New Athena Store Opening

Quick video of the opening of the new Athena Store in Lonigo (Italy) where some new brands and products were officially announced. If you are looking for these brands be sure to pop in at the store:
– GoPro
– Skullcandy
– Leatt
– Ogio
– Get
– Athena
– Sp Gadgets
– Selle Dalla Valle
– Nike
– Airoh

Video Edit by: https://www.facebook.com/A44Media/

2017 Yamaha SCR950

I must admit I have never been very attracted to custom style nor cafe race bikes too much, but having the chance to ride the new Yamaha SCR950 made me change my mind. This new 2017 model that is part of the Sport Heritage line of the Japanese brand features some new designs compared to the previous model. The rear subframe has been redesigned completely making the seat higher in order to give the bike a more comfortable feel but mainly to give you the chance to ride standing up when going through gravel roads.

Can we really bring the Yamaha SCR950 offroad?

Even if its not designed for heavy duty offroad I was amazed on how well it performed on the dirt roads of Sardinia, it chassis and weight make her extremely stable making you feel safe and providing an easy handling. Suspension wise if you hit a bump at high speeds you will for sure get to the end of the suspension travel but at slow speeds the softness of the forks make it enjoyable while riding without getting you tired.

The engine is a beast being 950cc but all this power is delivered smoothly, newbies shouldn’t be scared from the 950cc because the bike can be rode literally by anyone.

When riding on road the low position of the footpegs make it super easy to get them grinding on the asphalt in turns. I actually enjoyed this because it makes you feel like a cool badass rider LOL.

What emotions does the SCR950 transmit?

Personally the great comfort position you have while riding makes you want to go on an adventure and escape every day life. The refinement of details on this bike is fascinating, true Japanese precision, you get on the seat of the SCR and you feel passion! The best part, in my opinion, is that any moment while you are riding that you see a gravelĀ road with the SCR950 you can just go and explore it.

In Italy its price is 9.890 euro and is available in 2 colours; Vivid Red or Yamaha Black.

 

Episode 5: BUILDING THE BIKE

Showing you how I prepared my bike for Dakar 2017 and what I decided to install on it. This is the view of the bike before Dakar but another episode showing you how the bike held up will come out soon!

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Camera used: GoPro Hero 4 Silver Edition – GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition
Editing Software: iMovie
Computer: MacBook Pro 13″ 2017
Songs:
Maeson – Vinyl’s

Skullcandy Partnership

I’m happy to announce a new partnership with one of the leading companies in the production of headphones, Skullcandy. As you know i get to travel a lotĀ and one thing i usually do is either watch movies of listen to music, doing it on good quality headphones, at least for me, is something really important in order to relax and have fun. Skullcandy supplied me with some wireless bluetooth headphones that i will review and surely use not only to listen to music but also for video editing on my laptop. I’m also excited for the in ear bluetooth headphones i received to use at the gym and that i can connect directly to my Tom Tom watch.

Big thumbs up for Skullcandy for hooking me up with their products and be sure to stay tuned for the review!

BAJA WORLD CUP RD.1 | DUBAI

Just came back from the Dubai International Baja 2017 also first round of the Baja World Cup. What can i say? The race was simply too much fun, 2 days racing in the Dubai desert all off track on the dunes. The race was articulated on a total of 3 special stages that summed up to 374km of specials. I had the chance to take part in this race thanks to James West and the whole Team Crazy Camel/Rebel whom provided me with a Yamaha WR450F 2017 equipped with all the necessary instrumentation and a 15 liter fuel tank.

Race was going super well finishing day 1 in 6th place and running 5th in day 2 until 750mt from the finish where a technical problem due to a crash caused my bike not to start anymore…..hence i had to push it through the last 3 dunes to the finish losing over 20 minutes and ending only in 9th place. Real bad luck but in any case this has been a great experience and the chance to do a great training on dunes. I was very happy to see that finally i’m gaining back the speed to race for a top result. Now back to work and training until the next race!

2017 BETA RR Model Range Test

This summer i was able to be one of the first riders to test the new Beta RR Enduro 2017 model range getting the chance to ride all the models; 350cc, 390cc, 430cc and 480cc 4 stroke but also the 2 stroke 250cc and 300cc. To start with here a video while riding the RR 350cc and you will be able to notice how the Beta is extremely agile in the forest and easy to handle even when there are continuous changes of direction:

Personally i think the RR 350cc is the model on which you can feel the biggest difference regarding the engine performance if compared to the 2016 models. Beta hasn’t made any major changes to their model range so i didn’t really feel much diversity especially on the 430cc and 480cc. What is for sure improved are the front Sachs forks that i use to hate on previous models but this time i have to give them credit because they work well and come out with a good setting that is designed for only an Enduro use.

ECU maps on all range have been slightly adjusted and all the bikes have a really good and smooth acceleration which helps you find grip even on slippery rocks. The braking compartment counts on a precise response. Generally the bikes are very balanced putting you in a position of safety even when your wheels are no more on the ground.

To end with my personal verdict is that Beta is an amazing bike for amateur riders and it provides a good dose of fun. You can perceive the built quality and feel its a Made in Italy motorbike. Would i buy it? Maybe, but at this point being several years that the models haven’t gone under big surgery, i would wait the 2018 range since my guess is that the bikes will be re-designed and significantly updated.