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Every Wednesday November 18, 2015. £2.20 YEARS 1955-2015 ii LOADS MORE NEW BIKES 165BHPNAKEDR1 BMWSCRAMBLER REBORNGSX-R1000 PLUS:EVERYOTHER 2016 MACHINE REVEALED NEWBI ES 3 BMW SCRAMBLER DUCATI PANIGALE 959 KTM 1290 GT YAMAHA MT-10 YAMAHA XSR900 DUCATI SCRAMBLER 400 SUZUKI GSX-R1000 NEWBIKE 2016 SPECIAL NEWBIKES REVEALED REVEALEDNEW YAMAHAMT-10 REVEALEDNEW MOTOGUZZIV9 REVEALEDNEW GSX-R1000 REVEALEDNEW 959PANIGALE P18 P14 P10 P4 53 LEATHERS DainesehavehadValentinoRossi’sbacksincehe startedinGPsin1996andhaveatleastonesuitfrom everyyearofhisglitteringcareer.MCNmanaged to getspecialpermissionforapeakattheseawesome suitstoseewhatsecretstheyheld. www.motorcyclenews.com There’s never been a better time to get a lovely new machine for sensible money. Yamaha’sMT-07blazedatraillastyear and Kawasaki’s ER-6 is another top bit of kit if you’re on a budget. Now Harley have joined the fray with the incredibly affordable Street 750. We took all three for a blast to see which offeredthemostcheapthrills. The dust may not have settled on an incredible and contro- versial 2015 MotoGP season, but already things are moving on. Testing started for 2016 at Valencia with new tyres and electronics. Although lap times were impressive, there were a lot of very big crashes and some riders were unhappy. Great new £5k bikes Tyretest crash-fest JASON CRITCHELL GOLD AND GOOSE P32P66 There were some hot machines in 2015, but 2016 looks even better with a new naked R1, new Scramblers from Ducati and BMW and stunning new small-capacity bikes including the MT-03. WORLD EXCLUSIVE 15pagespackedwithadvice Helmetsfor under£200 MCNGARAGE OWNING&FIXING NewBelllid is super-safe 40 UsedGSX-R buyingtips V-Strom650 hits10kmark SORTED Avoid DIYdisasters 46 5148 42 It’sapricelesscollectionandeverysuittellsastoryfromRossi’sracingcareer #MCNwednesday MarcMarquezafterallegations hehelpedJorgeLorenzo ‘Icompletely disagreewith Valentino,butIwill bereadyto shakehands’ EYEWITNESS GUY’S GREAT TT ESCAPE P22 Guy Martin was pushing hard in the 2010 Senior TT and was right in the mix. But on the third lap he crashed at Ballagery. His Honda Fireblade erupted into a ball of flames and everyone feared the worst. ALBERTO CERVETTI BARGAIN OF THE WEEK Kawasaki Versys 650 £3000 SELLER SAYS: 2010, 14,800 miles. FSH, touring screen, heated grips, MoT until September. Good condition. MCN SAYS: This perky parallel twin offers great all-round biking without any fuss. A solid secondhand buy. 16,142 bikes for sale P67 P54 STONER P66 Former MotoGP champion Casey Stoner is on the verge of signing for Ducati with wildcard appearances during the 2016 season a distinct possibility. The Aussie, who once told Rossi his ambition outweighed his talent, is sure to stir up the already turbulent class. RETURN www.motorcyclenews.com 04 THIS WEEK LikeanuttyR1...withextranuts! YAMAHA ByRichardNewland DEPUTYEDITOR HIGHLIGHTS O YZF-R1 derived 998cc CP4 crossplane engine O 165bhp | 75ftlb | 199kg (est) Switchable 3-mode Traction Control System O YZF-R1 derived chassis and suspension O Slipper clutch and cruise control O Full LCD dash Yamaha proudly proclaim that the new MT-10 is the “most re- markable naked bike to be de- veloped by the company so far”, and there’s no doubting the stripped R1’s aggressive impact goes far beyond any previous Yamaha naked. The Ten puts the firm into a completely new segment of the market, and the bike in its crosshairs is BMW’s S1000R. Based heavily on the YZF-R1S – the American-market budget-orientated version of the UK’s fully-blown R1 – the MT gets the same main chassis, swingarm, suspension, electronics package (minus the IMU), wheels and basic engine architecture – retuned for more mid-range responsiveness. With the fairings stripped away it takes on a menacing stance, further heightened by the wide bars, mantis- like face, and minimalist new tail unit. Add in a liberal dose of Dark Side gothic colours offset by flashes of gaudy fluro yellow, blue, or just the vaguest sniff of red, and it all makes for a brutish offering. We mustn’t ignore the significance of this being an MT-range bike, either. The ever-increasing family of naked funsters is underpinned by a commit- ment to performance and affordability, and with the first element pretty much guaranteed – it’s an R1 with no fairing and flat bars – it just leaves the price. Yamaha won’t confirm prices right now, but we believe the MT-10 will arrive in dealers in April at around £9999 – which could make this one of the hottest properties of 2016. Traction Control System (TCS) Three-mode switchable traction control comes as standard. When any slippage in the rear tyre is detected, the YCC-T auto- matically controls throttle opening, ignition timing and fuel injection volume to restore traction. Level 1 offers the least intervention, level 2 is for normal street riding, and level 3 is intended for low-grip conditions. Assist and Slipper (A&S) clutch A slanting cam between the clutch boss and the pressure plate augments the force of the clutch springs, allowing a much lighter feel at the lever. Under deceleration, the slanted cams allow the pressure plate to slip. Deltabox chassis The chassis has been developed from the R1’s Deltabox frame, with revised strength/rigidity balance for improved handling agility. It has an ultra-short 1400mm wheelbase, with a YZF-R1- type aluminium upward truss swingarm, and a be- spoke steel subframe. Cruise control Yamaha claim the MT is not just a hooligan tool. To that end it gets cruise control in 4th, 5th and 6th gears between 31mph and 112mph. Any setting is can- celled by activating the brakes, clutch or throttle. Suspension Front and rear are fully adjustable. The MT’s forkis an R1-derived inverted KYB unit with 43mm tubes and 120mm of travel. Model- specific settings are usedto deliver a soft initial stroke in low load situations, but sportsbike levels of control at speed. At the back there’sa KYB shock with Monocross linkage. Fully-adjustable KYB rear shock with a Monocross linkage Traction control, cruise control and a host of electronics K #MCNwednesday 05 BUYING & SELLING SPORT November 18 2015FEATURES GARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES Engine The998ccmotorgetssignificantchanges toboostmidrange,including:newintake, exhaustandfuellingsystems,aswellasanop- timisedcrankbalance,andtheR1Ssteelcon- rods(insteadoftitanium).Expect165-170bhp. Brakes 320mmfloatingdiscs, radialfour-potNissin calipersupfront,while thereargets220mm discandslidingcaliper. ABSisfittedas standard. Rider modes Yamaha’s D-MODE offers the ridera choice of three riding modes. StandardModegivesasmoothen- ginecharacterthroughouttherev range,A’Modeisessentiallyfull-fat, whileBModesoftenseverythingoff –idealforrainydaysandslippery urbanstreets. 28 NOV - 6 DEC 2015 NEC BIRMINGHAM www.motorcyclelive.co.uk SEE THESE BIKES AT Full LCD dash includes and gear position indicator and a programmable shift light It’s long been rumoured to be on the way, and now it’s here – a naked version of the excellent A2-friendly YZF-R3. The latest family member in the MT line-up (which has sold over 70,000 units since launched),the03n gap between the po and the wildly popu The new model d on its dressed sibli the engine, chassis and wheels from th and laying it all bar means a 321cc fou 4V parallel-twin kic out around 42bhp, close to 22ftlb torq wrapped up in a sli frame with a neat inspired asymmetr swingarm. The seat height is a workably middling 780mm, which should suit most riders, while ABS will give a useful safety net to newbies and old hands alike. Expect Celebrating 60 years of motorcycle production, this 60th Anniversary YZF-R1 gets the iconic Kenny Roberts yellow and black speedblock racing colours and graphics, complete with 60th Anniversary decals on the fairings. The only other significant change is the addition of a lightweight titanium Akrapovic slip-on muffler and carbon fibre heat shield. It’s a little different, and can be yours now for £15,749. O Akrapovic silencer O 197bhp | 83ftlb | 199kg O Special paintjob O R3 based 321cc engine O 42bhp | 21.8ftlb | 168kg O 780mm seat height NAKED YZF-R3 ARRIVES The MT-03 should be a hit with new riders R1 special marks 60 years of bike building 2015 MILAN SHOW SPECIAL www.motorcyclenews.com 06 THIS WEEK FlattrackMT-09isreadytorock WASPTURNS INTO XSR900 Last week we showed you the Roland Sands Faster Wasp, a flattrack-inspired hooligan toolbasedonYamaha’sMT-09, andspeculatedthatwe’dseea slightlymoretameproductionmodel emergefromitsshadow–andhereitis. The XSR900 sits alongside its re- cently launched smaller stablemate – the MT-07-based XSR700 – within Yamaha’s burgeoning Sport Heritage range.Poweredbythefirm’sCP3motor fromtheMT-09,thenewXSRblends allthelatesttechandhardwarewith attractiveretroroadsterstyling. There’splentyofgoodold-fashioned metaltopokeat,too.Thetankcovers, mudguards,sidecoversandheadlamp stays are all made from aluminium, whilethestitchedseatanddinkyround rearlightcontinuethebespokefeeling. The900managestoovercomesome oftheawkwardmomentsonthesmaller XSR.Theconspicuousradiatorisnow black, as are the exhaust system and engine,helpingtogiveitamoreuni- fiedidentity,andamuchcleanerlook. Therearesomenicepaintjobsonoffer too, from the Kenny Roberts tribute yellowandblackspeedblockscheme, throughtotheRD350LC-aping‘Rock Slate’version,andaclassicmattgrey. Yamahahaveonlylettheretrotheme dominate the looks, with the XSR taking all of the technology from the MT-09.The847ccinlinetripleengine comes over in all its raspy and ag- gressive glory, complete with a slip- per clutch that has Yamaha’s ‘assist’ technology(whichenableslighterfeel attheleverwithnolossinplatepres- sure).Asallnew2016bikesmust, 900 gets ABS as standard fitment, YAMAHA HIGHLIGHTS O 847cc MT-09 inline triple engine O 113bhp|64.5ftlb|195kg O ABS and Traction Control System O Assist & Slipper clutch O 830mm seat height DEPUTY EDITOR 28 NOV - 6 DEC 2015 NEC BIRMINGHAM t l li k SEE THESE BIKES AT MT-09GETS TC O MT-07 based retro O 74bhp | 50ftlb | 186kg O Made to be customised O Now with traction control O 113bhp | 64.5ftlb | 191kg O New colours for 2016 Yamaha have already launched their XSR700, which is destined to do solid battle with the likes of Ducati’s Scrambler and Moto Guzzi’s V7 II for 2016. While not quite as stylistically resolved as the 900, it’s a highly attractive middleweight retro, with all the riding enjoyment and affordability that made its donor MT-07 MCN’s naked middleweight of the year. The class-busting MT-09 gets the three- level traction control system from the MT-09 Tracer for 2016, as well as a series of new colours that include the bold Night Fluro scheme seen on the new MT-10, and Lava Red. MT-09triple nowhas more grip NewXSR900takes stylingcuesfrom RolandSands’Wasp flattrack concept Paralleltwin XSR700is retroona budget alsogetstheMT’sthree-modetrac- tion control for added security. TheMT’sthreeridingmodesare alsopresent. The aluminium die-cast frame also comes across di- rect from the MT-09, along with the fork and shock – which have been fettled to suit the XSR’s preten- sions,andarebothadjustable. The whole bike tips the scales at 195kg fully wet and ready toride. Adazzlingarrayofaccessories willbeavailabletofurtherper- sonaliseyourXSR900,which isexpectedtoarriveatdealers in March next year, costingaround £7499. XSR700 #MCNwednesday 07 BUYING& SELLING SPORTFEATURES GARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES November 18 2015 Thunderousnewmodelredefinesthesports-tourersegment Smootherengine, corneringABSand awiderappeal GT UNLEASHED HIGHLIGHTS O Touringversionofblistering1290 SuperDuke O 173bhp|106ftlb|228kg O Semi-activesuspension O 23-litrefueltank O Strongersubframeforhard panniers O LED cornering lights ByRichardNewland DEPUTYEDITOR 690DUKE GETSBIG REVAMP O 73bhp | 54.5ftlb | 690cc O Cornering ABS O Extra cylinder head balancer shaft KTM have given their 690 Duke, and higher-specification 690 Duke R, their first major engineering makeover since the current models were launched back in 2012; the most significant changes centring around a heavily revised engine. Technical innovations include the fitment of cornering ABS, which is a first on a bike with such a small-capacity engine, while engineering changes are headlined by a redesigned frame for more stable handling. Both models have the same new Thin Film Transistor (TFT) dashboard, reprofiled seat and LED rear light. The big news with the engine, which now produces 73bhp from its 690cc single-cylinder four-stroke, is the fitment of an extra balancer shaft in the cylinder head. Alongside the extra 1000rpm now available from the new motor – and revs equal power – the additional balancer shaft smooths out the power delivery for less vibes, and more flexibility throughout the rev range. ThecorneringABSworkswith a full bank of sensors to detect imminent loss of traction and prevent the wheels from locking even when the bike is leant over. The690DukeRis distinguishable by its Akrapovic OnlyKTMcouldproduce atouringbikeasnuts as the Duke GT 2015 MILAN SHOW SPECIAL KTM has launched a power- packed super-tourer with a stonking 173bhp 1301cc V-twinmotorfromthe1290 SuperDuke. The1290GTpacksaretunedversion of the snarling 1301cc V-twin Super Duke engine and much of the rest of thebikehasbeenmodifiedtosuitthe touring ambitions of the bike for in- creasedcomfortandrange. The fairing and adjustable screen have been designed to keep most of the windblast away from the rider, the subframe has been specifically strengthenedtoworkwiththetailor- madehardpanniers,andthefueltank hasbeenenlargedtoamassive23litres. The GT gets sports-touring Pirelli Angel GT tyres for good wet grip and improvedmileage. KTMhavetweakedtheride-by-wire fuellingforthe1290GTenginetohelp it meet Euro4 emissions regulations, and also to suit the more touring na- tureofthebike.Threeridingmodesof Comfort,StreetandSportareavailable, and cornering-ABS comes as standard, alongwithsemi-activeWPsuspension, Brembo radially mounted calipers, cruise control, a quickshifter, tyre pressure monitoring system, heated grips and LED cornering lights. In additiontothestandardequipmentis optionalHillHoldControlwhichelec- tronicallyholdsthebikestationaryon ahillstart,andMotorSlipRegulation (MSR)whichallowstheridertoadjust theenginebraking. The semi-active suspension has beendesignedbyWP(whichiswholly ownedbyKTM)andworksinthesame way as the 1290 Super Adventure’s system,withthebike’sbrainworking tomaintainconstantdampingcontrol accordingtothemodeselected,rider inputs and the road surface. The in- formation the system needs to work is relayedfromfrontwheelsensorsaswell asthroughaseriesofaccelerometers. Thehardpanniersareanaccessory optionbuttheyhavebeenspecifically designed for this bike to offer large carrying capability but also to allow decent ground clearance for faster and harder cornering. A host of KTM KTM accessoryluggageandtuningoptions willalsobeavailable. MCNhasalreadytestedaprototype versionoftheGT,andwewerehighly impressed by its blend of towering performanceandcomfort.Priceshave notyetbeenreleasedbut the 1290 Super Duke is £13,499. SuperDukeGT means touring’s not boring www.motorcyclenews.com 08 THIS WEEK This is the new BMW R nineT Scrambler which combines theair/oil-cooledboxertwin usedinthewildlysuccessful RnineTwithScramblerstyl- ingandfewerhigh-endcyclepartsto deliveramoreaffordableretrooffering. There’s no surfboard hanging off the side of the bike and no flowery paintschemeliketheConceptPath22 prototype BMW showed at the Villa d’Este event last summer, and is es- sentiallyidenticaltothebikethatMCN revealedbackinApril2015wouldbea productionreality. Thebike’s1170ccair/oil-cooledboxer twinisliftedstraightoutoftheexisting RnineTmodel,whichmeansthe110bhp peakpowerat7750rpmandmaximum torqueof85.5ftlbat6000rpmremain unchanged. The Scrambler is the first of an an- ticipated four new models we will seeappearinthecomingyearsbased around the R nineT platform. BMW’sstrippedback,moreaffordable,air-cooledboxertwinrevealedatlast Scramblerchanges Themoststrikingelementofthenew bikeisthehigher-levelexhaust,which gives that classic Scrambler style. To getthroughstricterEuro4regulations there is a large catalytic converter to helpwithemissions,andcable-oper- atedvalvestoabatethesound.Engine mappinghasbeenchangedforEuro4 too, and there is now the mandatory carboncapturecanistertocloseoffany fueltankoverspill. LiketheRnineT,therearsubframe canbeunboltedfromthemainframe, but the expensive S1000RR derived fork has been ditched in favour of a traditionalitem,whichhavesignature fork slider covers for the Scrambler ARRIVES BMW look.Combinedwithalarger19-inch frontcastalloywheel,thelookofthe bike is pretty different. The rear tyre is also narrower at 170/60 R17, while the handlebars are now higher, and theseatalittlelower. Thenewroundheadlightisacheaper and simpler alternative design, and there are more off-road orientated footrestsforbettergripwhenthegoing getsmuddy.TheScramblercanalsobe specced with off-road knobbly tyres andwire-spokedwheels. Oneofthekeychangesinreducing costs on this bike is the change from the hand-welded aluminium fuel tankontheRnineTinfavourofasheet steel one. But BMW didn’t want the Scramblertobetooplain,sodetailslike theclearanodisedforgedaluminium handlebar top clamp and the ‘aged’ brownleatheroftheseatcovergivea classylook. Therewillbeamassivelistofacces- soriesavailable,fromwheelsthrough to a different fuel tank, luggage, a windscreen,and a different Akrapovic exhaust. SENIOR REPORTER HIGHLIGHTS O Cheaper than R nineT O 110bhp | 85.5ftlb | 220kg O R nineT engine O Brown leather seat O New suspension and wheels O Optional wire wheels/knobblies Alsoavailablewith headlampguard, wirewheelsand knobbly tyres High-levelexhaust cansand19infront wheelgiveScramblera distinctive look NewBMWScrambler ispoisedtorockthe retro segment 2015 MILAN SHOW SPECIAL 0800 7836 191whitedalton.co.uk REAL BIKERS. REAL LAWYERS. REAL ANSWERS. Real specialists in: s -OTORCYCLE !CCIDENTSIN%NGLAND7ALES%UROPEAND THE )SLE OF -AN s 4AKEOVER CLAIMS FROM OTHER 3OLICITORS s2OAD4RAFlC/FFENCES FROM SPEEDING TO $EATHBY $ANGEROUS $RIVING s /BTAINING COMPENSATION WHERE YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM HAS BEEN UNDERSETTLED BY YOUR PREVIOUSAPPOINTEDSOLICITOR #MCNwednesday 09 BUYING& SELLING SPORT November 18 2015FEATURES GARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES GSrefresh G310R ROADSTER REVEALED HIGHLIGHTS O All-new 313cc engine O 34bhp|20.6ftlb|158.5kg O 785mm seat height O New ‘Style 1’ options O Five seat options O Minor cosmetic upgrades 28 NOV - 6 DEC 2015 NEC BIRMINGHAM www.motorcyclelive.co.uk SEE THESE BIKES AT Refreshed 2016 F800 in Style 2 option Style 1 option is available on both GSs BMW are pinning a huge amount on the success of this small-capacity roadster – their all-new G310R – the first small capacity bike in their range since the R24 of 1948. The bike has been completely designed by BMW in Munich just like every other BMW in the range, but this bike (and the rest of the 310 range that will arrive in the coming years) will be built by BMW’s Indian partner TVS to the German firm’s quality standards. At the heart of the bike is a 313cc, single-cylinder, four- valve liquid-cooled engine, with double overhead camshafts and fuel injection. The cylinder head has been reversed, allowing the inlet tract to be positioned at the front of the motor, and the exhaust exits at the rear. Bigbikedesign The G310R design has been squarely aimed at making the family connections to the S1000R and R1200R in terms of the styling. You only need to check out the side profile of the bike to see the clear evidence of the ‘small bike, big design’ philosophy at work. The angular side panels are almost identical to those on the S1000R, the headlight and small shroud linking directly to that of the R1200R. BMW are keen to convey premium connotations with the engineering, too, so the G310R gets an inverted fork, ABS as standard, four-piston brake The F700GS and F800GS get a minor refresh for 2016, with newly- designed fuel tank covers and a host of minor cosmetic changes aimed at giving the duo a mild refresh. Owners can specify one of five possible seat heights with four different seats, and there’s an lowered suspension option too. The F700GS has a variant called ‘Style 1’ which comes in non-metallic white paint, red frame, grey/black seat cover and large handguards. There is also a basic version available in orange with a grey painted frame, or grey metallic with grey metallic matt finish frame. The F800GS gets a ‘Style 1’ version too. This is the same non-metallic white with a red frame, red spring strut and grey/black seat. A ‘Style 2’ option sees black metallic paint and a grey frame, and along with the standard hand protectors it also gets LED indicators. A basic version in blue is also available. There are no mechanical changes to the engines, meaning power outputs of 75bhp for the F700 and 85bhp for the F800 remain. caliper, and a tubular steel frame. The engine breaks with convention, with the cylinder head being rotated 180-degrees and canted backwards. BMW say the advantage of this is in allowing a straight pathway for the intake and exhaust, while also contributing to a lower centre of gravity and a longer swingarm for more stable handling. The engine also gets BMW’s Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) on the rocker arms to minimise friction and wear, while the cylinder sleeve gets a Nikasil coating. CHASSIS Tubularsteelinconstructionto keepcostsdownandcrashresis- tanceup,theframealsobenefits fromalong,castaluminium swingarm for handling stability. BMWOPTIONS Alonglistofoptions include:luggage,top- boxes,centrestand, LEDindicators,a12v chargingsocketand heated grips. SEATHEIGHT Thestandardseatheightis 785mm,whileaccessory optionsrangefrom760mm through to 815mm. WHEELS Lightweightbutstrong five-spoke17inwheels frontandrearaddtothebig bikelookoftheG310R;tyre sizesare110/70R17frontand 150/60 R17 rear. SUSPENSION Inverted41mmforkatthe frontcombineswithsteering geometryaimedatkeeping thehandlingsafeandpredict- able. Wheelbase is 1374mm. www.motorcyclenews.com 10 THIS WEEK It’s been a long wait, but a full 11 years after we first caught sight ofthenowlegendaryGSX-R1000 K5,Suzukihavepulledthecovers offthefirstall-newversionsince–the GSX-R1000L7. Suzuki are claiming it’s the light- est,mostpowerfulandbesthandling GSX-R1000 they’ve ever built, and there’s little reason to doubt any of that. This 6th generation version is also the highest specced ever, with multi-mode traction control, rider modes, ABS, ride-by-wire throttle, bi-directionalquickshifter,anall-new engineandall-newchassis. Thecode-consciouswillnoticethe significance of the L7 designation, which clearly marks this out as not beinga2016modelyearbike,butdon’t betoodisappointed–thebikewillar- rivein2016,justliketheGSX-S1000L6 modelsarrivedinthemiddleof2015. Key to the new bike’s positioning withinthesuperbikesegmentwillbe its price. Suzuki are fully committed tomakingtheGSX-Raffordable,and whilethey’vegivennofirmindication ofprice,theyhaveconsistentlyindi- catedthatitwillbesignificantlymore affordablethanitsnearestcompetitors. Inrealtermsthatpointstothetopspec GSX-Rarrivingataround£13,000. The fascinating bonus is that we believetherewillalsobealower-spec version which could cost as little as £11,500. While Suzuki haven’t ex- plicitlyconfirmedthismodel,images existofaversionthatuseslower-spec cycle parts, and Suzuki themselves haveoftenhintedthattherewouldbe twomodels. Bestinclass Suzukisaythey’retargetingthemantle of‘KingoftheSportsbikes’,andthey’re determinedtodoitintheirownway. Their design team have pushed for engineeringsolutionstomaketheper- fectsportsbike,ratherthanrelyingon electronicstosolveengineeringissues. It’s the same approach they’ve taken withtheMotoGPbike–andlookhow wellthatperformedin2015. It’snotbereftofelectronicsthough. Ride-by-wire electronic throttle bodies, a 10-level Traction Control System, S-DMS (Suzuki Drive Mode ByRichardNewland DEPUTYEDITOR HIGHLIGHTS O All-new 999cc engine O 200bhp | 82ftlb | 200kg (est) O All-new aluminium chassis O Showa BFF fork and BFRC shock O 10-level traction control O Quickshifter/autoblipper Likeablastfromthepastonlyloadsbetter THEWAITISOVER SUZUKI Selector), electronically controlled ABS, a quickshifter and launch con- trol system add up to a decent raft of electronic assistance. Suzuki’s traction system allows the rider to select three different power modes and 10 different levels of trac- tion control, to match different road or track conditions. Both parameters can be changed while riding, as long as the throttle is closed. Just like all its main competitors, the new L7 also gets a quickshifter and autoblipper, allowing the rider to shift both ways through the box without using the clutch. Traffic light get-aways will also benefit from the new launch con- trol system. There’s no Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) though, as fitted to some competitors – Suzuki say the rider just won’t need it. Variable Valve Timing While the engine is all-new, the head- line-grabbing change is the introduc- tion of variable valve timing – a first for a production superbike. Steel balls are positioned in grooves in the in- take cam sprocket and adjacent guide plate, which are then moved outward by centrifugal force. This means they stack in diﬀerent grooves at low and high rpm, rotating the intake cam at high rpm and retarding the intake cam timing. The result is optimised valve timing at all rpm, benefiting high, mid and low-rpm responsiveness, power, and torque. It also gets the GP bike’s Suzuki Racing Finger valve train follower rocker arm to improve valve con- trol and allow higher rpm, while the Suzuki Exhaust Tuning-Alpha (SET-A) and Suzuki Top Feed Injector (S-TFI) systems, which all combine to make what Suzuki call their Broad Power System. This was the ethos behind the GP bike, and the result is strong, linear acceleration throughout the rev range. On the bounce The other engineering solution to a problem many other manufacturers Lower spec version could cost just £11,500 It’s all new - from its VVT engine, quick- shifter, autoblipper and full electronics By joining the contest, YOU WILL RECEIVE A £50 VOUCHER for the purchase of a Dainese GORE-TEX® jacket. The voucher can be redeemed until December, 31st 2015 at www.dainese.com or in one of the participating authorized Dainese dealers. Open to residents of Europe (with the exception of Italy) 18+ only. Promotion Date: upload from 22th Oct. 2015 to 10th Dec. 2015; vote from 22th Oct. 2015 to 15th Dec. 2015. To enter: visit www.yournextadventure.dainese.com, upload a picture of your most adventurous motorcycle trip in extreme conditions and vote. You can enter with max 1 photo and vote any photo you want, by giving max 1 vote to each one. 1 x Main Prize: 1 x RIDDER D1 GORE-TEX® jacket. Full terms at www.yournextadventure.dainese.com #dainese #dainesecrew Upload a picture of your most adventurous motorcycle trip in extreme conditions and tell us the story behind it: you could win the new Ridder D1 GORE-TEX® jacket. 2015 MILAN SHOW SPECIAL #MCNwednesday 11 BUYING & SELLING SPORT November 18 2015FEATURES GARAGEIS WEEK NEW BIKES are solving with electronics is the Showa suspension. The new GSX-R gets Showa’s excellent Balance Free Front fork – a race-developed unit capable of coping with a far wider range of surfaces and conditions than a conventional fork, boasting full adjust- ability – and no wires. This will be one of the casualties on the cheaper model, which appears to get a conventional Showa fork. Keeping the new minimalist swingarm under control is the latest version of Showa’s Balance Free Rear 28 NOV - 6 DEC 2015 NEC BIRMINGHAM www.motorcyclelive.co.uk SEE THESE BIKES AT Cushion (BFRC) shock. The fully- adjustable unit is lighter and more efficient than previous versions, and super-compact. Lightyears ahead The new bike is visually more compact, sharper, and lighter, while Suzuki say it’s also dramatically more aerody- namic. This is all complemented by full-LED lighting and indicators (both absent on the cheap version), and an all-new full LED dash that crams a mass of information into its display. Expect it to arrive in dealers towards the middle of 2016 as a 2017 model, hopefully with both versions appear- ing in close succession. Suzuki say the new GSX-R is dramatically more aerody Now it’s loaded with electronics, GSX-R needs full-spec dash Naked SV650 VanVan O 140 updates to engine and chassis O 71bhp | 47.2ftlb | 197kg O 73.5mpg fuel consumption Boasts 140 part and component changes, with 60 of those being centred inside the 645cc DOHC 90° V-twin, resulting in more power (71bhp), Euro4 compliance, and an impressive (claimed) 73.5mpg. The whole bike has also lost 8kg. Prices are yet to be confirmed, but we expect it to be around £5199. O Larger-capacity engine O 199cc | 770mm seat | 128kg O Always beach ready The VanVan 125 is a good performer in the Suzuki range, and for 2016 it gets a visually identical bigger brother, boasting a 74cc capacity increase for its air/oil-cooled, fuel- injected single cylinder engine. The rest of the bike remains essentially the same, with its balloon 130 and 180 section tyres, tiny 6.5-litre fuel tank and low 770mm seat. 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All models share the same 1215cc inline, three-cylinder, 12-valve mo- torwithshaftdrive,butTriumphhave tweakedtheenginefor2016becauseit wasn’tcompliantwithEuro4emissions andnoiseregulations. The changes to the motor aren’t believed to be radical but Triumph areyettorevealdetailedinformation about the internal updates. What we Triumphbolster1200cc Tigermodelswithupdated specandtwoextraoptions do know for sure is that the bike has a new exhaust system with a larger catalyticconverter,aswellasupdated ride-by-wiresoftwareandincreased powerandtorque. In line with the smaller-capacity Tiger 800 range, Triumph have de- ployed half the alphabet in order to differentiatethesixvariantsofthetwo separate models. The road-focussed modelsareXR,XRx,XRtandthemore off-roadcapablemachinesaredubbed XC,XCxandXCa.Allfeatureahostof technologicalupgradeswhich,Triumph EXPLORER RANGEIS REVAMPED TRIUMPH say, are aimed at increasing stability and control. Those features include new semi-active suspension – a first on a Triumph – cornering ABS, trac- tion control, four pre-set rider modes as well as an additional mode that the rider can adjust to their own preference. The two entry-level models in each range - XR and XC - get convention- ally adjustable suspension supplied by WP. The other four come with Triumph Semi-Active Suspension (TSAS), which allows the rider to electronically control the adjustment of the front and rear suspension damping and automatically adapts the rear shock preload settings to match the surface. The ABS system has been updat- ed too. The entry-level models get switchable ABS and traction control while the remaining four models are fitted with more advanced corner- ing ABS and traction control. These four models are fitted with an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), which uses a bank of sensors to measure five axes of movement including lean angle, ac- celeration and deceleration to ensure the traction control and ABS work to the best performance. Additionally there is now the op- tion of Hill Hold Control (HHC), which electronically holds the brakes on to steady the bike for a hill start; handy when riding a big adventure bike on uneven surfaces. ByAndyDownes SENIOR REPORTER HIGHLIGHTS O Six new models O More power, more torque O Cornering ABS and traction control O Semi-active suspension O Electrically adjustable screen O Hill Hold Control SUBTLE STYLING The changes to the styling of the Tiger Explorer are comprehen- sive. There are a lot of changes to the side panels, the area around the bottom of the windscreen, around the front lights and to the fuel tank shape too. NEW SOUND SYSTEM A new exhaust was part of the work done to pass Euro4 as the catalyst is bigger and the noise from the engine has to be damped down more effectively for ride-by and static testing. SEMI-ACTIVE SUSPENSION Triumph’s Semi-Active Suspen- sion is fitted to four of the six Explorer models and works to keep the damping constant to suit the terrain or road surface, and also takes into account the load of rider, pillion and luggage. READY FOR ADVENTURE It wouldn’t be an adventure bike without the ability to take a large amount of luggage, and the Tiger Explorer has custom-made hard panniers and mounts matched to the bike. Thruxton R, £12,000 (est) Top-spec version of the Thruxton gets twin Öhlins shocks at the rear, a beefy Showa Big Piston Fork, Brembo monobloc calipers and Pirelli Diablo Rosso tyres. Innumerable accessories are also available. Street Twin, £7995 (est) A new model in the classic line-up, this Street Twin is the only bike in the range to use the new 899cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin. A range of ‘inspiration kits’ delivers three pre-styled custom editions. Speed Triple R, £11,499 The R model benefits from a few flashes of carbon (mudguards and tank panels), an Öhlins NIX30 inverted fork and TTX36 RSU shock, plus billet handlebar clamps, risers, and swingarm pivot covers. SpeedTripleS,£10,199 The ever-popular 1050 gets a serious makeover, with 104 engine changes alone. The new S gets a hike in power and torque, 10% fuel efficiency boost, ride-by-wire throttle, and five switchable rider modes. T120Bonneville,£9899(est) The base model in the family, the new Bonnie rekindles the use of the T120 designation first used in 1959, and gets the new 1199cc engine, all- new chassis, and period-style Pirelli Phantom tyres. #MCNwednesday 13 BUYING & SELLING SPORT November 18 2015FEATURES GARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES Triumph’s bumper 2016 With a stack of exciting new models for next year, here’s what else is in store... 28 NOV - 6 DEC 2015 NEC BIRMINGHAM www.motorcyclelive.co.uk SEE THESE BIKES AT NewExplorerXCasits atthetopofTriumph’s large-capacity, off-roadrange Semi-active suspension is Triumph first Spotlights as standard on XCa variant Thruxton, £9000 (est) All-new version gets an 1199cc liquid- cooled parallel-twin motor thrusting out a beefy 81ftlb torque. Not only that but there’s also a new chassis with revised geometry, and completely revised styling. ADJUSTABLE SCREEN A first for the adventure bike class is the fitment of an electri- cally adjustable windscreen for added touring comfort. HEATED GRIPS AND SEAT Heated grips and a heated rider and pillion seat are available. COMING CLEAN Getting the bike to pass new Euro4 regulations meant a fair amount of work to the mapping, fuel injection and engine internals, although Triumph aren’t talking specifics right now. EURO VISION Most noticeable of all the changes enforced by Euro4 is the fitment of front and rear reflectors mounted on the fork legs and the rear numberplate mount. Less visible is the fitment of a car- bon canister for the capture of fuel vapour, which is now mandatory. 2015 MILAN SHOW SPECIAL PERSONAL CONTRACT PURCHASE 4.9% APR REPRESENTATIVE Lower than our standard rate 15% Deposit Required www.kawasaki-kalculator.co.uk Credit is subject to status and is only available to UK residents aged 18 and over. Kawasaki Finance is a trading style of Black Horse Ltd, St William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 5BH www.motorcyclenews.com 14 THIS WEEK ByAndyDownes SENIORREPORTER BREAKS COVER GUZZI/APRILIA 850 V-twins lead rush of cool new Guzzis 16in front and huge tyre on the all-new V9 Bobber Moto Guzzi have an all-new range of 850cc V-twins called the V9 Roamer and Bobber which feature new engines and are pitched at the mid-capacity cruiser market. Guzzi have been working feverishly over the past five years to completely revamp their range and the V9s now fill in the mid-point between the smaller V7 twins and the much larger 1400cc California cruisers. The V9 Roamer is the more tradi- tional of the pair – which were designed from the outset to be two completely separate models based around the same engine and chassis configuration. It is being heralded as the modern replace- ment for the Moto Guzzi Nevada – a bike that was part of the Guzzi range for more than two decades. The Nevada was known for its rider- friendly nature and Moto Guzzi say the V9 Roamer aims to carry on this easy-going tradition. Trad style, modern tech So far there are scant technical de- tails available with only the torque figure of 45.7ftlb produced at 3000rpm released to give any indication of the new engine’s performance. We know the bikes are around 850cc in capacity, have ABS and switchable traction control and a USB charging port as standard, while they both feature a stylish new circular dash. Although both bikes are styled very traditionally, the technology is bang up to date and there will be plenty of accessories available so owners can integrate modern innovations and per- sonalise their bikes too. These include the firm’s MG-MP multimedia platform which allows the bike to connect to the rider’s smartphone. The V9 Bobber is an altogether darker design and has a striking look thanks to the chunky tyres fitted to the 16in spoked front and rear wheels, blacked out engine and chassis parts. The V9 Roamer gets a more normal 19in front. One bike Moto Guzzi haven’t yet released details of is the Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress which is the bagger cruiser based on the 1400cc California engine and chassis plat- form. MCN expects it to be at the Milan Show so see next week’s paper for details. Moto Guzzi are as anxious as the other manufacturers to grab a slice of the big-selling scrambler pie, and this new V7 II Stornello is their take on the theme – and we think it looks great. Based around the updated V7 engine and chassis the Stornello is following the traditional path set by the scrambler machines of the 1960s and 70s with higher handlebars, long flat seat, knobbly tyres and a high- level exhaust. Moto Guzzi were known for the Eagle Brand bike introduced in the 1960s and the company has brought that traditional style right up to date with the latest 744cc V-twin engine from the updated V7 engine and chassis but carrying the old Stornello name used between 1960 and ’74. The Arrow exhaust has been designed to mimic those of the 1960s as closely as possible and runs down the right side of the engine for extra ground clearance. The longer, flatter seat suits the style of a scrambler and is matched by the dual-purpose knobbly tyres. Just like the old bikes, some of the parts have been changed from steel to aluminium – but unlike the old scramblers, these changes are more about cool looks than improved performance. The mudguards, footpegs and injector bodies are all made from aluminium alloy. NEW V7 II STOR The street scrambler is back O New ‘factory special’ V7 O 744cc V-twin | 47bhp | A2 compliant O 186kg AL Watch out Ducati, Guzzi is getting in on the Scrambler act too HIGHLIGHTS O New 850cc V-twin O 45.7ftlb torque at 3000rpm O Pitched as fun, light and mid- capacity O Factory built bobber available O Claimed weight of 200kg O Large range of accessories #MCNwednesday 15 BUYING & SELLING SPORT November 18 2015FEATURES GARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES Aprilia’s evolution of the RSV4 is continuing with this updated version of their RF model, which gets minor modifications for 2016. Changes include new Superpole graphics, revised rear suspension set- up and the V4-MP multimedia platform as standard fitment. The V4-MP system is a full- blown telemetry system that will communicate with a smartphone, and allows the adjustment of parameters within the traction control and anti- wheelie systems. The level of detail available for change drills all the way down to individual settings for each corner or section of a track. The RSV4 range recently saw changes to the engine and electronics which sees power upped to over 200bhp. If this isn’t enough for you then Aprilia are now offering a 230bhp Factory Works version of the RSV4. Aprilia haven’t released images or specifications for this machine yet, but we’ll hopefully be able to reveal more next week. O New graphics O Standard multimedia platform linked to smartphone O Factory Works 230bhp version available too UPDATED APRILIA RSV4 REVEALED New paint and electronics for the RSV4 28 NOV - 6 DEC 2015 NEC BIRMINGHAM www.motorcyclelive.co.uk SEE THESE BIKES ATNew V9 Roamer is intended to replace Guzzi’s long-running Nevada You’re tired of queuing? We get it. 7KDWʧVZK\ZHDUHRHULQJDJUHDWUDQJHRI TXHXHEXVWLQJFRPPXWHUVIRUMXVWeQDQFH GHSRVLW
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It also gets a larger fuel tank, LED lighting, spring preload adjustable frontfork,newexhaustandadjustable brake lever. The CB500X adventure- styled version gets a taller screen and shares its siblings additions of a larger fuel tank, LED lighting, spring preload adjustable front fork and adjustable brake lever. NC750range TheNC750rangehasbeengivena similar wave of updates. The NC750X gets tougher looks with LED lighting, revised fork damping, an expanded storage compartment, plus LCD instruments with personalised colour options. The Dual Clutch Transmission version gets software upgrades and a new exhaust. The NC750S also gets LCD instruments with personalised colour options, plus two Special Edition two- tone paint editions. The Dual Clutch Transmission version gets mode upgrades and a new exhaust. TheNCIntegra gets similar upgrades for 2016. NewMontesa4RIDE Honda sister brand Montesa have unveiled a new crossover trials/trails machine, dubbed the 4RIDE. It takes the basis of the Cota 4RT260, but uses revised gear ratios, a more useable seat and a larger 4.4-litre tank – good for a range of around 75 miles. ZZR1400PerformanceSport O 197bhp | Öhlins Suspension | Brembo monoblocs Available as two models, the standard ZZR1400 and a Performance Sport version, the 2016 versions use new settings in the ECU and a revised evaporative exhaust system to help it meet the new emissions regulations. Both bikes get a new instrument cluster with high-visibility dials and a central LCD panel. The Performance Sport model gets Brembo brakes, an Öhlins TTX39 rear shock, and Akrapovic silencers. Z1000&Z800Sugomi O Burgundy!|Anodisedforklegs|Akrapovicsilencer The popular naked Z800 and Z1000 ranges both get Sugomi Editions for 2016. Both models see the return of burgundy! This also means burgundy anodising to the fork legs, and the same colour finds its way onto the rear seat cowl, nose cowl, tank top cover and wheel rim tapes on both Z1000 and Z800. The two models also share the addition of a carbon Akrapovic exhaust end can to round out the mods. J125scooter O 125cc | A1 licence-friendly | Super-scoot styling Kawasaki have unveiled the new J125 scooter in Milan, giving the existing J300 a smaller sibling. The 125 brings the J-series into the reach of A1 licence holders, and shares many features with the J300. The 125 gets ABS brakes as standard, an automatic under-seat courtesy light and shutter style security ignition as well as the convenience of a rider friendly 12v charger socket. www.motorcyclenews.com 16 Kawasaki revealed their all- new ZX-10R superbike four weeks ago, but unveiled a superb-looking Winter Edition, jointly developed with the Kawasaki Racing Team, at theMilanshow. The new machine gets the team’s svelte black and white testing livery, includingtheKRTSnowflakelogoand JapaneseKanjiFuyucharacter,which means winter. The model also comes with a road-legal Akrapovic silencer asstandard. WhilethenewZX-10Rmayoutward- ly look pretty similar to the outgoing Kawasakirevealextra-specialZX-10R model,there’saraftofchangestothe engine, chassis, suspension, fairing, electronics, brakes and exhaust. The new200bhpTenis,sayKawasaki,the closest thing to a factory superbike it haseverproduced. The engine gets a completely new MINTER FOR WINTER KAWASAKI SENIOR REPORTER HIGHLIGHTS O Special Winter Edition of new ZX-10R O 207bhp | 84ftlb | 206kg (est) O Akrapovic carbon end-can O Showa Balance Free Fork O Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion shock O Also available as standard model Newstylesharpens Honda range 28 NOV - 6 DEC 2015 NEC BIRMINGHAM www.motorcyclelive.co.uk SEE THESE BIKES AT Sleeklookfor SpecialEdition ZX-10R 2015 MILAN SHOW SPECIAL CB500RANGE GETS FUNKY HONDA cylinderheadandcrankthathaslost 20%ofitsmass. Thenewcylinderheadfeaturesre- designedintakeandexitports,larger diameter exhaust valves now made fromtitanium,largercoolantpassage- ways,andrevisedcamprofilesforgreat valveoverlap.Thepistonsareshorter andlighter,andtheairboxisnowtwo litreslargerwhiletheram-airintake has been moved further forward for greaterefficiency. New titanium header pipes are matchedtothoseoftheracebike,and thelargersilencerisnowtitaniumnot stainlesssteelandislightertoo. Thechassischangesaren’tasexten- siveastheengine’s,buttheheadtube mounting is now 7.5mm nearer the rider and helps to place more weight overthefrontwheelforbetterstabil- ityandturnin. Italsogetsthelatestelectroniccon- trol systems based around the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). www.motorcyclenews.com The Ultimate Riding Machine BMW Motorrad UK Approved Used Bikes Your dream of riding away on a BMW could be closer than you think with a head turning REPRESENTATIVE 5.9% APR available across the range on BMW Motorrad Approved Used Bikes. 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Clearly, getting the bike through Euro4 in terms of noise was a fairly tough job judging by the size of the enormous shotgun-style twin exhaust stacked on the 959’s right-hand side. The new exhaust is a massive change from the outgoing bike’s slender flanks, and almost invisible under-belly ex- hausts, and could well be a portent of what’s to come for many manufactur- ers as the Euro4 legislation comes into force, with even tougher regs to follow. The new engine The new V-twin engine in the 959 Panigale is the first of the Superquadro engines from Ducati to pass Euro4 regulations, with the 955cc unit now developing 157bhp at peak – up from 148bhp on the outgoing 899 Panigale. The current 1299 is not Euro4 compliant – so expect some side cannons on that for 2017 if Ducati can’t design a better solution. The 959’s official aftermarket cans are still underbelly like those on the 1299 – but cost £1311.60. Peak torque has been lifted to 79.2ftlb at 9000rpm, all thanks to the addi- tional 57cc gained from a longer pis- ton stroke, increased from 57.2mm to 60.8mm, while the bore remains the same at 100mm. In order to achieve the increased stroke Ducati have re- designed the crankshaft with a new crank journal lubrication system to match. New conrods have also been designed while the compression ratio remains unchanged. Reducing internal friction is a big part of being able to pass Euro4 as not only does it reduce emissions thanks to the greater efficiency of the engine but it also helps to reduce mechanical noise. A new Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating on the piston pins and a redesigned piston crown, a pair of new cylinderheads and aluminium top covers with a ribbed design have been installed in order to reduce mechani- cal noise. A new cam-timing chain has been installed for the same reason too. Oval throttle bodies are now joined by twin fuel injectors – one above and one below the butterfly, and these are independently controlled by the ride- by-wire throttle system. The engine uses the Ducati secondary air system, which helps create the most efficient burn and prevent unburnt hydrocar- bons being emitted. The clutch has a new innovation for an engine from the Superquadro fam- ily with a new self servo mechanism which reduces the effort needed to operate the clutch. The same mecha- nism also works in reverse as a slipper clutch to prevent back torque locking the rear wheel. Despite the increased power and torque Ducati have kept the service intervals the same as the 899, with a major service needed at 15,000 miles to check valve clearances and an interim service at 7500 miles. What else is new? Other changes follow those made to the range-topping 1299 Panigale released at the start of 2015, and include a wider and more protective front fairing which came as a direct result of feedback from the factory World Superbike racing team. Not only is the fairing wider, but it also features a wider and taller windscreen, and larger diameter air intakes to ensure the airbox can gulp plenty of fresh air at high speeds. The seat unit has also been comprehensively reworked to follow the same design as the bigger 1299 Panigale range. New rear view mirrors and different fairing ducts also mimic the 1299’s. The 959 Panigale will cost £13,095 inred,or£13,295inwhite. ELECTRONICS OVERLOAD The 959 gets the full glut of Ducati electronic rider aids including traction control, a quickshifter, engine braking control, ride by wire, adjustable riding modes and adjustable ABS to suit road or track conditions. STATS ON SHOW The black-on-white LCD displayshowsa wealth of data including revs, ridingmode selected, ABS, traction controland engine braking control settings, speed,gear position but also has a stopwatchfunction along with max speed and maximumrpm achieved too. GETTING STRESSED The 959 uses the engine as a stressed member with a small monocoque section attaching to the cylinder heads to form the airbox. The chassis geometry has also been altered with a 4mm drop to the swingarm pivot mount. 28 NOV - 6 DEC 2015 NEC BIRMINGHAM www.motorcyclelive.co.uk SEE THESE BIKES AT DATALOGGER OFFERED AS AN EXTRA Available as an optional extra, the DDA is a plug and play datalogger which can be used to store and analyse the performance of the bike in terms of lap times, throttle position, speeds and lots more. #MCNwednesday 19 BUYING & SELLING SPORT November 18 2015FEATURES GARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES LARGE UPDATEDHYPERMOTARD ANDHYPERSTRADA939 Ducati have added two new additional models to the Mulistrada 1200 range – the Enduro and the returning Pikes Peak edition. Both share the same 1199cc version of the Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) motor released earlier this year in the standard Multistrada 1200 and S models. This variable valve timing system works to smooth out the power delivery of the big V-twin motor at the lower end of the rev range. TheEnduromodelisthemost extreme Multistrada – in terms of off-road ability – yet seen. Changes include a larger 19in front wheel, 30-litre fuel tank, wire-spoked wheels, extended front beak for increased rider protection, modified front mudguard and new anodised aluminium side panels. Further work has been carried out on the bike with a modified riding position to make off road riding easier, with the handlebars set higher, the seat made narrower, steel footrests fitted rather than aluminium, a height-adjustable rear brake lever is now fitted and the gearlever has a coupling to prevent it getting broken in a crash. An aluminium sump guard now protects the engine from rocks and debris. A narrower pillion seat and lower Plexiglass screen are also available to make stand-up off- road riding easier. AsstandardtheEnduro version comes fitted with off- road capable but road-focused Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres in 120/70/19 up front and 170/60/17 at the back. Optional Pirelli Scorpion Rally knobbly tyres can be specified and they are more suited to proper off road terrain. It will cost £16,690 in red, or £16,890 in grey/white. Peakperformance Ducati are rightly proud of their successes at the tough Pikes Peak International Hillclimb held annually in Colorado, USA, and the Pikes Peak bike celebrates those class victories. Its spec includes a low carbon fibre windscreen, Termignoni exhaust system, different colourscheme, mechanically adjustable Öhlins suspension, different three- spoke wheels and an array of carbon fibre parts, all adding up to a wallet- smashing £19,220 price tag. There are no massive changes for the Hypermotard and Hyperstrada beyond the fitment of a new Euro4 compliant 937cc V-twin engine. All of the bikes in the range share the same motor, which now produces 113bhp and has a 10% increase in peak torque. The engine is based on the old 821cc Testastretta unit and the range includes the standard Hypermotard 939, Hypermotard 939 SP and the more touring focused Hyerpstrada 939. The Hypermotard will arrive at £9995 in red, £200 more in white, and at £12,995 for the SP version – while the Hyperstrada will cost £11,195. O Larger 19in front wheel O Wire spoked wheels O 30-litre fuel tank O New Pikes Peak special edition NEWMULTISTRADAENDURO New engine for the Hypermotard The new Enduro is the most extreme Multistrada yet 2015 MILAN SHOW SPECIAL Ducati target BMW’s GS with off-road adventurer www.motorcyclenews.com 20 THISWEEK Ducatigetsaggressiveinabidto muscle in on Harley territory THE X-FACTOR The covers have finally been ripped off Ducati’s all-new XDiavel,thefirm’sfirstseri- ous foray (in modern times) intothecruisermarket. Firstspottedinsummerundergoing final testing by MCN’s spy photogra- phers,thebikehasbeenfirmlyunder wraps since. Essentially this is a new bike from the ground up with a new 1262cc engine, feet-forward riding position, belt drive, new chassis and bodywork,designedtotacklethemas- sive potential within the American cruiser market where the Diavel has yettomakeabigimpression. The engine’s capacity increase to 1262cc also sees the firm add their DesmodromicVariableTiming(DVT) system, ensuring that the engine de- DUCATI HIGHLIGHTS O New 1262cc V-twin O Peaktorqueat5000rpm O 60 changes made to suit the cruiser market O Beltdriveand156bhp O Full LED lighting ByAndyDownes SENIOR REPORTER 28 NOV - 6 DEC 2015 NEC BIRMINGHAM www.motorcyclelive.co.uk SEE THESE BIKES AT basis using the underpinnings of the heavilyrevisedKTM690Duke. The 701 follows a year after the HusqvarnaVitpilen401andSvartpilen 401conceptswererevealed,andMCN understands these bikes – or at least one bike based on an amalgamation ofthetwo–islikelytoberevealedin fullproductionspecificationnextyear. This Vitpilen 701 may follow shortly afterwardsasitwouldappear the bikes share components. O 73bhp single cylinder roadster O Ultra-modern styling O Still a concept right now O New 399cc air-cooled V-twin O 41bhp | 25.3 ftlb | 183kg (wet) O A2 licence compliant Husqvarna’srebirthundertheowner- shipofKTMwiththecashbackingof IndiangiantBajajcontinueswiththis newconceptcalledtheVitpilen701. Thenewbikeisintendedasananti- retroantidotetothewaveofnostalgia floodingacrossthemotorcyclemarket with modern styling and a mechanical Ducati have made no secret of the fact they would be adding more models to the stunningly successful Scrambler range, and this 400cc version is the next version to join the family. At the heart of the new Scrambler Sixty2 (so named because that was the first year the original Ducati Scrambler was launched) is a new 399cc air-cooled V-twin engine derived from the larger 803cc motor used on the rest of the range. Ducati are making a big deal of the accessible riding nature of the Sixty2, the soft power delivery, easy-going liversbigtorqueatalow(foraDucati) 5000rpm. Whiletherehavebeenahostofim- pressive engineering changes to the enginetherehavealsobeenothersthat havebeendoneforstylingreasons.The waterpump,forexample,hasbeenre- locatedsothecoolantpipesontheout- sideoftheenginearenolongervisible. The most important change to the bike to suit the cruiser market is the fitment of belt drive, as many poten- tial customers would never consider 2015 MILAN SHOWSPECIAL SCRAMBLE TH SIXTY2 riding position and comfortably low seat height of 790mm (770mm and 810mm options are also available). Ducati are pitching the new 400cc Scrambler at £6450 – just £800 less than a Scrambler Icon – which could prove a little salty for British pockets against strong competition from other manufacturers, but you can’t argue with the power of the Ducati brand and its visual similarity to the bigger Scrambler will doubtless help sales. TopspecScramblernow boasts flattrack appeal Ducati snewA2licence friendly Scrambler Sixty2 will cost £6450 Beltdriveandfeet-forwardposition turns Diavel into a cruiser The 803 Scrambler hasn’t been ignored for 2016, either. This new Flat Track Pro version is based on the Scrambler Full Throttle, and gets a yellow-painted tank, two-tone side panels, tapered handlebars, and a Termignoni slip-on end can. The seat is new for this bike too, while side and front mounted numberplates complete the flattrack makeover. It tops the Scrambler range at £8995. Husqvarna says the 701 is an alto- gether more serious motorcycle than the 401, and with its 73bhp single- cylinderenginefromthenewKTM690 Duke installed in such a pared-back motorcycleit’shardtodisagree. BritishbikedesignerCraigDent,who worksatKiskaDesign–thecompany thathasworkedoneveryKTMfortwo decades–describesthe701Vitpilenas “amightysingle-cylindermotorwith a tank, a tail and a little seat – that’s it.” 701promises tobeaspared backasabike can be HUSQVARNA a bike fitted with chain drive. The advantagesofquieterrunning,less maintenance, softer power trans- missionandlackofmessfromchain lubeareessentialconsiderationsin thecruisermarket. In the face of so many traditional cruisers,theXDiavelstillretainsits positionatthecutting-edge,using technology the rest of the modern Ducati range utilises, including: adjustable riding modes, corner- ingABS,ride-by-wireandtraction control, all now bolstered by the fitment of Ducati launch control, which enables a perfect launch off thelineeverytime. Thenewsuper-cruiserwilltrou- bleyourbankbalancefor£15,795in standard trim, and £18,395 if you want the S model. NEW SCRAMBLER FLAT TRACK PRO MOREBANDSTHANEVERBEFORE CompleteMadness,HellsBells, GreenDate,Boominandmany more! TWOGREATRIDEOUTS RideoutstoCadwellParkandEast Kirkbyairfieldwhereyou’llhavethe opportunitytotakeyourbike down thestrip(limitedplaces). RIDECLASSICANDOFF-ROADBIKES TheNationalMotorcycleMuseum andYamahaarebringingaselection ofbikestotryoutforfree. 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Book your place now www.mcnlive.co.uk 0845 070 4747 Friday, June 11, 2010GuyMartinisengulfedinflamesafteracrashintheSeniorTT Guy’sgreatescape Every TT is exciting but the 2010 Senior may just have been one of the most dramatic races yet as Ian Hutchinson became the first person to win five races in a single year and a charismatic truck fitter survived one of the most shocking crashes of all time. The incident saw Guy Martin’s bike burst into flames and everyone feared the worst… until the man himself emerged from the inferno. Paul Phillips ‘There was just a huge amount resting on one race. McGuinness had broken down in an earlier race, Martin had been penalised for speeding through the pit lane, Connor Cummins had built a big lead in the first Superbike race and broken down. And Hutchy had matched the record by winning four in a week. It all built up and up and up.’ Steve Christian ‘Threemonthsbefore the race the crew were all asking me: “what’s the story?” and I was saying “I don’t know. We’ll only find out during the fortnight”. And on that Friday morning we still didn’t know.’ Davison ‘Guy and Michael Dunlop were pushing Hutchy really hard. I was photographing the Ballaugh Bridge jump and Guy came over the first couple of laps jumping big. Really big.’ Phillips ‘There was a hammer and tongs battle between Martin, Hutchinson, McGuinness and Cummins. The four of them of them were separated about 1.5 seconds.’ Christian ‘We filmed Guy’s pitstop at the end of the second lap. The adrenaline was incredible. For us, this EYEWITNESSCelebrating60years of amazingmomentswithMCN 1955-2015 was the culmination: Guy was going to do it. Whatever we said at the time, we were following Guy – and when he left the pits he was actually leading the race. McGuinness always disputes that, but it’s the truth!’ Phillips ‘We had Dainese and Jorge Lorenzo on the island with us – of course Guy Martin is also sponsored by Dainese. I was with the group taking them out to Bray Hill to spectate. We’d just got there, just as the third lap had started... and the red flags had gone out. It became clear pretty quickly that it was Guy that’d had the accident. It became quite fraught.’ Christian ‘Our first idea of the accident was seeing the smoke rising from the top of Ballagarey just three minutes later. It took us a further three Its tank brimmed with fuel, Guy’s Fireblade bursts into flames after the 170mph crash at ‘Balla-scarey’. Incredibly Guy escaped serious injury NOEL O’REILLY INTERVIEWS DAN ASPEL THE EYEWITNESSES Paul Phillips Development Manager for the IoM TT, he manages the day-to-day running of the races. Steve Christian Founder of CinemaNX and producer of the movie TT3D: Closer to the Edge, . Stephen Davison Photographer, journalist and author who regularly covers the IoM TT. www.motorcyclenews.com 22 November 18 2015 minutes to understand that it was Guy. Guy’s then-girlfriend and his family were on the grandstand and they didn’t know that he’d crashed. But the order was for us to stop filming them, so they knew that something was up.’ Phillips ‘I had the race radio so I could listen in to the incident and it seemed that Guy was OK but badly injured.’ Davison ‘By the time the race was red-flagged, a lot of the front runners who had got past Guy’s crash had already seen him in the road. I remember Michael Dunlop telling me that he’d seen him moving. As soon as I found out that it had happened at Ballagery – which is known asbeenGuy’sbestchance PACEMAKER PRESS INTL “Balla-scarey” because if anyone crashes there you fear the worst – I got myself there and spoke to the marshalls. It was a weirdly lovely day, but the smell in the air was so strong: burning fuel and straw.’ Christian ‘Knowing what we could see, which was the fireball, and the fact that Paul Dobbs had died there just the day before we couldn’t help – very, very selfishly – thinking “what’s this going to do for the movie?”. You’re cutting all the scenarios in your head.’ Phillips ‘Guy was incredibly lucky. From what I heard, after he lost the front of the bike he kind of saved it on his knee and dragged it through the apex of the corner so he went down the road instead of into the wall. His skill and his reactions saved him.’ Christian ‘The photographer that captured the images of Guy crashing stayed on the hedge so long it was untrue. It was handy because we had on-board footage of every bike… except for Guy on that Senior. He was prone to removing his cameras!’ Davison ‘It became a day of two halves, because the first half was all about Guy. Once it was established that he was OK, the second half, apart from Cummins also having a terrible crash, was all about Hutchy winning the five. It was practically a new race. And he really did the business.’ Guy pushing harder and harder over Ballaugh Bridge #MCNwednesday 23 BUYING& SELLING SPORTFEATURES GARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES November 18 2015 www.motorcyclenews.com 24 November 18 2015 ROSSI’S BODYGUARD Theninetimesworldchampionhaswonallhistitles in Dainese leathers, MCNisgranteduniqueaccesstothefactory’ssecret stash of Rossi suits WORLD EXCLUSIVE PICTURES BY ALBERTO CERVETTI \ GOLD AND GOOSE The greatest rack from the greatest rider... Hand-selected for MCN by the man who stitched each and every seam, join us as we examine the Doctor’s career-defining suits Top secret Dainese vaults Deep inside the firm’s Molvena HQ are their top secret archives where thousands of used race leathers from legendary riders are stored for posterity #MCNwednesday 25 BUYING& SELLING SPORTFEATURES GARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES November 18 2015 Valentino Rossi and Dainesearecelebrating amagical20-yearpart- nership.Rossihasbeena Dainesesupportedrider since he started in GPs in1996atjust17yearsof age.Incrediblyjustoneman,Dainese master tailor Silvano Celi, has been responsibleforeverysetofleathers Rossi has worn. For two decades the pair have created some of the most memorable and champagne- soaked suits in racing history. We spent the day with Silvano, a close friendofRossi,intheDainesevaultin Molvena,Italytodiscoverthesecrets ofthegreatestracer’sleathers. TheentrancetotheDainesevault isn’timpressive.It’sjustaplainwhite doorinabuildingfullofbusyseam- stressesanddesignersworkingonthe newrangeoffactoryraceleathersfor the2016season.Yetbehindthedoor are over a thousand suits spanning 40 years of crashing, winning and everythinginbetween. AssoonasthedooropensI’men- gulfedbythesmellofraceleathers; a lovelyfragrancetoanybiker,rightup therewiththearomaoftwo-stroke. TheAladdin’sCaveofleathersislike a private museum, very rarely seen byanyoneoutsideofDainese. My eyes are wide, struggling to takeinthesheerscaleofhandcrafted racinghistorythat’sbeingcarefully hungfromtheroof.FromSheeneto Rossi,it’sallhere. AproudSilvanoCeliwelcomesme withopenarmsandI’mimmediately drawntotheolderleathersfromthe 1990s.IspotaTroyBaylisssuit,then a PierfrancescoChilisuit,theoddCarl Fogarty, an Anthony Gobert, Scott Russell…theyallhanghereperfectly preservedintime.BehindthemIsee anEddieLawsonsuitfromthegolden eraof500GrandPrix.Furtheralong aremoreGPleathers–LorisCapirossi andMaxBiaggifromtheir250days – mixedinwithsomemodernleathers thatoncebelongedtoLeonHaslam. NameariderandayearandSilvano willknowpreciselywheretheleath- ersare.Mostareusedandworn,some heavilycrashedin.Foggy’sleathers from the Phillip Island crash that ended his career in 2000 are here, so are Valentino Rossi’s Mugello leathers,theonesthathadtobecut awayafterhebrokehisleg.Notonly this,butherethereareboots,gloves andbodyarmourfromaplethoraof legendaryriders. Silvanoleadsmetooneparticular rack.Onitare20setsofleathers,one foreachyearofRossi’sGPcareer.They tell the story of perhaps the great- est racer of all time, and also chart the technological developments of Dainese’sone-pieceracesuits. “So,” says Silvano, “what would youliketoknow?” Continuedover MCNSENIORROADTESTER Silvano Celi, 49, is the master tailor at Dainese, where he has worked for 30 years. Silvano first started working closely with riders like Loris Reggiani, Fausto Gresini, and 250 champ Luca Cadalora. Silvano has known Rossi since he was 14 years old and has made every set of leathers Vale has ever worn. That’s every set of leathers for the last 20 years, from winter testing to special one-off designs. Who is Silvano Celi? Dainese’s Silvano Celi has created each and every one of Rossi’s suits www.motorcyclenews.com 26 November 18 2015 These are Rossi’s first made-to-measure leathers from Dainese. Silvano recalls the 16-year-old: “He hasn’t changed much; he’s still the boy he was then.” The Rossifumi logo (right) is a nickname based on Norifumi ‘Norick’ Abe – Rossi was a big fan of the late Japanese rider, and also had Valentino Rossi in Japanese lower down. Rossi was still wearing Alpinestars boots then, which explains the logo on the suit’s upper arms. In 1997 Dainese started to introduce Kangaroo skin in place of cowhide and these are Rossi’s first set made of the lighter leather. Rossi likes to keep his old kit and it’s especially hard to separate him from his leathers (he has over 100 sets at home in Tavullia). Rossi did let Dainese have these leathers, but he kept the worn knee sliders. 1996 APRILIA 9TH 125GP, 1 WIN 1997 APRILIA 1ST 125GP, 11 WINS This was the first year Rossi was totally clad in Dainese, and the first year he wore boots inside leathers. Rossi loved this aerodynamic design and said the smaller, lighter boots were like wearing trainers. The writing on the leathers is a thank you to Dainese (right) while the damage is from a practice crash at the French GP (Rossi finished second in the race.) 1998 APRILIA 2ND 250GP, 5 WINS 1999 APRILIA 1ST 250GP CHAMPIONSHIP, 9 WINS This was the first suit to feature both the ‘WLF’ monogram on the collar and sun and moon logos on the legs 16 years later, Rossi can still fit in these! Rossi powering to victory on the stunning Aprilia RSW250 ‘The Valentinik logo on the back is new and refers to a spy in an Italian comic of which Vale was a fan’ Silvano says The Nastro Azzurro Aprilia leathers featured the famous moon and sun logo for the first time, and depict the two op- posite sides of life. Rossi’s master tailor Silvano Celi says this has nothing to do with Rossi’s personality as “Valentino is always happy”. The WLF logo appears on the lapel on the neck and translates, rudely and roughly, into ‘long live pussy’. The cause of the crash damage on this suit is unknown. Rossi used eight suits this year, four sets more than usual because Silvano was being ex- perimental. Rossi was always willing to try new ideas, wanting to know what was around the corner, technology- wise. According to Silvano, even when Vale was 14 he would be at the Dainese truck trying to get hold of the latest kit. The GP season was also get- ting longer with more rounds, therefore Rossi needed more leathers and was still grow- ing. “Valentino didn’t grow a huge amount more after this, in fact he weighs much the same as he did back then.” ‘Even when Valentino was 14 he would be at the Dainese truck wanting the latestkit’ SILVANO CELI, DAINESE Rossi opted for Dainese’s under-leather boots for improved aerodynamics Shoulder’s taken a serious impact. Vicious 250 highside? DOCTOR’S UNIFORMS #MCNwednesday 27 BUYING& SELLING SPORTFEATURES GARAGETHISWEEK NEWBIKES November 18 2015 Rossi dominated on his NSR500 and became the last man to win the premier world championship on a 500, beating arch rival Max Biaggi in the process. This was the year Rossi took the name ‘The Doctor’ on the back of the leathers. This is nothing to do with medicine, but refers to him graduating from the smaller classes to the notorious 500s a confirmation of his expertise, like an academic doctorate. These Nastro Azzurro Honda leathers saw action at Valencia, where Rossi, racing in the top class for the first time, needed to beat Kenny Roberts Jr to keep the championship alive. Pushing hard, he crashed, effectively handing the crown to Roberts. WLF is now an established regular on all Rossi’s leathers, as is the famous number 46, the racing number of Rossi’s dad, Graziano. 2001 HONDA 1ST 500GP, 11 WINS2000 HONDA 2ND 500GP, 2 WINS Aftersurvivinga monsterpractice crash,Vale toppedthe podiumin Japan 2002 HONDA IST MOTOGP, 11 WINS First year on the new four-stroke RC213V and Rossi’s first year in Repsolcolours. Thesunandthemoonhavechanged theirfacesalittleandtheWLFlogoisin thecoloursoftheItalianflag.Silvano says the leathers had to be changed a littlewiththearmsclosertothebody andtheforearmsmadeslightlywider to compensate for muscle pump, a by-product of the move to the more physical four-stroke machines. In testing Rossi preferred the older 500 two-stroke,butdespite500sstillbeing eligibleHondawouldn’tlethim starttheseasonontheoldbike. The crash damage is from a highspeedoffinpracticeforthe JapaneseGP.Rossiescapedun- injuredandwassoimpressed withtheprotectionhesigned theleatherswithathankyou note.Rossiwentontowin the race and recollects it wouldn’t have been pos- siblewithouthisDainese leathers,whichsavedhim inpractice. ‘Rossineverhashis leathersrepaired. A crashed suit is replaced by a new one’ Silvano says Kangaroo hide survived high- speed slide Not many people crash a 500GP at Suzuka and walk away unscathed, thanks to this suit Rossi did Sun and moon emblems have new faces Rossi’s thank you note reads: “A great shot and then victory” 20 YEARS OF GP RACING: ON SALE NOV 18TH www.motorcyclenews.com 28 November 18 2015 Rossi crashed his RC211V just once in the entire 2003 season. As far as Silvano is concerned this was Rossi’s best year because fewer crashes meant less time making replacement leathers. This year debuts external (Kevlar backed) titanium inserts on the elbows, knees and shoulders. Titanium allows the rider to slide along the track in a crash more smoothly than plastic, reducing the risk of snagging whi can cause a tumble. Rossi moved to Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha, but the script remained the same. Even though Rossi was on a new bike his crash rate didn’t rise significantly. Silvano’s biggest workload came from the complex rulesregardingcigarette advertising. Some countries allowed it, some didn’t; some allowed partial branding; others didn’t, plus there was winter testing and P shots that required differ branding, too. Silvano estimates Rossi used ove 20 sets of leathers in 200 2003 HONDA 1ST MOTOGP, 9 WINS 2004 YAMAHA 1ST MOTOGP, 9 WINS Rossi took his seventh title and was on the podium 16 out of 17 times, crashing only three times in the whole season. The external titanium inserts have increased surface area to better disperse crash impact. With the leathers now estimated by Silvano to have 15% greater impact and abrasion protection than the previous year, the pace of development is hotting up. 2005 YAMAHA 1ST MOTOGP, 11 WINS 2006 YAMAHA 2ND MOTOGP, 5 WINS Rossi, now backed by Camel, was lead- ing the championship going into the final round in Valencia but crashed, handing the title to Nicky Hayden. Rossi’s Camel leathers are now fully vented front and rear, a first in 2006 as previously they’d only been vented in the front. Dainese had to improve the suit’s internal structure to maintain the suit’s strength, but Rossi much preferred the fully vented leathers, particularly at hot and humid races like Malaysia. The damage is from a huge crash at Assen, which was one of the biggest of Rossi’s career. According to the datalog- ger it was a 120mph highside, with Rossi officially suffering heavy bruising and micro fractures to the ankle and scaph- oid, though Silvano also remembers two fractured ribs and a huge hit to Rossi’s right elbow, too. Rossi went on to race and finished eighth. At the next round at Donington Park, Silvano showed Rossi his back pro- tector from the Assen crash. “You could see the out- line of his spine,” says Silvano. “There was a perfect imprint on the inside of the back protector.” As soon as Rossi realised the enormity of the crash he kissed the back protec- tor before racing in the British GP. Extremely lightweight and comfortable in hot climates, yetDainese made this suit extremely tough Notmuchdamage consideringRossi wasejectedoffthe bikeat120mph 2006 suit is first to be vented front and rear ‘Wenumber each set of leathers, but don’t use number 13, which we call 12+1, because Rossi is very superstitious’ Silvano says Rossi lost out to Hayden in a last-round clash on the RC211V DOCTOR’S UNIFORMS #MCNwednesday 29 BUYING& SELLING SPORTFEATURES GARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES November 18 2015 Rossi’s last title to date, beating Jorge Lorenzo, and taking his 100th victory in the process. Suzuki rider Chris Vermeulen was the first MotoGP winner to use Dainese’s D-Air airbag suit at a wet French GP in 2007, and while Rossi regularly tested the D-Air in 2008 and 2009 he reverted to conventional, non-airbag leathers for races, until 2010 when he adopted system fully. Rossi, back on the top step, brought Stoner to heel with that infamously robust move at Laguna’s Corkscrew. With no cigarette advertising Silvano’s job was made a little easier, but Rossi still used 15 sets as the seasons were getting longer, with more winter testing and special one-off suits. The external titanium areas are slightly larger and polish The crash damage is from low-speed lowside. 2009 YAMAHA 1ST MOTOGP, 6 WINS2008 YAMAHA 1ST MOTOGP, 9 WINS Clearlyinpain withabroken hand,yetRossi wouldgoontorace withaspecially modifiedglove 2007 YAMAHA 3RD MOTOGP, 4 WINS MotoGP moved into a new era with 800cc machines, and Casey Stoner took his first world championship on the very fast Ducati GP7 that domi- nated the year. This crash damage is from another highside, this time at Valencia’s turn one. Data showed Rossi was doing 100mph when he was thrown over the bars in free practice. It was re- ported that Rossi had broken his right handanditlookedlikehewasgoingto misstherace,thefirstsincehisdebut astaggering191racesbefore. But Rossi did go on to race. Silvano hadtoheavilymodifytheglove,linking twofingerstogethertoeasethepain. You can see the wear on the front of the leathers from the chest protector as Rossi slid down the track and over the kerb face first. Rossi only started to wear a chest protector after his 2006 Assen crash (see opposite page). The fur on the back of the leath- ers was specially made by Silvano for Rossi. According to Silvano, Rossi was at a Dainese winter show for their new ski wear range,wherehespottedsome furry boots and asked if he couldhavethesame.Silvano obligedandmadeRossiapair offurryracebootsforwinter testing. Rossi loved the full furraceboots,andthenopted toaddsomefurtohisleathers. Theleatherssaved Vale’sskin,but couldn’tpreventa brokenhand Thissuitstillbearsthe scarsfromValencia’s famousyellow,orange andbluekerbpaint Fluffy number was inspired by Dainese ski wear Sliding over a kerb on his front, Rossi’s chest protector wore through the leather ‘The fi rst Dainese rider to wear a chest protector was Corser in WSB in 1994. Sheene was the fi rst to wear a back protector in the 1970s’ Silvano says www.motorcyclenews.com 30 November 18 2015 Rossi’s title challenge ended when he broke his leg at Mugello. The airbag was activated during the crash but Rossi suffered a displaced compound fracture to his right tibia. Silvano still has what’s left of the leathers after they were cut off by the medical team. The damage to the lining of his boot (right) was caused by Rossi’s tibia. Rossi showed his toughness by finishing fourth at the German GP just 41 days late Rossi’s second year on the problematic Ducati and he continued to crash. Silvano estimates 10 in total for the year, a high number for Rossi. The damage here is from the race at Laguna Seca on the fast approach to The Corkscrew. Rossi was uninjured and was picked up by team-mate Nicky Hayden on the cool- down lap. 2010 YAMAHA 3RD IN MOTOGP, 2 WINS 2012 DUCATI 6TH IN MOTOGP, 0 WINS Back to Yamaha and the crash rate halved. Rossi still insisted on extra Kevlar on the shins to protect the metal in his right tibia. You can also see Rossi was starting to scrape his elbow. The damage on the leather is from a crash at Mugello when Bautista collided with Rossi on the first lap. Bautista’s footpeg went into the side of Rossi’s leathers but it didn’t penetrate his skin. 2013 YAMAHA 4TH IN MOTOGP, 1 WIN It’s hard to say exactly where this set of leathers picked up theirdamage,takeyourpick from12crashes... Rossi, Stonerand ‘ambition outweighing talent’ in 2011Airbag system now used full-time, but sadly it didn’t work so well for lowsides 2011 DUCATI 7TH IN MOTOGP, NO WINS Rossi joined Ducati and old team-mate Nicky Hayden at Ducati but only made the podium once. Silvano was as busy as ever as Rossi struggled with the Desmosedici GP11. Rossi crashed 12 times, which was more than ever before in his MotoGP career, but the D-Air airbag system was activated for only 50% of them. Lowsides and less ag- gressive spills didn’t trigger the airbag, and many of Rossi’s Ducati crashes were caused when he lost the front end, slid- ing off into the gravel. Silvano had to produce 18 differ- ent sets of leathers as superstitious Rossi always wears new leathers after a crash. Silvano also increased the Kevlarprotectionontheshin to protect Rossi’s weakened lower leg following his bone- crunching Mugello crash in the previousseason. ‘Rossi crashed no fewer than 12 times in 2011, this meant we had to make 18 new suits for the entire season’ Silvano says ‘Rossi crashed 12 times in the 2011 season, more than ever in his MotoGP career’ SILVANO CELI Titanium sliders now incorporated vents... and in 2011 a bit of mud, too DOCTOR’S UNIFORMS #MCNwednesday 31 November 18 2015 With over 30,000 items in stock from over 150 brands, whatever you ride, we’ve got you covered. SUZUKI don’t just do sportsbikes and neither do we MCN CLOTHING AND ACCESSORY RETAILER OF THE YEAR 2013 WHY USE ANYONE ELSE? 2014YAMAHA2NDINMOTOGP,2WINS FlexiblefitallowsRossithefreedomofmove 2015 YAM 2NDINMOTOGP,4WINS These are Rossi’s current leathers and feature permanent elbow sliders for thefirsttime(StefanBradlwasthefirst Daineseridertohavepermanentelbow slidersfittedtoasuit). ThecrashdamageisfromaMichelin test at Mugello’s Arrabbiata One at 88mph.Itwasasimplelowsideandthe airbagwasdeployed.Eachairbagdeploy- ment is recorded by Dainese and made public via their Facebook page. They havehadover500airbagdeploymentsin MotoGPsincetheyintroducedtheD-Air leathersandonlyonecollarboneinjury. Rossi jettisoned Jeremy Burgess and finished second in the championship behind Marc Marquez. His airbag was only deployed five times in 2014. The damage here is from qualifying in Brno – a 120mph lowside. The airbag has been deployed and Rossi sustained no major injuries. Rossi was also wearing a new back protector, which took some of the impact. He went on to finish third in the race despite an injured finger. Less than 12 months old, but 20 years in the making... the ultimate suit for MotoGP’s ultimate rider Spilltesting2016 Michelintyresin Mugellocaused thesescars ‘Today’s MotoGP riders move around on the bike more than ever meaning their leathers have to be light and fl exible yet retain their protection and strength’ Silvano says 20 YEARS OF GP RACING: ON SALE NOV 18TH www.motorcyclenews.com 32 November 18 2015 The mission Harley-Davidson’s Street 750 is the Milwaukee firm’s first foray into the budget middleweight market. We find out how it stacks up against the UK’s best-selling naked, the Yamaha MT-07 and the evergreen Kawasaki ER-6n. Theriders Andy Davidson Age 28 Height 5ft 7in MCN Staff writer Middleweight street bike fan with a soft spot for parallel-twins James Doherty Age 34 Height 5ft 8in MCN guest tester Freelance test rider, former racer and cruiser enthusiast Emma Franklin Age 34 Height 5ft 8in MCN Production editor. Riding for 10 years, fan of powerful lightweight bikes Kawasaki ER-6n, £5399 (£5799 for ABS model) The parallel-twin Kawasaki is a tried and tested, well-proven bike. It has been the first choice for many rid- ers looking to move up to their first bike for the last 10 years. Harley- Davidson Street 750, £5795 A new Harley for less than £6000? Yes indeed. The Milwaukee firm has produced an affordable, lightweight, water-cooled bike with a very affordable price. OUR STHarley’s new Street 750 is the fi rm’s fi rst purpose-built budget middleweight.We BIG VALUE TRIO T #MCNwednesday 33 BUYING& SELLING SPORTFEATURES GARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES November 18 2015 These are exciting times for ridersoglingtheirfirstbikes. There are more choices than ever and manufacturers are developing bikes purely for younger riders. Which means they look cool, are fun to ride and, most importantly,don’tcosttheearth. Yamahastucksuchalowpriceonthe MT-07 when they launched the new twinin2014thatweinitiallythoughtit wasatypo.Kawasakifollowedsuitby droppingtheirER-6npricetomatch, keeping both bikes within the £5k bracket.TheYamaha,withitsmodern designandswishlooks,shottothetop ofthesaleschartwhiletheKawasaki remained a firm favourite, making bothtoppicksfordiscerningriders. Now,USgiantHarley-Davidsonhas entered the game with its first ever offering to the budget-middleweight market–theStreet750.TheMTandER sit at the top of most budget-conscious riders’ lists of potential big bikes, and Harley have their work cut out if they’re going to make a dent in their sales. We weigh the 750 against the nation’s £5k favourites. THENEWKIDHarley- DavidsonStreet750 Theall-new750isthelatestadditionto Harley-Davidson’sDarkCustomrange, joiningthetraditional,air-cooled883 Iron and Forty Eight. Its mission is to attract riders under 30 and entice morepeopletothebrand.Todothat, they’veproducedanall-newmachine withtwoprimarysellingpoints:ease ofuseandaffordability. The liquid-cooled Revolution X enginewasdevelopedspecificallyfor thismodel.Ifyou’reatraditionalist–a loveroftheair-cooledHogforwhom the very thought of a liquid-cooled engineispureblasphemy–thenlook over the page now because the Street isunlikeanyHarleybeforeit. Theengineissmoother,morerelaxed andenjoysbeingrevvedtogetthemost outofit.Whileitlacksthetraditional Harley thump and vibrations at idle it’s also less intimidating, extremely STAFF WRITER engaging and easy to ride through bustling city centres. Wind open the throttle and there’s plenty of torque from the punchy engine, too. Harley havedoneadecentjob. Thechassis’lowcentreofgravityand reasonablylightweight(229kg)make the750anidealtownbike.Throwaleg over the saddle and it slots into gear with a classic Harley clunk and you find yourself piloting a surprisingly agile and nimble little cruiser. The seatislow,thebarsaneasyreach,the pegshighandnotpushedforwardlike atypicalHarley,whichmakesiteasy tohustlethroughcornersandperfect forshorterriders.Brembofrontbrakes arestrongbutdon’texpectmuchfrom thesuspension;aswithmostcruisers you’ll feel it over the bumps. It falls and tips into corners instead of rail- ing round them and the rubber pegs arequicktodeckout. But,andforsomeitwillbeabigbut, Continued over JASON CRITCHELL whiletheentirepackageisfareasierand smoother to ride than a conventional Harley, there are three things missing: Harley character, Harley engine sound and Harley build quality. While it looks cool in isolation, and has neat touches like the ignition hid- den under the clock, if you put it next to a big boy Harley it melts away. Poor finishing on the top yoke and welding on the swingarm stand out for all the wrong reasons, and it just doesn’t have the same pristine finish you get with bigger Harleys. The danger is that the Street might not be accepted as a real Harley. Espe- cially considering it’s built in India and not in the good old US of A. But that’s either something that will bother you or not. If it doesn’t, the Street is well worth a look. ‘It slots into gear with a classic Harley ‘clunk’ and you fi nd yourself piloting a surprisingly nimble little cruiser’ Buy into the best- known brand for under £6000 Yamaha MT-07, £5749 Yamaha’s parallel-twin MT-07 has taken the UK by storm with its attractive price and fun nature; it’s the best- selling naked of 2015 and winner of MCN’s Bike of the Year Award 2014. TREET? pit it against two big-selling rivals - YamahaMT-07 Yamaha sales have rocketed over the lastyearandtheMT-07,with its feisty parallel-twinmotor,hasplayed a huge partinthat.Ownershaveraved about thesportytwinandit’swon the MCN BikeoftheYearAwardaswell as mul- tiplegrouptests.Soit’sfair to say that welovethisbike,andhere’s a quick list ofreasonswhy. It feels and rides like a big bike but won’tcatchyouout.It’simmense fun, easytorideandexcellentvalue. Jump onafterridingtheKawasaki ER-6n or theHarleyandyouimmediately know you’re on a more modern machine. The swish, tablet-style dash is easy toread,thebarsflatandwide and the seatcomfortable.Itssharplines, tightly packed motor and chunky 180-rear section(takenfromtheMT-09) make itlooksubstantialtoo. Buttwistingthethrottleiswhatre- ally makes it interesting. The response is smooth and precise and the clutch light. It clicks smoothly into gear and pulls harder than the other two bikes despite only having an additional 3bhp over the Kwak – that’s mainly thanks to it being 25kg lighter. Powerful four- piston brake calipers do an excellent job of scrubbing off speed and while the suspension set-up is basic, it’s well balanced and still handles tight and swooping corners with controlled ease. The rearshockalsocontributes to the weight saving by mounting directly to the engine instead of the frame. Overall, the MT-07 won’t yank your arms from their sockets, but it’ll give them a good tug. It’s bursting with character, eager to please and easy to ride for new and experienced riders. THE EXPERT Kawasaki ER-6n The ER-6n is like an old friend. A warm welcome to so many riders. The twin has held many hands, guiding nervous owners to the next stage of motorcycling over the last 10 years. The ER has been constantly revised and refined over the years to iron out its little niggles, leaving a well-round- ed and above all accessible machine. The latest model, revised in 2012, received engine modifications, a new chassis and cosmetic upgrades, which enhanced its low-speed handling and increased the spread of torque and its punch out of turns. It’s not brand-spanking new like the Yam and H-D, and feels slight- ly dated in comparison. The part- analogue dash and styling don’t help. The MT is its main competition and looks cleaner, crisper and has that minimal look. It’s also smaller in stature and heavier than the Yam. The riding position isn’t as comfortable either, mainly because the bars are overly narrow, while your knees sit high and feet too far back. The twin- pot front brake lacks power next to the MT (the ABS option costs £5799). On the plus side, the suspension is soft and composed, making for an easy ride, while the parallel-twin engine sounds better than the MT-07 and entices you wind the throttle open thanks to the raspy exhaust note. www.motorcyclenews.com 34 November 18 2015 Full-digital dash includes gear indicator Clock carries that all-important badge The basic dash is showing its age now Neatunder-slungexhaustfortheMT Bystanderswon’tknowit’snot American Water-cooled and built in India but it gets you into Harley ownership Long-running ER-6n is easy, perky and sounds great Nice bit of colour-coordination Kawasaki In detail KAWASAKI HARLEY-DAVIDSON YAMAHA HARLEY STREET 750 ‘The Harley’s liquid- cooled Revolution X engine was developed specifi cally for this model’ #MCNwednesday 35 BUYING& SELLING SPORTFEATURES GARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES November 18 2015 YAMAHA MT-07, £5749 Engine 689cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8v parallel twin Power (claimed) 74bhp@9000rpm Torque (claimed) 50.1ftlb@6500rpm Weight 179kg Capacity 14 litres Seat height 805mm Tested mpg 54.93 PCP costs Deposit £1291 36 payments of £95 HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET 750, £5795 Engine Liquid-cooled, 749cc, V-twin, belt drive Power (claimed) 56bhp@8000rpm Torque (claimed) 44ftlb@4000rpm Weight 229kg Capacity 13.1 litres Seat height 710mm Tested mpg 47.83 PCP costs Deposit £999 36 payments of £79 KAWASAKI ER-6N, £5399 (£5799 WITH ABS) Engine Liquid-cooled, 649cc 8v parallel twin Power (claimed) 71bhp@8500rpm Torque (claimed) 47ftlb@7000rpm Weight 204kg Capacity 16 litres Seat height 805mm Tested mpg 41.43 PCP costs Deposit £1400 36 payments of £64 You get so much for so little The fact that there’s a strong, competitive and growing segment for riders on a limited budget is good news for everyone. Harley’s entry is welcome and the Street rides well, has enough poke for a laugh and is a good price. It does lack that distinctive H-D character though, so owners will be missing out on the full experience, but still get the all-important badge. The Street isn’t in the same league as the Kawasaki and Yamaha on the fun and handling scale, but as a cruiser it doesn’t have to be. Meanwhile, the Kawasaki we know so well remains a great if slightly dated all-rounder and the MT-07 is the wilder, more modern and bigger fun option. Take your pick! ANDY DAVIDSON MCN STAFF WRITER VERDICT The MT ticks all the boxes for affordability and easy fun ‘It feels and rides like a big bike but won’t catch you out’ Harley’s Street 750 is the new arrival in the affordable gang www.motorcyclenews.com 36 COMMENT Your letters Emailmcn.email@example.com WriteMCN Letters, Media House, Lynchwood, Peterborough PE2 6EA Marquez – from hero to zero Championship hasbeentainted butMarc can't see it LETTER OF THE WEEK GOLD AND GOOSE WasMarquezriding todefendLorenzo?Nobody will ever know for certain Tessa,email In his short time in the premier class, Marquez has always shown a winner’s thirst to get the top spot. He has pushed like no other, but has always been admired for his tenacity and skill. This year, however, it seems he has forgotten what it means to race a clean, honest and fair race. This is a great shame for all the others involved in the sport, to see it being dragged down to a level that shows utter disrespect for fellow riders, teams and fans. What I witnessed in the final stages of this championship can be seen as nothing more than an embarrassment. The saddest thing is he, and his team, cannot see this for what it is. It's a disgrace and has blighted the sport. MCNSTARLETTER If you’re looking to insure a bike, visit MCNcompare.com and you can quickly compare prices from 43 top motorcycle insurance brands. The writer of the best letter each week published in the Letters pages will receive a free retro- design MCN T-shirt courtesy of the MCNcompare.com website. Asadendtoasuperseason @ Well, the expected happened. Therewasnevergoingtobeany other result than Lorenzo taking the title.Anybodywhowatchedtherace couldnotbeinanydoubtthatMarquez wasmakingsureRossididnottakethe points.Marquezsayshecouldnotpass Lorenzo,funnyhowhehadnotrouble re-passingPedrosa.Pedrosahasacted likeanhonestchap,tryingtomakea proper race. I am afraid in my mind, Marquezshouldgrowup,hedoesnot need to throw tantrums, very remi- niscent of a certain car racer from Germany,bothverytalentedbutseem- inglyneedingtoplaydirty.Sadendto asuperseason,let’s look to 2016. BSanders,email ShameonyouMarquez I am a Rossi fan and like many othersIwantedhimtobeworld championforatenthtimebutacknowl- edgeLorenzoasaworthywinner.He isthefastestandsmoothestrider,just lookathisqualifyinglapandhisrace times.WhetherhewantedMarquez’s help only he knows, but Marquez’s interventiondeniedthefansashoot- outbetweenthetime-trialistLorenzo andtheracerRossi,whoremainsthe GOAT.ShameonMarquezforinterfer- inginsomeoneelse’s championship. PExelby,email Creditwherecredit’sdue @ IreadMCNeveryweekandoften see letters from readers saying theirdealersaren’tverygood.Well,I bought a Honda Firestorm from Paul StylesatDoblesinSeptember.Itneed- edacoupleofjobsdoingandImustsay theworkwasgoodandPaul was always theretohelp. DaveWatson,email PioneersoftheBoxerCup RegardingyourManandMachine piece on the Boxer Cup BMWs (MCN, October 28), I campaigned an R1100RS in the KRC British Endurance championship in 1997 and 1998. My team were the first in the country to runre-programmableECUsinaclub series. We drew on car tuning shops likeEmeraldengineeringforourECU andlambdasensorsetc,whichIthen modified to fit the boxer engine’s re- quirements, then with the help from Ben Parry at Lotus’ R&D department wrote a base map from scratch. The bikeproduced100bhpwithonlyfuel- ling and timing mods. We were the trailblazers for the production of the R1100SandtheBoxerCupseries.Before wetooktothetracksBMWswereowned bythepipe-and-slippers brigade! Pat Keenan, Surrey Plasticfantastic @ I am coming up to 73 this year andhavebeenridingallmylife. Iwon’tlieandsayI’vehad’emall,but certainlyagoodfew:Velocetteswith scary clutches, old Nortons dripping oil,Villiersneedingthepointsreset- ting every 400 yards etc. Anyway, in spite of screaming laughter from my mates, I’ve finally found a bike that ticks all my boxes in every way. It’s cool,fullofcharacter,soundsandgoes wellandwhenitbreaksIcanrepairit. I give you the CX500 Plastic Maggot! Best bike I’ve ever owned and it’s nearly40yearsold.Mysoncan’twait formetopopoffso he can have it. DaveNeal,email Don’tbesowet! IwasinterestedtoreadthatMCN Editor Andy Calton doesn’t like riding in the rain and questions the sanityofthosewhodo(MCN,Nov4). I did a Direct Access course six years agoinBreconanditdidn’tstopraining! That’ssixdaystrainingplustwodays fortheMod1and2.TheresultisthatI don’t even notice rain. My kit never lets in a drop. “It’s only water, not oliveoil!” NarjitGill,Warwickshire Danny’sachamp,Rossi...isn’t WefinallyhaveaBritishGPWorld ChampioninDannyKent,sure- lythebiggesteventinbikeracing,only tohavehimsidelinedtothecornerof MCN’sfrontpagetomakewayformore sourgrapesfromValentinoRossi(get overitValeyoulost).Butforthecoun- try’sleadingmotorcyclepapertothink that this is more worthy than the achievementsofDannyKentisdisre- spectful.Youshouldhangyourheads inshameanddeliveranurgentapol- ogytoDannyandhisfamily. GaryandWendieWhite,email Ed: Danny’s achievements are incredible and worthy of a large portion of the cover. the entire back page and four pages in the paper.MotoGPremainsthepremierclassand Rossithemajorattraction. Dannyhasbeen thrilledwiththesupportandcoveragefrom MCNandMCNSportandissittingdownfor amajorinterviewwith us which will appear in the paper soon. READER POLL It’s getting a bit nippy and murky outside, especially in the evenings, so do you ride on, or hibernate? 5% getthe ack out Ifthesun appearance I throughout;earl ngs,roadsaltan ldmonthsdon’t e.Ijusthaveto ontopofmybike tenance Dave Neal’s trusty Honda Maggot #MCNwednesday 37 BUYING& SELLING SPORTFEATURES GARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES November 18 2015 Supporting Valentino (plus Danny Kent) at the Valencia MotoGP.Keith Wells Eve with our new World Champion in Moto3 Danny Kent Meeting Britain’s new world champion at ValenciaMaria Campbell in Valencia – alas it was not to be for The Doctor John Travers andGary Muir at ValenciaPaul Bradbury ready for the Valencia MotoGP Michael Knox getting ready for the action at Valencia MotoGP EDITORIAL EditorAndyCalton,01733-468006 firstname.lastname@example.org DeputyEditor RichardNewland,01733-468447 email@example.com ManagingEditor(DigitalandEvents) PedBaker,firstname.lastname@example.org BIKES SeniorRoadTester MichaelNeeves,01733-468010 SeniorRoadTester AdamChild,01733-468427 OfficeManagerAlisonSilcox,01733-468025 NEWS SeniorReporterAndyDownes,01733-468011 StaffWriterAndyDavidson,01733-468026 FEATURES HeadofContentTimThompson,01733-468095 CONSUMER ConsumerEditorTonyHoare01733-468580 SeniorReporterChrisDabbs,01733-468002, email@example.com SPORT Editor MichaelGuy,01733-468883 MotoGPReporterSteveEnglish,01733-468005 BSBReporterSimonPatterson,01733-468514 PRODUCTION SeniorProductionEditor SimonBrown ProductionEditor EmmaFranklin ART SeniorArtEditor NickLemon SeniorDesigner SimonRelph Designer LeeLaughton MOTORCYCLENEWS.COM WebProducer LiamMarsden Junior Web Producer James Archibald ANDY CALTON EDITOR 18.11.2015 Greatsizzlebutwhat aboutthesausage? Wearebeingsoldawholelot ofsizzlerightnow.Howgreat anewbikewillmakeusfeel isbeingprojectedthrough big-budgetfilms,imagesand superstar‘brandambassadors’. DavidBeckhamiswidely regardedasaprettycool- lookingfella...Iamreliably informed.Soifhesitsonabike, thebikeiscool.Andyouwillbe too,onceyou’vehanded over your12grand. Therearemanymagical marketingtricksemployed tomakethesizzleseem irresistible.Youcanalmost smellthearoma,wafting from thepanofcreativity! Whetherweconsciously realiseitornot,weallloveabit ofsizzle.Intheend,withbikes, youdoneedabitofactual substancetoo.Withsome productsthesizzleisso mesmerisingsoclever andsoengagingthat abuyingdecisionis madewithouteven samplingthesausage. Ultimately,though, withmotorcyclesthe sizzleonlylasts solong.Even thoseswayed initiallyby thesizzle –evento the point ofbuying,ifthesausageisno gooditwillbetakenbackor swoppedforsomething a little morepalatable. Ofcoursetherecanbegreat sizzleandgreatsausage.Where thebenefitofferedmeets orexceedsthepromise,the makerofsaid sausage is onto a winner. Exploringanewareaofthe marketordoingsomething particularlydaringordifferent requiresmorenoisethan normal.It’saboutmasteringthe balancingactbetweenpromise anddelivery.Sometimesit’s bettertounder-promiseand over-deliver.Yamahahave hadacoupleofyearsofsound sizzleandsupersausage,but it’sinterestingtoseehowlittle sizzlewasemployedintherun- uptothenewMT-10’sreveal. There’sbeennopromise andyettheyhavedelivered anyway.Justbyexisting,the stripped-backR1isontoa winner.Yamahahaveover- deliveredbyjustbuilding thebike.Sosuddenlythe sausageISthesizzle. Afterall,ifthesame chefcanmakesomany tastytreats,he’snot abouttoproduce anythinginedibleor withasoggy bottom is he? 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Jackets | Boots | Gloves | Heated kit Layers Expert advice on how to make the most of your gear Our top-to-toe guide to the best gear for every rider and every budget 36-PAGE WINTER GEAR GUIDE The best kit to keep you warm, safe and dry DIYdisasters: howtofix themand avoidthem p40 BODGE BUSTER GSX-R1000:perfect forhigh-mileage missionsp42 GARAGE Get more from your bike, your time,your money 15-PAGE SECTION PLUS TOLIDHEAVEN Triple-layer protection,p48V-Strom650 10000milesands illgoingstrong O Triumph StreetTripleRX O Ducati1299 Panigale S LIVING WITH HOT NEW GEAR DISTANCE TESTED GARAGE www.motorcyclenews.com 40 Strippedthreads Motorcycleshaveasignificantamountofsoft,castalloyheld togetherwithhardsteelbolts,soit’snotdifficulttostrip threads.Fitboltsbyhandforthefirstfewturns–anycross-threadingwill beeasilyfelt.Usingatorquewrenchensuresaccuratetighteningaswell asteaching‘feel’forthreadintegrity.Onlyapplygreaseorthreadlockto boltswherespecifiedinthemanual.Thefix:Threadinsertsforminor bolts.Drillingandre-tappingformoreseriousissues, or welding/ re-drilling/re-tapping for the worst damage. Snappedheads Corrosion,heatandsub-standardlubricationcauseboltsto seizeandtoomuchforceonaseizedfastenerwillroundthe head,orshearitoff.Prepareanyseize-pronefastenerwithdedicated penetratingfluid(notanall-in-onelightoillikeWD-40).Asharp,direct smackwithamalletcanhelpbreakitsgrip.Heatcanalsoeasethe threadgriponverystuckfasteners.Thefix:Ifyou’relucky,gripping theprotrudingendwithmolegrips.Boltssnappedflushmayneed to be drilled out, or have a nut welded on to create a new grip point. Shortingelectrics 12voltsmightnotsoundlikealot,butit’senoughtocause damagetoyourbike,anastyshockorevenfire.We’retaught tobecarefularoundmainspowerfromayoungage,butit’scommonfor grownmentoignorethedangersyourbikeposes.Shortingterminals withtools,ortouchinglivefeeds,isn’trecommended.Thesolutionis easy:removethebatteryfromyourbikewhileworkingonyourwiring systemandavoidanynastyincidents.Thefix:Anewfuse– or maybe new components, up to and including the main wiring loom. 123 We’veallhadtheoddDIYdisaster,butdon’tpanicasmostmistakesareeasytoavoidandsortout SORTED Workshopblunders... and how to fix them8 Strippedathreadon theengine?Youcan getoutofjailfreeby using a thread insert Don’tforgettorefillfluids Theexcitementofacompletedprojecthas causedmorethanonepersontoforgetthe seeminglyobvioustaskofrefillingadrainedbike.Apiece ofmaskingtapeonthetopyokewithareminderwillmake sureyoudon’tgetaheadofyourselfandstartanengine notcorrectlyfilledwithoil,orafully-bledcoolantsystem. Watchcarefullywhenyoudotoo–examineanyhosesor jointsyou’vedisturbedandwatchforweepsorleaksasit warmssoitdoesn’tjetoutatfulloperatingtemperature. Thefix:Forgettoaddcoolant or oil, and expect to rebuild or replace a seized engine. Brokenbodywork Tabs,lugs,bolts.Plasticbodyworkis deceptivelycomplexinitsfitmentonnewer bikes.Thetemptationistorushthroughtogettothe maintask,buttreatpanelhandlingwiththesamecare asyouwouldavalveservice.Don’tforceanything,be sureyou’veremovedallfasteners,andexaminepartsto findallthelocatingelements–they’reoftenhidden,and panelsinterlink.Amanual(orawebsearch)mightsavean expensivemistake.Thefix:Isolatedtabbreakagescanbe ignored.Adhesiveorplasticwelding can save many, but big damage warrants a new panel. Droppingone Smallfittingsthatis,notflatulence.When workingaroundopenairboxes,fuelsystems, intakeportsoruncoveredengines,takeextracarenot todropanything.One10mmnutdroppedintheheador camchaintunnelcouldmeananenginestrip.Anything youremove,holdsecurelyandputwellaside.Coverup openingsunlessyouneedtoaccessthem–tapeorclean rags/tissueareenoughtoblockportsandsoon. Thefix:Ifyou’relucky,atelescopicmagnetwillretrieve errantparts.Ifnot,don’thopeforthebest – dismantle and retrieve to avoid lunching your engine. Services used to take 10 hours Brakefluid spillages Brakeservicing issimple,butessentialand rewarding.Butbrakefluidis unpleasant,corrosivestuff that’llravagefinishesinshort order.Caremustbetaken. Anycontainerorbleeding apparatuswithneworused fluidneedstohavealidand beplacedoutofharm’sreach. Surroundreservoirsinragsto catchdribbles,andapieceof cardbehindthecaliperstops splatsgettingonthewheelor mudguard.Havecleanclothsand watertohandforspillages–the hygroscopicnatureofthefluidis inyourfavourwhenwashingitoff. Thefix:Refinishing.Ifbrakefluid goesunchecked,it’ll go right through paint. Thewrong wayround Reassemblyisthe reverseofdisassembly–mostof thetime.Puttingyourbikeback togethercanfeellikethehome stretch,butbesuretodothings inthecorrectorder.Fittingthings inthewrongordercanbean inconvenience–forgettingtofit amudguardwhilereassembling yourfrontendforexample. It’snotdangerousassuch,but it’llirritateyouandaffectyour concentration,aswellasdrawing thejobout.Don’tlosefocusand overlooksomethingimportant. Thefix:Thinkthejobthrough andreadthemanualtoensure youonlyhavetodoitonce,and doitright.It’sevenworthtaking notesonwhatorderthingshave beenremoved,sothatyoucan simplystartfromthebottomand worktothetopwhen putting it all back together. #MCNwednesday 41 SPORT November 18 2015 BUYING& SELLINGFEATURES GARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES John Sewell, 49, has been with Ducati/ Suzuki dealers St Neots Motorcycles fo over 30 years “These days Ducatis are as good as the Japanese, but are still more interesting to work on. Through the 1990s when the 916, 748 and 996 arrived, those bikes were at the dearer end for servicing – 6000 miles and you were looking at an eight to 10-hour job. “Today the service schedule is more menu- based, separating time- related stuff like fluids from the mileage-sensitive components like cambelts and valve clearances. “My first job is to log onto the factory website and check for software updates. Bikes like the Multistrada have six or seven ECUs so it can take 40 minutes to update a bike’s software just to turn off a service light. “At the same time we are seeing more and more ’90s bikes that have had valve clearances and periodic cambelt adjustment ignored as it’s seen as too expensive and not really necessary. “But the Desmo design without valve springs means those valve clearances, especially the closing clearances have to be right, or you get all sorts of low-speed running, tickover and starting problems. “You can’t just adjust the belts on a few paint marks and TDC either – the cams and crank have to be locked off before the cambelt pulleys are tweaked. It will run, but it won’t be right.” ‘HowhasDucati servicingchanged over the years?’ PLANET MECHANIC 6 4 5 78 NEXT WEEK Createtheperfect environmentfor bike fixing ‘Fundamentals have to be done. It will run but it won’t be right’ GARAGE KEYDESIGNFEATURE TheGSX-R’sengineisathingofbeauty. It borrowed a lot of its design from the GSX-R750 when it first appeared in 2001, making the GSX-R1100 it replaced look flabby in comparison. It continues to im- presstoday.Thepost-2012modelboasts class-leading torque (86ftlb), 11% lighter pistons than the previous model and a more usable mid-range than its high- revving competitors. ByDanAspel MCNWRITER 42 Nextstop MontBlanc…by GSX-R thou THE MAN MAN & MACHINE THE LOVE AFFAIR “Back in 2006 I had an idea that as everyone was buy- ingsportsbikesitwouldbe agoodideatotrickoneupanduseitto leadtouringholidaysformycompany, MCiTours,”saysAlastairMcFarlane.“I thoughttherewasanuntappedmarket ofenthusiastswhowouldbeonlytoo happytojoinmeonforeigntripsifthey sawmeonaGSX-R-thou.Ithoughtall weneededtodowasputonasupport vehicle to carry the luggage and we couldallgoandspanktheAlps. “SoIboughtaGSX-R1000K3–but thingsdidnotgoentirelytoplan.Not enoughsportsbikeownerswanttodo serious mileage in a cramped riding position,althoughthekeenoneswho came along seriously enjoyed it! “ButinthattimeIreallylearnedto rate the GSX-R1000 as a tourer. I did 35,000milesonthatK3,thenbought aK4.It’svirtuallyidenticaltotheK3– I’vedone25,000milesonthatandI’ve stillgotitnow.It’sfast,thebrakesare great,ithandlesamazinglycompared to any sports tourer, it’s light, easy to work on for service items and has generallybeenveryreliable. “Carrying luggage is always an is- sue, although it’s possible if you are disciplined.IuseaBagluxtankcover and bag to carry a pair of jeans, two shirts, one pair of shoes, some socks and grundies. Everything else, such astools,goesintotheseathump.Istill use this arrangement to travel to the AssenMotoGPraceeachyear.Others use Ventura racks and bags or small panniersonsportsbikes,butIamnot afanoffabricthrowovers.Theymove aroundandifyouarereallyunluckyget jammedbetweenthetyreandhugger and spit you off. I’ve seen that twice inmy25yearsoftouringanditreally isn’tpretty.Evenifthepanniersdon’t movearoundtheycanleaveyouwith toastedunderwear. “The only real problems I’ve had with the GSX-R have been electrical. InBadenBadeninGermanyonetime, I had just finished hosing off the K3 whenitsimplywouldnotstartandthe revcounterneedlejustkeptbouncing backwardsandforwardswiththeigni- tion on. I took the seat off, pulled the leads out of the ECU and then dried it outwithcottonbuds,whichsolvedthe problem.OnmyK4Ihadtoreplacethe ECU,whichcost£700,becausethepins wereblueandhadrotted,againgiving someprettystrangesymptoms.Ifyou studythemanualyouwillseethereare some clever bits of sensor equipment as standard on the bike, all of which relyuponthecorrectmessagesbeing interpretedbytheECU. “Essentially it’s a great bike and a verycapabletourer(assumingyoufit a Scottoiler and use sensible sports- touring tyres), especially if you are a two-thirds scale person like me. I cannot see myself ever selling the Suzuki. I’ve loved every moment on it. You know what? I think it might beakeeper…” Alastairhasspentover20yearslead- ingtoursaroundtheworld. Find him at www.mcitours.com AlastairMcFarlane boughtaGSX-R1000onawhim,10yearsonhesaysit’sakeeper… ‘60,000milesoftouring on GSX-Rs has been a blast’ 43 FEATURES BUYING& SELLING SPORTGARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES November 18 2015 K5SETSTHE BAR MOVEOVER R1... INCOMING… KEYMOMENTS THE MACHINE SUZUKIGSX-R1000 Year introduced:2001Power:182bhp Weight: 203kgPrice new:£13,899 155 GSX-R1000S FOR SALE NOW BUY ONE Next year will see a new GSX-R (see p10). Its chassis is likely to derive heavily from the firm’s GP bike, while at the heart of the new 1000 will be a new engine boasting variable valve timing. The K5/K6 are considered the best of the GSX-R1000s, making a genuine 160bhp. Troy Corser won the World Superbike championship on one in 2005, the bike’s debut season. The Yamaha YZF-R1 set the litre sportsbike standard in 1998 and it was the big Suzuki that eclipsed it on release in 2001, being both lighter and more powerful from stock. 2001GSX-R1000 Launchedition:thehooligan’s choiceandasuperbikeclassic. Privategood:£2700 Average:£2400 Tatty:£2300 Dealer:£3295 2003GSX-R1000 Broke150bhponthedyno, physicallyslimmerthanK1/K2. Privategood:£2800 Average:£2450 Tatty:£2295 Dealer:£3295 2005GSX-R1000 BestGSX-Ryet,offeringabrilliant blendoftrackandroadability. Privategood:£4700 Average: £4499 Tatty:£3900 Dealer:£5795 2015GSX-R1000 Lastupdatedin2012,moreroad focusedthanrivallitrebikes. Privategood:£8999 Dealerstandard:£10,599 Dealer+ABS:£10,999 Dealer +ABSMotoGP edition: £11,299 25,000-MILEMARK “Theengineandgearboxarebulletproofuptoa point,”saysAlastair“Thatpointisaround25,000 miles,whenyouneedtoreplacethecamchain and adjuster(ifitrattles).Igotmydealertodo the work and to check the top-end.” KEEPTHESTANDARDEXHAUST “PeoplefitPowerCommanderstosmoothout theperformanceafterfittinganaftermarket exhaust.Youdon’tneedeither,”saysAlastair. “Thestandardexhaustistitaniumandhasan almighty screaming wail at high revs.” REPLACETHECHAIN “ThechainontheK3/K4isabitcheapandnasty andwearsoutat18,000-22,000miles,”says Alastair.“IgotcaughtoutwithmyK3butIthink thefirstownerwasjusttoohappypoppingthe front wheel in the air and that’s why it didn’t last.” FRONTFAIRINGSUPPORTBOLTS OnK3/K4modelsinparticularthefrontfairing supportboltscanworklooseanddetach, potentiallyfallingintothesteeringsystemand causing bigproblems.Fittinglonger bolts is a really simple fix. BECAREFULWITHTHEJETWASH “Bewareusingajetwash,”warnsAlastair.“The wheelbearingsaresubjecttoingressofwater underpressureandwobblywheelsareabitofa nightmare.PlustheECUdirectlyundertheseat does not have a rubber boot to protect it.” FIDDLYBITS “Fairingfitmentisabitofanightmare,bestthing istobuytheworkshopmanualandfollowthe instructions.Checkouttheinstructionsinthe manualfortheoilfilter–thisisnotjustahand- tight jobbie – it’s a major screw-it-round exercise.” www.motorcyclenews.com GARAGE GREAT RIDES i LOCHLAGGAN–ThedamattheendofLochLagganis worthstoppingatandtakingafewpictures.It’savery impressive structure and thankfully seems watertight… FORTWILLIAM–Pricescanbesteep,butthereare loadsofplacestochoosefrominthistouristlocation. BLAIRCASTLE–LocatedjustoutsidePitlochryonthe A9,BlairCastleisagreatplacetostopfor a break and has a restaurant that sells hot food. Map data ©Google 2015 44 Acrow would only have to cover 50 miles to get from Glencoe to Pitlochry. But while crows can fly over the Grampian Mountains, motorcyclists face at least a 90-mile ridebetweenthetwolocations.Lucky us, because this is one of the best riding routes in Scotland. And the 90-mile route is the short cut, as there’s a beautiful 16-mile possible detour around Loch Leven on the B863 just as you leave Glencoe at the start of the route. Whether you take the Loch Leven detour or go directly along the A82, you’ll arrive on the tourist trail in Fort William. Here you turn off the A82, take the A86 and prepare for an incredible few miles of riding. The A86 from Roybridge onwards is a staggeringly beautiful ride that runs along the valley between Ben Nevis and the Monadhliath mountains. As well as beautiful views over Loch Laggan, the road itself climbs and falls with several series of challenging corners that will test your riding skills. You can ride them with commitment, but it is far better to keep the speed down and simply enjoy the experience of being in Scotlandhassome oftheworld’smost dramatic riding the Scottish Highlands. Once you have reached Laggan, take the A889 towards Dalwhinnie. Famed for its distillery, Dalwhinnie is at the end of a twisty and tight road that requires caution as lorries often cross to the wrong side! Survive this and after a quick stop at the distillery it is onto the A9 and a fast and exciting ride back to Pitlochry. Should you fancy a bit more riding, Pitlochry is on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park and there are some glorious roads that will lead you north towards Inverness. RouteGlencoetoPitlochry Distance 90 milesTime 2 or 3 hours Make your ﬁrst stop a visit to see OVER 30,000 PRODUCTS MCNshop.com –The best place to buy your biking kit FEATURES BUYING& SELLING SPORTTHIS WEEK NEW BIKES November 18 2015 DucatiHypermotard 821 (2013-2015) The supermotard-style Hypermotard has been the wackiest way into Ducati ownership since 2007 and the revised, liquid-cooled, 821 version, introduced in 2013, is the best yet. Next year sees a new 939cc engine version, in part due to emissions rules. What you’ll pay today We’re seeing low- mileage ex-demos for under £8000. But should you? It’salmostentry-level Scrambler money but with 30 extra bhp! MVAgustaF41000 (2013-2015) Definitive Italian four-cylinder exotica may not have (quite) the sophisticated prowess of a Ducati or Aprilia or usability of the best from Germany and Japan but, for some, more than makes up for it with howling potency and great looks. What you’ll pay today Stock F4 list is £14,499. Most old stock now gone but there are still bargains to be had. But should you?MVsdefy logic, but when they’re cheap… HondaCBR500R(2013-2015) Sport-styled version of Honda’s all- new A2 licence-compliant 500 twin was introduced in 2013 alongside the adventure-styledCB500Xandroadster CB500F and all are great, easy-to-ride, good value first big bikes. For 2016 it gets a Fireblade-style facelift, preload- adjustable forks and bigger tank. What you’ll pay today We’ve seen 0-mile pre-regs for as little as £4699. But should you?There’snotmuchwrong with the old ’un, especially at this money. 2015YamahaXJ6 Diversion (2009-2015) No-fuss, budget-priced, middleweight four has been quietly getting on with being a decent all-rounder ever since it was introduced in 2009. Its expected demise in 2016 is due in part to the huge success of Yamaha’s new MT family and particularly the brilliant MT-09 triple at £6949. What you’ll pay today Current list is £6499 but pre-reg 0-milers are £5500. But should you?At that sort of money you’d almost be mad not to. TriumphBonneville(2015) Next year’s all-new, 1200cc Bonneville family has been a long time coming, many of them are mouth-watering in their own right (particularly the Thruxton R) and, with 77ftlb on tap, their performance will be revolutionised. But they’re also set to be much more expensive and, 900cc Street Twin perhaps apart, we wonder if they’ll be as accessible and affordable for newbie or inexperienced riders as before. What you’ll pay today List for the basic, black, 2015 Bonneville is just £6999, with more for the T100, Newchurch, Thruxton and so on but we’ve seen old stock already going for as little as £6500. But should you? If you loved the Bonnie as it was (and plenty did) there’s never going to be a better time to blag a bargain. 45 GARAGE K kiZX-10R ted as the best, most t-track-focused of erbikes for the past years, the ZX-10R mains the track of choice and the ese contender to eBMW’sS1000RR an intense 197bhp, spension, power d traction control. u’ll pay today We’ve seen pre-registered milers for as little as ,299. ut should you? The ew bike was designed conjunctionwithnew SB champ Jonathan ea and has uprated akes, suspension, ometry, instruments more). But with looks ntially unchanged mere mortals will do NEWBIK YOUCA BUY BEFO THEY DIE 7 Triumph SpeedTripl (2012-2015) Themuch-loved ‘Speedie’ has bee pretty much the definitive super-n its 1050 revamp aging, the 2011 fa 2012’s addition o up R version has thereabouts. Key are its terrific thr cylinder engine, d all-round ability, and value. The 20 is set to bring a fu facelift and revis new Euro4 regul What you’ll pay Current end-of-li 94 and Speed 94 priced at £9749 a respectively, but virtually 0-mile R £9800. But should you? Speedies can be versions have the Thesemachinesareal superseded in 2016.By NeilMurray makesaliving buying&selling pre-lovedmetal –andhe’son your side ‘Cheap125? There’sno suchthing’ People are always asking if I could source a cheap 125 for them/ their son/a friend. It always has to be under £400. They can’t believe it’s so hard to buy a 125 for £400. This is pretty much a Honda market. If you want bargain transport, you’re looking at an old pushrod-engined CG125, the SOHC CBF125, and the 125 Varadero if you’re generously built. Yamaha has the sports side sewn up with the YZF-R125, while Kawasaki and Suzuki don’t feature. CG125s are depreciation-proof. You can get a decent drum-braked model for under £500 if you look hard, at least in London, where there are zillions of them. A grand gets the electric start version. BUYER THE Nextweek Dodgethepitfalls of buying a classic The CBF is newer, but has had some issues (fuel pump failure is not unknown). The price for a good one is a grand, but to be honest, I’d rather have the CG125. The Varadero is pricier: I’d suggest £1250 as starting money, and some have suffered camchain tensioner problems. And then there’s the Yamaha, which is out on its own as the teen dream 125. I’d start bidding at £1500. Buy wisely, and you’ll re-sell after a year or two for pretty much what you paid. www.motorcyclenews.com GARAGE46 OUR BIKES THEBIKE Weight 215kg Power 68bhp Seatheight835mm Miles10,514 MPG 55 Modstodate£1250 luggage system, £75screen,£225heatedgrips SUZUKIV-STROM650XT,£7599 THERIDER AndyDavidsonStaffWriter firstname.lastname@example.org Height5ft 7inWeight 73kg Hisriding Long-distanceadventurer withnineyears’ridingexperience AlisonSilcox OfficeManager 5359miles,51mpg TRIUMPHSTREET TRIPLERX,£8549 12 UPDATE 10,514 MILES 10,000 miles and still ready for more, the V-Strom’s not missed a beat Basic,butStrom’sclocksshowitall Nearly there... the odometer’s on 9998 and the last digit is heading towards 9. I can’t help but watch, waiting for the clock to ping into a perfect 10,000. I’ve never known why it’s so exciting to see a clean, crisp rounded number on the dash – but it is. The figure represents nearly a year of commuting, trail riding, weekend frolics and touring, so it’s the ideal time to look at what I’ve learnt about the Strom so far. Engine The V-Strom’s 650 V-twin is exactly what I need for the type of riding I do – commuting. It’s 100 miles from my house to the office and the Vee makes a great companion. It’s so easy to ride, manageable and relaxed. There are no annoying vibrations and I can ride it all day without getting flustered. Luggage I love the practicality of hard luggage. And Suzuki’s stuff is pretty good, the boxes are well made, the luggage rack is easy-peasy to fit and the top box and left pannier take a helmet each. The set can carry enough gear for two people on a camping trip with space left over, so I’d be confident travelling with them. The only hindrance is the extra width, which makes filtering difficult, especially during rush hour on the M25. And the other negative is that one of the pannier locks has rattled itself loose. Brakes The front brake is a bit of a let-down. It lacks feel and stopping power, which results in me having to grab a fistful before corners. The V-Strom’s ABS works fine, but there’s no option to switch it off (unless you disconnect the rear wheel speed sensor) should you fancy locking up the rear to help with off-road riding. Tank range I’m happy with the regular 55mpg I get, which means roughly 240 miles to a full tank. If it’s been a busy week and I want to make good pace then it drops to 220 miles but that’s still good enough for me. Screen I wasn’t happy with the original screen so I opted for an aftermarket Powerbronze flip screen for £75. Four bolts attach it to the front fairing. You can adjust the screen (and the standard one) by unscrewing it and fixing it in one of three other positions. But it’s fiddly and time consuming, and you need a screwdriver. This screen gives a similar amount of wind buffeting, but less noise. Cockpit I’ve got the official Suzuki heated grips and I’ve never been happy with them. They’re expensive (£225) and nowhere near as good as other grips I’ve tested – they just don’t get warm enough. Although it’s a relatively comfortable reach to the bars, they could do with being brought forward a touch. The clocks are basic but informative and the overall riding position is relaxed. Crash protection My XT model of the V-Strom gets SW Motech sumpguard, crash bars, a beak and handguards. They’re all good quality and worthy additions for what is ultimately a road bike with off-road protection. All it lacks are wider, metal pegs to stop boots from slipping off the standard skinny rubber pegs. 10k round-up Thousands of miles of motorways, B-roads and trails, the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT has gone the distance in style ‘Here Come the Girls!’ Charlie Lester, MCN contributor and 2011 Street Triple R owner, admitted at a fuel stop that she had been singing the song (think Boots’ telly adverts) to herself for the last hour – and it fitted our damp but fun rideout perfectly. I’d met up with Charlie and Keitha Bryce-Smith, another owner of a Triumph Street Triple R, to give them a chance to try out my Rx. I wanted to see if natty little updates like the single seat, quickshifter and more angular look could tempt them to trade-in their much loved bikes. Keitha had fallen for the Rx’s sharper styling and tidier look on first sight. Charlie liked the angular front end but thought the back looked stunted. All three of us felt the riding positions were different, with the newer model’s seat seeming higher – but on investigation both seat heights are 805mm. It can only be that the older bike has a more sculpted seat, giving the impression of being lower. The official Triumph accessory exhaust can by Arrow met with both ladies’ approval for giving the throaty triple even more character – but the £550 price tag was seen as a bit steep. One of the biggest points for discussion on the Rx was the quickshifter. Keitha, who’s been riding for just six months and hadn’t attempted a clutchless gear shift before, was surprised by how easy the quickshifter was to use. Charlie loved using it, but felt that losing the satisfaction of a manual gear shift would be a shame. So, time for the big question – would either lady stump up the £4500 they’d need to upgrade to the Rx? Keitha’s chequebook was on the table in a flash, whereas Charlie’s money was safe in the bank, save for a little cash to splash on an aftermarket pipe to give her Triple more of a throaty twang. Triumph triple-header Three owners get together to see if the Rx has a little extra #MCNwednesday FEATURES 47 BUYING & SELLING SPORTGARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES November 18 2015 JASON CRITCHELL MARKMANNING MARKMANNING THE QUESTION ‘Theengine heatthat cooksyour legsinJuly becomesa tartanrugin November’ TimThompson, HeadofContent 4410miles,36mpg DUCATI1299 PANIGALES, £21,050 Stunning chassis and power delivery means the 1299 is sublime on wet roads Street Triple R owners Charlie (left) and Keitha (right) try Alison’s Rx for size Alotprettier thanahot waterbottlebut justaswarm ‘The V-Strom’s 650 V-twin is exactly what I need for the type of riding I do – commuting’ Suddenly my favourite road has disappeared under a carpet of rotting leaves and November slime. I’m wearing fat-finger gloves, and through the small window of visor that isn’t misted up I can see little more than the refracted beams of undipped car headlights. Yup, as I fumble uncertainly for the full-beam switch, I concede that my two-wheeled fun is probably over for another year. Or maybe not, not completely. I’m still plugging away on my 185bhp Panigale – a beautiful bike that was built for sun- drenched racetracks, not the onrushing British winter – and it’s doing all right. Surprisingly well. It is, for starters, very good in the wet. Its agility and poise, plus the intimate connection it makes between throttle hand and rear contact patch, give me a sense of absolute control. The brakes don’t need masses of heat to work and have fingertip feel right from rolling out of the garage door. I’ve opted for earlier traction control intervention and also switched off the auto blipper – ie switched to manual downshifts – for the sake of grip- promoting smoothness. You have to ride it with positive intent, stay in the revs and on top of the bike, but what works on a soaking wet racetrack also seems to work on a soaking wet A606. Meanwhile, one of the 1299’s few annoyances has turned good guy. All the engine heat that sinks into the seat and subframe and cooks your legs in July becomes a lovely tartan rug and hot water bottle in freezing cold November. The LED headlights could and should be brighter for a £21,000 machine, and I haven’t been able to ride the bike this week at all. I cleaned it on Sunday – an all-afternoon job – and simply can’t face coating its exquisite, ruby red rear end in tractor shite. For this I deserve nothing but ridicule, but there you go. The 1299 Panigale does autumn remarkably easily, it’s me who struggles. Tim’s ultra-exotic superbike braves the season’s roads SUBLIME COME SLIME TIME Struggling for ideas this Christmas? GARAGE www.motorcyclenews.com This famous brand from the 1960s and 70s fell from prominence on this side of the pond when Bell’s American and European operations diverged. But now Bell America are back in charge, and are pushing hard to regain their position. Innovations such as the Flex Impact Liner can only help in that regard, tackling the perceived wisdom that only polystyrene linings will protect our bonces should we headbutt the road. The Flex Impact Liner uses a combination of three different impact-absorbing materials, each designed to work during different types of impact. The concept is that one layer is best for low-speed impacts, another for medium and then traditional polystyrene is there to soak the highest-speed smacks. The idea is that in a small impact onl lightest layer will be needed, in a mediu impact the first two layers will come in effect and in a heavy one, all three will the work. In addition, the lining has the ability t slide slightly on the inside of the shell t help protect against rotational impacts Glancing blows are often the biggest problem for riders as the helmet hits th ground at an oblique angle and grabs th surface, forcing a rotation of the brain. allowing the lining to slide slightly, the is subjected to reduced forces. Bell introduced the Flex Impact Line concept in their top-line motocross hel last year and now the tech is coming to helmets. The range-topping Pro Star, which co just a penny shy of a grand, also has an ultra-lightweight shell thanks to the us of a new mass-saving carbon-fibre wea called TeXtreme. If the Pro Star is beyond your budget the triple-layer technology is also u in Bell’s Race Star, which costs £40 and still has a lightweight carbon s Race Star also has Bell’s new comf which is designed to keep the rider cooler, and the same magnetic che system for easy removal and refitt For those who like the look but d to pay for the three-layer impact co the Star helmet will be available w traditional EPS liner for £399.99. The helmets, which have just be unveiled, are likely to be available t order in February with an expected in Spring. Q www.bellhelmets.co.uk OW THE THREE LAYERS WORK The layer nearest our head is expanded olypropolene (EPP) impact speeds of d 5mps it will work in ination with the EPO to offer protection. 2 The middle layer is expanded polyolefin (EPO). This is the softest material and is designed to work at speeds of around three metres per second (3mps). 3 The outer layer is expanded polystyrene (EPS), the conventional material for liners. In higher impact speeds of around 7.75mps this comes into play. GEAR Cleverthree-layerliningclaimedtooffer more protection than traditional designs 48 Lazer Superskin Lazer’s Superskin used a membrane sliding over the outside of the shell to reduce the severity of deceleration in a glancing impact. It wasn’t a sales success, as it was only possible to manufacture it in plain colours. Light carbon on the outside and a clever new triple-layer im- pact absorption sys- tem on the inside MCN SAYS By Tony Hoare MCN Consumer Editor Believe it or not, it’s hard to sell a elmet on the basis of it being safer an another – because risk of injury s something most would rather nore. Bell have great intentions and deserve success with the three-layer concept. BELL PRO STAR HELMET £999.99 AND RACE STAR £599.99 Bell are bringing new know-how to helmet design Give them something a little different... Say hello to the first, road legal, shaped, motorcycle plates The world’s finest number plates 020 8387 1515 www.fourdotdesignerplates.co.uk 10% OFF use the code MCNXMAS10 #MCNwednesday FEATURES BUYING& SELLING SPORTGARAGETHISWEEK NEWBIKES November18 2015 Bodywork specialists Skidmarx have added the latest Kawasaki Z1000 to their list of machines they sell accessories for, with a pair of flyscreens, headlight covers and huggers. The screens come in a standard (£59.95) or double-bubble (£64.95) configuration and are available in four tints. The £19.99 headlight covers are available in road-legal clear or show-use tints and colours, while the huggers come in coloured fibreglass (£79.95) or carbon-fibre (£139.95). Q www.skidmarx.co.uk 49 Metzeler have revealed details of a new 2016 sports-touring tyre designed to be a master of wet and cold conditions. It has an all-new tread pattern claimed to shift water better than the Roadtec Z8 (which is a mightily good tyre in its own right) and a new dual- compound for the rear that has 100% silica at the shoulders for good grip and a central band that mixes 70% silica with carbon-black for extra durability. The fronts are 100% silica for grip and braking performance. There will also be a Heavy Weight Motorcycle (HWM) option for bigger bikes and two new sizes to fit big adventure bikes. Q www.metzelermoto.co.uk Metzeler Roadtec 01 tyres, price TBC Triumph’s sportiest Street Triple – the Rx model – doesn’t naturally lend itself to carrying luggage but German engineering firm SW-Motech have adapted their Blaze pannier system to give Rx owners up to 42 litres of luggage space with a pair of fully-expanded bags that are secured by SW-Motech’s Quick- Lock mounting rail that clamps to the footrest hangers. The bags are made from 1680-denier ballistic nylon and the mounting rails can be removed in seconds to return to the Rx’s sleek look. SW-Motech also have tailbags (from £80.08) and tankbags (from £80.96). Q www.motohaus.com SW-Motech Blaze Panniers for Triumph Street Triple Rx £190.96 Skidmarx Z1000 accessories from £19.99 GARAGE50 www.motorcyclenews.com TESTED ‘Thisgearfeels asprotectiveas asuitofarmour’ BMWStreetguard3(lady) jacket£462.93andtrousers£355.39 Tested by Emma Franklin Time tested Six years What’s good? Easily the most complete and robust suit I’ve ever worn. Six years into my time with the Streetguard 3 and it still looks, and performs, like new. There’s nothing flimsy about the construction. The tough, almost rigid, Keproshield outer is a three-layer laminate of Kevlar, cotton and Polyamid for impressive abrasion, tear and friction-heat resistance, plus it’s reinforced with Dynatec patches at the shoulders, elbows and knees with the added benefit of CE-approved soft armour beneath. As textile riding kit goes, this stuff feels as protective as a suit of armour and I never get the feeling I’m compromising on safety like I do wearing most other textiles. Yet unlike medieval battle regalia, the Streetguard 3 is totally comfortable, as well as 100% waterproof and warm. Schoeller’s c_change waterproof/ breathable membrane takes care of keeping the rain out, while a removable Thinsulate lining has ensured I’ve always stayed warm. I adore how well it’s made, plus the excellent design details like the long Lycra inner cuffs to help form a seal with your gloves, the detachable high collar and jumbo-sized chunky main zip. And, other than an enamel roundel and a slightly staid design, there’s no external clue it’s made by BMW. What’s not? Waterproof outer pockets are excellent, however the seal often gets bound up within the zip slider, making them extremely difficult to close. An open waterproof pocket ceasesbeingwaterproof,andIalsooncelosta set of keys out of it too. Contact www.bmw-motorrad-store.co.uk THE RIVAL TriumphNavigatorladies jacket£299andjeans£199 £300cheaperthantheBMWsuitand justasweatherproof.Howeverthe externalconstructiondoesn’t feelasrobust. www.triumph.co.uk FatzipReallyeasytograb andoperate,andgivesyou confidencethatit won’t ever break LycrainnercuffsYour glovesalmostfindtheir wayoverthemallby themselves NeoprenecollarComfy andamarkofquality.Also comeswithdetachable storm collar Quality ★★★★★ Value ★★★★★ Stunningbuildqualityand feelingofcompleteprotection. Has been totally waterproof Waterproofpocketzipssnag, plusit’sabitheavydutyforriding in summery conditions + - SIX YEARS #MCNwednesday FEATURES 51 BUYING& SELLING SPORTGARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES November 18 2015 BatterypackEPS-K23,£59.99 DucatiScramblerhelmet £159 Held Touring5Texgloves, £59.99 Tester Richard Newland Time tested Threemonths What’s good? The idea. I love it. Th battery unit can pack enough punch well as power your phone (or any other device included adapters, including iPhones and mini torch, too, so you can see what you’re attachin you’re trying to jump-start your bike in the dark mains, or a 12v socket on your bike (or car), an with ease. For our increasingly battery-powere the perfect accompaniment. I say ‘could be’, be experience it just doesn’t work. What’s not? This is the second of these units I – just like the first – this one died without warn it’d done any real work. I put the first down to b two in row starts to look like a pattern. The wh that it’ll bail you out of trouble, and it can’t do t the ghost. In both instances I charged it up, tes an iPhone and a GoPro, left it for a few weeks, t then charged it up ready for a trip away. Then, departure, I found it was lifeless and unrespon Contact www.jaws-motorcycles.co.uk Quality ★★★★★ Value ★★★★★ Tester Simon Brown Time tested One month/500 miles What’s good? I’ve always thought open-face helmets belonged in the past – can’t beat a visor and chinbar to keep your fizzog in good order should you crunch into the tarmac – but I got this one for October’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in London and have loved wearing it. It’s an utterly different experience from riding full-face, your field of vision is amazing and there’s less wind noise without the chinbar and visor whipping up turbulence. The helmet is made by Bell and the quality is great, with a plush lining, smart finish and double-D fastening. Slotting the arms of your sunglasses inside is no problem. What’s not? Your head gets hot in warm weathers – which might seem counter- intuitive given that there’s no visor, but there are also no vents to provide a cooling airflow over your bonce. Also, there’s no retaining loop at the back for you to run the goggle strap through, so I worry they might ping off. Quality ★★★★★ Value ★★★★★ Contact: www. scramblerducati.com Tester Alison Silcox Time tested Six weeks/1000 miles What’s good? The leather was soft and supple from first wear and they needed absolutely no breaking in. The visor wipe on the index finger works well and is a great addition. When riding in just a shower they are warm and waterproof. What’s not? It’s a shame the gloves can’t withstand a heavy downpour. I was out for a couple of hours in torrential weather but the waterproof membrane couldn’t stop water getting into the glove and spreading up the inside of my jacket, m i g my jumper sleeve wet to the elbow. The glove resembled a cow’s udder by th the ride, with each as w no Co ww Qua Value ONE MONTH THREE MONTHS ScorpionExo-500 AirEwok£179.99 If a lid named after a Star Wars furball isn’t enough, the Ewok delivers on spec too. The sun visor is anti-fog coated on both sides and the fit-customising AirPump system draws cheekpads close to the face. 3 4 5 2 1 HJCIS-17Genesis £169.99 For sheer value it’s hard to beat the IS-17, which has the all-important dropdown sun visor, a removable lining and comes with a Pinlock MaxVision anti- mist insert that covers more of the visor than normalPinlocks. NolanN40FullAdventyPlus N-Com£189.99 Andnow for something completely different. The removable peak is helpful when the sun is low an the chinbar is removable so you can wear the lid as either a full or open- facer (it’s safety tested in both forms) SharkSkwal Spinax £199.99 Shark’s new-for-2015 lid ha a little extra up its sleeve for those low-light commutes – LED lights to help you stand out from the traffic. It’s got all the commuting essentials such as a dropdown sun visor and Pinlock MaxVision insert. AGVK-3SV£149.99 AGV’s sports-touring helmet has an aggressive shape and comes with removable lining, a dropdown visor, a Pinlock anti-mist insert and room for AGV’s Share Bluetooth comms system. The strap fastens with a microlock ratchet. BuyoneonMCNshop.com UNDER £200 TOPFIVE COMMUTING HELMETS 5000 MILES GET ITWITH TheBEST placetobuy biking kit! FOLDING BIKE COVERS 0116 2600 070 www.FEELGOODUK.net FREE DELIVERY USE CODE: MCN9 BIKE HOME TRIKE HOME
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Some jackets that come with a connection for the bike battery can be powered by an optional rechargeable battery. Q MyTiger1050is anightmareto getintoneutral When there are no hold-ups my 2011 Triumph Tiger 1050 will select neutral at junctions and traffic lights. However, if I get stuck in traffic and it warms up, the bike will not go into neutral. I have been told the solution is to remove the clutch plates and soak them in engine oil. Is this the correct solution and will it be a permanent one? Or is this a design issue that means it will have to be repeated during the clutch’s lifetime? Barry DeHaan, email Answered by Adrian Clancy, Total Triumph The cause of the sticking clutch plates on the Tiger 1050 is a moly grease used during gearbox assembly at the factory. The input shaft is hollow and provides a pressurised oil feed to the clutch. If too much grease is used or it gets onto the inside of the input shaft it ends up on the clutch plates, gumming them together. The plates also dry out because the oil can’t get between them while they’re stuck together. The clutch assembly has to be removed so the clutch plates can be cleaned and oiled. If they are badly contaminated they may have to be replaced. The problem seems to have been sorted on the most recent models. Sorryofficer,myTiger’sclutchisabitgrabby. Bit of cleaning and it won’t happen again... X Frazzledtemp sendercanmake VFR800 run rich My 2006 Honda VFR800 overheated in the summer when a coolant hose split. Luckily I smelled the coolant on the hot exhaust so I caught it before it did any permanent damage. But now the spark plugs have fouled up for the second time and I am beginning to wonder if the two problems are related? Piers Rickard, Bedford Answered by Steve Scully, GT Motorcycles They could very well be connected. The engine temperature sender works in the same way as a thermostat, with wax that changes consistency to give a different resistance that’s read by the ECU. But this could have been damaged when the bike overheated. When an engine is cold it needs a richer mixture, so the ECU will increase the injector period, shortening it as the bike warms up. But if the sender has failed, the ECU will keep pumping in a rich mixture, which is fouling the plugs. If we suspect a sender problem we’ll use an infrared temperature gun aimed at a coolant hose and compare the reading with the dash. OWNING & RIDING ANY QUESTION ANSWERED If we don’t know the answer, we’ll fi nd the person who does HowcanIkeepmy cool with VFR800? Q 52 KeisX10 bodywarmer Exo2StormRider heated vest £109.99 £179.99 It’sstartingtogetchillyonmy commute,isheatedkitworth getting hot under the collar about? 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What’sgonewrong? Ineedtocrack Yamaha’scode My Lexmoto 125 scooter has only done 1000 miles, but it won’t start. The fuel is flowing, and the battery’s got 12.4 volts, which should be plenty for a small bike like this. Where next? Robert Jobson, Alnwick Answered by Richard Hewitt, RH Motorcycle Services TheLexmotohasaprettyfeeble green earth wire from the alternator and this can overheat. Replace it with some thicker gauge between two good earths and it should turn over and start no problem. Myson has a Yamaha WR125 and it keeps flashing up a ‘19’ fault code. I’ve found out that it refers to the sidestand switch, but that appears to be working perfectly. Tim Mead, Hindhead Answered by Colin Barnes, Chas Bikes The WR has a lot of thin wires coming out of the ignition barrel that relate to different circuits. We had one in recently showing the same code and we traced back it to a break there. Asoloadventure canoffermore freedoms Q Willthe guilty partypayfor privatesurgery? I need an ankle operation after an accident last year. Despite admitting liability the driver’s solicitor is insisting I have the operation on the NHS. But there is a very long waiting list and my local private hospital has a very highly regarded foot and ankle surgeon available now. Can I make the other side pay for the surgery privately? Kathryn Evans, Pontyclun You definitely do not have to use the NHS for your surgery. It is very common for insurers and defendant solicitors to attempt to insist that claimants undergo surgery on the NHS, because it is cheaper for their clients. They often refuse to make an interim payment of damages to allow the treatment to go ahead but this can be dealt with by way of an application to the court for the funds. You are entitled to obtain private treatment and the other side has to pay for it. The relevant legislation to bring to the attention Mellow map is available but it’s permanent Answered by Andy Davidson, MCN adventure expert Definitely, 100%, yes. Why wouldn’t you? Let’s weigh it up – the cons are you’ll be alone should you get into trouble and… you haven’t got your mates with you. Now for the pros – you will have the freedom to do what you want, when you want to do it. It’s a million times easier to meet new people as you’re not part of a big group of biker boys. People are more likely to help if you’re stuck and 10 times more likely to take you in should you need a place to stay. The experiences you will have as a solo rider are completely different to the ones you have with a group of mates. You’ll be more likely to take your time and explore places at a leisurely pace. And that’s a big part of motorcycle travel, the freedom it offers. Go on your own, take your time, meet new people, try the online phenomenon of couchsurfing and enjoy your time on the road. Mymateshavebailedonour tour, should I go anyway? Q Whyhasthe worldgone madfortriples? Thethree-cylinder engine is either a compromise or the best of both worlds, depending on exactly what you’re after. But in terms of power it’s not the halfway house between twin and four which you might expect – in fact it’s closer to the four. Themaximumpoweryoucan get out of an engine is broadly determined by the maximum piston speed – if you start to go much above 21 m/s on a road bike engine, reliability and durability will suffer. But for big power you need lots of revs, so you need to find ways to achieve this while keeping the piston speeds as low as possible. One way is by having a short stroke compared with the bore size (oversquare), another is to increase the number of cylinders, so each one is smaller and its piston travels less far with each engine revolution. A one-litre triple with square dimensions (equal bore and stroke) has a stroke of 75mm, only 7mm more than the four, but 11mm less than a twin. The triple will still lose out to the four in outright power, but the engine designer will tune the motor to its strength and give it more midrange power instead, which for road bikes can often be more useful. Triples can vibrate though. Although they have near-perfect primary balance, the firing of Q TRAVEL & TOURING ‘Youareentitledto privatetreatment andtheotherside hastopayforit’ Andrew Campbell Solicitorandauthor oftheMCNLaw columnforthe last ﬁveyears Andrew Campbell, Bikelawyer. Visit www.bikelawyer.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01446 794169 Motorcycle Accident Solicitors Your legal questions Q of your solicitors is Section 2 (4) of the Law Reform (Personal Injuries) Act 1948. 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And it was an impressive start with the 21-year-old finishing fifth fastest, just three tenths slower than Alex Rins. “Everything has gone in the right direction and we’ve been quick. Being so close to Sam and Alex was a positive and being faster than guys like Luis Salom, who has been riding in Moto2 for the last couple of years, is really good.” Kent has his work cut out because a Moto2 bike weighs twice as much as a Moto3 bike and puts out double the power. “It’s a big change compared to what I was riding this year because with the Moto3 bike you’re carrying lots of corner speed and trying to keep your momentum as high as possible. In Moto2 you have to think a lot more about the corner exit. You need to change your approach, but I’m already making that change. “We can see from the data that I made some mistakes on my fast lap so there’s room for improvement.” Having raced in Moto2 for Tech3 in 2013, Kent has experience in the class, but also bad memories after experienc- ing a torrid season. Having been able to get on track last week and shine means he’s already begun burying the demons from his Moto2 past. Being in the same team and work- ing with the same crew will help Kent make rapid progress. He showed this year how important it is for him to be in the right environment. The relation- ship that he has with his crew chief, Peter Bom, was one of the defining elements of his title success. The Dutch engineer knows how to push Kent in the right direction and get the most from him. That could be even more important in Moto2. “My experience in Moto2 before was bad and I was worried about moving back to the class,” admitted Kent. “This bike feels so much easier to ride than the Tech3 was in 2013 – I feel at home with it. Knowing the team is so important. We won the world championship to- gether so I know how good they are and they’ve already won in Moto2 ItwouldhavebeenhardforSamLowes to have had a more productive or posi- tive test first time out with his new Gresini team and Kalex chassis. Despite being a front runner throughout 2015 on his Speed Up machine, he couldn’t add to his early success at COTA and now the reason is clear - the bike. Having tested the Kalex, Lowes now knows just how big a difference the machinery had made all year to his rivals. “The biggest thing for me is that over a race distance I already know why the other guys were quicker than me,” said Lowes. “This bike is better in every area and it’s also more consistent and comfortable. Last year I could set the same times as the other guys but it was harder for me to do it. “You can turn this bike so quickly and so well that I need to learn how to attack more and get the bike stood up on the exit. I think my riding style of backing the bike in so much will help me because I’ve got so much confidence with the front end.” STEVEENGLISH firstname.lastname@example.org AT JEREZ MOTOGP REPORTER Lowes: I can win the title with Stefan Bradl so I know how strong they can be. “You always want to win races but I won’t set any targets for next year just yet! This test shows us that we can realistically aim quite high but I’ve only had two days on the bike so we’ll work hard and see where we are in February for the next test.” ‘It’s a big change compared to what I was riding this year… but I feel at home’ DANNY KENT Changing to Kalex could be the key for Lowes #MCNwednesday 63 BUYING& SELLING SPORTFEATURES GARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES November 18 2015 2015 FANTASY ROADRACE IN ASSOCIATION WITH WINNING FORMULA Withthe2015racingseasonwrapped upwearedelightedtoannouncethe overallwinnerofMCNFantasyRoad Racecompetitionruninassociation with Bennetts as David Cheetham whose Rodster66 team scored a massive2188pointsduringtheyear. Cheetham’sinspiredteamchoice includedthechampionsineachclass –JorgeLorenzo,JonathanReaand Josh Brookes, proving his expert racingknowledge. 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TestingtimesfromJerez Moto2 1 Alex Rins Kalex 1:42.333 2 Sam Lowes Kalex 1:42.432 3 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1:42.500 4 AxelPons Kalex 1:42.574 5 Danny Kent Kalex 1:42.656 6 Luis Salom Kalex 1:42.762 7 Xavier Simeon Speed Up 1:42.868 8 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1:42.976 9 Simone Corsi Speed Up 1:43.041 10 Julian Simon Speed Up 1:43.397 11 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 1:43.505 12 Edgard Pons Kalex 1:43.540 13 Miguel Oliveira Kalex 1:43.874 14 Jesko Raffin Kalex 1:44.017 15 Isaac Viñales Tech 3 1:44.636 But despite making the move to the more mainstream Kalex bike, Lowes will still be out on a limb by using Öhlins suspension instead of WP. Last year Tito Rabat was the only rider to consistently fight for wins with Öhlins but Lowes is confident that the support being offered by the Swedish firm will pay dividends. What’s more, for Lowes the atmos- phere in the garage is every bit as im- portant as the change of machinery. “The team is really good and we all respect each other,” he said. “That’s great because at times with Speed Up I didn’t feel that respect from everyone in the box. It feels that I’ve come into the team and they expect me to be well and I don’t have to prove anything to them. This is the first time in GPs that I’ve felt that people around me know I can be good and that’s a big thing for a rider. “I love the pressure that comes with that expectation. I think it’s great when people expect you to do well because it means you’re doing a good job. Alex Rins is going to be a big threat but if you compare our pace from our two days it was really positive. I wasn’t faster than him over one lap but my rhythm was better. Lowes will continue testing in Valencia this week. ◄NICKYHAYDEN Gothisfirsttasteof theFirebladehewill campaigninWSB 2016atAragonon Monday PETERHICKMAN► Hassignedwith GBMototorace theroadsandBSB. Hisfirsttestwas postponeddueto fogatAragon Aragontests Fifth fastest in his first time out, it’s a promising start for Kent You can’t go far wrong with Lorenzo in your team Kent and crew chief Peter Bom are on the same wavelength GOLD AND GOOSE GOLD AND GOOSE GOLD AND GOOSE www.motorcyclenews.com 64 SPORT MOTOGP | TESTING | VALENCIA Teams try to get to grips with new tyres and electronics The biggest technical shake-up in the last 10 years of MotoGP saw new tyres and new electronics cause a crash-fest at Valencia – with almost the entire MotoGP field hitting the deck at some point during the two-day test and Britain’s Cal Crutchlow warning: “We can’t carry on like this!” Following Bridgestone’s seven-year run in MotoGP, Michelin have become the new tyre supplier for 2016. The switch in rubber is combined with another wide-reaching change that will see the introduction of a control electronics package for every team on the grid, designed to limit performance, reduce costs and make the racing closer. While the high number of crashes cast a shadow over the Michelin test, therewerealsosome big surprises with the lap times almost on par with the provenBridgestones at the end of two days on track. Michelin viewed the test as a suc- cess but were acutely aware that there is still a lot of work to be done. They emphasised that development needs to be a two-way thing with teams adapting their bikes to the tyres and Michelin adapting their tyres to the needs of the bikes. “Riders have a new package and need to understand how to set up their bikes differently for these tyres,” said Michelin Technical Director Nicolas Goubert. “Most of the crashes were from the front end and it’s a shame that we had so many, but people are here to try and find the limits. We have to improve our tyres to make them closer to what riders are looking for but the riders also have to adapt to what our tyres need too. You don’t ride a Michelin like another brand of tyre, and that adaptation will take time.” The biggest area of concern for the riders is the performance from the front tyre. The vast majority of crashes hap- pened mid-corner, on the apex and at full lean with riders complaining that they had no warning that a spill was imminent. The lack of feedback and ultimate grip from the front Michelin is in stark contrast to the Bridgestone front which allowed riders to push to the absolute limit on corner entry, and encouraged them to deploy big brake pressure at full lean as they trail braked into each corner. The character of the Michelin is dif- ferent and instead of the focus being on braking performance, they reward corner speed – meaning riders now need to do the vast majority of their braking in a straight line and be smooth and controlled through corner entry and exit. Dani Pedrosa, who rode on Michelins when they were in MotoGP before, said: “We need a consistent tyre where we know how it will react. Michelin also need to define the temperature range for each tyre because it looked like most of the crashes happened when people were using the hard tyre in hotter conditions.” Cal Crutchlow who finished the test an impressive sixth fastest was positive about the tyre performance, but said the crashing has to stop. He added: “There’s been 30 odd crashes in two days here, we can’t carry on like this. Michelin are trying to understand everything but you can’t have so many crashes. I think that every rider has crashed on Michelins at some point now between all the tests.” While the front has been criticised, Michelin’s rear tyre received rave re- views for its levels of drive grip. The high rear grip and relatively low front tyre grip compared to the Bridgestones has led to teams changing the balance of their bikes. The MotoGP pit lane was a hive of activity throughout the two days with constant suspension, geom- etry and swingarm changes. ‘There’s been 30 odd crashes in two days here, we can’t carry on like this’ CAL CRUTCHLOW STARS HIT THE DIRT STEVEENGLIS steve.english@motorcyclenews. MOTOGP REPORTER AT VALENCIA Aleix Espargaro adds to Suzuki’s repair bill Michelin say teams need to adapt Aussie Jack Miller in the gravel O #MCNwednesday 65 BUYING& SELLING SPORTFEATURES GARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES November 18 2015 OTOGPTEST APRILIA TEST RIDER EXPERTOPINION MICHAELLAVERTY BST Direct-Fitting Prepreg Carbon Fibre Road Legal Race Wheels www.BikeHPS.com †Buy Now, Pay Later finance arranged by HPS and available to UK consumers, subject to status and deposit. Representative example: £2145 cash price, deposit £215, balance £1930. One repayment of £1930, 10 months later, 0% APR. Settlement fee £29, total payable £2174. If you make your repayments within the agreed loan term, the only additional cost will be the £29 settlement fee as shown, if you do not, your interest rate moves from 0% APR to 29.9% APR. *Offer valid during November 2015, subject to availability and may not be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount. 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The Bridgestone wantstobeloadedupsomuchon thefrontandtheMichelindoesn’t, butthey’llgetthatfiguredoutand thecrasheswillstop. “When I first tested at Sepang IhadjustriddentheBridgestone andIwasusedtojustgrabbingthe brakeleverandattackingintothe corner.OnthefirstmorningIfelt thatthefrontkeptwantingtofold intoturnfiveandIcameintothe pitsafter15lapsandtoldtheteam andwithinthenexthourevery- bodyelsecrashedatthatcorner. “Michelin has improved it ‘NOTBAD TYRES,JUST DIFFERENT’ ‘They’ll fi gure it out and the crasheswillstop’ Marquez stamped his authority on a test dominated by crashes as riders tested the new Michelin tyres After spending two days on the new controlled electronics, which each team will run in 2016, Valentino Rossi summed up his experience by saying that the switch was “like going back to 2008”. Gone are the full factory, manufacturer-specific, big- budget systems the riders have been used to and they are now having to adapt to an all new but less advanced system. The 2016 spec electronics are produced by Magneti Marelli and are the result of joint development from all the manufacturers after teams supplied their own electronic strategies during the first half of the season direct to Marelli for them to produce the new ECU. The package tested in Valencia was clearly not at the same level of the factory spec systems used this year, but riders that competed in the Open class say that the 2016 system is already at a higher level than what they have been using. The idea behind the move is to cut development costs for teams – because they won’t have to create their own electronics – and to bring about a more level playing field for teams with different budgets. “The electronics are half a second slower than the old ones,” said MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo. “The anti- wheelie is quite inconsistent and it doesn’t give you the same support as the old version.” With just one more test before the winter testing ban, the expectation is that the electronic technicians in the paddock will make significant steps before the 2016 tests begin at Sepang in February. 1 Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1’31.060 2 Maverick Vinales SPA Suzuki 1’31.163 0.103 3 Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda 1’31.180 0.120 4 Aleix Espargaro SPA Suzuki 1’31.212 0.152 5 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1’31.282 0.222 6 Cal Crutchlow GBR Honda 1’31.494 0.434 7 Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha 1’31.498 0.438 8 Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati 1’31.619 0.559 9 Pol Espargaro SPA Yamaha 1’31.619 0.559 10 Bradley Smith GBR Yamaha 1’31.694 0.634 11 Danilo Petrucci ITA Ducati 1’31.717 0.657 12 Loris Baz FRA Ducati 1’31.796 0.736 13 Scott Redding GBR Ducati 1’31.901 0.841 14 Hector Barbera SPA Ducati 1’31.937 0.877 15 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati 1’31.967 0.907 16 Jack Miller AUS Honda 1’32.100 1.040 17 Eugene Laverty IRL Ducati 1’32.377 1.317 18 Tito Rabat SPA Honda 1’32.402 1.342 19 Stefan Bradl GER Aprilia 1’32.492 1.432 20 Yonny Hernandez COL Ducati 1’32.510 1.450 21 Alvaro Bautista SPA Aprilia 1’32.847 1.787 22 Michele Pirro ITA Ducati 1’33.568 5 2.508 23 Takuya Tsuda JPN Suzuki 1’33.797 2.737 24 Mike di Meglio FRA Aprilia 1’34.372 13 3.312 25 Nobuatsu Aoki JPN Suzuki 1’36.338 5.278 Rossi: ‘New ECU is like going back to 2008’ Valencia test – combined lap times on Michelins Rossi says the electronics are like going back in time Iannone joins the Valencia crash list throughout the season. When I tested at Valencia with the Michelin and they had gone for a much stiffer construction and you could use a lower tyre pres- sure because of the construction. “The adaptation doesn’t take long for a rider but it’s about adapting to the quirks. With Bridgestone you needed to be right on the limit and be at the point of crashing to get the feedback. “It’s easy to pin the blame on Michelin but these tyres have their own feeling. The tyres aren’t bad; they’re just different.” ‘If there’s a chance to do something together we would love to do it’ PAULO CIABATTI, DUCATI www.motorcyclenews.com 66 SPORT MOTOGP Justwhenyouthoughtthe2015MotoGP seasoncouldn’tgetanymoredramatic, AustralianCaseyStonerhasbeenlinked toareturntothechampionshipriding for Ducati. The Italian manufacturer officially denied reports in Valencia, but MCN understands that a deal is almost complete for the 30-year-old tomakehisMotoGPreturn. The deal will see Stoner, who is Ducati’sonlyMotoGPchampion,return totheteamasanofficialtestriderwith theoptionofwildcardracesthroughout the2016season.Andwhileitcurrently seemsunlikelythathewillbemaking afull-timereturntotheMotoGPpad- dock,whichheleftin2012,itdoespave thewayforthesuper-talentedAussie to line up alongside Rossi, Lorenzo, Marquez and Pedrosa at some point duringtheseason. Ducati’s Sporting Director Paulo Ciabattiwasunabletohideasmilewhen askedabouttheStonerspeculation.He said:“IcanonlysaythatCaseyisahero ofDucatifansandhewonsomanyraces andwasaworldchampionforDucati in2007.HeobviouslymovedtoHonda butisstillintheheartofDucatifansand thepeopleatDucati.Wewillseewhat thefuturebringsbutweknowthathis contractwithHondawillexpireatthe endofthisyearandobviouslyifthere’s achancetodosomethingtogetherwe wouldlovetodoit.That’sallthatIcan sayatthemoment.” StonerhasbeenaHondatestriderfor thelasttwoyears,butwithhiscontract endinginDecemberhewillbefreeto movetoDucatifromthenewyear.The relationshipbetweenStonerandHonda seemedlikeaperfectpartnershipbut tensionbetweenthemincreasedearlier this year when HRC refused Stoner’s request to replace Pedrosa when the Spaniardwassidelinedfollowingarm pumpsurgery. At the time HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto said that a lack of testing had made it impossible for Stoner to return. He said: “I would liketoseeCaseyfightingatleastfora podium, but we do not have enough meaning they will be able to keep Stoner busy throughout the season. The steps Ducati have taken with the Desmosediciinthelasttwoyearshave shownhowserioustheyareaboutwin- ninginMotoGP.They’vehavegonefrom finishing30secondsbehindthewinner in2013tobeingonthepodiumin2015. HavingStonerinvolvedwillnodoubt accelerate that development pro- grammeevenfurtherbyputtingoneof thesharpestracingbrainsontheplanet intheheartoftheirteam.Combining thespeedofStonerwiththetechnical schedulethathasbeenputinplaceby engineeringguruGigiDall’Ignacould be the final step needed in returning Ducatitothetopstepforthefirsttime sinceStonerleftin2010. Stoner’sdefectiontoDucatihascome asamajorsurprisetothewholepad- dockandnodoubtHondamanagement. HavingwontheMotoGPcrownforthe Japanesemanufacturerin2011before retiring at the end of 2012, Stoner - a 45-time Grand Prix winner - clearly felt that the limited testing options available meant he had no choice but toleave. Speaking to MCN, Honda’s Livio Suppo said: “The rider is the most importantthinginMotoGP.Valencia showedthiswithValentinostartinglast andfinishingfourth.Oneofthebiggest problemswiththissportisthatthegap betweenthetopguysandtheothersis toomuch.Theridersmakesuchabig difference and it’s so difficult to find somebodythatcanclosethisgap.” StonersetforsensationalMotoGPreturn…withDucati ‘The deal will see Stoner return as official test rider with the option of wildcard races’ timetoprepare.Realisticallyhewould haveneededatleastonetestsoreturn- ingwasnotanoption.” ThisclearlyupsetStonerandheim- mediately took to Twitter to vent his frustrationsbysayingthathiscome- backwasn’tmeanttobe. Thefactthathethenwentontosur- prise the racing world by competing intheSuzuka8Hoursthisyeargavea clear indication that the fire was still burninginsideandhisdesireforcom- petitionremained.TheSuzukacome- backsawhimsufferasickeningcrash when his Honda Fireblade’s throttle stuck open, resulting in a fracture to hislegandshoulder. A fresh-faced 22-year-old Stoner takes both his and Ducati’s first MotoGP title in 2007Stoner took Honda to title glory in 2011 before retiring the following season RETURNS STEVEENGLISH email@example.com MOTOGP REPORTER PADDOCK SHOCK STONER STATS Age 30 Debut Donington Park 2001 125cc Grand Prix starts 161 (MotoGP 115, 250cc 16 , 125cc 30) Podiums 89 (MotoGP 69, 250cc 10, 125cc 10) Pole positions 43 (MotoGP 39, 250cc 2, 125cc 2) Wins 45 (MotoGP 38, 250cc 5, 125cc 2) Fastest laps 33 (MotoGP 29, 250cc 1, 125cc 3) MotoGP titles 2007 and 2012 Last win Phillip Island 2012 MotoGP Another factor in Stoner’s expected defection from Honda and return to Ducati is the limited amount of testing opportunities with HRC. The double world champion has made no secret that he tests because he still wants to push himself and enjoy riding Grand Prix machinery. Ducati’s testing program has tra- ditionally been the busiest in MotoGP 20YEARSOFGPRACING:ONSALENOV18TH #MCNwednesday 67 BUYING & SELLING SPORTFEATURES GARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES November 18 2015 Rossi’s remained tight-lipped following his Valencia post- race press call The Aussie harnessed the Ducati GP7’s incredible top speed Will we see Stoner sliding up the inside of Marquez in 2016? ‘I’m not stupid − I knew that if I didn’t win I’d be in this situation’ MARC MARQUEZ Jorge Lorenzo may be the 2015 MotoGP world champion but the ongoing fallout between Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez continues to rock the paddock. Rossi’s post- race jibe at Valencia that Marquez had ridden as Lorenzo’s body- guard remained the talking point throughout this week’s testing. While it was Rossi who kicked off the war of words in the pre-event press conference at Sepang, when he accused rival Marquez of help- ing Lorenzo at Phillip Island, the Italian legend refused to be drawn further on the subject. Rossi’s silence gave both Marquez and Honda the opportunity to de- fend their positions once again. At Valencia, Marquez said that he had decided to wait until the final lap to attack Lorenzo, but with Dani Pedrosa overtaking him they lost too much time and the Repsol rider couldn’t then bridge the gap back to Lorenzo. Marquez said: “The last weeks have been difficult. I’ve not been happy since Malaysia and I don’t feel good about this situation. It was strange what happened in Malaysia because I had won in Australia. After Malaysia I thought the best way is to try to arrive in Valencia and win the race. Honestly it was really difficult to keep my concentration through the weekend and keep focused on the race. “I knew the situation before the race, and I’m not stupid - I knew that if I didn’t win I’d be in this situ- ation. Unfortunately I couldn’t win because Jorge rode an incredible race, he was the fastest in Valencia. Of course I completely disagree with Valentino; he has pushed me a lot, but I hope it improves and I will be ready to shake hands with him.” Honda’s Livio Suppo said: “I think that it’s impossible to demonstrate that Marc didn’t want to win in Valencia, just like it’s impossible to demonstrate that Phillip Island was a fake race. I have a lot of respect for Valentino and honestly I have even more respect now than 10 years ago because of what he has done this season. What happened last week didn’t change my perception and my respect for him. Of course we cannot be happy the situation has been created. Like it or not, it’s been created by the words of Valentino starting in the Sepang press conference.” Tension remains high at Honda since the Sepang crash between Rossi and ROSSI AND MARQUEZ FALLOUT CONTINUES Marquez. Honda promised to release the data from Marquez’s bike in an effort to show it was Rossi that caused the crash. 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EUROPE CLUB MCE MEMBERSHIP 183 DAYS FREE EUROPEAN COVER FREE TRACK DAY COVER #OnTrack #RideOut#MCEBSB mceinsurance.com Or visit us at: VIP VIP 7 and 2012 Last win Phillip Island 2012 MotoGP Another factor in Stoner’s expected defection from Honda and return to Ducati is the limited amount of testing opportunities with HRC. The double world champion has made no secret that he tests because he still wants to push himself and enjoy riding Grand Prix machinery. Ducati’s testing program has tra- ditionally been the busiest in MotoGP 20YEARSOFGPRACING:ONSALENOV18TH #MCNwednesday 67 BUYING & SELLING SPORTFEATURES GARAGETHIS WEEK NEW BIKES November 18 2015 Rossi’s remained tight-lipped following his Valencia post- race press call The Aussie harnessed the Ducati GP7’s incredible top speed Will we see Stoner sliding up the inside of Marquez in 2016? ‘I’m not stupid − I knew that if I didn’t win I’d be in this situation’ MARC MARQUEZ Jorge Lorenz