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Q Why is my RSV4 losing power?
I’ve really got into trackdays this year on my completely standard Aprilia RSV4 – what a great bike. I love the long back straight at Snetterton, but I’m not sure whether I am going to get to your MCN Trackday on October 22 as the bike is no longer as crisp as it was. It has started to struggle to rev out, taking forever to edge up those last 1500rpm. George Wilson, Derby pipe. This operates between 290 and 800°C and can get as high as 870°C. But it’s not designed to cope with the prolonged high engine speeds that come from chasing a half-decent lap-time and the honeycomb of precious metals starts to distort and melt, slowing down the exhaust gases.
If you persevere with it like that, the crankcase pressure will eventually build up so it starts weeping oil from seals. In 2008 I saw a Kawasaki ZX-10R that had reached that level of damage. You’ve got time to get a lessrestrictive exhaust system before your next trackday.
Two years on from an accident which left me with multiple fractures, I have just been told I will need to see an employment expert for my legal team and one for the car driver’s insurer. But I have just finished vocational rehabilitation which confirmed that I am not going to be working again in anything other than part-time non-manual work which will be tough as I was a carpenter before the accident. Do I have to continue with all these appointments or can I settle my case and move on with my life? Russ, email
I know it can be frustrating but the law requires the Claimant to prove his case. In order to do so experts in each relevant discipline are required. As a major part of your claim revolves around your ability to work and therefore loss of earnings it is understandable that employment experts are required.
The vocational rehabilitation you refer to is part of your treatment and is outside of the litigation process, so it is important to have an independent report to support your claim.
The expert will consider your experience and see if any skills are transferable into a different role or whether any training could be beneficial to enable you to work in a different field. These training costs form part of your claim.
While you can instruct your solicitor to settle at any stage, you would be well advised to comply with their request for the employment report. Perhaps ask for a sizeable interim payment in the meantime?
‘Comply with their request but ask for a sizeable interim payment’
Answered by Paul Curran, PCR Performance If your bike is still totally stock that means it’s still got the catalytic converter that’s sited in the link
Regular trackday miles could be melting your cat’