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Once again Suzuki has raised the level of open class sportbike performance. The 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000, it’s the reason why Suzuki has proven to be so dominate in AMA Superbike Racing: it's arguably the the most competitive out of the box package in its class.

The basic architecture of the compact 999cc liquid-cooled GSX-R1000 engine is well known, a model of race-winning design it remains the same for 2007: Bore and stroke of 73.4mm x 59.0mm, forged aluminum-alloy pistons with short skirts and cut away sides, chrome-moly steel shotpeened connecting rods, hollow dual overhead cams, and lightweight titanium valves. Add to that a close-ratio six-speed transmission with staggered transmission shafts, an adjustable back-torque limiting clutch and a gear driven secondary balancer shaft for reduced vibration.

A new more compact Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve fuel injection system is in place for 2007 with 12 smaller holes instead of four for improved fuel atomization and because the injectors are more compact and emit a finer spray, the secondary injectors can be positioned at a steeper 30 degree angle aimed directly at the intake ports for improved throttle response. Intake and exhaust ports are re-shaped and eight percent larger and exhaust valves are 2mm larger (26mm vs 24mm) to work with more aggressive camshafts and Iridium spark plugs are used for optimum combustion and longer life. Also a new Idle Speed Control (ISC) system improves cold starting and stabilizes engine idle under various conditions and larger ventilation holes between cylinders reduces pumping losses

The Suzuki Advanced Exhaust System (SAES) features equal length head pipes feeding a collector, a short mid-pipe and a unique under engine chamber that leads to two short aluminum and titanium mufflers on each side. This system nearly doubles exhaust internal volume while lowering the center of gravity, centralizes the mass and improving aerodynamics. A proven Suzuki Exhaust Tuning (SET) valve finds a home on the mid pipe and the combination of the Suzuki PAIR system, a catalyzer and a oxygen sensor equipped closed loop engine management system work in conjunction to reduce emissions and improve engine efficiency.

Controlling the new 2007 GSX-R100 is a new engine management system with massive computing power with four times the capacity of the previous models. The new ECM controls not only the fuel injection and exhaust systems but also make it possible for the rider to select from three performance settings to match riding conditions, using a three way switch mounted on the right handlebar. Engine mapping will vary for each setting and each map was developed using experience gained building racebike maps for rainy, mixed and dry conditions. Switching from map to map will be instantaneous making it possible for the rider to use different maps for different sections of the racetrack. A new self adjusting hydraulic clutch system uses a radial master cylinder and minimizes the change in clutch feel over the course of long races.

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Pirelli's New 2007 Calendar Doesn't Impress
London, Nov 16th 2006 - The much anticipated next edition 2007 Pirelli Calendar was presented to invited guests and media at Battersea Evolution Park in London this evening. The stars of this edition are four of Hollywood's hottest new actresses, one old one and one newcomer: contemporary starlets Penelope Cruz, Hilary Swank, and Naomi Watts, beloved Italian actress Sophia Loren from the 1960s, with daring newcomer Lou Dillon who is the only actress to actually appear topless in the Calendar.

The 2007 Calendar marks a questionable turning point from most recent years: the glamour and creative style that characterized recent editions is missing. This year is a move to over simplicity with a film set that looks like it was all shot in a cheap hotel room in one evening, with no makeup, styling or decent lighting. Pirelli proclaims they are returning to the simplicity of the 1960s as stylized in the classic foreign films of Pier Paolo Pasolini and Michelangelo Antonino. The use of 70 year old Sophia Loren in the Calendar is their direct link to that era, and while Sophia still looks great for her age, using the very former Italian goddess fully clothed in tight head shots in a sexy pinup calendar certainly brings the entire project to a quick halt with skid marks all over the road.

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The calendar is photographed by the Dutch duo of Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadlin in California.
The concept was to "...portray five women and their profound, secret stories revealing their most private and hidden souls." In fact it was all shot in just one bed with one sheet. The two photographers were hired for their reputation for incredible photo spreads in Vogue America, France and Italy: W magazine, and top adverting campaigns for Calvin Klein, Christian Dior and Este Lauder among many.

Most years the Pirelli Calendar does confirm its reputation as the most celebrated and artistic pinup calendar in the world. And other years you are left wondering "What's the Point?" The new 2007 Calendar is one of the disappointing years. The celebrity actresses don't look sexy or enticing, they look very bored and very overly paid for doing nothing (not even leaving Hollywood). Nothing in their souls is revealed. And it's photographed like some amateur took the photos with a pocket digital after everyone had a hard night of partying. This year it looks like Pirelli Calendar managed to masturbate away $2 million without getting anyone off but themselves.

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The GG Quad from Switzerland
An Incredibly Well Designed Bad Idea
Dec 2006 - Imagine taking the best attributes of a high performance sportbike and a world class open wheeled formula sports car and combing them together. It sounds like a really great idea on first thought and you wonder why no one ever thought of it before (or maybe did?). You 'ld have the great lightweight performance and maneuverability of a sportbike, with the incredible cornering, handling, and braking power that benefits a sports car with 4 big tire patches on the pavement.

The GG Quad is the brain child of Walter Grunter of Motorrad Technick of Switzeland who's sportbike performance company first started off designing sidecars for sportbikes. A Few years ago Walter hit off on the idea of combining the attributes of both a sportbike and a sports car into the GG Quad.

Sporting a BMW power plant and an 880 pounds dripping wet, the GG Quad has the looks and fun factor to put a smile on your face, but its 1150cc twin-cylinder boxer engine offers 95 hp at 7250 rpm and seriously down on performance compared to its 500 lb donor bike, but maximum speed is still in the in the region of 115 mph. Riders from all back grounds will find handling is extremely stable since it is a four-wheeler , even on long trips and for riding two up. Gracefulness is achieved by Gruter's addition of a limited slip differential for short drives around the city or maneuver on the open road. Catlike reflexes are achieved for the unexpected need to stop immediately with four top of the line disc brakes with 4 pistons on each brake caliper.

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The execution and design of the GG Quad's suspension and chassis is what makes this an expensive piece of eye candy, what with with aluminum billet A-arm suspensionand adjustable coil-over shocks, disc brakes at all four corners. And it's finished off with beautiful bodywork and fenders that can be ordered in stock colors, or painted to match your race team's colors or look like a Formula 1 Ferrari.

Since 2004 Walter Gunter has sold some 200 GG Quads to wealthy motorsports enthusiasts in Europe, Russia, Japan and of course, Dubai. With a base price of $49,500 this is no doubt, a rich man's toy for riding around the estate, or making champaign runs from the yacht in the harbor to the villa.

Where the GG Quad falls seriously short is in any high speed performance application, paticularly when it comes to cornering, since you've go enough rubber on the ground to pull nearly 2-G's in a corner, but nothing to keep you in the seat but your death grip on the handlebars. A 2-wheeled motorcycle leans into a corner to counteract the G forces and keeps your body weight centered on the bike, but the GG Quad is trying to whip you off like a stone skipping across water. In a 4-wheeled race car you have a shoulder harness and a roll cage to protect you in case you flip or run into something, but with the GGG Quad you've got a half ton of cart wheeling techno mass trying to crush you like a bug.

This would be an entirely more desireable vehicle if you were sitting inside a protective sportscar chassis and body with seat belts and rollover protection.

Coming with the simple motorcycle practicality of the GG Quad appears a few more flaws when you bolt on four wheels. The first is steering effort, which becomes a significant problem once you increase a motorcycle's tiny front tire 2-inch contact patch with the pavement -to an 8-times larger contact patch, now requiring a lot of physical exertion to steer. When was the last time you drove a car without power steering? And add to that the complexity of working the throttle and hand controls.

Another is problem braking effort. You know how much force it takes on the front brake lever to stop a 500 pound bike with one disc brake. Now image how much effort it's going to take to pull on four brakes at once trying to stop around 1000 pounds!

Adding power accessories like power brakes and steering to a motorcycle derived engine and chassis isn't very easy or cost effective, nor do you want to decrease the Quad's power-to-weight ratio even further. If you really want to go fast, safely, with a motorcycle engine, there are a number of sportbike powered kit cars on the market, both for the street and track. What the DD Quad offers is a beautifully constructed toy for the rich and famous to cruise slow around town to impress their friends and attract attention.
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Major metrapolitain newspapers across America like the New York Times, Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times have seen huge drops in their circulation by millions of readers in recent years because of the increased competition from TV cable news channels and the electronic media (internet).

The same holds true for motorcycle print media. In the American motorcycle market the publication most affected by declining readership is our old friend Cycle News.
From the 1970s - 1990s Cycle news was very much the only source for off-roadracing / motocross racing and roadracing news and they maintained a strong readership base around 60,000 paid readers weekly.

In 1997 the Speed TV channel was born and cabel subscribers could now get more exciting and quicker TV coverage of International and National motorcycle racing. And then around the year 2000 a number of web based news site like's Pit Lane News was born and quickly drew many more readers than print. A typical motorcycle news website like draws some 150,000 unique readers / 300,000 return monthly.

And you are getting very much the same news and information, since all the factory racing teams supply the same race reports and photos to both the print and internet media. The print media like Cycle news and Roadracing World still have their exclusive race reporters, but today you can cover a race much better by watching it on TV with cameras around the track, then standing in a corner of the track and watching bikes go by one ever 1 1/2 minutes.

A reporter at the track does have the capacity to still provide exclusive background coverage of what a team manager may be thing, who's ride is in jepardy, and who used want tire in practice. And for 10% of the hard core enthusiasts that might be imnportant. But for 90% of us its not.

Back in 2005 Cycle News saw its paid monthly readership drop to around 40,000. Then this past Novemeber 2007 their readership was reported to have dropped another 20% in just one year to 36,000. Keep in mind that over half of Cycle News readership is off road dirt and motocross. For a good indication of how many Cycle News readers are actually interested in sportbikes and roadracing you only have to look at their main competitor in that market, the monthly newspaper Roadracing World who's paid monthly circulation has remained right at around 16,000 readers these past few years.

In looking at Roadracing World you can see they have all the aftermarket product companies advertsing there to the club racers.
Cycle News doesn't get this afterarket advertising because as a weekly newspaper, they charge just as much for their ad space, but you have to pay 4-times as much to reach those same 16,000 readers for a full month in Cycle News.

Cycle News does continue to almost fully support by full page advertsing from the major motorcycle manufacturers. The reason being everyone inside the industry reads Cycle News, and its the quickest and most high profile way for the motorcycle distributors to thumb their noses at the others by touting a race win or a new modrel bike in a big, expensive 2-page color spread. When Yamaha runs a 2-page Royal Star touring bike ad in Cycle News not very many prospective buyers are seing it, but it impress the corporate honchos at American Honda and makes the Yamaha dealers feel good.

And now this past year Cycle News is geting some new and really big competiton for a couple of new motocross newspapers which have sprung up, including a bi-weekly named Motocross Illustrated. MXI uses uses former top Cycle News staffers Scott Rouseau and photographer Kinney Jones who Cycle News had to let go as their circulation dropped. MXI is alrerady doing a beeter job than Cycle news in the motocross market, so we'd expect Cycle News paid circulation to decline even further in 2007.

Cycle News has been the industry enthusiast's bible for some 38 years now. I, myself served as editor of the former Cycle News East Edition for 3 years in the early 1970's, and continued with it as their principal national motocross reporter until 1980.

More recently the print and production quality of Cycle News has improved greatly with better graphics, 4-color throughout and better paper. But circulation will continue to decline in the face of all the increased and more focused newsprint competition.
Cycle News needs to really re-invent itself, possiby with the format of a monthy magazine if it hopes to survie this decade. Leave the local race coverage to the more focused competion, and possible concentrate on broader national and international motorcycle news, tests and features.

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Hannnspree TV/Computor Monitors from Taiwan Sponsors Gresini Honda MotoGP Team for 2007
The Honda Gresini Team can count on the support of a very important partner in the challenge for the 2007 MotoGP World Championship, HANNspree, a Taiwanese Company, Market Leader, producer of TVs and LCD Monitors.

Marco Melandri and Toni Elias will be the colour bearers on track of the enthusiasm and energy that characterize HANNspree's world, synonymous for creative energy as its name says: HANN in fact is a Chinese word meaning "huge" and "infinity", Spree comes from English and means "outburst of activity".

Supersbike Models Dominate Sales in England
Dec 12th - Powersports dealers in the United Kingdom sold 118,266 motorized two-wheelers during the first 10 months of 2006, nearly equal the 118,036 units sold during the same period in 2005.

The Motor Cycle Industry Association Ltd. (MCI) represents the interests of the supply side of the UK motorcycle industry. The MCI said dealers sold 98,263 motorcycles and scooters with engines over 50cc in size and 20,003 mopeds, or two-wheelers with engines of 50cc or smaller.

In the motorcycle and scooter category, the Supersport segment accounted for 22,492 units; followed by the Naked segment with 18,749 units; Scooters, 16,388 units; Sport Touring, 9,867 units; Custom, 9,773 units; Trail/Enduro, 8,476 units; Adventure Sport/Supermoto, 8,140 units; and Touring with 3,003 units.

The ten best-selling two-wheelers in the UK during the first 10 months of 2006 were the Honda CBR1000RR with 1,964 units; Suzuki GSX-R750, 1,852 units; Yamaha YZF-R6, 1,821 units; GSX-R600, 1,820 units; GSX-R1000, 1,792 units; Kawasaki ZX-6R, 1,636 units; CBR125R, 1,585 units; Yamaha YBR 125, 1,522 units; Honda SCV 100 Lead, 1,373 units; and BMW R1200GS, 1,287 units.

The UK statistics are quite a change when compared to America where Harley-Davidson outsells all other motorccyle brands combined. Suprisingly, the Ducati 999 doesn't make the top 10 even though Ducati dominates the British Superbike Championship.

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Marty Moates, 1956-2006
Dec 8, 2006 - Marty Moates, the first American ever to win a World Championship Motocross Grand Prix on American soil, took his own life near his Carlsbad, California, home, yesterday. He was 50.

Moates, a San Diego, California, native, was 23 years old when he earned his historic victory at Carlsbad, California, on June 22, 1980, shocking the factory establishment by winning the United States Grand Prix at Carlsbad, California, aboard an LOP-backed privateer Yamaha YZ465.

"Laurens [Offner, of LOP] was really talented, and he knew how to make the bike fast," Moates commented two years ago while being interviewed in a retrospective story on the magic victory. "White Brothers did the shock, and it handled really well. It was a good bike."

Moates went 1-1 for the victory that day, stating years later that the win meant as much to him on a personal level as it did in terms of elevating the status of American motocross on the World stage.

"The one thing that really stands out to me is, my father was hurt in World War II, and he was dying at the time of that GP," Moates once said. "He never got to see me race that often. I remember going to the hospital the day after that race, and I was on the front page of the San Diego Union-Tribune. I walked in there, and my dad was reading the newspaper with all the nurses. He never got to see the ABC Wide of World Sports [telecast of the GP] because he passed away before it came out, but the joy of watching him tell the nurses, 'That's my son,' made everything worthwhile." publisher and editor Jim Gianatsis was a good friend with Marty during the 1070's when covering the sport of motocross for Cycle News. And on occassion tested Marty's race bikes for Cycle News.

The news of Moates’ passing has spread quickly throughout the motorcycle industry. Former 500cc World Champion Brad Lackey, one of the men that Moates beat en route to the 1980 Carlsbad GP win, said that Moates’ untimely passing is a tremendous loss for the motocross community.

“With Jimmy [Pomeroy] just having his accident, and now this, it’s premature to lose two of the great riders of our time,” Lackey said. “I just hope that it doesn’t come in threes.”

Lackey said that Moates’ Carlsbad victory still sticks out in Lackey’s mind.

“I definitely remember him winning, more than what my results were that day,” Lackey said. “It was a big step for America because we hadn’t won a 500 race here. It was huge, and it gave a lot of hope to the privateer guys. It showed all those privateer guys that with a little money and some good guys, that you could beat the factory teams. That was an important step. My condolences go out to all his family and friends. I’m really sorry. This is such a loss for our sport.”

After retiring from racing in 1984, Moates was successful in the motorcycle industry. He was a founding member of the No Fear clothing company in the 1990s, and more recently had headed up the FMF International clothing brand.


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