Adelaide No Longer Title Sponsor for the Masters

Adelaide No Longer Title Sponsor for the Masters

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Managing Director Geddis has confirmed that Cornmarket Motorbike Insurance (formerly Adelaide Insurance) after a 14-year association has ended its role as title sponsor of the Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival and the Mondello Masters short circuit championship.


Adelaide Insurance, founded by Geddis in 1991, has been part of the Cornmarket group since 1996 and adopted the name of its parent company last year.


Geddis said: “Since the beginning we’ve always been concerned with motorcycling safety and that’s where we’ll be focusing our time and efforts.


“We’ll be able to get that road safety message across to bikers nationwide much better by using the internet, social media and the like rather than by being the main sponsor of a small number of local events.


“And it’ll be year round, as opposed to the motorcycle show, which lasts three days and the Masters Series, which lasted for half a dozen events,” he added.


“Although we’ll no longer be the main sponsor of the show, we will be involved at some level as part of our ongoing support for motorcycling in general and our 20,000 biking customers in particular.”


Just wondering what implications this will have for the championship?? It has been Ireland’s premier championship and the only one with Tv coverage hopefully it won’t be detrimental to the championship going forward


Source: Adelaide No Longer Title Sponsor for the Masters

Honda, Yamaha, BMW – and the thought police !

Honda, Yamaha, BMW – and the thought police !

Honda, Yamaha and BMW yesterday announced they’re working on technology to warn motorcyclists of hazards on the road.

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The three manufacturers are collaborating to evaluate and develop systems that will allow bikes to communicate with other vehicles so riders have advanced warning of changing road conditions, accidents, and traffic behaviour.

The technology is called Cooperative-Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) and Honda, Yamaha and BMW’s collective endeavour is taking place under the name ‘Connected Motorcycle Consortium’.

They want other manufacturers to join them in developing the technology for motorcycles.

Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems is an umbrella term for technology that allows vehicles to communicate with each other and give road users early warning of hazards or conditions. Examples include vehicle-to-vehicle warning systems that can alert drivers of an impending collision. It raises the possibility of a system for warning drivers before they pull out on a motorcyclist at a junction.

Examples of ‘Intelligent Transport Systems’ include ‘Intelligent Speed Adaptation’. ISA refers to speed limiters that use GPS technology to restrict vehicles to the prevailing limit :wassat: , including automatically slowing them down if necessary. In 2006 the Department for Transport developed an ISA-equipped Suzuki Bandit 650 but the project was shelved.

It’s not clear exactly how C-ITS will be applied to motorcycles but a press release on the joint venture said it would differ to systems in cars. It said:

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‘ITS systems designed for cars cannot simply be transferred to motorcycles. Due to the limited space available, electronic systems have to be smaller and be resilient to water, dust and vibration.


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‘Since motorcycles exhibit different driving dynamics, software development and algorithms need to consider special requirements.’


http://world.honda.com/news/2015/2151007eng.html

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Whatever about advances in traction/stability control and bosch’s new (aledgedly uncrashable) cornering ABS system for motorcycles, which all help you to go faster and stay safer when the shit hits the fan or you grab a handful of brake and panic etc., I think this GPS lark might be taking it a step too far, even for 20-50-100years time – something/one intervening in your bikes speed could become compulsory (esp. for built up areas) by an authoritarian oceania superstate by 2084 – and the only way out if is we nuke a few satellites and take out their global communications network.

Fuck google earth, sat navs, and sky tv, we got on well enough without them for thousands of years, 1 good shot at a geosynchronous satellite travelling 18,000mph could create a serious amount of shrapnel and space junk that nips this rubbish in the bud, or would they send out drones with 18,000 megapixel cameras over towns and cities then 😮

/ shit, here comes the

with me tablets..


Source: Honda, Yamaha, BMW – and the thought police !

The electric bike with a 236mile range

The electric bike with a 236mile range

Storm Pulse electric touring motorcycle

IF there’s one thing holding electric motorcycles back, it’s probably their limited range. Buy one now and you’ll be lucky to get 80 miles on a charge.

But the plug sockets just moved further apart.

Called the Storm Pulse, this ‘electric touring motorcycle’ will do a claimed 236 miles on a single charge, thanks to a 24-carridge battery pack generating up to 28.5kWh of energy

Of course that begs an obvious question. The answer is 340kg according to the makers.

But they say the weight can be reduced ‘to create a lighter bike and more sporty ride’ by removing some of the cartridges.  

It does 0-60mph in a claimed five seconds and hits a top speed of 100mph.  

The project is the work of a team of students at the Eindhoven University of Technology in Holland, who plan to ride the Storm Pulse around the world in 80 days next year.

It’s set to make its UK debut tomorrow at the Greenpower Final, an electric vehicle marathon at Rockingham Speedway in Northamptonshire.   

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For Sale : Yamaha R1 2005 5vY Model.

For Sale : Yamaha R1 2005 5vY Model.

Bike Make : Yamaha


Bike Model : R1 5vY


Year : 2005


Price : €4000


Mileage : 33747miles / 54300kilometers


Colour : Silver/Gray


Extras : Braided hoses, double bubble screen


Overall Bike Condition :Fair


Tyre/Chain/Sprocket Condition :New tyres, c&s all good.


Service History/Receipts/Recent Service work : None


Non Restricted/Shop Restricted/Factory Restricted : N/A


Bike Location : Lisnaskea, Co.Fermanagh


Irish/English Registered :Irish (ex-uk reg)


Any Other Relevant Info :


Bodywork has the odd wee mark or blemish from normal wear and tear.

General condition is truly described as fair and relevant to the mileage.


Runs and rides as it should with no fluid leaks anywhere.


I have the Irish registration certificate and the 3 keys for it.

I also have an NI mot and NOVA paperwork declaring that there is no fees or due if you wanted it back on the uk reg.


P/x welcome.


Contact details: 0044 7716 354374

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In demand Lee Johnston keeping his options open for 2016

In demand Lee Johnston keeping his options open for 2016

Lee Johnston on the East Coast Racing/Burdens BMW at the Isle of Man TT.

Fermanagh’s Lee Johnston is keeping an open mind over his plans for 2016 after a dream season at the major international road races has marked him out as one of the sport’s hottest properties.

Johnston was an ever-present on the podium at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix, regularly outperforming his rivals in the bigger factory-supported teams on his stable of East Coast Racing/Burdens-backed BMW S1000RR and Triumph 675 machinery.

The 26-year-old’s career has been on an upward trajectory in the past few seasons and Johnston has quickly soared through the ranks since he made his roads bow at the North West 200 in 2008.

His double in the Supertwins class at the ‘Triangle’ venue last year was a taste of what was to come and Johnston raised his game to a new level to win a thrilling Superstock race in May, halting Alastair Seeley’s dominance to clinch his first international big bike success to the delight of his East Coast team boss and good friend Phil Reed.

Johnston, who also finished on the rostrum in both Supersport races at the North West, produced a stunning performance weeks later at the Isle of Man TT to finish third in the Superstock race behind Ian Hutchinson and Michael Dunlop, three years on from his Mountain Course debut.

However, his best was still to come as the ‘General’ swept to a headline-grabbing treble at the Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod in August, where Johnston won both Supersport races and maintained his red-hot form on his BMW Superstock machine with another prestigious triumph at the world’s fastest road race.

It’s no wonder then, that a number of top teams have been chasing his signature for 2016 and although Johnston has stated his desire to deliver a TT victory for his East Coast Racing team before considering other options, he did not rule out the possibility of moving to pastures new next year.

“I’d like to win a TT for my boys and it annoys me because all my mechanics have won TTs with other people but I haven’t yet, so I need to try and set that right and have a good go next year,” Johnston told the News Letter.

“I don’t know what’s happening yet and nothing is finalised for next year.

“Obviously Tyco BMW would be a good team to ride for and it wouldn’t bother me being in a team alongside a big name because the pressure would be more on them and you’d just have to try and beat your team-mate, wouldn’t you?” added Johnston, whose happy-go-lucky charm has made him a popular figure with fans and his fellow racers alike.

“There’s a lot of its, buts and maybes when it comes to thinking about whether or not you’d be better off in one of these bigger teams and if I was on a Tyco bike maybe I would do nothing with it, or maybe I’d win a TT – it’s just hard to know.

“It’s not just a matter of making a decision and away you go, there is so much else that comes into it.

“Anyone watching from the outside thinks it’s just pretty much a case of a rider doing this or that and then everything is sorted, but there is more to it than that,” he said.

“For someone like me who hasn’t really made their name yet, if I went to a big team and had one bad year it’d be bad for my career and everything I did this year would be forgotten about.”

Johnston – who won the Joey Dunlop Superbike race at Frohburg

in September – is among the entries this weekend at the Stars of Darley meeting at Darley Moor in Derbyshire along with John McGuinness, Michael Rutter, Peter Hickman and Richard Cooper.

He will also make his fourth appearance at the Suncity Group 49th Macau Grand Prix in November on the ECR/Burdens BMW Superbike.

Kyle White

Source: In demand Lee Johnston keeping his options open for 2016

Adelaide Insurance ends title sponsorship of Masters Series & NI Motorcycle Festival

Adelaide Insurance ends title sponsorship of Masters Series & NI Motorcycle Festival

Billy Nutt and Sam Geddis, with Stuart Easton at the launch of the Northern Ireland Festival of Motorcycling earlier this year.

Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival organiser Billy Nutt has placed on record his thanks to Sam Geddis of Cornmarket Motorbike Insurance (formerly Adelaide Insurance) after a 14-year association.

Managing Director Geddis has confirmed that his company has ended its role as title sponsor of Nutt’s show and the Mondello Masters short circuit championship, although Cornmarket Insurance will still back the annual Irish Motorcyclist of the Year Awards at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in January, with new World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea the red-hot favourite to lift the Joey Dunlop Trophy.

Coleraine businessman and show promoter Nutt told the News Letter he was indebted to Geddis for his support over the years and revealed he is in the process of trying to obtain a new sponsor for the festival in 2016.

“Myself and Marty really appreciate the support we have received from Adelaide Insurance through Sam Geddis because without their support, the show would never have grown to what it is,” said Nutt.

“We look forward to hopefully doing business with Sam again in the future but for now we are on the lookout for a new title sponsor for the show, which will go ahead as normal next year.

“We would like to wish Sam continued success for the future.”

Adelaide Insurance, founded by Geddis in 1991, has been part of the Cornmarket group since 1996 and adopted the name of its parent company last year.

Geddis said: “Since the beginning we’ve always been concerned with motorcycling safety and that’s where we’ll be focusing our time and efforts.

“We’ll be able to get that road safety message across to bikers nationwide much better by using the internet, social media and the like rather than by being the main sponsor of a small number of local events.

“And it’ll be year round, as opposed to the motorcycle show, which lasts three days and the Masters Series, which lasted for half a dozen events,” he added.

“Although we’ll no longer be the main sponsor of the show, we will be involved at some level as part of our ongoing support for motorcycling in general and our 20,000 biking customers in particular.”

Kyle White

Source: Adelaide Insurance ends title sponsorship of Masters Series & NI Motorcycle Festival