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  1. David Stewart

    Anyone a Thundercat Guru?

    Try getting in contact with Tony Weston (Garys Dad) what he doesn't know about those motors isn't worth knowing. Trev Stafford at All Bikes in Folkestone will have his details.
  2. David Stewart

    ThundersportGB CRASH 2017

    That's a bit caustic Bill, are you not overstating the negative here? Crash vids are pretty standard fare and this one doesn't contain any serious injuries, so I guess it actually does demonstrate how safe racing really is. There is no point in trying to hide the fact that crashes can and do happen, this video clearly demonstrates that such accidents don't have to have serious consequences. Our i-player has over 300 hours of racing content on it, so I think this is pretty well balanced.
  3. David Stewart

    Opinions on michelin power evo slicks

    Michelin will have a full team of Factory Technicians from the Clermant Ferrand facility at Donington Park on the 17th & 18th February. Rather than casting around for opinions from those who may not have tried the latest generation of tyres, it would probably be better to talk to the experts face to face. These same technicians assisted Lee Williams and Josh Day to their 1st & 2nd places in the Thundersport GB GP1 Championships last year, so they know their stuff.
  4. David Stewart

    Opinions on michelin power evo slicks

    Michelin will have a full team of Factory Technicians from the Clermant Ferrand facility at Donington Park on the 17th & 18th February. Rather than casting around for opinions from those who may not have tried the latest generation of tyres, it would probably be better to talk to the experts face to face. These same technicians assisted Lee Williams and Josh Day to their 1st & 2nd places in the Thundersport GB GP1 Championships last year, so they know their stuff.
  5. David Stewart

    Learn the lazy way

    You have to go on the bus nowadays anyway Paul. You also need to have visited the Island and have undertaken some formal course tuition before you are even considered for a Mountain Course Licence for the first time.
  6. David Stewart

    michelin power evo slicks

    Take a look at the lap times that Lee Williams & Josh Day have been turning in on these:- Thundersport GB GP1 Lap times/results 1st & 2nd in the championship and Michelin shod bikes have won 16 out of 26 races in this years championship.
  7. David Stewart

    Want to start racing

    Here you Alistair:- http://www.motoforum.net/topic/126115-suzuki-gsxr600-srad-streetfighter-race-bike/ Just buy that for £1000 put the full fairing back on it for a couple of hundred quid and you've got yourself a Golden Era 600 that you could also race as a Pre-National 600 Freshman if want extra track time as Simon suggests. If you were riding with Bemsee I think that could slot into Rookie 600 and Thunderbike Sport to get the same effect.
  8. David Stewart

    Want to start racing

    Your current bike is worth less than £6,500 otherwise it would be sold. It is a race proven bike with a decent pedigree. How are you looking to start racing in a better class, cheaper and with more chance of progression? Just race it.
  9. David Stewart

    Want to start racing

    Hi Cookster, why don't you just keep the Supertwin you are advertising in the For Sale section? Supertwins is a very viable starter class.
  10. David Stewart

    Want to start racing

    You could fit the 38mm restrictors to the throttle bodies and run that bike in the Thundersport GP1 Classic class. -------------------------- Outline below:- Golden Era Superbikes was designed for the world BEFORE the Yamaha YZF-R1... a world where Superbikes were 750cc 4-cylinder bikes and 1000cc 2-cylinder bikes. Strangely enough the biggest selling large capacity Sportsbike in the 1992-1998 era was in fact the Honda Fireblade and that never really took off as a racing machine in any of its early 900cc derivatives. That wasn’t because it wasn’t a very capable sportsbike, it was just that there was nowhere for it to race on the international stage. Sadly for Honda, that “Glass-Ceiling” lasted until the Fireblade had been surpassed in both weight and power departments by the first R1. The Yamaha YZF-R1 of 1998 completely moved the goalposts and in non-FIM homologated events made everything else obsolete. The big International Road Races such as the NW200 and TT Races adapted quickly and welcomed these bikes into their events, gaining big kudos from having the fastest bikes on the planet at the front of their races. Eventually, the FIM, Flammini, BSB and everyone else saw that the R1, GSXR 1000, over 999cc Ducati and Hondas new on the bench 1000cc Fireblade were the mass market of the future – and Superbike racing changed forever. Crucially, the capacity advantage that the twin cylinder Ducatis, Aprilias and Hondas had enjoyed against the old 750cc 4 cylinder bikes was wiped out overnight and the fight was for the first time since 1994 an equal one. Thankfully from the point of view of the Italian organisers, the Ducatis were still dominant, but that didn’t last long and the Bologna Bullets soon got a capacity hike to 1200cc. So there was then a world in between the demise of true Superbike racing and the current era of what I like to think of as “All whistles and bells Super-Production racing” which is Superbike racing in the modern era. The simple fact that both WSB and BSB are trying to dumb-down Superbikes into more accessible and marginally more affordable packages shows that technology on this supposedly “road based” series had got out of control. Never mind, that’s not really my business, but it might make the basis of a good discussion in the future. Our new class for 2017 - “Thundersport GP1 Classic” will be aimed at that bit in the middle of those two eras and I took the basic defining moment as being the advent of the GSXR 1000 K1. I ran a lot of meetings in that era and it soon became apparent that you either had to have a GSXR 1000 K1, or you would be fighting for 10th place. The Suzuki wasn’t actually that superior to the early R1s, but it simply had too much grunt engine wise for the old Yamahas to handle on the tighter and twistier British circuits. Knocking the edge off of that power advantage would have made for some great racing, so that is what we have allowed for within our rules. So the eligible models are going to be:- Yamaha YZF-R1 up to the last 2001 carby model. Suzuki GSXR 1100 all models (including Harris Magnum framed bikes). Honda CBR900RR – 899cc, 919cc, 929cc and the 954cc. Kawasaki ZX9R all models to 2004. Ducati 998cc Testastretta engine bikes. Suzuki GSXR 750 Y, K1, K2, K3 prior to the end of 2003 revamp. Aprilia RSV1000R later than currently allowed in Golden Era Superbikes. Benelli Tornado all models up to 2003. Triumph Daytona 955i all models. **Suzuki GSXR 1000 K1 & K2 (988cc models only) will be permitted with 38mm throttle bodies from the GSXR600 K1 or with 38mm inlet restrictors fitted to the original 42mm throttle bodies after the butterfly. Although this class may initially run alongside the current Golden Era Superbikes, it is a separate and distinct championship which we envisage growing to the point where both championships occupy their own grids in the future. ------------------------------------------------------- Or you could choose any of the "starter classes" like Stocktwins/Minitwins, CB500s, Golden Era Supersport or Formula 400. Depends a lot on what you're actually looking for.
  11. David Stewart

    Bike advice

    Thanks Rob, The latest one How to start motorcycle racing without breaking the bank is proving quite popular. Obviously this one focuses on the many reasons NOT to start racing on a big bike and why your first season might be better spent on a Golden Era Supersport or Steelsport bike. It could equally have included Stocktwins, YPM, MZs as cheap starter classes, but most 4-cylinder bike riders find sticking with that known formula is a simpler transition and flicks their switch a little more. We might even do another one for people who want to do a bit more fettling and perhaps might prefer a two-stroke later. Our other tutorials are aimed at taking the mystery out of the ACU Licencing process and getting over that first hurdle of entering your first race. I must apologise for the South London accent on the vids, but believe me that inside my head I actually sound like the BBC newsreader Peter Sissons (weird eh?) I hope that helps.
  12. David Stewart

    TSGB suspension support

    Apologies, I have only just had this topic pointed out to me. Sparklight Racing are Official K-Tech suppliers and have their complete set up at every event. Brook Suspension are also present, as is PCR (Phil Crowe) both of whom have a pretty wide customer base. hth
  13. David Stewart

    Derby Phoenix Newsletter

    June 2016 NewsletterDear Member, Our website has been gradually evolving. You will have noticed the change in design took place earlier in the year. It is now mobile and tablet friendly and should work effortlessly on any browser and operating platform. A site for the 21st century. On June 19th, our online entry and payment system became live to use. This is a secure automated system which is available to use now. You our members asked we listened. Once you have put all your details in, it will save this for you each time you log in to enter a meeting. (Please note, this is only available for the DPMCC standalone meetings this season and not Thundersport GB, NG or EMRA). There are other innovations in the pipeline to make more improvements to the site, the forum will be back for those who are not big Facebook users. Also this year we have introduced more classes and made the Formula 600 sidecars an Open class 600 category. (Not a totally Open Class for now). Our first standalone meeting at Cadwell in June was well down on expected and promised attendance by club members who said they would participate in the event. Numbers were well below average in all classes. We therefore, really need your continued and necessary support for the remainder of the season. This is paramount to our club continuing. As it stands we need to attract substantially more riders for the Croft meeting. So come on guys, we need you out there entering the events, to turn your club around this year. If you can all do that this year, then next year we would be in a better position to offer more meetings as a standalone club once more. The closing date for entries is usually three weeks before the meeting, however, we will keep taking entries up to the week of the meeting, so if you want your name to appear in our new look programme, then get your entries in as soon as possible. Use our new on-line system (see the link below). Please forward this to riders who are not club members who would like to experience the DPMCC paddock atmosphere for themselves. We truly believe in the spirit of the club and all its members and volunteers who work hard to make these events happen. Members, this really is our final chance to move forward so this is effectively our urgent appeal. It’s really down to you our membership. Make Derby Phoenix second to none once more. Yours truly, The Derby Phoenix Team PS click on the link below to go to our onlne entry system. https://forms.derbyphoenix.co.uk
  14. David Stewart

    Threat to motorsports by EU

    Actually, it isn't really racing per-se that is most likely to be affected, but Track Days. Racing is covered by a piece of legislation called a Statutory Instrument, which gives exemptions from certain parts of the Road Traffic Act (mainly section 13A). This means that speeding on private land (which is actually technically an offence) during "Authorised Competitions" cannot be prosecuted under normal RTA legislation when it happens under the auspices of a "Permit" issued by one of the recognised Governing Bodies. 13Regulation of motoring events on public ways. (1)A person who promotes or takes part in a competition or trial (other than a race or trial of speed) involving the use of motor vehicles on a public way is guilty of an offence unless the competition or trial— (a)is authorised, and (b)is conducted in accordance with any conditions imposed, by or under regulations under this section. (2)The Secretary of State may by regulations authorise, or provide for authorising, the holding of competitions or trials (other than races or trials of speed) involving the use of motor vehicles on public ways either— (a)generally, or (b)as regards any area, or as regards any class or description of competition or trial or any particular competition or trial, subject to such conditions, including conditions requiring the payment of fees, as may be imposed by or under the regulations. (3)Regulations under this section may— (a)prescribe the procedure to be followed, and the particulars to be given, in connection with applications for authorisation under the regulations, and (b)make different provision for different classes or descriptions of competition or trial. (4)In this section “public way” means, in England and Wales, a [F2highway] and, in Scotland, a public road. The Governing Bodies will doubtless be expected to honour the terms of their authority to issue such permits, which may cause certain extra expense in some instances. However, the activities that do not take place under an Authorising Permit:- Track Days, Experience Days, Race Schools and Private Testing may well find themselves in need of normal RTA cover for all participating machines, as I am 100% sure that ATDO will not be willing to underwrite the entire exercise. As motorcycle racers (and motorcycle racing organisations) we are fortunate that our insurance policies are very good, due largely to our high safety standards and record collection after any incidents. I do have the entire text of the relevant Statutory Instrument, but i think the word count would make this site crash if I posted it.
  15. David Stewart

    How do I post in racing club news?

    He is Paul. Ben is the new Chairman of Derby Phoenix.

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