This miniature lightweight module makes it possible to completely remove the large and heavy ABS pump from bikes that have been modified with direct acting brake lines.
Currently these pumps need to be retained on the bike as the wheel speed signals are connected here and then shared with other bike systems on CAN bus. Our module plugs into the speed sensors and then does the same sharing that the ABS pump did originally, it just does it in a smaller and lighter package.
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For one day a year the centre of Brackley town near Silverstone is converted to a Mecca of all things motorcycling from custom to classic and current race bikes.
Yesterday was a superb day out with the weather on our side as bike like this immaculate 999RS of Barry Boughton thundered up the high street on the temporary race track.
Brackley Festival of Motorcycles
The specification of this project was pretty clear 'give it everything', so we did:
Check out some component photos below, or view the video for a scan over the bike without fairings.
In case you are wondering why there is a car picture here. Well there is a very good reason.
The Marelli electronics in this 320hp car were bought by a race team in Serbia from TAS Suzuki recently (ex Josh Brookes bike) and as I originally built this system I was asked by the team to pop over to Serbia for a couple of days and re-tune the bike strategies into car strategies.
All OK, and came second in the race..... Now back to bikes.
Kevin has once again proved he and his team are competitive against world class competition taking 10th place at Assen over the weekend. This follows on from a flying start at Philip Island taking 6th and then a not so successful DNF at Aragon.
But the story is not yet complete as he is struggling to find the necessary financial backing to complete the season.
Here at Bike Sport we support his efforts with technical assistance both on-track and between events but to continue racing at this level he still needs cash so although we hope to join him at Imola it is not yet guaranteed. Good luck Kevin.
We arrived on Thursday evening in Dallas Texas to some top notch T shirt weather and a full weekend of track tests planned with the Pierobon and 1199 race bikes. Yes we did check the weather forecast before we came but how bad can it really be in Texas ??
Friday morning was a very different scene with gale force winds, freezing rain and sub-zero temperatures with a forecast for it to get worse by Sunday. Our brave test pilot Darren Fry decided at one point it was worth a shot and managed to hold the bike upright on the ice for 2 laps at a pace more suited to.....well, something very slow. So after a long day cuddling the tyre warmers to stop fingers dropping off in the garage we all decided to cut our losses and head home, Darren back to the UK and me off up to Colorado for a bit more dyno testing at Boulder Motorsports.
Many thanks to Darren for coming along and I know he was disappointed not being able to really ride the 1199, next time...
Following a successful test of the new Ducati 1199 race bike at Thunderhill - CA a few weeks ago the bike was taken to Barber for a few more laps and race wins, then on to Daytona where I joined them for a final bit of system refinement. Shane Turpin has really taken to this new bike and the advances in electronic controls which give him far more possibilities during 'turn in' and rapid corner exit.
From the outset the times came crashing down as he improved on last years 1198 lap time, but he waited until the last day and the CCS events to really show what he could do, taking 3 more wins and stripping nearly half a second off the lap record which has stood for 9 years.
Maybe the most surprising aspect is that the bike is a relatively standard 1199s fitted with Akra exhaust, Ohlins replacement internals and a very mild engine tune by Boulder Motor Sport. With the major improvements coming from a revised chassis setup and the Bike Sport Developments electronics package.
Lots more to come from this bike with a heap of further developments planned for the winter, stay tuned...
Enjoy some video from Steve Metz as he powers his BMS prepared 1198 Ducati through his first ever laps of the Daytona speedway. Video is provided by our AIM Smarty CAM HD linked into the CAN systems of the Marelli SRT ECU. A beautiful bike on an awesome track.
On board footage shows his Marelli MDU 220 dashboard and it is worth listening out for the 'auto blip' clutch-less down-shifts made possible by the full Drive By Wire electronics package we built using Marelli SRT.
Another great weekend with two more wins, making it 8 in a row and the 2013 IDM Supersport championship for Kevin Wahr on board his Yamaha R6.
A big thank you to Kevin for allowing me to use his bike and skills as an experimental platform for many new strategies and control methods, every race weekend I spent with him I learned a little more and Kevin was able to push that bit harder.
And remember that everything we develop in professional racing is also carried over into our customer bike projects for all type of track use and skill level.
Kevin took another double with over the weekend at Hockenheim making it '6 in a row'.
Kevin's skill coupled with a well prepared Yamaha R6 have moved him to an almost unassailable lead in the IDM Supersport championship needing only a few points from two races at the last round in Lausitz to take the championship.
Unfortunately I was not with the team last weekend as I was having fun on my own Ducati 749 in Jerez, but I was swapping Email data with the team along with revised maps to help them get the most out of the Magneti Marelli SRT system on the bike.