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At the third round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship held at Atlantic Motorsport Park, I continued working with Jodi Christie and John Sharrard with data acquisition on their Accelerated Technologies Honda CBR1000RR. At the second round held at http://www.insidemotorcycles.com/component/k2/item/1299-trevitts-blog-data-from-autodrome-st-eustache.html">Autodrome St-Eustache, we started using the AiM EVO4 system and spent…

One very powerful tool for data analysis - and a very necessary tool when dealing with more experienced riders or bikes close in performance - is the rate-of-change math channel. These math channels are generated by looking at how quickly a raw data channel changes over time, and show graphically…
In my last blog, I talked about working with Jodi Christie and the Accelerated Technologies Honda team in Canadian Superbike this year. At the second round of the series last weekend at Autodrome St-Eustache in Quebec, I had my first opportunity to see some data from the http://www.aimsports.com/">AiM EVO4 data…
In Part 1 of my 'Testing at Suzuka' story, I told you about the process of getting to the world famous Japanese track and getting prepped by a top notch team to test a top notch machine. Have a quick read of Part 1 if you haven't already, and then dig…

At the opening round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike series at Shannonville earlier this month, Jodi Christie finished second in the Superbike race - just half a second behind multi-time champion Jordan Szoke.
At the recent Portimao round of the World Superbike series, the FIM, Dorna and the MSMA (manufacturers’ association) announced “a new framework for the Superbike Technical Rules” that will be applied in three stages, beginning next year.
I finally did it!  I completed a two-day test at the world famous Suzuka Circuit. This was a long time coming with tons of planning; nothing is ever spontaneous with the Japanese.  That is not a bad thing - in fact, when dealing with motorbikes and foreign countries, having a…

In the May issue of the magazine, my article focuses on traction control systems and how you can make the most of their performance. Production systems and most (read: affordable) aftermarket systems are not at the level where you can let the traction control do all the work, and you…
Although the media spotlight does not shine as blindingly on the Ducati MotoGP effort now that Valentino Rossi has left the team, development continues and the company is working hard to improve its results in the premier Grand Prix class. Part of that development involves the use of a "laboratory…
One of the perks of winning big races is that cool opportunities usually fall into your lap along the way. I was recently asked to test a Formula Renault open wheel car in China, and I gladly accepted. I have never followed car racing nor had any interest in racing…

At the recent MotoGP event in Austin, Tex., Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez became the youngest-ever rider to win a premier-class Grand Prix race, displacing Freddie Spencer from the record he had held for more than 30 years. It was the young Spaniard's second MotoGP race, and after two rounds…
Almost lost in BMW's celebration of Chaz Davies winning both World Superbike races at Motorland Aragon in Spain was Sylvain Barrier's victory aboard a BMW in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup race at the same event. Barrier's win itself was not unexpected - the Frenchman is the reigning champion in…
In the current issue of Inside Motorcycles, my article covers some of the electric racing motorcycles and how improving battery technology is leading to some very different design paths from what we consider conventional. One electric bike I find particularly interesting from a chassis design point of view is the…

If you watch MotoGP racing you have no doubt noticed almost all the riders hanging their inside legs off the footpeg and to the side of the motorcycle at the entry of many turns. It has become quite common over the last few years and has more recently spread to…
Using countersteering to turn your motorcycle is a well-understood and easily grasped technique: Turn the bars to the right, and the motorcycle will fall to the left; turn the bars to the left, and the motorcycle will fall to the right. We learn this instinctively from the first time we…
For both street and track riders, the ability to turn quickly is an important skill. On the race track, that skill will allow you to go through chicanes at a higher speed. On the street, turning quickly can mean the difference between avoiding an obstacle or not.

At the recent International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW near the Toronto airport, race announcer and columnist Frank Wood hosted his usual interview/stage production, chatting with various Canadian two-wheeled authorities, from up-and-coming youngsters to famed veterans. 
I was lucky enough to be invited to help out at an Arlen Ness dealer event a few years back in China.  Greenstar (licensee of the Arlen Ness brand for motorcycle leathers and riding gear) was one of my sponsors at the time.  I was really looking forward to the…
My last two blogs have focused on the braking and throttle control aspects of riding smoothly; this week, I will look at how the same concepts can be applied to cornering and lean angle to maximize corner speed.

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