Do wings make for easy wins?
GP bikes are growing ever bigger wings. Should they be banned? MCN STAR LETTER
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Not jumping for Moto2 joy
Well that is the first round of Motogp done and dusted, and what a boring anti-climax it turned out to be. For excitement it didn’t come close to the two World Superbike rounds we have seen so far. As for Moto2 the race was a joke, with half the riders making a jump start you would not see in a club meeting. Call yourselves professionals?
Great telly but shut up!
It’s great to have Motogp back and BT Sport do it so well, except for the commentary. I wonder if they could just do the sound of the bikes as an alternative! Keith Huewen? Can’t he just shut up for five seconds in every minute? He loves calling every rider ‘kid’, even when they are 23 or older. Plus him and Julian Ryder are always going on about things that happened 30 years ago, as if we care! Please BT Sport get some younger guys more relevant to today’s racing, I’m no youngster but they get right on my tits.
Top trackday MCN
I would like to congratulate you on a great MCN Track Day with MSV at Brands Hatch Indy. I am a novice rider so was extremely nervous but was quickly made to feel relaxed. Having Shakey Byrne there giving us track tips was very useful and motivating, which helped me go quicker with each session. And what a top man your Adam Child is. Whilst eating his lunch he asked me if I’d like him to follow me out on track for a few laps then follow him and have a debrief. What can I say except I was well chuffed and taken aback? I looked around and realised it was just me he was talking to. This experience was invaluable and a great buzz. I still have a smile from ear to ear although I nearly binned the bike on the warm up lap due to my excitement.
My advice? Just do it
Thank you for arranging such an excellent day at Brands Hatch. Being one of the ‘older’ riders. I decided to have a go and do my first trackday on my Speed Triple. I am very glad I did and the day was brilliant. MSVT staff were all friendly and efficient and ran the day really well. Joe, the MCN photographer was a really nice chap and took a couple of photos of me with Shane Bryne which was too good to be true. Seeing Adam Child ride the ZZR1400 in the Expert group was highly impressive. For anyone thinking about it, do it. There were riders of all ages and quite a few ladies.
Life in the slow lanes
Having been a motorcyclist since 1972 and owning big capacity superbikes most of that time (I currently own a BMW S1000R Sport), I’ve just discovered a forgotten joy. As I approach my 60th I thought I’d do some green laning with the TRF so I purchased a CRF250L, a cheap and cheerful go-anywhere 250 single. That’s my discovery, what a joy it is to ride on- and off-road. It’s light, does 80mpg, doesn’t eat tyres and brakes, isn’t fast, and is about 140bhp less than the S1000R. It’s just so easy to get out and ride. I use it all the time instead of the car, it’s easy in traffic and although no motorway cruiser it’s happy at 65mph. It’s no replacement for a superbike ( you still need one of those), but it’s easier to get out for short rides and more fun below 50mph than a superbike. K Hughes, Norton in Hales Ed: Sounds like you're of the same mind as MCN'S Tim Thompson, see page 57
These guys are the nuts
Just wanted to give a big thumbs up and say thanks to Barry Gray at Speedy Fasteners. I ordered some fairing bolts months ago and only just got round to fitting them. I had a query over the sizes of a couple of bolts and I contacted Barry with the details on Friday afternoon. A jiffy bag arrived in the post before 11am the next morning with the bolts I needed! No cost, no quibble. Brilliant customer service.
Can someone explain why cars are subject to duty on their emissions and bikes have been excluded? It is clear this is unacceptable when the government wants motorists to go green and provides incentives to buy vehicles with lower emissions. Bike manufacturers have produced lower emissions engines for several years now but this has not been recognised.