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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?
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.