good idea,” he explains, “because I don’t want to build the same shit again and again. But this time my customer had a big enough budget to build something unique. So I said yes, and, after a couple of hours brainstorming with him, we settled on a basic setup.”

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Level Up: A BMW K100 café racer with a John Player Special vibe
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/bmw-k100-cafe-racer-motocrew
Published Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2024 18:56:31 +0000

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Honda’s Updated 2024 CBR600RR Not Coming to America

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Back in November, we previewed a notable update to Honda’s CBR600RR platform for the European market. It now appears that version won’t be debuting in the US in 2024. Honda has announced a 2024 CBR600RR for the States, but as a carryover from last year, which is actually a continued carryover from the last major US update made in 2013. The 2024 US version of the CBR600RR will be priced at $12,199, a $100 bump over the 2023 MSRP.

The 2024 Honda CBR600RR in Grand Prix Red.
The 2024 Honda CBR600RR in Grand Prix Red. (Honda/)

It should be noted that the revised CBR600RR that will be available in European markets is an extension of the work Honda did on the platform a few years prior, when it released a revised version for Japan back in 2020. It’s likely those changes will eventually make it to the US, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer.

That said, Honda’s 599cc supersport remains an appealing option for riders in the US thanks to its deft combination of comfort, ease of use on the road, expertly calibrated braking package, and solid suspension setup. The extra horsepower of the overseas version and revised chassis would obviously be nice additions, but such is life sometimes.

We last sampled the CBR600RR in 2020, and despite some of its shortcomings (such as in the electronics department), the platform still proved its worth. Particularly for road riders who want a bike that is as great around town as it is on the track.

For those who want to enjoy the benefits of ABS, expect to pay $13,199. Both editions will be available to US customers in Grand Prix Red colors.

2024 Honda CBR600RR Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$12,199–$13,199Engine:599cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 4 valves/cyl.Bore x Stroke:67.0 x 42.5mmCompression Ratio:12.2:1Fuel Delivery:DSFI w/ 40mm throttle bodies, Denso 12-hole injectorsClutch:Wet, multiplateTransmission/Final Drive:6-speed/chainFrame:Twin-spar aluminumFront Suspension:41mm USD Big Piston Fork; fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travelRear Suspension:Unit Pro-Link HMAS shock, fully adjustable; 5.1 in. travelFront Brake:4-piston calipers, 310mm radial-mount full-floating discs (ABS optional)Rear Brake:220mm disc (ABS optional)Wheels, Front/Rear:17 in. / 17 in.Tires, Front/Rear:120/70-17 / 180/55-17Rake/Trail:23.5°/3.9 in.Wheelbase:53.9 in.Seat Height:32.4 in.Fuel Capacity:4.8 gal.Claimed Curb Weight:417 lb.Available:March 2024Contact:powersports.honda.com

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By: Byron Wilson
Title: Honda’s Updated 2024 CBR600RR Not Coming to America
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-cbr600rr-not-coming-to-america/
Published Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2024 11:00:00 +0000

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