Ride Scotland June issue is LIVE

Ride Scotland magazine June 2018. What’s the latest motorcycle news? Royal Enfield’s Pegasus special edition and a whole lot more!

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A new generation of KTM SX is here!

A new generation of ground-breaking motocross technology is here with the KTM SX model year 2019 range.

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In keeping with KTM’s READY TO RACE promise, these world-beating, ultra-light machines have been radically refined to ensure KTM continues to lead the way in the offroad market. The latest models, from the KTM 50 SX for the youngest orange fans right up to the Motocross World Championship winning KTM 450 SX-F powerhouse, are currently being launched at the home track of KTM’s champion Tony Cairoli in Malagrotta, Italy, and will be available in dealers soon.

Triumph Motorcycles announces official custom competition winner

Triumph Motorcycles UK has announced its official Custom Competition winner who has won the opportunity to display their bike on the Triumph stand at the Bike Shed London Show later this month.

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With over 500 votes from the public across Triumph’s Facebook and Twitter channels, Mark Drury’s highly-modified 1984 Triumph T110 took first place just ahead of runner-up Mark Brown’s impressive Thruxton R.

Held at London’s historic and beautiful Tobacco Docks on 25-27th May, Drury’s T110 will line up alongside over 200 curated custom motorcycles including the prestigious GQ Barbour International Thruxton R, Dapper Bonnie DGR100, Triumph’s Spirit of ’59 customs designed by contemporary urban artist Dean Stockton (a.k.a. D*Face) and other Triumph one-offs.

Stockton will also be on the Triumph stand at Bike Shed London on Sat 26th from 1pm – 4pm so fans can meet him and find out more about his collaboration with Triumph.

Martin Hough, Marketing Manager of Triumph Motorcycles UK, said: “We’re really looking forward to the 2018 Bike Shed London Show. It’s the perfect opportunity to showcase our fantastic range of factory customs and gorgeous modern classics. The event is extremely family friendly, safe for kids, and enjoyable even for non-riders.”

 

Top Speed and wheelie event this weekend

The winner usually does over 210mph one kilometre wheelie!

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Straightliners  “Top Speed and wheelie event this weekend” sees the launch of a first ever 1/4 wheelie competition which is to introduce motorbike riders to high speed wheeling and to encourage them to enter the tougher Motorcycle World Wheelie Championships at the same venue in August. 

What: Straightliners  “Top Speed and wheelie Weekend”

When: 19th & 20th May

Where: Elvington Airfield, Halifax Way, Elvington, North Yorkshire, YO41 4AU. 

The Top Speed meeting runs over two days (Saturday and Sunday). While Straightliners make great efforts to have it’s events open to all, this event is regulated by the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU). To compete for a national record participants must hold an ACU race licence, pass official scrutineering (safety controls) and be a Straighteners Events member. This event is open to all bikes, cars, mono-wheels and three wheelers. All speed attempts by competitors are electronically timed, recorded and published by the UK Timing Association (UKTA). They can be submitted to the various speed record bodies such as Guinness World Records.

(Photo: Phil Evans)

Yamaha and Workhorse Speed Shop Set Their Sights on Sultans of Sprint

Custom bike builder extraordinaire Brice Hennebert puts the Workhorse Speed Shop on the task of taking top honours at Sultans of Sprint Factory class with their custom-built Yamaha XSR700.

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Yard Built custom bikes are usually made to inspire our customers; to make their XSR900, XSR700, XV950R or SCR950 unique. For this project, Yamaha is breaking the rules. This XSR isn’t a bike built for standing still, this is a bike Brice built to be a sprint dominator. Low, long and fast as hell, the Workhorse Speed Shop have taken their Yamaha and pulled out all the stops. The engine to the chassis and every point in between has been tweaked, tuned, pulled to pieces and put back together to squeeze every bit of performance from one of custom buildings most versatile models.

As a competition bike, there are obvious restrictions laid down about what can be changed and what lines a builder needs to work within. Brice still had room to manoeuvre. The fully handcrafted aluminium body cuts a mean silhouette in classic Yamaha blue and yellow, a tribute to the 1985 FZR 750 Bol d’Or Sonauto ridden by Christian Sarron. The frame dropped a full 150mm and the footpegs were shifted back. The custom-built Workhorse swingarm extends an extra 100mm and turns this beast into a low-down dragster dream.

The XSR700 will have the smallest engine of all the bikes in the Factory Class. But, we start the competition with a strong advantage, a very low weight and an impressive torque. The crankshaft has been balanced, the oil circuit modified and the counterweights supressed. With a Suter antihopping clutch and a modified injection body; this is a whole new powerhouse.

Amongst the high-end parts putting this build into the stratosphere are a carbon battery, a full racing brake system, clutch control, a front and rear master cylinder as well as a NOS system with Max Extreme Nitrous Controller. The paintjob was supplied by Matthias Van Brussel and the seat and jacket mods are straight from the mind of Jeroen Bauwmeister from Silver Machine.

“What can I say about this bike?” commented Antoine Clémot, Yamaha Motor Europe Motorcycle Product Manager. “It’s fast, it’s low, it’s mean, it’s a lot of fun and we think it’s a winner. Events like the Sultans of Sprint really bring new vibes to the Sport Heritage segment with a subtle mix of fun and performance. We love to see these amazing bikes getting outside of static shows to race full throttle. They’re all about individual expression and making crazy designs and then getting together and sharing them. The Workhorse bike, it’s got that old-school Yamaha feel with the FZR750 Suzuka style body, it has bespoke everything and it just looks really unique. I’m excited to see what it does, but I’m already proud to be a part of the build.”

All that deliciousness is aimed directly at the Sultans of Sprint events running this year. Anyone with petrol in their veins should be aware of Sultans of Sprint but in case you need to get caught up, here it is. Each year hundreds of like-minded madmen and madwomen get together to race real fast in a straight line. They are events revolving around fine design, speed and above all else, fun! The Sultans of Sprint will be held at The Reunion in Italy from May 19th to the 20th, then Biker’s Classics in Belgium from June 29th to July 1st, Glemseck, Germany from August 29th to September 2nd and finally the Dandy Riders Festival in France from the 23rd to the 24th of September. If you’re lucky enough to attend an event you’ll see some outrageous designs put forward by passionate people.

The Workhorse XSR700 custom dragster will be piloted by a different guest rider for each event, with the first round featuring the legendary Niccolò Canepa, the first Italian rider to win an FIM Endurance World Championship title after lifting the 2016/2017 title in just his second season with the GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Team.

Eisenberg smashes world-record for fastest bike on sand at Pendine Sands

Eisenberg reached a top speed of 201.572mph at the Straightliners Speed Event on Pendine Sands today.

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Superbike racer Zef Eisenberg has today broken the land-speed record on sand at Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire with a top speed of 201.572mph. He becomes the first man in history to break the 200mph barrier on any motorbike or car at this unique, world renowned racing venue.

His victory comes just over 18 months after breaking the land-speed record for a turbine bike at Elvington in Yorkshire, which resulted in him crashing at over 230mph, and being hospitalised for more than three months.

His record achievement comes as a result of months of preparation at his workshop in Guernsey where he is supported by a dedicated engineering team, who precision designed, altered and prepared his MADMAX supercharged ‘Green Monster’ Hayabusa bike to command high speeds on sand.

Racing quickly on sand is notoriously difficult, and very different to racing on tarmac. That is because at higher speeds it is possible for the bike to lose grip or dig the front wheel into the sand and throw riders.

Pendine Sands has a heritage of famous record-breaking racing. The beach has hosted record-breaking attempts since 1900s. The first person to use Pendine Sands for a world land-speed record attempt was Malcolm Campbell; in 1924 he set a world land speed record of 146mph on Pendine Sands in his car Blue Bird. Enthusiasts and professionals have used the beach for record breaking ever since.

Zef Eisenberg said: “What can I say? I’m elated! My team and I knew that if the conditions were right and our custom-made bike performed as it should then we’d have a chance of breaking what has long been described as the ‘holy-grail’ of sand-speed racing records. I can’t thank my friends, family and team enough for their support. It’s hard to contemplate how a little over 18 months ago I was lying in intensive care after narrowly surviving a near death racing accident to this. I definitely prefer breaking records to breaking bones! Particularly when that record is achieved one one of the worlds’ most eminent off-tarmac racing venues on the planet.

“Pendine Sands is a notoriously difficult race track. Competitors have no idea what the surface is like until the tide goes out. We will not know what to expect until the morning on Saturday and Sunday. You then have about 6 hours to achieve your record, before the tide returns it to a stormy sea.

“But it’s not just the weather conditions and the engineering you have to worry about: as Pendine is a Ministry of Defence test fire site, you’ll often end up encountering unexploded ordinances alongside giant washed-up jellyfish!”

Eisenberg’s world record achievement coincides with the sixth annual ‘Hot Rod Races’, which has become the most important amateur racing event in Europe. The event attracts participants from across the globe, bringing cars and bikes are often built just to break class records at the event.

Serial record breaker Eisenberg holds several existing records, including the world’s fastest turbine bike (234mph), the world’s fastest turbine-powered “streetfighter” (upright bars, no fairings, 231.6mph), and the UK’s fastest no-fairing “naked” bike (225.6mph). Before moving into autosports, Eisenberg founded household-name protein brand Maximuscle, which was sold to GSK.

Today’s triumph adds yet another world record to the MADMAX Racing Team’s roster of achievements. The MADMAX Race Team has designed many of the world’s most powerful, road-legal jet-engine and V8- powered motorbikes, quads, karts and more. The brand was founded by Eisenberg to build bespoke superbikes and other vehicles for discerning clients.

Eisenberg attempted to break the 200mph barrier on sand last year, but his attempt was cut short by bad weather. 

 

Ducati Glasgow launch 1100 Scrambler

Inventive, youthful and free-spirited.

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That’s how Ducati describe the 1100 Scrambler, and that’s exactly how Ducati Glasgow celebrated the Scrambler Spring break Open Day on Saturday 12th May at their award-winning showroom in Hillington Park, Glasgow.

Creative, youthful and spirited, the new Ducati Scrambler is more than just a motorcycle, the Ducati Scrambler is a brand which enhances creativity, self-expression and the sharing of positive emotions. It is a universe of fun, joy and freedom made of motorcycles, accessories and apparel.

To celebrate this lifestyle, and with a Scrambler Spring Break theme, Ducati Glasgow were generously giving away Scrambler neck tubes, posters and more, had a Foosball League in their cafe with prizes for the winners, a DJ playing customer requests throughout the day and Welcome to the Workshop Tours guided by Managing Director, Martin Rees.

Martin Rees commented, “The most important thing about our Spring Break Open Day was for staff and visitors to have a great time. We wanted to show we’re not just an exclusive Ducati store, we also like to have fun, get involved, show a bit of self-expression – a bit like the Scrambler brand itself.”

Ducati Glasgow also gave away a VIP Hospitality Ticket to BSB as part of a competition and offered test rides on their Scrambler model range which included: 

  • 1100 Sport
  • Desert Sled
  • 800 Icon 

Bikers interested in this new Scrambler 1100 model can also save up to 34% in-store on clothing and accessories when purchasing a new Scrambler 1100, an offer which was launched at this Spring Break Open Day and will run until 30th June 2018.

 

 

Ride Scotland magazine May 2018

Our latest issue is out with roadshow’s from Ducati and Triumph, Indian Motorcycles Engina award winning Cafe Racer and much more.

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Our latest issue is out with roadshow’s from Ducati and Triumph, Indian Motorcycles Engina award winning Cafe Racer and much more.

Eisenberg to attempt world-record at Pendine Sands

Superbikes racer Zef Eisenberg will this weekend (12-13 May) attempt to break the land-speed record on sand at Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire.

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Eisenberg will attempt to break the 200mph barrier, something which has never been done on sand by a motorbike or car before. This comes just over 18 months after Eisenberg broke the land-speed record for a turbine bike at Elvington in Yorkshire, which resulted in him crashing at over 230mph, and being hospitalised for more than three months.

Eisenberg has been preparing for the record-break attempt for the last 6 months at his workshop in Guernsey. He is supported by a dedicated engineering team, who have precision designed, altered and prepared his MADMAX supercharged ‘Green Monster’ Hayabusa bike to command high speeds on sand.

Racing quickly on sand is notoriously difficult, and very different to racing on tarmac. That is because at higher speeds it is possible for the bike to lose grip or dig the front wheel into the sand and throw riders.

Pendine Sands has a heritage of famous record-breaking racing. The beach has hosted record-breaking attempts since 1900s. The first person to use Pendine Sands for a world land-speed record attempt was Malcolm Campbell; in 1924 he set a world land speed record of 146mph on Pendine Sands in his car Blue Bird. Enthusiasts and professionals have used the beach for record breaking ever since.

Zef Eisenberg said: “Pendine Sands is a notoriously difficult race track. Competitors have no idea what the surface is like until the tide goes out. We will not know what to expect until the morning on Saturday and Sunday. You then have about 6 hours to achieve your record, before the tide returns it to a stormy sea.

“But it’s not just the high-end engineering that makes breaking records on Pendine Sands difficult. As Pendine is a Ministry of Defence test fire site, you’ll often end up encountering unexploded ordinances alongside giant washed-up jellyfish.”

Eisenberg’s world record attempt coincides with sixth annual ‘Hot Rod Races’, which has become the most important amateur racing event in Europe. The event attracts participants from across the globe, bringing cars and bikes are often built just to break class records at the event.

Serial record breaker Eisenberg holds many existing records, including the world’s fastest turbine bike (234mph), the world’s fastest turbine-powered “streetfighter” (upright bars, no fairings, 231.6mph), and the UK’s fastest no-fairing “naked” bike (225.6mph). Before moving into autosports, Eisenberg founded household-name protein brand Maximuscle, which was sold to GSK.

If successful, it will add another world record to the MADMAX Racing Team’s roster of achievements. The MADMAX Race Team has designed many of the world’s most powerful, road-legal jet-engine and V8- powered motorbikes, quads, karts and more. The brand was founded by Eisenberg to build bespoke superbikes and other vehicles for discerning clients.

Eisenberg attempted to break the 200mph barrier on sand last year, but his attempt was cut short by bad weather. Given the heatwave the UK is currently experiencing, the prospects of a successful record break look much better.

Eisenberg said: “Two years have past since my near-fatal crash. I’m grateful to be alive. People might say I’m mad to continue racing, but I love this sport. I love the speed and the excitement. So, while the horrible memories are still there, I’m determined to keep on going and keep on breaking records.

“No one in history, car or bike has ever exceeded 200mph on the sand at Pendine. It’s the holy grail of speed, where the best speed racers in the world have tried. For the first time ever, I’m bringing down the MADMAX supercharged ‘Green Monster’ Hayabusa.

“It’s capable of enormous speeds and smashing records. The bike’s in much better health this year thanks to superb work by my race team. I intent to hold on tight, nail that throttle and deliver the big speeds.”

 

INTERMOT customized shifts up a gear

A brand new Ducati Scrambler 1100 will be completely redesigned and customized over the course of the five days of the fair.

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It is already two years since the leading European motorcycle and scooter event INTERMOT successfully integrated a new theme into the overall concept in the form of INTERMOT customized. The motorised two-wheeler industry is innovative and lives on the creativity of its members, who also use INTERMOT, taking place in Cologne from 3 to 7 October 2018, to network widely and exchange ideas with the brands and with the scene.

Accordingly, INTERMOT customized is being given more space in Hall 10.1 with the intention of making it significantly bigger and raising its international profile. And the early signs are impressive: out of the major manufacturers, BMW Motorrad, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki, Yamaha and, for the first time, Indian have all registered to also take part in the INTERMOT customized segment in addition to their regular participation. The list of prestigious distributors in this segment includes CCE, Louis, Motorcycle Storehouse and Zodiac, appearing in Cologne for the first time. Internationally renowned customizers showcasing their “art on two wheels” include JvB, Fred Kodlin, Mellows, Sultans of Sprint, Walzwerk and Wrenchmonkees. Also joining the starting grid are the exhaust specialists from Jekill & Hyde, along with the helmet experts from Nolan. And of course, the new INTERMOT bike, a Yamaha XV 950 R Dragger customized by Marcus Walz, will also be here to be marvelled at.

Also taking place this year as a highlight of INTERMOT customized will be the AMD Championship of Custom Bike Building, an event that stops off in Cologne every two years. It is here that the “who’s who” of customizers will be putting themselves before an international jury with their spectacular conversions. The world title is traditionally awarded in the FreeStyle Class – all modifications are accepted here. In addition, the customizing specialists will show in four other categories what’s in their machines: Retro/Modified, Modified Harley-Davidson, Performance and Café Racer. Participating customizers and their partners in the competition also get the opportunity to present cost-effectively on dedicated exhibition areas – the “Custom Islands” – and to raise their presence among the motorcycling enthusiasts.

In the Garage Area at INTERMOT customized, professionals will be working live on site on project bikes, ensuring every step in the process is clearly explained and demonstrated. Tasks like changing the footrests, handlebars, headlights and indicators will be as expertly explained and performed as shaping and fitting a fuel tank. The area even includes a mobile spray booth. At this year’s event customizing enthusiasts and keen mechanics will be able to follow two projects from the design stage right through to the finished bike.

A brand new Ducati Scrambler 1100 will be completely redesigned and customized over the course of the five days of the fair. Niels Peter Jensen, the ProSieben Maxx TV channel presenter of shows such as “Extreme!” and “Man Made”, and himself a keen customizer, will be attending and discussing the conversion process in our Garage Area Lounge. Under the banner “Turning scrap metal into gold”, INTERMOT customized is looking for a conceptual idea from the motorcycling community, wherein a given motorcycle (Honda CB 450S) is customized using parts from LSL and Highsider and with a maximum budget of Euro 750.00. The winning idea will be implemented by the winners, with the support of the experts in the Garage Area, and completed by the end of INTERMOT 2018.

Outrageous and fast-accelerating custom-builds are not only available in the INTERMOT customized hall to be admired, numerous bikes this year are also on the starting grid at the sprint races at INTERMOT 2018. In collaboration with Glemseck 101, INTERMOT is reinstating a sprint competition – this time a short sprint over approximately 130 metres. This is where the eccentric custom sprint bikes of the Sultans of Sprint will be making an appearance, as well as providing an amazing display at a special event area of INTERMOT customized.