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by The Spin Doctor
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:36 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: Hub Centre Steering
Replies: 87
Views: 653

Re: Hub Centre Steering

With regards to riding a bike all of us, almost without exception, would have learned the feel first . We learned how to balance on a bike when we were toddlers You'd probably be amazed at the number of 16/17 year olds who turn up for CBT having never ridden a bicycle. With one exception I've taugh...
by The Spin Doctor
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: Hub Centre Steering
Replies: 87
Views: 653

Re: Hub Centre Steering

You can explain the physics, but I bet you a million quid you can't teach sometime to ride a bike in a classroom. I don't even have a million quid to bet you, that's how confident I am. ;) Nor usually, when I was a CBT trainer I would do it outside in the open air. I would tell them the theory, exp...
by The Spin Doctor
Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: Harley-Davidson turn the adventure bike market on its head with the new Pan America
Replies: 32
Views: 443

Re: Harley-Davidson turn the adventure bike market on its head with the new Pan America

150bhp in something the size of that behemoth off road is for the very brave or very stupid. They should have put the engine in a road bike, not something that looks like a Transalp that has been comfort eating for a decade. They did. The new management cancelled it in August. It was called the Bro...
by The Spin Doctor
Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: The future of motorcycling
Replies: 11
Views: 163

Re: The future of motorcycling

It doesn't seem that long ago that all we could buy was 1000cc crotch rockets, a BMW GS or a GS clone. Over the last couple of years we seem to have more choice both in capacity (perhaps thanks to the the new licensing structure) and style. Loads of retro styled stuff, a good choice of nakeds and s...
by The Spin Doctor
Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: Hub Centre Steering
Replies: 87
Views: 653

Re: Hub Centre Steering

How do you ride a bike? As in, how do you actually stay on it? How do you corner, brake and all the rest of it? You can't explain it can you? No-one can, you just "do it". Of course you can explain it. Vittore Cossalter does just that here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Motorcycle-Dynamics-Sec...
by The Spin Doctor
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: The Steering Thread
Replies: 84
Views: 1138

Re: The Steering Thread

Perhaps I don't need to lean into corners with my bike. Perhaps the world is flat. Maybe I don't have to pay taxes and I may live forever... It's the COMBINED Centre of Mass of bike AND rider that matters, as I've tried to explain. Movement of your body changes the relative position of the cCoM - o...
by The Spin Doctor
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: The Steering Thread
Replies: 84
Views: 1138

Re: The Steering Thread

Racers use multi compound tyres too though and have for a long time, yet they still go to great lengths to make the bike stand up again.... Aside from mid-corner touch down, watch carefully and you'll often see them lean further into the corner just at the end of the bend - that way they can get th...
by The Spin Doctor
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: interesting bikes found randomly..
Replies: 1012
Views: 38070

Re: interesting bikes found randomly..

Nobby wrote: Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:18 pm
Cosworth Twin.
Saw that racing in Battle of the Twins events... a real beast. Engine as stressed member was way ahead of its time too.
by The Spin Doctor
Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: Filtering in France
Replies: 18
Views: 306

Re: Filtering in France

iansoady wrote: Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:05 pm The Pont de Normandie was free for bikes last time I was over it....... Mind you that was about 10 years ago.
Isn't there a signed bike lane off to one side that bypasses the booths? Or is that the Tancarville?
by The Spin Doctor
Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: Filtering in France
Replies: 18
Views: 306

Re: Filtering in France

Ah... Franglais! Excellent. Thanks. Auto-translation algorithms are pretty good now. A friend who translates professionally (or did) told me that they are getting so good that translators can't charge anything like the rates they used to be able to. There's still a role for the humans, but it's mor...
by The Spin Doctor
Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: Maxxis Tyres
Replies: 11
Views: 199

Re: Maxxis Tyres

We had this conversation recently... I had a CST Adreno on the back of the Hornet for a week (emergency, only thing in stock, purchase)... it felt like it was flat even when inflated to a few psi MORE than the usual 42psi, it twitched unpleasantly in the wet... and then it started to crack and delam...
by The Spin Doctor
Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: Filtering in France
Replies: 18
Views: 306

Re: Filtering in France

Ah... Franglais! Excellent. Thanks.
by The Spin Doctor
Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: Filtering in France
Replies: 18
Views: 306

Re: Filtering in France

Dunno what that (apart from a frowny face) but the pop-up says "accounts.google.coms refuses to connect"
by The Spin Doctor
Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: Supersport gap filler: Yamaha MT-07 dresses up to replace R6
Replies: 16
Views: 210

Re: Supersport gap filler: Yamaha MT-07 dresses up to replace R6

There's no point selling SS600 when they're not that much cheaper to buy or run than a litre bike Ah well, once upon a time they were considerably cheaper to buy - and insure. Running costs? Well, they run much the same tyres, they're a bit lighter on fuel but I guess if you pay for a service it'll...
by The Spin Doctor
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: Yamaha R3
Replies: 26
Views: 261

Re: Yamaha R3

I really like the way these look https://news.maxabout.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2019-Yamaha-R3-Blue-New.jpg Top speed is supposed to be 114mph, which is fast enough for me, and about the same speed as my 350 YPVS did when it was new in 1983, I do wonder if I'm a bit big for one as I weigh bet...
by The Spin Doctor
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: Supersport gap filler: Yamaha MT-07 dresses up to replace R6
Replies: 16
Views: 210

Re: Supersport gap filler: Yamaha MT-07 dresses up to replace R6

I think it's a good thing, it's weight and power are similar to a 1983 750 sports bike, I hate to say it but it could really suit me, 80s power with modern handling and brakes, I even quite like the styling, I prefer the looks of that to the Triumph 660 I've been looking at. So in an hour, I've gon...
by The Spin Doctor
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: Old school modifications
Replies: 28
Views: 426

Re: Old school modifications

I only had one Motad, a Nexxus on an early GSXR750, it went a little better than the stock pipe, I later put the standard pipe off a 1990 GSXR750 on it and that worked better than the Motad or the original exhaust. Micron's work on FZ750s, but only with a noisy can, with the quiet can it's slower t...
by The Spin Doctor
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: BMF blows gaff on new 'National Motorcycling Council'
Replies: 31
Views: 325

Re: BMF blows gaff on new 'National Motorcycling Council'

Do UK Motorcyclists actually need a "National Council", the last time the Government did something that affected my motorcycling was the Countryside and Rights Of Way act in 2000, when despite the TRF lobbying the government and what the government's own investigation said, the Labour par...
by The Spin Doctor
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: BMF blows gaff on new 'National Motorcycling Council'
Replies: 31
Views: 325

Re: BMF blows gaff on new 'National Motorcycling Council'

Try to think of one? You seem to want representation for people who haven't, so far, said they want to be represented. I can't see how that could really happen effectively. At times, you're like someone trying to sell me a car... me saying "there are faults with this vehicle"... and your ...
by The Spin Doctor
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:21 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: BMF blows gaff on new 'National Motorcycling Council'
Replies: 31
Views: 325

Re: BMF blows gaff on new 'National Motorcycling Council'

Isn't that a 'Catch 22' situation? You seem to be suggesting that there should have been massive consultation with absolutely everyone before it was agreed. How on earth could that have worked, each organisation individually, by some form of concurrent process, without any co-ordination, decides a....