Wings? They are nothing new
Even Hailwood's Suzuki had them back in the seventies MCN STAR LETTER
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Guy got me in a spin
I am extremely pleased and surprised Guy Martin survived his successful record attempt on the Wall of Death. I still don’t know how he remained able to ride a bike at over 6G!
Sticking the boot in
In reply to Andrew Gush’s letter (MCN March 23), on no account should you wear wellington boots on a motorbike. They may be waterproof but they offer zero crash protection and could actually increase the risk of injury. Should Andrew be unlucky enough to slide down the road, the rubber would instantly melt when it made contact with the tarmac. That could cause a complicated twist fracture to his leg as the boot glues itself to the tarmac but his body keeps going or, the boot will be left behind, his foot will come out and he will continue his slide in his stockinged feet. Get a pair of boots built for motorcycling.
Triumph's Triple Crown
I’ve just come back from a test ride on the new Triumph Speed Triple R, kindly arranged by my local Triumph dealer, Team Roberts. Wow! What a bike! I have owned and ridden three generations of the Speed Triple and each has been a significant improvement, but this new one transcends all. If you had asked me before the ride what difference I expected to find be- tween the new Triple and my ‘old’ 2012 Triple R I would have said, ‘not much’. I can’t believe such a step change to be possible. The old machine was superb, but the latest Triumph is truly out of this world: the traction control, the engine modes, brakes, handling, performance, feather-light clutch, slick, smooth gearbox… even the mirrors. Just one problem, of course… how the hell do I persuade my wife to let me have one?
Saved by Kangol
It was interesting to read your article about the demise of British helmet firms and sad to reflect that yet another great British industry has bitten the dust. But I’m very grateful that once-upon-a-time a company called Kangol made great full-face helmets, otherwise I wouldn’t be here today! I was knocked off my bike in 1974, when I was 17, by a van driver who pulled out of a side road. My helmet was split badly on the right side but did its job in protecting my head; sadly my collar-bone didn’t fair so well! Still, 42 years on and I’m still riding and have not had a major accident since, so maybe that one taught me a good lesson in being aware of idiots!
Brit lids live on with Davida
Regarding the article on the sad decline of the British helmet industry. Like British bikes the decline was severe but not terminal. You seem to have forgotten Davida (www.davida.co.uk) who have been manufacturing a range of helmets and other gear for many years.
Rossi should shut up
Rossi has a hissy fit at Lorenzo for getting in his way during free practice <yawn>. When does Rossi never have a hissy fit at anyone he considers a rival? It is getting to the point of being boring. Rossi/stoner; Rossi/lorezno; Rossi/marquez; Rossi/ Lorenzo... and so it goes on. Come on Rossi let’s see you perform on the track.
Careless talk costs bikes
Liked the anti-theft feature (MCN, March 23) and would like to add to it. Asking neighbours to keep an eye open is a good idea, but without wishing to sound rude, asking them to keep mouths shut is also a good idea. Some years ago I was an ‘on-the-doorstep’ salesman. Most people were out at work when I called. Simply asking the neighbour if they knew when folk were likely to be home usually resulted in a full history of when each family member was likely to return, often including details of vehicle which would be outside. I am sure anyone wearing a leather jacket or carrying a helmet could easily find out all they needed to know about bikes and owner.
Slow down and move over
I am a cyclist and a regular rider in the Yorkshire Dales and am sick and tired of some motorcyclists who pass too fast and too close.