MOTOGP RIDERS COMMENTS ON JEREZ TESTS

As much as I LOVE cycling, this is the pinnacle of two-wheeled sports…sorry my push-bike friends…
There is NOTHING like twisting a throttle, tipping into a corner and dragging a knee. Your BEST corner on your favorite descent can’t even compare, trust me. I have done both and it’s no contest! lol

“Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi focused on his bike’s set-up during the Jerez test and posted his fastest time of the whole weekend.”

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Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi focused on his bike’s set-up during the Jerez test and posted his fastest time of the whole weekend.

Rossi also made progress as he focused on improving his setting compared to yesterday. Though he was satisfied with his third place in the race, the Doctor is always looking for improvement and spent most of today‘s session testing small details of the set-up he hadn‘t been able to try during last weekend. He ended the day in second place with a fastest lap of 1‘38,550, 0,042s off his teammate‘s time.

Valentino Rossi:

“This testing day was positive. We didn‘t have many things to try, just some small detail of set up. We focused on improving the bike compared to yesterday and I am very happy because we could also improve the time we did in qualifying. I was happy with the podium in Jerez, it was a…

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2015 DUCATI MOTOGP LAUNCH

Introducing, the incredible, Italian engineered, sleek and slippery beauty…the new Ducati GP15 prototype.

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Ducati launched their 2015 Factory MOTOGP Team as well revealed their new GP15 prototype to be ridden by Italian duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone in the forthcoming 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship season on Monday, 16th February, 2015 at the Ducati Auditorium, in Borgo Panigale, Italy.

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The new bike, which will make its public on-track debut at the Sepang 2 test before the end of the month, is more compact than its predecessor the GP14.

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The most visible updates to the machine relate mainly to new aerodynamics, with details such as a new air intake and a sleeker, smaller tail fairing. Further technical upgrades, such as improvements to electronics and the new version of a ‘seamless’ gearbox were also explained at the launch by Ducati Corse General Manager, Luigi Dall’Igna.

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The GP15 will only be made available this season to Dovizioso and Iannone, so the rest of the Ducati…

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Zhongwei Carbon Fail

My HB-003 carbon handlebars have met with untimely demise…after a 17 mph tumble. Relatively straight forward spill, no drama, no injuries. But the Chinese bars did not fare well at all. I put it mostly down to a lack of QC and poor layup. Let’s hope my frame and fork are made a tad better…

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Carbon Fiberous…Breakous!

I have gone ahead and made the switch to 6061-T aluminum bars for now and the foreseeable future. Thankfully, no other damage to the bike in the fall.

It was my first crash in 11 years of ridding on the road and I suppose it had to happen eventually.  No amount of skill can cover when the luck runs out! The front tire caught a rut in the pavement and before I could clip out and try to save it, I was up and over and then on my ass.

 

Vagando…

 

The tick of cogs, passing links of chain to lower gears…amidst the sound of a spinning
hub and whirling carbon wheels

The rhythm of the road;
my flesh, all of my blood and bone…together in harmony- this mortal man and
refined machine

Atop high-tech composites, molded and shaped  into swooping, aero-lines,
I sometimes wander and too, I do often wonder. The Ride, like Life is fleeting,
always…

 

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“Country Roads explored on a Sunny Spring Day…”

 

 

 

R002 – SS | Rollout and Shakedown Run

The official rollout and shakedown run of the Black Blade R002 Supersport took place
on Wednesday, March 26th at Valley Park circuit. First ride, though short provided a
limited amount of feedback, but the 2014 machines chassis setup and geometry seem
decent enough to work with going forward. This was the first time that the bike had
turned it’s wheels in any significant way. As expected, there were the obligatory teething problems. Again, this was anticipated but that is what testing is all about.

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My saddle, brake lever/hood  settings were loosely based off of my previous bike, so
I knew that dialing these settings in would take a bit of time. First few pedal turns I could
tell that the saddle height was nearly perfect, but the fore/aft setting was a bit too close to the center of the bars. That perception was confirmed up once I measured my knee to the ball of my foot ratio with a plumb bob. So, after moving the saddle slightly rearward about 1mm from the center of the seatpost and aligning the brake hoods to my liking I put a few more miles on the bike.

The range of adjustments with the saddle fore and aft, saddle height, stem length
and rise, though limited will all play a significant part in getting the setup as close to correct as possible. While balancing  the overall ‘fit’ and ‘feel’ of the machine. Initially, the steering feels twitchy, not sharper but ‘nervous’ and certainly not as comfortable as my previous Pro-Lite Galileo, which is extremely stable on high-speed descents. It will take some time to sort out this issue and get used to the feel of the R002 – SS chassis.

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I am confident that I will be able to improve upon the inherent performance of the
R002 – SS and find a good compromise with the setup over the next few weeks.
Another longer test ride is planned for the following week.

Archetype – X | R002 – SS Build (part IV)

Well, work has finally begun on the R002 supersport build. I began by cleaning up all the
openings in the frame and taking off the rough edges on the head tube, seat tube
with some light grit sand cloth and a scotchbrite pad.

Then I made sure the bottom bracket threads did not have any aluminum shavings.
I gave it a quick cleaning with a nylon (not metal) tube brush, ensuring the FSA
MegaExo BB cartridge would thread on with no issues.

This coming week, I will install the crankset, chain, then the headset, stem and bars.
There is an issue with the seat post and the frames seat tube. For whatever reason,
there is some ‘play’ between the two. It looks like I will have to shim the seat post.

The last step will be routing the cables, putting the finishing touches on and buttoning
the bike up for the first test ride…I’m hoping that will be around the 21st or 22nd.

Ciao!

“I think it moved…”

Arrivee’ today! Oui….

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No, not THAT! Geez, the bike man, the bike.

Finally, my frame has made its way state-side! It shouldn’t be long now…
before the R-002 arrives on my door step. Stay tuned for the build…

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And in some related news, I have also signed up for the Revolutionary Ramble.
I chose the 100 mile, 6k of ascent option. I cannot wait to put the R-002 to the test
on a long ride.
Ciao!