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Tuesday, October 21 2014 @ 04:10 AM ICT
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The Doctor Marks 250th Grand Prix in MotoGP with Perfect Phillip Island Performance

Motorcycle RacingMovistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi raised the roof in Australia today, delivering a stunning race victory at Phillip Island for the Australian Grand Prix. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo claimed the second step of the rostrum as part of a full Yamaha podium with Bradley Smith in third.

The Doctor made a great start to his 250th Grand Prix race in MotoGP as he jumped two places to sixth on the opening laps. He fought off Dani Pedrosa as he continued to battle his way to the front of the field, passing Bradley Smith and Pol Espargarò for third place.

Starting from third on the grid Lorenzo was not shy in grabbing the hole shot into turn one. He initially led the race, before falling back behind rival Marc Marquez. Lorenzo pushed to the limit but was unable to match the race leader’s pace.

Meanwhile teammate Rossi gradually closed down the gap to reach the rear end of Lorenzo’s M1 on lap nine. What happened next was a flurry of activity. With 17 laps to go Rossi set a fastest lap of 1’29.605 and made his first overtaking move at the hairpin and then Lorenzo fought back and retook second place in the first corner of the following lap. Over the next seven laps the teammates continued to swap places, when suddenly race leader Marquez crashed out of the race on lap 18 and they were left fighting for first and second place.
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The Ducati Corse ST4 Strider Bike - No Fuel Required

Motorcycle NewsAfter some time, the Strider Balance Bike is finally also available for the children from Ducati lovers. Pass your love for two wheels on to the kid(s) in your family with a Ducati ST4 Strider balance bike, which uses a no-pedal design to teach balance, leaning, and steering.

The Ducati Strider bike builds confidence and eliminates fear by making it easy for kids to touch the ground, the company explains, plus you can get these lightweight, all-terrain bikes with other badges to match the ride in your garage.
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The Right Torque for Fasteners is not Only for Engines

Motorcycle PartsEvery fastener on your motorcycle has a recommended torque; you'll find the values for specific ones in the service manual, but you can spitball it based on the fastener's diameter. Use too little torque and the fastener can back out; too much, and it can break off or strip the threads in the hole.

Either way, you'll have to dust off that tap-and-die set. Good torque wrenches aren't cheap, but they pay for themselves quickly.

Torque wrenches range from the inexpensive beam-type to the pricier click-type and digital models probably top the price range. Beam-style torque wrenches are wonderfully rugged but are subject to viewing errors; click-types are as easy as it gets.

Buy one calibrated in both foot-pounds and Newton-meters. Make sure the torque range fits the jobs you need to do. 10 to 85 Newton-meters ought to cover most common tasks. Beware that torque wrenches are most accurate in the middle of their range, so choose a tool accordingly.
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The PAL-V One - Ride or Fly

Motorcycle NewsPAL-V, a Dutch company, has designed a gyrocopter/motorcycle/car the Pal-V One, employing a rotor, propeller and tail boom for airborne propulsion, which can be folded away for land-based transport.

When on the ground, the three-wheeled layout allows the craft to lean into corners like a motorcycle. The PAL-V One will propel its river/pilot at speeds up to 180 km/h on land or in the air, and requires a driver’s license as well as a pilot permit here in Thailand.
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The 2015 Ducati Panigale 1299 - Accidentally Shown

Motorcycle NewsIt appears that Ducati will be producing a 2015 Ducati Panigale 1299, with logically a 1299cc engine in order to take advantage of new rules in the world superbike series.

The Ducati Panigale 1299 accidentally broke cover when a photo was posted on Facebook. The picture of the Ducati Panigale 1299 was from a recent dealer meeting, showed the new model's 1299 badge in the background.
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MotoGP - Lorenzo Reigns at Motegi

Motorcycle RacingMovistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo dominated at the Twin Ring Motegi for the second year in a row, taking a perfect victory at the Grand Prix of Japan. Teammate Valentino Rossi also shone, making it a double podium for Yamaha with a strong third place.

Lorenzo had a good start to the 24 lap race when he launched off the second row of the grid to arrive at the first corner in third place. He soon overtook Andrea Dovizioso to follow teammate Rossi, who snatched the holeshot into turn one from a second place start position on the grid. Rossi worked to build a gap of just over 0.404 seconds over the first two laps, but Lorenzo was quick to arrive at the back of the Doctor’s YZR-M1. Feeling the heat from Dovizioso and Marc Marquez behind him, Lorenzo took the lead from his teammate on the fourth lap and cleared off at the front to set a new lap record of 1’45.350 four laps later. Lorenzo was then able to create a gap of nearly 2.7 seconds to take the flag and score his second consecutive Motegi race victory.

This result means Lorenzo equals five-time 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan's record of 54 victories in his Grand Prix career, moving him up in the all-time winners list to a joint fifth place.
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Keep your Footrests in Good Condition

Motorcycle PartsWorn footrest rubbers can transmit vibrations to your feet and can allow your boots to slip off the foot peg. If you're lucky the rubbers may be screw attached but on older motorcycles they're normally an interference fit. Remove the rubber either by twisting or cutting if it's firmly attached.

Clean the metal where the rubber was attached then fit the new rubber but never use grease or soap as it'll allow the rubber to move when you need it to stay in place. Instead squirt some carburetor cleaner down the mounting hole and drive the rubber in place.
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The 2015 BMW S1000RR - Lighter and More Power

Motorcycle NewsThe BMW S1000RR gt more horsepower! It's got less weight! BMW has re-profilied the heads and the camshaft. The intake valves have been lightened, the airbox capacity modified and the intake shortened. The changes plus the modified exhaust system equate to six horsepower gain according to BMW.

Remember BMW was very modest when it came to a claimed power figure on the first generation BMW S1000RR, so when it says that the 2015 BMW S1000RR is 199 horsepower you can bet your money's worth that someone will be handed a 200 horsepower dyno chart from their stock 2015 BMW S!000RR before long.
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MotoGP - Yamaha Moves on to Motegi

Motorcycle RacingAfter a fantastic victory by Jorge Lorenzo at Aragon only a fortnight ago, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team prepares for the tripleheader overseas races, starting at the home of Yamaha with the Grand Prix of Japan.

Though Valentino Rossi suffered a bump to the head during a crash at Aragon, the nine-time World Champion escaped serious injuries and is expected to compete in the GP of Motegi without any physical problems. This weekend he has made it his mission to fight with the front-runners. Rossi has been successful at this track numerous times before. In the premier class he has been victorious at the Motegi circuit in 2001 and 2008, scored second place in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2009 and achieved third place in 2010.

After a great weekend at Aragon, teammate Lorenzo is also thrilled to return to the Japanese track. He will aim for another spectacular victory like last year’s perfect performance. Over the last six years, the Spaniard has climbed the Motegi podium four times, winning the Japanese GP in 2009 and 2013, finishing in second place in 2011 and 2012.

The Twin Ring circuit at Motegi in Japan was built by Honda in 1997 for test purposes. Two years later the 4.801m road circuit was first visited by the MotoGP circus and instantly became a major attraction for motorsports fans thanks to its rich motorsports heritage. Motegi was added to the MotoGP calendar in 2000 as the Pacific Grand Prix until it replaced the Suzuka circuit in 2004 as the host of the Japanese Grand Prix.
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The YSS G-Series Monoshock

Motorcycle PartsSome maybe ask why replace my original rear shock with a YSS G-Series replacement. The thing is, if you're loading up your motorcycle with the extra weight of all that luggage and perhaps a girlfriend as a pillion might fall outside the original intended use for your sporty motorcycle..

Most original equipment suspension comes with an adjustment range fir for what the motorcycle is aimed at, so if you're going touring, or ride lots of time two-up, the YSS G-Series Monoshock should broaded your setup spectrum to cope with the extra weight.
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