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GoPro just joined the consumer 360º video fight

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Tech giant GoPro have just announced that they are adding a new breed of action camera to their line-up.

The camera is set to output a whopping 5.2k video sphere when it is launched later this year. They are aiming for Summer but judging by recent product launch fail with the Karma drone they will want to be damned sure they nail everything to do with this product before sending it out into the wild.

“What is the point of 360° video” you say? well, right now, it’s a reasonable question to ask. Only in the past year have platforms like YouTube and Facebook started to support the formats of stills and video in 360º and even then nobody seems to use it very well, if they even bother to swipe at all. Here’s where GoPro come in; they talk about launching this with proprietary software to aid the editor in changing the camera angle as the video is rolling, essentially directing the view of the audience to where ever they wish. This and this alone could make the new GoPro a success since the devices themselves have extremely limited appeal.

An interesting quote from CEO Nicolas Woodman “Fusion ensures that traditional content creators will get the shot, while also capturing the unexpected.” Basically when you have that massive high-side on the exit of Druids at Brands Hatch or you low side on the loose gravel car park at bike night, it has literally got you covered from every angle.

As yet there is no mention of price but you can expect it to be in the region of the competition like Nikon’s Keymission 360º at £450/500USD. Due to GoPro’s incredible economies of scale since being owned in part by Foxconn (the makers of Apple’s iPhone) we can definitely expect an aggressive price point at launch as they’ll be aiming high and wanting to place their flag at the top of Mount 360º.

Here at Motofire we have been playing with 360º video but are yet to have huge success since motorcycles tend to create a few more vibrations than is ideal for shooting decent quality video footage.

Last year on the Ducati Multistrada DRE in Tuscany we managed to capture this with the guys from PowerDrift.

If you want to get an idea of what 360º video GoPro’s Fusion can produce then check out their promo video.

As a side to the excitement of the imminent product launch GoPro have invited content producers to apply for their pilot scheme.

Those interested in participating in the pilot program can apply now at www.GoPro.com/Fusion.

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Custom of the Week: BMW R100RS by Bolt Motor Company

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MOST CUSTOM BUILDERS are juggling careers, building bikes as a side gig. Adrián Campos falls into that category: he’s the sporting director for Campos Racing, the team founded by his father Adrián Campos Sr, the former Minardi F1 driver.

Adrián Jr. is surrounded by high-tech missiles capable of 208 mph (335 kph), but he’s also nuts about motorcycles. So he started customizing classic bikes, as an antídoto to the ultra-modern race machinery that absorbs his working day.

His first build garnered enough interest to turn his side gig into a fully-fledged second business. Bolt Motor Company is now on its seventeenth build, and employs seven team members.

Bolt shares a workshop in Valencia with Campos Racing. But while the race team preps cars for the Formula 2, Formula 3 and GP3 race series, Adrián is swinging spanners on bikes like this stunning 1982 BMW R100RS.

We’ll admit it’s not the wildest custom boxer we’ve seen. But even though the style is well established, the perfect proportions and level of finish are something else. And the client wasn’t even looking for anything fancy; “He wanted a comfortable cafe racer for two people,” says Adrián, “so that’s what we did.”

The donor arrived in a pretty good condition, but it left in an even better state. There’s fresh paint and powder everywhere, from the motor right through to the forks, frame and tank.

Bolt tweaked the airhead’s stance by lowering the front forks internally just over two inches, then installing a pair of Hagon shocks at the rear. The fuel tank is stock, but the subframe and seat are custom made. The subframe’s a bolt-on affair, and the main frame’s been detabbed and cleaned up.

The taillight’s a particularly nice touch. Bolt built it into the seat rather than the rear loop, along with integrated rear turn signals. The whole setup’s barely visible—until it lights up.

They’ve also added some room for the customer to ‘customize’ his BMW at home. There’s a second tank and seat in a different paint scheme, which can be swapped out via four fasteners for the seat, and one for the tank. The second seat has it’s own plug-and-play taillight too.

Bolt have kept things practical too. The BMW’s airbox is still in play, and it’s also equipped with a BMW oil cooler and crash bars. Plus there’s a discreet inner fender at the rear. The exhaust headers have been shortened and run into a pair of generic cone mufflers, with the side stand relocated to work around them.

The cockpit’s sporting new handlebars, grips, bar-end mirrors and Motogadget bar-end turn signals. There’s a new master brake cylinder too, with some really neat plumbing. Up front is an LED headlight, tucked into a custom-made bucket.

Bolt rewired the bike from top to bottom and tucked away as much as they could. A set of Motone switches have their wires running inside the bars, while a Motogadget speedo has its cable routed through the BMW’s hollow steering stem nut.

This sort of consideration is rife, with every last nook and cranny cleaned up. We’ve spotted stainless steel fasteners throughout the build, nifty choke pulls on the carbs and a OEM-looking Bolt Motor Co. plaque on the side of the motor.

The classic white BMW motorsports livery is on point too. And Bolt have shunned the ubiquitous Firestone Deluxe Champion tires, going for the saw tooth tread of Shinko Classics instead.

We doubt that Bolt #17 could lap a track anywhere near as fast as a Campos race car.

But it’s just the sort of simple, classic ride we’d pick for getting to the track in the first place—via some leisurely Spanish back roads.


This article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here by permission.

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

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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.

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