>On his series return, Grant Martin had what it took to score two race wins at The Paul Fahey Legends of Speed meeting in Hampton Downs (round 4 F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series).
The 2020/21 F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series final round, being The Paul Fahey Legends of Speed meeting, was held on the weekend of March 20 -21 at Hampton Downs, Waikatao, New Zealand. Three races took place over the weekend with category returnee Grant Martin taking out two races.
Photos by Matt Smith
The weekend initially appeared as if Michael Collins (Leda GM1) was going to maintain his winning streak; however, Grant Martin stole the show by qualifying second with his Talon MR1/A and then lead in the first race from start to finish.
Martin was able to outmaneuver pole-sitter Michael Collins after the starter held the lights till the very last second, and despite all good effort, the young Christchurch champion was powerless to find a way past until the last lap.
On entering the downhill hairpin, his car’s half (drive) shafts let go, which left Collins at the side of the track, and Martin was able to progress ahead and finish the final lap unchallenged.
Codie Banks and Kevin Ingram (both in the Lola T332) finished the race second and third respectfully.
Fourth place went to Glenn Richards (Lola T400), who started the race from P10 on the grid but could make up ground throughout the race.
The fourth quickest qualifier, David Banks, could not make the grid as he was encountering an issue with his Talon MR1’s crown and pinion.
Bruce Kett, in his newly acquired ex-Ian Riley Lola T332, qualified in 16th place but with some skilled driving finished the race in 11th position.
Qualifying of Round 4 F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series
Michael Collins (Leda GM1)1:01.351 Grant Martin (Talon MR1/A) 1:01.699Codie Banks (Lola T332)1:02.
By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Round 4 F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series – Hampton Downs
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/round-4-f5000-tasman-cup-revival-series/
Published Date: Wed, 07 Apr 2021 06:11:05 +0000
2024 Suzuki GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R First Look Preview
New Glass Matte Mechanical Gray paint on the 2024 Suzuki GSX-R1000. (Suzuki/)
Within its official 2024 model announcements last month, Suzuki designated the entire GSX-R family as returning models with no mechanical updates for the year, save new color options. And while we can understand the need to stay conservative in a rapidly changing racing environment, frankly, it’s a bit of a head-scratcher to see the GSX-R1000 model return unchanged, since 2024 signifies the 40th anniversary of the GSX-R nameplate. It’s a milestone you’d expect would herald major improvements to the flagship model, but alas, for 2024, we’ll have to settle for a couple of new colors.
The 2024 GSX-R1000 can also be had in the returning Metallic Matte Black color. MSRP is $16,349 (Suzuki/)
2024 Suzuki GSX-R1000
The last time we saw a major update to the 1000 was in 2017, when a complete overhaul included a beefed-up 999cc engine rated at 200 hp, traction control with an IMU, advanced suspension, LED lighting, and more. On the 2024 model, we see much of the same, with the inline-four engine still pumping out that prodigious top-end and a super-stout midrange thanks to Suzuki’s MotoGP-developed variable valve timing system and ride-by-wire throttle.
As before, a fully adjustable Showa Big Piston Fork handles damping forces while a link-type single shock absorbs the blows out back. ABS-equipped Brembo T-drive dual brake rotors and Brembo four-piston calipers provide the stopping performance up front.
Advanced electronics include a now-standard bidirectional quickshifter (previously only available on the R1000R model), an Inertial Measurement Unit, three power modes, 10-mode traction control, and Motion Track ABS, which Suzuki says provides the appropriate braking force for the available traction (and also helps to control rear-wheel lift).
For 2024, the GSX-R1000 gets a new Glass Matte Mechanical Gray paint scheme with dark red wheels to join the returning Metallic Matte Black No. 2 and Glass Sparkle Black scheme, which also gets new blue graphics on the fairing and wheels.
While we’re disappointed there aren’t any updates for 2024, the big Gixxer still provides an extremely competent and well-priced alternative to the Kawasaki ZX-10R, or even the Honda CBR1000RR if you’re on the hunt for a trackday weapon.
In addition to the aforementioned colors, the 2024 GSX-R1000R can also be had in this race-inspired white and blue color scheme, but it is otherwise mechanically unchanged. (Suzuki/)
2024 Suzuki GSX-R1000R
As for the closely related 2024 GSX-R1000R model, you’re looking at a spec sheet that very closely mimics the GSX-R1000′s. Most of the same advanced electronic rider aids appear here, with adjustable traction control, an IMU, Motion Track ABS, and a bidirectional quickshifter all coming standard.
But the R1000R adds launch control to the mix as well as Showa’s more advanced
Balance Free Front Fork (BFF) and Balance Free Rear Cushion Light (BFRC-Lite) suspension components, with the fork and shock absorber body receiving a gold anodized finish. Up front there are radially mounted Brembo Monoblock brake calipers grasping a pair of 320mm Brembo T-drive floating brake rotors, with stainless steel brake lines to add even more stopping power.
The GSX-R1000R also ups the ante with a model-specific, black background LCD multifunction instrument panel inspired by the GSX-RR MotoGP dash. The R model also receives a unique GSX-R1000R logo on the tail to distinguish it.
But as we’ve said, the main update for 2024 is with the paint options; the GSX-R1000R’s newest scheme is known as Glass Matte Mechanical Gray paint scheme with dark red wheels. You can also opt for the returning Metallic Matte Black No. 2 and Glass Sparkle Black scheme which now has new, bright blue graphics on the fairing and black wheels. The last option for the
By: Andrew Cherney
Title: 2024 Suzuki GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R First Look Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/suzuki-gsx-r1000-and-gsx-r1000r-first-look-preview/
Published Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2023 17:41:47 +0000
2024 Yamaha WR450F First Look Preview
Yamaha has unveiled the redesigned WR450F enduro for 2024. MSRP is $10,199 (European model shown). (Yamaha/)
Once Yamaha overhauled its title-winning YZ450F motocrosser last year, you knew it was only a matter of time before its off-road-specific version and closely related 450cc enduro cousin got the same treatment. Welp, that time came last week, when Yamaha unveiled the redesigned 2024 WR450F, a model that—like the retooled YZ—will now sport a revised chassis; a new, more powerful engine; revised ergos; and drastically improved suspension for the new model year.
And to cap it all off, Team Blue put the WR on a diet, even chipping in an updated transmission, new bodywork, and new smartphone tuning functionality as well, resulting in what’s very nearly a ground-up redesign. The bike is expected in dealers by this November, and will be priced at $10,199—just $200 more than last year.
The 2024 WR450F gets a new engine, redesigned frame, and upgraded suspension this year. (Yamaha/)
As far as redesigned components for 2024, the new WR450F benefits from the improvements in engine and chassis technology seen on the race-winning YZ450F, with a combination of increased power and a reworked, lightweight chassis along with optimized suspension components and slimmer bodywork giving this enduro—in Yamaha’s words—an even higher degree of controllability in a wide range of situations.
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The 2024 WR also has a lower seat height and is lighter than last year’s model. A flatter seat and revised ergonomics open up the riding position as well. (Yamaha/)
The devil is in the details here, and it starts with the redesigned aluminum bilateral beam frame featuring a 15mm lower head pipe joint. That allows the frame rail and tension pipe to sit lower and, along with model-specific front engine mounts, adds strength, giving the new WR450F better straight-line stability and cornering performance. Yamaha says the lower center of gravity also gives the WR450F a lighter feel for better handling and traction in tighter trail sections.
Revised KYB front suspension offers toolless adjustments this year, though travel is slightly reduced, to 11.8 inches (European model shown). (Yamaha/)
Sitting inside the new frame is a completely redesigned liquid-cooled 450cc four-stroke engine that’s lighter, more compact, and higher-revving, with improved pulling power across the entire rev range. For that you can thank internal changes, which include new exhaust and intake ports; larger 39mm diameter titanium intake valves; a new piston, cylinder, crankshaft, and balancer assembly; and a change to dry-sump lubrication. Additionally, revised ECU settings are now tailored to enhance low-end tractability to better suit trail riding, with an all-new three-level traction control system tuning the engine to maintain ideal rear wheel grip.
Footpegs are lower and lighter and the WR450F sees a new clutch and transmission for 2024. (Yamaha/)
Working in concert with the frame is a drastically upgraded KYB coil-spring-type fork with speed-sensitive damping. As before, it’s fully adjustable, but it now features a hand-operated compression clicker
By: Andrew Cherney
Title: 2024 Yamaha WR450F First Look Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/yamaha-wr450f-first-look-preview/
Published Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2023 10:00:02 +0000
2024 Honda XL750 Transalp First Look Preview
American Honda has revealed it will bring the XL750 Transalp adventure motorcycle to the US market for the 2024 model year. This new motorcycle will be available in dealers starting in October with a $9,999 price tag.
The XL750 Transalp comes to the States in 2024 with a $9,999 starting price. (Honda/)
The revived Transalp has been making the rounds overseas since its debut last year, but as with many midsize bikes, those of us stateside had to wait a bit longer to get our hands on one.
Here’s what American Honda’s manager of racing and experiential marketing, Brandon Wilson, had to say about the news in a company press release:
“As the adventure category continues to thrive and evolve, customers are more eager than ever to get out and explore. The all-new, midsize XL750 Transalp joins Honda’s iconic Africa Twin and pocket-adventurer CB500X to complete our popular True Adventure lineup, ready to deliver unforgettable outdoor experiences to US ADV enthusiasts from coast to coast.”
The new Transalp promises versatility and comfort. (Honda/)
The XL750 will come packing a 755cc Unicam parallel twin with Honda’s latest vortex airflow ducting, which improves intake airflow in the low- and midrange. It comes with high-pressure fuel injection, and nickel-silicon-carbide bore plating, similar to the setups in the CBR1000RR-R and CRF450R. According to Honda, these engine enhancements will create a highly responsive feel at the throttle, particularly down low in the rev range, and contribute to a cooler-running mill overall. Design elements like the gear-driven counterbalancer and water pump placement (inside the alternator cover) help to keep the engine as compact as possible.
The new 755cc parallel twin is designed to be compact and highly responsive in the low- and midrange. (Honda/)
The six-speed transmission is enhanced by the inclusion of FLS clutch discs, which help contribute to a 30 percent reduction in clutch drag torque. The setup also allows the system to use more oil and thereby help to improve the life span of the setup. A slip-assist clutch lightens pull at the lever as well.
A quickshifter comes standard, as does rear-wheel selectable ABS. There are five ride modes including Sport, Standard, Rain, and Gravel along with a customizable option for riders who want to dial things in to their liking. Honda also provides selectable torque control, with all the details displayed on a 5.0-inch full-color TFT display panel.
The 5.0-inch TFT display provides information on ride modes, torque control, ABS, and other bike settings. (Honda/)
It rolls on a diamond steel truss frame and is suspended by Showa suspension kit front and rear. The USD SFF-CA fork is 43mm and offers up to 7.9 inches of travel. The Pro-Link Showa shock will offer 7.5 inches of travel.
As for creature comforts, the XL750 will pack a standard rear carrier, rally-style fairing, USB-C port, self-canceling turn signals, and an optional low seat that’s 1.1 inches lower than the 33.7-inch standard seat height. Of course there will be gobs of accessories available as well, including pannier kits, protectors, taller windscreens, and more.
An XL750 Transalp with all the fixings. (Honda/)
By: Byron Wilson
Title: 2024 Honda XL750 Transalp First Look Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-xl750-transalp-first-look-preview/
Published Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2023 10:00:01 +0000
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