Buying a track bike

Buying a track bike

Hows it going lads? When these restrictions have eased up a bit I’m considering buying a track bike. I want to start doing a few track days and dont really want to use my road bike in case I end up dropping it. Just want to get peoples opinions on what would be a decent bike to start off with – something reliable with good parts availability. I was looking at 600s but theres loads of bikes to choose from – K2 Gsxr, Cbr 600 f4, early R6 maybe an SV 650. Anybody have any opinions on those? What would be my best bet for a beginners track bike? Thanks lads

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Cookstown Road Races cancelled

Next month’s Cookstown 100 has been postponed because of an outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in the village.

The event had previously been scheduled for 24 and 25 April but new provisional dates of September 11 and 12 have been tentatively penciled in, following the taking ill of up to 4,200 residents in what authorities are describing as the ‘inadvertent spreading of a deadly virus’ by the towns infamous dancing priest who had just returned from Italy.

Fr. Liam Finnegan had posted thousands of biologically contaminated ‘message of the eucharist’ leaflets into mainly protestant areas for up to 2-weeks following his return from official duties in the Vatican State, before authorities were alerted to a sudden surge in affected cases.

While detained by Police for questioning under section 23 of the offences against the state act, Fr. Finnegan made the following statement through his solicitor ;


“On behalf of the Holy, Catholic and Apostolic church founded by Jesus Christ, and his successor to Saint Peter upon whom primacy was conferred upon me, his apostle and messenger of God by the lord Jesus Christ himself, I apologise profusely for any inconvenience caused as a result of this diocesan decision to maintain an ecumenical presence in our hostile regions and neighbourhoods in order to deliver an outreach program for disaffected youths and return them back to the ways of God, and do hope that everyone affected understands that this is the will of our creator and we offer up free scones and confessions for the next 2 weeks of congregation and mass service as repentance and ask forgiveness from he, from whom all good things come.”

“We must not lose sight of his grand plan and beg forgiveness for the wicked sins of the world and offer up ourselves through prayer and donations to the Pope Francis who is losing his shirt right now thru a series of bad investments in property deals and a run on the Holy See’s Vatican Bank that was founded by his predecessor Pope Pius XII in 1942 and recently been heavily exposed to the commodities market through Oil and Gold, We must pray for him, Did you know that if the Supreme Pontiff sneezes ; there is nobody on this planet in a high enough position of power to even bless him ? We must also prey on all gods children for it is the message of the lord”

The Vatican were unavailable for comment other than a standard default response to media queries ;


‘The killing fields of Gods love knows no boundaries and helps bring our communities closer together and afford the undead a period of sadness to reflect upon the inner joys of life and rejoice in the deeds, conveyances and legal covenants of the dearly departed ‘

Local undertaker Mark Calaway was at the scene ;


“I’ve been in business in Cookstown with that man for over 25yrs and I’ll tell you this, there’s not a mean bone in his body and he’s thrown a tonne of work my way, yes, I believe him when he says the buck stops with God for all of this and that he’s done nothing wrong here and will be acquitted of all charges in due course”


“Lissen we are, where we are and that’s it, there’s no point in casting aspersions and blaming every tom, d*** and harry! We must deal with the problem now, so moving forward the last thing we want is to have people hanging around in living rooms and sheds exasperating the situation even further, so I have taken precautionary measures and reactive solutions following meaningful dialogue and consultations with the chief constable, and with the support of local government cash for ash initiatives and UK emergency slush funding, we are providing a support network and hotline for all prospective clients in the region, in order to fast track a 15 minute one-stop-shop CoronaCrem(c) solution towards dealing with this problem head-on and in a sensitive and hygienic manner before our doctors and hospitals are overwhelmed by the sheer volume and numbers we anticipate”

“Think of it as a Norse funeral, only 5 at a time and without the boats, water and whimpering people standing around catching even more cold’s, This is a Stage III environmental disaster right now and we’re also working on a webcam solution where the family can virtually moan and watch the progress in real-time and in slow motion with instant replays, complemented by a complete selection of different soundtracks ranging from celtic tunes to an orange march, to the beating drums of the congo depending on your religious denomination, and which will be available by our tech support team to download on the app store for just £5 shortly ”

Meanwhile Michael Dunlop was said to have cleared a restaurant in Ballymoney following an overtly aggressive ‘cough’ during the week, as Derek Shiels declared ;


“If Dunlop is within an a**es roar of that Cookstown, I’ll be up there, hail, rain or snow, doesn’t matter if it’s just the two of us in a pediatrics ward like hans zimmerman in the wheelchair during Days of Thunder, Corona Virus or not – I’ll be racing Sham ”

Organisers have said the new dates will be subject to approval from the relevant authorities and updates will be issued in due course.

Cookstown spokesperson Baylon McCaughey ;

It’s important that we don’t get caught up in the hype and hysteria surrounding these doomsday scenarios, people need to remain calm and in their homes at all times and to stock up on guns and improvised weapons for any ( pardon the pun ) coldcallers, and to only trust respected media outlets to stay informed such as irish race photography and, as there are a lot fake news websites and russian bots spreading all manner of disinformation and fake news around the internet.

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Kennedy pleased with pace on return to BSB in 2020

Kennedy pleased with pace on return to BSB in 2020

Dubliner Jack Kennedy made a successful return to the Bennetts British Superbike crowd over five days of testing in Spain and is already pleased with his pace on the 2020 Yamaha R1.

Kennedy defended his Supersport crown last season, before coming back to the blue riband grid for with the Santander Salt TAG Yamaha team alongside Dan Linfoot.

The team completed two tests at Monteblanco and Jerez before heading home in preparation for the next official test at Silverstone, with less than a month to wait until the opening round of the season at Easter.


“We had really good pre-season tests in Spain at both tracks and I had a lot to learn getting back on a Superbike after my time in Supersport,” said Kennedy.

“The bike has to be ridden totally differently and so I have had to change my riding style after being in Supersport for so long, so that I can get the best out of the bike without hurting the tyre too much at the same time.

“It did take a bit of getting used to with the new team, but there is a great atmosphere in the garage and there is no pressure – only the pressure I put on myself to do well! It is nice to get on with the job and that is what we did in Spain.

I feel like we have found a good base setting with the bike. There is so much you can change on the Superbike compared to the Supersport bike and I thought we might end up chasing our tails a bit, but we didn’t and that was positive.


“We hope that the base setting will work as well back in the UK as it did in Spain for us and I am excited to see how it feels on a home track.

“The team have quite a few things to change on the bike now they are home to get me feeling a little bit more comfortable with seat position and a few bits and pieces like that, so I am looking forward to seeing what they come up with to get me even more comfortable.

“I am nearly there, maybe 95 per cent, and I think that last little bit will make it even better over race distance. In Jerez that was something we really worked on as it is no good just being there for a couple of laps and we had pretty good pace on used tyres.

“I can’t wait to get out now in the UK as that will be the real test of true pace for myself and everyone else. I feel like we are doing a good job and getting going with some good, strong finishes and being as consistent as possible.”

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Wsbk 2020

Wsbk 2020

Starts this weekend….let the Rea bashing begin..looking forward to Redding and him bashing sliders.:lbhbh:

Hope Euge has better luck this year…

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