Held 8720 Highlander Ii Boots

You can't question German firm Held's ability to make unapologetically purposeful touring kit, and the Highlander II boots are just the ticket for any springtime sojourn. They have ankle and shin protection, soft textile interior, HydroGuard waterproof membrane, and full leather outer-shell. The long zip makes getting them on and off a breeze, too.

Ztechnik Carbon Trim

Ztechnik specialises in parts for BMW bikes, and this carbon fuel-cap trim is available for most current models. It gives any too-dull German tank a slightly jazzier look. Traditionally known for crash protection. UK firm R& G Racing is looking to extend its remit with this new bike cover. It's sized to fit most modern sportsbikes, has an elastic hem, securing straps and holes for locking your bike through. It's tough, heat-resistant, and is well priced. This pendant' - or steel dog-tag, if...

Kawasaki Zx6r Mkto Adventure R

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Electronic Suspension Adjustment Ii

BMW is, quite rightly making a bit of a song and a dance about its new second-generation ESA II y associate with a 'proper' sportsbike, despite holding onto a quarter-tonne of heavyweight sport-touring machinery. And when we get lost due to some bizarre satnav snafu, and wind up pootling through bumpy, cobbled village streets, the ESA on Comfort' gives a soft, compliant, yet well-damped ride. The ASC traction control adds peace of mind when we get even more lost, and end up on muck- and...

Frank And Barry Sheene

Britain's most popular biker ever, Barry fell into racing thanks to dad Frank's own racing career, while his uncle Arthur was a speedway rider. Sheene was built his first bike at the age of five by his father and also did trials in his youth. Frank was never going to win a world championship, but his skills as a mechanic and a tuner were much in demand. It's this influence that is important for Barry, as he could strip and rebuild a motor by his early teens. He could even listen to an engine...

Brand Of Brothers

Over the years, bike engineering firm Harris Performance has become synonymous with bespoke bike building and top-level race projects. SuperBike goes behind the scenes at the UK's best known performance specialists Words Chris Moss Pics Jason Critchell Harris Performance If anyone is entitled to strut around wearing Been there, done that' T-shirts, it's the Harris brothers. In the forty years they've been in the bike game, Steve and Lester have turned their highly-skilled hands to a multitude...

What To Look Out

Neutrality suspension (albeit slightly under-dampedl copes nicely with most duties, giving ride-quality and control. The brakes cut the pace of the Sprint just as commendably as its engine delivers it. The The Sprint ST is a reliable, well-finished bike, but high-mileage examples may reveal a few bargaining points Sprint ST riders have the perfect demographic to buy a used bike from typically over 0 and proud of taking care of their bikes Our own Simon Roots W7I ran an ST for a year and clocked...

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IT USED TO BE A LOT OF FUN WITH A LOT MORE CAMARADERIE THAN THERE IS NOW, AND A GOOD HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE FACTORY AND PRIVATEER TEAMS y That was our first step into the big time and we started to get approached by factories to do development work for them. The experience of top-level Grand Prix paid off several years later following successful campaigns in British Championship racing, and underlined just how well-respected the British firm was. Prompted by the FIM to increase the...

Bill And Ian Simpson

Ian Simpson - one of the UK's greatest racers ever. Fact. No-one since - or probably will ever - win a Supersport 600 and Superbike British title in the same year, but Ian Simpson did it in recent history, back in 1994. Dad Bill raced at the highest level in the UK, being a bit of a TT specialist. This gave young 'Simmo' his way in. He was my hero, says the Scot. When I watched him race, I realised that was all I wanted to do, but I never thought I'd be anywhere near as good as htm. He tried to...

Ask A Leathers Expert

Cared for correctly this is a very efficient anti-fog system, all of our racers use the same standard shield coating as supplied on our consumer's helmets. There are a couple of basic surface types on which mist does not form, and they are either hydrophilic in the case of Fog City type inserts (does not allow mist to form on its egg carton shaped surface) or hydroscopic in the case of Pinlock or factory coated mist retardant visors (which absorb moisture). Whichever system is chosen, the...

O Cartridge Vs Big Piston Forks

One of the biggest leaps in technology we'll see this year is the introduction of Showa's big piston forks on Kawasaki's ZX-6R and Suzuki's GSX-R1000. But already there are a lot of different theories about what they're designed to do, how they do it and even what they feel like. We've enlisted the help of K-Tech suspension guru Ken Summerton to explain everything you need to know WtSr& U'Boh Gray Pics Howard Boylan Monster Pictures) First, a fact. While the idea of big piston forks on the...

Heated Grips

Forthose who ride all year in all temperatures, heated grips can be a welcome addition to any bike. JP takes the DIY approach Above A quick squirt of penetrating pray should be enough to coax off your old grips Left Lightly sand your bars before fitting the heated lovelies Unless you want to replace the grips with a different set, there's no point damaging the original ones because you'll probably want to be replacing them when spring arrives. J The best type of glue to use is debatable....

Dek And Cal Crutchlow

2009's Yamaha World Supersport signing Cal Crutchlow was sired by dad Dek - himself a handy racer - and young Crutchlow himself was named after legendary American racer Cal Rayborn Cal says Dad did a few National Supercup races but he didn't start racing until he was 46 He raced in Europe for a while and carried on until he was 52. He raced for a year while I was, but he was worried I was doing it for him, especially when I quit football to concentrate on racing. But I loved it, but it's true...

Fours

Four types of four-cylinder layouts have been used to shove us along in the past. Least common of all are the opposed-four and square-four layouts used in bikes like Honda's early Goldwing and RG500 Gamma respectively (no disrespect to the Ariel Square Four). The opposed four is like two opposed twins slotted together. It has an extremely low centre of gravity but is still a big lump to hide in the chassis. A square four is like two parallel twins sat one behind the other. While it's a compact...

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Our news section is the first place to look for breaking stories and hot gossip from the biking world Have your and rave o other bike SuperBike What a spanner I don't think a can of tyre-weld s going to fix tt at one On Friday, before the G-Mex Bike Show, our washing machine decided to die. The wife said (hat if she had a new one by the end of the day. I would be allowed to go to the show. So I cleared the room of all my bike gear and put it on the stairs until the new machine was in its new...

Paul And Christian Iddon

Dad Paul was the hard racer from the 80s, who has done British, European and World Championship racing. While Paul is famous for the Skoal Bandit Suzukis he raced, son Christian is the supermoto star who has so far shunned pure Tarmac racing, but can also boast a BSc Honours degree in Health and Sport. With Paul's busy race schedule in the 1980s, it wasn't long before Christian got the bug I had my first bike by the age of two and competed in schoolboy motocross by the time I was six. Riding my...

Sandy And Wayne Rainey

Often overlooked, but Wayne's dad raced, winning some US IT races and was moving into pure oval-track racing before a bad knee break effectively ended his career. Little wonder though, that it was his direct influence that got Wayne into racing too. In Wayne's biography, Sandy says Wayne was six or seven and I got him this little minibike to play on in the yard. The wife was saying Man, don 't you dare get him interested in racing.' And I'd go, no, u-uh, no, not me. But Sandy did. Sandy went on...

O First Ride Yamaha Xj6 Diversion

Yamaha Xj6 Riding Pics

The Yamaha Diversion seems to be a lightning rod for the fortunes of the world. At its original launch, way back in 1992, the exuberant decades ahead were a distant dream, hence Yamaha's new, honest fare reflected the austere times. The world was a mess - Japan was in a desperate state, and America and Europe weren't faring much better. The frivolous Me generation, fuelled by hedge funds, property gains and the tech sector had barely be born, hence the air-cooled Diversion provided cheap and...

Dyno Performance Kawasaki Zx6r

Look at peak power figures of any supersport bike over the last 10-years and it doesn't look like things have changed too much. In 1998 SupcrBike test figures show a ZX-6R peaking at I03bhp and 47 5lb-ft of torque. The 2008 ZX-6R on our group test put out a not too dissimilar I lObhp and 45lb-ft of torque. Seven bhp in 10-years and less torque Thankfully things have moved on. The bikes are revving more, to over I5,000rpm still a long way short of the crooked lie that is...

How It Works

IAs the shock compresses, both the steel spring and the Elastogran are squashed down the spring coils get closer together and the Elastogran cylinder is distorted, squishing outwards. Because the spring and Elastogram are fitted in series you can only reduce the overall rate. 2 But, surrounding the Elastogran is a movable sleeve, that uncovers more or less of the polymer cylinder. As it moves up, more of the Elastogran can squish' outwards, giving the effect of a softer spring. If the sleeve is...

Tbm Suzuki Rm250xc

Tbm Suzuki

Suzuki GB spots a niche and invents a new sub-category with its new RM250XC enduro weapon Words on Peaison Pies Trail 8i lt e Magazine Type 249cc l c, two-stroke, single Bore x Stroke 66.4 x 72.0mm Compression 104 1 Carburation Keihin carburettor Gearbox 5-speed Chassis Aluminium twin spar Suspension F 48mm USD Showa forks, fully adjustable R Showamonoshock. fully adjustable Brakes F single disc, dual piston Nissin caliper R single, single-piston caliper Wheels Tyres Aluminium spoked R 80...