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Man vs Machine – Rossi against Yamaha Robot

Posted November 6th, 2017 by Design Engine

Author: Sean MacDonald Originally published on cycleworld.com November 3, 2017   Yamaha claimed back in 2015 that it would build a robot that could ride a motorcycle around a racetrack faster than Valentino Rossi, the man considered the greatest roadracer of all time. It’s now two years later and Yamaha’s Motobot can not only operate a motorcycle, but it […]

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Proterra’s Electric Bus Breaks World Record, Traveling 1,102 Miles on A Single Charge

Posted September 20th, 2017 by Mila Medonaite

California-based company Proterra believes their electric buses could be another step towards removing our reliance on fossil fuels. Proterra’s Catalyst E2 Max Electric bus set a new world record for the longest distance traveled – 1,102.2 miles – by an electric vehicle on a single charge. The 40-foot bus packs a hefty 660kWh battery, as […]

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Road America Trackmap
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Road Racing Track Maps

Posted April 23rd, 2017 by Design-Engine

Here we will post a wide variety of track maps  over the next few weeks & months for the racers & Track Day folks who are interested.  Email me bart@designengnine.com to discuss new Maps or changes to existing maps. These tracks are created slightly wider than the equivalent google earth plan view or aerial view of […]

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-40° Stickers 'boys like stickers' Bart Brejcha
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Go Fast Take Chances: Savannah’s Roebling Road 2016

Posted March 22nd, 2016 by Design-Engine

The Roebling Road WERA Race week started out flying from Chicago to Atlanta to visit my father.  He lives north of Atlanta where I stash the truck and trailer for the long Chicago winter.  My hope is always that that vehicle is closer to a trip to Homestead Florida in either Dec or Feb and/or that I may ride […]

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Bart Brejcha passing off the #1 plate to Drew Jankord
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2015 CCS Midwest Awards Banquet & Year End Gala

Posted January 19th, 2016 by Design-Engine

Each year there is the Champion Cup Series – CCS Awards Banquet to honor racers, family, mechanics and friends.  At Lake Lawn Resort, this year’s event took place in January. I usually pass on this banquet, opting instead for riding hard at the Jennings GP for multiple weekends. Jennings GP is a paved sports bike race track in northern Florida.  Why […]

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Bart Brejcha -1 degrees design engine style
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The Farm: A Race Season Finale

Posted September 28th, 2015 by Design-Engine

A Last weekend in 2015 at the Farm: Race Season Finale The Design Engine Racing Team, this past weekend at BlackHawk Farms Raceway, clinched five Series class titles. The championships were won in the Midwest region of Champion Cup Series (CCS) in all expert middleweight and heavyweight classes. The team overcame many obstacles and problems this […]

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A Welcomed New Track: Gingerman Raceway

Posted September 22nd, 2015 by Design-Engine

The Champion Cup Series Racing organization hasn’t been to Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan in 10 years. This past weekend, they made their return to what would turn out to be a really tough one – with quite a few bumps, bruises, broken bones and bikes! It was a nice change to race at […]

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White Smoke at Blackhawk

Posted September 1st, 2015 by Design-Engine

Della, Bart’s Mom came to the races August 29 – 30 2015 Bart likes to tell everyone at the track that racing is a family sport. “Usually it’s my Dad who comes to the races and that’s only down in the Southern States.” Race tracks like Road Atlanta, Roebling Road & Jennings GP are closer […]

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Hot Shot Hole Shot: Back to the Farm

Posted July 23rd, 2015 by Design-Engine

Hot Shot Hole Shot Bart did get every hole shot in the races this weekend! Rain, the dreaded rain The weather report suggested there might be rain Saturday or Sunday. It might happen so if you have spare rims then you mounted rains on there for the weekend. Usually in the rain Bart is fast. […]

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Road America Double Header Weekend

Posted July 8th, 2015 by Design-Engine

roadamerica04 Design Engine’s Race Team Leader, Brian Kolasa, likes to ultrasonically clean the brake calipers and rebuild those between every race weekend. He was unable to do that this past week because we purchased a Kawasaki ZX6 from Mark Rhoades, sight unseen. It was at Farrell Performance Racing getting an engine refresh. We were hoping […]

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Racers ‘X’ Brainerd International Raceway June 13 & 14 2015

Posted June 16th, 2015 by Design-Engine

Week Before the Brainerd race On the bigger more horsepower oriented race tracks, it’s a good idea to have a fresh engine installed and dyno’d for Oxygenated MR12 for race day. Bart spent 8 days suffering with a cold in the Middle of Ohio in hopes to get a refreshed engine. Although Bart’s Suzuki is […]

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Guns Blazing: Blackhawk Farms Raceway May 17, 2015

Posted May 19th, 2015 by Design-Engine

The Inevitable Rainy Sunday Bart usually hopes for rain on race days. He says it’s cheaper because rain tires last all day – that is if it does not dry out. Blackhawk is his least favorite track in the rain though. For years, all the Mazda Miata cars have turned upside down dumping oil. Sportbikes […]

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Target On His Back; CCS RACES @ Autobahn Country Club May 2-3

Posted May 6th, 2015 by Design-Engine

May 2-3 2015 These blog posts are really geared less at racing and more about the fun off course in the paddock. Champion Cup Series finally made it to Autobahn Country Club For the first time in 10 years, the <http://www.ccsracing.us” target=”new”>Championship Cup Series hosted a race weekend at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL. […]

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Blister from Riding Snowmobiles
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Tips for Avoiding Blisters and Developing Healthy Calluses for Motorcyclists

Posted March 19th, 2015 by Design-Engine

Bart’s Blister from a hard day of riding snowmobiles. Avoid Blisters! Develop Calluses! Maintaining healthy hands for riding is key if you want a productive summer. Some of the most common problems motorcycle riders have are preventing the development of unwanted blisters and building calluses. Many people overlook the fact that hand health is important […]

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First Race Weekend of 2015; Roebling Road March 7-8

Posted March 10th, 2015 by Design-Engine

Our blog posts are less about the racing and more about our journey – getting to and from the track and having fun. Read about our journey to Southern GA and the CCS races ‘down yander’ as we like to say. Be sure to see the track PDF map and Youtube videos of the featured races. […]

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Events

2015 International Motorcycle Show

Posted February 16th, 2015 by Design-Engine

The International Motorcycle Show (IMS) in Chicago, sponsored by Progressive, features motorcycles, parts, equipment, tools, and various attractions and entertainment all under one roof. Attendees can check out the jaw-dropping design and engineering of the world’s leading motorcycle manufactures and customized bike builders. Additionally, they have the opportunity to meet the artists behind the bikes […]

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Champion Cup Series Mid-West Awards Ceremony

Posted January 22nd, 2015 by Design-Engine

Delavan, WI January 17th, 2015: Design Engine’s race team was awarded 1st place finish in the overall point standings for the CCS Midwest region with Bart Brejcha at the helm. From the generous hospitality of Crew Chief Brian Kolasa, festivities commenced at his family’s residence in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, in celebration of the 2014 CCS […]

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Sunshine, Art and Motorcycles: Sportbike Racing In Miami

Posted January 16th, 2015 by Design-Engine

Homestead, FL December 7th 2014: Design Engine’s race team visited Homestead for the final race of the year 2014. It was a welcome escape from the frigid cold of Chicago to a warm, humid climate in the shadow of Miami. It would prove to be a weekend of sunshine, incredible artwork and intense racing, but, […]

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Design Engine Racing Secures The #1 Plate for 2015

Posted January 15th, 2015 by Design-Engine

South Beloit IL Sept 29, 2014: Design Engine Sportbike Race team secures the #1 plate and overall expert points with a wide variety of 1st place finishes in the for the 2014 CCS race series. For the CCS double header weekend in July the two race wins Saturday and five straight wins propelled Bart to the […]

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Ducati Announces Wireless Airbag Jackets for Riders and Passengers

Posted April 2nd, 2014 by Design-Engine

Ducati has announced a new version of its stunning Multistrada 1200 sports-tourer (check out our video review) that wirelessly inflates airbag jackets for both rider and passenger in the event of a crash. A step forward from themotorcycle airbag Honda showcased in its Goldwing series, the Ducati system can protect the rider and passenger even once they’ve separated […]

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