Electric Scooter

What could be better for getting to broken-down cars in a big city than a bike But you'd never be able to carry enough tools - or would you The has a fleet of bikes for city work, including this new Vectrix electric scooter. Here's how the 'Very Nice Men' work on two wheels Words Ian Dowds Pies Roger Phillips Anyone who's ever broken down in their car (or bike) knows what a faff it is. And if you break down in the middle of a busy city centre, it's all much worse. So it's no surprise that the...

Tyre Warmers

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Corner Tightens Up Unexpectedly

With so much signage and street furniture cluttering up Britain's roads these days, there isn't realty any excuse for firing into a corner way too fast, to find that it's much tighter than you first anticipated. But it still happens, and when it does, the first reaction is the wrong one. Sure, jumping on the brakes is going to slow you down, but it's not going to help you get around the corner in one piece. All it will do is stand the bike up, and turn your chances of saving it from difficult...

Ktm 990 Sm R

Forget Dr Jekyll if the original 990 SM was a Mr Hyde-type character, then this new R is as harebrained as Mr Hyde on angel dust Yup, it's that tetter 'R' again this time, furnishing the latest radical and racy offering from KTM, the 990 SM R. There's no more power on offer from KTM's 999cc V-twin motor, but what you do get is a hell of a lot more control. This comes in the form of some excellently specced WP forks and shock the same as found in the SM T, but with different settings), a set of...

Crash Protectors

Uia (other models vary from 120-E300) Contact 08700 340 283 www.motocomp.com A very highly-engineered set of crash protectors from European experts, Top Block. The firm is back to its best after licencing issues. The combined aluminium nylon construction is super tough, and they look much sharper than basic turned cotton reel protectors. A little bit pricier, but worth it. Kitty Lea is modelling this dashed practical Chillout top. It's made from windproof material on the front, with a dual zip...

O Confidence By Numbers

Don't ride with your body tensed-up rigid arms or a stiff body will negatively affect your balance and control. You need to be fluid, so that you're able to move and to allow the bike to move underneath you as you lean into the turn. 4 Don't let your eyes fixate on any particular spot, especially the bit of road two feet in front of you. You need to know what's coming before it's too late, so look up at where you are going. Follow your eyes and aim to forget about the bike beneath you. 5 The...

Fireblade

The Blade was the bike to reverse the heavier-is-best trend that affected the sportsbikes of the late 1980s. At a snap, the ol' FZR1000RU EXUP was history and became a sports-tourer. Mass centralisation, and an almost bulimic diet saw 1,000cc power, allied to 600cc weight with the steering of a 400. Magic.

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Found more success in world endurance and currently races in German superbikes. O J A Grand Prix winner in the 125cc class, Gramigni never replicated that in WSB. O Vy A UK-based Aussie, Cragghill raced In the UK. America and in Australia as well as in the world series. I Pedercini ran his own team for much of his career in world superbikes, later running his own team as a full time manager. O Former dep ed at SuperBike and a 8SB privateer, Harris wangled a ride, concussed himself in qualifying...

Ducati 916

Traditionally, few Italian bikes were deserving of the term superbike'. The Laverda Jota was one, and the 916 is another. Here was a bike that did the impossible - it performed as good as it looked. Along with the Monster, the 916 helped turn Ducati around, as well as starting a brief trend for V-twin road bikes in the form of Honda Firestorms, and Suzuki TL1000s and twin-cylinder race bikes as Honda joined Ducati on the grid with a twin of its own in 1999 s SP-1. Price 11.800 Power 1...

Kawasaki Zx6r Ninja

Kawasaki needed some good news on the supersport front. Will the massively revamped 2009 ZX-6R hit the mark I f anyone has a right to feel a I bit depressed right now, it's Kawasaki's motorcycle division. After a pretty shitty start to the 21st century trying to flog its lardy, outdated Ninja range, it hit gold with its 636cc range of ZX-6Rs. And when it produced the first ZX-10R, proving it could produce cutting edge, high-performing mental machinery again, no one was happier than us. Even in...

Omotogp A Highlight

Asking a rider what their favourite win has been is a bit predictable. Ask a rider what they consider their best ride and sometimes you get something else. It was on the Aprilia, in the race at Mugello. You remember it was dry then wet and the race was restarted It was wel and dry and I gol up to third or fourth place in this eight-lap dash or something. I had Valentino lined up for a pass, then it completely dried up and they all cleared off and left me That was probably the highlight at the...

Oupper Torso

-Sitting up is important because it helps you see better and gives you more control. It helps you brace yourself against the deceleration but also gives you better control of the bars and puts your hand in a better position to grasp the lever. U Even if you're experimenting and trying to brake later, consider how unsettled braking makes your chassis. Dramatic jabs on the lever might be necessary in a race or emergency but. otherwise, doing so is not wise. Use the brake lever progressively,...

Will Travel

So you're preparing to go on holiday on your bike. Last month, we considered the kit you'll need to keep you warm, dry and comfortable wherever you may travel. Well, now it's time to ponder the things you might need to add to your bike, to turn it into a mile-munching voyager par excellence BMW 's smart KI300 CTis perhaps the ultimate two-wheeled performance tourer Don't set off unless you've stowed these vital accessories under your seat they could prevent a minor mishap from spoiling your...

Real World

Consider whether you want luggage that'll be easy to detach when you come to turn your bike back into a stripped-bare track-molester you won't want weighty racks ruining its lines. There are several things you can do to your bike to make it more comfortable on long-distance trips. The aim is to create a riding position that is relaxed and puts minimal stresses on your joints and limbs. Raising the bars, or fitting a higher set, is often very effective, especially...

Impact

We'll allow the merican spelling and tip our hats to Michael Braxton, the man behind this new Impact Safety rmor Unless you are a MotoGP rider and even then, we wonder , you are unlikely to be able to get yourself kitted out with custom-fitted back- and body-protectors. Well, fear no more Impact Armor is ready to design and manufacture chest and back protectors specifically for you. Braxton has been working in the field since 1994, and his kit is used by any number of GP and WSB racers some of...