Bril­liant Bazza mem­o­ries

Sheene was the ul­ti­mate hero from the sum­mer of bik­ing love MCN STAR LET­TER

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In a spin over Honda GP tech

So Honda are claim­ing that be­cause their new Mo­togp en­gine runs ‘back­wards’ it al­lows rac­ers to brake harder (MCN, April 6). Sadly nei­ther Neil Spald­ing nor HRC’S Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor at­tempted to ex­plain the ‘small’ ad­van­tage this is al­leged to give and I think that’s be­cause it’s all in the mind. Are th­ese ex­perts claim­ing that, be­cause the en­gine is try­ing to ro­tate back­wards, on its crank, that the re­sul­tant mo­ment of in­er­tia some­how coun­ter­acts the cor­re­spond­ing forces at the front wheel? Seems un­likely to me. Apart from the force trans­mit­ted to the rear wheel, the big­gest set of forces gen­er­ated at the crank are surely gy­ro­scopic and, there­fore, re­sist­ing changes in di­rec­tion. In think we’re in the realms of psy­chob­a­b­ble.

A nod’s bet­ter than a wink

Af­ter 20 years on two wheels I’ve wit­nessed many changes but the thing I miss most is a nod from my fel­low biker. It’s a rare thing th­ese days but even now, hav­ing trav­elled tens of thou­sands of miles, a sim­ple nod still puts a smile on my face and re­minds me that I’m part of a club, a tribe, and that above all, I’m a biker!

Bring back Bridge­stone

I’ve just been in a pub watch­ing the Mo­togp from Austin. As the riders crossed the line, a fel­low drink- er asked for the golf to be put on. One of the par­tic­i­pants (let’s face it, it’s not a sport) had a cap on bear­ing the name of his spon­sor, Bridge­stone. I won­der if the riders I’ve just watched resur­face part of Texas could ap­proach them? Surely they’d leap at a change for in­volve­ment in such a high-pro­file sport? ly use­ful as I am re­view­ing my in­surance. But I am sur­prised that not one in­surance com­pany en­quired if I had the best anti-theft de­vice ever in­vented. To be hon­est, if a thief can break into my house, find the keys, get into the garage, dis­arm the se­cu­rity locks and alarms, and get the bike out with­out dis­turb­ing my two dogs I’ll put the log book in his hand my­self. Pro­vided we can find his hand, of course.

Wings aren’t just for birds

With­out my prior knowl­edge the MV Agusta team ar­rived at the Francorchamps GP with an ex­am­ple of the ef­forts of the Torino Univer­sity to im­prove top speed and han­dling by way of wings. All I had asked the fac­tory to do was to stop front wheel pat­ter. Af­ter one lap I stopped and asked them to re­move the wings as they felt un­safe. Of course MV Agusta didn’t have the prob­lem of ex­ces­sive power with only 100bhp to cause wheel­ies. The cur­rent use of wings on the 250bhp Mo­togp bikes is vi­tal to main­tain max­i­mum speed which stops the anti-wheelie con­trol re­duc­ing power.

How about a Suzuki Duke?

Is it just me who thinks Suzuki have dropped a clanger by putting their SV en­gine into an­other de­sign flop and that KTM don’t re­alise that the 690 Duke would fly if it was a twin? How about merg­ing the two?

Self-right­eous wob­blers

Just like Bob Cross (MCN Let­ters, April 6), I too am a reg­u­lar rider, but in my case, in the roads of midWales and I too am sick and tired, but of cy­clists who seem to feel they have an ab­so­lute right to wob­ble along, two and three abreast with­out any ap­par­ent con­sid­er­a­tion for other road users.

In­sur­ers do lis­ten

I re­newed my in­surance but for­got to dis­close that I had been nabbed for us­ing a mo­bile while driv­ing (no ex­cuses, apart from the fact I am stupid). I paid my pre­mium for the year but then the in­surance com­pany called to say I owed a fur­ther £140 for non-dis­clo­sure. I was passed to a su­per­vi­sor, at my re­quest, and I ex­plained that, in my view, bike, car, life, home in­surance was all based on risk and the pre­mi­ums were di­rectly re­lated to the el­e­ment of risk. I ar­gued that the mo­bile of­fence wasn’t rel­e­vant as a risk as it is im­pos­si­ble to use a mo­bile while rid­ing, there­fore the risk does not ex­ist. No fur­ther ac­tion was taken and my pre­mium did not rise.

Mark and his mate af­ter watch­ing Sheene at Oliver’s Mount. Note the MCN jacket Wings didn’t take off for Phil Read

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