Every week we search the interwebs to find the best deals on motorcycle clothing, gear, equipment, accessories and parts. The begginig of June brings a bunch of new specials including 52% off the Icon Airmada Hi-Viz helmet, 20% off all Fieldsheer gear and big discounts on a range of tires.
Every week we search the interwebs to find the best deals on motorcycle clothing, gear, equipment, accessories and parts. The new month of May brings deals including a massive 41% off the Alpinestars’ GP Tech Air Leather Jacket, up to 45% off a huge range of Dunlop tires over $200 of Bilt’s integrated Bluetooth full-face helmet.
Every week we search the interwebs to find the best deals on motorcycle clothing, gear, equipment, accessories and parts. This week includes up to 60% off Alpinestars casual clothing, $50 rebates on Dunlop tires and big discounts on a variety of BiLT Techno gear and equipment.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has unveiled a new concept tire at the Geneva Auto Show that would provide electrical energy for battery powered vehicles. While still very much in the early stages of development, it’s the first time a tire manufacturer has looked at ways to harness electrical energy from heat caused by friction between tire rubber and road surface.
The tires in concept form use a layer of piezoelectric material placed beneath the contact patches of the tire. Electricity is generated by way of heat and vibrations from the tire as it travels along the road. The proposal even states that electricity could be produced from sunlight, which we assume is by way of heat generated from light absorbed by the black rubber.
It’s an interesting and novel idea but we wonder if the fact that out of all the world’s tire manufacturers, it’s only now someone has come up with this concept. There’s a definite case of diminishing returns when it comes to recovering waste energy – the smaller the gain the less cost effective it is. In the case of tires, both the cost to implement such a system and the effects on rolling resistance would be critical factors in the success or otherwise of such tires.
While Goodyear doesn’t produce motorcycle tires, it does own the Dunlop brand who produce some of the best motorcycle tires available. Regardless, such a technology, should it become a reality will be many, many years away.
Road follows the lives of four Dunlop’s and their careers in road racing in Northern Ireland. Like the exceptional Senna, it delivers an experience that can be enjoyed by fans of the sport as well those who wouldn’t know the difference between a sportsbike and a cruiser. Like Senna, Road is a documentary that will draw you in emotionally and bring you into the lives of those it follows. In fact, the motorcycle racing takes a back seat to the story of Joey Dunlop, his younger brother Robert and Robert’s two sons Michael and William.
For those unfamiliar with their history, Joey Dunlpo is regarded as the best road racer ever to live, having won a total of 26 Isle of Man TT races (including three hat-tricks, his last coming in 2000 when he was 48 years of age). He was killed only weeks later in a little known race in Estonia. His younger brother Robert eventually followed Joey into the sport but his career was curtailed due to serious injury. Today, two of Robert’s children race in road racing events, both with good success.
Almost all of those interviewed were extremely close friends and relatives of Joey and Robert Dunlop (save for one brief appearance by former Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker and his asinine comment that road racers only race because of the risk of death) and you can see for many of them that the loss they suffered from the two brothers’ deaths is still with them.
Visually, Road is good without being great. Comparing it to TT3D – Closer to the Edge makes it look poor in comparison, but as I said at the outset this is a film more about the men rather then their machines. The historic footage of Joey and Robert from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s is great however and shows nothing has really changed in the sport, save for some extra hay bales and foam on the outsides of the circuit.
In the latter parts of Robert Dunlop’s life when he races with his two sons, it comes across that he almost doesn’t even ride for the enjoyment anymore but instead it has become his addiction. Even his son William remarked how he had seemingly changed in the last years of his life. The same could be said of Joey Dunlop who went racing to escape reality so to speak after the suicide of one of his closest friends – a decision which ultimately cost Joey Dunlop his life.
Road is a fascinating documentary and if this had been an actual movie, you’d give it a D- for the fanciful storyline. But these events actually happened and though many might not agree with some of the decisions these men made, they died doing what the loved and then some. You can watch the video for free here or you can purchase it through Amazon UK.