O First Ride Bmw F Soor

Like the fantasy foodstuff, this bike has everything just right, according to manufacturers BMW. Kenny Pryde wields his tasting spoon Some bikes are intimidating, aren't they Some circumstances are intimidating (do you remember the first time you rode away from a bike shop on your new bike ). And when you put both scary bike and stomach-churning situation together, it detracts from your riding. Well, I think I'm on safe ground when I say that nobody - or almost nobody - would be intimidated by...

Exhaust

No titanium to save weight, but there's a lot of trickery here. The best bit is the exhaust butterfly valves -there are three of them. One is in the silencer box, to reduce noise, as on most current bikes. But there are another two located in the header link pipes, which open and close the small connecting pipes that link the outer and inner pair of cylinders' header pipes. Opening these valves gives more midrange torque, while closing them improves top end. Conventional-looking Brembo...

Obrakes

Cast steel 310mm discs are gripped by four piston calipers To assist quicker wheel changing they have a wide mouth to accept the disc more readily, and magnetic piston inserts to keep thick brake pads apart. Fresh calipers with new pads are fitted every 12-14 hours They're quickly detachable to speed u p the process which takes around a minute. The master cylinder needs topping up. but no bleeding is required. The rear brake pedal return spring is strong enough to stop it working no pad wear...

O Engine

Although it can be tuned to WSB rules, the 2009-spec RI motor is remarkably close to standard, making around ISObhp. Tuned as much for usability and reliability, the inline four runs Yamaha race-kit cams and valve springs. Pistons, piston rings, conrods and crank are all standard, though they're all carefully matched and balanced. The cylinder head is gas-flowed and the gearbox is standard. The engine can be swapped in an hour and a half, though this is not allowed during the race itself. It's...

Jp S Triumph Street Triple R

TOTAL MILES DONE 5,955 MODS New chain and sprockets, greased suspension linkage Contrary to flippant captions written on my long termer page last month lit's easy to sit in an office and be cynically ignorant of facts the state of the chain and sprocket were nothing to do with neglect. Generally speaking, the little Triple has come through the winter very well, which is some testimony to all the clean water I sloshed over it, plus some of the product I used. If you're riding a lot of miles a...

Yamaha R1

Why does it always rain when you pick up a new bike It wasn't raining before Dave and I pulled in the Yamaha UK's car park, but now the rain is beating down so hard on top of the van it sounds like a metal bin being filled with ball bearings. Great. Paper work signed, we're on our way. Me riding in jeans and a jacket, and the R1 riding on brand new tyres. In fact everything about the R1 is brand new. The bike's showing only 17 miles and I'm put in mind of picking up last year's bike - albeit...

James Toseland

Born Doncaster, 5 10 80 Lives Isle of Man First race Three sisters, Cagiva 80, 1995 Best result of 2008 Six, sixth place finishes in MotoGP Britain's highest ranked MotoGP rider, James Toseland is clearly a little bit special on a motorbike Having proved himself on a trials bike at an early age, he quickly switched to a road race bike, winning the 80cc junior championship at his first attempt. So far the cost had been absorbed by his mother and her boyfriend, who had a decent job and, luckily...

Make Hp Your

The day before leaving for New Zealand, to do some volunteering conservation work, I came off my brand new Honda CBR600RR. After saying goodbye to my girlfriend, I was driving home in the typical English (i.e. wet) weather. I went a little too fast over a left-hand crest, on cold tyres. The bike lost grip and started to slide across the road and, after reaching the opposite side, it hit a grass verge and we both went down. I hit my head and shoulder (no, not the shampoo) on a stone wall and...

James Ellis

Born Lancaster, 19 9 80 Lives Kendal First race Elvington, Honda MBX 80,1995 Best result of 2008 Second, both Oulton Park BSB rounds Current bike Yamaha R1 with GSE Racing If ever there was a parallel to be drawn with Toseland's steady climb up motorcycle racing's greasy pole, then it's James Ellison's career path A mixed bag of a season in 2004 with Jentin Yamaha and a WCM MotoGP ride With a BT engineer dad and a seamstress mum, there was never going to be an endless pot of money in the...

Bayliss Back In

Which, if it sounds like a lot, is still closer to the 23-year-old star than any current Ducati MotoGP riders. (More impressive still considering Bayliss hadn't been on a bike since the final round of the 2008 WSB championship in early November). Bayliss was charged with testing a new electronics package designed to soften the power delivery on the GP9, to make the bike easier to ride apparently. Stoner's struggling team-mate Nicky Hayden, for one, will be hoping that...

Hag On Shocks

Hagon Progressiva for* spring kits Inc oil 67.50 Hagon Nltros Stainless Dampers & Springs Adjustable pre load & damping 324.50 Hagon Road Shocks 109.50 - Classic Shocks from 131.50 Prices inc VAT and free delivery to UK mainland All our shocks come with a 2 year guarantee and are TUV approved Hagon Products Ltd Tel 0208 502 6222 Fax 0208 502 6274 7 Roebuck Road. Hainault Business Park. Hainault. Essex IG6 3JH www hagon-shocks.co.uk Email sales t> hagon-shocks.co.uk Mon-Fri 9-5.30pm Sat...

Activ8

To add or not to add that is the question. Check out our forum for more Has anyone used ACTIV8 the universal friction reducer in their bike I'm thinking of putting it in my Honda CBR600F Sport. Don't think I'd fancy putting it in my bike. On their site I can't see any mention of it being safe to use with a wet clutch. Personally I think additives are a waste of money. Instead of spending money on that just change your oil more often if you're that worried about it. 30 for 250ml. You can just do...

On The Double

Why do leprechauns wear two condoms To be sure, to be sure. Chris Tomkins Police have confirmed that two Premiership footballers had their houses burgled. Ryan Giggs lost 70 Wales caps, 10 Premiership medals, two Champions' League prizes, one from the European Cup, five FA Cup awards, one League Cup medal, eight Charity Shield Cup trophies and one Super Cup medal. Emmanuel Adebayor lost a kettle and a toaster. Phil Worten So what, that Jesus turned water into wine I once turned a whole student...

O Tech 998 Yamaha R1 Rebuild

One man and his chains - now used to lock the finished Capricorn engine relinering boring out The cylinder liners of the 1998 RI engine would be left too thin with an overbore to 77mm, and what was left of the liners would flake away into the bores with catastrophic results. The answer is to remove the old liners, bore-out the liner holes, insert new liners and then bore and hone the new liners. New aluminium liners are given a nickel-ceramic silicon-carbide coating before assembly into the...

Mottor Bikes Xyz 250 Italian Bike

Why is Italy shaped like a boot Because you can't fit that much shit in a shoe. But nothing could be further from the truth because the passion that Italy and Italians emit is so intoxicating you can't fail to have a good time. There are some amazing roads, the food is to die for, it possesses some of the world's greatest tracks and is packed with things to see and places to go. On the flip side, the police can take a dim view of our enthusiasm, English isn't that widely...

Hm Quickshifter

S the Lord taketh, he giveth too - in the form of a shiny new quickshifter I had smashed my Dynojet quickshifter at my last Pembrey crash and, quite by chance, HM supremo Gareth Hopkins pressed one of his HM quickshifters into my hands at the NEC show to try. Well, Steve Jordan fitted it for me, insisting that he had raced HM kit before and it was faultless. Steve was right, it never missed a shift, no matter how low the revs were and I never thought once of adjusting th e sensitivity gauge...

Reed Valves

A reed valve is simply a flap of flexible material covering a hole, and fixed on one side. Gas can flow through the valve in one direction, by simply pushing the flap open. But if you try to flow gas back the other way, it pushes the flap closed, preventing flow. What this means in a two-stroke is that you can leave the intake port open for much longer than in a piston-port design. When the crankcase pressure drops, it sucks fuel air mix through the reed valve into the engine. But when the...

Seton Tuning

Former Bemsee supersport champion turned tuner Phil Seton Phil Seton built the motor - and he has pedigree. Seton's rider Hudson Kennaugh competes in British supersport and Nick Clark and Josh Wainwright in British superstock 600 - all on R6s. Seton built the engine, gas-flowed the cylinder head, and set-up the engine carburettors. The 2,070 price is due to the engine having to be built-up, stripped and rebuilt four times as there were so many unknowns with new parts. The crank and conrod...

Aprilia Rs250 Engine

Basically a Suzuki RGV250 engine with altered heads, exhausts and inlets a good one makes around 60bhp CLUTCH HOUSING Conventional wet plate clutch lives inside Well, the piston doesn't get an easy time there's less time for it to cool down between combustion strokes. And the pollution we've spoken about already partially and unburnt fuel is often passed through the exhaust ports. Perhaps worst of all, since the bottom end of the engine is used as part of the intake system, it's impossible to...

Ride With Confidence

Rgv250 What Carbon Footprint Shirt

The ultimate USP for a tyre like the Qualifier II is to be versatile across a range of bikes and versatile in application, road or track, wet or dry. On this evidence, the Dunlop Sportmax Qualifier II deserves to sell by the bucket load. SuperBike.co.uk, March 2009 Words Ian Dowds Pies Graeme Brown 2 Snap. John Noble, Roland Brown, Claire Collins These two-stroke 250 machines are lighter, simpler and almost twice as powerful as a four-stroke equivalent. So why are they dying out SuperBike...

Tcx Jupiter 2xcr Boots

ON TEST FOR Two years COSTS 119.99 CONTACT www.nevism.co.uk with the Vetcro preventing laces getting tied up on footrests. There aren't many bike-based footwear items you can wear on and off the bike without feeling like a tool - but these are such an item. Better yet. their water-resistant properties aren't undermined by sweaty feet, since the Gore-Tex does its breathable thing very well. Plus, in all the time I've had them, the laces have remained unfrayed, the sole is intact, showing minimal...

Gsxr1000

Suzuki has gone all-out to try and reclaim the crown with a totally new bike. But is that enough to make it king once again With few exceptions it did things bigger, better and faster than the others and kept them in check for a couple of years. But since then the mighty Suzook's domination has slowly been eroded. So while it may not look as though it has undergone a major change since last year, the 2009 GSX-R represents Suzuki's best effort to outdo stiff competition. In itself this is a...

Rutger Belt

We were asked by Honda France to prepare a bike - a customer bike - for the Bol d'Or last year. We did a good enough job for them to ask us to prepare a bike for Le Mans. We used our WSB superbike as a base, but the WP fork lowers and swinging arm were modified to take quick-release wheel systems. Also, the bike needed to run for 7U hours, so it was detuned to make around 20hp less than our WSB bike. In any case the tuning regulations are more like supersport - you have to use standard pistons...

Aprilia Rsv4

The V4 motor demands more respect and won't let you nail the throttle and rely on the tyres to grip like you can more readily with a twin . That marks it closer to revvier in-line fours than the more linear delivery of a Ducati 1198 or KTM RC8 even if your preconceptions and aural sense tells you otherwise . Practically speaking, I found it more roomy than expected, which is to say it doesn't feel as small to ride as it appears from pictures. I quickly felt at home, not awkward or...

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