TWO-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner is critical of the electronics in today's MotoGP machines and says he just likes his bikes "raw".
In an interesting interview with Adam Wheeler in the online magazine On Track Off Road, Stoner said of the current MotoGP machines: “The bikes are not as enjoyable
to ride as they used to be, because of the electronics and the things
they have on them now.”
“I really just want to ride a raw
bike again, and I have been enjoying my enduro riding and motocross and
getting out there and ripping it for real. Being on real bikes is my
Wheeler started the interview discussing a subject we know ace Kiwi photographer Craig Dawson will be very interested in: fishing.
He goes on to discuss the talent of Marc Marquez, and how the Spaniard also revels in having a bike moving around underneath him.
Stoner is also a huge fan of American Supercross ace Ryan Villopoto and reveals he has attended a number of AMA Supercross Nationals to watch the Kawasaki ace in action.
"I think he is above and beyond me," Stoner says of Villopoto, adding that he has been watching the American since 2006.
However, he says he has no desire to ride Supercross, although he'd love to do a few laps with Villopoto on a natural terrain outdoor course. Stoner is very critical of the latest Supercross track designs.
For Adam Wheeler's full interview, click here
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|It took a while but finally we have unpacked all the accessories|
that come with the KLX150S and some of them
look pretty useful ...
While Editor-at-large Michael Esdaile was in Malaysia recently, he came across some interesting Kawasaki trail bikes. So, quick as a flash he traded a bunch of old Kiwi Rider stickers, pulled one of the Kawasakis apart, loaded it into his luggage and whisked it back to New Zealand.
It took a while for him to put it all back together, but we can report it is now running around West Auckland clocking up staggering performance.
Who would have thought that it over 206 kilometres it would burn just 5.31 litres of petrol? That works out at 2.58 litres/100 kilometres or 38.79 km/litre. For the old duffers out there in classic land, that is 109.59 mpg.
We have also discovered that in perfectly still air it will wind out to a staggering 110 km/h, with 120 km/h coming up on a gentle downhill stretch.
|The IRC Trail GP tyres stick to the tarmac extremely well |
and worked just fine in the paddocks...
The KLX150S is hardly an aerodynamic package so we wonder what that SOHC two valve, air-cooled motor would achieve if it was in a street frame with a small nose fairing and narrower handlebars…