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Radically renewed the Honda CRF450R

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The top MX of Honda, faithful in its 2 year appointment with significant upgrades, offers as a 2015 model three engine performance options for the rider. Add to this unique feature the strength that’s offered by the improved cylinder, new exhaust, the second generation of the fork air Kayaba (PSF2) and larger front disc, and you will have a new bike. 2013 was the year of the revolutionary inverted with air KYB which staged performance of suspensions of CRF at a higher level. In the 2015 model has been placed the mature second generation PSFS2 that works best with the framework for a more direct response, improved feel and easier driving, says Honda.

Honda CRF 450R
Honda CRF 450R
Honda CRF 450R
Honda CRF 450R

The power and torque of the single cylinder have changed considerably so that the power goes down better in the dirt, thanks to the magic hands of the HRC engineers who dealt with the four valve cylinder head Unicam. Basic knowledge is transferred from the officially racing CRF of HRC, as fighting in the World MX season 2013-2014. The Honda physical remains parsimonious as to the same interventions, but we know that for example the exhaust ports now go on the right instead of left. Only the return spring in the injector body of 46 mm is replaced with a softer one, reducing the fatigue of the hands. To respond to these interventions, they redesigned the whole exhaust both the shape and volume of the final two.

Honda CRF 450R
Honda CRF 450R
Honda CRF 450R
Honda CRF 450R

Various interventions have been smaller in the gearbox, the piston and crankcase, with a view to greater reliability. For example, the left side of the sump is enhanced to the point where the bearing mounted crank. The piston has undergone a special heat treatment to withstand the increased yield. Moreover, each cog in the box except the first, are now made ​​of a nickel alloy, which is 10% more durable. Due to the redesign the exhaust, the former right fridge is now on the left.

Honda CRF 450R
Honda CRF 450R
Honda CRF 450R
Honda CRF 450R

The changes in the character of the engine are highlighted with the addition of three different mapping of the engine management. Choosing any one of these is through the button Engine Mode Select Button next to the right grip. Corresponding to the CRF250R the first configuration offers the standard yield, the second a much smoother throttle response for conditions of limited adhesion, and the third the exact opposite, a sharp and instantaneous response. The Modes 2 and 3 may be further regulated through the existing App of the HRC for reprogramming hardware and software. When Honda has maintained and improved linearity performance, which goes from low to medium and high speed without gaps, reduces the need for gear changes, especially through corners.

By Nicole P.

The new KLX150L by Kawasaki

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After the new road bike models presented for 2014, Kawasaki extends its range of dual purpose models. A new arrival in the European market, the KLX150L offers its riders off road experience, without sacrificing comfort and fun while driving on the road. So far it was available for sale in Asia, but the newest sibling of KLX450R will be available in selected European countries, in response to the increased demand for multi purpose motorcycles. The functionality was not the only factor that the engineers of Akashi had in mind when developing its KLX150L for the European market. They wanted to give something more than the racing DNA of the company’s new family member KLX.

Kawasaki KLX150L
Kawasaki KLX150L
Kawasaki KLX150L
Kawasaki KLX150L

Based on the platform of the KLX150, the KLX150L outperforms the soil, thanks to the larger diameter wheels, which were upgraded to 21” front and 18” rear. The larger wheels and increased ground clearance by 50mm ensure comfortable driving off road. The wheels are now aluminum, thus reducing the non sprung weight of 1.2kg. This option improves both acceleration and deceleration and in combination with the improved ergonomic controls, ensures more accurate handling of the motorcycle. Moreover, the number of rays in each wheel has increased from 28 to 36, which strengthens the resistance movement in the most demanding terrains and trails.

Kawasaki KLX150L
Kawasaki KLX150L
Kawasaki KLX150L
Kawasaki KLX150L

The framework has been enhanced to accept larger wheels and further improve handling of the KLX150L. The subframe has lengthened by 52mm to leave more space for the larger rear wheel. In the heart of KLX150L is an air cooled, 4 stroke, single cylinder 144cc engine with 12 hp performance. Powering assumes a conventional carburetor Keihin NCV24. The KLX150L has starter for quick and easy start while lacking the crank. The reservoir has a capacity of 7 liters giving sufficient autonomy to drive all day, combined with low fuel consumption. The exhaust emissions in line with the requirements of Euro III.

Kawasaki KLX150L
Kawasaki KLX150L
Kawasaki KLX150L
Kawasaki KLX150L

The path of the front wheel has been maintained at 175mm using telescopic fork diameter 33mm. The distinctive rear suspension of the Uni-Trak Kawasaki with compressed nitrogen has preload adjustment 5 positions, allowing riders to choose the appropriate setting according to their weight. The sporty style derived from larger enduro motorcycles, complemented by wearing a headlamp and the popular KLX250. The KX inspired two tone saddle enriches lightweight and slimline appearance KLX150L, ​​with functional non slip lining and smooth sides. Versatile both on the road and in the dirt, the KLX150L guarantees fun and ease in all conditions. It is an apt choice for young riders who make their entry into the world of motorcycle and off road driving.

By Nicole P.

Motorbikes in Movies

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Motorbikes in Movies

Two types of gears

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Two types of gears

What makes motorcycle culture so special?

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Let’s face it, there’s something alluring about owning a motorcycle and the coolest thing about it is that people who don’t have a bike themselves just don’t get it. It’s like an in-joke that only you and a few others know about.

Motorcycle

Motorcycle culture has often been a source of much inspiration for fashion, film, literature and music ever since bikes and their riders were first seen on the streets.

A biker rides his motorcycle in the same way that a knight used to ride his horse. Originally such an animal used to be a mode of transport, but then it became a status symbol. Gradually people were known by the horses they rode, just as motorcycles are today.

People come from miles away to ride alongside friends and club members and to feel a part of a team, but what helps to make it so special?

The history of motorcycle clubs

To get to the bottom of that, we must first look at the history of bikers. Motorcycles ceased to become a mere tool to get from A to B following the war as men in the US hankered for the comradeship seen in the forces. This development is where biker clubs originated.

It wasn’t long before rivalries began to develop between different biker gangs and they would hold rival views and sometimes even become territorial, especially the younger riders that weren’t involved in the military previously.

Hollywood’s role

Once trouble was brewing, it didn’t take long for Hollywood to latch on to the stories that were appearing in the press with more and more frequency. Before long, the roar of a motorcycle was synonymous with speed, drink and trouble.

This then spread to the UK and that caused friction among motorcycle enthusiasts over here.

What it means now

Thankfully, that sort of thing is no longer a problem in the UK or the US. While there are still Hell’s Angels and Outlaws that are fiercely loyal to their groups, they go about this in a peaceful way.

The British Biker Association was then established to bring enthusiasts of all ages together, regardless of what creed or society they were from.

Age holds no barrier to biking, nor does it recognise social classes, which is what helps to forge such a special bond between fellow bikers.

The wave (and other forms of etiquette that make the activity so unique)

One of the most common forms of manners or etiquette is the iconic wave between bikers. Much like with lorry or bus drivers, when you are riding along and come across other bikers, it is customary give them a wave or at least nod in their direction.

The wave shouldn’t be reserved for riders who are riding your brand of bike – it should be directed to any motorbike or scooter as a form of respect.

This might sound a bit silly, but when you see a parked motorcycle – even if the owner is right there – never sit on the bike. If you want to, then ask the permission of the rider and then you may sit on the bike if they will allow you to.

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