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In my article in the current issue of Inside Motorcycles ("Computing Speed II," April/May 2012), I briefly discuss measuring wheel speed and calculating slip as part of a data acquisition system. "Slip" is a broad-meaning term and a difficult parameter to quantify accurately, and I thought it deserved some more…

Twenty Five years ago, the newly invented Superbike World Championship opened up at Donington Park in England, with an event that few involved fully understood in terms of structure and rules, but few can argue with from a 2012 perspective.  If it’s important to start a new series off with…
One lesson I was taught when I first started racing was that you should always be either on the throttle or on the brakes, as time spent without one or the other applied is lost "coasting." By coasting, you are letting engine braking (or lack of it) control your speed,…
This picture of Casey Stoner at last year's Spanish Grand Prix at Catalunya shows the Australian using every possible centimetre of the track mid-corner. It illustrates, quite graphically, the importance of riding as closely as possible to the apex in each turn. Other pictures show Stoner even riding right over…

It’s hard to imagine now, but 25 years ago the World Superbike series staged its first ever event at Donington Park in the UK Midlands as part of a busy April long weekend of racing. The crazy busy program included Eurolantic (formerly Match Races) Challenge events at Brands Hatch, just…
In the current issue of the magazine and in my last blog, I talk about GPS-based data acquisition systems and touch on some of the GPS channels available. As a tool to improve your riding, the accurate position data and segment times available from a GPS-based system are the most…
The first ever World Championship Superbike race was much anticipated, but not well understood.  A new series has new rules, and the format for the Superbike tour was tweaked regularly in the years leading up to its debut at Donington Park in April of 1988. The series was imagined as…

In the March/April issue of Inside Motorcycles, I talk about the increasing availability of reasonably priced GPS-based data acquisition systems, and using data to improve your riding. GPS provides accurate position data, from which useful data such as segment times, ground speed, lateral acceleration, longitudinal acceleration and much more is…
It isn’t always easy to remember what you were doing twenty five years ago – it can be hard to recall details, and when you do remember (if you do) then it also reminds you of just how old you are! Twenty five years ago, a number of Canadians were…
Mainland China has quite a few race tracks, with new ones opening each year.  They are scattered throughout this huge country; one even opened up in Inner Mongolia this past year!  The most popular circuits are the Zhuhai International Circuit and the Shanghai F1 Track (former home of a Moto…

Almost all on-road motorcycles are fuel injected now, but we are still behind the automotive world when it comes to the induction side of the four-stroke engine. More and more cars are fueled by direct injection - with fuel injected right into the cylinder - while motorcycles make do with…
The 2012 International road racing circus opened at Phillip Island in south eastern Australia last weekend, and veteran front runners controlled the action.  Reigning champ Carlos Checa was leading race one on his 2011 title-winning Althea Ducati 1098R when he high sided exiting the second last turn.  This violent moment…
At the Tokyo Motor Show late last year, Bridgestone introduced a non-pneumatic, or airless, concept tire. Comprised of a strip of rubber tread bonded to a structure of thermoplastic resin spokes, the airless tire is similar in concept to the Michelin Tweel introduced several years ago. An obvious benefit of…

Following my most recent blog concerning Lang Hindle, the 1970s and the very rare Tri Mil Racing frame, a couple of readers contacted me to talk about other rare chassis.  Custom-built designs have always been the exception rather than the rule in racing, particularly in North America.  In Europe, specifically…
Even though traction control and ABS have only recently become more prevalent on sportbikes, it's been 20 years since those particular riding aids were introduced. Traction control was first used on Honda's ST1100 in the early '90s, while ABS first appeared on BMW's K100 in 1988. Much of that delay…
Last August, while sorting paper at registration prior to the Parts Canada Superbike round at Mosport International Raceway, I had a chance visit with Lang Hindle.  Best known as the founder of the Hindle Exhaust empire, building quality race components right here in Canada (actually near Mosport in Port Perry),…

26 Hours, three flight connections, four border crossings, 13-hour time change, and plenty of airplane food… this is what I have been doing just about every month for the past four years.  Since moving to Pirelli tires, you need to add carrying three fronts and six rears along with a…
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