Connect with us

NEWS

Italian Volt’s Lacama aims for european electric motorcycle luxury

Published

on

After securing funding and launching a successful design and prototype phase, Italian Volt’s Lacama is now available for pre-order.

After news of Chinese firm Evoke’s sub-$10k electric motorcycle launch into the US last week, we’re back into European manufacture with the release of Italian Volt’s customisable ‘Lacama’.

Aiming for the ‘luxury‘ end of the market, the Lacama is a naked Roadster that is trading heavily on it’s ability to be tailored to every individual’s requirements; think bespoke tailoring for a machine.

Aside the online ‘configurator’ that will allow prospective customers to tailor the look and style of certain components of the machine; customising colour schemes, adding/removing body panels etc, the other outstanding feature is the promised fast ‘combo DV’ charging which should allow for an 80% charge in around 40 minutes of plug-in time. On a bike with around 120 miles of range per charge that’s no insignificant feat, although there are no explicit details as to the mode of charging being used (i.e. compatibility with charging networks is never guaranteed).

Riding profiles – changeable via a smartphone app – will allow for customisable torque and engine brake settings and premium components such as Brembo brakes and Ohlins suspension add to what is looking to be an interesting proposition.

There’s no word on price as of yet and pre-orders are currently only being taken on a ‘by request’ basis, but we’re expecting the Lacama price to be around the ‘high teens’ when officially announced.

 

Prototype Gallery:

 

Renders:


Basic Specifications:

  • 0% to 80 % full charge in 40’
  • Torque 208 Nm
  • Acceleration 0-100 Km/h: 4.6 sec
  • Range 200km approx
  • Energy Density 114 Wh/kg
  • Max Speed 180 Km/h (limited)
  • Gross weight 245 Kg
  • Battery capacity up to 15Kw/h

Fire it up in the comments below:

Join us as we aim to lift the coverage of motorcycling online. If it's bikes, then it'll be on Motofire. And don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for all of the latest as well!

NEWS

Video: Watch Sarah Lezito show you how to drift a motorcycle

Published

on

Yes, drifting on two wheels is possible. Especially if you’re an insanely talented stunt rider from France.

There are a few stunt riders worth following across social media and YouTube but few get the numbers of French stunter Sarah Lezito.

Shot in a cold, wet and snowy location, it’s hardly the easiest of environments for riding a motorcycle – although possibly better for skids! – but the control from Lezito, and her instruction, is captivating.

Why learn how to drift? Well, Lezito says that it might help in learning how to save from slipping, keeping the balance on your bike or just improving your stunting skills.

And her top tips?

  • First find a small bike – a 50cc or 125cc machine that’s easy to handle.
  • Find a slippery spot, like a wet floor after some light rain.
  • Put hard tyres on the rear and more air in the front tyre.
  • Protect everything… On you and your bike.
  • Prepare to crash. A lot.

We’re hoping she’ll be adding to her channel over the coming months and that this is the start of a series of ‘How To…’ videos from the young stunt rider.

Fire it up in the comments below:
Continue Reading

NEWS

Custom of the Week: Ducati Leggero by Walt Siegl

avatar

Published

on

FOR WALT SIEGL, performance and beauty go hand-in-hand. The bikes in his Ducati Leggero series are drop dead gorgeous, but they’re also light, quick and handle well. And that puts them in high demand.

This newest build was commissioned by Jamie Waters, one of the leading lights behind the REV’IT! and Rizoma brands in the USA. Jamie owns a significant collection of race bikes, European sports cars and American muscle cars, but they’re more than just show pieces: he regularly pilots his rare factory racers at AHRMA events.

That makes him the perfect client for Walt. “I’m thrilled that I could build this bike for Jamie,” says Walt from his New Hampshire workshop, “because I know he will ride it and enjoy it.”

Each Leggero is hand made to order with room for customization, but the building blocks are always the same. It starts with a Walt Siegl Motorcycles 4130 chromoly steel frame, created in-house and weighing just 15 pounds.

Walt slots in a two-valve Ducati motor, rebuilt and blueprinted by Bruce Meyers Performance. It’s then finished with top-shelf components, and custom Kevlar bodywork.

On this build, the donor motor came from a Monster 1100. It’s been blueprinted and bumped to 1125 cc with Mahle pistons, warmer cams, ported and flowed heads, and titanium valves. The carbs have been ditched in favour of the fuel injection system from a Hypermotard, and the bottom end has been lightened too.

Since Jamie’s pretty serious about actually riding the Leggero, he wanted top spec chassis and suspension components too. The lightweight chromoly Leggero frame is matched up to an aluminum subframe, and a Ducati S2R swing arm.

It would take days of careful study to spot all the details on this Ducati, so we’ll just run through the highlights. The custom-built, ceramic-coated stainless steel exhaust is stunning, right down to its carefully placed heat shields.

The cockpit’s pretty slick too, and includes a racy Motogadget tacho bearing the WSM logo. And there’s a sprinkling of carbon fiber and Rizoma bits, to drive the performance ethos home.

When it came to the final livery, Jamie’s hobby provided all the inspiration needed. “Jamie wanted to incorporate elements from the early muscle car era in my Leggero design,” says Walt, “which is decidedly European, if you will.”

So the white ceramic coating on the exhaust system references early Shelby Cobras, and the frame’s been nickel plated, as a nod to the 1960s and 70s.

The primary paint color was sampled from a car in Jamie’s collection. “Jamie has a 1968 Corvette in Laguna Blue,” says Walt. “For that series Corvette, it was a one-year color only—painted by Peach Pit Racing.”

Now we’re really jealous.


This is an edited version of an article that first appeared on Bike Exif. It is republished here with permission.

Fire it up in the comments below:
Continue Reading

On Fire...

Copyright © 2018 Motofire Limited