BMW Motorcycles Unveil the R18 Classic

Europeans & Americans that enjoy the tourer motorcycles have a returning model to consider for 2021. The R18 Classic has been announced by BMW, marking the largest tourer motorcycles developed by the German Automotive Manufacturer. Those considering the BMW R18 Classic will receive a nostalgic touring motorcycle, which echoes similarities associated with touring cruisers from after World War Two. Motorcyclists that select BMWs latest tourer will receive a prominent windscreen, saddlebags, passenger seat, large headlamps, and front-wheel reaching sixteen inches.

Historically speaking, BMW Motorcycles have been available to consumers for decades. Their main competitor for decades has been Honda Motorcycles, with the two competing for market share across the European Union & Asian Territories. It’d be BMW that gained excitement with consumers, with history likely repeating after introducing the R18 Classic. Motorcyclists supporting BMW have waited for a largescale cruiser that could sustain long rides throughout the European & Asian countryside’s.

Elements used with the BMW R5 have been imported into the BMW R18 Classic. Aesthetics & technological components have been included to increase performance capabilities with this largescale cruiser. BMW has selected a Boxer Engine with specialized technologies to enhance vibrations for purists.

Customization Support

Motorcyclists requiring more from BMW have customization options available with the R18 Classic. Customization was considered by engineers from early development, permitting the inclusion of a removable rear frame & demountable part system. BMW Engineers specifically designed the R18 Classic to ensure that brake and clutch hydraulic lines couldn’t be damaged while mechanics install new parts. Cable lines for the handlebars are adjustable to create higher & lower riding-style dependant on the motorcyclist.

BMW Engineers also considered the valve & belt covers, designing them in manners that permit avoidance of oil chambers. Subsequently, mechanics won’t be challenges when repairing belts on BMWs R18 Classic. What this means is that motorcyclists who want to upgrade their R18 Classic won’t be challenged with home or shop-based installations.

Motorcyclists considering the BMW R18 Classic have two options to select from, the Baseline & First Edition models. Selecting the baseline model will cost $19,495.00 in the United States of America. Choosing the First Edition model requires additional funds, with cost listed at $21,870.00. BMW isn’t issuing a release date for either model until March 2021.

2021 Lineup Announced by Zero Motorcycles

Zero Motorcycles pleased their customers & investors by announcing their lineup of two-wheeled vehicles for 2021. The Californian-established electric motorcycle manufacturer is providing consumers with a multitude of options, which focus on Off-Roading & Street riding. Two primary models are headlining the following options, making their 2021 lineup confusing for new customers entering the market. Those two models include the Zero SR/S & the Zero SR/F.

Multiple renovations in the electrical performance of the Zero Motorcycles have been implemented for 2021. The Zero SR/S & Zero SR/F have new downforce platforms, enabling the fastest speeds this manufacturer has seen since launching operations in 2017. Both models maintain 82KW Motors, allowing for speeds reaching 200km/h. This is possible through the “Zero Cypher III Operating System”, their latest electrical-output system for motorcycling.

September 27th marked the date when Zero Motorcycles released the SR/S. However, the Off-Roading SR/S wouldn’t be released until October 13th. The Zero SR/F didn’t arrive for consumer purchase until October 13th either. The odd date selection was chosen because both models maintain aerodynamic advantages 13% higher than 2020s models.

With the October 13th announcement came the revelation of two specialized packages are being offered to consumers in their purchase. This includes the Zero DRS Upgrade & Black Forest Package. Both increase the respective costs associated with the SR/S and SR/F by thousands. However, the riding capabilities received in-return are greater than ever expected.

  • The Zero DRS Upgrade: Consumers selecting the DRS Upgrade for their Zero SR/S & Zero SR/F will increase their cost-range to $11,000.00. What’s given in-return is a 14.4-kWh battery pack. This enables greater ranges at maximum speeds of 359km an hour. This is considerably faster than the standard models speed-range of 200km/h. Selecting this package adds $11,000.00 to the asking price of both models.
  • Black Forest Package Upgrade: Motorcyclists requiring an Off-Roading experience with their Zero SR/S or Zero SR/F are best suited for the Black Forest Package Upgrade. It’s manufactured identically to the DRS Upgrade, with additional enhancements surrounding ADV Riding. This creates better shock momentum when Off-Roading in rural areas. However, the extra cost to standard asking prices is extensive at $19,000.00.

The MotoBit Sentinel for Motorcyclists

Motorcyclists have wavered in their adoption of new technologies, believing that their vehicles don’t require enhancements. Few advancements have become supported by the community, with GPS Tracking being one of the few. The usage of diagnostic surveillance has caused older motorcyclists in the community to refuse to adopt new technologies. However, young riders have understood that diagnostics are needed to improve GPS Tracking. For those wanting to avoid GPS Tracking on their motorcycles can purchase the “MotoBit Sentinel”. It’s a wearable device that continues to break records in providing motorcycles with hazard warnings, road conditions, and speed traps.

Two motorcyclist enthusiast was the lifeblood behind the Austria-established MotoBit Company, which first developed the Sentinel Smartwatch in 2018. It requires the usage of Bluetooth Connectivity for communication with the MotoBit Sentinel application, which is available on Android & Apple handsets. Consumers that purchase the MotoBit Sentinel can obtain haptic feedback from their pocket, wrist, belt, or handlebars.

Why Should You Buy?

The haptic feedback permits unique features like alerting riders when group members haven potentially crashed or are losing notable speed. However, that’s allowed exclusively with fellow riders also have a MotoBit Sentinel Smartwatch.

Suggestions are provided to riders through the monitorization of location data, with the Sentinel detailing safer & faster routes. Tracking algorithms are based on the rider’s permissions, which then extends towards their riding capabilities & the local speed limit. Combating these three factors allows the MotoBit Sentinel to recommend motorcyclists the correct speeds, enabling for camera zones & speed traps to become avoided.

There’s also an emergency services feature with MotoBit Sentinel. Motorcyclists can select an emergency dispatcher & nominated contact to their smartwatch, and then send alerts to those respective individuals whenever a crash is sustained. That’s possible by the Sentinel supporting G-Force Sensors. It should be noted that for dedicated riders unconcerned with crashing & still wanting to reach high speeds, can eliminate this feature with an override option.

Most don’t know the MotoBit Company & their Sentinel smartphone. However, it’s become well-known amongst the community for maintaining incredible tracking technologies with encryption-level security. For riders that were concerned about data being stolen or tracked for secretive reasons, the benefit of encryption-level security eliminates those concerns.

Honda Motorcycles Reveals CB650R & CB500x Models

Competition has become severe for “Royal Enfield Motorcycles”, with Honda revitalizing the CB Series. Various models released under the CB Series were meant to compete against Royal Enfield during the 1960s & 1970s directly. When the REM brand became less prominent throughout the following decades, it didn’t take long for both Hondas & REMs respective models to become desirable classics. When announced that Royal Enfield Motorcycles had made a prominent return to the European & American marketspaces, Honda didn’t hesitate to report their competing lineup. The Honda CB650R & Honda CB500x have been confirmed, focusing on the nostalgia factor from the 60s to 70s.

Honda Motorcycles hasn’t shied away from the fact they’re going after Royal Enfield, working diligently to acquire their customers & eliminate what market share that REM has received. This won’t be challenging for Honda to accomplish with the CB650R & CB500x, which support larger power outputs than the Royal Enfield. It was initially expected from rumours that Honda was designing their updated CB Series after the “Rebel 300” or “Bullet 350”. Consumers interested in Honda’s latest motorcycles were pleased to learn that a fresh perspective has been taken with the CB650R & CB500x.

This means that new components, structural frames, power engine units, and much more. The approach to design & speed is entirely different when comparing the 1960s to 70s CB Series. This lineup saw a classic design with low power units. Honda has determined that powerful engines & conservative aesthetics are required for their latest motorcycles. Customers familiar with the CB Series couldn’t have asked for a better recreation, which will be drastically concerning for Royal Enfield. Evolution on design to performance is evident with the CB650R & CB500x, while REM took a more straightforward approach that has seen minor criticism from dedicated supporters of their brand.

Cost & Profit

It’s this factor that could enable Honda Motorcycles to overtake Royal Enfield in market share across the United Kingdom, European Union, and the United States. Those considering purchasing the Honda CB650R will require $10,000.00 after taxes to obtain this motorcycle. The Honda CB500x is priced lower than at $8,000.00 after taxes. With the minimal cost, it’s expected that Honda Motorcycles will earn 30% profit or lower on each sale.

Valentino Rossi Signs with Petronas Yamaha MotoGP

Italian supporters of MotoGP didn’t want to see their champion driver depart from the sport, with rumours suggesting that Valentino Rossi could retire at his older age. The 41-Year-Old confirmed on September 26th that he’s signed with Petronas Yamaha MotoGP. His newly formed contract will sustain one year, meaning that Valentino Rossi’s retirement isn’t likely to come until the 2021 MotoGP Campaign has finished.

What shocked the MotoGP community with this contract signing is that Yamaha is providing Valentino Rossi with a full-factory motorcycle, which has never been done before with a satellite team. It shows the dedication & trust that Yamaha has over Valentino Rossi, their greatest racer to date.

When questioned on the signing agreement, Valentino Rossi indicated that he’d thought extensively about continuing in MotoGP before putting pen to paper. Rossi pointed out that to dominate in MotoGP, it requires daily training & a dedicated athlete’s lifestyle. Valentino believes he can sustain this lifestyle for another year. However, at nearly 42 Years of Age, his time for retirement is coming shortly & Valentino can’t ignore the ageing facts.

Yamaha Factory Team has disposed of Rossi onto their secondary outfit, selecting Fabio Quartararo for 1st seat placement. This means that Quartararo and Rossi are switching direct seats, with Fabio competing alongside Maverick Vinales. This will give Quartararo plenty of challenges throughout the 2021 MotoGP Campaign, and either driver could live-up to the Rossie Legacy.

The Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing, Lin Jarvis, clarified that their delighted Valentino Rossi is continuing to compete in MotoGP. Yamaha’s Managing Director emphasized that supporters of the motorsport will feel similarly and that it marks the end of an iconic era. Rossi competed with Factory Yamaha Team for fifteen seasons, with his career sustaining twenty-five seasons. 2021 will celebrate his 26th & likely final. It’ll mark the longest MotoGP driver in history.

Statements from Lin Jarvis clarified that they’d guaranteed Valentino Rossi a Factory YZR-M1 if he’d move to the satellite team. It was also promised that he’d be given full support & always remain part of the Factory Yamaha Team.

Moto2 Rider Contracts COVID-19

International sports were gridlocked for months when the COVID-19 epidemic was declared a pandemic, affecting all nations worldwide. After numerous delegations with world government & sporting organizers, international sports have resumed their standard operations. This applies towards Formula One, MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3. Few drivers in these respective motorsports have been infected with the coronavirus.

Formula One has experienced one infection with Sergio Perez from Racing Point. For a prolonged period, none of the Moto Series had seen positive COVID-19 tests. That was until September 16th. It’s been revealed that Jorge Martin from the Red Bull KTM Moto2 Team has contracted the coronavirus. Receiving the positive test has placed Jorge Martin into immediate isolation for two-weeks, with all KTM teammates that had contact with the Moto2 driver being tested.

It’s suspected that Jorge Martin contracted COVID-19 from a cameraman at the Czech Grand Prix. Medical experts interviewed the cameraman, who’d reveal that he’d been filming inside the Red Bull KTM garage before learning of his infection. This cameraman proved that he was wearing the required gear and that Jorge Martin had walked closer than two metres in his vicinity. It’s an incident that requires no punishment to either Jorge Martin or the unnamed cameraman. Merely a series of unfortunate events.

It should be mentioned that a multitude of COVID-19 Safety Measures is engaged with MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3. Medical experts have guaranteed that in-place protocols can’t guarantee the protection of employed personnel & athletes. Investigations into Jorge Martins contraction revealed that the cameraman obeyed his restricted access, wore the required protective gear, and didn’t break his social bubble.

Championship Loss for Martin

Jorge Martin wasn’t the exclusive individual to contract COVID-19 at the Czech Grand Prix. An engineer mechanic working for an unnamed team tested positive for the coronavirus. Jorge Martin and the unknown mechanic, both Asymptomatic. This means that Jorge will make a full recovery without two weeks but will lose an influx of championship points. It isn’t very reassuring for the KTM Moto2 Driver, who is a notable contender to win the 2020 championship. He’s eight points behind Luca Marini, the championship leader. That’s expected to jump by twenty to thirty points.

Yamaha Releases MotoGP Themed YZF-R3

Motorcyclists that support the Monster Energy MotoGP Team, who employ the skillsets of Maverick Vinales & Valentino Rossi, can purchase a Yamaha YZF-R3 with an identical livery to their favourite drivers. This comes after a press release was issued by the Yamaha Company, confirming the “2021 Yamaha YZF-R3 Monster Energy MotoGP Edition Motorcycle”.

The announcement of this motorcycle comes after Yamaha released a 2020 version last year. It was a limited-edition vehicle that maintained identical graphics & bodywork to the Monster Energy MotoGP Teams, Yamaha R3. There are minor alterations in the design to ensure direct copies aren’t held against their MotoGP counterparts. However, the “2021 Yamaha YZR-R3” in the Monster Energy MotoGP Edition is the closest way to sport liveries similar to Valentino Rossi & Maverick Vinales.

Yamaha’s release noted that all 2020 editions were sold-out during the pre-order cycle, with similar expectations slated to follow with the 2021 Edition. Consumers that purchased the 1st-Year Editions of the Yamaha YZF-R3 MEME emphasized that visual differences between 2020 & 2021 are minimal. However, the livery that Monster Energy MotoGP Team used didn’t change over the recent campaign. It shouldn’t be surprising for potential new customers.

Cost margins associated with the 2021 Yamaha YZF-R3 MEME hasn’t altered since the 2020 Edition. Those wanting to purchase this motorcycle will payout $5,599.00 for their respective model. What is awarded to consumers is a vehicle weighing 375Lbs & maintaining a 321cc Inline Twin Engine. This combination allowed for fast speeds in the corners, and straight lines. It should be noted that fuel capacity is listed at 3.7 Gallons, at 56 Miles per Gallon. This means an average tank will sustain 333km or 207 Miles per Hour.

Purchase Methods

Those considering purchasing this vehicle cannot pre-order the “2021 Yamaha YZF-R3 Monster Energy MotoGP Edition Motorcycle”. The Yamaha Company is taking the standard approach during the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning local dealers will have an influx of stock by September 30th. Yamaha hasn’t provided an official release date for their vehicle, allowing for potential postponements. It’s recommended to call your local dealer & request a call-back when they’ve received stock of the Yamaha YZF-R3 MEME.

KTM Angers MotoGP Grid with Engine Development Announcement

The Aprilia & KTM MotoGP teams have been granted a special exemption from the “Engine Development Freeze 2020-21”. This means that engineers can continue development on their imposed upgrades, with the majority of MotoGP teams not being granted the same privilege. Dorna Sports confirming this announcement puts Honda, Ducati, Yamaha, and Suzuki at a notable disadvantage for the upcoming 2021 Campaign. It also goes directly against a signed agreement between all MotoGP teams, which stated that all manufacturers would freeze the development of upgrades for cost-saving measures. Aprilia & KTM have abandoned that signed agreement.

Several manufacturers in the MotoGP have grown angry over the confirmation that Aprilia & KTM have been exempted from the agreement. There wasn’t prior notice given to the several contesting manufacturers, which goes against Dorna Sport & MotoGP protocol. Inside sources than attended the meeting where KTM and Aprilia were granted exemption noted that both teams are creating advanced power units for the upcoming season. Sources suggest pacing of their upgraded engines will be unlike anything previously seen in MotoGP. This will make it impossible for championship drivers Marc Marquez & Valentino Rossi to compete admirably in the 2021 MotoGP Campaign.

Revelations Revealed

KTM & Aprilia responded to the backlash seen on August 28th to 30th, revealing that the original proposal from the MotoGP Manufacturers Association was to allow the continuation of their development. KTM & Aprilia felt forced into signing the second agreement, requesting that Dorna Sports abide by the first proposal. The Grand Prix Commission Association also got involved in this matter, revealing that they’ll impose fines onto KTM & Aprilia.

The GPCAs press release indicated that any MotoGP manufacturers that don’t meet the agreed-upon concessions for the 2021 Campaign would be imposed fines. Homologation regulations will be present, with technical directors for the Grand Prix Commission Association promising their appearances at all 2021 MotoGP events. This means that KTM & Aprilia will payout notable fines for refusal to abide by the “2021 Engine Development Freeze”. Dorna Sports appears the only entity that’s standing behind KTM & Aprilia, with the MotoGP Manufacturers Association and Grand Prix Commission growing unforgettable hated to these outfits. Rulebreakers aren’t permitted in the exclusive MotoGP Series.

MotoGP Champion Discusses Recovery

The reigning champion of the 2019 MotoGP Campaign has begun discussing his recovery, which comes after Marc Marquez experienced a significant injury at the 2nd Grand Prix for the 2020 Campaign. After breaking his arm, the Repsol Honda driver is being sidelined until October. This means Marc Marquez can’t become the 2020 MotoGP Champion, creating excitement for thousands of fans but disappointment for so many others.

Marc Marquez showed his dedication towards MotoGP after attending the first Grand Prix of 2020, where a crash would be sustained during Qualifying & force Marquez into immediate surgery. A titanium plate what inserted into his arm 24-Hours after the initial impact, and was later found to have been installed incorrectly. That’s why Marquez had a secondary crash at the 2nd Round of Jerez 2020, creating additional damage & forcing the champion out for MotoGP’s remaining Grand Prix’s.

There was hope that Marc Marquez would return for the Italian Grand Prix in September, with doctors believing that the Champs injuries would heal before Misano. After learning that Marquez’s titanium plate had been incorrectly placed & created additional damage to the driver, that timeframe was re-evaluated. It’s now expected that Marc Marquez won’t return until the “Grand Prix of Europe at Circuit Ricardo Tormo” on November 8th. That would give Marquez three Grand Prix’s to rally points in the championship, something impossible for the reigning champion to reacquire.

The DAZN Sports Interview

When questioned by DAZN Spain on how being sidelined in 2020 feels, Marc Marquez noted that watching MotoGP from his sofa has been challenging & that he’d rather be on the paddock. The Spaniard did note that it’s an associated risk to his career and that after eight seasons in MotoGP, a strange season full of unexpected problems was inevitable. Marquez finalized his statements with DAZN Sports that he’ll continue to follow the advice of doctors until returning to racing. This comes even after previous recommendations from the same medical staff were incorrect & forced Marquez to experience potentially lifelong damage to his right arm. We’ll keep our readers updated on when Marc Marquez will return to Repsol Honda in 2020.

Johann Zarco Undergoes Surgery After MotoGP Incident

MotoGP’s Austrian Grand Prix on August 16th proved eventful, and life-threatening. Four drivers found themselves risking their lives unintentionally after Johann Zarco & Franco Morbidelli crashed horribly into one another. It resulted in both their motorcycles gliding through Valentino Rossi & Maverick Vinales, missing both drivers by 100s of a millisecond. Both Rossi and Vinales rode away unscathed from the unexpected incident, with Zarco & Morbidelli not being so fortunate. Johann Zarco underwent surgery on August 20th after his wrist was fractured in multiple locations.

Johann Zarco is the individual that prompted this horrific incident, prompting substantial backlash against the “Avintia Ducati Racing” driver. Zarco under-braked on the 2nd to 3rd corner after going slightly wide on Lap Nine, resulting in Franco Morbidelli to hit the back end of Johann’s Ducati. Both men flew from their vehicle & the motorcycles spun towards the barriers. The impact of these motorbikes against the walls prompted threw them towards Maverick Vinales & Valentino Rossi, who both were located to the left-hand side of corner three.

Franco Morbidelli & Johann Zarco are privileged to walk away from this horrific incident with minor injuries. Out of the two riders, Morbidelli came out unscathed with small lashes & bruises. Tests completed on August 18th for Johann Zarco revealed a fractured scaphoid of the right wrist, prompting an immediate operation at an unknown medical facility in Italy. Johann Zarco hopes to return by August 22nd for the Styrian Grand Prix – Qualifying Session. It’s highly unlikely that the wrist surgery from August 20th will have healed to a racing-capable degree in 48 hours.

The standard procedure used in such instances that bones are immediately required for healing was given to Johann Zarco. This means a screw & metal plate has been placed against his broken bone. It alludes the body into thinking a vital body part isn’t that damaged, permitting faster healing, and almost immediate usage.

Reactions of Franco Morbidelli

It should be mentioned an influx of hatred from Franco Morbidelli has been directed towards Johann Zarco. Morbidelli claims that Johann is “Half a Killer” and shouldn’t be permitted to compete going forward. These attacks are personal from Franco, with Maverick Vinales & Valentino Rossi mentioning that competing riders must calm down going forward. However, no direct attacks were made towards Johann Zarco. How the grid reacts to his inevitable return will be interesting for MotoGP enthusiasts.

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