Blogs

In previous blogs, and in the print version of the magazine, I have discussed anti-squat and how it relates to chassis setup. Anti-squat is a very important tool in making a motorcycle lap quickly at the racetrack, especially a powerful superbike, but at the same time it's one of the…

I started butchering some Sinatra the other day. If you've ever heard me sing you'll know it was a good thing I was outside in the driveway, alone. "And now, the end of winter is near, And so I face the final snow shoveling
Over the past several seasons of MotoGP, Ducati has occasionally experimented with wings on the side of the Desmosedici to influence its aerodynamic characteristics. Yamaha also used wings in the latter part of last season on the M1, and wings have sporadically appeared on other bikes in the past. Until…
The Rocky Mountain Motards are in their second season at North Star Raceway, the new kart track in Strathmore, Alberta. President Jim states that they are very excited to have Zero Motorcycles as a new sponsor. “The world’s largest seller of full-size electric motorcycles has blessed us with help to reduce our…

At the Tokyo Motor Show last year, Yamaha introduced its Motobot, a humanoid robot that rides a YZF-R1. Video was released showing the Motobot riding in an open area, mostly going in a straight line, but the intention is for Motobot to ride the bike on track sometime next year…
What’s on your bookshelf? It's cold and miserable outside. Your bike has been parked for two months already, and many more months will go by before you are riding again. How do you pass the time? Pick up a good book. Since you ride, that tells me you are a…

We know that riding smoothly is one aspect of quicker lap times at the track and being safe on the street: Gentle, precise throttle inputs, fluid body movements and steady lean angles mid-turn are just some of the characteristics of what you'd consider a smooth rider. Jorge Lorenzo is a…
Four days from now, we should know who has won the 2015 MotoGP World Championship. I say “should" since protests and ongoing legal wrangling might delay the official results. This type of behavior is rare in bike racing, more likely in automotive competition. However the days following October 25 and…

Watch any road race practice session and you will see riders trying different lines almost every lap, as they search for the quickest way around the track. By race time the experimentation is done and the top riders rarely stray more than a few inches from their chosen lines, but…

This is the time of year supermoto clubs in Canada bid farewell to 2015 and start planning for 2016. We reflect on some of the best times of the season and those standout moments. Supermoto is about the people and not just the cool bikes/quads.
With just a handful of rounds remaining in this year's MotoGP World Championship, it's almost certain that the championship will go to either Valentino Rossi or Jorge Lorenzo. The two Movistar Yamaha riders are atop the standings, both with more than a race worth of points in hand over Marc…
In a recent Touring Essentials blog we looked at some pointers for being able to enjoy riding in the rain. One point was to ensure you have a good rain suit to wear over your gear or rain liners to put on inside your gear. This isn’t always necessary.

Thanks to the popularity of NASCAR, most people are familiar with drafting and how it works. Obviously it plays a big part in stock car racing, but it's also important in motorcycle racing - especially at tracks with long, fast straights.
Competitive supermoto racing is a huge part of the reason there are so many clubs across our provinces and states, but not every rider who shows up has the desire to compete in the form of competition.

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