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.
Click on the link

Wednesday, January 7

MALAYSIANS HEAD TO SPAIN

Malaysia will have three riders competing in the Moto3 class in this year’s CEV Spanish Championship.
Petronas will continue their involvement with Ramdan Rosli as their representative while Honda Asia Dream Cup champion Khairul Idham Pawi will ride for Honda Team Asia.
The third Malaysian will come from the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup (SAATC) development series, which is backed by Dorna – the organisers and rights holder of the Spanish Championship.
The championship will start in Portimao, Portugal, on April 26. The 12-race championships end in Valencia on November 15.
Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali said Dorna is in the process of setting up a Moto3 team to compete in the championship.
“They (Dorna) are looking to enter three bikes with two Japanese and one Malaysian to race for the team next year.  We haven’t discussed the details yet, but we are expecting more information from them soon,” said Razlan.
It will be some sort of a coup for the SIC as they will no longer be directly involved in sponsoring the riders to compete in the championship.  Last year,  Sepang circuit sponsored Adam Norrodin and Hafiza Rofa to race in the championship under the SIC-Ajo banner.
Meanwhile, the SAATC will begin its second edition at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand, from March 20-22.  Twelve races will be held with the final event at the SIC from October 23-25, the weekend of the Malaysian MOtoGP round.