VStrom 1000 longtermer goes back to Suzuki

VStrom 1000 longtermer goes back to Suzuki

I RETURNED my trusty Suzuki V-Strom 1000 long-termer last Friday. 

Calling it a long-termer is perhaps pushing it slightly, I only had it for four months but did all the usual bits and bobs with it, from commuting, to long schleps up the motorway, to spirited rides. I even popped a few crap wheelies on it too.

Us bike journalists are spoilt rotten – we ride all the latest bikes abroad and get fancy new gear to wear too, but the prospect of getting a bike to ride around on for the year always remains exciting. So with the arrival of several new superbikes for 2015 and a handful of other hooligan machines I was slightly disappointed when I found out my bike for the year would be the Suzuki. I did say we were spoilt, didn’t I?

When I collected it I’d just ridden the new KTM Adventure 1050, heard other journos rave about the new Tiger 800 and had spent enough miles on BMW’s F800 GS to know what the competition was all about. In comparison, the Suzuki felt a generation behind. Heavier and lazy with a dated electronics package. But the more I rode the DL1000 and stopped comparing it to other machines, the more I started to enjoy it.

It has loads to offer for the money, which is £8,999, or £9,999 with panniers, engine crash bars, and a few other niceties. Not bad for a full-sized adventure-styled bike.

The engine is definitely more functional than exciting, with bags of torque and a decent midrange. The breathless top-end and long gearing make the V-Strom feel much slower than it really is. With 100hp and over 1,000 cubes beneath you, the Suzuki really doesn’t hang about in a straight line.

It’s got fully-adjustable suspension with good stock damping, although in reality that 19-inch front wheel holds it back from being truly handy in the corners, as does the top-heavy weight.

The comfortable seat and riding position is where the Suzuki really excels. I’ve ridden through a full tank of fuel, roughly 250 miles from the 20-litre capacity, without needing to stop and stretch my legs. 

There’s handy stuff like a 12V power socket beneath the clocks, a VERY easy-to-use traction control system, and an adjustable screen that can be tweaked with one hand on the go. It also has ABS.

It’s a bike that’s difficult to dislike because it doesn’t do anything wrong, yet I’d still like it to be cheaper. If the traction control and ABS were sophisticated I’d think £8,999 was a steal, but they’re not. Both systems occasionally cut in when they shouldn’t meaning you’re likely to end up turning them off anyway. I almost went into the back of a car last week when the ABS system got confused over some cut up tarmac.

If the Suzuki were £7,500 I’d think ‘that’s a lot of bike for the money’ and it would be cheap enough to tempt me out of newer offerings. As it is, I’d find it extremely difficult to walk away from the £8,149 MT-09 Tracer.

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Source: VStrom 1000 longtermer goes back to Suzuki

Accomodation in Lucan Spa hotel tomorrow night Re. Aidans removal & funeral

Accomodation in Lucan Spa hotel tomorrow night Re. Aidans removal & funeral

Lucan Spa hotel will do a very good deal tomorrow night for those traveling overnight to Aidan’s removal and funeral, €69 for a twin room with breakfast, stayed up there Friday night, just gave them a call and they said they would look after people, look for Mary and mention DSI
Source: Accomodation in Lucan Spa hotel tomorrow night Re. Aidans removal & funeral

Brookes and Milwaukee Yamaha claim double podium finish at Oulton Park

Brookes and Milwaukee Yamaha claim double podium finish at Oulton Park

Josh Brookes claimed a double podium finish for the Milwaukee Yamaha team at the third round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, moving to within 15 points of the standings lead.

In the opening race Brookes was fighting for the win but had to settle for second place, just 0.160s adrift at the finish line. It was a disappointing opening race for Broc Parkes who was collected by another rider at the Hizzys Chicane, leaving him crashing out of contention.

In race two Brookes was again challenging in the leading pack for the podium finish with the podium line-up going down to the wire. Brookes was pushing the pair ahead of him and claimed his fifth top three finish from six races in third place. Parkes meanwhile had to try and battle through the order, feeling sore after his race one crash, to end in 22nd place.
 
Josh Brookes – R1: 2nd, R2: 3rd

“In the first race I bodged up the lights a bit at the start of the race. I don’t know why, but everything seemed to go into slow motion. I saw them go out, but I just didn’t go, it just didn’t happen and I had three riders around me. I just floated into the first corner and took an ideal line and it gave me the lead which was really lucky. I got away with it I guess!

“I was trying to force Tommy [Bridewell] to make a mistake but then I started to lose a bit of grip so I had to change my plan. I was trying to maintain the lap time and there wasn’t an opportunity to take an advantage.

“I was pleased to get third in race two; in general I made a few mistakes at the start and I thought I was going good but everyone was riding so well. Everyone at the front doesn’t normally make mistakes and if we do it is a crash, so I sat there at the back waiting to make a mistake or force a pass but it never showed. With Kiyo and Shakey going down it gifted me the third position and I will take it, it is too hard to get results in this championship so I am pleased with third.”  

Broc Parkes – R1: Crash, R2: 22nd

“It’s not been a great day for me today. I got a good start to the first race but then got t-boned by another rider into Hizzys. He just hit me and then the bike was badly damaged which meant the boys had to fix it all up but then we had a few problems in the second race, but we need to check the data.  As for me, my body has taken two beatings this weekend and both times I have been up in the air and landing on my shoulder and back. I felt sore in race two but I did my best – it has just been a disaster of a weekend. I want to look forward now to the test at Snetterton.”
 
Team manager Mick Shanley 

“It’s been quite a positive weekend for Josh and for the project as a whole. We are happy with the way things have gone over the first three rounds. We now have five weeks before the next round to understand where we are and where we want to be and there will be a lot of work done before the Snetterton test and the races at Snetterton.

“Broc had various issues and it was a tough weekend for him. He was taken out in the first race and that caused issues for the second race. We need to go back to basics and find out how we can help him.”  

Source: Brookes and Milwaukee Yamaha claim double podium finish at Oulton Park

Easton Takes Victory, Byrne On Podium At Oulton Park

Easton Takes Victory, Byrne On Podium At Oulton Park

The Penrith-based PBM Racing Team endured varying fortunes at round three of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship held at Oulton Park in Cheshire this May bank holiday weekend but still came away with a win and a podium.

Leading the way with a fantastic victory was Scotsman Stuart Easton who took a dramatic win in today’s second 18 lap race following on his fourth place finish in the opening encounter but for team-mate Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne, his podium in race one was followed by being taken out by a crashing Ryuichi Kiyonari in the latter stages of race two when challenging for the win.

It was Easton who had the better start position for today’s opening race in third place on the grid with reigning champion Byrne two places further back. At the end of the first lap, it was Sittingbourne rider Byrne who had moved up to third with Easton, from Hawick, in fourth. As the race progressed, eventually it was four-times champion Shakey who grabbed the final rostrum position with Easton right in his wheel tracks in fourth.

Easton was again in third placed on the grid for the second race with Byrne in fourth and both were part of a terrific five-rider battle for the lead for the majority of the 18 laps. Byrne overcame a relatively poor start, which saw him back in fifth at the end of the first lap, to move into second on lap four and although he briefly hit the front at half race distance, it was regular sparring partner Ryuichi Kiyonari who led for much of the race. However, in the closing stages it looked as if Byrne was going to turn the tables but it all went wrong on lap 16 when Kiyonari overcooked it on the brakes going into Hizzy’s and crashed out, taking Shakey with him.

Easton, who had sat in third place for much of the race, duly took over in the lead and despite coming under intense pressure from James Ellison and Josh Brookes on the final lap, he held on for his first Superbike win in five years. The results from the two races mean that Ellison now leads the championship with Byrne eight points adrift in second and Easton holding on to a strong fourth.

The third PBM team member, Ian Hutchinson, was having his final outing prior to the International road racing season which gets underway next week with the North West 200, and had another profitable weekend taking 23rd and 24th places from the two races.

Shane Byrne:

“The temperature on race day threw a bit of a spanner in the works as the harder tyre works better in cooler conditions and with the track temperature going up considerably today it made for an interesting first race. It was a difficult race but I managed to take third and the team did a mega job so we were able to look at the data and make a few changes for race two. I felt a lot stronger and even though there was nothing between the five of us, I felt good going into the last few laps. Kiyo made a small mistake which resulted in both of us crashing but these things happen in racing and no one will be more disappointed than Kiyo so it’s onwards and upwards to the next round.”

Stuart Easton:

“With a fourth and first from the two races, it’s been a good weekend all round and whilst I was a little bit fortunate to take the win after Shakey and Kiyo went down, we were all evenly matched and we were all looking to put moves on each other. I’d got by Shakey in the race already and although Kiyo was quick out of the corners he was also holding us up in some areas. I feel like I’m riding well and my side of the garage is working well but there’s still room for improvement. I’ve picked up some podium credits this weekend as well so I’ll keep taking my chances when they come and look to maintain my consistency.”

Ian Hutchinson:

“It’s been another good weekend for me and it’s been the perfect preparation for the road racing season. I’ve done more competitive riding than any other season, putting in more laps than ever before at all of the circuits and setting personal best laps everywhere too so I can’t have asked for any more. It’s quite a fine line riding fast but staying out of trouble as well but I’ve achieved everything I wanted and can’t wait for the North West 200 and TT.”

Paul Bird, Team Owner:

“Oulton isn’t always the best circuit for the Kawasaki but we’ve been strong all weekend and are looking strong from a championship perspective too. We’ve got both riders running at the front and are the only team to have two riders in the top six at present so I’m feeling pretty happy. There was a possibility of a 1-2 in the second race so Shakey’s crash was unfortunate and Kiyo will be as disappointed as anyone. We’d set Stuart the target of race wins this season so to achieve that at round three is brilliant. We’ve also given Hutchy the perfect foundation for the roads and he’s in the perfect frame of mind so we’re all looking forward to that part of our season now.”

MCE British Superbike Championship – Race One (18 laps)

1 Tommy Bridewell (BMW)
2 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
3 Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki)
4 Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki)
5 Ryuichi Kiyonari (BMW)
6 James Ellison (Kawasaki)
23 Ian Hutchinson (PBM Kawasaki)

MCE British Superbike Championship – Race Two (18 laps)

1 Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki)
2 James Ellison (Kawasaki)
3 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
4 Michael Laverty (BMW)
5 Jason O’Halloran (Honda)
6 Howie Mainwaring-Smart (Kawasaki)
24 Ian Hutchinson (PBM Kawasaki)
DNF Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki)

Championship standings (after three rounds)

1 Ellison 109pts
2 Byrne 101
3 Brookes 94
4 Easton 80
5 Bridewell 53
6 O’Halloran 42

The fourth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place at Snetterton over the weekend of 19/21 June.

Source: Easton Takes Victory, Byrne On Podium At Oulton Park

For Sale : Steel Workbench

For Sale : Steel Workbench

Moving house soon and the new place is tiny so this bench has to go. Built it myself about 2 years ago. Proper job, 40mm box steel. Painted and everything. 4 adjustable legs. Really strong bench. Has holes drilled for a No.4 vice (not included).

Dimensions:

2400mm long (actual steel is 2000mm long, wasn’t a***d cutting the countertop)
860mm wide
1000mm high

Collection in North Dublin.

Price: €120

Contact me on this or 0871270483

Matt

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Tyres

Tyres

need to get new tyres ,was thinking of getting a set of Mexxis diamond.
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