Thursday, 23 November 2017

Welsh Motorcycle Road Race for 2018

More than 80 riders have already expressed an interest in competing at the new Wales Road Races next summer in the Brecon Beacons.

The event was launched over the weekend at Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham and will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5, 2018.
The Welsh Road Race event is the brainchild of a number of key players within the road racing fraternity including Derek Smith (Chairman of Aberdare Park and General Secretary of East South Wales ACU) and Phil Morris (Businessman, team manager and owner of Oswestry Road Racing Museum).

Former BSB and TT winner Steve Plater is heavily involved in the project taking up the role Safety and rider liaison Director.

Onboard Video with Plater ;

The Clerk of the Corse is Gary Thompson, the highly respected clerk of the course for the Isle of Man TT.

The circuit itself is a dramatic and undulating

The Future of the Isle of Man TT

What is the Isle of Man famous for?

Up until last week it would have been the TT. Not any more. It’s because newly-crowned F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton bought his private jet there, saving himself £3m in tax.

An expose into the murky world, as some might describe it, of tax avoidance has propelled this little piece of land in the Irish Sea, along with other islands such as Jersey, Guernsey and Bermuda, into world headlines - condemned as tax havens.

It is not as if the Manx Government doesn’t have enough to contend with. While robustly defending itself against accusations of helping rich people to avoid or, more seriously, evade paying their dues they were hit with accusations of incompetence on a much more important front. How to commercialise, or not, the TT races.

‘Embarrassing’ and ‘damning’ are two adjectives used to describe the project to raise more money for the Island by appointing a professional promoter. A report of several hundred pages concludes that

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

RIP Member Blackrhythms (Jhone Cunnane)

It is with great sadness that we announce yet another tragic loss to the Irish biking community, our very own Blackrhythms.

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Jhone has been around these parts since day dot, tirelessly helping, marshalling and organising biker rideouts and various fundraisers from DSi events, to the notorious 'Burger Run', to raffles in aid of the MCI Medical team, to the annual Biker Toy run's to have Santa visit sick children in hospital at Christmas, but unfortunately succumbed to her injuries this morning following a road traffic accident in doing what she loved best, riding her bike.

Our sincerest condolences to her son Caelum, other half Spanky (Enda) and all her family and friends.

Her smile, humour and inspirational can-do attitude towards life will be sorely missed.

RIP Jhone. 

Large condolences thread here ;

Saturday, 4 July 2015

RIP Doc John Hinds MCUi Travelling Medic

RIP Doc John

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of road racing's unsung heros ; Doctor John Hinds.

An avid racing enthusiast who contributed valuable safety advice to the forum and various motorcycling magazines in order to help other bikers, and who selflessly gave up his time almost every weekend in order to provide essential lifesaving medical care and assistance in his role as the MCUI travelling doctor, he will be sadly missed.

Rest in peace Doc John. 
Large Condolences Thread here ;

Sunday, 3 May 2015 Member Magnets - Aidan Lynam RIP

Click the image to open in full size.It is with great sadness that we announce Aidan Lynam (Magnets) lost his life earlier today in a traffic collision during the annual DSi charity run.

Tragically marking it's tenth anniversary, the 'Revup4Dsi' event's huge success for down syndrome Ireland in terms of both raising awareness and funds (almost €1,500,000 to date) can largely be attributed to the direction and motivation of one man, Aidan Lynam.

I've known Aidan since began (almost 10years ago also) and while vocal and largely in disagreement on a lot of subjects, ranging from shutter speeds to the perceived talent (or lack thereof) of motorcycle racers, he had a certain charm and honesty to his character that marked him out as a resilient and focused ambassador for DSi who cut thru the red tape and stood up as a voice for this otherwise socially excluded and marginalised group.

Above all he was an avid motorcycle enthusiast who will be sadly missed by all who knew him, and we were proud to have him on the moderating team at one time, although this was short lived after he banned about 2,000 members one night for the laugh..

R.I.P Buddy.

Large condolences thread here ;

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Trackday experience with the VFR800 at Mondello race circuit

vfr 800 wheelie mondello park
Heavy, long wheelbase and not much grunt - 
what better way to test out your new clutch !!
A touring motorcycle complete with luggage, soft suspension and hard tyres is probably more at home trickling around the scenic highways and byways of the countryside, rather than being subjected to a grueling flat out ordeal around Mondello Park race circuit, but it composed itself rather well all the same - a remarkable 'all-rounder'.

Obviously the VFR800 dives a bit on braking as the forks are pretty basic (with no compression or rebound adjustment, nada) but the actual stopping power (ebc hh pads) is good, not so much bite that you'd tuck the front leaned over and I'd say the rear application with CBS keeps it stable coming down from big speed into turn 1.

There's a lot of engine compression in the VFR though and if you mess up the down shifts without blipping it can get messy real fast down into the likes of turn 3 or tarazan, especially when leaned a little (slipper clutches are a god-send here) Grand oul bus though and good craic (can't really hear in the video but it sounds great) I'd say if you'd a set of sticky rubber it'd be a right laugh, the Angel GT's are a bit hard for that craic.

For what it is, I was impressed with the VFR though, you can get a lot of lean before it bottoms out and there's a small but useful surge of power after about

Friday, 6 December 2013

VFR800 Clutch Replacement Vtec RC46 DIY

My RC46 Vtec VFR800 was leaking oil, nothing major- but annoying none the less

Problem was the clutch /crankcase housing gasket, which dripped oil onto the exhaust making it very smokey once the bike warmed up. As a new clutch is only 30quid, I decided to replace that along with this gasket as kind of preventative maintenance which could also sharpen up the clutch 'bite' hopefully, in the process.

Luckily the VFR 800 is pretty straightforward to work on and parts are really