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17th July 2019

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‘there’s always some kid who is ‘the next rossi’’

It’s the inevitable life cycle of racing: Man blows previous winners into weeds. Man becomes godlike and worshipped. Man isn’t quite so dominant anymore. Fans hate new man who is beating old deity. New man arrives and is hailed by all as ‘the-next-man-to-do-that-thing-the-other-man-did.’ It’s like watching the Life of Brian on repeat. On bikes. It’s also what keeps racing interesting – what elevates the concept of riding around in circles on someone else’s bike, burning someone else’s petrol whilst wearing brightly coloured romper suits one of the most addictive spectacles on Earth. And it’s hard – if unpopular – to deny that Rossi’s extraordinary generation-long genius appears to be fading. But with Marquez already firmly filling the role of pantomime baddie, that rather leaves the stage door open for a new pretender;…

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blood bikers gain reprieve

Warwickshire and Solihull Blood Bikes (WSBB) are once again delivering life-saving blood to hospitals across the West Midlands despite losing their transport contract to a private company late last year. The charitable organisation delivered its last supplies of blood to the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS trust on April 3, after a paid deal was awarded to QE Facilities last November. After delivering samples since July 2012, the change saw the group lose around 80% of their runs overnight. Charity bikers resume blood delivery Out-of-hours runs back on Now, however, following a successful lobbying campaign, they restarted their out of hours courier service on Monday, July 1. “There are two main reasons for our existence: the first one is to save the NHS money and the second is to contribute to saving peoples’…

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yamaha r1 gets gp makeover

Yamaha have revealed their next generation R1, which boasts more efficient aerodynamics, improved electronics and reworked internals for greater performance. The new bikes were unveiled at the weekend’s WSB round in the US. The R1 gets a more MotoGPinspired styling makeover with new screen and fairing that integrate straight into the tank, promising a 5% increase in aerodynamic efficiency. This is coupled with new LED headlights which help give the bike a more aggressive stance. Meanwhile, the 998cc crossplane crank engine has been reworked to include a new intake system, complete with new 10-hole Bosch injectors for a wider spray angle and a more efficient burn. Although power remains unchanged at a claimed 197bhp, the new R1 receives updated finger-follower rocker arms and new cam lobes, that deliver more stable valve operation…

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‘it’s all about the style’

BMW shocked the world when they unveiled the R18 concept recently – a softail cruiser with the largest capacity motorcycle engine the Bavarians have ever built – because it was nothing like any bike they’ve produced in recent memory. But the idea has been brewing in the background for quite some time. “You know we’ve always had the idea of entering the American cruiser segment,” Karl Victor Schaller, Head of Engineering at BMW Motorrad, told MCN. “So the questions were ‘can we do it with the existing 1200 engine [from the R nineT]?’ and ‘what is the possibility to extend that engine?’ because there’s always a little bit of headroom in each engine.” Following investigation BMW realised they could perhaps take the engine out to a 1350 but, to compete with the…

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‘oil foam control isn’t easy’

Although performance details about the new engine are still thin on the ground, we do know it’s an air-cooled 1800cc boxer twin - not words that the chaps in white coats who draft emissions rules like to hear. Mercifully, BMW have come up with a solution that will see air-cooled engines sticking around for a little bit longer yet. “The injector nozzles will move to the cylinder head, so they are no longer in the throttle butterfly body,” revealed Schaller. “It’s still a port injection but it’s a completely different position. You’ll see this on all the models, we’ll move the injector nozzle closer to the valves.” The other issue is the sheer size of the pistons. Such a large capacity twin creates issues with the pressure and movement of engine oil…

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special race for surtees

A special kart racing event to celebrate the late John Surtees’s historic 1964 F1 world championship victory will also see a stack of classic cars and bikes parade around the famous Buckmore Park kart track in Kent. Surtees is the only person to ever have won world titles on two and four wheels. The event, on Thursday October 17, will also raise money for the Henry Surtees Foundation, which supports those with severe brain injuries. Henry, John’s son, tragically died in a Formula Two race at Brands Hatch in 2006.…