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So after 4 months and 6000kms I thought it was a good time for an overview of how the Tracer has been.
I've been looking forward to getting the new Yamaha Tracer out on a trackday. From the day I collected it and realised that it's a lot sportier than it looks I wanted to see how the 3 cylinder motor was on track.
It's a sad day.....a really sad day. I'm heading to get my ankle operated on for the n-th time and I don't want the KTM sitting there teasing me while I'm on crutches.
Note - The bike is available from August 8th and no sooner (I have one last trip planned to Cork/Kerry). I will take a deposit to hold it.
I got this bike about 18 months ago. I bought it in Scotland (it was the exact spec I wanted). I brought her home....I thought for ever ....*crying*.....but now the time has come.......
A friend messaged me the other day a question that I always get:
Hey Derek, I now have the urge to get into off-road / motocross but haven't the first clue where to start!
Big enough lad as you know, so bike size to get?
What's the best option a 2 stroke or 4 stroke?
Where to go for a bike or even how to look over an MX bike?
What sort of budget needed for gear to get you going? Where to start on track?
So here goes!
So the first question that'll always come to mind is 2 or 4 stroke. First let's take a look at the pros and cons:
So we just got back from a great motorcycle road trip around Central Europe. Here's the pics and details.
PS all the pics are at the very bottom of the page.
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia and back through Germany for the final leg. It's an epic route.
If you want the Google Map to this route you'll find it here.
We did exactly 1993 kilometres (yes, we thought about driving around
I'm just finished one of the bucket lists ticks - touring a bike around America - and I'm a happy man.
Let me start this by stating a clear fact: there nothing cooler feeling that tearing out of Huntington Beach, blonde on the pillion, sea to your left and the sun to your right, on an America road trip!
I had a few days work to do in Anaheim (in another life I also wear a geeky hat in a higher education tech company).
And as soon as it was finished the missus flew in to spend a few days near Disney (yes..I went to Disney!), the road trip up along the coast and then spent 4 days in San Fran. We also went a bit north of San Fran up to Napa Valley.
I've been busy planning the summer adventures this year. I've noticed that it can be tricky to get bike trip info. Real, up-to-date info, travelling from Ireland.
I'm looking to make a new section on the website for 'Roadtrip Adventures' . Hopefully it will act as a starting point for other people to make their two wheel plans.
It should have a mix of trips I've done myself and ones that some contributors (like you) have done; both off-road and road bike.
Here's where you come in - if you're planning a trip this summer and fancy sharing the plan/costs/pics - let me know.
Whether it's tips for attending a BSB, Harley-ing the States, sports biking the Alps, IOM TT or hitting MX tracks in Belgium - keep me posted.
You don't need to be an expert writer. In fact, if you don't fancy writing it up just call or email me with the details and I'll write it up. If you want to remain ano
The owner of this CR500 clearly knows who his market offering is going to appeal to - people with a sense of humour. Anyway below is the exact ad written by the owner himself.
OK, let me start off by saying this CR500af is only available for purchase by the manliest of men (or women).
If you wear white framed sun glasses or jeans with fancy pockets. . .get lost.
If you're a spode that likes to ride down grass filled ditches in shorts and flip flops. . .don't waste my time.
If your greatest talent is doing 3-foot long pop wheelies in front of your hillbilly friends in your cousin's back yard while
This just makes me sick. If anyone is around town please keep your eyes open -hopefully this guy gets his wheels back before it's too late.
21 year old Rohan Felmingham from Brisbane in Australia rode his motorcycle 30,000 klm across Russia and Europe only to have it stolen on arrival in Dublin last week.
The bike, a Yamaha Tenere, was loaded with all of Rohan’s possessions and was stolen last Tuesday while he was sorting out his accommodation having just arrived in the capital.
This is the third such incident where long distance motorcycle tourers have had their machines stolen in Dublin. In August of last year, American Noah Horak had