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Honda Goldwing prototype M1

MotoGP heaven: Riding the racers from Kawasaki, Yamaha and Honda. By Alan

In a dramatic turnaround, Grand racing has transformed itself in the two years — and the powersliding, exhaust-howling racing that’s has been a damn good too. The invention of the four-… class as a response to the increasing allure of streetbike-based World has proved to be a master … even if, as in the old 500cc two-… Honda has dominated, with 29 in 32 GP events run under the new MotoGP

Even in the early days of anything-goes category — strokes up to 990cc, with a weight rule for triples kg), fours and fives kg), and six cylinders or more kg) — the formula has inspired a range of technical approaches to the checkered flag first. all the bikes are fuel injected, their twin overhead with gears, and all except the Yamaha M1 have four per cylinder.

But otherwise, the Universal Technology syndrome of the old V-four — or the current V-10 1 circus — hasn’t yet itself. We’ve got everything a pneumatic-valve triple (Aprilia), a spring-valved V-four (Suzuki), a V-four desmo (Ducati), one with rearward-rotating crankshaft another with a forward-rotating (Kawasaki) and that other Kenny Roberts’s new Proton this time with a cylinder angle and two cylinders at the three at the rear — the of Honda’s 75.5-degree V-five.

Technical differences are emphasized by bike’s distinctive and extremely exhaust signature. With limits having been to 130 db — as in open megaphones, like the Manx Norton and six-cylinder Honda 250 of days by — the sound of mechanical has at long last returned to GP

I’d ridden two MotoGP in 2002: Valentino Rossi’s Honda RC211V V-five and GSV-R V-four. The Honda was the best racing motorcycle ever ridden. The Suzuki was a bit of a offering slow, heavy and only a touch more than Suzuki’s own GSX-R750

Honda Goldwing prototype M1

So the chance to compare and contrast of the ’03 MotoGP bikes on the day after the season-ending Valencia GP, two days later by getting with Rossi’s Honda on the Catalunya GP circuit in Barcelona ironically, Honda had suffered its defeat of the ’03 season at the of Ducati’s Loris Capirossi), was a assignment — even if started badly when I the Kawasaki!


The Green Machine was the last of the manufacturers to show up on the MotoGP first with an ultra-Superbike, a second-generation bike seemingly halfway between a Superbike and a MotoGP machine. The bike to score points in 2003, riders Garry McCoy, Pitt and occasional wild-card Alex Hoffmann totaling 23 between them all season. the bike on a tight, twisty such as Valencia underscored why was so, and hinted at some hope for the

Kawasaki has begun track-testing a lighter GP machine, and the results encouraging, with Andrew lapping two seconds faster he had this 2003 bike at the track.

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