During the AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida last week, Erik Buell Racing (EBR) took the covers off its latest sportbike, the 1190RX. The company also announced it would be taking the 1190RX directly to World Superbike competition in 2014, with Geoff May the team’s number one rider. Joining the world championship was a dream both May […]
RC Racing — Almost As Good As The Real Thing
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With the Phillip Island round of World Superbike starting this weekend, this officially marks the beginning of the 2012 racing season. As a precursor to this weekend’s festivities, however, we thought we’d get the racing juices flowing with this YouTube gem of radio-controlled motorcycles going wheel-to-wheel on a RC-specific racetrack.These aren’t the same RC toys you might have played with as a child, either. Just look at the speeds they’re able to produce. Nope, these are purpose-built RC motorcycles. The racing action is rather intense, and if you’ve never operated a RC machine like this before let me tell you, it takes some real skill behind a controller to get them to go around a track this quickly.
It’s definitely an entertaining video that actually captures some of the same challenges the World Superbike competitors will face this weekend: line selection, managing traction from each tire, throttle and brake application, and dealing with traffic.
Be sure to watch to the end, otherwise you’ll miss a RC reenactment of the famous 12 o’clock wheelie Max Biaggi barely managed to save as he won the 1998 500cc race at Brno. Welcome back to race season, everyone!