Fast Bikes - - LONGTERMERS -

Be­ing dragged over to Por­tu­gal in the back of a lorry for eight lads to abuse for a few days, I felt sorry for her. She didn’t whim­per though, and was soon lap­ping up mul­ti­ple bot­ties for count­less laps of Por­ti­mao. Although the ZX-10RR didn’t win SBOTY, it proved to be a pop­u­lar choice of steed: easy-go­ing, comfy and über sta­ble among a pack of lairy bas­tards. To cel­e­brate sur­viv­ing an­other test of mam­moth pro­por­tions, we sat round the pool and guz­zled Su­per Bock. It was nice...

Mean­while, back in blighty, the weather hasn’t been kind and I haven’t en­joyed as many week­end thrashes or turbo com­mutes as I should have done. The RR hasn’t dis­ap­pointed though. There’s a sur­pris­ing amount of grip and, in gen­eral, it’s been ex­cel­lent in iffy con­di­tions. Steer­ing doesn’t seem to be fazed by wet roads and there’s an abun­dance of grip from the rear. All in all, the RR has been be­hav­ing im­pec­ca­bly with­out fault.

Ex­cuse the faf­fery, but mods (and gear­ing) have been scarce thanks to a busy sched­ule, in­clud­ing the big­gest test of the year. That said, there’s a juicy Akrapovic full sys­tem wait­ing for me at JHS Rac­ing, which is ob­vi­ously mak­ing things moist. I’ve also had a few emails from fel­low Nin­jas that reckon a 16-tooth front sprocket (rather than the stock 17) is the tonic I’m after. With­out fail, that’s hap­pen­ing this month.

In what seems to be the de­fault first mod of many longtermers (for fairly ob­vi­ous rea­sons), I have fit­ted some engine pro­tec­tion these past few days, so I have.

There’s only one choice of engine pro­tec­tion for me, and that’s GB Rac­ing’s range of mo­tor­cy­cle ar­mour. The FIM-ap­proved kit is also Fa­ganap­proved, hav­ing saved my spon­sors’ banks through­out years of rac­ing, ahem... Not only does it do the job, the stealthy black stuff also looks dench.

I grabbed a Martin Brun­dle (a bun­dle), packed with the safety es­sen­tials: a sec­ondary al­ter­na­tor cover, sec­ondary clutch cover, sec­ondary pulse cover (pic­tured), some bul­let frame slid­ers, a pad­dock stand bob­bin set and a shark fin for that fac­tory racer look. As an OCD suf­ferer, it’s also nice to cover up those tawdry OE cases.

The in­jec­tion moulded case cov­ers are now on and look­ing fly, tak­ing no time at all and util­is­ing the OE bolts. The fit is ex­quis­ite – after all, GB Rac­ing 3D scan the bikes for the snuggest of mounts. Let’s hope I don’t crash test any more of them…


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