Buying your first big motorcycle, 500 - 600cc
My personal advice on which bike to choose as your first big bike in the
500-600cc bracket. Models covered are Kawasaki Er5, Honda CB500, Suzuki
SV650, Honda Hornet 600, Yamaha FZS Fazer 600, Suzuki Bandit 600.
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
New bike reveal! Sounds a bit like "Empty" Doh!
Just me and my new bike, no real surprises really in choice as I'd already
reviewed it on a short test ride last year. So, talking a bit about
handling and forks etc and it ain't all bad news really. I think it handles
fine now after having ridden it for a few hours.
XJ6 Diversion F (UK) Review
My first video, in it I talk about my new motorbike, the recent 2012
Olympics and some other randomness, hope you enjoy!
2009 Yamaha XJ6 Diversion ultimate launch film!
2009 Yamaha XJ6 Diversion ultimate launch film! Onboard, wheelies,
tracking, walk around, press conference and everything you could wish for
on this new and cool naked from Yamaha. Filmed in Sydney, Australia by Tor
Sagen and Paul Barshon. Music by: Elizaveta (Ordinary Life)
www.myspace.com/breakfastwithchopin and Backstreet Girls (Hard Attack)
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