How to Countersteer a Motorcycle
Demonstrating counter-steering techniques for beginners or indeed those who
have been riding a while. I also show my failure to read the road surface
properly too which was fun and a bit scary too!
Yamaha MT-09 first ride impressions & review October 2013.
I take out a Yamaha MT-09 850cc triple out for a first ride and review. I
am pleasantly surprised at how good this bike is. Admittedly it's only my
view after about 40 minutes of riding, but if you walk away happy then it's
a good sign I reckon.
A few things I didn't mention on video is that the forks are a little soft
but still give plenty of feedback, plus the different engine modes can only
be switched when at a standstill. The brakes are good as you'd expect and
the gearbox being new is a little clunky, but that too is understandable
and would loosen up no doubt after a few 1000 miles.
Test bike supplied by lamba motorcycles of Carshalton, Surrey.
Chasing the Vanishing Point, basically how to read roads a little easier.
I give you my take on describing the Vanishing Point or Limit Point, which
could be useful for any motorcycle rider who does not currently use a point
of reference when accessing the severity of any particular corner.
I guess if you asked most riders how they know if they can make it round a
given corner safely they''d say "Through experience!" or " I just know!"
and perhaps they really do know and experience helps of course, but this
system helps take some of the risk or guesswork away. It's not mine of
course! I came across this when reading some motorcycle books years ago
just after passing my test, the book is called "Motorcycle Roadcraft" and
is available through amazon etc
I should also state for reference although I didn't really mention it in my
video, that most of my speeds were aimed at between 40mph - 60mph and were
pretty much done using a single gear with maybe the odd up or down gear
change for either entering or exiting tighter bends. I also only used my
brakes when absolutely necessary to give a smoother ride overall. There's
nothing to stop you using the brakes of course but then there's a whole new
ball-game with braking points etc, I was just doing it this way to keep it
MCN Roadtest: Yamha XJ6 Diversion
MCN has just returned from testing the new Yamaha XJ6 Diversion and naked
XJ6 in Australia.
The two new models both feature the same de-tuned inline-four engine from
the Yamaha R6.
The faired, XJ6 Diversion is smooth and easy-to-use - aimed more at
commuters and novices alike.
The naked XJ6 is a completely different animal. With the fairing removed
the XJ6 weighs 6kg less which makes it feel more manic and more agile.
To read the full test, pick up a copy of the Wednesday January 21 edition
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