Crafar's new book, out now
A highlight of Motorcyclelive this year was catching up with old buddy Simon Crafar. Two years ago he launched his excellent DVD and book ‘Motovudu: The Dark Art of Performance’, which I thought was a must have for any track day rider keen to improve their skills.
The book was full of ... Continue reading
Is Marquez better than Spencer? Mackenzie looks at the numbers.
Winter may be here but I seem to be as busier than ever, maybe the economy is finally turning around.
At my last UK track day of the year I had some fun testing this little beauty. It’s a late eighties NS400 triple bored out to 475cc and it felt sweet as I ... Continue reading
Niall Mac on the controversial season-ender
It has lovers, haters and even many that still don't understand it but everyone in British bike racing is currently talking about the BSB Showdown. With my rider's or team manager's hat on, I wasn't convinced when it was first announced in 2010 but I'm now totally converted and enjoy every part of the ... Continue reading
Mackenzie meets ones of his childhood idols
As an eighteen year old Kenny Roberts was my bike racing God. I loved Barry Sheene but as a Yamaha FS1E rider I always wanted the little American to win simply because his bike resembled mine. The coverage of Grand Prix in the late seventies was sketchy but I clearly remember ... Continue reading
If you came across a group of rather fast bikers on Skye, well now you know who they were...
With the Gaelic for ‘old man’ being Bodach it was only right we call our annual has been Scottish Racers run out 'Bodachs on Bikes'. The gang now includes names from the past like Morrison, MacPherson, Simpson and Duffus with a Robert Burns and Big Gordo thrown in for good measure.
Island ... Continue reading
Niall Mackenzie takes an RD350LC to pieces. Then puts the kettle on.
Last winter I managed to fill a void in my life when I stumbled on a very reasonably priced Yamaha RD350LC. It was a tad scruffy, had the wrong exhausts but most importantly it was blue and white with all numbers matching. I had the usual euphoria when the deal was ... Continue reading
Mackenzie on Rossi's Assen win and cash for crash lids
Based on being a fan since his GP career kicked off in 1996, myself and a few close friends have always refused to believe that Valentino Rossi wouldn’t win another race.
Disappointingly, many people who I used to consider quite knowledgeable chose to write the great man off. My faith (or sad ... Continue reading
Mackenzie's got a terrible disease
A South African friend of mine called Trevor Binder told me last weekend I’m quite obviously in the advanced stages of a terrible disease.
He recognises the affliction because he admits to suffering from the same condition for many years and so far hasn’t found a cure. He says he can’t stop ... Continue reading
This year's pre season washout will just generate more excitement for the fans come April
THE combination of bad weather in the UK and a European testing ban means that most BSB teams will now start the season with very little track time. This sounds like a disaster for the top teams but history has proved this isn’t necessarily true and it sometimes doesn’t matter how much ... Continue reading
...and a sad loss for Yamaha
I reckon the only thing to do when the snow comes is to get on a bike and my weapon of choice is usually a Yamaha TTR 125. I’ve had TTRs in the garage now for around eight years after Raceways Yamaha in Fleetwood put some on offer for just £900 ... Continue reading
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