Thursday, November 4, 2010

Venom GPV-1: GP Racing Realism in a 1/8 RC Bike

Most of my experience with radio controlled vehicles (okay, almost ALL my experience) has been with RC aircraft and that mainly with airplanes. I do love the helicopters but at this stage have better skills and more confidence with the planes. I have also dabbled with a few RC cars and trucks, but had never tried out a motorcycle until a friend bought one a few months back and invited me to join him on its maiden run.

His new purchase was a model we happen to carry at RC Planes and Copters--yes, we do have a few RC products other than electric airplanes and helicopters--one introduced by Venom in 2008, the GPV-1 RTR 1/8 scale racer. We both have had so much fun with it that I thought you might you like know a little bit more about this exceptionally well-designed, highly detailed, high performing yet versatile RC motorcycle.

One of the first things you’ll notice about the GPV-1 is how great it looks. Modeled after Moto GP racing motorcycles, these bikes look so realistic that you’ll think someone turned a shrinking ray on one of the big models. And the GPV-1’s performance is equally outstanding: it’s fast enough and handles so well at high speeds that there is plenty to interest those who really know their way around RC ground vehicles, but also simple and manageable enough for beginners to operate. That’s not to say that 2 wheels are as easy to handle as 4; the GPV-1 is more stable at higher speeds and beginners will need practice to keep the bike upright at lower speeds. The good news is these bikes are very durable and hold up well to the inevitable crashes that novices should expect as part of the learning process. Once you begin to get the hang of the GPV-1, you can start making adjustments and fine tuning the suspension, and for competition purposes or just to have the hottest RC motorcycle on the block, a wide array of hop-ups are available.

If you are an older teen or adult who is into RC vehicles and wants something new and challenging, and values superlative engineering, great performance and attention to detail, the Venom GPV-1 may be right up your alley. Available in red, yellow and green, with Venom’s VR3T 3-channel transmitter, these bikes are Ready to Run and everything is included, even AA batteries.     

  • Adjustable Rake Angle
  • 6061 T6 Aliminum Components
  • Polycarbonate Body is pre-painted and decaled
  • Realistic Pro-painted Neo-cell Foam Rider
  • O-Ring sealed inverted forks with Teflon Bushings
  • 6 Ball bearings on the Chassis
  • 1-piece Truss-type Swingarm and captured shock pivot pin integrated into swingarm
  • Glass-filled Nylon parts
  • Front & Rear Track Stands
  • 6-CELL 7.2V 1200mAh NiMh Micro Battery Pack is included
  • COMES in 6 Different Frequencies for Competitive Racing
  • The V-Series 18R Micro ESC features reverse lockout and an easy one button setup
  • Adjustable Down Stop
  • Quick-Change Style Spur Gear
  • Built-in Steering Dampener with Auxillary Dampening
  • Fireball 370 Micro Motor with Machined Alloy Motor Plate
  • Micro Roller Chain
  • Adjustable Triple Clamps
  • Indexable Cam Chain Tensioner
  • Adjustable Shock Angle, Composite Threaded Rear Shock Body
  • Scale Exhaust 
  • Y-Spoke Wheels
  • VENOM'S Griplox Tire and Molded Insert System Featuring High-Grip Natural Rubber

Venom GPV-1 RTR RC Motorcycle

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