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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’

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