Thursday 24 October 2013

Unit's Custom Carbon Fmx Bike

Officially launched to an international audience at the American International Motorcycle Expo in Florida, Skycraft is the world’s first purpose built freestyle motocross machine and a collaboration between action sports innovators Unit and world-renowned motorsport entity Triple Eight Race Engineering Australia.

Conceptualised by Unit co-founder Ian Everest, the Skycraft prototype was engineered by an expert team at Triple Eight, led by acclaimed Technical Director Ludo Lacroix.

A central goal was weight reduction. Skycraft is constructed almost entirely from carbon fibre and titanium components. At just 75 kilograms (165 pounds), the bike is over 25 percent lighter than a standard motocross machine.

Ian Everest stated: “The original design brief recognized the opportunity for an ‘out of the box’ product for freestyle motocross. All other forms of motorcycle sports use purpose built machines.

“FMX riders have no option but to adapt and heavily modify motocross bikes. It made sense to explore what an FMX specific bike might look like. Being a concept motorcycle it also meant we were not constrained or restricted by production or cost requirements.

“As an experimental platform, Skycraft will allow for test data and rider feedback to lead towards a potential production bike.”

The Skycraft concept challenges conventional motorcycle design rules with a heavy duty carbon fibre monocoque frame containing a fuel cell. The tail design has integrated grab handles and a forked seat. While engineering boundaries were pushed even further with the silencer integrated inside a carbon fibre swingarm.

“We felt that weight reduction represented the best characteristic to provide riders in their quest for bigger tricks as well as helping them innovate new maneuvers,” added Everest.

“The prototype we’re launching today is the product of a combined effort and the engineering foresight and expertise of Triple Eight Race Engineering Australia's Ludo Lacroix.

“There are of course a number of other people and parties that have contributed to the project, each adding input and resources on the basis of their own background and expertise.”

“We must extend a special thanks to the Triple Eight team including Roland Dane, Daniel Williams and Robert Clarke along with Unit's Marketing Director Matt Cousins."

Other contributors to the Skycraft project include LSM Composites, Lightning Composites, John Titman Racing, Talon, Scalvini, De-Tris, Galfer, Mainmoto, Raptor and Racetech Titanium.

Skycraft specifications:

• 75 kilograms (165 pounds)
• Uses existing powerplant and suspension setup typical to FMX
• Carbon fibre monocoque frame with integrated fuel tank
• Carbon fibre swingarm with integrated silencer
• Ultra-slim carbon fibre bodywork
• Grab handles integrated into carbon fibre body
• Carbon fibre rims
• Compact front-mounted cooling system with single radiator core
• Custom-built titanium expansion chamber
• Full titanium axle and bolt kit
• Titanium shock spring
• Front air suspension
• Unit magnum grips (patented design)
• Increased/adjustable turning angle

Sunday 13 October 2013

Insane Quad Bike Compilation

Okay, so we know that quad bikes can be a dirty word in MX circles. We know that many of you would rather ride the fiercest whoops section without any pants than be seen dead on one. To be fair, most of these mental quads would be next to useless as soon as they leave the tarmac. True, some of them are more like Superbikes with four wheels. But we couldn't resist sharing this completely crazy collection of quads to help set you up for the rest of the week. Come on, even the most cynical would be tempted by the opportunity to sample a ride on a quad with a supercharged V12 engine...

Lazarus Wazuma V12
Engine: Supercharged 6.0 litre V12 from a BMW 7 series
Power: 500bhp
Price: €200,000 Euros
0-62mph: 3.2 seconds
Top Speed: 185mph+

Spy 350 F-1 Drift Quad
Engine: 350cc, Water-cooled 4-stroke
Power: 30bhp
Price: £3000 GBP
0-60mph: n/a
Top Speed: 78mph

Yamaha YFM700R Raptor (standard spec)
Engine: 686cc, 4-stroke
Price: $,8000 USD
0-62mph: n/a
Top Speed: 78mph
Jet Quad:
Engine: A freakin' jet engine
Power: n/a
Price: n/a
0-62mph: n/a
Top Speed: 200mph+
Quad Bike on 22s
Engine: Who knows
Power: Some
Price: n/a
0-62mph: eventually
Top Speed: n/a
Suzuki Hayabusa Quad
Engine: 1340cc, 4-cylinder
Power: 197bhp
Price: n/a
0-62mph: n/a
Top Speed: n/a
GG Quad
Engine: 1150cc BMW flat-twin
Power: 100bhp
Price: $75,000+
0-62mph: 5 seconds
Top Speed: 115mph

                                                                     Subzilla STi ATV
Engine: Turbocharged 2.0 litre Boxer engine from Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Power: 210kw
Price: $96,000 NZD
0-62mph: 4.7 seconds
Top Speed: n/a

Saturday 12 October 2013

The Greatest Custom Drift Trike Gallery You Will See This Year

We love Drift Trikes and the burgeoning custom community around them. As a comparatively cheap past-time that is enjoyed around the world, the simple process of placing plastic pipe sleeves over the rear tyres of a Huffy Slider has evolved into a diverse scene filled with impressive talent and great new ideas. Take a look at this awesome gallery of custom Drift Trikes - all under one roof for your viewing pleasure!


Some Trikes in this gallery are clearly DIY jobs, welded together in a garage from old bits of scaffold pole and cannibalised children's bikes. Others, like the DW Custom Trike (complete with airbag suspension) has been built by a car chop shop in the spare time between installing lowrider suspension to custom cars.

This one has to be our favourite

Wednesday 2 October 2013

How Not to Drive in Russia

Today we bring you a polite notice of how not to overtake in Russia, or anywhere for that matter. Thankfully nobody in the crash was seriously injured, but you have to ask… what on earth was that rider thinking?! Stay safe people!