Prepared

Leon Camier is the latest British superbike champion to step up to the world stage. Has he got what it takes Words Kenny Pryde Pics Graeme Brown, Joe Dick 2 Snap Let's be frank about this. The recent British superbike champions who've gone on to bigger championships haven't exactly covered themselves in glory, have they 2001 and 2002 BSB champions Steve Hislop and John Reynolds stayed put, but what about the others who took the plunge Neil Hodgson, Troy Bayliss, Gregorio Lavilla, Ryuichi...

Hector Barbera

Why 'Elephant Man' Well, Barbera races with a cartoon elephant on his helmet. When asked about it he says simply that it's my favourite animal. People who claim to he in the know, on the other hand, tell a different story You know, his thing Whoa It's like an elephant's trunk Run tty OBftiel Epp, the man behind the Emmi Caf Latte team. Aoyama has the Honda RC212V that Scot Honda relinquished at the end of 2009 and has built a team that looks pretty good on paper. The key to Aoyama adapting...

Aluminium Casting Techniques

Casting metal into shapes is a complex science, but it's also fairly dull. Even on manufacturer's bike launches, they tend to skirt over stuff like this, as the journalists' eyes glaze over as they mentally head for the bar The fact remains that all the current supersport bikes use complex cast components in their chassis - components it just wasn't possible to produce economically in the past. Seventies bikes all used easily-fabricated steel tube frames. Bend some tubes into shape, weld them...

Xspiritii

This is ad' man Neil Handley's lid of choice for the next year or so and, for once, we can't question his taste. What you're looking at here is the pinnacle of Shoei head protection - the latest incarnation of the range-topping X-Spint, the X-Spint II. There's not much difference between this and the old version, which is no bad thing because it was already a truly great lid. The multi-composite shell is made in four different sizes, meaning you should find a snug size-fitment for your head....

Bmw S1000rr

There are pros and cons to every engine layout. Certainly, Ducati would argue a V-twin is best, and BMW, with Aprilia, the other new boy in the 2009 paddock, clearly feels its in-line four cylinder motor has more possibilities for racing with the S1000RR. The 65 V-4 layout of the Aprilia does mean something of a compromise between the other two designs. In essence, though, it's a narrow, compact engine that centralises mass which, as all good bike designers will tell you, helps a chassis do its...

Marco Simoncelli

With an afro modelled on Sideshow Bob and a voice that sounds like it's been honed by smoking 40 fags a day, Marco Simoncelli is certainly something of a character in the MotoGP paddock. But don't let the cartoon character looks fool you, when there's even a sniff of a race win, or even a podium finish, Supersic isn't a man to be messed with - just ask Hector Barbera or Hiroshi Aoyama After three fairly mediocre seasons in the 125cc class, Simoncelli made the move to the quarter litre...

Helmets

If you have a 5 head, buy a 5 helmet, as the old saying goes. It's a cliche, but for the most part, its true. There are no bad' expensive brands on the market at the minute, something which wasn't always the case Head injuries suffered by motorcyclists are a leading cause of death and disability, and are proportionately more severe than those sustained from other road traffic or sporting accidents. The specific types of brain injuries following motorcycle accidents tend to have prolonged...

Metzeier Spootec N5 Interact

The new sportsbike tyre from Metzeler 'knows' how far you're leaning - and grips accordingly Remember when two compounds on a single tyre carcass seemed like a pant-wettingly clever advance in technology Well, in the world of rubber, the march of innovation continues apace. Metzeler's latest tyre, the Sportec M5 Interact, has two compounds and no fewer than five different tension zones around its steel belt. Metzeler claims each one of these zones has its own individual performance...

Pearls Of

Rhys Virgin Limobike

We all think we know a bit when it comes to bikes and we've all read or received some great advice. We spoke to some biking high fliers and asked what's the best piece of advice you were ever given Words Rob Hoytes Pics Graeme Brown, 2 Snap, Jonty Edmunds M The best piece of advice I was ever given was to treat every championship as a series and to not be blinded by individual races. My Dad Keith drummed it into me at a very early age that to win a championship you need to be consistent as well...

Victory Ipc Suit

This suit is hot off the stitching machines at REV'IT, and heads up the firm's 2010 collection - available from February. It's made from cowhide, double-layered in the seat area, with Kevlar stretch panels and foam padding at the back and hips. The shoulders and elbows are, of course, protected by CE-approved armour. Designed for sport use, the Victory has a speed hump, ventilation panels and comes with dual-comp knee sliders. It's meant to hug the figure with aerodynamic levels of snugness,...

Which Kit To Crash In

Pic Super Bikes Crash

Crashing, alas, will never be like landing on feathers. Good protective kit can make a big difference though. Irish race doctor John Hinds has attended plenty of bike crashes over the years, so we asked his advice on what he reckoned worked best. And what didn't. Words Dr. John Hinds Pics Graeme Brown, 2Snap, Mick O'Neil, Derek Clegg, Stephen Davison Words Dr. John Hinds Pics Graeme Brown, 2Snap, Mick O'Neil, Derek Clegg, Stephen Davison Statistically, the chance of a UK rider, doing an average...

Contactpatch

Write Readers' Letters, SuperBike Magazine, IPC Media, Leon House, 233 High Street, Croydon, Surrey CR91HZ E-mail superbike_letters ipcmedia.com The Letter of the month wins an HJC FG-15 Draco lid worth What with the freezing weather and tons of snow down here in the southwest, my Aprilia Tuono R has been languishing in the garage for too long. Spurred on by the latest issue of SuperBike and the credit crunch, I built I like what you've done there. But where's the go-fast racing stripes -...

First Ride

Superbike Garage

Make sure your pride and joy is safe More than 100 motorbikes are stolen every day. 40 of these are never seen again Bike Trac, the latest innovation from Road Angel, lets you see where your bike is, through an easy to use internet portal, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If your bike moves, and you're not on it, It will text and e-mail you to let you know it's on the move and where it's going. You can also use the same secure portal to see all your recent journeys using ttie latest Microsoft...