VP Moto, FIM-legal Race Fuel Now Available

SAN ANTONIO, TX (February 19, 2013) - VP Racing Fuels has just announced the release of new VP Moto, its most powerful FIM-regulation race fuel ever.

“For years, riders around the world have relied on VP for ‘Makin’ Power’ on circuits and MX tracks,” said Jim Kelly, VP’s Regional Manager-Eastern U.S., Canada and Europe. “Multiple wins in the Isle of Mann TT and Motocross des Nations were just a few of the championships achieved with VP's powersport blends.”

Friday, 22 February 2013 12:55

Roll Rate: How quickly can you turn?

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.

Thursday, 21 February 2013 15:43

Britten Stories - Part 1

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. 

Friday, 15 February 2013 17:18

Riding smoothly to maximize Corner Speed

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.

Thursday, 07 February 2013 07:07

Riding Smoothly: Braking

In my last blog I talked about the importance of being smooth when opening the throttle on corner exits. Another aspect of riding smoothly is how you apply - and, just as importantly, release - the brakes entering the turn.

Many riders use the brakes more as a simple on/off switch rather than realizing their full potential, and miss out on some of the nuances of braking that come in handy in certain situations.

Thursday, 24 January 2013 07:15

Riding Smoothly: Throttle Control

Over the past year, many MotoGP riders and watchers have noted how smooth Jorge Lorenzo rides, and that it is one key to his success in 2012. There is no question you have to be smooth to ride a 260-horsepower MotoGP bike, but the same can be said of any motorcycle.

Thursday, 10 January 2013 07:16

Riding Style: What's right for you?

Your body position on the motorcycle plays a large part in its handling; where you have your weight in a corner, or how you shift your body in a chicane to help steer the bike, for example, can make a huge difference. But, like most aspects of riding a motorcycle, there are a multitude of "correct" riding styles and body positions that riders use to good effect.

Thursday, 27 December 2012 11:42

Marzocchi Semi-Active Suspension

At the EICMA show in Milan, Italy last month, Marzocchi introduced its semi-active suspension system. The company plans to offer the system in the near future as an OEM fitment as well as aftermarket versions of the electronic forks and shocks.

The Marzocchi semi-active suspension shares characteristics with both Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS, used on the 2013 Multistrada) and BMW's Dynamic Damping Control (DDC, offered on the 2013 HP4), and potentially offers more user-adjustability than each.

Thursday, 13 December 2012 07:15

Ducati’s Active Suspension Patent

In the current issue of the magazine, my article covers in detail the semi-active suspension systems recently introduced by Ducati and BMW, along with a brief primer on active suspension. While semi-active or adaptive systems have become more prevalent in the motorcycle industry in recent years there has been little headway on active suspension.

Thursday, 29 November 2012 16:55

Dan Kruger's 'Racing in China' Blog - CRASHING in China Part 1

Just about anyone who has thrown a leg over a race bike has most probably also experienced a crash or two.  Crashing sucks!  It is expensive, dangerous, and sometimes even embarrassing.  Nobody that I know enjoys crashing… period!

Unfortunately, crashing is a reality in Superbike racing.  It is a highly competitive sport and races are run in pretty much all weather conditions (well, not snow!). There are also mechanical failures, tire failures and sometimes, it happens in that split second when you lose your focus.  That’s all it takes to find yourself sliding down the track.

Thursday, 29 November 2012 14:10

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