What constitutes a light bike?

What constitutes a light bike?

I’ve an XJR1300 at the moment and the main, if not only, reason I want to change is the weight. It just doesn’t suit me. It’s grand on wide open roads but I find it getting the better of me on twisty country roads. The texts say it’s about 250kg wet. My last bike was a supermoto that weighed about 170 wet. And I loved it. Practicality was the reason that had to go.

So if I look at practical bikes in or around 170kg, in my price range of as close to 2K as possible, all there is that interests me is the SV650. Nice bikes but I’d rather have more choices. So at what point does a bike become lardy? Does a ~200kg Z750 feel light? Is anything over 180kg heavy? Obviously I’m talking about handling and the feeling under you as opposed to picking a bike up.

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Mce insurance

Mce insurance

Switched to mce insurance
Fazer 1999 600
7 years no claims, full licence 5 years.
3 Rd party fire and theft
The important part, business class as I need it for work.
279 I got it for, adelaide Wanted 379.
I have multi-bike policy, insured in Europe for 100 days etc. I don’t know if that includes break down cover. Don’t need, it’s a fazer 😂 .
Yeah so fierce competition out there. Bout time.
Rang carol Nash and gave up after being on the phone for ages.
Principal were 307 which is good also.
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IOM TT – MCN's Chad to ride Lightweight TT Norton

IOM TT – MCN's Chad to ride Lightweight TT Norton

Not only will Norton compete in the RST Superbike and PokerStars Senior TT Races at the 2015 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy, but they will also be taking on the competitive Bennetts Lightweight class in partnership with The British Motorcycle Manufacturing Academy. MCN’s Senior Road Tester and TT racer Adam ‘Chad’ Child will be at the helm.

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Students on the BMMA’s apprenticeship programme at Norton HQ at Donington Park will primarily run the project. It is a unique opportunity for the students who will not only build the exciting new bike, but a lucky select few will travel with the Norton team to the TT to work on the lightweight bike alongside the factory team.

The project will use a proven Kawasaki ER-6 motor, in line with the majority of the field. Ohlins have already produced some bespoke suspension for the project; the BMMA race team are expected to start testing in the next few weeks.

Stuart Garner commented:

“It’s a great opportunity for the students who will work alongside the Norton race team. Chad will be on hand giving feedback developing the bike and the team, he’s obviously got extensive bike testing experience and knowledge of Lightweight class.”

Chad, who will be competing in his fourth TT, and has competed in every Lightweight race at the TT since the new class was introduced in 2012, is looking forward to the new project.

“It’s going to be really interesting to work with the students, together we have steep learning curve; the TT is the ultimate test. They have bags of enthusiasm and it’s going to an exciting few weeks; it will be great to see young faces in the paddock actually working on the race bike.”

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Want paint on your motorcycle Thatll be another 85

Want paint on your motorcycle Thatll be another 85

The new R1200RS comes in metallic blue and light grey for an extra £85…

Or metallic grey and black for an extra £320. It’s not clear what you get for the base price.

WE’RE used to paying extra for fancy electronics but this is the first time we’ve heard of a motorcycle price that doesn’t include paint.

BMW’s newly launched R1200RS comes in two colour options and both cost extra on top of the ‘base’ price of £10,835.

You can have metallic blue and light grey for an extra £85 or metallic grey and black for an extra £320. No other colours are listed either on BMW’s website or in the price announcement.  

It’s not clear what you get for the supposedly on-the-road base price. We’ve asked BMW for clarification.

According to a BMW dealer we contacted, the firm typically charges extra for metallic paint. The pricing announcement said the two metallic options were all that’s available ‘initially’ so it’s possible a non-metallic scheme will come later – although the dealer thought it unlikely.

In the meantime, it looks like paint on the sports tourer costs extra.

The price announcement said: ‘The base model R 1200 RS will be available from £10,835 OTR… The R 1200 RS will initially be available in two metallic colour schemes: Lupin blue metallic / light grey metallic (£85) paint finish or Granite grey metallic / Blackstorm metallic (£320) finish.’

Read our review of the new R1200RS, in which we list the base price as £10,920, since we expect you’ll be wanting some paint on there.

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Clutch Slipping??

Clutch Slipping??

Hi All,

Riding the bike into work today and the clutch felt like it was slipping on hard acceleration. The bike is fine on low acceleration but once you accelerate to about 6000 rpm it starts to slip.
Bike had a full service only a month ago and I’m thinking it could be the type of oil used that’s causing it.
The bike only has 15000 miles on the clock and had no issues before the service.
Any thoughts on this or do you think new clutch plates are required?

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Marzocchi reported to be on the verge of closure

Marzocchi reported to be on the verge of closure

MARZOCCHI is one of those names in suspension that has a certain mystique having long been one of the favoured choices of top-end brands like MV Agusta, Ducati and Bimota, but Italian reports now say that the firm is being closed down and those companies will have to look elsewhere for a supply of forks.

Owned since 2008 by American parent firm Tenneco, the suspension firm has been under threat since 2011 when intentions to close its Bologna factory were first mooted. That threat was postponed, but Italian reports now say that that the axe is set to fall in September, putting 120 employees out of work and ending supplies of Marzocchi suspension. The decision was apparently confirmed after a meeting between Tenneco and the workers’ unions on April 14.

Tenneco’s lease on the Bologna factory has not been renewed and manufacturers currently using Marzocchi parts are understood to have been informed that they will need to look elsewhere for their 2016 models.

While there must still be a chance that a saviour will scoop up Marzocchi between now and September, hopes don’t appear to be high.

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