Team SUZUKI ECSTAR heads to Austin in Texas and the 5.5km Circuit of the Americas (COTA) for the second round of the 2015 MotoGP™ series this weekend with the aim of continuing the ongoing pattern of improvements for the GSX-RR machine.

Following the 2015 season debut in Qatar two weeks ago, Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales are ready to once again measure themselves and their GSX-RR machines’ performances against the top riders and teams in the world of motorcycle racing. In Qatar they both achieved their target of finishing the race in the points, with Espargaro taking 11th place and five points and MotoGP™ Rookie Vinales taking 14th place and two points.

The Circuit of the Americas is one of the most varied on the GP circuit, with a mix of fast straights and tight hairpins. Both the Team SUZUKI ECSTAR riders are expecting a tough battle from the start of Free Practice on Friday, with the whole team looking to once again improve step-by-step in every area.

Aleix Espargaro:

“I’m curious to see how the race in Austin will work out. In Qatar we had the objective to finish the race and we achieved it, but we could have done better in terms of the final position, so our primary aim in Texas will be to improve on 11th position. The circuit is very unusual, with a very long straight that won’t be easy for us, but it also has both fast and slow corners and this is where we can take advantage of the excellent chassis and handling of the GSX-RR. Of course it will be crucial to establish a good overall set-up, but I am looking forward to getting back to racing and I know we can improve and be closer to the top, so we will be working very hard for better results. ”

Maverick Viñales:

“My plan for Austin is to improve our approach to the race little by little without making mistakes and establishing a solid method of work and in fixing the small problems we had in Qatar. I still have a lot to learn, so I will work on my riding style and on finding the most effective race lines for the GSX-RR. I will also aim to improve my feedback to the team. I know that Suzuki can improve the machine if we give good information and feedback. Austin is a track I really like. I had two good results in previous years in Moto3™ and Moto2™, so I’ll try to keep this positive run of results into MotoGP™. I know we could have done better in Qatar, so I’m hoping for an improvement here in Texas.”


Top 12 May and Hammond bikes for auction

Top 12 May and Hammond bikes for auction

TOP GEAR might not be very interested in motorcycles but there’s no doubting presenters James May and Richard Hammond are. 

The pair are auctioning some of their machines and the interesting collections have the hallmark of obsession. Instead of the Ducatis and Harleys the celebrity set normally stick to, this is the stuff of youthful nostalgia to real long-term riders – machines bought for their meaning, not on a whim.   

Better still, Bonhams’ estimates suggest they’re far more affordable than their TV-star-owned status might lead you to expect. Price of entry could be as low as three figures.

They’re due to be auctioned at the Stafford Show on April 26.

We’re listing them in price order from highest to lowest. 

12: Lot 335: 2010 Norton Commando 961SE – £14,500-18,500

Few bikes are as divisive as the latest generation of Nortons. Some see them as an inspiring British effort to revive a legendary name, others as warmed-over rehashes of bikes well past their use-by dates. Either way, somehow the Norton Commando 961SE is much more a ‘Hammond’ bike than a ‘May’ one, so it’s no surprise to see that this offering is from the collection of Top Gear’s shortest presenter. Number ’45’, it’s part of the first batch of 200 Commandos, fitted with carbon-fibre wheels and a sports exhaust system, and Hammond bought it brand new in 2010. Perhaps the fact it’s for sale is reflected in its lack of mileage – the picture on Bonhams website shows just 667 on the clock. Unsurprisingly, it’s in ‘as new’ condition.

11: Lot 333: 2010 Yamaha SR400 ‘Grievous Angel’ by Deus Ex Machina – £8,000-12,000

Given James May’s reputation for liking to get his hands dirty, it’s no surprise to find a special in his collection. What does come as a shock is the fact that he didn’t make it himself, instead opting to buy one of Deus Ex Machina’s creations. Not that he hasn’t worked on it; as this Telegraph column explains, he’s had to make some repairs… So, what is it? Well, it’s a reworked SR400 in the typical Deus Ex, surfer style. Maybe not quite the right image for Captain Slow, which in turn might explain why it’s being expelled from his garage. Bonhams says it’s mainly been used for display rather than riding, but has been run regularly to keep it all going and is in excellent nick. Still, wouldn’t you rather build one yourself?

10: Lot 336: 1970 Triton 500cc ‘Café Racer’ – £6,500-8,500

Another Hammond lot, this Triton combines a 1954 Triumph pre-unit Tiger 100 engine with a 1956 Norton Dominator’s featherbed frame, and we’ll let the Hamster off for not building it himself, since it’s been registered as a Triton since way back in 1970. Restored in 2008 by its previous owner, and winner of several awards over the years, Hammond bought the bike just a year ago at the Bonhams Stafford sale. Presumably he hasn’t clicked with the bike, since it’s set to cross the block again only 12 months later.

9: Lot 332: 1971 Kawasaki 250cc A1 Samurai – £5,000-6,000

One of James May’s bikes, the Kawasaki is much more the sort of thing you’d expect him to own – a slightly obscure machine that probably isn’t right at the top of anyone’s wish-list, but becomes desirable for being a timewarp slice of the ’70s. Restored by a previous owner in the ’90s, it’s said to have had minimal use since May bought it.

8: Lot 334: 1977 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing – £4,000-6,000

This isn’t just a ‘May’ bike or a ‘Hammond’ machine, but both! Currently part of Hammond’s collection, he bought it from James May in 2013. Given the current Goldwing’s liner-like proportions and full-fat tourer style, it’s easy to forget that the Wing started life as a naked four-cylinder, although even then it was a beast of a bike. This early machine has only 13,000 miles on the clock and spent much of its early life in storage, and its condition lines up along with its mileage and celebrity history to make it one of the most desirable machines in this list.

7: Lot 337: 1975 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E – £2,500-3,500

We don’t really need to explain the mystique of the Yamaha FS1-E here. If you’re of a certain age then you’ll probably have the same desire that led both May and Hammond to buy Fizzies. If you’re any younger then you’ll be looking at it wondering why old farts get misty-eyed about a puny-looking moped, and no amount of background or context will get you to change your mind about it. Hammond’s 1975 model is in that shade of brown that seems to have disappeared since the ’70s came to an end. It’s described as ‘superb’ and has been part of his collection since December 2011. Is it worth £2,500-£3,500? Almost certainly. To someone.

6: Lot 326: 1974 Yamaha 49cc FS1-E – £2,000-2,400

Can’t quite stretch to Hammond’s FS1-E? Well, how about buying James May’s? He bought it at the same time as Hammond (December 2011). In fact, Hammond bought it, and it’s his name on the receipt. May has only done 50 miles on it since it came into his possession. Maybe he hasn’t got that Fizzy fever after all. It’s said to have been restored in 2007 and to be ‘generally good’ in terms of condition, but with a weak clutch.

5: Lot 327: 1976 Suzuki AP50  – £2,000-2,400

The same money is also expected to be enough to get your hands on this Suzuki AP50, also owned by May. It’s in much the same mould as the Yamaha, and was restored in 2013 (although Bonhams describes it as a ‘good amateur restoration’ rather than a professional one.) Whether that amateur was Mr May himself or a previous owner isn’t clear from the description. It’s MOT is expired, but apart from needing its rear wheel to be trued, a new battery and an engine tune, it’s said to be in very good condition.

4: Lot 331: 1975 Honda CB200 – £1,500-1,800

Maybe we’re an odd lot here, but it seems that as we get to the cheaper end of the offerings the bikes get increasingly tempting. While few people ever drooled over a CB200, even when they were new, this bike has the same sort of retro appeal that a mint Mk1 Ford Escort exudes, elevating it above its lowly status. Or maybe not, depending on your point of view. May bought the bike back in 2011 and it’s got a recently repainted tank and side panels, along with an MOT to March 2016. Is it worth £1,800 to someone? We’d be surprised if it isn’t.

3: Lot 330: 1973 Honda CD175 – £1,400-1,800

It might only be a couple of years older than the CB200 above, but the CD175 is from an earlier generation of bike, and looks it. This is really a 1960s machine that’s struggled on into the ’70s, and even its black paintwork seems to pigeonhole it into the earlier decade. In May’s collection since August 2012, it’s had a new cam chain in 2013 and is described as being in good ‘patinated’ condition. It needs a new clutch cable and perhaps a battery, hinting that it hasn’t been used much in recent months. But the estimated price doesn’t appear to put any premium on the fact that James May owned it, and while he’s no Steve McQueen, surely it’s a little bit of history that other, run-of-the-mill CD175s can’t lay claim to?

2: Lot 328: 1980 Ossa 250cc MAR Trials Motorcycle – £1,200-1,500

This is more like it! Completely impractical, needing work and looking slightly frayed around the edges, you can see how it might have appealed to James May. He only bought it a year ago at the last edition of the same Stafford sale that it’s now being re-sold at, so it clearly didn’t live up to whatever expectations he might have had, but it looks tempting at the low price Bonhams is estimating. The ‘MAR’ bit refers to it being a Mick Andrews Replica, in honour of the British rider who helped develop Ossa’s machines. The bike’s previous owner restored it, including rebuilding the 250cc two-stroke single.

1: Lot 329: 1979 Suzuki TS250 – £800-1,200

Another of May’s bikes, this TS250 hasn’t been part of his collection for long but it’s a decent example of a machine that surely hits the current ‘scrambler’ fashion on the head. An American import, it’s been mildly refreshed and even has a new-old-stock exhaust fitted to bring it back to standard spec. It’s nowhere near perfect, but if it’s anywhere near its £800 lower estimate then surely it’s an opportunity not to be missed. Again, it’s a bike that even without James May’s name on the V5 would be well worth a look.

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Wanted : cbr 600rr

Wanted : cbr 600rr

I just sold my nsr 250 so now i am on the hunt for a modern 600 sports bike.

I have my heart set on a cbr 600rr i have looked on donedeal and there is none that i can see.

If anyone has one or knows of one for sale let me know please.

Anything betwen 03-05 would be ideal :thumbsup2:

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New R1 gets ugly treatment

New R1 gets ugly treatment

REMEMBER how Ducati had to bolt a hideous over-long exhaust to its original Panigale to sell it in Japan? Well now the same rules seem to be tripping up the Yamaha R1.

Pictures of the Japanese-spec model show it has a much longer end can than the Euro and US-market versions. The new can is made by Akrapovic and comes on all Japanese R1s, including the ‘M’ version. It’s believed to be needed to bring noise levels down to meet stricter Japanese limits.

Thanks to one of the many vagaries of the Japanese bike market, the R1 isn’t actually sold there as an official home-market model – you won’t find them listed on Yamaha Japan’s website. Instead they have to be exported and then re-imported into the country by one of the firm’s biggest dealers, Presto Corporation. It seems they’re arranging for the fitment of the longer Acrapovic pipes.

The effect isn’t quite as unsettling as the long-piped Panigale, but it’s still not as attractive as the version we get.

See more pics of the Japanese R1 here.

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Slipping Power Ranger suit…

Slipping Power Ranger suit…

Bunked work and I’m going to hit Kerry for a blast with my new 1 piece. Happy days… Except for the fact any time I give the bike some throttle, I end up sliding so far back on the seat that I’m holding on to the handlebars for dear life!!

Any solutions lads?… Bar putting superglue on the a*** of them :lbhbh:

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For Sale : Sherco 290

For Sale : Sherco 290

Bike Make :Sherco

Bike Model :290

Year :2005

Price : €1250

Mileage :no idea

Colour :silver

Extras :bumps n bruises

Overall Bike Condition :fair, its been used, they get dings

Tyre/Chain/Sprocket Condition :ok, tyres not good enough for competition really, grand for flutin about

Service History/Receipts/Recent Service work :recent bottom end rebuild,bearings,crankcase seals,waterpump no use since

Non Restricted/Shop Restricted/Factory Restricted :non

Bike Location :meath

Irish/English Registered :

Any Other Relevant Info :Does it wheelie mr? faster than you can say it
290cc single cyclinder 2stroke

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Nine reasons everyone needs a Yamaha R1

Nine reasons everyone needs a Yamaha R1

I SPENT the last week riding the new R1 around the UK and tried my hardest to find something to complain about. Instead, I ended up desperately wanting to own one.

So if you’ve got £14,999 burning a hole in your pocket, here are nine good reasons you should go out and spend it on Yamaha’s latest superbike.

(And if you can’t afford one, just pretend you can and blag a test ride. It’s worth it.)

The styling

Just look at it. When Yamaha teased us several months back with its #WeR1 launch campaign, a mere silhouette of the bike was enough to get our pulses racing. And that’s before we got to lay our eyes upon those razor thin LED lights, the slash cuts in the fuel tank and the R1’s tail piece that looks the business from every angle. And to top it off, it looks even better in real life than it does in pictures. Kawasaki H2 aside, when was the last time anything this awesome came out of Japan, and wasn’t just a concept? 

The electronics package

A bad electronics package can be nothing more than a complete nuisance. Traction control that steps in at the slightest whiff of throttle, ABS that kicks in prematurely, and user interface so irritating you end up wanting to just do away with the whole system.

Then there are advanced systems like on the Ducati Panigale 1299 and BMW S1000RR – so good you’d be mad to turn them off.

And then there’s the R1 system, the best we’ve seen yet. You get traction control, stability control, cornering ABS, launch control, wheelie control, power modes and a quickshifter. And the best part? It’s all easy as pie to adjust thanks to a big b***on wheel that lets you navigate through a menu even my granny could figure out.

Trick components

Alright, so for £14,999 perhaps it’s not surprising you get the usual goodies like adjustable suspension, powerful brakes and other trick parts. But the R1 gets an aluminium fuel tank, an exhaust system built almost entirely out of t**anium, and numerous magnesium parts. Even the wheels are made out of magnesium. All of this helps shed impressive amounts of weight, which brings me to my next point…

The new R1 is ridiculously light

Ever heard someone wish they could have litre-bike power in a 600cc package? Well, now they can. Yamaha claims it tips the scales at 199kg wet and no part of the riding experience suggests that claim is a porky. It’s tiny and feels utterly brilliant to ride.

The engine

The headlines figures alone are impressive: 200hp and torque. That’s 17hp up on the old model and enough to make most things look like their standing still. But numbers really tell only half the story. The power delivery from the R1’s cross plane engine is utterly addictive and infinitely more exciting to exploit than inline-fours with a conventional firing order. The throaty and slightly raspy nature of the engine at low speeds disappears as soon as you crack open the throttle. Naturally, it misses out on the low down torque of the Ducati’s engine but makes up for it with a strong linear power curve all the way up to the redline.

Race bike handling

Combine all those trick components with one of the best chassis’ on a production sports bike and it’s little surprise the new R1 knows how to get around a corner quickly. That short wheelbase means minimal effort is needed to tip the bike in, the steering is neutral and light, and the adjustable suspension – whilst firm – does a pretty great job of offering a comfortable ride on the road.

It’s got the IMU/Gyro thingymajigs

I know, I know, electronics are boring, but when they’re this good they’re surely worth an extra mention. Instead of using ‘only’ wheel speed sensors to monitor whether you’re being too exuberant with the throttle, the R1 has a small onboard computer that feeds off data from gyros and accelerometers. The gyros measure pitch, roll and yaw, whilst the accelerometers detect forward, back, sideways and vertical movement, and they do it 125 times per second. Someone did manage to high-side the bike on the press launch in Australia though, so it’s not completelyt***-proof.  

There’s also the R1M

As if the standard bike wasn’t cool enough, there’s also a higher-spec limited edition model called the R1M. It’s got semi-active Ohlins suspension, carbon fibre bodywork and a slightly fatter rear tyre. It costs £3,500 more than the standard bike, which gets you a GPS-enabled data-logger, a different paint scheme, and a polished aluminium tank and swing-arm.

Bad news though, all 75 allocated to the UK have found owners already.

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what a day for it

what a day for it

left tralee @11.30 and headed for glengarrif to meet up with bogman – had a nice roast beef lunch and decided to head out to garnish island – my first time on the island,some rare plants grow on the island – fantastic place to visit – left glengarrif and headed for the gougan barra and after cruised home – sunset to finish the day out

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