Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Andy Ibbot’s Performance Riding Techniques tells it like it is

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Want to be able to ride faster? You could learn a thing or two from Andy Ibbot's book...

We wanted to be able to ride our 100cc Honda scooter a bit faster. So, of course, we got ourselves a copy of Performance Riding Techniques, written by Andy Ibbot. Billed as ‘the MotoGP manual of track riding skills,’ it’s definitely a useful book and an interesting read. We recommend you buy a copy now. In the meanwhile, here are some quick lessons from the book, as taught by the Gurus of MotoGP:

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Keith Code says there are only five kinds of errors that you can make while riding a motorcycle. And this is probably what happens when you make some of those errors...


‘The simplicity of it all is astounding. On a motorcycle we do the same things as our heroes do: change speed and direction with the controls. That’s all there is, no more and no less. When it goes right, speed and direction changes are precisely placed on the road and correctly metered, just the right amount. It’s the same with errors. There are only five possible errors: changing speed or direction or both at the wrong time or in the wrong amount. No more and no less.’ – Keith Code

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Thinking about what's for dinner tonight? Don't, says Rossi...


‘When you ride, you should try and forget everything else. Don’t think about the rest of your life or the rest of the world. Try to forget all that and think only of the road or the track and the bike. It's not always easy to stay focused on the bike. Sometimes you feel that one part of the brain rides the bike, thinks about the tyre, sees the road, but maybe the other part is thinking about a girl, a friend, a song...’ – Valentino Rossi

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Run, cycle, jog, go to the gym and ride motocross. Yeah, well, nobody said it was going to be easy!


‘Legs are the biggest part of training, for sure. I cycle maybe five days a week and do 30-40 miles per day, and two days of running 4-5 miles each week.’ – John Hopkins

‘You can only get bike-fit riding a bike. It doesn’t matter how much training you do over the winter – you end up knackered after the first test.’ – James Ellison

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Think ahead, plan for the next corner...


‘You need to stay 100% concentrated on what is going to happen next. You need to ride with your mind a little bit in front of the bike. On the track, I’m always thinking about the next corner.’ – Valentino Rossi

‘I try to spend at least an hour a day going through the track in my head. I try and think about all my lines throughout the whole circuit, going back and forth looking at braking markers and stuff like that, so when you show up, you are prepared and immediately you’re good on the bike.’ – John Hopkins


‘For sure, throttle control is the most important part of riding a bike. It’s difficult with a big bike, like a MotoGP bike or big streetbike, because you can spin the rear tyre even in the dry. The only way to learn throttle control is experience, riding as many bikes as possible in as many conditions as possible. Basically you need to make many kilometres because you need to understand the power delivery of the bike. When you understand how and when the power arrives, it becomes more easy with the throttle.’ – Valentino Rossi

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Stop. Hard. And make it go where you really want it to go...


‘You want to run the bike in with as much speed as possible and use the brake to control the bike’s speed. Obviously, the more lean angle you’re carrying the less brake you use. While I’m braking, I use pressure on both the footpegs to help take the braking forces and to get my weight into my thighs and the tank.’ – Chris Vermeulen


‘Your bike’s handlebars, of course, play the big part in steering, but your footpegs help you steer the bike too.’ – Chris Vermeulen

Get on with it…

‘When racing a motorcycle, there shouldn’t be anywhere on the track where you aren’t either braking or on the throttle – there shouldn’t be any period in between. From the moment I let the brake off, I have some throttle to keep the bike stable and then accelerate as hard and as soon as I can.’ – Chris Vermeulen

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Some have sheer talent for riding a motorcycle very fast. And then there are MotoGP riders

…but remember, you’re not Loris Capirossi

‘Normally in the race you ride the bike at 95%. In the qualifying you ride the bike at 110%. You use everything, the whole track. You use the bike really over the limit. You lose the front, you lose the back, always you are over the limit. For me this is very good, because I like to ride the bike that way.’ – Loris Capirossi

These excerpts are taken from Andy Ibbot's excellent book, Performance Riding Techniques. Get your copy now, from Amazon, eBay or Barnes & Noble

Go ahead, ride like Rossi!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Leslie Porterfield on life @ 374km/h

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Leslie Porterfield, the fastest female motorcyclist in the world...
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‘The fastest speed on a conventional motorcycle by a female pilot is 374.208km/h (232.522mph), by Leslie Porterfield (USA) on a modified Suzuki Hayabusa at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA, on 5th September 2008,’ says the recently issued Guinness World Records certificate. So, yes, while Leslie was already the fastest female motorcyclist in the world when we last spoke to her back in December 2008, her record setting feat now has Guinness’ official stamp of approval.

‘Bonneville is an amazing place. Its stark white expanse of salt makes it seem other-worldly. The competitors are welcoming. Everyone that goes to Bonneville has a passion for the sport and the camaraderie is unlike any other sport,’ says Leslie. ‘I had a great time taking my Hayabusa to a record speed of 232mph, and a production CBR1000 to 192mph. It was an amazing year for me,’ she adds.

‘I returned to the salt in 2009 and set a record at 234mph, with a first run at a spectacular 240mph average through the mile. The return run ended up being a little slower due to wheelspin,’ says Leslie. ‘I took the prestigious ‘Top Speed of the meet on a Motorcycle award’ that year and this was the first time in history that a woman took that award. I’m excited about returning to the salt this summer for more record-chasing,’ she says.

So how exactly does it feel to have that certificate from Guinness, we asked her. ‘I still haven’t found a permanent place for my Guinness Record certificate. I move it from place to place… In my shop, by the bike, home… I just need to make some good copies. Maybe it would make good wallpaper!’ says Leslie.

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Leslie recently had the opportunity to do a fashion shoot with Markus Hofmann...
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Pics: Markus Hofmann

Now, while she’s ridden bikes faster than most of us ever will, there’s more to Leslie Porterfield than just speed. There’s also style. She’s shot with top fashion photographer, Markus Hofmann, at BMW’s Aerodynamics Test Centre in Munich, Germany.

‘We chose not to use any motorcycle outfits, as Leslie already has many pictures like this and I wanted to do this shoot with haute couture. I called Karl Lagerfeld’s agent and they were happy to send across some outfits. Marcel Ostertag and other fashion designers were also involved. In the end, we had a choice of about ten items, of which Leslie chose four to model,’ says Hofmann. ‘It was cold in the wind tunnel but she put up with that extremely well,’ adds Art Director Dirk Meycke, who, along with the rest of the crew, kept their winter coats on throughout the photo shoot…

After fast bikes, fashion shoots and a thriving business of her own, what’s next? ‘In the future, I am hoping to go faster and look forward to chasing more records. I think as technology improves, we will continue to see faster speeds – I hope we will all safely achieve higher speeds every year. The biggest change for me ahead will be piloting a new motorcycle – this new challenge makes the 2010 season a very exciting one for me,’ she adds.

Well, we’re sure Leslie will keep getting faster and… umm… faster! We wish her all the very best.

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Friday, April 02, 2010

Adrenalin Moto: Harley-Davidson XR1200 Café Racer

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Yes, we like this XR1200 Cafe Racer...
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The XR1200 is one of the few Harleys we love and the UK-based Adrenalin Moto’s XR1200-based Café Racer looks pretty good to us. This one-off bike, which isn’t for sale, has been fitted with a very large number of aftermarket bits, including a modified Ducati 900SS fairing, projector headlight, carbonfibre side panels and a high level two-into-one stainless steel exhaust system.

In addition to the various aftermarket and custom-built parts, the XR1200’s crankcases and the front sprocket cover have been powder coated matt black and the swingarm and rocker covers are powder coated in satin black. According to Adrenalin Moto, the paintjob is a replica of Cal Rayborn’s XR750TT racebike and the Café Racer is actually 38 kilos lighter than the standard XR.

For more details, visit Adrenalin Moto

Via Ottonero

Suzuki GSX-R: Encounter in the City

One hot little Suzuki GSX-R, a few hot babes and some nice stunt work on various bikes. And the video has been shot and edited by professionals, so it all looks very good. We love it! More of the same here
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Thursday, April 01, 2010

ABS reduces the incidence of motorcycle crashes, rider training probably doesn’t!

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ABS helps reduce the incidence of motorcycle accidents, but rider training doesn't...!?!

According to the results of a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the US, anti-lock brakes (ABS) for motorcycles reduce the chances of crashing. The study indicates that motorcycles equipped with ABS are 37% less likely to be involved in a fatal crash. A separate analysis by the affiliated Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) also says that bikes with ABS have 22% fewer claims for damage per insured vehicle year.

That ABS would reduce the chances of motorcycle accidents is hardly surprising, but here comes a shocker – according to another report recently prepared by HLDI, the frequency of insurance collision claims for riders younger than 21 was 10% higher in States that require riders to take a training course before they become eligible for a motorcycle riders license, compared with States that don't require such training! This essentially contradicts the belief that rider training is an absolute must for motorcyclists and that it helps reduce the incidence of accidents.

Despite the findings of the HLDI report, we still fully, completely support rider training. Regardless of what country you live in, if you’re getting started with motorcycles, first find a good institute that imparts high quality motorcycle rider training and then pay attention to what they teach you there. And, of course, always wear a helmet!

For more details, visit the IIHS website here

Via The Wall Street Journal

K-Way Motus tilting trike aims for the Progressive Automotive X Prize

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The K-Way Motus - a hybrid tilting trike with cloth bodywork...
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The K-Way Motus, built as a contender for the Progressive Automotive X Prize, is a three-wheeled vehicle that can seat two people and with its hybrid powertrain, deliver up to 44km/l of fuel efficiency. The fully enclosed trike can also function in electric-only mode for a distance of up to 25km, as a zero-emissions vehicle. The Motus’ front wheels are driven by electric motors, while the rear wheel is powered by an 850cc parallel-twin.

The K-Way Motus project was initiated back in 2006, by the Mechatronics Lab of the Politecnico di Torino, in Italy. Its development was later taken up by Actua S.r.l. and TTW S.r.l., spin-off companies of the Turin-based University. The project has been completed with investments from Turin-based entrepreneur, Marco Boglione.

The K-Way Motus has been designed by Fabrizio Giugiaro, of Giugiaro Design and features bodywork made of cloth, with an underlying carbonfibre structure. Like various other such efforts in the recent past, the K-Way Motus is a tilting trike and leans into corners like a motorcycle. It can safely lean at an angle of up to 45 degrees, claim its creators, and the Motus’ top speed is an electronically limited 150km/h.

For more details, visit the official K-Way Motus website here

Via Motociclismo



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