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Custom of the Week: ‘Autobahn Streak’ BMW RnineT by JSK Moto




Judging public opinion is a fickle business.

So when a builder hits on a concept that works, it’s tempting to get comfortable and stick to the formula.

The first build we featured from California-based JSK Moto was a sweet BMW R nineT-based scrambler. It spread like wildfire, and even landed on BMW Motorrad’s radar. But rather than build a series of sequels, JSK point man Samuel Kao followed up with a couple of diverse and pretty zany bikes.

Now, almost two and a half years later, he’s come back to the R nineT—but with a very different vibe. “After the scrambler, we really wanted to make a cafe racer too,” he says. “Our schedule is busy so it took a long time—but it was worth the wait.”

“The R nineT was designed with customization in mind. We saw many wonderful variations, and BMW also released its own Racer. While creating our own, we thought maybe we could push the idea of easy customization further.”

The key to JSK’s approach lies in the new fairing and tank. The two are actually one piece, and function as a cover with a hidden fuel tank attached to the frame underneath.

Team JSK wanted to strike a balance between complex lines and overall simplicity, so they chose to shape the new frontal bodywork from fiberglass. It’s here that Samuel wanted to incorporate a very specific element: “We wanted to have the signature BMW angel eye headlight for the motorcycle,” he says.

“We sourced it from a car, but it was too small for a motorcycle. So we added a custom aluminum vent around the headlight to help dissipate heat, and create a futuristic look.”

Building everything from scratch gave JSK the freedom to tweak the ergonomics too, so they nudged the seat forward for improved comfort. Then they cleaned up the cockpit with a custom CNC-machined triple tree and a set of Driven clip-ons.

The parts list on this R nineT is as desirable as it is considered. The BMW now rolls on Roland Sands Design ‘Hutch’ wheels, with matching brake rotors. There’s a new Gears Racing H2 Plus shock out back, and Dunlop Q3 Sportmax tires to grip the road better.

JSK installed a full exhaust system from Akrapovič, and an Earl’s Performance oil cooler. They also added ENLiNT rear sets, Beringer clutch and brake master cylinders, and a RCE Power Lithium-ion battery.

DK Design supplied the air intakes, a carbon fiber front fender, the dash bezel, and the nifty rear mudguard and plate holder combo (which also houses a tiny LED tail light). Motogadget bar-end signals, a rear brake reservoir from PSR, and an engine breastplate and valve covers from RSD round out the package.

JSK Moto’s final color palette was equally considered. Jeffrey Chang at the famous Air Runner Custom Paint laid down a coat of silver, with a set of slick German flag stripes up front.

Samuel also resisted the urge to black all the parts out, leaving just the right amount of contrast to complement the paint.

The R nineT’s new name is another nod to its Bavarian heritage: they’ve called it ‘Autobahn Streak.’ “It’s a build to make you want to ride long distances on the highway,” says Samuel.

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

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Is the Manx Missile Cavendish about to trade cycling lycra for motorcycle racing leathers?



Could the Manx Missile hang up his lycra and pedals for something a little more petrol propelled?

Mark Cavendish has been the fastest thing on two (pedal-powered) wheels for a while now, but in recent interviews, the Isle of Man native and good friend of Cal Crutchlow has expressed an interest in two-wheeled vehicles of a motorcycling kind.

Speaking in an interview with Esquire Magazine from when he was in Abu Dhabi for the Formula One last year, Cavendish shared his love of fast cars and bikes, telling the interviewer that he’d ‘always loved anything to do with motors, or machines… Vehicles really. Just love them’. Before being asked if he’d ever considered being an F1 driver?

‘Nah. I don’t think I’m good enough. Everybody thinks that it’s like driving a car down the promenade, it’s totally not the same. To be honest, I prefer motorbikes more; I would like to race them instead.’

Ok, so it’s not a huge admission or a massive surprise – it’s something we’ve all probably dreamed of and one time or another, but when pressed on the issue he does seem to have considered the possibilities more than just in passing.

When asked if motorcycling racing might actually be next for him he replied with an emphatic, ‘In all seriousness, I think so’.

Adding fuel to the fire have been comments from him earlier this month made during press conferences in support of the Dubai Tour.

When asked explicitly if he’d consider hanging up his cycling blocks for motorcycle leathers, he certainly didn’t dismiss the idea, ‘Anything is possible, you know… I will just look at my options for the short term and the long term and see what I do with my future’.

So that’s definitely not a no.

For cycling fans fearful that he might be closer than expected to making the jump, there’s probably not any immediate cause for panic. In the very same Esquire feature he also explicitly stated that he had a ‘fair few years‘ left in his professional career.

Could a cycling pro move over to motorcycles with any expectation of success? Multi-discipline racers aren’t unheard of. Rossi loves his car racing and Lewis Hamilton has always expressed an interest in a taking turn in MotoGP.

But that’s from a motor vehicle on short track racing onto another motor vehicle on a similar track. We’d imagine that the speeds and skills involved from pedal cycle to internal combustion engine are a little less transferable for any moral human.

But then Mark Cavendish isn’t your average human being and reports suggest that the times that he has spent on track have been pretty impressive.

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Indian electric Emflux claims 120mph, over 100 miles range for under £8,000



Photo: Emflux

Startup company put its first electric sportsbike concept on display, alongside some impressive claims.

The Emflux can hit 62 mph in 3 seconds and charges to over 80 percent in half an hour. Couple that with a range of around 115 miles and a top speed of 120 mph and you have an electric motorcycle to pique anyone’s interest. Throw in a claimed price of under £8000 and you get the room to take notice.

That’s what the Indian startup Emflux did this week at the 2018 Auto Expo in New Delhi.

The 25-strong company has completely developed the machinemachine i and the team have designed everything except for the brakes, suspension and tyres.

Featuring a steel-trellis frame and single-sided swingarm, the chassis of the machine certainly looks the part, and along with the 60kW motor and 9.7 kWh lithium-ion cell battery the entire package only weights 169 kgs.

Alongside the mechanics, the technology on-board features a built-in GPS system, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity – all alongside an NVIDIA Jetson TK1 core processor. That’s a mighty big brain to go alongside some mighty big claims from the startup firm.

The company say that they are planning to build 199 of the bikes for the local, Indian market, with another 300 for export.

Oh and if you want Ohlins suspension, forged alloy wheels and carbon-fibre bodywork, then the price will go up by another £10,000 or so.

With new companies coming out with interesting designs and ideas for new electrically powered motorcycles almost weekly now, surely it’s time for one of the major manufacturers to step in? Isn’t it?

Source: Emflux

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