1961-2021: 60 years of World Grand Prix racing for Yamaha

Racing has been an integral part of Yamaha’s DNA from the day that the factory was incorporated on July 1st, 1955. At the time, the company proved its products on the racetrack just days after Yamaha Motor Company was founded, when the YA-1 won the Mount Fuji Ascent Race at its very first attempt on July 10th.

Spurred on by this success, Yamaha entered its first international race at Catalina, USA in 1958. By now the company was developing some of the most competitive 2-stroke machines, and the decision was made to experience the ultimate test of rider and machine by entering the 250cc RD48 race bike in the World Championship Grand Prix round in France in May 1961. Competing at the highest level put the company firmly on the map and marked the beginning of the brand’s transformation into one of the world’s most successful and innovative motorcycle manufacturers.

Just two years after Yamaha’s debut GP, Fumio Ito took the brand’s first ever GP win on the RD56 at the Belgian Grand Prix, and the company has never looked back since that day. 1964 saw Yamaha win its first World Championship as well as its first Constructor’s title with Phil Read in the 250cc class, the first of many victories in that decade. It was the beginning an incredible journey for everyone involved in the company’s race programme, and during the past 60 years Yamaha has established itself as one of the most successful manufacturers with over 500 Grand Prix race wins, along with 38 rider titles, 37 constructor titles and 7 team titles.

Speed block: Yamaha’s historic racing colours

In 1964 the competition department debuted their 250cc Grand Prix racer with a new white fairing with a solid red stripe and red front fender. It proved to be a good omen, and factory rider Phil Read went on to win Yamaha’s first ever world title.

This bold, simple and dynamic red/white colour scheme soon established itself as the instantly-recognisable Yamaha look in Grand Prix road racing, and was the forerunner to Yamaha speed block: arguably the most famous and best loved colour scheme ever featured on a racing motorcycle.

A white fairing with red speed block rapidly established itself as the definitive Yamaha racing colour scheme in Europe for the next two decades right through to the Rainey and Lawson era. The incredible public reaction to the recent unveiling of the factory M1 with its special 60th Anniversary speed block colours demonstrates that it is one of the company’s most evocative colour schemes that is popular with riders and fans of all ages. Simple, dynamic, timeless and instantly recognizable, speed block will forever be associated with Yamaha and its highly successful GP campaigns from a very special era in the company’s history.

New R-Series World GP 60th Anniversary models

To celebrate Yamaha’s long and illustrious Grand Prix racing history, the company has created a World GP 60th Anniversary livery for the 2022 R1, R7, R3 and R125 models.

Just like Yamaha’s famous World Championship winning machinery, the World GP 60th Anniversary R1, R7, R3 and R125 feature pure white bodywork with a strong horizontal red stripe and white vertical lines creating the red speed block. This authentic race bike colour scheme features an all-red front fender and gold-coloured wheels just like winning Yamaha’s factory bikes, and this timeless look is completed with a yellow front number plate, an anniversary emblem and a red stripe running along the top of the fuel tank and the tail.

Since Yamaha made its GP debut in 1961, the company has achieved over 500 Grand Prix race wins with legendary riders including Read, Ivy, Saarinen, Agostini, Roberts, Lawson, Rainey, Lorenzo and Rossi, and more recently Quartararo – and these historic racing colours highlight the connection between Yamaha’s race bikes and every R-Series model.

World GP 60th Anniversary model highlights

  • White bodywork with red speed block graphics
  • Special 60th Anniversary emblem
  • Red stripe along top of tank and tail
  • Red front fender
  • Yellow front number plate
  • Golden wheels

R1 World GP 60th Anniversary highlights

  • 998cc 200PS crossplane 4-cylinder engine
  • Highly advanced electronic control systems
  • 6-axis IMU with Gyro/G sensors for 3D motion data
  • Power Delivery Modes (PWR)
  • Banking sensitive Traction Control (TCS) / Slide Control (SCS)
  • Quick Shift System (QSS)
  • 2-mode brake control (BC) cornering ABS
  • 3-mode Engine Brake Management (EBM) system
  • Ride-by-wire APSG throttle
  • Short wheelbase aluminium Deltabox frame
  • Upward truss type swingarm / magnesium rear frame
  • Magnesium wheels and 17-litre aluminium fuel tank
  • Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD instruments
  • M1-style bodywork

R7 World GP 60th Anniversary highlights

  • Compact, high-torque, 689cc, CP2 crossplane technology engine
  • Ultra-compact design with pure R-Series DNA
  • Highly aerodynamic full fairing with aluminium lower cover
  • High specification inverted 41mm front forks
  • Link-type Monocross rear suspension with newly designed shock
  • A&S clutch
  • Lightweight tubular frame with aluminium centre brace for tuned chassis rigidity
  • Clip-on handlebars and lightweight rearsets with stylish heel guards
  • Sporty and adaptable tucked-in riding position
  • Aggressive R-Series twin-eye face with LED position lights
  • Powerful central LED headlight
  • Lightweight 10-spoke cast alloy wheels
  • Radial mount front brake calipers with Brembo radial master cylinder
  • Supersport cockpit design with full LCD instruments
  • Central M-shaped front air duct
  • Powerful 298mm front and 245mm rear brakes
  • Slimline 13-litre fuel tank with deeply sculpted knee indents
  • R-series style tail
  • 120/70 front tyre, 190/55 rear tyre

R3 World GP 60th Anniversary highlights

  • Ultimate Yamaha lightweight supersport
  • High-revving 321cc inline 2-cylinder liquid cooled DOHC 4-valve EU5 engine
  • Compact and lightweight high tensile tubular steel chassis
  • Radical M1 MotoGP® inspired styling
  • R1 style dual LED headlamps and position lamps
  • Sculpted fuel tank and low handlebars for excellent sports ergonomics
  • 37mm inverted front forks and Monocross rear shock
  • Multi-function LCD instruments with easy to read displays
  • Refined performance with outstanding reliability and excellent economy
  • Balanced 50/50 weight distribution for agile handling
  • R-series DNA

R125 World GP 60th Anniversary highlights

  • High-tech 125cc EU5 engine with Variable Valve Actuation
  • Excellent combustion efficiency
  • Compact Deltabox frame
  • Lightweight aluminium swingarm
  • Assist & Slipper (A&S) clutch for optimum controllability
  • R-Series LED twin-eye body design
  • 11-litre fuel tank
  • M1 MotoGP-inspired cockpit layout
  • High-visibility LCD instruments
  • Sporty and comfortable riding position
  • Wide 140-section rear tyre
  • Outstanding braking performance

Availability and price

The R-Series World GP 60th Anniversary models will be available from November 2021. Prices will be released shortly

2022 R-Series

R1M

Equipped with Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS) and featuring an impressive specification that includes the most advanced electronic control technology as well as lightweight carbon bodywork, the R1M is Yamaha’s definitive track bike. For 2022 this iconic high performance supersport motorcycle will be available in a new Icon Performance colour.

R1

With super-aggressive, M1-inspired styling combined with a lightweight chassis, high tech electronics and a 998cc EU5 crossplane engine, the R1 is always ready to get the adrenaline flowing. Available in a new duo-tone Icon Blue with dark matte blue colour option.

R3

Featuring an aggressively styled MotoGP®-inspired fairing, dual LED headlights and 37 mm KYB inverted front forks, the R3 is Yamaha’s ultimate supersport lightweight.

This high-revving 321cc A2-licence motorcycle is the ideal step up for those riders graduating from the R125, and is the perfect preparation for the next move on up to the R7.

For 2022 the R3 engine is fully EU5 compliant, and the shape of the fairing’s lower cowl has been adapted to accommodate the new catalyser. The R3 will be available in a new Icon Blue colour, which features a duo-tone finish consisting of a mixture of Icon Blue and dark matte blue for an even more sporty appearance, that reinforces the R-Series family look. The second colour for the R3 is Yamaha Black, giving the bike a stylish and dynamic look.

R125

Built to the same high standards as every R-Series, the R125 gives every rider the chance to become a part of R/World. Equipped with R1-inspired bodywork and a compact Deltabox frame – as well as a high-efficiency EU5 engine and high-specification suspension and brakes, the R125 is the ultimate lightweight supersport. Available in a new duo-tone Icon Blue with dark matte blue colour option.

Availability and price

The R1M, R1, R3 and R125 models will be available  from December 2021. Prices will be released shortly. For the R1, R3 and R125 models there will be two colour options available: the new duo-tone Icon Blue colour option, as well as Yamaha Black. The R1M comes in the new carbon-and-black Icon Performance colour featuring blue accents and blue wheels.

Yamaha Genuine Accessories

Yamaha’s extensive line-up of Genuine Accessories covers a constantly evolving range of items, and features performance, cosmetic and protection products as well as GYTR® Performance parts and Yamalube lubricants. These products have been developed specifically for the R-Series models, for both track riders and road-oriented customers. By always insisting on Genuine Yamaha Accessories, every rider can be sure of the high quality and perfect fit of every accessory item.

GYTR® Performance Parts

Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing (GYTR®) is the company’s in-house specialist parts division that develops high-tech performance parts, kits and accessories specifically for Yamaha motorcycles. GYTR works closely with Yamaha’s factory race teams and test riders, enabling them to develop a wide range of high-quality products for the R-Series models, for customers to personalise their motorcycle and enhance its performance.

World GP 60th Anniversary Clothing

To complement the new R-Series World GP 60th Anniversary editions Yamaha is launching a limited capsule collection, the new World GP 60th Anniversary clothing collection. Inspired by the iconic 'speedblock' livery that was made famous by Yamaha’s winning race teams in the 1970s, this dedicated collection features the historic white and red design and consists of a special World GP 60th Anniversary t-shirt, hoodie, softshell and cap.

MyGarage app

Using MyGarage it’s so easy for customers to create a virtual R-Series and fit a wide range of different accessories before making a final decision on what suits their requirements and budget. The accessorised Yamaha can be viewed from any angle in 3D, and different items can be added and removed easily during the build. Once finalised the accessory list can be sent to the Yamaha dealer for fitment to a new or used machine.

PUSH THE LIMITS WITH HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES’ 2022 TE 300I AND FE 350 ROCKSTAR EDITIONS

TRUE FACTORY LOOKS AND CLASS-LEADING ENDURO PERFORMANCE AVAILABLE NOW

Underlining Husqvarna Motorcycles’ commitment to producing the very best offroad machinery, the MY22 TE 300i and FE 350 Rockstar Edition enduro models have received key technical upgrades for 2022. Now equipped with a Brembo clutch system as well as Galfer brake discs front and rear, these competition-focused machines continue to feature an extended list of race-tested Technical Accessories to ensure best-in-class performance.

These incredibly popular, limited-edition motorcycles are finished with the latest Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing graphics, which stylishly adorn both models.

Headlining the revisions for MY22, both the TE 300i Rockstar Edition and FE 350 Rockstar Edition now feature high quality, Factory Racing approved Brembo parts. With the clutch system delivering reliable, fade-free performance, stopping power is also improved thanks to the Brembo brake master cylinders and calipers working in unison with the all-new Galfer discs, guaranteeing consistent braking, even in the most extreme conditions.

Both models are carefully assembled with many components from the Technical Accessories range, used by the race winning Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing enduro team. Leading the upgrades, blue anodised CNC machined triple clamps, Michelin enduro tyres, a Supersprox rear sprocket, softer ODI grips, and a high-grip seat cover enhance both the handling and the durability of the TE 300i Rockstar Edition and FE 350 Rockstar Edition models. In addition, the chromium molybdenum steel frames of each machine are finished with a tough, black powder coating for a true race team look.

The TE 300i Rockstar Edition continues to set the bar for high-level 2-stroke enduro machinery. Delivering low maintenance costs, impressive engine torque, and tipping the scales at just over 106 kg, the TE 300i Rockstar Edition is the racers choice when it comes to competing in physically demanding events, or the perfect bike for anyone looking for a highly reliable motorcycle that delivers unrivalled performance.

Offering incredible versatility and allowing riders to master the toughest of terrain, the FE 350 Rockstar Edition leads the way when it comes to premium offroad motorcycle engineering. With a 350 cc DOHC 4-stroke engine that creates a broad spread of usable power, there is a handlebar mounted engine map switch that allows riders to quickly and easily adjust performance, including the option of selecting traction control for improved grip in slippery conditions.

Technical highlights TE 300i Rockstar Edition and FE 350 Rockstar Edition:

  • New Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing graphics
  • New Factory Racing approved Brembo hydraulic clutch and brake system
  • New Galfer brake discs front and rear
  • Black powder coated frame
  • Blue CNC machined triple clamps
  • Black seat cover with additional ribs
  • Front disc protector
  • Michelin Enduro tyres
  • Blue Supersprox rear sprocket
  • Blue chain guide
  • Grey ODI grips
  • Accessible Twin Air premium air filter for tool less maintenance

Providing additional performance options, Husqvarna Motorcycles offers the Technical Accessories range – a complete collection of thoughtfully designed, high-quality components to further improve performance and increase durability. In addition, the Functional Offroad Apparel collection allows riders to create a personalised look with protective items that assure the highest levels of safety and comfort.

TE300i ROCKSTAR EDITION 2022

FE350 ROCKSTAR EDITION 2022

THE 2022 RC RANGE

BRINGING KTM RACE DNA TO THE STREET

The KTM RC range has been a staple Supersport model in the KTM lineup for a number of years, filling the Sportsbike gap in the KTM lineup. Now boasting Grand Prix-inspired design, a true race-derived chassis, and high-end electronics previously unseen in the small displacement Supersport segment, the new generation RC range charges out of pitlane with real-world, race-winning intentions.

The most immediately obvious update across the board is the Grand Prix-inspired styling, which sees almost every panel being redesigned, boasting race-inspired lines and two new colourways that clearly define the sporty character of these motorcycles.

This redesign has also been purposely done to increase the overall size of the RC range, not only to give it a striking visual presence but also to optimise aerodynamics due to higher top speeds, thanks in part to a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) design process.

This new design has also optimized wind and weather protection, with enhanced heat management by using a combination of inner and outer body panels to direct airflow away from the rider.

The rear bodywork has been reduced as much as possible for a more aggressive profile, but also to show off as much of the redesigned steel trellis subframe as possible.

As true sports bikes, special care has been taken in improving overall ergonomics. The knee area is now ergonomically developed to allow for easier, more fluid rider movement, being as narrow as possible with the largest possible contact area.

An all-new two-part cockpit and windscreen holder makes use of a cast aluminum upper area and a lower composite part that secures the headlight, while a larger fuel tank has been added for improved day-to-day riding, comfort, and fuel range.

The new bodywork is easily removable, with a reduced number of screws being used as well as a redesigned mounting system. This makes swapping out the street-legal bodywork for race-ready panels more practical. However, the most notable updates to the KTM RC range can be found underneath the new bodywork.

The 2022 KTM RC range was developed with a focus on weight saving, with extensive savings made throughout the chassis. An all-new wheel design accounts for a 3.4 kg unsprung weight saving over the previous generation, while the new ByBre braking system saves an impressive 960 grams. The frame too, has gone under the knife with a 1.5 kg saving.

The suspension has also undergone a major refresh, with adjustable open cartridge WP APEX upside-down front forks up front, which feature 30 clicks of compression adjustment on the left, and 30 clicks for rebound on the right.

The range topping KTM RC 390 is fitted with a WP APEX rear shock absorber which offers pre-load adjustment and five clicks rebound settings.

The KTM RC 125 features WP APEX open cartridge front fork with a completely new sportier factory setting, and a new WP APEX shock absorber with split piston functionality.

Every model in the KTM RC range is powered by a EURO5 state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke engine with twin overhead camshafts, four valves, and electronic fuel injection. For 2022, the KTM RC range delivers more torque compared to previous models thanks to a new airbox design. The KTM RC 390 has also received a new engine mapping for increased torque and overall rideability.

From an electronic standpoint, the new generation KTM RC range sets the benchmark for the small displacement Supersport segment, with the KTM RC 390 boasting a selection of rider aids usually only available on bigger motorcycles, namely SUPERMOTO ABS, Lean angle sensitive Cornering ABS and Cornering MTC, and the optional Quickshifter+.

KTM MY RIDE can now also be added to the KTM RC 125 and KTM RC 390, thanks to new TFT colour display that allows riders to access important information at a glance, with the added flexibility of being able to tailor the display to show what they want to see. The display also automatically adapts its brightness to ambient light.

As a package, the 2022 KTM RC lineup promises to bring more READY TO RACE to the realm of Supersport with real, race-bred ability and technology to match.

The new generation KTM RC range will be available in March 2022, prices TBC.

RC 390 – BLUE

RC 390 – ORANGE

RC 125 – BLACK

RC 125 – WHITE

E-MOBILITY CONCEPT

HUSQVARNA ENTERS THE EXCITING WORLD OF E-MOBILITY

Husqvarna Motorcycles is going forward into the future with a zero-emissions product range to broaden the brand’s appeal to existing riders as well as a whole new audience.

Inspired by the pioneering design of the successful Vitpilen and Svartpilen models, the brand offers a tantalising vision of what its future move into electric urban mobility will look like with the E-Pilen Concept.

The current Husqvarna Motorcycles street range is already known for being progressive, smart, dynamic and purely design oriented. These values will continue to be hallmarks of the E-mobility line. The E-Pilen Concept is a clear statement of that intent. With a power output of 8 kW and a range of 100 km the E-Pilen Concept has clearly been developed with the urban commuter and leisure rider in mind, with a range that maximises the time between battery charges.

Husqvarna Motorcycles keeps an open approach to all battery opportunities, aiding the parallel advantage of both fixed and swappable solutions. The E-Pilen Concept features a modular and swappable battery system allowing the power pack to be exchanged, extending the appeal and utility of electric motorcycles to those considering the switch.

It has always been the aim of Husqvarna Motorcycles to develop new products accessible to the broadest possible spectrum of riders. The E-mobility range will retain and continue the riding pleasure and dynamics refined through the long history and experience of the brand. In support of the E-mobility initiative, Husqvarna Motorcycles will strategically expand its dealer presence in urban and metropolitan areas.

Development of the E-mobility range is already well-advanced and further information will be released in the near future.

Watch the E-Pilen Concept video here.

CASUAL APPAREL COLLECTION 2021

FUNCTIONAL AND STYLISH CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES FOR EVERYDAY USE

Bringing modern styles and innovative functionality, Husqvarna Motorcycles’ new Casual Apparel Collection 2021 is an extensive range of clothing and accessories created for those living adventurous lifestyles. This spring’s new releases mix contemporary design with modern tailoring, allowing men and kids to express their riding passion 24/7.

The Casual Apparel Collection 2021 is separated into three mini collections – Explore Collection, Ride Collection and Live Collection.

Delivering a range of clothing that supports adventurous lifestyles, the Explore Collection provides innovative functionality, technical materials and stylish construction. Headlined by the Accelerate Hardshell Jacket, which features an eye catching, reflective black-on-black print, the lightweight jacket is constructed using a water and windproof 4-way stretch material to create a must-have item for those seeking outdoor adventures. In addition, the breathable and quick drying Accelerate Topographic Tee delivers a natural touch and features a subtle centre-front Husqvarna Motorcycles print.

Uniting riders who enjoy an active lifestyle, the Ride Collection is perfect for those that demand a little more functionality from their casual wear, without compromising on comfort or style. The Remote Tee is manufactured using dri-release cotton and is both breathable and quick drying, ensuring those always on the go keep cool and enjoy day-long comfort. When the pace slows down, the Remote Hoodie is perfect for keeping chills at bay.

The Live Collection offers comfort and style that is perfectly suited to everyday use. Featuring the Authentic Tee and the Authentic Zip Hoodie, both items proudly display a bold Husqvarna Motorcycles print. Together, they create a classic combo that allows riders to express their passion for two wheels at any time.

As part of a wide range of accessories, the Authentic Flat Cap and Remote Trucker Cap allow riders to add additional style while the Renegade Backpack is the perfect solution for the daily commuter.

See our Husqvarna clothing pages for more details.

MEET THE 2022 KTM 50 SX FACTORY EDITION

THE MOST READY TO RACE 50 CC BIKE ON THE STARTING GATE

The KTM 50 SX FACTORY EDITION gives the perfect first taste of the performance, capabilities and the possibilities that run right through the whole KTM SX range. In its 2022 trim, the bike is based on the successful platform that was first introduced just a year ago. This is a bike formed by racers, manufactured by racers for racers.

This purebred race machine offers the same competitive advantage as found in the full-sized FACTORY EDITION bikes and is enhanced with a potent range of premium components. Advanced WP suspension, high-end brakes, an FMF exhaust system, CNC machined aluminum components, minimal design to shave weight and Dunlop Geomax MX53 tires are just some of the ways in which the 2022 KTM 50 SX FACTORY EDITION sets the bar extremely high.

The FACTORY EDITION status means that the equipment applied to the KTM 50 SX is derived from the lessons and testing gleaned from similar machinery at the peak levels of racing globally. Other additions that pull the KTM 50 SX FACTORY EDITION as close as possible to its works ‘cousins’ are the blue grippy race seat and a set of race-inspired graphics and colours.

KTM 50 SX FACTORY EDITION – HIGHLIGHTS
// Special FACTORY EDITION graphics
// FMF pipe // FMF silencer
// Blue grippier seat
// Smaller rear sprocket
// CNC clutch cover
// CNC ignition cover
// Reworked jetting
// Special clutch configuration
// Grey grips
// Chain guide with orange inserts
// Dunlop Geomax MX 53 tires

With KTM introducing the 2022 KTM 50 SX FACTORY EDITION during the 2021 Loretta Lynn’s AMA Amateur National Championship, there could hardly be a more fitting venue to introduce this exclusive machine. As USA’s largest amateur motocross event, the event is the perfect backdrop for such a race-focused bike.

Limited numbers of the 2022 KTM 50 SX FACTORY EDITION will arrive on KTM dealer floors from August 2021 onwards. For more information, please contact us.

THE CHALLENGE

The Indian Challenger changes everything riders have come to expect from an American V-twin.

We are so confident in our motorcycle, we have decided to put it head-to-head against the current class leader. Book a test ride at your local Indian Motorcycle dealership and experience the difference for yourself. May the best V-twin win.

The New ClimaCommand Seat

The All-New ClimaCommand Classic Seat Provides Heated Comfort, While Also Addressing the Age-Old Challenges of Warm-Weather Riding with Unprecedented Cooling Technology

The all-new ClimaCommand Classic Seat delivers both heating and cooling to riders and passengers and raises the bar for cooling thanks to three key elements:

 

• A proprietary thermoelectric module that pumps heat away from the rider

• A patent-pending ducting system for cooling the thermoelectric module

• Graphene, a highly conductive and flexible material that optimizes the distribution of heating or cooling while maintaining superior comfort

 

Indian Motorcycle’s thermoelectric technology is much more effective than the automotive market standard of HVAC convection systems. A critical performance benefit of the ClimaCommand technology is that it actually produces a surface that’s cold to the touch, rather than merely pushing cool air through perforations in the surface in the manner that HVAC system offerings operate.

 

“Despite advancements in heating and cooling for seats, we had yet to see a cooling technology that truly eliminated the discomfort of hot-weather, and with ClimaCommand, our engineering team has finally solved this problem,” said Ross Clifford, Vice President of Parts, Garments, and Accessories at Indian Motorcycle. “Our thermoelectric technology paired with graphene material is truly a game-changer, and another example of Indian Motorcycle bringing difference-making innovation to the market.”

 

To accomplish conduction heating and cooling, a thermoelectric module located within the seat directly regulates the temperature. Electricity is applied by a thermoelectric module to the graphene material, causing one side of the material to absorb heat and the opposing side to dissipate heat. By reversing electrical flow, the hot and cold temperatures alternate sides. A graphene material, which is a nanomaterial created from 100% carbon atoms, is then used to ensure the heating and cooling is dispersed throughout the entire seat.

 

The well-cushioned ClimaCommand Classic Seat delivers unprecedented comfort with Thunderstroke models. Independent rider and passenger controls (low, medium, high) allow the rider and passenger to remain in command of their heating and cooling levels. With no perforations, vents, or ducts, the seat’s vinyl cover is highly durable and water and UV-resistant. Passengers can add more comfort with Armrest Pads and a Trunk Backrest Pad, both designed and developed to seamlessly pair with the new ClimaCommand Classic Seat.

FTR x Roland Sands Design

In collaboration with Roland Sands Design, a motorcycle and apparel company with its roots in racing and custom bike building, Indian Motorcycle now offers several new parts for the FTR 1200 Models. These parts allow riders to customise their FTR by combining elements that add both style and function. 

‘HASTY FLAMING BUFFALO’ REVEALED

Yes, you read that correctly – ‘Hasty Flaming Buffalo’ – the winner of the Project Scout Bobber contest, that’s been run across the Benelux countries this year.

‘HASTY FLAMING BUFFALO’ REVEALED

Yes, you read that correctly – ‘Hasty Flaming Buffalo’ – the winner of the Project Scout Bobber contest, that’s been run across the Benelux countries this year.

Announced at the Bigtwin Bikeshow and Expo this month, ‘Hasty Flaming Buffalo’, by Dutch designer Luuc Muis of LM Creations, is a beautifully elegant blend of modern technology and the classic lines of a 1910 Indian board-track racer.

Yes, you read that correctly – ‘Hasty Flaming Buffalo’ – the winner of the Project Scout Bobber contest, that’s been run across the Benelux countries this year.

Announced at the Bigtwin Bikeshow and Expo this month, ‘Hasty Flaming Buffalo’, by Dutch designer Luuc Muis of LM Creations, is a beautifully elegant blend of modern technology and the classic lines of a 1910 Indian board-track racer.

Hasty Flaming Buffalo


Yes, you read that correctly – ‘Hasty Flaming Buffalo’ – the winner of the Project Scout Bobber contest, that’s been run across the Benelux countries this year. Announced at the Bigtwin Bikeshow and Expo this month, ‘Hasty Flaming Buffalo’, by Dutch designer Luuc Muis of LM Creations, is a beautifully elegant blend of modern technology and the classic lines of a 1910 Indian board-track racer.

Announced as the winner in the middle of June, Luuc had just 20 weeks to turn his design into reality for the November 1st unveiling, the opening day of the BigTwin Expo. With just the engine and axles retained from the original Scout Bobber, completing the build alongside working his normal day job meant many late nights to stay on schedule.
 

Blending his 2D design with a 3D scan of the Scout Bobber engine to refine his frame design, Luuc constructed the frame from aluminium tubing and parts machined in aluminium by Scheffers Engineering in Norway. The gorgeous handmade tank also forms part of the frame and houses the airbox and electronic components to achieve the clean minimalist look inspired by the early Indian Motorcycle board track racers.
 

Luuc was able to attract great partners to the project and Hasty Flaming Buffalo benefits from exceptional bespoke parts including:

  • Bespoke exhaust system by Akrapovic
  • CeraCarbon Racing full carbon forks with diamond cut ceramic tubes
  • One-off wheel rims by JSR Service
  • Moto-Master Brakes and Brembo calipers
  • Bespoke seat by Old Dutch Leatherworks
  • One-off air filter by DNA Performance Filters
  • Mini indicators and rear light/brake light supplied by Kellermans

 

“When we first saw the entries for this contest, we knew that the jury was going to have a very hard time choosing just three finalists to go to the public vote,” says Lynda Provoost, Marketing Manager Indian Motorcycle Benelux. “The creativity that went into all of the entries was outstanding, and I think you can see from Luuc’s winning build that the Benelux is a force to be reckoned with in the world of custom motorcycles. To take a Scout Bobber and transform it to such a high standard into beautiful tribute to the heritage of Indian Motorcycle and the early riders of motorcycle sport has exceeded our hopes for this contest.”

‘Hasty Flaming Buffalo’ will make its next public appearances at Custombike in Bad Salzuflen (December 5-7), the Autosalon in Belgium (January 10-19) and Motorbeurs Utrecht in the Netherlands (February 20-23).

• Photo credits: Ronald Rink/Roonworks @ronaldrink www.roonworks.com