The MPW track bike was born way back in the autumn of 2017, with the intention of it being a winter project that would come to fruition in the spring of 2018, ready to be hurtled around a few tracks and to accompany us to shows and events.
The reality is that although things started well, they did not continue well. The good thing is that I am not finishing that sentence with ‘did not end well either, and the intention now is to get things going again from where we left off.
The story so far (parts 1 to 4 revisited):
The Donor Bike:
The bike is a 2006 GSX-R600 K6, a fine example of the many highly capable sports bikes coming out of Japan around that time. When new, it created 106bhp and 59Nm of torque at t
What is motorcycle coolant and why does your bike need it? We go through everything you need to know about this vital motorcycle fluid and how to choose a coolant for your ride. Air-cooled engines used to be the norm on bikes in days gone by and generally worked very well, as the engine was exposed and was, therefore, cooled as you rode. Cooling fins around the cylinder head and block helped to disperse the heat and give exposure to the air over a large surface area. But maintaining an even running temperature is ideal, and all the time we have climates, seasons and traffic congestion, along with the increased use of fairings and other bodywork, an air-cooled engine will never do that as well as a liquid-cooled one. In the strive to improve things, liquid-cooled engines have now become the norm. The coolant circulating a liquid-cooled engine is vitally important, not only for maintaining an even running temperature in a range of environments, but also for preventing the water
This week, we thought we'd go on the search for some weird and wonderful facts about motorcycles. Here's what we found... Enjoy!
1. Early Honda
Honda started up in 1946 as a manufacturer of bicycles fitted with two-stroke 50cc generator engines originally designed to be used with army field telephones. The first Honda motorcycles ran on turpentine due to petrol shortages after WWII. 15 years later they were the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles. In 1992 they came up with a 750cc engine that had oval pistons, twin connecting rods and eight valves per cylinder. Today they manufacture cars, engines, robots, aircraft, power equipment, ATV’s, mountain bikes, and of course motorcycles.
2. Rise of Kawasaki
Kawasaki started up in 1878 in the shipbuilding industry. They made
To follow up on our Beginner’s Guide to Motorcycle Track Days, and in anticipation of us getting back to working on and hopefully soon launching our own MPW Track Bike, it seems appropriate to provide some advice on what you need to wear while out on the track.
The first thing to note is that not all tracks have the same requirements, and so you must check in advance with the particular track you will be attending. If their requirements are less strict than those of another track that you might also visit, gear up according to the requirements of the strictest track. From a safety point of view, there is one simple piece of good advice that applies to all your kit – buy the best that you can afford
Serious riders will look to invest in an aftermarket motorcycle exhaust as soon as possible, rather than keep the mass-produced, factory-made one the bike comes with.
However, buying an aftermarket exhaust is not a decision to be made in a rush. Whether it’s a slip-on end can or a full system, there are a number of brands to choose from.
Below are 10 of the best aftermarket motorcycle exhaust brands available right now, and some good reasons you should choose one.
When talking about the cost of riding a motorcycle, it isn’t just the price of purchasing the machine itself that has to be thought about. You have to take into consideration the costs of getting a licence, paying for the bike, insurance, riding gear, fuel, repairs and maintenance, and the tax and MOT. So how much do motorbikes cost? Read on and we’ll break it all down for you.
First of all, you will need a provisional licence, which costs £34 (or £43 by post) as of 2020/21.
Next up is to get the compulsory basic training (CBT) certificate. The CBT can be completed in a single day and cost anywhere between £100-£150.
Also check for any additional charges such as bike hire or weekend surcharges. Note that if you passed your car driving test before 1
The first time you can get onto your bike, rev the engine and head off down the road as a fully-licensed bike rider is a memorable moment. But to do so, you must first pass the required tests to get a full licence. Below, we explain all the steps involved in getting a bike licence.
Get a provisional bike licence
A provisional licence is the first port of call before you can apply for or take any sort of test. However, if you already have a provisional licence for a car, then you won’t need to make this application as it allows for the same thing.
You may also be able to ride a 50cc moped without having to undergo any additional training. If you passed your driving test before 1st February 2001, you are not required to complete the compulsory
300cc motorcycles always offer a good entry point for riders looking for their first bike, allowing them to build up confidence as a rider before moving onto something bigger. We have looked at the current market and put together a list of the best 300cc motorbikes for 2021.
KTM 390 Duke
Lightweight (149kg) and stable, the KTM 390 Duke defies handling expectations even with its steel frame, staking its claim as one of the lightest motorbikes on the market. It comes with a single-cylinder, 4-stroke 373cc engine, and tall riders will like this bike due to the 830.5mm seat height. While
The battery is an essential part of any motorbike and you need to take care of it to get the most out of it. If you’re an experienced rider, you probably know the importance of good maintenance, but new riders may need some pointers to help them along the way.
Have a read of our earlier post on Motorcycle Batteries: The Need-to-Knows. Below, we explain how to change your battery and what methods to use to get the most life out of it.
When do you need to change the battery?
It’s often the case that a battery is only changed when there is a problem, such as it not being able to start the engine. Riders who think ahead may opt to replace a battery ever
If you’ve passed your Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) certificate and are working towards a provisional A1 bike licence, you will soon be able to hop onto a 125cc motorcycle. It’s an exciting moment in any rider’s life as it allows you to take on up to 15bhp (11KW) of power.
But as always, there are a lot of options available to choose from, and if you are relatively new to the world of biking, how do you know which is the best 125cc motorcycle for learners? To give you a better idea, we’ve picked out some of the best around.
Thanks to the inclusion of upside-down forks, DOHC, braced swingarm, radial brakes, braided hoses and a maximum speed function, Aprilia are still able to make the best two-stroke 125cc motorcycle around. T