Category Archives for Tyres, Bike & Misc Guides

TYRES, BIKE & MISC GUIDES

In this section you’ll find general track day advice and guides, from the different things that come from owning and maintaining a motorcycle ridden on the track, to advice on track day insurance and things like buying your first track bike. Here you’ll find a wide variety of articles and guides that cover a lot of the different areas of bike track days that that aren’t covered in the other sections.

Check out the latest articles below…

The Effects of Motorcycle Gearing Changes

A discussion on motorcycle gearing, what it means, and the end result it makes to your machine One very common modification that riders tend to make to their machines is to change the gearing. Most commonly, riders will do this in an attempt to make their bikes accelerate quicker as stock road gearing tends to […]

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Why You May Be Weaker Riding Left or Right, and How to Fix it

If you are one of those riders who feel they struggle somewhat more cornering in one direction compared to the other, you may be pleased to know that you are still perfectly normal. Well, from a riding perspective, anyway. Being stronger going in one direction compared to the other is incredibly common, and in my […]

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Teach Me Suspension (Part 6): Compression and Rebound Damping

In the last part we began the conversation on damping and what job it plays within the suspension. As a quick recap, damping is what changes (and tames) the manner in which the spring compresses and extends. In this part we are going to continue on the damping theme, but we’re going to expand a […]

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Assessing a Track and Finding the Speed

How to find the speed around a given circuit by focusing on the right areas It’s very common for riders to look in the wrong areas in their attempts to unlock speed (and time) around a given track. As I have commented on a few times before, from a riding perspective one area in particular […]

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Should You Upgrade Your Track Motorcycle in Your Search for Speed?

Take a walk down any track day paddock and you won’t be hard pressed to find a raft of well turned out bikes, dripping with the latest and greatest bolt on upgrades from the best names in the business. The ones that wouldn’t look out of place on a World Superbike grid. There’s no denying […]

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Teach Me Suspension (Part 5): Basic Suspension Damping

When having a conversation about motorcycle suspension, it is as the conversation moves to damping that the idea of suspension tuning being a dark art tends to creep in. The main reason for this is because when an adjuster is turned, little happens, and the only way to determine what has happened is to get out […]

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When Are You ‘Ready’ to Go Racing? …And Why it’s Closer Than You Think

As you get more and more experience under your belt doing track days and you find your pace coming on nicely, it isn’t uncommon to start thinking about dipping a toe into racing. I’ve spoken in the past about the apprehension that people face when considering a move up to a faster group, but I’d […]

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Teach Me Suspension (Part 4): Setting Sag

In the last part we discovered that we can use preload to change the characteristics of our suspension as well as change how much of the suspension’s range is used. The goal behind this is to ensure that we are using as much of the range as possible, but not too much so that we […]

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Should You Time Yourself on a Track Day?

A discussion on the much talked about practice of track day timing This is a topic that is well debated, sometimes heatedly, on discussion boards across the internet. It’s understandable really, it is a somewhat controversial subject because the issue of safety is often thrown into the mix, therefore it’s no surprise that the feelings are […]

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Teach Me Suspension (Part 3): Everything Preload

In this part we are specifically going to be talking about preload, what it does, and why we would adjust it. After we have covered all of that, in part 4 we will be going more into using preload to set rider sag. But first, a quick recap… A Quick Recap on Springs If you […]

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