Road courtesy

Road courtesy

Is it just me? can I sound you on this one. Came back from a long drive but got stuck in below speed limit traffic on N4. It was busy both ways.
Now in fairness most cagers tend to move in a bit too let me through. Great. But there are some that don’t.

I took note of the non-moving drivers’ gender. Guess what, the overwhelming majority was women.
What do you think?

What other drivers tend to hug the road?

How do you handle this. Wait. Take risk. Flash them!

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Buchan Bishopscourt Superbike win

Buchan Bishopscourt Superbike win

Recently crowned British Superstock 1000cc champion Danny Buchan won the feature Sunflower Trophy race at Bishopscourt on his Tsingtao Kawasaki.

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Buchan won from Gearlink Kawasaki rider Ben Wilson, with Andy Reid from Jordanstown third on his first Superbike ride on the Milwaukee Yamaha.

James Egan, Alastair Seeley and Jamie Hamilton made up the top six.

Glenn Irwin, who set a new lap record in winning the Supersport race, crashed unhurt while leading the Sunflower.

The Carrickfergus rider came off on the opening circuit of the 12-lap race.

Buchan won the first Superbike outing of the day from Wilson, with 2013 Irish Superbike champion Nico Mawhinney completing the podium.

Irwin was followed home in the first Supersport event by fellow Carrickfergus man Seeley, with Wilson third.

Irwin was also victorious in Supersport race two, with Wilson runner-up and Seeley third on the Mar-Train Yamaha.

Reid fell off unhurt in Superbike race one while Christian Elkin took the chequered flag in the opening 125cc/Moto 3 outing.

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In court

In court

Three men arrested and charged with performing a ‘lewd act’ in a p*** shop appeared before a judge in the Circuit Court the following day.

He asks the first man to stand: "What is your name?" he asked.

"John," the man answered.

"And why were you arrested?" the judge asked.

"I was by the magazine rack in a p*** shop holding a big fat cigar and blowing smoke." he answered.

The judge didn’t see anything lewd or seriously wrong with that, so he find the man €300 for a smoking offence.

The judge calls the second man to stand.

"What’s your name?" he asked. "John," the guy answered. "Oh, another John? And why were you arrested?" the Judge asked.

“I was by the magazine rack in a p*** shop holding a big fat cigar and blowing smoke." he answered.

Again, the judge saw nothing offensive, and fined the man €300 for a smoking offence.

‘This so-called p*** shop is beginning to sound more like a smoking club!’ he thought.

He calls the third and final man accused to stand.

"What’s your name?? No wait, let me guess, it’s another John?" he said.

"Yes, it is, your Honour, but everybody calls me ‘Smoke’."

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Full Control – how to ride manual

Full Control – how to ride manual

Spotted this on another forum, I haven’t seen it mentioned before but it’s definitely worth a post because it’s really excellent.

It’s called Full Control, it’s a riding manual from the Norwegian Motorcycle Union. The English version of the book is freely available as a pdf here:…ntrol_2013.pdf

I watched Twist of the Wrist 2 a few weeks ago and some of it will be familiar from that but this is much more road focused and it’s from a European point of view. The whole thing is really practical and covers everything from the physics of cornering, to body position, to what’s going on in your head, to dealing with traffic, to weather, to touring and pretty much every situation you’ll deal with.

They should be handing out copies of this with the IBT because it’s a really great reference to have for anyone learning.
Not just for newbies either I’d say there’d be something in it for many experienced riders too.

I think it’s excellent anyway and well worth spreading the word.


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MotoGP Sepang: Marquez blitzes lap record for pole

MotoGP Sepang: Marquez blitzes lap record for pole

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez became the first rider in MotoGP history to take 13 poles in a season when he blitzed the Sepang lap record to take top spot in today’s Malaysian qualifying session run in blistering temperatures.

The reigning world champion set a 1’59.791 on his second run which is two tenths faster than his own 2’00.011 circuit best and only the same margin slower than his best ever in testing, set earlier in the year and in lower, morning temperatures.

Using medium compounds front and rear, Marquez looked like he would dominate the session with Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo four-tenths behind but last-ditch effort from Dani Pedrosa for second cut the gap in half.

Lorenzo utilised the hard front with a medium rear and seems to have cut the amount of chatter being created by a bumpy track which Valentino Rossi hasn’t managed as well. The Doctor is sitting down in sixth place and is a full second slower than Marquez. The Italian’s best time in winter testing was 1’59.727…

Stefan Bradl utilised a tow from the little Spaniard to bag a second-row start and has Andrea Dovizioso for company as well as Rossi while Aleix Espargaro’s quickest lap in his second run on the soft tyre was good enough for seventh.

Cal Crutchlow, with the soft rear, ended in eighth just ahead of Bradley Smith and Alvaro Bautista who, with Hiro Aoyama, came up from qualifying one. The Japanese star crashed on his first fast lap after trying to stay with Snmith but came back out on his second bike.

Pol Espargaro didn’t take part in the session after a whopping highside in free practice three left him with a broken bone in his foot. The crash was caused by a hole in his oil cooler, caused by a piece of glass (see below) which allowed a mist of oil to reach his rear tyre.

He was given warnings by a number of riders, including Scott Redding, who saw the blue smoke but didn’t come in and ended in the medical centre. It is not yet known whether he will take part in tomorrow’s race.

Scott Redding has struggled all weekend and ended in 17th, just behind the Avtinia Ducati of Hector Barbera while Michael Laverty finished in 20th

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glass that caused Espargaro’s rear tyre to become a bit slippery

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