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Poking my weak spots....

Jim Duffield knows my weak spots all too well. Travellers and sidecars. He sent me a photo of a Traveller with a sidecar. "Are you grinning yet??" is all he said in his email. Grinning?! I am going weak at the knees. I had previously posted some pics of a Sport and sidecar. This same company also fits chairs to the Traveller. This is what Jim sent me....



So I followed the link and here are the rest. I want to do this to mine and I don't. I know the stress that a chair puts on a modern bike. Maybe in Europe it is different but here down under where we travel huge distances I think the Traveller is too small. But I could be wrong.






If it was fitted to a bike here this is what it would look like on the 'correct' side. ;-)


Ride impression of the Yamaha MT-03.....

Yamaha have realeased their new 660 based single. The MT-03. See I so want one....MT-03 The bike can be had in Europe but not here in Aussie land. I have asked Yamaha Australia if they will bring them in. They said "No plans at this stage to introduce the MT03 in to Australia." To rub salt into the wounds, axxess, the forum admin guy at http://forum.monoconnection.nl/ got to ride one. NOOOO!!! So unfair. He translated his ride impression into English for those of us who will not get to ride this. Thank you mate for doing this for us. So lets see what he has to say.....

Saturday 16 February I could try the Yamaha MT-03 at Gebben Motors. I could try a brand new red 2008 model. After a short instruction and a warning because of the new tires we were ready to go! The first thing I noticed was the enormous wide steer and the upright riding position It gave me a feeling of absolute control and power! The seat was quit hard but not uncomfortable at all.



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Postcards from Michael..no 9... Trip to Finland...

Some more photos from Michael's trip to Finland to the MZ Rally.





On the main road south of city of of Ikaalinen , Finland.
The sign means - Hame ; the name for the part of the country
covering South Central Finland not including Helsinki.
Kyro ; arable land .Hame is also a very old Finnish word for land.



'Tom , at one of the side attractions of the rally, not far from the rally site'.


I so want one....MT-03

Yamaha have gone and done it now. They have taken their wonderful 660 single engine, same as what powers the Skorpion, and thrown it into one mean looking package to create the MT-03. This is what MZ could have done had they kept making the Skorpion.

Yamaha have this to say about their mean steed.

MT-03 is a motorcycle for its time – born for the kind of 21st century roads where bigger high-performance bikes struggle to unleash their full potential. MT-03 has instant, pulsing low-down power from its fuel-injected 660 cc single-cylinder engine and a totally new sports chassis concept engineered for hardcore street sports riding. You get a short wheelbase, low seat height, focused centre of gravity and forward-biased riding position for hyper-manoeuvrability, superb rider feedback and excellent traction. So MT-03 is perfect for intense fun riding, it doesn’t matter whether you’re doing it on tough urban streets or mountainside hairpins. And with side-mounted rear shock, aluminium swingarm…

Nose job....

Muzzer, from Belgium, has been busy during his winter. Like all good MuZ Skorpion owners he has been fiddling with his bike again. He has added a Moto Guzzi Mk.I replica fairing to his Sport. Colour matched to the tank. This small addition really changes the way the Sport looks. I like it. Well done mate.





SaveBracksy-Petition.....

This petition has been created to give support to Mark Bracks. Dorna has sacked Mark Bracks from his position as the pit lane reporter on their MotoGP telecasts. We would like to see Mark Bracks continue as the pit lane reporter for MotoGP telecasts in 2008 , if you agree please sign this petition via the above link.

{added 14/2/2008)} This is the reply from Bracksy....

http://www.bikeme.tv/Forums/ForumsMain/tabid/163/forumid/36/postid/130457/scope/posts/Default.aspx
I'll keep this short as i don't want to dribble on too much but, first up, thanks to every one of you for the amazing show of support expressed through this website following the news of my departure from Dorna and the position I've held for the past two years. To say I'm humbled, surprised and overwhelmed is an understatement. I am also honoured, gobsmacked and stunned that so many people feel the way they do in setting up these threads, petitions and other courses of action you are all undertaking. I didn’t…

Motoman's Sport. Mean & Lean.....

Mototman from http://forum.monoconnection.nl/ forums has one mean looking MuZ Skorpion Sport. He has done some heaving modding to the running gear of this bike. Lots of SZR660 parts have replaced the standard Skorpion stuff.

Forks, wheels, clip-ons all help save weight and greatly improve how the bike sticks to the road. Brembo brakes replace the no so good OEM brakes. She would stop on 1/2 a Euro dollar coin now. The new headlamp setup gives this bike a mean lean aggressive look. The muffler allows the engine note to be heard. All singles should have loud mufflers.

Sad thing with this bike is that he has to sell it. http://forum.monoconnection.nl/viewtopic.php?t=1325&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=