Motegi holds Eastern promise for Fiat Yamaha Team


Continuing improvements with the Yamaha YZR-M1 machine and the enhanced performance of Michelin's latest tyres make for another promising weekend ahead as the Fiat Yamaha Team head east for the next round of the MotoGP World Championship in Japan this weekend. A frantic pack-up operation took place at the Estoril circuit on Sunday evening as the entire paddock prepared to make the gruelling 11,000 kilometre journey from the western tip of Europe to far east Asia, where Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards will do battle for Yamaha in the factory's home country.

The long trip to Motegi has at least been taken in buoyant mood thanks to Rossi's stunning fourth victory of the season in Portugal. The Italian kept his slim World Championship hopes alive with a breathtaking ride that saw him cut the gap to series leader Casey Stoner to 76 points with four rounds and a maximum haul of 100 points remaining. The race in Japan is followed by trips to Australia and Malaysia before the series returns to Europe for its traditionally grand finale at Valencia in Spain.

Designed in 1997 as a test venue, Motegi has ultra-modern facilities although the outstanding paddock is not quite matched by the intricacies and character of a somewhat geometric circuit layout.

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Suzuki Motorcycle launches 125cc -Access- scooter


Suzuki Motorcycle India today forayed into the scooter segment with the launch of a 125 cc with automatic transmission the 'Access 125' that gives a mileage of 65 km per liter under test conditions.

The scooter, available in five colors as red, blue, black, grey and silver, will hit the stores by the first week of next month. However, the company did not reveal the price.

''The changing market require more meaningful product across all categories which identifies with the need of a powerful product suitable for the new India,'' company Managing Director Satya Sheel told reporters here.

The Suzuki Access 125 is being produced from the company's Gurgaon plant and will hit the Indian stores by the first week of October. It is, at this time unknown it Suzuki is going to introduce the Suzuki Access to other Asian markets.

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Motorcycle Lubricants what to select


All Motorcycle engines require different oils a 4-stroke engine needs different oil then a two-stroke, The 2-stroke engine needs oil mixed with the petrol (gasoline) before combustion. In case of a 4-stroke engine the oil is just used to lubricate the engine. Make sure that you are using the right oil, the wrong type of oil can cause serious damage to your motorcycle engine.

Consider using non-synthetic oil for the break-in period according to the owners manual, the break-in period is the first 1000 kilometers. In normal situations there is no need to replace the factory oil. During the break-in period, riding at no more than 80% of top speed is highly recommended.

In addition to this, many mechanics suggest that during the break-in period owners should use non-synthetic oil, and then switch to synthetic after the break-in period is over.

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Victory for Guillaume and Husqvarna at WEC GP


CH Racing Husqvarna's Seb Guillaume has claimed is sixth double Enduro 3 class podium result of the '07 World Enduro Championship season, this time at the eighth and final round of this years WEC series staged in Noirtable, France.

Topping the competitive E3 class on day one to claim his first day win of the season Seb then went on to finish as runner-up to newly crowned E3 world champion Ivan Cervantes on day two to bring his '07 WEC campaign to an impressive close. A mixture of clear skies, warm temperatures, a demanding rock littered course and three challenging special tests resulted in the GP of France being one of the most physically demanding world championship races this year.

For Seb it was his best event of the championship as he finally managed to beat Spain's Ivan Cervantes and stand on top of the E3 class podium.

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Honda CBR-150 modify


One question I get often is can I get more out my Honda CBR150. First the Honda CBR-150 is a nice looking machine, with sporty road bike racing features.

It is said that Casey Stoner, Australian MotoGP rider started out on a Honda CBR150. What is the Honda CBR150 technical; the CBR150 comes with a 4 stroke, DOHC 4 Valves, water-cooled 149.4cc engine. The cylinder bore is 63.5mm and the stroke is 47.2mm (We can several other smaller cc motorcycle from Honda with the same bore), the compression ration is 11:1 and the ignition is by CDI Direct.

The standard spark plug is an NGK CR8E, but seen also CBR150's with a Denso U24ESR-N.

The transmission of Honda CBR150 comes with a 6 gear transmission, with a gear ratio from 3.038 for the first gear and a ratio of 0.923 for the last (6th) gear. Honda is using a wet, multiple disk clutch type for this motorcycle.

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Carburetor Tuning, Tuning the Main Jet Circuit


With the introduction of the new Yamaha motorcycle 2008 model line, it looks that the end of the good old carburetor is in sight. The carburetor as we know it today was invented by a Hungarian engineer back in 1892.

But enough about the sentimental part, and back to our task: tuning the main jet circuit of a regular carburetor.

Tuning or adjusting the main jet circuit is where the most confusion seems to be. The main jet really doesn't come into full play until the last quarter turn of the throttle. When the needle rises in the tube far enough that gap is equal to or greater than the size of the main jet, the main jet becomes the metering device for fuel flow.

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Yamaha X-City 125 - A modern classic


With the Yamaha X-City 125, Yamaha clearly follows the retro style for the 2008 product line, calling this model a modern classic, this new Yamaha 2008 model, which is for now is only available in Europe is a 125cc fuel-injected 4-stroke engine, and V-Belt automatic transmission system.

To Yamaha specifications the engine maximum power output is 10.76 kW @ 8,750 rpm with a torque of 11.70 Nm @ 8,750 rpm, make sure you hold tide if going for quick getaway. For comparison the Harley Davidson 2003 Fat Boy model 1450cc has a maximum power output of 46 kW, so the 125cc Yamaha is surely good on performance

The Yamaha X-City 125 has powerful hydraulic disc brakes both front and rear, and the extra cool looking 16 inch front/15 inch rear rimes/tyres for stable and smooth ride.

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That was the 7th international KTM Festival


The 7th International KTM Festival wrapped up three days intense riding fun when more than 850 riders packed up their beloved machines and broke camp to conclude the biggest and most successful Orange Family event in the company's history.

Thank you Hungary! Thank you Hungaroring! A great host country and a great cooperation with the staff of one of the world's premier international racing circuits. Around 1200 participants leave the KTM Festival, taking with them great memories of a packed program of events and three days of continual riding fun. KTM enthusiasts tested themselves on everything from the challenging curves of the Formula One circuit to the tricky Enduro track, from the challenging jumps of the Motocross course to the asphalt surfing on the Supermoto track.

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Carburetor Tuning, adjusting the idle mixture


The first step in tuning the pilot circuit is, or any, carburetor is to get the idle circuit correctly adjusted. That means adjusting the idle mixture screw for the best idle. Keihin carburetors sets the idle mixture screw during assembly and seals the screw under aluminum plug to prevent an owner from changing the setting.

If the aluminum plug is removed, which can be done by carefully drilling a small hole in the plug, threading in a small screw, and then pulling out the plug, gently turn the adjusting screw all the way in until it bottoms. Then turn it two and a half turns out from the fully closed position.

Next, start the engine and bring it up to operating temperature. With the bike in the vertical position and the idle near 1000rpm, turn the idle mixture screw in slowly until the idle either slows or becomes irregular. Now turn the screw out until the engine again slows or begins an irregular idle, counting the number of turns between the too rich and too lean positions.

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Motorcycle Loading Ramp


For things with a engine, Thailand is will known for two products around the world, the first is the amount of small motorcycles the second is the quantity of pickup trucks you see, it sometimes looks like everybody has a pickup truck.

Small engine motorcycles or scooters are great for transport in the cities, but are not that comfortable doing intercity travel.

So why not load the motorcycle in the back of the pickup truck, true but even if a small motorcycle doesn't weight as much as there big brothers, they still can be an uncomfortable load to get in the back of the pickup truck.

With two motorcycles in the back, driving upcountry on a highway, which seems endless to European standards.

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