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    by steve bailey on November 22, 2013 at 2:21 AM
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    Some lovely scenery here shot in Japan,makes me want to go ride there

  • Graeme Crosby got to ride a lap of the T...
    by steve bailey on May 10, 2013 at 4:39 AM
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    Never one to miss an opportunity Malc Wheeler tagged along when Graeme Crosby got to ride a lap of the TT Mountain Course, on his original XR69 at the Manx Grand Prix Festival. As is often the case on Mona's Isle things didn't go quite to plan. It's the first thing you forget about racing on the TT Mountain Course, sometimes it rains! Which of course is what it did the moment Kiwi ace Graeme Crosby and me were directed to the start line for our ride on the best 37.73 miles of tarmac in the world. And then it poured down. When I heard that Croz, one of the nicest guys you'll meet in our sport, was to do a parade lap of the Mountain between races at this years Manx I started to hatch a plan to tag along. Our original plan looked pretty impressive. Croz was set to ride the original Suzuki diesel from Steve Wheatman's impressive, and still growing, collection on which he won one of his TT's and I would ride shotgun on the John Sims built XR 69 replica on which Michael Dunlop won last years Classic Superbike race. That was before lady luck took a hand. Michael Dunlop's new 2011 XR69 replica was lacking a few horse power which saw him revert to the tried and tested winner from the year before. So it was back to plan B, which luckily I had hatched the weekend before. A chance meeting with Chris Barratt, who has a small but very tasty collection of racing two-strokes, resulted in him offering me a ride on his TZ750 Yamaha. Chris was on the Island for the Festival of Jurby, so travel plans were already in place. Half dozen laps at the Festival of Jurby confirmed two things for me, Chris knows how to prepare a race bike and that I love TZ750's. You can see from the short onboard clip the weather didn't play fair and the water brought the big TZ to an undignified halt when the Manx rain seeped into the electrics. It was fun while it lasted!

  • 1983 Daytona 200
    by steve bailey on May 10, 2013 at 4:14 AM
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    One of the most notable things about the 1983 Daytona 200--besides the fact that it was an exciting race--was that something that was supposed to happen, didn't. Leading up to the race, speculation was running rampant that 1983 would be Kenny Roberts' final D200. In fact, during the telecast of the race--with announcer Dave Despain and former 200 winner Dale Singleton handling color commentary--the pair made several references to Roberts' imminent retirement from the 200. Even Roberts himself, interviewed on camera and shown in a pre-recorded clip during the race, intimated that 1983 would be his last race around the High Banks. The 1983 Daytona 200 grid was filled with some of the biggest names in racing--from Roberts, to teammate Eddie Lawson, to Honda riders Freddie Spencer and Ron Haslam, to Fred Merkel and Wes Cooley. Yamaha had pulled out all the stops for the race. They were on a Daytona 200 winning streak, and they weren't about to let that streak end. Both Roberts and Lawson rode what appeared to be 1983 YZR500 OW70 Grand Prix bikes painted in the bumblebee livery that was de rigeur for Yamaha during that era. But, concealed beneath the fairings of both bikes was not the 500cc 2-stroke V-4 that Yamaha had debuted in GP racing the year before. Instead, Yamaha U.S. had opted for special Daytona-only 640cc 2-stroke square-4 engines. The engines started out as 500cc powerplants, but they were bored out to the max, a move that you'd think would affect engine durability. But it didn't. Both Yamahas ran the full 200-mile distance, while Spencer's and Haslam's Hondas DNF with engine troubles. It's interesting to hear today's riders complain about the preponderance of backmarkers who get in their way and affect their lap times and race outcomes. Pay attention to the backmarkers that Roberts and Lawson had to deal with in 1983. The speed differential between their Yamahas and the calamitous collection of four-stroke UJM streetbikes also on track is difficult to fathom. No blue flags in those days, just Roberts' and Lawson's screaming yellow zonkers weaving their way through the pack. Kenny Roberts won the 1983 Daytona 200. That, he did. But, it wasn't his last race at the World Center of Speed, despite what everyone predicted. That, it wasn't. In fact, Kenny returned for the 1984 Daytona 200. And he won that race, too.

  • Kenny Roberts VS Randy Mamola Battle Hea...
    by steve bailey on April 19, 2013 at 3:49 AM
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    champion spark plug 200 at Laguna Seca

  • transforming norton
    by steve bailey on March 28, 2013 at 1:26 AM
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  • sbk manfeild 1992 leg1
    by steve bailey on August 6, 2011 at 12:43 AM
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    The first leg of the last round of the 1992 world superbike championships at Manfeild Raceway. This was the last time world superbikes were in New Zealand.

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    by steve bailey on August 6, 2011 at 12:29 AM
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    valentino Rossi Japan GP 125cc

  • 1997年WSB SUGO
    by steve bailey on August 6, 2011 at 12:24 AM
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  • 1989年WSB SUGO
    by steve bailey on August 6, 2011 at 12:16 AM
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    great video ,this is 1988 WSB .doohan dowson,tardozzi.

  • RG500 GAMMA - 112908 - Run thru gears
    by steve bailey on July 19, 2011 at 1:17 AM
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    Quick run thru the gears...

  • Joey Dunlop rides the Britten motorcycle...
    by steve bailey on July 8, 2011 at 12:16 PM
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    Some parade laps at the New Brighton street races in New Zealand during summer of '94.

  • Barry Sheene Legacy trailer
    by steve bailey on July 8, 2011 at 12:11 PM
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    A hero and inspiration to millions, Barry Sheene has a particularly unique place in the hearts of bike and sports fans the world over. LEGACY - A PERSONAL HISTORY OF BARRY SHEENE is a special two-disc DVD release that offers an intimate and frank look at the life of Sheene as a sportstman as well as the individual, putting together never before seen archive and home movie footage along with in-depth interviews with those who have loved, admired and were inspired by Sheene. Narrated by actor and bike fan Ewan McGregor and made with the full cooperation of Barry's widow Stephanie Sheene, LEGACY - A PERSONAL HISTORY OF BARRY SHEENE is made by Double Jab Productions for EMI DVD. It is produced & directed by Mark Tinkler. Executive Producer Stuart Watts. Trailer by Lyle Goodale.

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