Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Motorcycle racer Josh Brookes to race the Northwest 200

Josh Brookes will make his pure motorcycle road racing debut at the International North West 200 in May alongside Tyco Suzuki team-mate Guy Martin.

New parade laps confirmed for Isle of Man TT and Classic TT motorcycle events

The Isle of Man Government Department of Economic Development has today confirmed details of two new parade laps for their feature 2013 events; the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy and the all new Classic TT Races.

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the first ever Sidecar TT Race there will be a sidecar only parade lap on Friday 7th June, prior to the Senior TT Race. The parade lap runs ninety years on from the first race for three wheelers won by Freddie Dixon and his passenger Walter Perry on the innovative 'Banking Sidecar'. This parade lap will be open to entries from any type of racing sidecar.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Bike of the week - Yamaha FS1E

The famous FS1 was a Yamaha moped of the 1970s and the English version had an E on the end for England = FS1-E thereby fortuitously allowing it to gain the catchy moniker 'Fizzy'.  Those of you who owned one way back when, will probably remember it with love as it provided the zippy exit from a life of buses or Shanks's pony for a generation of 1970s teenagers.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Honda Announces the New LEAD125 Scooter in Vietnam

Honda Vietnam Co., Ltd in Hannoi, announced on March 22nd, the release of the LEAD125, a new liquid-cooled 125cc single-cylinder scooter.

Yamaha motorcycle race team final pre-season test at Jerez

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo kicked off day one of three of the final pre-season test of 2013 at the front, leading the MotoGP field by over a second in the time sheets. Following a successful team launch yesterday, today’s first day of action was a disappointing affair for the MotoGP riders with black clouds, heavy rains and a waterlogged track hampering testing efforts. Despite the adverse weather Lorenzo managed to achieve thirty-three laps whilst working on the wet set up of his YZR-M1, achieving a competitive set up fairly quickly.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

New livery for 2013 TYCO Suzuki motorcycle team

Tyco Suzuki has launched its new 2013 livery for the British Superbike and Supersport Championships at the team's presentation at Snetterton race circuit in Norfolk, UK today.

Tyco Suzuki GSXR 600

Exciting line up for PR Racing Kawasaki at 2013 Isle of Man motorcycle TT Races

Leading British Superbike team PR Racing Kawasaki will have a two-man assault on the 2013 Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, with recent event newcomers David Johnson and Karl Harris signed up to contest all three 1000cc races.

Behind the scenes film of the Rockstar Energy Suzuki-motorcycle race team

Behind the scenes with the 2013 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 and Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe MX2 teams at the first Motocross Grand Prix of Thailand in this brand new video launched today on Team Suzuki Racing.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

It's Spring tomorrow!

It's Spring tomorrow March the 20th at 7.02 AM and here is what it will be like, yes it will.... probably, tomorrow......

 it will be springy, but not like this...

and, although it was fun, it will not be like this anymore either, no, it will be sunny everyday!

Do you have any cheery Spring pictures?


Disclaimer - all the information contained in this blog may not be 100% accurate - do not book holidays based on this information ok

A sales volume record for BMW Motorcycles in 2012

BMW have again published good sales and growth figures for 2012.

117,109 BMW and Husqvarna brand motorcycles were sold worldwide during the past year (2011: 113,572 units/+3.1%), a new sales volume record for the motorcycle segment.

Suzuki's Stewart podiums at AMA Indy motorcycle SX

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart celebrated a podium finish at the eleventh round of the 2013 AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday night.

A day out at the Bemrose National Motorcycle Trial

There's a point in the motorcyclists year when optimism begins to filter into the thought processes. It's usually when the calendar clicks over from February into March, and the effect is an expectation that the temperature will climb inexorably towards double figures, and most days will be dry.

It's hard to escape this thinking, even when the meteorological records are set before us. I remember a couple of years back that the first rounds of the British Superbike series were cancelled because it Brands April. But like all the devout, nothing will divert us from the path we have come to believe in and practice. And so it was that I found myself dragging a bike out of the garage on St Patrick's Day Sunday; intent on a ride into the Derbyshire Peak District to watch riders tackle sections at the Bemrose National Trial.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Bike of the Week - Honda C90

The Honda Super Cub, AKA C100, 50, Cub, C50, C70, C90, C100EX, Passport etc but for the purposes of this  story the C90, may not initially be much to look at but look again!  Although it may seem humble, it is in fact a fantastic piece of design and has an engine which is a truly great piece of engineering.  Unlikely though it may seem, and although it's only a simple pushrod single, the C90 was the UK's top selling bike right up until the nineties. Designed to do a job, it is the best little workhorse out there and the most popular vehicle of all time.

So here is the story of the most successful motorcycle ever - respect!

Yamaha Get Back To Business Texas Style

Austin (Texas, USA)

Yamaha Factory Racing were back on track on March 12th, with Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi enjoying their first ever Circuit of Americas (COTA) experience. The Yamaha riders were at the new track in Texas for day one of the three-day private test. The first sessions were dedicated to learning the track, both Lorenzo and Rossi focusing on understanding the complex 5.5km circuit which has 20 corners and an elevation change of over 41 metres.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Motorcycle racer Dan Kneen aims for podium at IOMTT

Leading Isle of Man TT rider Dan Kneen is aiming for his first TT Races podium in 2013 as he again lines up with the Marks Bloom Racing team for the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Snow at Wemoto

Staff bikes at Wemoto

Well it's supposed to be very bad in the south but - well - we can't really grumble can we?  

Yamaha motorcycle racing - Dakar rally video

The Dakar Rally is considered the toughest race on the planet with man and machine battling extreme terrain over long distances with little sleep in the bid for glory. The 2013 Rally didn’t disappoint with competitors facing multiple special stages covering over 8.500km of South America’s toughest wilderness from Peru to Chile.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Taiwan's motorcycle Grand Riders have gone global

Back in 2007 in Taiwan an interesting phenomenon was born. A group of seventeen Taiwanese elders, with an average age of eighty-one, set off on a motorcycle adventure ride around Taiwan with the object of seeing every part of the country.

They didn't start off as uber fit and healthy seniors who had been riding motorcycles and keeping fit all their lives - on the contrary two of them had had cancer, eight had heart disease, four had to wear hearing aids and all of them had arthritis.

They were not all erstwhile motorcyclists either, some hadn't even ridden before and had to learn in order to go on the trip.

TYCO Suzuki motorcycle team completes Kirkistown test

Tyco Suzuki completed a successful two-day test at Kirkistown in Northern Ireland today with British Superbike riders Josh Brookes and PJ Jacobsen both dipping impressively inside the circuit lap-record on their GSX-R1000s.

TT motorcycle Legends on TV

Just Three (Fast) Blokes

The voiceover introducing the start of the ITV series TT Legends, being broadcast in half hour slots on Monday nights tells of 'ordinary men doing extraordinary things'. It follows the Honda motorcycle TT Legends Team of John McGuinness, Simon Andrews and Cameron Donald as they tackled their demanding (2012) race programme. 

Demanding because they are signed up to compete in the world endurance road race series and, in almost complete contrast, 'real' road races; the NW200, Ireland's largest sporting event, and the the Isle of Man TT races.

The programmes are an insight into the spectacular high risk world of motorcycle racing, and put the three racers personalities out there for us to observe and enjoy, because in one sense they are 'ordinary men'. They come across as humble, unassuming and free of the clich├ęd language beloved of many sports people – think mostly footballers – and commentators. They could be your mates.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

John McGuinness to race Lightweight TT

Nineteen-time TT race winner John McGuinness has confirmed that he will race in this year’s Lightweight TT onboard Honda’s all new CBR500R motorcycle. The race is scheduled to take place ahead of this year's PokerStars Senior TT, on Friday 7th June.

Tyco Suzuki completes first test day in Northern Ireland

Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes, PJ Jacobsen and Taylor Mackenzie completed a successful opening motorcycle race test prior to the start of the 2013 British championship season on March 5th in Kirkistown in Northern Ireland.

London to Johannesburg on a Suzuki VanVan motorcycle

On August the 3rd, an epic adventure is beginning.  Will Moore is planning to ride from London to Johannesburg on a Suzuki VanVan motorcycle in aid of the charity for injured servicemen and women, Help for Heroes

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Off-road motorcycling legend Patsy Quick supports Riders for Health

The off-road motorcycle racer, most famous for being the first British woman to complete the gruelling Dakar Rally, is supporting Riders for Health at the British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF) Show 18th – 19th May at the Peterborough Arena (formerly the East of England Showground).

Monday, 4 March 2013

Monster Energy Yamaha at MX Qatar GP


Monster Energy Yamaha blasted through the desert night at the FIM Motocross World Championship with the very first Grand Prix of Qatar at Losail. Under lights, in the Middle East and working through the maiden ‘Superfinal’ of GP racing Steven Frossard emerged from a novel opener to score ninth position overall on his factory YZ450FM while new team-mate Joel Roelants was fourteenth.

New 'Bikers Cafe' for the BMF Motorcycle Show

The BMF Motorcycle Shows

The BMF (British Motorcyclists Federation) shows have been running for over 35 years and consist of three well attended shows each year.

The May Show (17-19 May 2013) is the season ‘opener’ and is held at the Peterborough Arena (formerly the East of England Showground). It is one of Europe’s largest (if not the largest) motorcycle shows.

The BMF Kelso Bikefest, (5-7 July 2013) held at the Union Borders Showground, is positioned to be accessible to bikers in Scotland and the North of England and is the second show of the season.

The Tailend Show (13-15 September 2013) wraps up the season and is held in Peterborough again. This show plays host to the second European Stunt Show, among other things

Desalle and Suzuki win Qatar motorcycle MX1 GP

Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 rider Clement Desalle took a historic victory aboard the Factory RM-Z450 in the opening round of the 2013 FIM World Motocross Championship under the floodlights of the Losail circuit in Qatar on Saturday evening.

Bike of the week - Honda VFR750

Back in the day - before 1986 in fact - Honda’s VF750 was considered to be an unreliable motorcycle bedevilled with camshaft and bearing problems which gave it a pretty negative image. So Honda decided to once and for all put paid to this problem reputation and developed the new Honda VFR 750, a Sportsbike which was so state of the art and so over-engineered that it would never have to cope with the same abuse as its predecessor. The VFR turned out to be such a masterpiece that its reputation still stands today and the VFR is now considered to be one of the most reliable machines ever built.