Speedart is the work of well known Motorcycle Racing promoter, PR man and now artist, Fergus Brennan. Brennan runs the Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship. Having only started painting in April as something to do while the championship was dormant, Brennan's work was well received by all who saw it. He decided to make his new hobby a commercial enterprise when he received multiple requests for copies of his paintings along with a number of commissions.
The artists aim when it comes to motorcycle racing prints is to concentrate on Irish riders. From both road and short circuits. And to do this with an increased emphasis on circuit racers who are currently under represented. Having purchased prints himself over the years, Brennan was disappointed by the lack of accurate detail in many of them. The focus with his own painting is producing accurate work.
The print we received celebrates Jack Kennedy's double British Supersport Championship success. Copies are now available for sale as print only or framed. There is the additional option of having the print signed by the rider. The detail in the bike, rider and sponsors logos is top class. It is a match for anything we have seen previously.
Original artwork has been supplied to riders for presentation to sponsors and for their own use as a memento of their time racing. A strong demand for framed prints has prompted the artist to broaden his horizons.
For more info see Speedart.
The team at Motomojo were born on the racetrack. A nice exotic, very fast race track in southern Spain where prompted by an unheeded need in the motorcycling community the company’s founder and executive chairman, Mr Michael Walsh, felt compelled to supply his fellow track heroes with a set of emergency top quality SRT Medical ID tags.
These simple, lightweight tags could be worn around the riders neck and they would be imprinted with the riders details as they wished them to appear. The rider could, for example, list their date of birth, blood type and any drug allergies that they had. Now in the case of an unfortunate accident the medical staff would have some information that may not always have been readily available.
There was also the option to attach a next of kin mobile phone number. Supposing that if, at the end of the event, the wearer drank themselves into a ‘state of distress’. Their fellow celebrants could contact their better half and make arrangements to have them taken home to spend the night in the shed. That’s if they were lucky enough to have a shed... Side note: Under no circumstances should the management or staff at Motomojo be called upon for relationship advice.
The company are all about the love of Motorsport, or anything that propels you faster than you naturally move with their first love being motorcycling. These days, as well as the tags, they provide customised, innovative and bespoke laser cut products. These statuettes can be generated from one of your own images and mounted on a similarly generated image.
They make a fantastic gift to commemorate a birthday or anniversary. Or as an alternative to a club prize. This is instead of the traditional piece of cut glass or trophy. From their quality SRT Medical ID tags to these 3D statutes the team at Motomojo has what you need so get in touch and get add a bit of quality and safety to your events this coming season. They also make an excellent gift.
To find out more take a look for Motomojo on Facebook.
Some very interesting news has reached us - Ducati have now started to fit radars onto production bikes. The adoption of these systems promises might just be a game changer with the impact of ABS or TCS in the world of two wheels. This system looks like it’ll be especially useful on long motorway journeys. Radars are advanced rider aid systems capable of supporting and making riding more comfortable thanks to the ability to read the real time situation surrounding the motorcycle. Ducati's interest in this type of systems goes back a few years, they first started to look at this technology back in 2016.
Now the system has been fine tuned to a level where it can be used in a mass produced road bike. The new technology has been developed and produced in close cooperation with Bosch, a top-level technology partner, and sees its first commercial use on the new Multistrada V4. Bosch are the same people who gave us that very clever cornering ABS a few years ago.
There are two units on the bike. The one positioned in the front of the vehicle controls the operation of the Adaptive Cruise Control. This piece of cleverness works by means of controlled braking and acceleration and automatically adjusts the distance, which is selectable on four levels, from other vehicles when riding at a speed between 30 and 160 km/h.
The rear radar, on the other hand, is able to detect and report vehicles positioned in our spot, that is the area not visible either directly by the rider or through the mirror. The Blind Spot Detection (BSD) system also signals the approaching from behind of vehicles at high speed. The system allows for more comfortable riding, especially on long motorway journeys.
The new bike has just landed in Rosso Ducati where a test ride can be organised by appointment. Call Declan on 014642211 and start livin’ the dream…
Franklin Motorcycles, Ireland's importer and retailer of Zero Motorcycles, have taken the two wheeled world by storm with ground breaking machinery such as the award winning SR/F. To celebrate the arrival of Spring and the riding season they’re now offering purchasers of this particular model an additional 6kw of fast charging. This comes in the form of a free accessory rapid charger, worth a cool €3,295 fitted.
With over 1,300 fast charging points across Ireland, an impressive amount of riders have chosen to take the plunge and start riding an electric motorcycle. The additional rapid charger increases the on-board charging capability to 12kw on the premium version or 9kw on the standard machine. This allows a standard machine to be refuelled three times faster than the stock bike. It also cuts the charge times on the posh one by half!
Most riders charge their bikes at home through a regular three-pin plug. The dealer fitted rapid charger accessory gives greater flexibility to tackle longer tours. When connected to a three-phase public charging outlet, a Zero SR/F Premium, which has been fitted with the rapid charger, can be recharged in just under an hour..
The Zero SR/F is a motorcycle which has been very well received since it was introduced as part of the 2020 model line-up. This wasn’t surprising as it has a healthy 190Nm of torque. The bike offers superbike beating acceleration and performance. Indeed, aside from regular consumables like tyres and brake pads, Zero’s range of all-electric motorcycles are pretty much maintenance free. A full recharge at home costs less than €2.50 and gives up to 259 kilometres on a single charge. Here at Franklin Motorcycles, as well as Lee Motorcycles in Cork, the SR/F is available from €22,250.
The free Rapid Charger offer is available for new Zero SR/F motorcycles, but only while stocks last. Call either Nicole or Keith on 015385005 to organise yours.
Indian Motorcycles have announced their 2021 model-year range. The new lineup, which includes new model iterations, next-level technology upgrades, and a robust offering of genuine Indian Motorcycle accessories, is made available following the brand’s strongest sales quarter ever.
“We’re extremely motivated by the significant brand momentum we’re experiencing, and we’re as focused as ever to provide our riders with best-in-class products and experiences,” said Reid Wilson, Vice President of Indian Motorcycles. “Our riders are extremely discerning, with high expectations across the board and it’s incumbent upon us to stay on the cutting edge in style, performance, and technology. Our 2021 lineup additions and upgraded features are a result of the hard work and dedication we pour into every bike in the lineup.”
Developed in direct response to rider feedback, Indian Motorcycle’s 2021 enhancements and new offerings span across its Thunderstroke, PowerPlus and Scout line ups.
Joining the Indian Motorcycle cruiser lineup is the new Indian Vintage Dark Horse. For riders who want timeless style with a mean attitude, the new machine comes with soft black leather bags and fully blacked-out styling.
Featuring significant upgrades in 2021, the Roadmaster lineup is better than ever. Apple CarPlay is now standard across the lineup, while both the Roadmaster Limited and the Roadmaster Dark Horse models feature Indian Motorcycle’s all-new ClimaCommand Rogue heated and cooled seat with Ride Command integration.
Joining the Roadmaster lineup is the Roadmaster Limited, which features gloss paint, chrome finishes, a modern fairing design, open front fender and ‘slammed’ saddlebags. Meanwhile, the restyled Roadmaster Dark Horse includes fully blacked-out finishes for mean and modern attitude. Each model is powered by Indian Motorcycle’s powerful, air-cooled Thunderstroke 116 with premium features, including Metzeler Cruisetec tyres, lower fairings with adjustable airflow vents, heated grips and a push-button adjustable windshield. Standard amenities across the entire Roadmaster lineup include remote-locking saddlebags and trunk with over 140 litres of combined storage, adjustable passenger floorboards, ABS, cruise control, keyless ignition, tyre pressure monitoring and full LED lighting.
The power buttons on the Chieftain, Roadmaster, Springfield, and Challenger models have been relocated to the switch cube on the handlebars to accommodate a new 12-volt charge port on the dash. The charge port provides riders with an opportunity to plug in and connect to a wider range of electronics.
The new lineup boasts new ride-enhancing technology, both as standard equipment and as an upgrade. In addition to being as standard on the Roadmaster Limited and Roadmaster Dark Horse, the new ClimaCommand heated and cooled seat is also available as an upgrade across all of the Thunderstroke models. New for 2021, the ClimaCommand seat is available in two style variations, Classic and Rogue, which has more modern, streamlined style. Additionally, the 2021 this seat now allows riders to adjust heating and cooling directly through the Ride Command infotainment system on select 2020 and 2021 models.
Thereby offering riders a new, and easy way to manage comfort while on the road. With a low, medium, or high setting, the thermoelectric technology is used to independently cool or heat the rider and passenger seat, while a flexible graphene material allows the heating or cooling to disperse through the entire surface area of the seat. The non-perforated seat is 100% water-resistant and highly durable. It is also available as an added accessory for all 2014 through 2021 Thunderstroke models, though 2020 and 2021 Chieftain and Roadmaster riders can integrate the seat within the bike’s Ride Command system.
Standard on all 2021 Roadmaster, Chieftain, and Indian Challenger models equipped with Ride Command with navigation is Apple CarPlay. This delivers an easier, more customised level of control for music, navigation preferences, and mobile device information. How you’ve managed to last this long without it is anyone’s guess.
Also available as an accessory upgrade, the company introduces the all-new Pathfinder S LED Driving lights for most Chieftain, Roadmaster, and Challenger models. The all-new Pathfinder S LED Driving Lights have superior illumination, providing riders with even more nighttime visibility. Finding yourself caught in Wicklow after dark need never again be as frightening as it currently, and quite understandably, is.
New for next year, riders can now upgrade the Indian Challenger’s audio experience with the PowerBand Audio Quick Release Trunk Amplified Speaker Kit. When paired with PowerBand Audio Plus, this is a system that delivers exceptional sound and clarity from high-output fairing and saddlebag speakers that are 50% louder than the Challenger’s stock audio system.
Next year Challenger riders can pack for the long haul and enjoy a host of new touring amenities. The new bikes Quick Release Trunk adds no less than 64 litres of additional storage. Similar to the Roadmaster trunk, the Challenger unit is lockable via a key fob and can fit two full-face helmets. Rather cleverly when paired with the Slim Trunk Passenger Backrest Pad, passengers have up to 50mm of additional room for comfort. That’s a lot of space on a motorcycle.
For both the Challenger and Thunderstroke models, a new low-profile quick-release padded sissy bar with low-profile passenger pad is available to those who want added passenger comfort without sacrificing the bike’s low-profile and sleek styling.
Additionally, Challenger and Thunderstroke riders can add even more wind protection. There are now taller accessory windshield options and added comfort with an extended reach seat, infinite highway pegs and a pinnacle heel shifter. For those riding two-up, a quick-release passenger sissy bar, passenger backrest pad, and passenger floorboards add a world of comfort for your pillion.
For Thunderstroke models, the company offers a full package of comfort and passenger accommodations, including extended reach seat, mid-rise and 16-inch ape hanger handlebars, rider and passenger backrests, and a colour matching Quick Release Trunk, as well as passenger armrests and more. Challenger riders, meanwhile, can upgrade with mid-rise handlebars, a tinted curved windshield, and front highway bars.
Indian Motorcycle’s robust Scout lineup offers both classically-styled and modernly-mean designs. With a 1000cc motor, delivering 76 horsepower, the Scout Sixty and Scout Bobber Sixty are each approachable and at an attainable price point. Riders looking for more punch can opt for the 1133c, 94 horsepower, engine in the Scout and Scout Bobber.
The new year’s Scout line up receives a refresh with new paint colours, thereby further enhancing the iconic style and lines of the bike. Colours like Metallic Maroon and Crimson Metallic on the Scout and Alumina Jade Smoke on the Scout Bobber add to the aggressive, low profile look that riders love with Scout Bobber models.
And for aspiring and new riders, the Scout and Scout Bobber models will of course continue to be available in A2 compliant specification.
While there is already a robust line of genuine Scout accessories, Indian are adding even more in the new year. With all-new Scout touring parts, riders can turn their city cruiser into a capable long-haul touring machine. A Scout Bobber low or mid wind deflector protects riders from the elements, while heated grips for all 2017-2021 Scout models keep your hands warm in cold weather conditions. In addition, a new fairing bag and semi-rigid saddlebags add stylish storage options. Finally, a colour-matched quick release fairing with a cool 2 inch windshield is available for all Scout models in the new colours.
To say we’re living through some pretty unprecedented times would be a bit of an understatement as things stand. Today is World Mental Health Day. Our friends at Harley-Davidson are sharing some riders’ insights into riding as an aid to mental wellbeing.
It would certainly be difficult to imagine getting through some of life’s more challenging times without being able to throw a leg over a bike and ride out for a few hours. The privilege that we enjoy by being able to pull on a helmet and a pair of gloves really is second to none. We're spoiled when it comes to being able to unwind in such a simple yet rewarding way.
Now, there is a series of video shorts created by our friends in Harley-Davidson. Motorcycle riders from all walks of life have shared their, sometimes deeply personal, insights into how riding a motorcycle has helped them to maintain mental wellness and cope with some of the most difficult times in their lives. The series has been shared ahead of World Mental Health Day World Mental Health Day 2020. This demonstrates how two wheels can provide escape and freedom in many different ways.
The six-part series includes everyone from former professional athletes coping with early retirement, to women whose lives have been irreversibly changed by serious accidents and injuries. There is a male model who has found freedom from addiction. A second male model whose carefree life is now just a distant memory after becoming a new parent for the first time during lockdown isolation. Each of them has talked openly about their struggles to find balance and the feelings of freedom that even just a short amount of time on a motorcycle gives them.
Donegal teenager Rhys Irwin took a major step forward in his Motorcycle Racing career with a sensational performance in the British Superstock 600 Championship at Snetterton, Norfolk, today Sunday August 23rd. The young Irish rider took pole position on Saturday and followed it up with third place in Sunday's race.
The weekend did not go to plan however for his older brother Caolán who, following strong performances in the opening round two weeks ago and running at the front in practice, did not complete a lap in either qualifying or the race.
Having finished an impressive eighth at the opening round Rhys Irwin continued to make progress in Friday's practice sessions as he worked to get the set-up of his Mondello Park backed Yamaha just right. Fourteenth in Practice one was followed by a big improvement for the second session, which saw him move up to ninth. Things would go even better in Saturday's qualifying for the Kilmacrennan based rider as a late charge saw him take a hugely impressive first ever pole position.
A steady start in Sunday's race meant that Rhys finished lap one in sixth place, but he was soon on the move and by the end of the second lap he was up to third and closing on the leaders. By half distance the Irishman was the fastest rider on track as he moved into the lead for the first time. The race long battle with his two vastly more experienced rivals continued as the top three moved ten seconds clear of fourth place. With two laps to go Rhys was sitting third under no pressure from behind and decided to settle for the place and his first Podium finish at this level.
Speaking straight after the podium celebrations Rhys said “I'm almost too happy to speak. The team worked so well all weekend to get me here and I'm delighted to reward them with this podium, as well as my first pole position, in such a major championship, and in my rookie season. I have to thank Mondello Park for their support this season, Mark Arnott of Moto Shox for all his set up help and everyone else who is supporting me, Oasis Bar, J & S Accessories, Motorcycling Ireland and Astro Van Centre. Of course I would not be here but for the support of my team, Mam, Dad, my brother Caolán and Wesley Regan. This result means that we head for Silverstone in two weeks time third in the championship and now I just cant wait.”
Despite his disappointing weekend Caolán Irwin still sits sixth in the standings and will be looking to bounce back at Silverstone. “This weekend was not what we needed, but these things happen” said Caolán after Sunday's race. “An electrical problem in qualifying meant I had to start from the back of the grid on Sunday. I was ready to make up for Saturday's disappointment in the race and had passed about fifteen riders at turn one before getting hit from behind at turn two to end my weekend. We ran at the front throughout every other session and I know myself and the Astro Van Centre team will be back in contention at Silverstone. Once again I'd like to thank all of the team at Astro JJR and my supporters, Principal Insurance, RK Racing and J&S Accessories.”
Round three of the 2020 British Superstock 600 championship takes place on the Silverstone National circuit from September 4th to 6th.
Motorcycle Racing brothers Caolán and Rhys Irwin from County Donegal, made up for the long delay to the start of their 2020 British Superstock 600 campaign with an excellent weekend at the opening round of the British Superbike Championship at Donington Park, England.
Caolán, the older and more experienced of the brothers, began his 2020 title challenge with an excellent second place and fastest lap of the race, while Rhys began his first full season in the championship with a brilliant recovery ride, from eighteenth on the grid, to finish eighth and take his best result in the British Championship so far.
Having tasted victory for the first time last year and run at the front at most events, Caolán Irwin started the Donington weekend as one of the favourites for the 2020 title. With limited testing due to Covid-19 restrictions the Kilmacrennan based rider used the Donington weekend to acclimatise himself to his new Astro Van Centre Team JJR Kawasaki and built up his speed across Friday's practice sessions.
Caolán's first run in Saturday's qualifying, on old tyres, was good enough for fourth place, but as he started his second run, on new tyres, his bike cut out, robbing him of the chance to go for pole. Despite not getting a run on new rubber, Caolán still lined his Principal Insurance, RK Racing and J&S Accessories machine up fourth for Sunday's race.
Riding in the same class Rhys Irwin was on-board the Irwin Racing Yamaha that he had used at the end of 2019 to dip his toe in the British Championship water. Continuing to get used to the Oasis Bar and Mondello Park sponsored Yamaha, Rhys was making steady progress up the time sheets until mechanical issues in qualifying halted his progress and left him further back than expected.
At the start of Sunday's race, Caolán got a good getaway to lie fifth at the end of lap one. Lap two saw him up to fourth before he made it into the top three on the next lap and stayed there till the closing stages of the race. Rhys too was making progress and by half distance he was into the top ten and running his fastest laps of the weekend. With five of the twenty laps left to run the youngster grabbed eight place and held on to that spot over the remaining laps, to finish just eleven seconds behind the winner.
Up front Caolán was running in third and he too was setting his fastest times of the weekend. With three to go the Irish rider set the fastest lap of the race, as he mounted a challenge for second and going into the final corner he grabbed the runner-up spot to get his season off to a flying start by taking his best ever finish at Donington.
Speaking after his second place result Caolán said “From Friday's practice we were working to get the bike just right as it was my first race weekend with the new team. When I was able to take fourth in qualifying on an old tyre, I knew we were going in the right direction and that I would have the pace when it mattered, on Sunday. My Astro JJR team did a great job and I have to thank everyone who helped us to get into a position to fight for the podium this weekend especially Wes, Jake, Arny and my Dad. To finish second at Donington, where I have never gone as well before, is a great result and gives me real confidence for the year ahead.”
Happy with his weekends work, Rhys said “to finish in the top ten on my first proper weekend in the series is brilliant, I didn't expect to be this competitive so soon. Having not had any testing due to the current restrictions we had to iron out a few problems in practice and qualifying, which slowed my progress, but I'm delighted to have made it so far up the order from such a low starting position. We've a long way to go but this weekend was a really positive start.”
The Irwin brothers will be back in British Championship action in two weeks time at Snetterton, Norfolk.
Early on in the lockdown a post landed in one of our feeds, Facebook, twitter or whatever one, I can’t quite remember. What was striking about it was that news had just broken that the Catholic Church in Ireland had cancelled services because of the Covid. One witty commentator had made the point that his mother now owed him a dirt bike since as a child when he had put his xmas present request in for one he was given short shrift with the response that he could have one when ‘mass was cancelled’. It may have taken forty years, but mass was indeed well and truly off the cards that Sunday and now a shiny new YZ was due from the mammy!
Speaking of mammies and their reaction to their precious younglings taking to two wheels, the conventional wisdom has always been that motorcycles are by far and away the most dangerous method of getting from one place to another. Those of us who managed to bypass their objectives now know so much better. Not only do two wheels get you places more efficiently, they also do so in a way that offers us a more peaceful commute or leisurely spin in the country. Talk to anyone who’s done a trackday or raced and they’ll tell you that the feeling is second to none.
Now, however, we have a pandemic on our hands and we’re being advised to socially distance so that we can protect ourselves as well as those around us from what appears to be a very unpleasant and potentially fatal illness. The idea of getting on to a bus, train or even into a taxi is not exactly appealing at the moment and is unlikely to get anymore so as we wind our way out of lockdown.
Motorcycle customers and communities are central to everything we do and at this specific moment of change, Yamaha are offering us the best solution to approach what is shaping up to be the 'new normal'. To enable customers to comply with social distance rules, restrictions on the use of public transport and to avoid traffic that will inevitably increase in urban areas, Yamaha are offering a whole range of personal mobility solutions that are both affordable and perfectly fit the needs of the busy commuter. After all it’s very hard to cough on someone when they’re riding a motorcycle.
There are a whole range of state of the art learner legal motorcycles and scooters available from a nationwide dealer network. All of them are staffed by knowledgeable and helpful staff. If you’ve been off a bike for a while maybe now is the time to get back in the saddle. Meanwhile, you may have someone in your household who you’re none to happy about seeing crammed onto the 46a five mornings a week. The same dealer network can look after everything from supplying the optimum machine to finance, insurance, kit and training for a whole lot less than you might think.
Featuring an exclusive custom paint scheme, handlebar set-up and serialised with their own individual production number discreetly applied to the fuel tank, the Harley-Davidson Softail FXDR 114 Limited Edition will be restricted to just 30 motorcycles.
The limited edition stand-out colour scheme of brilliant white, black and gold base colours with a matt clear coat finish is executed across the fuel tank, rear tail section, headlight cowl and front fender. Design highlights include the modern Harley-Davidson logo, pinstriping, limited edition graphics on the tail section and the production sequence number located on the lower rear-right of the fuel tank.
Designed and hand-finished by masters of motorcycle paintwork, Image Design Custom, the exclusive paint scheme meets demanding Harley-Davidson standards for quality and durability and is backed by the Harley-Davidson limited warranty.
The standard clip-on handlebars are replaced with a Harley-Davidson single piece drag style Fat handlebar mounted to an accessory gloss black Fat Ape riser kit. Because the handlebar position has moved upwards and back, H-D accessory extension wiring kits are added to the left and right switchgear units. This maintains an unhindered left-to-right movement of the front end assembly. For the same reason, a different length clutch cable is also fitted.
A subtle mix of exhilarating engine performance and handling ensures the bike 114 delivers a memorable ride. That Milwaukee-Eight 1868cc engine is a true powerhouse, delivering 160Nm peak torque at just 3,500rpm. It really is a revelation and has to be ridden to be believed. It’s wrapped in a Softail chassis that includes USD telescopic forks, a pair of four-piston dual front brake calipers and drag-style bodywork. These limited edition models will be available at both Harley-Davidson stores in early June and you can book an appointment at your local one to order yours.
We really like what MotoMojo have been doing for the last few years. The company, based in Ireland, have been making mounts using unique photos as the template. Being motorcyclists, the team have specialised in putting these together for racers and track day enthusiasts for a number of years now. Our friends over at Motocraft have been using them as awards at the last number of events that they have run in Spain.
For the last number of years the boss man, Mick Walsh, has been racing in the Masters series here in Mondello on his ZX 10. Now when you buy yourself a hand finished one of a kind mount for €75 you’ll be entered into a very special draw. This is a limited entry affair and only the first 200 customers will be issued tickets.
All you need to do is send your image by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please try to have an original.
You will need to include your postal address for your mount. You will then be issued with an invoice that can be paid securely online. When that payment is confirmed they will make your 3D mount and post it to you with a unique laser cut number between 1 and 200. Once all 200 units are sold there will be a raffle live on Facebook for that very same race ready ZX 10R and a whole load of associated kit. It may even include delivery.
The bike is a generation 4 Kawasaki ZX10R that comes with a generation 5 race body kit. The power is delivered through a close ratio Nova D gearbox. The suspension is provided by a set of recently serviced KTec units on both the front and rear. The bike has MSS Race Linkage as well as a Domimo QA throttle and an Ohlins steering damper to help manage your enthusiasm with the former.
To that end there are also a set of fork leg frame stops. The Translogic quickshifter is set in road, but that can be changed. The bike is fitted with a brand new chain. It has yet to be run in. There is a full set of gearing, 14/15/16 39/40/41/42/43/44/45. The bikes hoses are by Samco and the fuel has been mapped by the genius that is Gary at Mototuning. It puts out 200bhp on his Dyno!
Additionally it comes with three sets of fairings, both generation four and five, with new graphics. There is also a set of Rental clip ons and spares as well as a second set of rear sets that are new and still in the box. The bike is fitted with a Mobil-I tracker. The machine is in excellent condition and is well know in the racing community.
To round this off it also comes with a paddock stand, head stock stand, a selection of slick scrubs, a tyre rack and tyre warmers, batteries, two 20 litre jerry cans, both of which are rarely used. So if you would like to win or just get to the top of the pack at your next trackday, then maybe this is the time to buy yourself a mount!
It has recently come to my attention that some helmets are offered through websites and other sale channels that are branded 'Arai', 'Shoei' or 'AGV'. They even have the well-known oval company logos and lettering front on the front of the lid. The thing is they are anything but. They are, in fact, poor copies of genuine helmets. Because of this it’s really important to be very careful when shopping online.
If the price that you are being asked to pay is too good to be true then it almost certainty is exactly that. Too good to be true. Other tells are that the website address looks a bit weird. If it does then do not buy the product. Genuine Arai helmets, for example, are sold only by Arai authorized and trained dealers.
Real Arai helmets are packed in those iconic white cardboard boxes with blue stripes. The boxes include a cloth Arai helmet bag, as well as an owner's manual, and a small bottle of lubricant for the visor hinge. There is always a warning label on the helmet chinstrap. Most genuine Arai helmets come with a Max Vision Visor/Max Vision PSS Visor and many also include a Pinlock lens. Most importantly, only genuine Arai helmets are covered by that all important and very reassuring Arai five year limited warranty. If in doubt, please contact your local bike shop to clarify what you’re being offered is good enough for your one and only head.
There is also the issue of buying helmets from other countries. Some riders are unaware the each world market requires different helmet standards. Because of this you should avoid purchasing helmets from outside your market as they may or may not not comply with legally required standards for your country. Not to mention that their interior fit may not have been designed for your market and as a result they may be very uncomfortable. Helmets purchased from outside a given market are not eligible for after-sales service or any warranty claims.
A year ago today, Estenson Racing’s JD Beach made history with a thrilling victory at the team’s home race in Chandler, Arizona, the Super TT. It was not only a career first for the dirt track and road racer; the victory ended a near 30-year win drought for a Yamaha Twin in the premier class of American Flat Track. It also marked the beginning of a new era, that of a modern flat tracker – the MT 07 DT.
So what exactly is the MT 07 DT? Simply put it’s a purpose-built chassis with a production-based Yamaha MT-07 engine. Multi-time road race champion Tommy Hayden, who heads the program for the Estenson Racing team, goes into a little bit more detail of what they can do within the rules of American Flat Track’s AFT SuperTwins class:
“From a chassis point of view it’s really similar to MotoGP, pretty much everything is a prototype,” Hayden explained. “In particular with our bike, we have made to our specification every piece of the chassis with very few restrictions per the rules. Whereas the engine, I would say it’s similar to World Superbike. It starts off as a production engine, but there’s very little production about it when we get finished with it. Even the parts that are not replaced are heavily machined and changed. The displacement is changed. Pretty much besides the shell of the engine cases, everything else is changed or modified.”
Although it was Estenson Racing that took it to the track for its debut American Flat Track season, the development didn’t start there. It was originally a project that was in house at Yamaha Motor Corporation USA (YMUS) started by Racing Division Manager Keith McCarty. After near-extinction with very little funding, flat track started to rebuild its momentum in 2015. There was an uptake in interest for the new MT 07 (then FZ-07 in the U.S.) engine for flat track racing and McCarty recognized the potential for the brand in the sport.
“The very first thing that happened was that we were getting a lot of requests for engines for flat track racing,” McCarty said. “We thought we could not only sell the engines but build some performance parts for it as well.”
They then went about developing a head with some help from Vance & Hines, cams by Web Cam and velocity stacks designed and made by YMUS. For the exhaust, they tested several pipes and settled on a Graves MT 07 pipe, which provided the best all-round performance. They started off with a 700cc, the standard size of the regular MT 07, before eventually boring it to close to 750cc’s.
“That project turned out really well,” McCarty said. “The G&G guys used our engine setup and there are a number of guys that ran Yamahas that bought those parts from us, and then had a lot of success with them in terms of consistency, reliability, all of those things. So that kind of led us to the next thing.”
You can read more on this exciting project here…
Image courtesy of Dan Gold - a desperately handsome front line volunteer
Zero Motorcycles, are to collaborate with London based tattoo artist Dan Gold, to create a special ‘art bike’ based on the new Zero SR/S sports motorcycle.
Dan originally had the gig to create a hand painted SR/S for the 2020 Bike Shed Show, however the project has understandably been paused due to the current crisis. While it may have been cancelled for this year, the London based artist has now taken delivery of a new SR/S. He has been using it to support his local community, making deliveries to local vulnerable people, while continuing to gather inspiration for the designs he will eventually apply to the electric motorcycle’s fully-faired bodywork. If that doesn’t make him boyfriend material, we don’t know what does!
Speaking about the collaboration, Dan said: “I’ve been interested in electric vehicles for many years, especially as I commute from Hertfordshire into London most days, but like many I have been a bit nervous when it came to taking the plunge. I rode the Zero SR/S in February and was so impressed by the smoothness and the stealth of the bike. I have spent the past few days getting used to it and running errands for vulnerable members of our local community."
"I’ve been particularly impressed by how easy and quick it is to charge, both at home and when using public chargers. Commuting on the Zero is perfect for getting into the city while avoiding public transport, although judging by the number of people who want to come up and talk to me about the bike, I’m going to have to take some care to maintain social distancing when I park up!”
Danish-born Dan is one of the world’s leading tattoo artists, with a style inspired by graffiti and street art. He gained prominence as one of the stars of the TV series London Ink. With both the tattoo shop and his art gallery, Monsters of Art, temporarily closed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Dan has been busy making face visors for local healthcare professionals and will shortly set about using the SR/S as a canvas for his art.
The date and venue of the unveiling of the Zero SR/S ‘art bike’ is, understandably, to be confirmed. Fans can follow Dan’s journey with the Zero through this link. Better still give us a call on 015385005 and we’ll set you up with one of your own.
The trouble with racing motorcycles is that after the event you’re always left with a little bit too much time to yourself and that’s when the thinking starts. That was very much the issue for Niall ‘Max’ Clinton on the way back from the Greek Hellas Rally a number of years ago when the idea that building custom bikes began to take shape.
Now almost three years later the Smithfield neighbourhood in Dublin has a resident producing even tastier products than the food in Little Italy and even cooler than the movies being shown in the Light House Cinema. Garage 3B Custom bike building is a company that builds their bikes by hand.
The company has recently completed their first two machines, a Honda CX and a BMW R80RT. The Beemer was the first one we looked at and, as is to be expected, it came with its own story. The bike was a ‘complete rat’ with a set of straight through pipes and other than the engine, needed quite a bit of work.
A number of things are important at Garage 3b. The bike must be built on time and within the agreed budget, but most importantly, it must run. These guys don’t do display bikes! To that end the frame and wheels have been given the Tallaght Powder Coating treatment while the tank has been re done by custom painter of some renown, Brett Willard.
The suspension has been rebuilt; the gearbox replaced with a new one from, BMW Specialists, Motoworks in the UK and the wiring has been replaced. The bike looks so much better than an old RT ever did with raised bars, a short front mudguard and a bespoke seat from Millar Custom Seats in The Netherlands. The seat is fitted to a one off metal plate, a surprising amount of the parts are made by hand here on the Northside of the city.
The new shocks and starter motor are complimented by some very new technology. This includes a Motogadget Blu unit, which allows the rider to use their phone as the ignition key as well as sending route maps and service schedules back to the device.
The scrambler bars make it a bike that looks comfortable, inviting and ready to ride. Details such as the attention to detail in wrapping the exhaust as well as cutting and polishing the mudguards shows an attention to detail that is wonderfully complimented by some of the technology being put to work under the bikes skin.
Max saves the last surprise ‘til I’m leaving, ‘How much, I ask.’ ‘As little as fifteen grand’ is the answer I was never expecting! To speak about a hand made commission and get yourself a one of a kind machine created by artists give Max at Garage 3b a call on 083 856 8696.
Here at MOL we like a good deal. The team at Waterford Harley-Davidson have not only one good deal going, they have three of them! To get the season off to a great start the dealership are offering no less than €1,500 worth of free official Harley Davidson accessories or clothing with the Roadking Special, the Breakout or the Fatboy. This is a May only offer and some terms and conditions will apply, as they always do…
The first bike, the Road King Special, has all that classic Harley Americana attitude. Powered by the all new Milwaukee Eight engine with a healthy 1,868 cc of displacement, the bike has more than enough power to chase those horizons. The stretched saddlebags compliment the blacked out custom styling and the mini ape handlebars. Details like the turbine custom wheels and the black headlight surround give the styling that bagger feel. Meanwhile the can bus electrics save weight while the ABS system by Brembo makes the whole thing much safer. The suspension on either end is new and is even adjustable on the rear end.
The second machine is the new model Fatboy. This bike has been around since before we even knew what a Harley was! This is the iconic Harley that the former governor of California rode in the Terminator movie back in the day. It’s as long as a deep breath and those solid wheels are so cool. “I need your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle”. Indeed you do, and now with the fifteen hundred quids worth of credit the clothes and the boots will cost you nothing when you buy the motorcycle.
The Breakout. Long, low and utterly cool. With a 240 section rear tyre this is a bike that drips attitude. The machine has that drag bike cool in spades and in spite of only being the second generation of this bike it already looks like a classic. It does this while still having up to date features like a digital gauge mounted on the handlebar riser and performance suspension on the front and rear shock. We reckon that ‘Screamin Eagle’ muffler set would be a good way to spend the grand and a half.
These three great bikes are in the store today and can be seen on the shops website. Or you can call in and ask for Alan who’ll be more than happy to show you through the machine that you’re interested in as well as the official clothing and accessories that are appropriate to your new bike. Give him a call on 051844200 and tell him we sent you since we get a blaa* for every bike he sells this month.
*A culinary wonder that sets Waterford apart from the rest of the know universe.
One of the primary purposes of training is to help a rider ramp up acceptance of the unknown. Any breakthrough in riding has some physical sensation attached to it. It’s the delicious price we pay to approach the unknown.
What did it feel like when you let out the clutch that first time? Nervous but thrilling, right? Take that a step farther and imagine what it would feel like to be a stunt rider doing wheelies and stoppies or a MotoGP racer with his knee on the deck? Improvement begins once the rider can embrace those mysterious limits of riding.
Each barrier is based on the unknown. What will it feel like to go into that corner 2 mph faster, break that much harder, lean that much further, roll on the gas that extra bit? Breaking through those barriers is the challenge, and on the other side is the confidence all riders desire.
When you see a rider falter, you are witnessing in him the fear of the unknown. You see him flinch. Anticipation of some imagined bad result keeps us from moving forward into that uncharted territory of new sensations. When we flinch, we waver from our purpose to execute the control inputs necessary to achieve the intended result.
Riders say, “I don’t go that fast,” “I don’t trust the tyres,” “I’m afraid of the lean angle, acceleration, braking forces, quick-flicking the bike,” etc. Each of us has our own barriers, and we feel the pressure from them. I call them survival reactions.
We often assume they are real and tend to agree with these barriers, despite the contrary evidence of someone else going cleaner, quicker, smoother, on better lines, passing where we can’t, changing gears more smoothly, riding and braking more confidently, and so on.
Riders have a common fear of locking up the front tyre from over-braking. Anyone who hasn’t taken themself to the extremes of braking has only a vague idea of how much stopping force can be applied.
Unfortunately, it’s not something that you can visualise; you have to get down-and-dirty with the brakes and feel it or you are very likely to panic in a situation that demands hard braking. It’s also true that ABS makes this almost irrelevant—almost. Without a feel for maximum braking, it’s just as likely that riders will target-fixate onto some obstacle simply because the sensation of that much braking force is unfamiliar.
A fear of either right or left-hand turns is also common among riders. Their flinch-side will be the side that gets them in trouble when panic kicks in. Overcoming that fear for most riders takes as little as five minutes with good coaching. You don’t have to be going warp-speed to handle this. In fact, it is correctable in a parking area provided the coach knows what to look for and how to correct it. The results are great because riders realise how much stress they were under and feel immediate relief once corrected.
But what happens in real life when you have a real corner and are freaking out about running wide at real speed at real lean angles? This is one of the best reasons for racetrack training. With about four lanes of space, you can start to build confidence in leaning the bike over more. Once riders get the feel of it with less fear of running off, they can begin to apply it to their street riding. They’ve been that far over and done that.
More often than not, the flinch can be overcome once it is identified. No one likes to waver, to give up, or feel confused about something. Making leaps of faith into the unknown by hoping the bike will do your biding often finds riders biting off more than they can chew. Training lets you elevate your acceptance of that next level of rider confidence, speed and skill, cut down on the stress and increase your ability to get what you want out of riding. By finding limits and embracing the sensations that go along with them, you can exceed your current ideas of what you can do.
The California Superbike School are back in Mondello this summer. Take a look at Superbike School or give any of the team a call on 00441327855553
Words by Keith Code
Some people only have track or race bikes, most only ride on the road; some of us do a bit of both. The Road Safety Authority are constantly promoting road safety for all vehicle classes. During a recent meeting with RSA Communications Manager, Brian Farrell, I was really impressed with the proactive nature of motorcycle safety initiatives to come.
The stats don’t lie. 66% of single vehicle motorcycle accidents when investigated are attributed to rider error. 92% of these have had zero rider training after passing their test. Braking, target fixation and being unfamiliar of how a motorcycle behaves at increased speeds are the leading factors.
Taking your motorcycle on track allows for some exploration of these areas in a safe environment. Combine the safe environment with a structured program, which is run over multiple days, provides consolidation and helps to enforce and engrave these skills.
I can’t remember the last time I had to do an emergency stop on the public road. It was probably on my test. And talking to a new rider recently, I learned that he prefers to just use the back brake “…as its smoother”; I didn’t even go there.
We’re just back from an amazing three days in Circuito Monteblanco, southern Spain, with 13 emergency braking situations per lap, the braking skills were well and truly honed and it becomes fun too! Becoming comfortable braking hard helps to train yourself to be more observant and aware of your surroundings too.
Another aspect of track riding is learning that the bike behaves differently when pushed and that its ok to let the bike ‘move’ under you, which if you’re not used to it can catch you off-guard and you can tense up and or freeze and or target fixate.
Running wide is a common issue too. Being too afraid to lean the bike over when just a few KPH too fast for what you expected. On a right-hander, its bad - On a left-hander, it’s worse! The risks are multiplied as you are now veering into other traffic.
The track permits gradual, safe and coached progress in this respect. Body position helps and having a structured plan for the corner is crucial. There’s never anything coming the other way and generally, novice group riding doesn’t allow overtaking in or approaching corners. This is why we actively encourage road-bikes.
One last thing about taking to the track… It’s amazing fun!
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RevUp has been running each and every May bank holiday since all the way back in 2006 with almost two million Euro raised for Down Syndrome Ireland. The routes are always fascinating and even for a well travelled motorcycle journalist there is always a new and interesting selection of roads to ride. Some are excellent and all are good! The participants pay in to ride the event and all the money raised went, this year, to buying a school bus for St Michaels School Holy Angels here in Dublin where the schools students all have Mild General Learning Disability.
The event kicks off each year in Joe Duffy BMW in Dublin’s Finglas where the happiest motorcycle store staff have the place opened up nice and early and the ever pleasant Paddy Dagger mans the coffee machine like the pro that he is! RevUp is a navigation exercise so there is no riding out ‘en masse’. Rather riders pick up a route sheet or a download one onto a navigation unit and head off in there own time in smaller groups.
The first section was very much an ‘old school’ Sunday morning run for those of us who live in or around the Dublin area with a long spin through Wicklow all the way down to Woodenbridge. Some of us stopped here to take in the warm weather and snack on the packed lunches that were provided by the crew back in Dublin. From there we rode on over a selection of fantastic roads to the home of the Electric Picnic, Stradbally, in County Laois.
The final stage of the day led us to the midlands and over the most epic hump back bridge I’ve ridden over since getting arrested all those years ago on Leeson Street in Dublin and on to the Hodson Bay Hotel on the correct side of the Shannon.
The following day was all on the west side of the country with a stop in Glenamaddy before riding out to the Atlantic coast. Now usually what goes on tour stays on tour. On the way there, however, we stopped to take in the view over Killary Fjord. While stopped in the layby someone parked his brand new R1200RT on a slope and it rolled off the stand. Ouch! That was, thankfully, the worst incident of the weekend. Don’t worry Arthur, your secret is safe with us and we won’t breathe a word of it to anyone! By the time we reached Roundstone some of us were so relaxed and sociable over an excellent lunch that we had to take the shorter route back to the hotel to make dinner at 8pm.
Dinner in the Hodson Bay was excellent, the presentations brief and some very moving letters from the students of St Michaels including Robyn Lynam, Aidans daughter. The following day we wound our way back to the Lucan Spa Hotel on the outskirts of Dublin where we learned that we had raised enough money to buy the bus and more. You would have been proud of us Ted…
Registration for 2019 will open soon so save the date: 4th – 6th May 2019!!
Our summer trip up north to get ourselves made that little bit better, is getting closer and we’ve got none but a few places left on our big day out in Newry to take part in the PSNI BikeSafe program. I know, I know, it’s hard to improve on perfect, but we’ll struggle on…
We’ll be meeting on the outskirts of Dublin on the morning of Saturday with a departure time of a shockingly early 7.30am on the morning of Saturday the 21 July 2018 before heading up the motorway to Newry. The BikeSafe workshops always get going at 10:00am sharp!
We’ll aim to arrive early to grab a complimentary tea or coffee, as we’ve found caffeine to be nothing less than essential lately! We’ll also get a few minutes to get to know our fellow participants and have a chat with the BikeSafe Team.
There then follows a two hour classroom presentation, which will cover the key elements of Motorcycle Roadcraft, The Police Rider’s Handbook and focus on elements such as positioning, cornering and overtaking.
This is followed by a short break for lunch; you will need to ask your mam for some pocket money, as this isn’t included in the day. There are a host of local cafes or shops close to the venue and we understand some of them are very good indeed.
After lunch we’ll be introduced to our observer. They’ll be the lucky rider who will accompany you for a one to two hour ride-out. This will include stops for verbal de-briefing and advice on the way.
From there it’s back to base for a written de-brief and farewell with a BikeSafe goodie bag and your BikeSafe Certificate which will follow via e-mail. We hope to have representatives from a local IAM Motorcycling group or RoSPA hope to provide information and advice on taking the next step to becoming an advanced motorcyclist.
If you’d like to attend in the interests of becoming a better rider, or indeed if you feel a need to show an advanced police rider how good you are, drop an email to email@example.com and we’ll reply with all the details you’ll need to take part.