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Ohlins designs suspension for Moto3

"Moto3 looks likely to be a superb class and a great place for new riders to learn their race craft and crucial bike set-up skills"
Ohlins has unveiled a brand new fork, the FG385, designed for the new 250cc four-stroke Moto3 class, which is replacing the 125cc World Championship from 2012.

"While it is sad to say goodbye to the last of the two-stroke GP race bikes, Moto3 looks likely to be a superb class and a great place for new riders to learn their race craft and crucial bike set-up skills," said Mats Larsson, Racing Manager R&D Öhlins Racing.

"With the new Öhlins FG385 borrowing so much of its technology from the equipment used in MotoGP, this new generation of GP stars will have the chance to cut their teeth using the very latest suspension available in preparation for their transition to MotoGP.”

The FG385 uses the same pressurised damping system as the forks Ohlins supplies to the entire MotoGP grid. The Moto3 forks also features titanium nitride coated inner tubes for reduced friction and better damping characteristics as well as twin radial brake caliper mounts.

In addition to very low hysteresis, this design has proven to be easy to tune and simple to service. Each set of forks comes with a complete setting library and the new FG385 forks weigh 4,450 grams including the springs.


Tagged as: Ohlins , 125 , Moto3

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Bluey

November 17, 2011 10:40 AM

under 5kg, including springs. yOw. still, no amount of tech can cheer me up, after the loss of the 250s and now 125s. people at the track look at me funny when i wheel up on my TZ250. i look at them funny for riding 1000s. different worlds really. i always think 'if they could do a lap in this seat, they'd never ride another production bike'. difficult to describe otherwise. still, Moto3 will be proper prototype racing, so...bring it on. i'll warm to it eventually, but the 2 strokes will always be my favorite.

Asian Aussie - Unregistered

November 18, 2011 1:50 AM

I live in Northern Thailand and still have lots of 150 2 strokes running around here. Huge fun. The Thais are now turning them into motocross bikes. The latest Honda 250 has nothing on the old NSR 150. I still do not understand the change to 4 strokes. The pollution of a 2 stroke is still far lower then most cars people seem to think they need now. The only down side is the constant rebuilds. Other then that far more fun to ride then a 4 stroke.



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