Just the two – Beej’s MT and Bruce’s pit­bike!

THIS MONTH I HAVE MOSTLY BEEN… “Get­ting a new arse fit­ted...”

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As you may re­mem­ber, the MT-10 was dead deady McDead in last month’s in­stal­ment, as dick­head here had left the bike on the park­ing lock over a week­end – the shame! Any­way, after a bit of bat­tery charg­ing love she was up and at ‘em once again.

But then, by hook or crook, we didn’t get to spend much time to­gether. Poor weather, poorly child, trips away, chained to my desk – you name it, there were mul­ti­ple rea­sons why me and the MT ended up spend­ing nearly a good three weeks apart. So when I fi­nally jumped back on her, it was a sod­den and gen­er­ally quiet ride to the of­fice through the muck, in­ci­den­tally mean­ing she was filthy in min­utes. Bug­ger...

But the fol­low­ing day we trooped up to JHS Rac­ing to get the Nitron R2 shock fit­ted, and it was the very first dry day of rid­ing I’ve had in 2017. It was also the mo­ment where the MT blew my socks again – I just couldn’t keep the front wheel down! I’ve spo­ken to some with an MT who say they’ve never even wheel­ied by ac­ci­dent but I can­not see how that’s pos­si­ble, as even gen­tle ac­cel­er­a­tion has it head­ing sky­wards, and def­i­nitely in the lower gears if you need to chop on a bit – it just hap­pens!

It took a while to get my head around the loopy bug­ger; I’ve al­ways thought Yamaha had es­sen­tially said to them­selves that they knew it wouldn’t be the very best sport naked, but if they made it the cra­zi­est, that’d do. And that they cer­tainly have done be­cause even months in I can’t think of any other way of de­scrib­ing this bike than ut­terly cer­ti­fi­able. Quite how I’m still not locked up is any­one’s guess!

But it was time for a new shock, and Nitron’s R2 is a great bit of kit, es­pe­cially with the re­mote preload ad­juster. James at JHS set about the MT, re­mov­ing the stock unit that’s done a great job thus far es­pe­cially with his ex­cel­lent static setup he di­alled in a few months back. But one can’t beat a bit of qual­ity damp­ing, which the Nitron is most likely to pro­vide. They do even bet­ter units than the R2, but James as­sured me that for the MT-10, this was the one we wanted.

It took about half an hour to re­move stock then fit the R2, and set-up the re­mote reser­voir and preload ad­juster. My only gripe would be that the ju­bilee clips pro­vided to at­tach the two to­gether looks a lit­tle naff com­pared to the su­perb build qual­ity of the units and the shock it­self. That said, and be­ing fair, they have a rub­ber sheath not to scratch said units, so some thought has been put into it. But the proof is in the pud­ding, and my word the back end feels won­der­fully sup­ported now.

It was good be­fore, but there’s a pal­pa­ble qual­ity to the com­pres­sion and re­bound stroke on and off ac­cel­er­a­tion now, one which I hon­estly didn’t ex­pect to feel so clearly. It is bril­liant, and I’ll be able to re­port in deeper depth next month, but the ini­tial re­port is noth­ing but glow­ing.

The Nitron R2 costs £696, with the re­mote ad­juster a fur­ther £210 . It looks proper cool and does make ad­just­ment a piece of the prover­bial, but if you can’t stretch that far you’ll be fine ad­just­ing it the tra­di­tional way. I re­ally like it, love it even, and al­ready I’m giv­ing Nitron’s fork kit some se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion, even if James’ setup on the stock fork is still su­perb. Find out if I folded next month!

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