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Prevent Your Tires Wearing Out Prematurely

Motorcycle PartsIt's interesting to know that most motorcycle tires in Thailand wear out prematurely and the main reason for this is that the tires are at the wrong pressures. So what's the best way to make sure your tires are at the correct pressure?

Tire pressures are one of the easiest things to check on a motorcycle and can make a big difference to handling and fuel consumption. To set your pressures properly you'll need a decent pump with a gauge to get them close, then an accurate pressure gauge to get them spot on. Always check tire pressures 'cold', so at least 45 minutes after the motorcycle was parked up. Road riders should make it a weekly check.

An over-inflated tire will run cooler and work the suspension hard. The contact patch will be smaller and the motorcycle will feel skittish. An under-inflated tire may not maintain its contact patch as it flexes and could overheat, which will accelerate wear.
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Casey Stoner Returns to Racing in 2015 Suzuka 8 Hours

Motorcycle RacingHonda Racing Corporation (HRC) are pleased to announce Casey Stoner’s return to competition racing. The two-time MotoGP Champion (2007 and 2011) will form part of Honda’s MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO three person team at this year’s Suzuka 8hr race, taking place on Sunday, July 26.

Casey, together with Honda’s World Superbike rider Michael van der Mark and MFJ All Japan Road Race JSB1000 Championship and HRC test rider Takumi Takahashi, will be looking to clinch Honda’s sixth consecutive win in the prestigious endurance event which runs for eight hours consecutively where entrants (composed of two or more riders) alternate during pit stops.

Having recently renewed his testing contract with HRC, Casey tested the Suzuka CBR1000RR machine during January’s Sepang test, reporting positively on the machine to Honda engineers.

Casey will have further opportunities to test the Honda machine on the 7th/8th and 14th/15th July.
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Akrapovic Slip-On Line Gives The Yamaha YZF-R1 MotoGP Feel

Motorcycle PartsAkrapovic latest Slip-On muffler line represents the first step in the exhaust system tuning process, and the all-new design for the Yamaha YZF-R1 features the new-shape muffler design. Made entirely of lightweight titanium, the Slip-On Line gives the Yamaha YZF-R1 a Grand Prix look, just like the 2014 Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP machines ridden by Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. The Akrapovic Slip-On Line totally transforms the motorcycle by adding more power and increased torque the entire rev range, giving the Yamaha YZF-R1 that unique Akrapovic sound to further enhance that Grand Prix image.

The beautifully crafted, durable titanium Akrapovic muffler is manufactured from race-proven materials and comes with a carbon fiber heat shield to boost the racing look. Lighter than stock, the Akrapovic Slip-On Line exhaust perfectly fits within the lines of the machine and gives added value to the motorcycle. With a comprehensive and easy-to-follow mounting manual included with the muffler, this plug-and-play exhaust is easy to install and needs no remapping or other parts.
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Movistar Yamaha MotoGP is Ready for 2015 Season Racing Action

Motorcycle RacingAfter more than four months since the last GP, the waiting is finally over. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP heads to Qatar to kick off the first MotoGP Grand Prix weekend of the 2015 season this weekend, held under the famous floodlights of the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar.

It was only a week ago when riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were at the Losail International Circuit to complete the final pre-season test, which was cut short due to a sudden rainstorm.

Despite this unfortunate turn of events, both riders had very positive results during the winter tests. The 2015 YZR-M1, with a new gearbox, has shown great promise in both Qatar and Sepang and the teammates find themselves in good shape for this season‘s title challenge.

Nine-time World Champion Rossi is looking forward to riding at the Losail circuit and is ready to put on a show like he did in the previous two years when he had some fantastic battles with rival Marc Marquez. This year the Doctor aims to further improve his already great record of three wins and four second places at the opening round.
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The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 100 On the Road

Motorcycle ReviewsAsk any person to describe an adventure bike and the first word they would probably use is tall. And so is the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000, a motorcycle that had my 185cm frame on the toes to get if off the main stand. But the intimidation simply disappears once you start rolling. Even at walking speeds, it feels super stable and confident to filter through traffic. Which was a good thing because I also immediately found myself in a traffic jam filled with Bangkok's notoriously annoying motorists.

The Kawasaki Versys 1000 felt completely at ease, its height giving me a great vantage point while the upright position and sensible set pegs felt completely natural. It also has the lightest clutch pull I've ever experienced on a big bike, as friendly as on a Honda CBR150R. With time to kill, I began playing with the digital display using the toggle switch on the handlebar to find that you have two power models and three-levels of traction control which can also be turned off. The dials give you all relevant information including two trips, a clock, overall and real time efficiency and a distance to empty readout. The only omission was a gear position indicator... But that will be less relevant as somebody gets more used to the motorcycle.

At first the Kawasaki Versys 1000 doesn't attract a lot of attention, probably because of the black - orange paint scheme, which by the way is only one you can have in Thailand. (Seriously not my favorite color combo.) But it does turn a lot of heads particularly because of the shock value of the design which features a Ninja face on a high set semi fairing. The rear stands out too with a wide luggage rack that's suspended high over the fat 180-section tire, It's not a pretty design but it has plenty of shock value and the motorcycle should look striking in Kawasaki green or plain black as we can see in other countries.
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Double Win For KRT In Thailand

Motorcycle RacingJonathan Rea (KRT) scored two emphatic race wins in the first ever WSBK races at the Chang International Circuit and in doing so left the new venue with a ten point championship lead. Tom Sykes (KRT) scored his first podium of the year with third place in race one and is now third in the championship rankings.

The first 20-lap race of the day belonged to Rea from green light to chequered flag, as the Superpole winner became race one winner after setting an unbeatable race pace in the 1’34s for almost the whole race duration.

Leon Haslam was second in the opener but Sykes mixed attack with defence as he chased hard to catch a slowing Haslam in the final laps, while also keeping eventual fourth placed rider Jordi Torres behind him to the end. This was Tom’s first podium of 2015, as he adapts to the new technical regulations for the 2015 WSB class.

In race two Rea repeated his perfect display from race one and in doing so scored his first double in Kawasaki colours. He also has the new lap record of 1’33.817 to his credit.
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Suzuki Set for Thai WSB

Motorcycle RacingVoltcom Crescent Suzuki is looking forward to the inaugural World Superbike race at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand this weekend as the Championship travels to its second long-haul event of the 2015 season.

After a difficult race day in Australia, Alex Lowes is energised by the new location and looking to build on the potential shown in practice at the opening round. The Buriram track’s more conventional stop-start design will see the team reverting to pre-season test settings rather than those needed for the unique and flowing nature of Phillip Island and Lowes is determined to use this knowledge to continue his challenge on the Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Rehabilitated from his testing injury Down Under, Randy de Puniet is excited by the prospect of racing his Suzuki Superbike on neutral territory. The Chang circuit’s introduction will allow the Championship rookie a clean slate against his competitors while he continues his development within the Crescent team.
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Yamaha MotoGP Begins Final Preseason Test in Qatar

Motorcycle RacingThe Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team took to the Losail International Circuit today for the final official preseason three-day test of 2015. Riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi continued to work on perfecting the set-up of their Yamaha YZR-M1s before the first race to be held at the same track in two weeks time.

The first day of testing started off slowly, with most of the teams opting to wait out the afternoon until the temperatures cooled, so conditions were closer to those of the traditional night race of Losail.

Jorge Lorenzo had a challenging start to the test, with a lack of grip on the slippery track slowing him down. Having waited until after 6pm local time before heading out, he rode a 1’57.351s lap and moved up to seventh place in the provisional session standings. He improved his times throughout the session and finished the day in sixth place on the timing sheets with a best time of 1’55.828s, +0.563s off the front.
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The Racing Season Begins with Yamaha Official YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M Test

Motorcycle RacingYamaha Motor officially kick started the 2015 road racing season this week with the first ever Official Race Teams combined test. The Alcarras circuit in sunny Spain played host to an incredible spectacle as more than 20 fully race prepared next generation YZF-R1s and YZF-R1Ms made their track debut for the first ever shakedown.

Endurance World Championship teams GMT94 Yamaha and Monster Energy Yamaha (YART) were joined by British Superbike’s Milwaukee Yamaha, IDM German Superbike Championship’s Team Yamaha MGM (Michael Galinski Motorsport) and European Superstock 1000 contenders The Morillas Racing School Team (MRS) for the two day test.

2014 Endurance World Champions David Checa, Kenny Foray and Mathieu Gines put the R1 through it’s paces whilst rubbing elbows with top level multiple class riders including Sheridan Morais, Broc Parkes, Josh Brooks, Damian Cudlin, Max Neukirchner, Ivan Silva, Kev Coghlan, Florian Marino and many more.
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2015 Triumph Introduce Two Celebratory Models

Motorcycle NewsFor 2015 Triumph will be utilizing ts Bonneville platform to commemorate a Triumph land speed racer and to celebrate the motorcycle company's largest annual gathering with the Triumph Bonneville T214 Land Speed Limited Edition and 2015 Newchurch Special Edition respectively. When it comes to the former, the 2015 Triumph Bonneville T214 Land Speed Limited Edition is a tribute to Johnny Allen, who, in 1956, set the land speed record.

The limited-edition Triumph Bonneville features a special decorative scheme that mirrors the paint on Johnny's Texas Cee-Gar by incorporating the same colors. With only 1,000 units to be made and sold worldwide (each one individually numbered), the 2015 Triumph Bonneville T214 Land Speed Limited Edition's base price is about 315,000 THB (without import duty and other additional cost).
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