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9 June 2021
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7 days in 60 seconds

‘Self-releasing zips are not a familiar phenomenon’MICHAEL SCOTT ON ‘LEATHERGATE’ TOP STORY Norton to offer owners new deal The unravelling tale of ‘old Norton’ and their customers’ woes doesn’t show many signs of abating – but this week has seen further developments as ‘new Norton’ seek to expose the full scale of the first-gen V4SS problems, and offer owners a new bike deal. With a catalogue of 35 issues reported just a few weeks ago, the firm are pushing liquidators BDO to help existing owners navigate through the process of fixing their bikes. P4 ON TEST Tracer 9 GT goes on tour Yamaha’s Tracer 9 (or MT-09 Tracer, or Tracer 900, depending on which evolution you own) has always been a fruity firm favourite. Underpinned by the fun and financially friendly MT-09, the Tracer variant offers…

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‘what on earth is fabio doing with his zip?’

Of all the questions we thought we might be asking in the closing laps of Sunday’s MotoGP race, ‘what on Earth is Fabio doing with his zip?’ probably wasn’t on anyone’s list. It was an extraordinary sequence of events. From fumbling with his zipper to the ejection of his chest protector, followed by further fumbling and a growing sense of imminent danger and forboding. It might feel mildly counter-intuitive to bang on about safety in racing – but it’s the relentless pursuit of exactly that which has enabled racing, and racers, to survive. The need to protect riders – sometimes from themselves – means that tragedies like the loss of Jason Dupasquier are rare occurrences in racing nowadays. But such recent heartache, and a series of close calls in the Moto3…

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r1ms to silverstone

The Yamaha Racing Experience is back for 2021, allowing R1M owners the chance to ride the full Silverstone Grand Prix track between June 27-28 for free! The event is open to anyone who’s purchased a new R1M since June 2019 and includes a day on track, hotel and all meals. Places for 2015-19 R1M owners are available for £99 on June 28. Instructors include Jason O’Halloran and Tarran Mackenzie. To register, visit bit.ly/3wSAj8v New HJCs in stock HJC’s £499.99 sports touring Carbon RPHA 70 Reple has arrived in stock – just in time for that big summer ride. Featuring a carbon fibre outer shell, there’s quick-release emergency cheek pads, plus a new lower vent on the chin. There’s also a sun visor and it’s available in multiple designs. It still only meets…

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new norton owners want to get bikes fixed

SENIOR WRITER Norton’s new owners are assessing the total cost of repair work to existing V4SS models and working with the liquidators to make the process of fixing the bikes simpler. The new Norton business, under the ownership of Indian giant TVS, have identified at least 35 major defects with machines built by previous incumbents, Norton Motorcycles UK Ltd. Interim CEO John Russell wrote to all those affected on Thursday, June 3, to say that the firm were currently working through all of the identified problems with bikes, in order to help owners recoup the cost of repairs from the liquidator BDO. “We have already recommended that BDO take a broad-brush approach and accept that every V4SS has each of the 35 faults we identified,” the letter states. “BDO’s letter to owners shows that they…

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happy returns for the mt-oap

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but 92-year-old Peter Villis has proved them all wrong by enjoying a day at the British Superbike School at Blyton Park aboard a Yamaha MT-09SP. The experience was Peter’s first taste of circuit riding since 1948 and was organised as a surprise birthday treat by his son Gary, 56, who also took to the track on a Yamaha R6. “I thoroughly enjoyed it,” Peter told MCN. “I really liked the MT-09 and I said to Gary ‘I’m having one of these’ but I’ve come to my senses and I’m quite happy with my Suzuki Bandit. “The instructor couldn’t have been better and after a few laps to warm the tyres up we were away,” he continued. “We’ll be up there next year for…

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buying history

Classic racing fans are being given the rare opportunity to pick up a totally period correct, 1982 ex-works Heron Suzuki XR69 from seven-time TT winner Mick Grant. The factory bike was first ridden by Grant in 1982 and still wears original Heron Suzuki livery, dotted with stone chips and scuffs from its racing career. Unusually for a genuine race bike, it remains exactly as it last raced, including its dry clutch, triple barrel magnesium carburettors, hand-finished billet forks and twin spark plugs that Grant says form the optimum specification for the 1000cc machine. Grant was gifted the bike by Suzuki in 1985 after a successful career with the team. “This XR69 is still a lovely machine and has been well maintained to enable me to continue to enjoy it on track,” says Grant.…