Honda Confirms: New V4 Superbike!

Fresh off the press: Honda has confirmed they are working on the development of a new 4 Superbike to be sold along side it’s new CBR1000RR Fireblade. The new RVF1000 will likely be a direct, consumer available, trickle-down version of the RC213V-S MotoGP bikes built to compete with Yamaha’s YZF-R1M, Aprilia’s RSV4 RF, and the Ducati Panigale R.

Read more in the full report from MotorCycleNews.com

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Blow It Out Your Gas: /ENGINEERED Explains Exhaust

If you own a bike, you will want to modify it. This is moto-gospel. I know people who have bought bikes, never having been on one and dump the MSRP equivalent of accessories on before they even have their first serving of bug-based meal at speed. And when you modify your bike (or car), what will be the first big-ticket item you change? The exhaust. Continue reading

Rider Review: AGV AX-8 Naked Helmet

Here at Lean Angle, we are all about wearing proper gear. Its our opinion that, in certain situations and unexpected get-offs, wearing proper protection could at the very least save your skin, and very well save your life. Luckily for us, we have a rather wide network of riding buddies here in the Baltimore/ Maryland area to help us try out various pieces of gear, and provide you with accurate reviews from real riders – who will likely have the same concerns as you. In keeping with our commitment to be a blog by bikers, for bikers, today we bring you a review of the AGV AX-8 Naked helmet from one of our Lean Angle associates, Ted Redmer.

AX8 Front

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Tradgedy at Laguna Seca

It i with great regret that we relay the following information about today’s round of racing in the MotoAmerica Series at Laguna Seca. On the second lap of today’s race, a multi-bike accident occurred resulting in the loss of life for two of the 1000cc Superbike/ Superstock riders. We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Bernat Martinez and Daniel Rivas Fernandez.

Bernat

Martinez, of Valencia Spain, was transported to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula by ambulance where he succumbed to injuries. He was 35 years old and had extensive experience including 7 races of the Moto2 World Championship series in 2010 and a podium finish at MotoAmerica‘s first round this season at Road Atlanta.

Daniel-Rivas-Fernandez-S1000RR

Fernandez, of Moana Galicia, Spain was transported to Natividad Medical Center via helicopter, where he also succumbed to injuries. Fernandez was 27 years old and boasted previous experience on a multitude of Moto2 Machines, as well as a recent second place finish at Aragon as part of the FIM CEV Repsol Championship in the Superbike class.

This is truly a dark day for the recently blossoming MotoAmerica Series. “I really don’t have any words to describe what we all feel,” said MotoAmerica president Wayne Rainey.

Our thoughts go out to both rider’s family and friends involved in the incident. May both riders Ride In Paradise. We will keep you posted on any updates as they become available.

Hunter S. Thompson: The Song of The Sausage Creature

Unfortunately, the Lean Angle crew is on vacation this week. And while normally our vacations would consist of switch-back turns, open straightaways and the distinct smell of leather and high-test gas, we are bike-free at the beach due to an archaic condo association who discriminates against motorcycles and trailers. So while we sit on the beach drinking Coronas and taking in the sun, we are forced to take in as much moto-literature as possible. This brings us to today’s post: an excerpt from everyone’s favorite gonzo journalist: Hunter S. Thompson. Believe it or not, Thompson was an avid biker, and when Cycle World commissioned him for a review of the Ducati 900SS back in ’95, he would pen one of the most memorable moto-stories of all time…

HST900SS

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Fastest Medic on Two Wheels: An Interview with Dr. John Hinds

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, last week the road racing world lost a legend. This particular legend didn’t have a high-profile name, nor did he have any huge merchandise trailers, or even a dedicated number. No, Dr. John Hinds is a rider you’ve probably seen tons of times, but never knew who he was, until his tragic passing last week after a wreck at the Skerries Road Races in Dublin Ireland.

Dr. Hinds was one of the unsung heroes of motorcycling. Always there to ride fast, but equally as fast to a riders side in the event of a wreck. He traveled around the world to tracks, races, outings, and any other event where bikes went fast to lend his expertise in moto-medicine.

We found the below interview with Dr. Hinds discussing some of the technicalities, risks, and jokes of motorcycle road racing. The video is rather long, but if you have 45 minutes, we highly recommend giving it a watch.