PULSE
2021

ISSUE FOUR

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2021 DUCATI

HYPERMOTARD 950

Ducati has updated the Hypermotard 950 family by introducing a new MY22 livery for the SP version.  A new color scheme that evokes the racing world and graphics inspired by freestyle sports to highlight the youthful character of the bike. The ideal choice to indulge in the pure pleasure of an adrenaline rush when riding whilst having maximum fun without compromising on safety. 

 

NEW SP LIVERY

A new SP livery with colors that evokes the racing world and graphics inspired by freestyle sports to highlight the youthful character of the bike.

MOTARD STYLE

The design of the Hypermotard 950 is inspired by the look of the motard bikes and evolves around the double exhaust under the seat and the reduced superstructures that allow you to get a glimpse of the mechanics, including the rear trellis subframe that conveys an ultra-light and sleek mood to this version.

SOPHISTICATED ERGONOMICS 

The ergonomics of this motard-inspired bike ensures the rider maintains an erect riding position with wide elbows, which translates into maximum levels of reaction and control whatever the conditions. The seat of the RVE and SP versions is flat, in professional motard style, to facilitate shifting forward and backward on the seat while riding.

PERFORMANCE

The engine of the Hypermotard 950 family is the Ducati twin-cylinder 937 cc Testastretta 11° model, with an output of 114 hp at 9,000 rpm and a flat torque curve peaking at 70.9 lb-ft at 7,250 r.p.m. These output and torque values remain unchanged with the transition to Euro 5* type approval. *where Euro 5 is applied

Source: Ducati

2021 DUCATI HYPERMOTARD 950

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Engine

937 cc liquid-cooled, Testastretta V2 engine

Power

114 HP

Bore x Stroke

94 x 67,5 mm (3,70 x 2,66 in)

Compression Ratio

13,3:1

Fuel Injection

Electronic fuel injection system, Ø 53 mm throttle bodies with full Ride by Wire system.

Starter

Electric

Torque

96 Nm (71 lb-ft) @ 7.250 rpm

Clutch

Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch, hydraulic control.

Transmission

6 Speed

Final Drive

Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 43

Suspension Front

Ohlins fully adjustable, upside-down Ø 48 mm

Suspension Rear

Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Öhlins monoshock. Aluminum single-sided swingarm

Brakes Front

2 x 320 mm semi-floating aluminum flange discs, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo callipers, 4-piston 2-pad, radial pump with adjustable lever, with Bosch cornering ABS EVO.

Tires Front

Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP v3, 120/70 ZR17

Tires Rear

Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP, 180/55 ZR17

Fuel Tank Capacity

14.5 l (3,8 US gallons)

Color

Graffiti

Headlight

LED

Tail Light

LED

Rake

25°

Wheelbase

1498 mm (59,0 in)

Trail

104 mm (4.1 in)

Seat Height

 890 mm (35.0 in)

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Tell me about MotoTribe and how it all started? 

 

The pandemic has brought me and my riding friends closer together and it gave us some time to think about what we can do to give back a little to the community. So, it inspired us to start up a YouTube channel. We did it initially because we just missed each other and were sick of just texting each other. We thought let’s set up a zoom call and talk about what we talk about over text messages, which is motorcycles. So that is sort of what started it and it has been about 3 months now. It is me and my friends Anna Rigby (known as Redspade) and Sarah Merrell.

 

What type of content do you provide in the videos? 

 

We have done videos on our riding stories, tips for new riders, adventures of us riding, testing new bikes and products, stuff like that. We have gotten some great opportunities already from it. We all just flew to San Francisco and tested the new Ducati Monster and also attended events like The Revzilla Get on Moto Fest. It has been really neat to attend these events and then document and make videos about it.

Have you always ridden street bikes, or did you try off-road motorcycles first?

 

“I went right into street riding. I got into riding road tracks a few years ago and fell in love. It is pretty addicting, and I started going to a tremendous amount of track days. I tried riding offroad for the first time last year, I went riding in a spot near Atlanta and there were a bunch of single tracks and rocky uphill sections and it was pretty challenging. It was a very different style than what I was used to. I fell a number of times that day also which I wasn’t used to either.

 

With the pandemic happening last year, the motorcycle industry has been booming. Seems like a perfect time to start MotoTribe. 

 

Absolutely. We have all been friends for the past few years and have been doing riding weekends for the past 2 years or so as a group but Covid has for sure given us time to ride more and spend more time together. We were all stuck at home and all essentially part of each other’s “bubbles” during the pandemic so we were doing weekends at the track or weekends in the Georgia mountains or if it was too cold, we would do wine weekends and just hang out. I think because of the bond we have and the time we had we thought of what we could do together to make a difference and take things to the next level. We are all Instagrammers with thousands of followers, but we are kind of limited to just images on Instagram and we wanted to take it to the next level, so we all thought of a Youtube channel. 

"IT’S BENEFICIAL FOR ANYONE, ESPECIALLY MOTORCYCLISTS, TO FIND THEIR TRIBE — PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE EACH OTHER."

INTERVIEW:

LAURA CRAFT
 

Laura Craft has a passion for motorcycles. She has thousands of Instagram followers who enjoy hearing about her adventures and seeing her on her motorcycle. She and her friends have decided to take it to the next level and started a Youtube Channel called MotoTribe, to have some fun and promote women riding. The channel has only been up for a few months but is already gaining traction. We caught up with Laura to hear more about MotoTribe.

MOTOTRIBE

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What is your message to women that want to get involved in riding motorcycles but are maybe hesitant or unsure? 

 

Promoting women riding is definitely one of the goals behind Mototribe. When I got into riding, I didn’t know a single soul, so it really was a huge hurdle. That is one of the things we do want to break down if there are any women riders out there that are a little hesitant, we would love to talk to them or make videos that give them the push to give it a try. We do talk about this quite a bit already on our channel and we are putting out a track video now that talks about this. You will hear from girls who have hit the streets maybe once or twice and then they go to this lady’s ride day and it is not intimating, and we are very approachable. So, this is definitely something we are trying to do and want to create a community for riders, even first-time women riders at these track days so they can come out and ask questions and just hang and feel comfortable and learn.

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2021 YAMAHA YZF-R1M
 

Draped in full carbon fiber bodywork (including the tail section), Yamaha’s YZF-R1M looks like a bespoke piece of hardware for cruising around the street—or setting fast lap times at the circuit. The ‘21 YZF-R1M employs Öhlins latest and greatest semi-active electronic suspension with a gas-charged fork. The suspension offers versatile performance with a few pushes of a button.

Source: MotorcyclistOnline

2021 YAMAHA YZF-R1M

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type

250cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke; 4 valves

Bore x Stroke

77.0mm × 53.6mm

Compression Ratio

13.8:1

Fuel Delivery

Mikuni® fuel injection, 44mm

Transmission

Constant-mesh 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch

Final Drive

Chain 

Suspension / Front

KYB® Speed-Sensitive System inverted fork; fully adjustable, 12.2-in travel

Suspension / Rear

KYB® single shock; fully adjustable, 12.5-in travel

Brakes / Front

Hydraulic disc, 270mm

Brakes / Rear

Hydraulic disc, 245mm

Tires / Front

80/100-21 Bridgestone® Battlecross® X20F

Tires / Rear

100/90-19 Bridgestone® Battlecross® X20R

L x W x H

85.6 in x 32.5 in x 50.6 in

Seat Height

38.2 in

Wheelbase

58.1 in

Rake (Caster Angle)

26°

Trail

4.7 in

Maximum Ground Clearance

13.2 in

Fuel Capacity**

1.6 gal

Wet Weight***

234 lb

MSRP*

$8,499 - Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition - Available from September 2020

Warranty

30 Day (Limited Factory Warranty)

 
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2021 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R

Having shed its skin, the KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R is now a leaner, meaner and an even more menacing hyper-naked bike than ever before. Mounted into an all-new chassis, beats an updated version of the renowned 75 degree, 1301 cc LC8, V-Twin heart, taking THE BEAST to the next level.

Source: KTM 1290 Super Duke R

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KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Transmission

6-speed

Cooling

Liquid-cooled

Power in KW

132 kW

Starter

Electric starter

Stroke

71 mm

Bore

108 mm

Clutch

PASC (TM) slipper clutch, hydraulically actuated

Displacement

1301 cm³

EMS

Keihin EMS with RBW and cruise control, double ignition

Design

2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°

Lubrication

Forced oil lubrication with 3 oil pumps

ABS

Bosch 9.1MP 2.0 (with cornering ABS and SUPERMOTO ABS)

Front Brake Disc Diameter

320 mm

Rear Brake Disc Diameter

240 mm

Chain

525 X-Ring

Frame Design

Chrome-moly tubular space frame, powder-coated

Front Suspension

WP APEX 48

Rear Suspension

WP APEX - Monoshock

Steering Head Angle

64.8 °

 
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KEAGAN BROWN

Record hot temperatures and record hot lap times were both in full swing at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton Washington for Round 4 of MotoAmerica racing! There were thrills and spills but very little chill to be had with temp soaring to nearly 125 degrees on the track. The race weekend kicked off with a Dunlop Tire test at The ridge under typical North West conditions, but the forecast had record-breaking heat in store for the teams and fans at the Komatsu MotoAmerica Superbike round 4 at The Ridge. While the action was hot on track, it also had fans and teams in the paddock looking for shelter and a way to keep cool.

 

If you have never been in a MotoAmerica Paddock, you have to make it a point to get out to a race and experience it for yourself. Racing is only a small part of what makes the MotoAmerica series of races really go. The people are the heart and soul of the racing world. Whether it be members of the race teams like mechanics and owners, or the fans who spend their hard-earned money and even vacation days to see the races, the paddock is full of awesome people and even people-watching opportunities. You can often hear racers, teams, and fans refer to one another as a racing family. From coast to coast and border to border, people make their way to see great friends, share great motorcycling stories, and catch some great racing. With a bulk of MotoAmerica happening on the east coast, it is a real effort for some to make the trip out to The Ridge or Laguna Seca. Yet they ride, drive or fly to make sure they are there to support their racing family. This year above all others, we can appreciate the ability to do just that. Even with unbelievable heat, fans came out in force to support their favorite teams, and thanks to ever-lifting Covid protocols, the race family was able to meet and share in the fellowship that is motorsport. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Diane Shepard Tribou for taking great pictures around the paddock for me. Here is the thing, she would have taken all these pictures anyway because she is the perfect example of the above type of person. A moto social butterfly who knows everyone in the racing business from seas to shining sea. When I looked through her pictures as the weekend progressed, I realized just how awesome our sport is. Sure there are fast bikes and cool trophies but just look at all of the families who are there racing together or cheering together. Look at the lifelong friendships made by the sport of motorcycling. When I really stop to think about it, that is why I love the sport so much. I have literally had hours and hours and thousands of miles with my dad in the truck and in the pits just he and I. I have met other riders and their families from all over the world going through the same things that my family and I are. I have helped and been helped when things went really wrong. I have congratulated and been congratulated for winning on the track and shared some fantastic stories off the track. I can honestly say that fishing stories don’t hold a candle to motorcycle stories!

My point is...people are the core of this sport. It’s truly different from other sports in that it’s not just a gathering of fans watching teams and athletes they can’t interact with. The MotoAmerica Paddock is a traveling family reunion where the fans can literally be in on the action and shake hands with the riders and crews. I’ve even seen fans help in the occasional odd circumstance and I’ve seen teams sit down to eat with fans. We are lucky to have such a community and a sport that allows such access. I for one am grateful to be a part of it. Come on out to a MotoAmerica event and see what I mean!

Enough with the mushy stuff...let’s talk about that racing! Always great racing and excitement from the men and women of MotoAmerica. The Ridge saw championship points lead changes and some first-time winners along the way. Let’s jump right in! Superbike was no surprise with Jake Gangne taking both wins in dominating fashion. The real action was behind him with teammate Josh Herrin really stepping up his game and charging to not one but two-second place finishes making it a one-two Fresh and Lean Attack Yamaha podium. The action from 3rd to 5 in both races did not disappoint with superbike rookie Cam Petterson aboard the M4 Ecstar team Suzuki bringing home 3rd in race one and my LS2 Helmets teammate Loris Baz bringing home the 3rd place hardware in superbike race two. Not too bad for his first trip ever to The Ridge and in oppressive heat! The Frenchman said several times throughout the weekend that it was one of the most beautiful places he’s ever raced. High praise from an international racing star!

Stock 1000 was packed with great racing as well. Race one saw Jake “The Snake” Lewis on the Altus Motorsports Suzuki jump out to a  commanding lead ahead of a foursome of Kawasakis. However, it was Corey Alexander on the Honos/Hudson Valley Motorsports Kawasaki that was on the attack. Alexander ran down Lewis and passed him in the last moments of the race taking the win in race one followed by Jake Lewis and Michael Gilbert rounding out the podium in third making it a Kawasaki, Suzuki, Kawasaki top 3. Race two had both Alexander and Lewis rocketing off the start going one-two until Lewis had a problem that resulted in him pulling the number 85 behind the wall for a DNF allowing Alexander to gain championship points to within 17 with a win in race two. The story of race two has to be a fantastic run by Ashton Yates aboard the Honda Fireblade Triple R from Jones Honda! He stepped up in a big way from Saturday's race not only keeping pace with Alexander but finishing within less than half a second at the line! The two battled back and forth through the end and pulled an impressive gap over third-place Travis Wyman aboard the Travis Wyman Racing BMW.

Supersport race one was the SDK and Escalante show. Sean Dylan Kelly aboard the M4 Suzuki and Richie Escalante aboard the Honos Kawasaki seemed to almost set the cruise control and pull away from third place Kevin Olmedo on the Altus Motorsports Suzuki by nearly 17 seconds. Race two was more of the same except that it was a bit closer between SDK and Escalante. They swapped for first and second and SDK maintained the lead, winning by .107 of a second. The two pushed one another to a 21 second lead over third-place Kevin Olmedo. Two races with two identical finishes.

Any lack of drama from the Supersport race was more than erased by the Twins Cup. Anthony Mazziotto on a fill-in ride aboard a brand new Veloce Racing Aprilia 660 took off to a commanding lead of over 3 seconds. Unfortunately, the racing gods frowned upon him with unbelievably hot racing conditions. The Aprilia was overheating and burping water into the belly pan. Under hard braking, water sloshed to the front of the belly pan wetting down the front Dunlop slick and well, no more 3-second lead. Mazziotto was able to remount the dinged-up Aprilia but decided to retire from the race with 3 laps to go and save something for race two on Sunday. This allowed an exciting two-way battle for 2nd and 3rd to turn into a battle for first between Jackson Blackmon and Kaleb DeKeyrel with Blackmon aboard the very Yamaha that DeKeyrel had ridden in 2020 to come out on top! DeKeyrel had to settle for 2nd with Teagg Hobbs coming in third. This was Jackson Blackmon’s first Twins Cup win. Blackmon who missed round one at Road Atlanta has managed to close the points to within 3 points after not one but two wins this weekend at The Ridge! Spoiler alert….Blackmon wins race two as well after a great race against Mazziotto who brought home the Aprilia in 2nd place and DeKeyrel finishing 3rd to end race two. Twins Cup is proving to be some of the best racing in MotoAmerica for 2021!

That brings us to Jr. Cup. Great weekend in Junior Cup. If you aren’t familiar with The Ridge Motorsports Park, then you wouldn’t know that there is little to no drafting given the nature of the layout. That is unless you are a Jr. Cup competitor. These small displacement bikes could use the draft just about anywhere and The Ridge is no exception. Tyler Scott broke out to an early lead pulling Ben Gloddy and Max Toth along for a bit of a breakaway. It looked like Tyler Scott was going to lead from lights out to checkered flag, but Gloddy and Toth had other plans. With about 3 to go Gloddy put the moves on Scott by following right in Scott’s wheel path. When he dropped out to pass, the two bikes formed a double draft allowing Toth to pull right up and get in the mix. Gloddy and Scott would swap for the lead while Toth watched and plotted and jumped into second place after Gloddy experienced a shifting issue. This left Toth and Scott going to battle. Toth executed the draft plan to perfection catching Scott just after the start-finish line going into turn 1 and never looked back. Your podium would be Toth, Scott, and Gloddy. However, after a review, Tyler Scott was penalized for not taking turn one after the checkered flag. The penalty would be 5 seconds sliding Scott to 4th and allowing Gloddy to take 3rd and David Kohlstaedt to take 3rd. Day two race two was all Tyler Scott who took the early lead and never looked back. Max Toth was in contention for the top 3 but suffered a heck of a crash and was literally run over by Cody Wyman who had nowhere to go. Cody Wyman actually left the ground with both wheels after striking Toth. Remarkably, Toth walked away and would later report a small broken bone in his thumb even though it was his legs that took the brunt of the collision. Very glad to see Max come out of that one relatively unhurt. Gloddy would go on to finish 3 seconds behind Scott in 2nd and David Kohlstaedt rounds out the podium in 3rd. With that win, Scott moves ahead of Gloddy in the points standings by only 2 points. It is shaping up to be a very close season headed into Laguna Seca.

Finally, I want to give a huge shoutout to all of the contenders in the MiniCup. I got my MotoAmerica start in the MiniCup aboard the Ohvale 160 two seasons ago at Pitt International Raceway and the series has grown quite a bit since then. This was actually round two with round one having taken place in Wisconsin. There are three classes. 110cc, 160cc, and the 190cc all aboard spec Ohvale mini race bikes. It really is great racing and a great gateway for kids as young as 6 years old to get experience and get their name out there. It is all part of MotoAmerica’s effort to build the next world champion! Be sure to keep an eye out for these young guns!

MiniCup goes right back to how I opened this article. Race family is like no other and it is really exciting to see the continuation of the sport in these young riders. A huge shoutout goes out to Ohvale and all the participants for taking on the challenge that is MotoAmerica and motorcycle racing in the US. Thanks for reading and we will see you in Laguna Seca for Round number 5!

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