Chip Yates to Bring Electric Motorcycle to Pikes Peak

chip_yates_swigz_racingGet ready for history to be made. Chip Yates and the Swigz Racing Team will be heading to Pikes Peak this year, where they will be competing with an electric motorcycle. But don’t think that they are going to be satisfied with just competing. Yates has proved that his motorcycle can not only compete with petrol bikes, but it can keep pace and win.

Yates made history earlier this year when he competed at the Auto Club Speedway against petrol bikes in a WERA race. Yates showed that his bike was more than capable to keep up with the gas machines, as he scored two podiums over the weekend.

But a new day brings a new challenge, and Yates and his team will now be heading to Pikes Peak.

“The SWIGZ.COM Pro Racing Team is ecstatic to have been invited by Pikes Peak International Hill Climb officials to compete in this epic event,” said Yates. “The course is almost completely paved, but I will be challenged by several miles of dirt in the middle of the climb and I’ll be calling on my previous SCCA Pro Rally driving experience to get safely through the lower grip sections. Our engineers are busy developing new traction control software and mapping that will automatically adapt based on my position on the mountain.”

Yates and his team will participate at an official two-day closed test at Pike’s Peak on June 4th and 5th before the 89th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 26th.

“We are thrilled to have Chip on the Hill this year with his amazing bike,” said Hill Climb motorcycle referee Sonny Anderson. “Our Exhibition PowerSport Division is designed for new technology, and what he brings is exactly that. Our fans are in for something special.”

Yates will maneuver his motorcycle up a 12.42 mile, 156 turn mountain course, The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is designed for powerful trucks, cars, and dirt capable motorcycles. But Yates feels pretty good about his chances.

“Two key benefits of our electric power train will really help me climb from 9,390 feet all the way up to the 14,110 foot summit,” Yates said. “First, our superbike makes 240 horsepower at sea level and 240 horsepower at 14,110 feet. We do not suffer any power loss due to elevation, while gasoline-powered vehicles will lose around 30% of their power at the top.

“Secondly, our 365 ft/lbs of torque is available from 0 rpm as soon as I open the throttle – with few straight sections, we don’t have to wait for revs to build up in order to blast off the course’s 156 turns and tight corners.”

What Yates has accomplished aboard his electric motorcycle has already put most of the motorcycle world in awe. His attempt to climb Pikes Peak is ambitious, but well within the wheelhouse of Yates and the Swigz Racing team.

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MotoGP Jerez Statistics: History Favors Rossi

Jerez_CircuitThis weekend the MotoGP riders will square off in Jerez for the second round of the 2011 MotoGP season. It is the first European round of the 2011 season, and a favorite among the MotoGP paddock.

Valentino Rossi – The Spanish GP may be a favorite among riders, but the Jerez circuit has been especially kind to Valentino Rossi.

Rossi has earned 6 premier class wins at the Jerez track. Two additional victories in the 125cc and 250cc classes give “the Doctor” 8 total wins at Jerez. Rossi has also earned a few podium finishes at the Spanish track. Out of his 11 starts in Jerez, Rossi has only been off of the podium twice.

Jorge Lorenzo – But Rossi isn’t the only person who holds the Jerez track in a special place. His former teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, also has fond memories of Jerez.

Lorenzo made his MotoGP debut in the 125cc class at Jerez. Lorenzo missed the opening qualifying session because he was too young, but he turned 15 before Q2 and got his first chance to race in front of 100,000 fans.

Lorenzo earned the pole position in 2008 and 2009, but it wasn’t until last year that he took his first premier class victory ahead of Dani Pedrosa.

Dani Pedrosa – Pedrosa has raced at Jerez 5 times, and each time he has either won or come in second. He scored a 2nd place finish on his MotoGP debut in 2006, and took his first Jerez win in 2008. Pedrosa led every lap during the 2010 race, but was overtaken by Lorenzo on the final lap.

Casey Stoner – Stoner hasn’t had as good of luck at Jerez, but with the way that he’s racing this season, that could easily change this weekend. Stoner has only one podium finish at Jerez, which came in 2009.

Loris Capirossi – If anyone knows the Jerez track like the back of their hand it’s Loris Capirossi. Capirossi has raced on the Spanish circuit 22 times. But despite his experience at the Jerez track, Capirossi has only mustered up one victory.

A few other stats from around the grid.

  • This will be Cal Crutchlow’s first time at the circuit.
  • Nicky Hayden’s one Jerez victory came during his 2006 championship campaign.
  • Andrea Dovizios has never finished above 8th at Jerez.
  • Toni Elias won the Jerez race last year for the Moto2 class.

The Jerez circuit has been home to some fantastic MotoGP races, and we will likely witness one more this weekend.

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AGVSport Solare Men’s Textile Jacket

Solare – Men’s Textile Jacket ($99.00)

The Solare by AGVSPORT is a 100% polyester textile and mesh jacket. It features a full mesh chest, belly, back and front of arms for maximum cooling on hot days.It also has full mesh lining and moisture wicking material in the collar for maximum rider comfort.  The Solare features inside horizontal and vertical pockets, one of which is designed to be used as a media pocket.  It also has two front hand warmer pockets.  The YKK zippers have extra-long zipper pulls for easy access to your pockets.

Several safety attributes are on the AGVSport Solare.  It has CE approved shoulder and elbow protectors and 8mm thick memory foam back pad. The Solare jacket’s visibility is enhanced with reflective piping on the front and rear of the jacket. The Solare contains heavy duty seam construction for maximum tear resistance.

There are many fit and style options on the Solare.  The AGVSport Solare Jacket has sleeve gather straps on each arm and adjustable Velcro waist tabs.  It also has two position cuff snaps.  The jacket comes in florescent yellow, black, silver, blue, and red.  The Solare is available in sizes S-XXXL.

The EX: An Extreme Screwdriver Powered Trike

excentricityWhat do you get when you put four German design students in a room together with two screw drivers? An 18 MPH face-to-the-road death mobile.

The EX was designed by four German design students at HFBK University of Fine Arts Hamburg for a screwdriver race competition.

The students, Nils Ferber, Sebastian Auray, Ruben Faber, and Ludolf von Oldershausen, built the tricycle / skeleton sled / death mobile out of two Bosch 18-volt screwdrivers and a couple of spare parts.

“Eccentricity is defined as a deviation from what is ordinary or customary,” said the “EX” team in a statement. “To match this definition we couldn´t just modify an existing vehicle but had to start designing something new from scratch. The result is a completely new driving concept: The driver lies headlong on his three-wheeled vehicle and accelerates the “EX” with sprawled out arms up to 30 km/h.”

The screwdrivers are mounted near the rear wheel and simultaneously power the chain. Upfront there are controls to brake and accelerate, but steering is a little more difficult.

Nils Ferber, one of the students who designed the EX, says that you have to wiggle your body in order to steer.

“Steering with the spine-shaped joint is very different from holding a steering wheel or handle bar,” said the “EX” team. “You have to use your whole body to tilt and bend the vehicle.”

The EX may not be the fastest ride available, but you’d be hard pressed to find something more extreme.

You can read more about the EX and see more photos here.

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Are You Indelibly Loyal to Your Motorcycle Brand?

TatDucI am not a tattoo guy. Likewise, I am not a big fan of some of the biker culture’s obsession with morbid, skull and bones body ink. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for personal expression. It’s just not my thing. However, I saw something at a recent motorcycle event that struck me.

It was a guy with a big Triumph motorcycle tattoo on his forearm.This got me thinking – as much as I love motorcycles, would I ever have the level of commitment to a single marquee that I would make the relationship…well, permanent? For me, the short answer is no. I have owned and enjoyed Ducatis, Triumphs, Nortons, BMWs, Guzzis, and every Japanese brand.

There have even been times that I thought I would stick permanently to a single brand. The problem is I am an experimenter. In my motorcycling eyes, the grass is always greener. I have never been able to stick to a single brand or even nationality of motorcycle.

However, you have to have some modicum of respect for someone who displays their love for a brand with an indelible body display. Think about it – if you are sporting a Ducati tattoo, could you be seen on a Yamaha? If you have Harley eagle on your arm, could you still pilot a BMW?

My son has a tattoo professing his love for his “Mamma.” That’s a familial bond that will never be broken. He also rides a Suzuki. If he’s anything like me, that motorized relationship will only last until he sees a new, more interesting ride.

Anyway, here are some of the more unique motorcycle brand tattoos that I have found. The question to you is – would you ever feel compelled to brand yourself with a…brand?


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