Andy Ibbott On Riding Hopkins’ Rizla Suzuki GSV-R

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Andy Ibbott On Riding Rizla Suzuki GSV-R

Suzuki MotoGP was joined at by Andy Ibbott. Andy is one of the respected motorcycling journalists in He has recently had published Performance Techniques, a book dedicated to the required for track riding.

He is race coach to former World Champion Thomas and an active trainer and Director of the Superbike School. Here is his on riding the Rizla Suzuki .

First of all my kind hearted to Paul Denning and the whole at Rizla Suzuki Moto GP for the to ride John Hopkins A full report will be in the edition of the Performance Riding book due early 2008.

In the I have ridden three 2-… GP bikes so when I to secure a ride on the Rizla I was surprised with the kick of that went with it. In every time I thought of the the heart beat got faster.

In the end I had to have a word with “Ibbott, it will be as wild or as your right hand it so sort yourself out!”

On the day of the test I was informed that I get five laps of Valencia, a I have not ridden on before, done plenty of scooter on it with Thomas Luthi and Cortese as a part of their for the GPs. But riding a 240bhp is another entirely different

Looking out of the pit box was a ‘Thumbs up’ from the that it was time. With ear well and truly in place it is THAT loud) the walk the back of the garage to the bike has to be one of the yet shortest in history.

My first impression of the bike was how tall the seat height not at all what I was expecting, and neither was the In spite of all that horsepower the Suzuki was (past tense as it is the of the 990cc bikes) very to ride (for my level of

Riding out of pit lane it was immediately that John Hopkins to run a hell of a lot of steering damper on the Too much, in my humble opinion, and a indication of his style of riding.

Ok, 240 horses is not exactly a small of combustion but the delivery is smooth and – thankfully! Try and get too aggressive with it and the management will overcome any or overly hopeful throttle keeping the bike on the black and out of the gravel.

Accelerating hard the corners I was determined to get the bike on the on the way out and according to the data logging I my goal several times. meant that you needed to get vision in the right place to you the space needed to be able to do Space is something these burn up in a staggeringly short of time. The straight is done in a few so getting a breather is difficult and lived.

I can only imagine what would be like on a tighter like Estoril.

Nevertheless, I did to get the bike to the throttle stop in my five laps on the way out of a corner to the data logger) and the sheer is awesome. I just managed to the front wheel along the straight finish at Valencia. the final turn it would paw the air in third, fourth, fifth and it felt like it lifted a in sixth gear, at 280KPH.


Suzuki GSV-R

Thankfully the front brakes are equally as impressive and the bike from 280 to about 120 in 300 meters for the first corner. carbon brakes have on a lot since the old 500s and were a lot progressive and did not take long to up at all. As for the rear brake, no I didn’t use it once!

Getting the into the turn was easy but again, not the quick turning I thought it would be, if anything the of the steering damper did slow it a tad and I had to use more effort on the bars I thought necessary. But again as the was set up to Hopkins’ liking, I guess he the best out of it.

And once in the turn, if you are in well and keeping a very grip on the bars, then the handles with a precise You can put the bike anywhere in the corner and it track exactly to the input you just given it on the handlebars. do it and try and muscle the bike and it will let you that it is a tool of precision needs to be treated in the same way as a will use a scalpel.

Get rough and it will bite

Again the Suzuki shows to get the best for a MotoGP bike this it is important for the rider of the to understand how little input a needs to get the best from it. the Bridgestone slicks gave feel and grip for my level of

For my first ride on a full MotoGP bike after 500 stink wheels I have to say overall, the experience was not a huge as I had imagined and my adrenaline had lead me to This needs to be quantified by the I was some 25 seconds off the slowest set at the weekend.

That said, it did give me a insight to what the riders to deal with and what is and bad technique when it comes to day job!

Now, I wonder how different the 800 would be…?


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