Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Jerez welcomes Yamaha as Motorcycle GP returns to Europe

Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi arrive in Southern Spain this week for the first European Grand Prix of the 2013 season, the Gran Premio Bwin de España on the 5th May at the Circuito de Velocidad de Jerez de la Frontera.

Anderson triumphs for Suzuki at Salt Lake City motorcycle Supercross

Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki's Jason Anderson clinched his first 250cc Main Event victory aboard the RM-Z250 in Saturday night's Salt Lake City Supercross at Rice-Eccles Stadium as team-mate Davi Millsaps scored second place in the 450cc Main Event.

KMR Kawasaki - strong line up for IOMTT motorcycle races

Recently retired road racing legend Ryan Farquhar will return to the 2013 Isle of Man TT races, fuelled by Monster Energy, in his new capacity as team manager and will field an impressive line-up of eight machines across all of the solo races.

BUMPY - The kids are alright!

Bumpy beginnings


In the second of our features on motorcycle projects that work with and involve young people, Wemoto News moved north to visit BUMPY, a full on set up that has developed from small-scale beginnings in 1989 to (probably) the UK's best example of what can be achieved.

Monday, 29 April 2013

The Motorcycle Industry calls for rebalanced road safety spending

With Parliament debating road safety issues last week, the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) is calling for a greater focus on educating motorists about the need to be aware of vulnerable road users. The debate is in advance of the publication of a Government Green Paper on young drivers, which is expected soon.

Guy Martin wins Cookstown motorcycle Supersport

Fans favourite Guy Martin took a hard-fought Supersport victory at Saturday's KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Road Races in Northern Ireland on his Tyco Suzuki GSX-R600.

Martin also kept his one hundred per cent podium record intact for 2013 - after winning last weekend's Scarborough Spring Cup - with a pair of second placed finishes in the Open and Superbike encounters at the County Tyrone venue in front of a sun-baked audience estimated at 15,000.

International motorcycle show at Stafford tops £1.4 million!

1952 Vincent Black Shadow (Photo Double Red)

The Bonhams auction at the International Classic MotorCycle Show at the Staffordshire County Showground topped £1.4 million on Sunday 28th April, with the top-selling lot a 1952 Vincent Black Shadow, which realised £113,500.
The fully-restored, ex-works machine formed part of the factory’s bid to set a new twenty-four-hour speed record at Montlhéry in France in May 1952. Although mechanical failures prevented the bid from being successful, the British team returned home with eight new records, including six hours at over 100mph.

Independence for Wheeldon off-road motorcycle Centre

Wheeldon Off-Road Centre announces a new fleet of bikes and courses for 2013.

The UK's only permanent indoor and outdoor off-road training facility is delighted to announce its independence on the eve of the Centre's tenth Anniversary.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Muted Thunder

It's a bold gamble moving a well established motorcycle event to a new venue. But that's exactly what Frank Melling and the team that organise the Thundersprint have done.

Interesting Visitors - Triton

We had another interesting visitor come by on Tuesday this week - this very clean very shiny very beautiful 1959 Triton gleaming in the Spring sunshine.

The motorcycle's current owner has owned this lovely bike for three or four years now. he bought it running and it had been well put together, just a few tweaks,  and a clean have made it much better - and it even has Wemoto mirrors fitted!

The owner carries around a little laminated specs sheet because so many people ask him about his bike, especially when he goes to shows - well you can understand why! Here is what the sheet says about this bike:

*  The bike is a 1959 Norton slimline frame (no more mots or tax since the new legislation - hooray!)

*  It has a Norton Commando front end

* The gear box is BSA

*  The engine is Triumph cases and inside...

*  It has a Norton three piece crank, machined to fit

* A Norton Commando clutch

* An E3134 Cam

* Morgo 750cc pistons and barrels

* Morgo 750 kit and longer stroke Norton Crank giving 800cc

* It has head polished and ported 9 stud inlet valves taken out to 32mm

* Carburettors 2- 32mm Amal concentrics

The bike's owner uses his Triton regularly - he was just swinging by Wemoto for some parts for his other bike - a Honda 250 on his way up to London - setting off to cruise all the way at a comfortable 55mph he said:
 "55 saves wear and tear on the bike ...and the bones...!"

And if you are on the sunny south coast one summer weekend you may see him and his friends zooming past as he takes his motorcycle out at weekends for ride outs along the Sussex coast with the
Sussex British Motorcycle Owners Club

...famous for:
"Good company, cheap beer and plenty of bikes"

Triton this is your life...

Tritons have an interesting history:  The Triton was originally made in the 1960s and 1970s and was a modified cafe racer - half Triumph half Norton - hence the name Tri-ton

The idea was that by combining the best elements of each bike the finished result would be a machine which was more than the sum of the parts and would be superior to both.

What normally happened was that a Triumph parallel twin engine was put into a Norton Featherbed frame - the Norton with a Featherbed frame was considered to be the best handling motorcycle out there at the time and the Triumph Bonneville engine the best performing engine - the Triumph Bonneville had twin carburettors and was a popular engine choice coupling reliability with great performance...it could be tuned easily with the addition of high profile camshafts, high compression pistons and twin carburettors or fuel injectors.

If the Triton had a pre unit Triumph motor, then the AMC gearbox used in post 1960 Nortons was better than the equivalent Triumph gearbox.

History doesn't relate who actually invented the Triton but Dave Degans was a Triton pioneer in the 1960s.  He started out as a racer and then moved into building motorcycles in the 1960s for the cafe racer era and he is still thriving.  He even won the Barcelona 24 hour race on a Triton in 1965 that's how good they were!

Stand by for our next interesting visitor - happily we seem to attract them at Wemoto!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

International Female Motorcycle Ride Day

The seventh annual International Female Ride Day occurs this year on Friday 3 May.  Already record-breaking numbers of women motorcycle and scooter riders around the world are preparing to take part in the ride day.

Yamaha Classic Racing Team runs Assen Test ahead of 2013 Isle of Man Classic TT Races

Yamaha Classic Racing Team ran a test at Dutch circuit Assen at the weekend with Gloucester racer Dan Cooper, ahead of the 2013 inaugural Isle of Man Classic TT Races meeting.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Yamaha racing come in second and fourth at the Bol d'Or

The Monster Energy Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART) kicked off their 2013 Endurance World Championship Challenge in style with a hard fought second place finish at the season opening Bol d’Or race at the Circuit de Nevers in Magny Cours. YART weren’t the only Yamaha YZF-R1 in contention for honours with the Yamaha France GMT94 team’s David Checa, Kenny Foray and Matthieu Lagrive battling for first position for nearly twenty hours and looking like favourites until a small issue cost valuable time, leaving them to eventually settle for fourth just off the podium.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Interesting visitors - Benelli 900Sei

This eye catching six cylinder Benelli 900Sei motorcycle swung by Wemoto in Southwick and attracted some attention on Thursday last week.  It was built in  1982 and its current owner has had it since July 1983.

A bit about Benellis

First manufactured as 'The Italian Alternative' the Benelli motorcycle began life in the 1970s as a 750, with an engine based on a version of the Honda CB500 four-cylinder engine, but with a few major differences. It had an extra set of cylinders added and the alternator behind the block instead of on the end of the crankshaft, for example.  This meant that the six cylinder 750 was quite slimline and neat.  When the 900 came along (as seen at Wemoto) it was created by boring the motor to give 600mm by 53.4mm and therefore 80bhp at 8400 rpm.
The Benelli 900 only weighed 220kg dry - 20kg less than Honda's four cylinder CB900.  It also had a duplex final drive system, moulded body panels in front of the plastic petrol tank and cast alloy wheels.  This motorcycle would cruise at 80-90mph happily, and cover a standing quarter mile in 13.3 seconds.

Stop on a sixpence


The 900 was superb in the brakes department, using triple Bembro discs with dual -piston calipers.  It also handled brilliantly with its firm rear damping making it easier to ride faster on small roads and making it stable at high speeds.  In fact, although on paper it was slower than the CBX or the Z1300, this was more than compensated for by its excellent road handling.

The down side

The Benelli Sei was famous for suffering from some built-in problems like an unreliable speedo, not much foot space, slipping clutch and weeping forks, although the bikes improved over time as these problems were addressed in later models.

Sparks will fly

But all in all the Benelli 900Sei is a smooth six cylinder free-revving ride and is light with an engine which feels maybe more like a Japanese machine rather than a continental one.  It is a fast and really enjoyable ride so if you get a chance to ride one take it to its twisty road limit but be careful on those bends as it is low so it can scrape the ground on tight leany corners.

Come and see us if you are passing - we would love to see your bike and take its photo.


Rockstar Energy Suzuki Battle it out in Bulgaria

Clement Desalle might have walked the podium at Sevlievo for the Grand Prix of Bulgaria and his third trophy of the FIM Motocross World Championship but his double moto battle with Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 team-mate Kevin Strijbos was the highlight of this fifth round of seventeen.


Thursday, 18 April 2013

Suzuki motorcycle Endurance Race team SERT is gearing up for the Bol d'Or

Suzuki Endurance Racing Team will start its World Endurance Championship defence this weekend at the Bol d'Or 24-Hour Race at Magny Cours in France.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

New motorcycle racer Burrell signs for Suzuki IDM Superbikes

Suzuki International Europe has signed 26-year-old Briton Barry Burrell to race the team's GSX-R1000 in the German IDM Superbike Championship that kicks-off next weekend at Lausitzring.

Burrell replaces Martin Bauer in Team HPC-Power Suzuki Racing after the German announced his shock retirement from racing which left team owner Denis Hertrampf without a leading rider just days before the opening round.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Honda motorcycles CTX700 get dual clutch transmission for 2013

Since its introduction in May 2010 on the VFR1200F, Honda’s unique Dual Clutch Transmission technology for motorcycles has grown steadily in popularity. Honda now has over 12,500 customers in Europe who have purchased Dual Clutch Transmission machines.

Monday, 15 April 2013

IOM Kawasaki video wins film awards

A promotional video for Kawasaki that was filmed on the Isle of Man last year has been recognised as being among the best of its kind in a prestigious awards ceremony at the New York Festivals World's Best Television & Films Awards. The film achieved first place in highly coveted award category for best event venue for the Isle of Man.

Riders for Health’s BMF ride-in route announced

Off-road biking legend, Patsy Quick, will lead a mass motorcycle ride on Saturday 18th May to the British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF) Show at Peterborough Arena to support Riders for Health.
Meeting at the Super Sausage Café (postcode NN12 7QD).  on the A5 near Towcester from 8am for registration and breakfast, the ride-in will leave at 9.30am taking a scenic, cross-country route to the Peterborough Arena (formerly the East of England Showground) arriving at the BMF Show for 11am.

Wemoto are sponsoring the main arena at the May BMF Show in Peterborough and the Tailend Show and will have a stand at both shows with a great competition to enter so come and check it out!

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Kawasaki Z1300 - Bike of the week

At the Cologne Show in Germany in 1978 a new heavyweight motorcycle was unveiled to the public, the Kawasaki Z1300. 

The Z1300 was a powerful bike but it was also a mighty heavy one and with the engine, shaft drive and six gallon tank it weighed in at a lardy 660 lbs.

Was this a great and mighty bike, or a monster? Opinions vary!

Run the Hill on a motorcycle - The Prescott Bike Festival 2013

On the western edge of The Cotswolds tucked away between gentle dales and valleys is the UK's most scenic motor racing venue; the Prescott hill climb circuit.

It's owned by the Bugatti Owners Club, and speed events for cars have been organised there since 1938. But in 2011 the Severn Freewheelers, a motorcycle club which organises volunteers to deliver blood and other medical necessities on behalf of the NHS, ran the first motorcycle event on the track and in the surrounding fields – the Presott Bike Festival.  

 It was considered a success with thousands turning out in the spring sunshine that prevailed over that weekend. But meteorological fortune failed to come their way last year, and the rain that curtailed many a motorcycle plan almost washed the event away.  Read on to hear how it went this year.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

John McGuinness and Dave Molyneux now have sections of the TT course named after them

TT organisers have decided to celebrate the achievements of today's two most successful competitors, John McGuinness and Dave Molyneux by naming locations on the Mountain Course after each of them.

John McGuinness
The pair will be following some of the most illustrious names in TT history by having corners named after them. The newly named course points come as the Isle of Man Government has redesigned and replaced the existing directional boards and mile markers around the course.

Race schedule for Dan Kneen, sponsored by Wemoto at the IOMTT

Wemoto and Marks Bloom racing are sponsoring Manxman Dan Kneen again in the IOMTT and the Classic TT this year. Dan has a busy schedule of racing ahead of him this year starting this weekend with the season opener at Jurby on the Isle of Man.

Read on for a bit about Dan's 2013 races:

Macau GP announces Diamond Jubilee Celebrations for 2013

On Friday, the Macau Grand Prix Committee (CGPM)  announced the programme for two weekends of racing to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the  Macau Grand Prix, including the famous motorcycle Grand Prix.  Dates for the 60th Macau Grand Prix are: November 9th and 10th, and November 14th to 17th.  

Wemoto sponsors John Barton at IOMTT

Kawasaki ZXR750 which John Barton will be riding in the Classic TT

This year Wemoto will be sponsoring John Barton and Dan Kneen who will both be riding in the TT  and the Classic TT. Here's a bit about John Barton, his racing career to date and what he will be doing this year on the Isle of Man.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Ex Steve McQueen motorcycle to be sold at Bonhams

An early racing motorcycle, once owned by legendary Hollywood actor Steve McQueen, is being offered for sale by Bonhams at the International Classic MotorCycle Show in Stafford, UK, on Sunday 28th April.
Steve McQueen's 1914 Indian Model F will join machines from three collections as part of a two hundred and forty strong offering of Pioneer, Vintage and Collectors’ motorcycles at the Bonhams sale at the end of April 

Monday, 8 April 2013

Royal Enfield motorcycles appoints MotoGB as UK distributor

On Friday last week - 5th April 2013 in Chorley, Chesire, Royal Enfield Motorcycles announced the appointment of the MotoGB group as their distributor for the UK market. 

Top TT riders head to the IOM for the motorcycle TT2013 launch

The top TT riders are heading to the Isle of Man for the launch of the 2013 TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy and you can follow the event wherever you are in the world.

The leading riders will all be appearing at the free Fan Party hosted by Manx Radio TT's Chris Kinley and Tim Glover, which kicks off at 7.30pm at the Villa Marina on Wednesday 10th April.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Archway Youth Motorcycle Project - The kids are alright!


A conspiracy theorist might think that the new motorcycle licence regulations that came into effect in January, were specifically drafted to discourage young people from becoming riders.

Before you can ride a motorcycle without power restrictions, you will now need to be twenty one years old and to have held a restricted power licence for the preceding two years. Otherwise you would have to be twenty four. It will take some enthusiasm and resilience for a teenager being introduced to the CBT and riding at sixteen to pay for and jump through the various test hoops before getting astride the bike they may desire.

(Full details of the new regulations can be found on the DLA website)

Fortunately, across the UK, there are projects working with young people which introduce them to the concept of, and the active excitement that is motorcycling. Involvement with bikes can engage with those parts of a young persons interest that conventional education and youth work find hard to reach. Learning to ride needs balance, coordination, judgement, assessment of risk, choices and consequences. Learning how to maintain and repair bikes requires problem solving skills, patience, tool handling, and communication, all of which are great and important life skills for every area of life.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Spring is here - the Scott motorcycle is out!

Last year we published the story of Andy's Scott motorcycle, its history, how far it had travelled and the brilliant restoration job he had done on it. Well he has just sent us a little update as he has actually managed to find a few minutes of ok weather to take it for a spin on the roads in France where he lives now and here's how it went...

Honda releases new motorcycle Rider Trainer software

At the end of March in Tokyo, Japan, Honda Started to roll-out its updated software for the Riding Trainer, a motorcycle safety training device designed to help motorcyclists to practise safe riding techniques from the safety of a desk.