Friday, March 6

STONER LIKES HIS BIKES "RAW' ...

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 thing.”

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

Thursday, January 15

NIPPY KAWASAKI TRAILLIE...

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 ‘test loop’ involves a section of 50 km/h suburban streets, a 70 km/h stretch, then an almost wide open motorway blast for 10 km, then another 50 km/h stretch.

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…


BUILDING THE ROCKET III

From way back in 2007, here’s one of the motor industry’s earliest viral videos: Triumph’s sendup of its own Rocket III.  It’s still great fun, check it out. 
This video doesn’t require a whole lot of explanation or setup, just a little backstory. For the 2007 introduction of the Classic cruiser model of its Rocket III, the world’s largest-displacement motorcycle, Triumph decided not to take itself too seriously.
Instead, the venerable British bike boffins inserted their tongues firmly in their cheeks, got their Monty Python on, and produced the video you see here. Motorcycle enthusiasts rewarded the lighthearted effort with well over a million YouTube hits, and seven years on the clip is still good, silly fun. Enjoy.
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