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    Gearing thoughts

    This will depend on many factors... Circuit, bike, gearbox ratios, riding 'style', engine 'style', weather conditions etc. Modern litre sportsbikes benefit from much slicker shifting than their ~10 year old counterparts, which makes a big difference across the hundred-or-so shifts that you do in a race distance, so it's nowadays maybe less important to minimise the number of shifts, and more important to ensure that you are optimising the tractive effort of your particular engine. But to try and answer your question, you need to have a good understanding of all of the above factors first to be able to assess the most appropriate strategy for YOU on YOUR bike, riding the circuit that YOU are riding. Using 2-6 around Mallory on a ZX10 might be pointless, for example, but that's not necessarily the case for Silverstone or Snetterton of course. Oftentimes your speed through one or two particular corners is so vital to the subsequent straight that it can be worth sacrificing a corner elsewhere on the circuit, in terms of gearing, to get it just right. But again, modern bikes are so compliant that to be +1/-1 isn't necessarily the end of the world... Morphett or Johnson or Ingram will still ride around the outside of me! Horses for courses! -Rob
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    Riding problem

    I would start by assessing your riding through video footage if possible. I ride very asymmetrically due to previous injuries but even so you would have to be very 'lop-sided' to have the type of issues you are having. Also, it sounds stupid but is worth checking, I assume your leathers and the placement of your knee sliders are symmetrical? As regard to your grip issues left/right, I would be very keen to check the geometry of the bike and sanity check the tyre you are using. Have you changed tyres with no difference? Are the tyres very worn? Have you had your suspension serviced recently? Has it suffered a complete seal/pressure failure to the detriment of all damping? Are the wheels in line, laterally (i.e. does the rear wheel point in the same direction but offset from the front?) and radially (I.e. does the rear wheel point in a different direction completely to the front?). Hope this helps you in your quest for any answer! -Rob
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    Bradley box trailer with awning

    This is not my actual trailer, but essentially identical...
  4. I've decided to sell my lovely single axle Bradley box trailer due to upgrading to a van. Lovely condition inside and out, ideal for a clubby racer or motocrosser. - Rear and side door access - Exceptionally well balanced and easily maneuverable - 8x6 internally (I think) and over 6ft high, so very comfortable to walk around in - Braked single axle chassis in good condition - Full integrated electrics all in good working order - Handy sprung-loaded number plate holder makes fitting and removing plates a tool-less 5 second procedure - Folding jockey wheel - Gas-assisted rear tailgate - High quality roll-out side awning, without sides. - Hasp and staple lock on side door, rear door locks internally. - Battery powered internal lights - Aluminium treadplate floor which I have bolstered with buffalo board and floor-mounted tie down points to make an incredibly resilient working space, in which you can tie a bike down to absolutely solidly. - Comes with a brand new unused spare wheel/tyre. Overall very good condition, no leaks or nasty surprises when towing, and I welcome any inspection (particularly any time this week as I'm off work). I have replaced the jockey wheel, wheel bearings and brake shoes when I purchased it, and it's probably covered less than 300 miles in that time. All in all, a great little trailer which will make it's next owner very happy. Delivery available within reason, contact me to make arrangements. Ideally looking to get back what I paid for it at £1750, but if it goes to a deserving club racer then I'll happily knock a couple of hundred off that. Any questions, feel free to call! - Rob 07908961973
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    Starting out @14

    Just my opinion, but the approach of actively looking for venues or events which don't check licenses is irresponsible and very high risk, and not to be recommended. If your son gets out on track in this way then that's super for him, but his inexperience means he's also likely to make a mistake and maybe cause harm to others people or bikes, and it's not fair. I'd be pissed if I was taken out by a young lad who was on track only by virtue of not having his license checked at signing on... as would, I suspect, most others. I'm not sure about the exact options and technicalities for current clubs and classes, but I'm sure that Dave/Bernie Stewart @ Thundersport, and Mike/Tracey @ BMCRC, will both be very happy to discuss the options through with you and find a route forwards! BMCRC: 01708 720305 Thundersport: 01509 678888 Hope this helps! -Rob
  6. On behalf of a friend, I am seeking a set of lightweight wheels for his 2004 Fireblade. Can anyone help? Thanks, -Rob 07908961973
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    Sponsored walk for CALM

    An excellent cause and a superb & noble thing to do - very best of luck! -Rob
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    chinese clipons

    For what it's worth, my current number-one contender for these sort of parts id Joe Burns at Diamond Race Products. https://www.diasec.co.uk/ I have his kit throughout my ZX10 and I'm very very happy with the value, quality and fitment. Superb service too if ever you have a question... highly recommended. -Rob
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    chinese clipons

    I've used several budget sets and have never had a problem, HOWEVER that's not to say they will all be flawless in materials, design or manufacture. My advice would be to inspect thoroughly, assemble with care, and consider them to be 100% disposable in the event of a crash. I would also replace all fasteners with something you know and trust before you fit them, too, and be sure to have removed any contamination from clamping surfaces (corrosion inhibitor). Ultimately they have been available on the open market now for some time, and if mechanical failures were common then we would have heard about them by now... especially as there's no shortage of examples of them being sold through UK distributors as you've mentioned. It can't hurt to inspect them after every session until you have build up your confidence in them, and with due diligence you should be able to avoid any issues before they arise. -Rob
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    RN 32 engine problems

    Hi Lasse, I am aware of an american company, EDR Performance, that have been quite vocal over what they believe to be shortfalls in the design of the R1 cranktrain. You can find their videos on Youtube quite easily. There are also a couple of people on this forum that have alot of experience in this model (Phil Seton, specifically), and they may be along shortly to help you some more, but personally I do not own this model and cannot say that I have experienced this myself. Thanks! -Rob
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    zx10r wheels

    I believe the brake disk diameters are different, FYI.
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    2016 zx10r clutch and brake levers

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    Titanium Suspension Linkage Bolts - ACU regs?

    My interpretation would be that they are allowed as they are not specifically ruled out, and there doesn't appear to be an all-encompassing statement regarding construction materials other than what I posted above. Obviously bare in mind the regs of the particular class you're trying to enter, too...
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    Titanium Suspension Linkage Bolts - ACU regs?

    Old Testament 14.20: ...and God said unto thee, the use of titanium in the construction of the frame, the front forks, the handlebars, the swinging arm spindles and the wheel spindles is forbidden. For wheel spindles, the use of light alloy is also forbidden. The use of titanium alloy nuts and bolts is allowed.

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