BARKING UP THE WRONG TREESince the introduction of Bell’s open face helmet in 1954, little has changed in basic construction techniques over the past fifty years. Look inside any modern crash helmet and you’ll still find a polystyrene, energy
important issues, such as privacy and underestimating how much you liked certain things about the old site, we've made a tough transition even tougher. Many of the bugs have been resolved and this post aims to clarify changes and outstanding problems
flummoxed as you roam around the new site. These changes are designed to introduce more features and functionality to Visordown, expanding its usefulness by giving you more stuff to play with, more to get stuck into.But before I list all the sections
left hand.If you've ever driven a car, then the Sport and Drive modes will feel very familiar. The Sport mode clings onto the revs before shifting up, whereas the Drive mode changes up at the earliest opportunity, for a more refined ride.Gear changes
If you’re old enough to remember 1977 it might not seem that long ago: Elvis died, Microsoft was founded, and the Space Shuttle flew into action. But the bike world was very different. Laverda’s Jota ruled the roads, Sheene was the world’s best rider, and Suzuki and Yamaha launch...
uncertain of the original four-stroke change. This feature from 2001 sums up the intrigue, distaste and excitement before the MotoGP class was born.Why? Well the GP people have been addicts to the smell of two-stroke pre-mix and the sheer purity of an engine
Consider this a technical spot-the-difference, but with the unveiling of the latest Desmosedici it appeared that new model hadn't changed drastically from the previous GP10. Ducati engineer Filippo Preziosi detailed the changes and now seeing
The start of the 1980s saw the Japanese firms abandon the horsepower race that culminated in the Kawasaki Z1300 six. Air-cooled engines and twin shocks still dominated, and most fairings came from aftermarket firms such as Polaris and Vetter. But fourvalve heads were on their way...
1981Back in ’81 most superbikes were just as they had been for more than a decade: big, naked air-cooled fours with high bars and twin shocks. We loved them that way too, of course, despite the wobbles and the neck ache. Revolution was in the air, with fairings, liquid-cooling an...
1985We knew 1985 was going to be special because it was motorcycling’s centenary, coming 100 years after German teenager Paul Daimler made the first ever ride aboard a 264cc, wooden-framed single called Einspur (“One-track”) built by his dad, Gottlieb. What we didn’t know at the ...
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