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Instagram’s “Sexiest Motorcyclist” killed in high-speed BMW S1000RR crash



Olga Pronina, better known in some internet circles as Monika the ‘sexiest motorcyclist’, was killed whilst riding in Vladivostok, Russia.

40 year old, mother of one Olga Pronina had managed to gather over 180,000 Instagram followers with a mix of revealing outfits and outrageously risky riding; she would often be featured posing in swimsuits or bikinis alongside various bikes or riding her motorcycles at high-speeds often wearing similarly non-protective outfits.

In a clip on her Instagram account posted just weeks ago, she could be seen riding in just a t-shirt and denim shorts whilst leaning heavily into high-speed corners. The caption to that particular video read, “I’m not at all interested in reading your morals…I’m a big girl, and I know what I’m doing. All good and take care of yourself!”

According to The Sun newspaper, the Russian hairdresser had managed to accrue over a dozen speeding offences and a friend, Eduard Hasanov, is quoted as saying, “She was breaching every rule of safety and riding at high-speed pretty often. Her death is incredibly tragic.”

Reports of the crash suggest that Olga was riding fast through the city streets of Vladivostok in Russia before losing control of her BMW S1000RR and hitting a railing on Monday evening.

Police are not treating her death as anything other than an accident and as with every incident and accident that we report on, our thoughts are with the friends and family left to pick up the pieces.

With that in mind, we hope you’ll forgive us whilst we get a little moralistic here for a while…

It’s correct to say that we don’t know the exact reason or cause of the tragic death of Olga/Moniker, and that her riding skills and the nature of her ‘celebrity status’ on social channels perhaps dictated that she openly took risks towards her own safety for her ‘fans’. But we can’t stress enough that having strong and solid safety gear is the most important aspect of motorcycle ownership for us here at Motofire outside of actually owning the motorcycle itself.

We absolutely understand the desire to chase thrills and even the want to amass some sort of celebrity status through social media, but encouraging anyone to ride whilst risking their own well-being has the potential to not just damage – or in this case kill – the rider in question, but to harm us all as motorcyclists as a whole.

As far as we’re concerned there’s nothing more sexy than riding in a tight-fitting, one-piece leather race suit – and making it home again afterwards!

Her Instagram account has since been removed/deleted.

Source: The Sun

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Custom of the Week: Yamaha SR500 ‘Scrambler’ by Daniel Peter




SCRAMBLERS ARE A HOT TOPIC. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.

But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.

“When I was four years old, my BMX bike became my life,” he explains. “It was so simple, yet so fun. Just wheels, pedals and brakes. I’d ride it to the beach, jump a few curbs along the way, race my friends. Those were the good days.”

“30 years later, I set out to build a motorcycle based on the same principles. There’s nothing on this bike that doesn’t need to be there. It has wheels, a punchy engine and great brakes. I didn’t even put a speedo on it, because I never looked at the one on my last bike.”

Daniel works as a photographer in Chicago, but wrenches during the winter to keep his passion for riding alive. He keeps a workshop in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, outfitted with a tool cabinet, a welder, and a 1940s South Bend lathe.

This 1978-model Yamaha SR500 is the fourth Yamaha 500 he’s built to date. “It’s the most simple, yet the most thorough, of the bunch,” he says.

The motor’s been bumped to 540 cc, with a grocery list of go-fast bits that includes a lighter XT500 crank, a new piston from JE and a Megacycle cam for better torque down low.

R&D valve springs with titanium caps, a Powerdynamo ignition and a high-flow oil pump from Kedo round out the package.

Hoos Racing refreshed the crank and cut new valve seats for Daniel, but he tackled the rest of the rebuild himself. Every single bearing and seal was replaced along the way too. As for the carb, it’s been swapped out for a 39 mm Keihin FCR flatslide number, fed by a fat K&N filter.

The exhaust system is a combination of a custom made stainless steel header, and a Cone Engineering muffler.

The SR rolls on 17” supermoto wheels, borrowed from a KTM (front) and a Honda CRF450 (rear). They’re wrapped in Pirelli MT60 Corsa tread; a 120 up front, and a chunky 160 on the 5” rear rim. (“It juuust fits,” says Daniel.)

The brakes have been upgraded with a mix of Brembo and Beringer parts, with an RCS 14 radial master cylinder up front.

On top is an aluminum Yamaha XT500 fuel tank, wrapped in a paint scheme “inspired by an unforgettable riding trip through Baja.” Just behind it is a new saddle from MotoLanna, with a new kicked-up subframe loop.

It’s just about spring in Chicago, so Daniel must be itching to rack up the miles on his SR500. And we’re betting it’s going to be impossible to get him off it.

A version of this article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here with permission.

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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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