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Avtive8 chain lube and chain cleaner

THERE are nearly 3,000 reader bike reviews on Visordown – and we’re giving away stuff for more. 

We’ve still got a few cans of Active8 chain cleaner and lube left and have also got 18 SDoc100 products to give away, including chain lube, bike cleaner and helmet cleaner.

If you want one, all you need to do is find your bike in our reviews section, add your 200-word review and email [email protected] with your member name, a link to your review, plus your real name and address.

Prizes are only available to UK residents.

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Victory Octane revealed

Victory Octane revealed

Victroy Octane
Well, it is called the ‘Octane’

Victroy Octane

Victory Octane

VICTORY has today revealed its newest model, the Octane, which is powered by a 1179.3cc liquid-cooled V-twin.

Victory is calling it ‘the modern American muscle bike’ because its basic recipe is: a big engine crammed into a lightweight chassis, with no creature comforts.

Putting out a claimed 103hp at 8,000rpm and 73lb/ft at 6,000rpm, Victory says the Octane’s engine is the company’s ‘highest-output engine ever.’

The motor is a production version of the engine used in the Project 156 Pikes Peak concept. Victory says it’s used the same 73.6mm stroke to enable higher rpm and a quick revving engine that feels more like a sportsbike’s than an American V-twin’s. It’s also got a 60mm electronic throttle body and short gearing for lively acceleration.

The engine acts as a stressed member and is connected to front and rear cast aluminium frame sections. Elsewhere chassis-wise, the front 41mm diameter non-adjustable fork provides 120mm travel while the rear twin-shocks are preload adjustable and give 76mm travel.

According to Victory, the Octane’s ‘sharp steering geometry’ comes courtesy of its 1578mm wheelbase and 32° of available lean angle.

Stopping at the front is handled by a twin-piston caliper and 298mm disc, with the same size disc at the rear, gripped by a single-piston caliper. ABS comes as standard.

You might expect the Octane to retain some of the Project 156’s muscular styling and although it’s not as extreme looking as the racer, it’s still got a brutish, tough and aggressive look about it courtesy of its angular lines and dark colours.

It weighs a claimed 243kg and although there’s no word yet on pricing or UK availability, Victory has published a starting price in Euros – €12,950 with the first hundred customers (including pre-orders) receiving a special engine cover with the Project 156 logo on it.

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Weve taken a big step forward says Marquez

Weve taken a big step forward says Marquez

REPSOL Honda’s Marc Marquez is impressed with the progress made during the Phillip Island test as he ends the final day at the top of the time-sheets. 

MotoGP’s three-day Australian pre-season test ended today at Phillip Island with Marquez finishing the final day on top of the time-sheets. A productive test for the Repsol Honda Team has seen further progress with the new Magneti Marelli software after collecting valuable information on tyres and bike settings. This data will now be sent to HRC engineers in Japan as will his team-mates Dani Pedrosa.

Marquez was quick to get the laps in after being deprived due to the poor weather conditions. Unfortunately, rain started to fall around noon and most riders waited it out until just after 3pm.

When the action resumed, Marquez took over at the top of the time-sheets with a 1:29.158 lap that remained unbeaten for the rest of the day. Marquez did, however, crash at Turn 9 without injury. 

After the test, Marquez said: ‘Overall, these three days have been very good. I’m especially happy with today, because we have taken a big step forward.

‘In the afternoon I managed to maintain a consistently fast pace, and this was the first time this preseason that I’ve started to feel good with the bike and the new tyres. It’s a pity that at the end of the session when we wanted to try something else, it was too late. I was pushing hard at the same time, I lost the front and crashed.

‘The important thing is that I was unhurt and the work we’ve done has been positive. Yesterday we focused on adjusting the electronics and finding a good base, and today I think we did a good job looking for balance in the setup of the bike.’

Marquez’s time meant he finished second on combined times just 0.027s behind Maverick Viñales on the Suzuki Ecstar.  

Difficult final day for Pedrosa

Difficult final day for Pedrosa

REPSOL Honda’s Dani Pedrosa has described the final day as difficult after struggling to match Thursday’s good set-up. 

Rain showers halted action at various points over the past three days at the Phillip Island circuit, but Pedrosa was able to complete a solid amount of work on his Repsol Honda Team machine where he spent the majority of Friday on used tyres like Jorge Lorenzo.  

Using used tyres gave the engineers and technicians a much needed insight as to how the Honda may feel towards the end of a race. This data will now be sent back to Japan where HRC will continue to work on the bike.

Pedrosa was able to make a significant step forward with the new Magneti Marelli electronics package – an area he and Honda had struggled with in Sepang.

‘Today it’s been a bit difficult,’ began Pedrosa. ‘In the morning it was hard to improve on the setup we found yesterday morning and lower our times. We rode on used tyres all day to see how the bike behaved after a lot of laps. In the afternoon, after the rain fell, we improved a bit in some places, but I think we still have some work to do.

‘The positive thing is that since the test in Malaysia we have improved with the electronics, and we hope to take an important step forward in the setup of the bike at the Qatar test, especially with the new compound for the front tyre that will be brought there for us.’

A best time 1:29.606 came for Pedrosa on the final day which placed him eighth overall and within half a second of his team-mate, Marc Marquez, who finished second.

Pedrosa will return to track on the second of March in Qatar for the final pre-season test before the 2016 MotoGP season begins. 

Lorenzo I crashed I ended the test Im going home

Lorenzo I crashed I ended the test Im going home

MOVISTAR Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo was caught out by a ‘cold track’ as he attempted to start a race simulation on the final day of testing at Phillip Island. 

Until the final day of testing in Phillip Island, the pre-season testing had been great for Lorenzo. The 2015 MotoGP World Champion dominated in Sepang and was looking strong in Australia despite front-end issues, but that all changed on the final day. 

Having spent the majority of Friday on used tyres, Lorenzo fitted a new rear slick for a flying lap which had to be aborted due to a crash from Aspar’s Eugene Laverty. The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider then went out for a race simulation, but crashed on his first lap at Turn 10 due to what he describes as a ‘cold track’. Despite being uninjured, Lorenzo decided to end the test with 145 laps completed across the three days. 

We didn‘t have a lot of time to test in the morning and I did the lap time I set this morning on a rear tyre that already had done 24 laps,’ explained Lorenzo.

‘I‘ve been riding with old tyres all day because we only had one more new tyre. When we finally got a dry track and time to try that last new rear tyre to set a decent lap time, Laverty crashed and I had to cancel that lap. I then decided to try a race simulation, but I crashed on the first lap because the track was very cold.

‘There were a lot of crashes during this time of the day. I was very dedicated and braked a little bit too hard for the grip of the front tyre and I crashed, so I ended the test and I‘m going home. Sepang, for us, has been an unbelievable test.

‘Here things changed completely because the layout of the track is the opposite. Let‘s see what happens in Qatar.’

A best time of 1:29.760 put Lorenzo ninth on Friday, but his 1:29.357 from Thursday had the triple MotoGP World Champion in fourth overall.

Young Maverick Viñales led the test overall with Lorenzo just 0.226s adrift. 

Viales fastest at Phillip Island test

Viales fastest at Phillip Island test

MAVERICK Viñales remains the focus of the Phillip Island test as he ends day three on top of the combined time-sheets. 

Three days of MotoGP testing at Phillip Island in Australia have seen Team Suzuki Ecstar rider Maverick Viñales consistently within the fastest riders where he ended in top position on the combined time-sheets due to his lap of 1:29.131 set on Thursday.

Consistent improvements throughout the week put him into second place on the first day and on the final day. The young Spaniard not only topped the the lap times, but also gathered important data for the development of his 2016 GSX-RR. 

Phillip Island was also important for the Suzuki Factory and Team Suzuki Ecstar engineers to collect crucial information from Test Team rider Takuya Tsuda. His work never focused on the timesheets but rather on the machine development. 

Speaking after day three of the test, Viñales explained: ‘First of all I must say I’m ok after the crash this morning: I went out with a new tyre but probably the temperature was still too cold and I lost the front, but I didn’t suffer any injuries.

‘Today has been another positive day, although I couldn’t improve my lap time, but we are aware of the reason why this happened. We focused on testing different configurations of the new chassis and this took us some time; maybe if I continued with the previous one I could have done a better time but it is important for us to us to work with a long term vision and exploit the tests for what they are.

‘The development of the machine for the season is still a long way off and we still have much potential that we need to investigate. For sure I’m happy in how this test went overall, we made solid progress both in the single lap performance and for the consistency, even though the variable weather didn’t allow us to really test a race simulation.’

Talking about what is next for the Suzuki Ecstar squad, the Spaniard said: ‘For Qatar it will be important to further investigate the electronics; it is still a field where we miss experience as it’s completely new, but we have already done much work for this and collected a good amount of data, which will be useful for us.

‘Of course ending a test at the top is a good feeling that makes you comfortable for the future, but we must keep our feet on the ground and stay focused on the development plan we have set.’

Tsuda’s GSX-RR was fitted with the new seamless gearbox which will now be assessed by the technicians to decide when these will be fitted to Viñales’ and Aleix Espargaro’s machines – hopefully before the season opener. 

Team Suzuki Ecstar will be back on track between March 2nd-4th as the final pre-season official test begins before the 2016 MotoGP World Championship starts. 

Crutchlow pleasantly surprised with Honda RC213V package

Crutchlow pleasantly surprised with Honda RC213V package

BRITISH MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow ended the Phillip Island test in third after being impressed with the overall package of his Honda RC213V.

The second of three pre-season MotoGP tests ended at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia today with the LCR Honda Team and Crutchlow both declaring it as a successful test.

The 30 year-old ended the session third fastest overall just almost two-tenths of a second behind the quickest lap of the week.

The final morning saw the best weather of the test as riders were able to get out on track straight away. The Isle of Man resident wasted no time to put in a few solid laps at a fast race pace. Rain showers did, however, put a stop to proceedings towards the middle of the day.

As the track dried out, Crutchlow got back out on track to put in a set of hot laps of 1:29.348 placing himself third on the combined time-sheets for the test; 0.217s behind the best lap of the test set by Maverick Viñales on Tuesday.

Today was a lot better, despite the fact that we had a small crash in turn four – as did a lot of people,’ explained Crutchlow.

‘I’ve felt really happy to be riding the LCR Honda this week, the bike was good and we were pleasantly surprised with the package together with the Michelin tyres and the new electronics.

‘We didn’t have the new engine here unfortunately but it means we have something to look forward to in Qatar.

Concluding, the 30-year-old said: ‘We definitely worked very well as a team this week, which is one of the main things when you come away for three days.

‘The important thing is that we leave here with a lot of information, both electronically and chassis-wise, so we’ll take it all to Qatar and look forward to that test.’

Crutchlow has ended the three days positively, despite a crash on the final day at Turn 4. The final pre-season test takes place in Qatar between the 2nd and 4th March.

KTM Duke 890 spied

KTM Duke 890 spied

KTM Duke 890 spy shot

HERE’S a first look at a new addition to KTM’s Duke family, filling the gap between the 690 and 1290 Super Duke R.

It’s expected to be around 800cc but will be called the Duke 890, in line with the rest of the range. Where the 1290 is a V-twin and the smaller Dukes are singles, this new one is a parallel-twin. Behind the section of exhaust pipe you can see is a second one exiting the right-hand cylinder. 

Like the other models in the range, it’s got a steel trellis frame, although it’s mostly obscured by bodywork and rider in this shot. The swing-arm is double-sided in common with the smaller Dukes, where the 1290’s is single-sided. 

Styling is closest to the 690 variant, with a similar headlight unit, which is less angular and aggressive-looking than the 1290’s. 

Expected to arrive in 2017, it will bring a fifth capacity to the current Duke range, which also includes the 125 and 390 models. 

It’s the second secret KTM to be revealed on Visordown today, along with an updated 1190 Adventure.

Both were spotted being tested in Spain. 

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