Honda VFR800 Fi Review 97-01

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30th October 2014

My last bike was highly desirable; both to me and to the thieves who eventually took it, cutting short our fun together. During the last few months of our time together, my trusty K5 GSX-R1000 and I covered many thousand miles, commuting from Oxford to London through the wettest winter I can remember. All in all we covered around 10,000 miles in around eight months and the bike never missed a beat.Read More

BMW K1300S Review – Echtes Deutsche Hypertourer

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 BMW K1300S Review – Echtes Deutsche Hypertourer

 by Andrew Goodman

Simon at BMW North Oxford kindly gave me the keys to a K1300s for a demo this week. I had been after a back to back test with the S1000RR, but having sold their demonstrator, the used S1000RR they had in stock was on fresh tyres which I didn’t fancy on a cold greasy December day, even if it does have traction control.Read More

The Importance of Checking Valve Clearance

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by Andrew Goodman

Got a modern motorcycle? Like the performance more than the running costs? Rather spend £400 on a shiny end can than on a valve clearance check and adjustment? I bet you would. But not so fast cowboy! What do valves do, why do they need checking and what happens if you skip an inspection or three? The most common question from motorcycle owners is “should I bother checking my valve clearance?”An internal combustion engine is a marvellous thing, it’s been around for a hundred or so years, and it’s in a well developed state of evolution. An internal combustion engine acts like a pump, internally driven by means of controlled combustions of an energy rich fuel / air mixture. Through a combination of momentum (flywheel and crankshaft inertia), and explosions (bangs from the cylinders) a four stroke engine sucks in fresh air/fuel, compresses it, explodes it, and then pushes the burnt exhaust gases out the exhaust pipe. Read More

Textile or Leather?

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Textile or Leather?

by Andrew Goodman

You have two principal choices in the protective suit you wear; those made of leather or those made of textiles such as cordura. Both can be purchased as one piece or two piece suits, and good ones are comparable in cost. The one piece leather suit is typically high ventilated with stretch panels in the right places for optimum manoeuvrability, and is typically used for track riding and racing.Read More