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motorcycle

25% lighter than the standard
Officially launched to an international
audience at the American International
Motorcycle Expo in Florida last October,
Skycraft is the world's first purpose-built
freestyle motocross machine and a collaboration between action sports innovators
Unit and world-renowned motorsport entity Triple Eight Race Engineering Australia.

C

onceptualized by Unit
co-founder Ian Everest,
the Skycraft prototype
was engineered by an expert
team at Triple Eight, led by
acclaimed Technical Director Ludo Lacroix. A central
goal was weight reduction.
Skycraft is constructed
almost entirely from carbon
fibre and titanium components. At just 75 kilograms,
the bike is over 25% lighter
than a standard motocross
machine.
According to its conceptor,
the original design brief
recognized the opportunity
for an 'out-of-the-box' product for freestyle motocross.
All other forms of motorcycle sports use purposebuilt machines. So far, FMX
(Freestyle Motocross)

riders had no option but
to adapt to heavily modify
race bikes. It made sense to
explore what an FMX-specific bike might look like.
Being a concept motorcycle,
it also meant Unit were not
constrained or restricted by
production or cost requirements.

A completely new
design
As an experimental platform, Skycraft will allow for
test data and rider feedback
to lead towards a potential production bike. The
Skycraft concept challenges
conventional motorcycle
design rules with a heavyduty carbon-fibre monocoque frame containing a
fuel cell. The tail design has
integrated grab handles and
a forked seat, while engineering boundaries were pushed even further with the

silencer integrated inside a
carbon-fibre swingarm.
According to Ian Everest,
weight reduction represented the best characteristic to provide riders in their
quest for bigger tricks as
well as helping them innovate new manoeuvres. This
prototype is the product of
a combined effort with the
engineering foresight and
expertise of Triple Eight
Race Engineering Australia's
Ludo Lacroix.
The many other contributors to the Skycraft project
include LSM Composites
(carbon parts), Lightning
Composites (carbon parts),
John Titman Racing, Talon
(carbon parts), Scalvini
(exhaust), De-Tris (wheels),
Galfer (brakes), Mainmoto
(importers and distributors of aftermarket off-road

Specifications

* 75 kilograms
- CFRP monocoque frame
with integrated fuel tank
- CFRP swingarm with
integrated silencer
- Ultra-slim CFRP bodywork
- CFRP rims

motorcycle parts), Raptor
Titanium (footpegs and
footrests) and Racetech
Titanium (bolts and parts).
Each company provided
its specific know-how. For
example, the carbon-fibre
rims for the De-Tris wheels
are 30 to 44% lighter than
aluminium, resulting in
50-60% less inertia and 80%
less energy loss. n
More information:
www.unit.com
www.tripleeight.com.au
www.lsm.net.au
www.lightningcomposites.com.au
www.de-tris.com
www.talon.com.au

The bike os over 25% lighter than a standard machine

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http://www.unit.com http://www.tripleeight.com.au http://www.lsm.net.au http://www.lightningcomposites.com.au http://www.de-tris.com http://www.talon.com.au

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014

Cover
Edito
Point of view: volume production
Contents
Agenda of Events
COMPANY & BUSINESS
In Brief
Advanced materials
APPLICATIONS
Cargo
Marine
E-car
Motorcycle
MARKET
Glass fibre
Overview 2013
FEATURE PREPREG
Laminates
Paper
Equipment
Technology
Carbon fibre
Formulation
Process
Investment
Tool
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Additive manufacturing
Class A
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATIONS
Cutting
PVC
Recycling
Design
Filament winding
Index
In the world
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Cover
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 2
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Edito
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Point of view: volume production
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 5
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Contents
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 7
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Agenda of Events
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 9
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - In Brief
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Advanced materials
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 12
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 13
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Cargo
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Marine
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 16
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - E-car
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Motorcycle
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Glass fibre
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 20
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 21
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 22
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 23
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Overview 2013
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Laminates
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 26
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 27
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 28
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Paper
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 30
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Equipment
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 32
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 33
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Technology
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 35
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 36
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Carbon fibre
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 38
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 39
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Formulation
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 41
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 42
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Process
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 44
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Investment
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Tool
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 47
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 48
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Additive manufacturing
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 50
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 51
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 52
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Class A
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 54
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Cutting
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 56
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - PVC
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 58
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Recycling
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 60
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Design
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 62
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 63
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Filament winding
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Index
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - In the world
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 67
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 68
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