It’s All in the Helmet – Arai Helmets Dominate AMA Pro Racing

arai_helmets If you’re comparing racers, or debating about how someone has a better chance of winning a race, you’re probably going to talk about their bike. About the engine, the tires, the brakes, etc… But what if I told you that it all comes down to the helmet.

Sure, I wouldn’t be telling the whole truth, but I could still make a compelling case. Riders wearing Arai Helmets this year won four of the five AMA Pro Racing Championships.

Arai helmets were worn by the champions in the Superbike, Daytona Sportbike, SuperSport East, and the XR-1200 series this year. Arai racers also claimed three second place finishes in the five classes.

In the Superbike series, Arai helmets claimed 15 of 19 wins. 7 of those wins came from the AMA Superbike champion, Josh Hayes. 5 came from Tommy Hayden, and the other three from Blake Young. It was Arai’s first Superbike championship since Nicky Hayden won in 2002.

Arai also helped Elena Myers claim her historic win in the Supersport division this year.

So is it all in the helmet? No, there are plenty of other things that go into making a championship racer. But it doesn’t look like wearing an Arai helmet hurts.

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Brammo’s 2011 Enertia Plus – An Electric Bike With an 80 Mile Range

Brammo_motorcycleThe biggest drawback to an electric motorcycle is the range. (That and the lack of rumble, speed, and testosterone. But mainly it’s the range.) But Brammo is getting close to solving the problem of range with it’s 2011 Enertia Plus.

The 2011 Enertia Plus will double the range of the 2010 model, and will be able to travel 80 miles before it needs to be recharged. So yeah, the electric motorcycle isn’t set for cross country touring just yet, but the Enertia has more than enough juice to get you to and from the office everyday.

The Enertia Plus even comes with optional GIVI hard bags, so you know that Brammo has their eyes set on long distance travel.

The 2011 Enertia Plus will be sold for $8995. Brammo is sweetening the deal by allowing people to place no money-down cancellable pre-orders. They will also pick one of the first 1000 pre-orders to win a free Enertia Plus.

The 2011 Enertia Plus will be revealed on November 2nd at the 68th EICMA in Milan, Italy.

You can find out more about the Enertia Plus at Brammo.com.

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Crutchlow Tests Out the M1 in Japan

motogp_crutchlow_m1 Cal Crutchlow isn’t wasting anytime to start preparing for his switch to the MotoGP. Crutchlow just wrapped up his World Superbike season, but he’s already doing testing with Yamaha’s M1 motorcycle.

Crutchlow finished fifth in the World Superbike series this year for the Yamaha Sterilgarda team, and was awarded the “Rookie of the Year” award. But Crutchlow is now ready for a new challenge, and will be stepping up to the MotoGP class next year.

Crutchlow did a day and a half of testing on the YZR-M1 at the track in Fukuroi, Japan. Mixed weather made it a difficult testing session, but both Yamaha and Crutchlow were excited about the new partnership.

“The M1 felt a lot smaller than my Yamaha R1 Superbike,” said Cal Crutchlow. “I actually found the positioning more comfortable than the WSB machine. There is a lot of power but it feels very useable, it felt very different to a production based machine in terms of its delivery. In the wet we used the normal steel brakes but when it started to dry I had a chance to try the carbon ones which were cool, I managed to get quite comfortable with them. I found the chassis very stiff, it was really easy to change direction and the electronics were really different, even more advanced than the high level I’m used to in Superbike! It was a shame the weather wasn’t great so I wasn’t able to push to the bike’s full potential. I’m really looking forward to the Valencia test so I can get back on it and give it a proper work out!”

Crutchlow will get another chance to ride the M1 on November 9th, when he does testing with the Yamaha team in Valencia. Next year, Crutchlow will be joining Colin Edwards on the Yamaha Monster Tech3 team in the MotoGP.

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Troy Bayliss Races on Two Wheels Again

Grafton-Inverell CycleClassic logo Australian motorcycle racing superstar Troy Bayliss is back in competition again, but this time he will not have an engine or even a motor to provide power for him. This time he will be using his own mental and physical abilities to tackle one of the most challenging bicycle races the world has. The 50th running of the Grafton-to-Inverell Cycle Classic will take place on 23 October 2010 in New South Wales, Australia. The race is a 228 Km (154 miles) endurance event which pushes competitors up over 1100 meters (3609 feet) in elevation – an incredibly grueling route which riders must complete in less than 9 hours.

We all know the Bayliss history; three FIM World Superbike Championships for Ducati in 2001, 2006 and 2008, he mentored MotoGP Champion Casey Stoner, and four years in the FIM MotoGP Championship with Ducati and Honda. Since his official retirement, he has been traveling the world on behalf of Ducati and has even been rumored to be joining the Australian V8 Supercars series. With the four wheelers he signed with Triple F Racing alongside Dean Fiore for two long- Troy Bayliss Ducati 2008 distance events.

For his attempt at the Grafton-to-Inverell, Bayliss has approached just as he did his motorcycle racing. He is fit and has teamed up with former Tour de France rider and Australian road champion Nick Gates as his coach and training manager. Gates and Bayliss have known each other for most of their lives, so the match is a good one.

Bayliss will face tough competition at this event, but Gates believes that at the pace he is riding now, Bayliss could get a top 10 result. If we have learned anything about #21, we know he will give his absolute best.

Written by J.C. Current, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Ian Lowry May Return to British Superbike Championship

Ian Lowry in Relentless Suzuki Colors Though he left the series in order to take a brief stint on the Paul Bird Kawasaki team competing in the FIM World Superbike Championship, it appears that Ian Lowry will be returning home to the British Superbike Championship. He paid a visit to the Oulton Park circuit at the final BSB round in order to discuss his future with two as-of-yet un-named squads. Since he did spend most of the 2010 season without a steady seat in any motorcycle racing series, this news is most welcome to him and his fans throughout the world.

Lowry had already been back on a British circuit earlier this season when he was asked to ride for the factory Kawasaki team at the August Brands Hatch meet riding alongside Tom Sykes, also coming in from World Superbike. Sykes had a great weekend, and Lowry managed one tenth and two eleventh place finishes on the unfamiliar to him ZX-10R. It was that race which led Lowry to the Paul Bird WSBK team and his first race for them at the Nurburgring in Germany. Just days ago, Lowry was at the annual Sunflower Trophy race at Bishopscourt where he placed a respectable second overall to winner and six-time champion Michael Laverty; in 2009, Lowry won the Sunflower himself.

Lowry is remaining tight-lipped about which team he may join, but it certainly looks like he will be in the BSB Championship in 2011. He is hoping to have everything finalized in the next few weeks so that he can focus on staying fit over the winter months. We should know more soon…

Written by J.C. Current, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com