Saturday, October 17, 2009

Another credit crunch victim

Erik Buell has announced on thursday that Buell Motorcycles has both knees down. Yet another credit crunch aftermath victim. What Buell Motorcycles brought to the market since 1983 has always been debatable. Erik Buell and his team have certainly produced some of the most oddly designed motorcycles, but they undoubtly tried to pull the technology up with these, providing inovative solutions to mass production like in-frame reservoirs or perimetrical brake discs.
Harley Davidson is having one of the worst years in history and that probably lead them to drop partnership with Buell. If you're looking for a definition for the "sad man" expression, then you probably should look at this video.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Yamaha racing videos

These videos have been around for a couple of weeks now, but there are unlucky guys that haven't spoted them yet. For those one, here are 2 videos made by Yamaha Racing (including the MotoGP and Superbike programs) that will undoubtly make you laugh ... Well it worked for me ...
My favorite one is without a doubt the one that pictures Ben Spies, because :
- first, you get to learn the man out of track and he looks like a good bloke
- second, it' not every one that would mock himself, especially if he's great champion
- third, it's definitly well made and funny

Check out the second one too, because Colin Edwards' actor talent is an absolute must see.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

It smells oil and it's a bit rusty but ...

... damn how good it is. Back in mid september I went to the Croix-en-ternois circuit to attend to the anual CAIMAN meeting with a mate of mine. It's nothing far from a conventional trackday but one only sees old riders on sometimes even older bikes. The bike range was great as it's always nice to see all of these old motorcycles in one place. And for once in Croix, the weather was sunny-not-windy, which is rather rare down there.

Here are a couple of pics from the event (this is only part 1). Enjoy !

LSL umbauten

Check out LSL website to have a quick glance at some amazing project bikes built with their products. Look at this moded Speed Triple. If I didn't want to keep it close to standard, that's not far from what'll do to mine.

Guintoli to race in WSBK !

After a promising year in BSB - probably the most desputed championship after WSBK itself - and huge crash that kept him away from a bike for several months, Sylvain Guintoli is back on some wheels and announced to race in World Superbike series. He'll be riding with team mate Lean Haslam (yet another more than promising britt') replacing Max Neukirchner for Suzuki Alstare team !
Sylvain's back on a world level. Let's wish him luck, podiums and wins for the upcoming season.