Thursday, 30 May 2013

Interesting Visitors - Suzuki TS250M

Thursday  morning, the sun came out and another interesting motorcycle visitor appeared at Wemoto, so we went out to pester him and take a look at his bike...

This time it was a Suzuki TS250M, beautifully restored and obviously well loved.

Bike on a Budget - The bike that Naomi built

Hi, I recently ordered some bits from you and read the article about the bike that Jerry built, so thought I'd write in and tell you about my motorcycle rebuild...

The start of the build

About five years ago I bought a recovered Kawasaki ZXR750 H1 from a bike breakers in Chorley for £400. I didn't expect much from the old girl as she looked well and truly battered with stripped wires, broken footrests and just generally in a very sorry state. Got it home and stripped it down, found the headgasket had gone so the engine had to be stripped ready for the head to be skimmed and new gaskets fitted...

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Dan Kneen gets back on track at IOMTT

Manxman Dan Kneen has got his season back on track this week with the Marks Bloom Racing rider, sponsored by Wemoto, returning from injury for the Isle of Man TT Races. The 25-year old suffered a broken foot in mid-April at Jurby, which seriously affected his preparations for the International road racing season but, after being forced to miss the North West 200 earlier this month, he duly took his place on the line for the Lightweight practice session on Saturday evening.

Great Motorcycling Roads - Peak Perfect

Mastiff about to run the falls!

Nowhere in the UK is that far in terms of motorcycle travel; and living and riding on a relatively small piece of land is probably why we often seek to expand our horizons by pushing out across mainland Europe and beyond. 

But on our compact island, the landscape, networked by trunk roads and myriad minor roads and tracks, is unique in its diversity and accessibility.  Here is another chapter in our Great Motorcycling Roads series to tempt you out for some great riding and fantastic scenery.


Yamaha Factory Racing prepare for 'home' grand prix at Mugello

Yamaha Factory Racing set up for their ‘home’ race in Italy this weekend for the Gran Premio d'Italia at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello near Florence. Nestled deep in the Tuscan hills, the Mugello circuit is just over 300km from the team’s base in Gerno di Lesmo, near Milan. The track is a favourite for both Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, with each scoring multiple victories across classes. Lorenzo can claim one 250cc win, two second place premier class finishes in 2009 and 2010 and the last two consecutive premier class victories in 2011 and 2012.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Bike of the week - Yamaha VMax

In 1985 a motorcycle star was born the Yamaha VMax.  It was designed in California by an Englishman called John Reed whose commission from Yamaha was to design the ultimate muscle cruiser.  When it appeared in 1985, with a power package based on the Yamaha Venture Royal V-4 Tourer engine, it was greeted with delight by the press and was voted bike of the year and best cruiser of the year to name but a few of the accolades which were showered upon its muscular shoulders.

Wemoto at the BMF Show

A tent with a view
Friday morning bright an early and four intrepid Wemoto staff set off for the BMF equipped with: banners, flags, balloons, boards of parts, a truly great racing motorcycle with a fantastic pedigree - the Marks Bloom racing GSXR1000 which has graced and raced the Isle of Man TT course since 2004, Wemoto Jerry's magnificent handmade Coccinella moped, a giant tent, some little tents and an empty space where the Lego bricks should have been.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Xavier Simeon podiums in French MotoGP

It was a great race weekend for the Moto2 Belgian rider Xavier Simeon at Le Mans in France.  From fifth on the grid, Simeon ran in the top three for the majority of the race. He overhauled Mika Kallio for second position with four laps to go, but was demoted to third when the race was stopped at the end of the twenty-second lap and the result was declared. 

He was obviously disappointed to have been dropped back to third place when the red flag flew, but this did not dampen the mood within the squad.  He now sits seventh in the Riders’ Championship as the series moves on to Mugello in Italy.

Team SAG Desguaces La Torre uses WRP Brake Pads on their Moto2 bikes


Monday, 20 May 2013

Stars lining up for the Newark Bike Bonanza

John McGuinness
Road racing stars, John McGuinness and Conor Cummins will be the premier attractions of a new motorcycling event set to debut this June. Both men will be battling it out in the TT and Classic TT on the Isle of Man this summer.

‘The Morecambe Missile’ and the Manxman will both be in attendance at The Carole Nash Newark Bike Bonanza, giving visitors a chance to get up close to two giants of the racing world.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Metcher and Suzuki Podium at Zolder IDM

Team Suzuki Mayer's Jed Metcher raced to a podium position in the Supersport class at the second round of the German IDM Championship at Zolder in Belgium at the weekend.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Fame and Glory for Wemoto staff member at the Trailworld Off Road Motorcycle School


Here he is in action, attaining the summit!
I think it was Molière was it not (it was) who said: 

“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” 

Well, I returned from a marvellous day at the Trailworld Offroad School covered head to foot in glory, dust and woodchips, with a modest but meaningful trophy marking my extraordinary and heroic achievements.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Marco Melandri wins in Monza

The historical "Autodromo di Monza" hosted the fourth round of the 2013 FIM
Superbike at the weekend and the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team was back on fantastic form.

Motorcycle sidecars take to TT Mountain Course

The 2013 Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, will celebrate the 90th anniversary of sidecar racing at the world famous event with a parade lap featuring some of the sport’s greatest exponents and machines.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Lowes and Yamaha victorious in Monza

Yakhnich Yamaha Motorsport rider Sam Lowes delivered a great victory in a drama filled Monza World Supersport race at the weekend, punctuated by no less than three red flag incidents.

The young British rider had started from pole on his Yamaha YZF-R6, his eighth career pole and third consecutive of the 2013 season. Having fallen as an innocent victim in the first of several major on-track incidents Lowes was able to restart and became the key protagonist in the ten lap sprint that became the last re-start of the Supersport race. Victory had looked in doubt on the penultimate lap as Lowes dropped to fourth, however a stunning pass on the brakes going into the Della Roggia chicane put the Brit ahead of Florian Marino, Lorenzo Zanetti and Riccardo Russo to secure the lead which he held to the line.

This victory moves Lowes firmly into the World Supersport Championship lead with seventy points, sixteen clear of Fabien Foret in second place after four rounds.

Lowes teammate Vladimir Leonov made an impressive recovery from a challenging twenty-first position on the grid to finish well inside the top ten, beating Luca Scassa across the line by two tenths of a second to take seventh at the flag. The Russian worked hard to avoid the numerous track incidents and work his way through the field on each re-start. The result puts Leonov into thirteenth in the standings with twenty-one points.

Sam Lowes:

“Today was a bit different to a normal race day. In the previous starts I was lucky to not get into too much trouble. That race was quite difficult for me, and a very good battle. Thank you very much to my team and to Yamaha who have given me a fantastic bike all season. We’ll see everyone at my home race in Donington and hopefully we can do the same again!”


Morrentino Scores Maiden Superstock 600 Victory


Victory and podium domination also went to Yamaha in the Superstock 600 European Cup race. Team Trasimeno Yamaha rider Nicola Morrentino being the first of four Yamaha YZF-R6s to cross the line, securing his maiden victory in challenging conditions. The race started shortly after a major rainstorm, making Morrentino’s victory even more special, the Italian having ridden nine laps through difficult conditions and a soaking wet track for his win. The win places him in fourth in the standings with thirty-three points, twenty-four behind fellow Yamaha rider and Championship leader Gauthier Duwelz, who finished ninth.


New motorcycle-ride route finder from Carole Nash

There's a new online route finder website out from Carole Nash which has been specifically designed for motorcyclists and details great riding routes through the UK and Ireland. The route start points all appear on the site via Google maps and you basically just click on the map number in the area in which you want to ride and the route will appear. Along with the route plan there will be some tips about it like how hard it is and the mileage so that you can plan your day out.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Huge entry confirmed for IOM Classic TT

The Isle of Man Government, Department of Economic Development has attracted a huge entry for the Classic TT Races, the new motorcycle race meeting which takes place in August this year on the Isle of Man.

Entries for the Classic TT, which forms part of the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling, closed on the 3rd May with two of the three main races oversubscribed.

Interesting visitors - Honda DN-01 Trike

Another interesting visitor rolled up at Wemoto on Thursday afternoon last week and although the owner was worried when we took some photos that she hadn't cleaned it (not knowing it was going to be in a photoshoot!) - it looked pretty shiny to us sitting in the sunny south coast sunshine.

Fixi Crescent Suzuki motorcycle race team is heading for Monza

FIXI Crescent Suzuki is on its way to the picturesque Monza circuit in Italy for the fourth round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship that will be held this weekend.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Great Motorcycling Roads - The Dales Circular

Circular. Err; not as such. The sky gave off a radiant blue with just a few hazy white bits drifting around, and the temperature was nudging sixteen. So to spend more time in the saddle I diverted from the route and ride I'd proposed to myself...let me explain.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Suzuki GRANDYS duo one-two at Alpe Adria SBK

Marko Jerman

Suzuki GRANDys duo riders Marko Jerman and Andy Meklau raced to first and second places in the opening round of the Alpe Adria Superbike Championship at Adria Raceway in Italy on Sunday.

Bike 1066 and all that - Hastings Spring opener motorcycle festival

Bank Holiday Monday morning and Hastings was gearing up bright and early for it's 35th anniversary bike 1066 Spring Opener!

This is a great free motorcycle event which evolved spontaneously thirty five years ago and has been growing ever since, now attracting record numbers of motorcyclists. 

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Bruce Anstey to parade Britten V1000 motorcycle at 2013 Classic TT Races

Nine time TT Race winner Bruce Anstey is set to parade one of the most iconic racing motorcycles of all time at the 2013 Classic TT Races - the Britten V1000. The bike was the brainchild of New Zealander John Britten, who designed and constructed them in his home workshop supported by an enthusiastic team of friends.

BMF Motorcycle Show previews in Peterborough this Saturday

Organisers of Europe’s largest outdoor motorcycle show will be staging a preview event in Peterborough city centre on Saturday 4 May 2013, from 9:30am until 5pm.

Shoppers and motorcycle fans will get a taste of what is in store at the 38th BMF Show, which takes place at the Peterborough Arena from 17 to 19 May.

WIMA - The Women's International Motorcycling Association

 WIMA or the Women's International Motorcycling Association was started in 1950 by Louise Sherbyn, the wife of a US Serviceman.  It started - pretty much as it says on the tin - as a motorcycling association for all women motorcyclists, married, single, straight or gay.  Not with the intention of being anti-men in any way - and in fact many male partners of members get involved and help with running events and supporting women members -  but just to provide a supportive and friendly female group of motorcyclists who could help each other, socialise on bikes and enjoy each others company. 

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Vespa for children - motorcycles and medicine

Last week on April the 24th in Hanoi, Vietnam, The National Hospital for Paediatrics in Hanoi and the Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital in Rome launched a new cooperative project between the two hospitals, supported by the Piaggio Vietnam "Vespa for Children" programme.