Do you use ‘protection’?
CHRIS, I READ your column on the dangers we face riding on the roads. Four weeks ago while going around a sweeping right hander at around 70mph a deer jumped out in front of me. It was a split-second decision; I hit it dead centre. I heard the noise of carbon-fibre beaking up, I felt the impact and went sliding towards an oncoming car, with my bike sliding down the road in front of me. Luckily the car stopped as I did.
My point is my number wasnt up. I reckon I went over the front and the dead deer went over me. My bike is all carbon-fibre and because I was down and to the right of the bike I survived. A point to note: that day I wasnt looking to win any races but decided on textile jacket, full race gloves, back protector and ankle bike boots, I did not have any lower protection but was wearing jeans that cost me a rash on my butt and knee. My jacket was destroyed, my back protector grazed, helmet beaten up, gloves and boots destroyed. The point is, my kit saved me, if I did not have most of it I think I may have broken my back, and ground down my wrists, elbows and ankles. I have a one-piece suit but hate to wear it off track cause I look like the Village People in it and feel like a dick.
The lesson I took from this might sound a bit worthy, but it’s worth repeating: wear full kit because anything can happen. It could have been a dog; the effect would be the same at 70mph. Cheers Andrew Williams
Project Blade vs GSX-R K5
A thought came into my head today when I had a quick glance at the lightweight Fireblade column (that sort of thing is right up my alley)... Have you thought about putting it head to head with Kar Lee’s GSX-R1000 K5?
I know and understand that some of the mods done to the Blade are on another level, but I have followed Kar’s K5 for a long time now and that thing is a proper weapon (carbon wheels, Öhlins, Brembos, etc) and also roughly from the same era. Two proper fettled analogue thous: imagine...
On another note, I have a mint GSX-R1000 K5 for the road which I want carbon wheels for... any ideas what brand seems to be the best? I was thinking Dymag CA5; have you any experiences of them?
Finally I also have a Daytona 675R track bike, and I want some work doing on it over winter. Have you had anything to do with T3 Racing as I’m very particular about who I let work on my bikes. Or would you recommend anyone else? Chris Boland CN – CA5s will see you right; they’re what Rutter used on his lightweight Macau bike last year. And T3 are a sound bunch – give them a shout.
The caption on page 39 last month was incorrect, I’m afraid. Johnny Rea wasn’t making his Suzuka debut this year; although it was his Kawasaki debut. He was a regular there while he rode for Honda and won the race in 2012 for FCC. As him, Leon and I were about the only native English speakers in the circuit hotel in those years I used to sit with them on
occasion at breakfast to escape the Frenchies for 20 minutes or so! Mike Wain, R2CL Endurance CN – you’re absolutely correct, and I have whipped the man responsible for this oversight with a bull’s pizzle.
Yeah, thanks Michael
It’s not often I have cause to curse Michael Rutter, but last month, I detonated the biggest C-bomb of my life after opening the pages of PB. Nope, he hadn’t duffed me up into Redgate whilst doing a Rutter Test at Donington, and he hasn’t snubbed me for an autograph at Thruxton BSB (this year). What he had done was pick up the last of Honda’s RC213VSs, and I swore if I ever won the lottery that’s the first thing I’d do. OK, I haven’t won the lottery, but I stand by my point (simply because I’m jealous). All I can say is that Mr Rutter must have some incredibly generous sponsors. Bring it home for the win at Macau, Michael, and I’ll put a few quid in the swear box. Andy Larkins
I told you so...
So, Chris’s MV Brutale has finally revealed itself for the temperamental Italian bike we all knew it was (PB, October) with its alternator issue. I know your headline said, ‘Don’t say “I told you so”...’ but... I told you so! Maurice Hog CN – Bike ownership has its ups and downs, no matter what the bike. And anyway, I’ve sorted it now, albeit at considerable personal expense... More on the 750’s progress next month.
Keep it Kevlar
I can’t be the only one who’s excited to see how Project Blade ends up. But, I’m begging you, don’t get the bodywork sprayed ; the bare carbonKevlar finish will look the bollocks. Ben Thompson CN – No it wouldn’t; it would look simply bollocks. Anyway, see p84 for progress on the bike...
What you wear is entirely down to you, but a split second after this, Chris was on the verge...
Rutter deprives reader Andy of an RCV
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It’s fine, Chris’ll have it all back together