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Carbon wheels improve brakes, handling

Most motorcycle wheels are made of aluminium, steel or magnesium, but if you want to extract some extra performance from your road bike, you could consider carbon fibre wheels. They are lighter, tougher, longer-lasting and don’t corrode. However, they are quite expensive, usually costing several thousand dollars, which is why they are often used on expensive limited-edition …

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Future bike engines made with plastic?

As motorcycle manufacturers continue to strive for weight savings, could the future generation of bikes be made with plastic engine parts? Europe’s largest application-oriented research organisation, the Fraunhofer project group, believes they can reduce the weight of an engine by 20% using fibre-reinforced plastic parts, such as the cylinder casing and even crankcase bearings, rather …

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