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New Evotech KTM 390 Duke Parts For Better Protection

Evotech Performance has been around for a while, producing a range of aftermarket parts from their Lincolnshire base. And they’ve now turned their attention to the KTM 390 Duke. As a smaller 375cc A2 learner legal motorcycle it’s not only a great motorcycle. It’s also one that appeals to younger and newer riders. So it makes sense that the new Evotech KTM 390 Duke parts will give the bike more crash protection, as well as looking good.

The parts will all fit the 2017-2018 model year, and can all be bought separately as required. And Evotech kit is used by race teams from BSB to MotoGP and the Isle of Man TT, as well as on special projects by the likes of Guy Martin. So you can probably put a fair bit of confidence in it doing the job. There are actually 8 new Evotech KTM 390 Duke parts and accessories to run through, so sit back and get your credit card out.

The Evotech KTM 390 Duke 2017-2018 Tail Tidy:

Starting at the rear is a tail tidy for the KTM 390 Duke which has a clean and uncluttered finish. You keep the original license plate light and indicators to make it easy to fit. But the Concealed Designed Wire Technology (CDWT) approach means that you hide everything away, but with additional plate mounts, reflector and LED lights included where international markets might require them.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Tail-Tidy

The Evotech Tail Tidy is made from CNC-machined lightweight aircraft grade aluminium with a black powder coated finish. And the result is a weight of 760g. It costs £124.99 with all the required fixings included.

The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Radiator Guard:

The radiator guard will give you protection from debris and damage. But the hexagonal matrix pattern means you still get the best possible airflow to keep things cool. Like the tail tidy, it’s constructed from aircraft quality aluminium and finished in black powder coat with the edges deburred.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Radiator Guard

The Evotech Radiator Guard for the KTM 390 Duke fits to the existing mounting points, doesn’t need any modifications, and comes with all the fittings you’ll require. It weighs 120g, and will cost you £54.98.

The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Rectifier Guard:

Next up is the Rectifier Guard, which might look pretty similar to the radiator version. That’s because it has the same pattern to let air in while also stopping as much damage as possible. And you’re once again looking at high quality aluminium machined to fit with black powder coating, and no need for modification to the existing mounting points on your 390 Duke.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Rectifier Guard

It costs just £29.99, and weighs 80g. And the Rectifier Guard comes with replacement stainless steel fasteners included.

The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Crash Protectors:

It’s a sad fact that newer riders tend to have more accidents. Hopefully most will be minor low-speed incidents which don’t injure more than pride, but can have a bit impact on your bike. So the Evotech Performance Crash Protectors have an anodised aluminium core, polyurethane washers and injection moulded nylon to protector your motorcycle and bodywork from getting damaged by contact.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Crash Protectors

You don’t need to modify your KTM for them to fit, and they come with replacement fasteners with spacers for everything to come together without any problem. They do add 1.38kg of weight, but it’s worth it to save the time and cost of damage, for just £109.99. And if you need individual parts, they’re also available via Evotech Performance.

The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Front Spindle Bobbins:

Use the original front fork mounting points to add the high quality nylon spindle protection bobbins. They weight 80g and feature anodised internal aluminium spacer mounts.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Front Spindle Bobbin

Subtle and effective, the bobbins will cost you just £25, including the supplied fasteners.

The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Exhaust Hanger:

Want to add even more style to your KTM? What about a race-style aluminium exhaust hanger which also ditches both of the original pillion footpegs if you don’t plan on letting passengers come for a ride? It’s CNC machined and black powder coated with chamfered leading edges for a factory style finish.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Exhaust Hanger

To always have an excuse to ride solo, and to get the race look will cost you £44.99, and the hanger has a weight of 240g, which will mean a decent saving once the pillion pegs have gone into the garage or bin.

The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Paddock Stand Bobbins:

There’s a reason why people use paddock stands, even if their motorcycle came with a sidestand. It can make maintenance a lot easier and safer, as well as keeping your bike stored securely. Balancing a bike on a sidestand to spin the rear wheel and lube the chain only takes one slip to turn into a bit of a disaster, for example.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Paddock Stand-Bobbin

Paddock stands aren’t too expensive, but bikes rarely come with any method to use them as standard. So the Evotech Performance Paddock Stand Bobbins come with mounting bolts to secure the two-piece nylon outers and stainless steel inner sleeve with bespoke spacers. They weigh 120g and cost £25.

The Evotech KTM 390 Duke Toe Guard:

Another part which will make your KTM look a bit more trick, as well as potentially helping safety, the toe guard will reduce the chance of your lower leg coming into contact with the chain and drive line. And it means a carbon fibre ‘shark fin’ profiled guard like racers use, along with the included stainless steel mounting fasteners.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Toe Guard

The Evotech Performance Toe Guard will cost you £44.99 and weighs 140g.

Even More Evotech KTM 390 Duke Parts

So that little lot will definitely make a difference to how your KTM 390 Duke looks. And there are still more products available which weren’t described in detail, such as the Evotech KTM 390 Duke mirror extensions, if you’re struggling to see what’s behind you. They do make the mirrors look more like the antennae of an insect, but taller riders will find them invaluable to keep an eye on following traffic.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Front Straight

And the end result of all the Evotech KTM 390 Duke parts is a bit more style, and a lot more crash protection. Which sounds like a decent plan if you want to keep your mini-Duke in good nick. Or take it on track and minimise the risks to bike and rider.

Evotech KTM 390 Duke Parts

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MARK II: CHEVY’S MYSTERIOUS 427!

MARK II: CHEVY’S MYSTERIOUS 427!

The real 427 Mystery Motor, unlike the Z11, was not available in a car, or to the public. You had to have serious NASCAR cred to get one of the 20 built.

MARK II: CHEVY’S MYSTERIOUS 427!MARK II: CHEVY’S MYSTERIOUS 427!In the 1960s, Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen always seemed to be one step ahead of GM Chairman Fred Donner’s anti-racing missives. While running Pontiac, he had supported the Super-Duty Group that later, after he left, managed to get 421 Catalina Lightweights to drag racers before the axe fell. Then he moved on to Chevrolet in 1961 and supported the RPO Z11 drag racing and clandestine NASCAR 427 Mystery Motor projects. Both pure racing programs survived even though GM was officially out of racing. In the case of the Mystery Motor, everything was conducted through Chevrolet’s backdoor.

The 427 Mystery Motor’s real function was that of a “bridge” between the old school W-Series 348-409 and the next-gen 1965 Mark IV big-block. It used the same bore/stroke block – 4.31-inch bore and 3.65-inch stroke – as the Z11 engine. But that’s where the similarity ends. Unlike W-Series engines with combustion chambers in the cylinders, the Mark II NASCAR engine utilizes canted and staggered-valve (Porcupine) heads with conventional chambers. This style head debuted in production 396-427 Mark IV big-block engines, affectionately dubbed “Rat Motors” by enthusiasts!

Although developed primarily as a NASCAR race engine, Chevrolet did produce a singular variant for street applications, shown here with Ken Kayser, right, who had been Business Case Manager for the Mark IV big-block at Tonawanda. The Mark II in street trim, displayed for many years at GM’s Tonawanda, NY engine plant, was built to justify the expenses of building a racing-only engine. It is possible that at some point the project was referenced internally as RPO Code Z33. That would have been done only to disguise the 427 as an optional production engine so as not to attract unwanted attention. Interestingly, the Mark II engine was not produced at Tonawanda, the facility best known for Mark IV 396-427-454 engines.

MARK II: CHEVY’S MYSTERIOUS 427!Part of the mystery surrounding the Mark II engine can be attributed to its planned public debut on February 24, 1963 at the Daytona 500. The first couple of engines were shipped to Smokey Yunick for use in Chevys being prepared for the 500. Junior Johnson and Johnny Rutherford were two high-profile racers originally slated to run this engine. However, Mark II 427s were in two Z06 Corvettes competing in the 250-mile American Challenge Cup, at Daytona on February 16! This was a race for sports cars and one-offs, not NASCAR stockers. Few people at the time realized that two of the split-window Sting Rays in the Challenge Cup had Mark IIs under their hoods. They were actually the first big-block Corvettes.

Smokey Yunick prepared two Corvettes like NASCAR Grand National stockers and installed Mark II engines, sparked by magnetos with HD three-speed transmissions. Scheduled drivers were Junior Johnson and Rex White. During practice, Junior was not comfortable with how his Corvette was handling at 160 mph and decided not to drive. Bill Krause replaced him and went on to finish Third. He beat other Corvettes, Ferrari GTOs and Porsche Carrera Abarth GTLs. Paul Goldsmith driving a Pontiac Super-Duty 421 Tempest, won the three-hour race, followed by A.J. Foyt driving a Nickey Corvette! Bunkie was not unhappy!

MARK II: CHEVY’S MYSTERIOUS 427!Johnny Rutherford driving Smokey’s #13 car finished 9th, the best finish for a Mystery-motored Chevy. Rutherford lapped the track at 165.14 mph, setting a closed course record. A broken distributor in the #3 Ray Fox/Holly Farms Impala sidelined Junior. Junior won 7 of the 55 Grand National races in 1963, including the Charlotte 400 in October. With no factory support for the engine, the car was parked in 1964. Junior’s iconic Impala, as last raced, survives today. It’s at RK Motors, Charlotte, NC,  https://www.rkmotors.com/

The 427 Chevy Mystery Motor, along with other super-high-performance cars and engines from the period including the Z11 Chevy drag cars, are showcased in Marty Schorr’s new book, DAY ONE,  https://www.amazon.com/Day-One-Automotive-Journalists-Muscle-Car/dp/0760352364/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1493561421&sr=1-1&keywords=Day+One+by+Martyn+L.+Schorr

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’19 CORVETTE ZR1: KING OF THE ROAD & TRACK!

’19 CORVETTE ZR1: KING OF THE ROAD & TRACK!

The ‘19 Corvette ZR1 set a production-car lap record on the 4.1-mile Grand Course West at Virginia International Raceway with a time of 2:37.25.

’19 CORVETTE ZR1: KING OF THE ROAD & TRACK!’19 CORVETTE ZR1: KING OF THE ROAD & TRACK!Along with a harness bar and track seats with five-point harnesses, the record-setting stock ZR1 coupe was equipped with the available paddle-shift eight-speed automatic and ZTK Performance Package. The ZTK package includes an adjustable carbon-fiber High Wing, a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer-only tires, and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning.

“The Corvette ZR1’s lap record at VIR, arguably America’s most challenging road course, is a testament to its supercar status,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “On the racetrack, the ZR1 can compete with any supercar – at any price.”

On sale this spring, the ZR1 coupe will carry a suggested retail price of $119,995 (price includes destination charge, but excludes tax, title and other dealer fees). The ZTK Performance Package will cost $2,995.

 The ZR1’s record lap at VIR was set during routine validation testing earlier this month; with vehicle dynamics engineer Jim Mero at the wheel. The car was set up per the owner’s manual’s recommended track alignment and aerodynamic settings. As part of the validation, the ZR1 was finalizing its total of 24 hours of at-limit track testing, with multiple GM Performance engineers logging laps.

’19 CORVETTE ZR1: KING OF THE ROAD & TRACK!“The track had been empty since mid-December, so it was a bit slow when we started, but the conditions turned pretty quick at the end,” said Alex MacDonald, manager, Vehicle Performance. “On the heels of announcing our Z06 time of 2:39.77, the ZR1 lap time is the icing on the cake. It’s not too often you set a lap record during validation testing.”

’19 CORVETTE ZR1: KING OF THE ROAD & TRACK!

The ZR1’s exclusive LT5 6.2L supercharged engine is rated at an SAE-certified 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque. It features a new, more-efficient intercooled supercharger system, along with GM’s first dual fuel-injection system, which employs primary direct injection and supplemental port injection. Compared to the supercharger system on the Corvette Z06 LT4 engine, the LT5 employs a larger, 2.65-liter supercharger that generates more boost while spinning at a slightly slower speed. That reduces heat to help maintain a lower air intake temperature for optimal performance. Four new radiators also help manage cooling in the ZR1, which features 13 radiators in all, including circuits for engine oil, transmission and differential cooling.

Watch the 2019 Corvette ZR1 set lap record at VIR,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7j1gCM6-5M

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New Wunderlich BMW Sidestand Light To Avoid Mishaps

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There’s nothing worse than pulling up on your motorcycle, putting the sidestand down, and then slowly toppling to the floor because you stopped next to a pothole. Or getting off and starting to walk away before hearing the sound of a bike landing on the ground because you found a nice soft patch of mud to park on. To help prevent embarrassment for those riding Germany’s most popular brand, there’s the new Wunderlich BMW Sidestand Light.

Wunderlich BMW Sidestand Light

Yep, it’s a light that shines down with your sidestand to help you avoid damaging your bike or yourself. Which means less hassle trying to find the right piece of ground to use in the dark. Even if it’s a fairly well-lit area, the shadows from you and your bike can make it difficult to spot exactly what you’re just about to rest thousands of pounds of motorcycle on.

You can turn the light on and off via a switch mounted on the handlebar. So it’s probably also handy if you have a habit of dropping loose change and other items on the ground.

Wunderlich BMW Sidestand Light Switch

It’s quick and easy to mount, connecting to the wiring loom with a simple plug without any soldering required. And it also works in conjunction with the CAN bus on your BMW. So that means it automatically turns off when you switch off your ignition. So you won’t accidentally return to a flat battery.

Wunderlich BMW Sidestand Light Mounted

So the new Wunderlich BMW Sidestand Light is quick to fit, might save you from an embarrassing disaster, and it’s hard to see any downsides. It’ll fit all liquid-cooled Boxer models, and the current six-cylinder bikes. And the German-made kit comes with a five year warrant, and all for £89. Which seems more than reasonable.

Wunderlich BMW Sidestand Light Mounted and On

Now we just need a coloured, strobing version to create the world’s first mobile disco for ants.

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Ice cool I-Pace leads Jaguar’s electric charge

Jaguar’s first all-electric performance car has been undergoing testing in Arctic conditions at -40°C. The I-Pace SUV and its all-wheel drive system tamed sub-zero conditions at Jaguar Land Rover’s cold weather test facility in Arjeplog, Sweden. Due to receive its global premiere on March 6 at the Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar claims the I-Pace will …

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