R1- Handlebar conversion kit?

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R1- Handlebar conversion kit?

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R1- Handlebar conversion kit?

Evening all :smileee:


Seeking some information regarding conversion kits available for the R1 (04). And if anyone has converted clip ons to handlebars on their Own bike or know of anyone who has..


Reason for doing so is the forward lean is too much for my wrist/ hands leaving them go completly numb after only a few miles..

I understand the R1 lean is around 37degrees so would be looking to reduce a fair bit..

I love everything about the bike and miss the time not spent out on it so I’d rather try get suitable conversion kit than to sell/ trade for upright position bike..


Sites I have been searching are,

CNC Topyokes.com

Louis LSL

BikeBandit.com

srtfactory (most expensive)


So I’d probably be looking for high risers with somewhat straight handlebar or handlebars with the ends higher than mid bar..


If anyone has any ideas or thoughts :thumbsup2: :bikerie:


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MCE pulling out of Ireland on the 28th of March

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MCE pulling out of Ireland on the 28th of March

As the title says: https://www.mceinsurance.com/ireland


Probably have a negative effect on the cost of insurance to us all. How do you think it will effect you?


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Outstanding young rider Davey Todd confirmed for Padgetts Supersport TT Races Campaig

Outstanding young rider Davey Todd confirmed for Padgetts Supersport TT Races Campaig

Outstanding young rider Davey Todd confirmed for Padgetts Supersport TT Races Campaign

Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles have expanded their line-up for this year’s Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy, with Davey Todd lining up for the Batley-based team

Todd will campaign a Honda CBR600RR alongside regular team member Conor Cummins in the two Monster Energy Supersport Races where – despite being in only his second year of competition on the TT Mountain Course – he is sure to be a major contender, given his progress in his debut season last year.

The 23-year old rode a similar Honda for the Burrows Engineering Racing team in the two Monster Energy Supersport Races in 2018 and immediately excelled with two twelfth placed finishes.

He also posted a best lap of 124.364mph on the 600cc machine, a speed which makes him a seeded rider for 2019 where he will line up with the number eight plate. Team-mate Cummins will lead the field away at number one giving the team a strong top ten presence.

The Padgetts team are one of the most successful in the history of the Isle of Man TT Races, particularly in the Supersport class where Ian Hutchinson and Bruce Anstey have given them five wins since 2009. The last decade has seen them take a total of 14 podium finishes in the Supersport class.

Last year saw Cummins take fourth and fifth place finishes, recording a new personal best lap in the class of 127.268mph, with then team-mate Lee Johnston also lapping at more than 127mph.

Todd made a name for himself in the 600cc class on the short circuits when he finished sixth overall in the 2016 National Superstock 600cc Championship with victories at Oulton Park and Brands Hatch.

His performances at last year’s TT made him the hottest property in road racing after he became the second fastest newcomer ever to have lapped the 37.73-mile circuit with a lap of 128.379mph in the Senior.

A brilliant ninth place in that race was backed up with tenth in the RL360 Superstock race as well as the two top twelve Supersport results. His stunning debut saw him win the Newcomers Trophy, the TT Privateers Trophy and the RST Star of Tomorrow award.

In addition to the Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles ride in the Monster Energy Supersport races, the Saltburn-by-Sea rider will also contest the RST Superbike, RL360 Superstock and Dunlop Senior Races for the German Penz13.com BMW team.

 Clive Padgett, Team Manager, Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles said:

“As a team we’ve always enjoyed great results in the Supersport class and we have a very strong line up this year. Conor goes from strength to strength and is a contender in every class while Davey Todd is one of the most impressive riders to come through in recent years and hopefully we can help him build on last year.”

He continued:

“Bruce Anstey also remains very much a part of our team and we hope to have him on the Isle of Man in some capacity as he continues his recovery from illness.”

Tickets for the 2019 events are now on sale via the Official iomttraces.com website including Official Grandstand Tickets, VIP Hospitality Experiences, and Official Entertainment Events. You can stay up to date with all the latest TT news by subscribing to the Official Isle of Man TT Races Newsletter.



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KMR Kawasaki attack TT 2019 with high quality four man line up

KMR Kawasaki attack TT 2019 with high quality four man line up

KMR Kawasaki will make a concerted assault on the Bennetts Lightweight Race at this year’s Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy, with no less than four leading riders targeting glory in the four lap race.

 Last year’s runner-up Derek McGee returns with former winner Ryan Farquhar’s team and this time around he’ll be joined by 2017 Lightweight TT Race winner Michael Rutter, Gary Johnson and Lee Johnston with all four having a great chance of victory.

 McGee made his return to the Mountain Course last year after missing the 2017 event but the two-year absence didn’t show as he took a sensational second place finish in the Lightweight TT Race having led Michael Dunlop early on lap three. The Mullingar rider broke the old class lap record with a lap of 121.698mph before finishing 14 seconds adrift of Dunlop for his maiden TT podium and is eager to go one place better this time around.

 Rutter, meanwhile, returns to Farquhar’s team having ridden for the team in 2012 and 2013, finishing third in the former, the first year the Lightweight TT for Supertwin machinery took place. He took sixth the following year and, more recently, has enjoyed great success in the class riding a Paton, winning in 2017 and taking third twelve months ago when he lapped at close to 121mph.

 Double Supersport TT winner Johnson will be having his first taste of Kawasaki machinery in the Lightweight class having campaigned the Chinese WK Moto machine for the last four years, finishing fourth in 2016, and now back to full fitness is a third potential race winner for KMR.

 Fourth team member Johnston, like Rutter, has also previously ridden for the team, in 2015 and 2017 although luck hasn’t always been on his side having retired whilst holding onto third place in 2015. He was forced to miss the race two years ago after a spill in practice but the three-time podium finisher has been victorious at both the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix on the ER6 650cc Kawasaki and so will have a great chance of taking his first TT victory in June.

 Speaking about his teams TT plans team owner Farquhar commented:

 “The TT remains the biggest test for any team in road racing and the Lightweight class is getting tougher and tougher with a number of new brands and teams coming into it in recent years. The line up we have with the four riders gives us a great chance of victory, and all four of them have the ability to win the race. We’ll be giving all four of them everything we have to give them the best possible chance.”

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Couldn't let a fine day go to waste

Couldn’t let a fine day go to waste

Hit the road again today to take advantage of the sunshine. Carrigaline-Crossbarry-Bandon-Ballinascarthy-Clogagh-Timoleague-Kilbrittain-Bandon-on to the Killumney Inn for coffee & sandwiches & home after that. Massive day out there today with lots of sunshine. I also had a bit of an ulterior motive as today is the anniversary of the Crossbarry Ambush & I wanted to visit the associated sites. The old Suzy behaved itself so it was happy days. Piccies……


Crossbarry Ambush monument
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Crossbarry IRA casualties’ graves at Bandon
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Monument to Charlie Hurley who was killed in a separate action on the morning of Crossbarry
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Charlie Hurley’s grave at Clogagh
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Most photographed phone box in the World at Timoleague. I met Tomtwix there today, he was taking a photo as well
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Kilbrittain Castle. Don’t know who owns the Harley :bag:
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The Kilbrittain Whale
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I also took a few pics at a monument at Ballinascarthy but I couldn’t post them here. Cork members will know what I mean……:biggrin_old: They are posted on my Bookface page :thumbsup2:


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Honda UK to supply cars and motorcycles for the 2019 Isle of Man TT

Honda UK to supply cars and motorcycles for the 2019 Isle of Man TT

Honda UK returns to the Isle of Man TT as both the official motorcycle and car partner to the world-famous motorcycle road race.

In doing so, it will provide a combination of CBR1000RR Fireblade SPs and Civic Type Rs to the race organisers who monitor the circuit throughout qualifying and race-week, which gets underway May 25 2019. The announcement honours the rich history shared between Honda and the Isle of Man TT, which stretches back sixty years.

For the third straight year the travelling marshals will be primed for immediate response to any incidents on track with the help of eight, tri-coloured CBR1000RR Fireblade SPs. For 2019 the iconic Super Sport flagship receives a revised electronics package that benefits from HRC MotoGP’s input, sharpening on-track performance, making it the perfect foil for the marshals.

An eight-strong fleet of liveried, Honda Civic Type Rs will be available for race organisers for official car duties, aiding Race Control in the upkeep of all 37.73 miles.

Boasting lap records at five major European circuits, including the Nürburgring, the multi-award winning hot hatchback will be welcomed back by the race organisers this year.

“It will be great to see the Fireblade as a marshal bike in this legendary setting once again. The Isle of Man TT has had a huge hand in shaping Honda Motorcycles, so we’re proud and delighted to be contributing as an official partner, six decades on from Honda’s debut at the TT”, commented Neil Fletcher, Head of Motorcycles for Honda UK.

Phil Webb, Head of Car for Honda UK commented:

“I’m looking forward to seeing the Civic Type R and Fireblade sharing official duties for the second year in a row. These cutting edge models demonstrate the breath of Honda, and we are delighted to support the TT in such a capacity once again.”

The 2019 Isle of Man TT takes place from the 25th May to 7th June. It will be broadcast on ITV4 in the UK and available through international broadcasters in places as far as the USA and Australia.



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New Bike After Passing Test – Long post

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New Bike After Passing Test – Long post

So i passed my test about in mid February on my friends VFR800, had a thread up here about the number plate as i was worried it was too small. It was fine, only recommendation tester made about the bike was the rear brake light as it needed good lever pressure to activate the light. Didn’t think he’d catch that but he decided to test the brakes while i was putting my gear back on.


I got lucky with the weather for the test day as the day before was awful and i had a pretest so was out practising. The day i went in to Limerick for the pretest it hailed, it rained, it was single digit temperatures all day and the heated grips on my friends bike were for show only it seemed! My new winter gloves did well but were bulkier and played on my wrist/grip so i called it a day shortly after lunch. Test day was great in comparison, sun out most of the time and i decided to use my leather gloves. I was roasting inside in the test centre waiting and opened every vent in the gear lol. All went well after called, questions answered right away, u turn in centre used all road and even though i stalled the bike on the test he never mentioned it.


Anyway after that i was mad to upgrade the bike (Ninja 250R) but being older (wiser, maybe) i had always said I’d keep the bike for a year then change. Not long to go since it was start of April last year i started riding. So i made a list of the bikes i wanted; middleweight category as i still don’t have enough experience to go bigger imo plus i think my girlfriend would freak. It was between the MT07, SV650 and Ninja 650. I was swaying towards the N650 coming from a N250 but there wasn’t many around and they were more expensive than the others. I was just about to put a deposit on an unregistered “new” old stock SV650 as i was getting it at a good price or rather a good trade in price for my Ninja 250R. Anyway a Ninja 650 turned up on DD and i showed a bit of interest, he contacted me again a few days later saying he dropped the price by 500 and then i was interested. I would have to sell my own bike but that didn’t bother me too much.


The N650 doesn’t have the most power of the middleweight group (SV650) or the most torque (MT07) or the nicest sound (SV). The weight, brakes, suspension and seating position are all roughly the same going from reviews. It does have the best wind resistance but really i choose the N650 over the SV due to the looks, i prefer faired bikes and the price between the two was nothing. I gave a deposit after a chat and pics over d’interweb. I was hungover doing this as i was at a wedding (weekend ones) and i hoped i didn’t make a big mistake.


I travelled into work one Friday on the Ninja 250R, left it behind work where its safe with its bike lock on. After a half-days work I left and walked down to the bus stop wearing my bike jocks, holding my helmet in its drawstring bag and the rest of my gear in my backpack. It was Dublin Coach’s time to take me to Dublin to collect/purchase the bike. Non event heading up bar passing crouching tiger hidden Garda shooting motorway fish in a barrel. Took the Red Cow Luas one stop as i was feeling lazy and walked the final km to Bikeworld where i was meeting the seller.


Sooo we meet and greet then go in to get the bike which is, as i knew already, a brand new N650. They drop it round the front and the seller makes the final payment to Bikeworld and i confirm there is no finance outstanding. We go outside and make our own transaction and the bike is now mine. He had a year on the 2018 one and is upgrading to a new BMW so didn’t want to keep the 2019 BOGOF. The only downside is that he’s the first owner on the log book (Bikeworld BOGOF T&C specified this) but never took the bike home. He taxed it online for me and sent on the log book after he got it.


Here she is:
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With 2km on the clock, never owed anything from new as very few new cars interest me:
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I was cautioned to mind the first 100km with new brakes/tyres and keep it under 7k rpm until after the first service. Following that i geared up for home and drove the bike for the first time; the slipper clutch is the first thing i noticed, it was very light even compared to the N250. I headed out the N7 which was slow because it was home time, then it pretty much stopped on the M7 before the roadworks. Filtering is fine on this bike, its light and quiet slim although i did manage to bump a mirror off an artic trailer. I saw a red Daytona 675, i think, on the opposite side of the N7 at some stage if it was someone on here?


After the roadworks the motorway opened up and the bike pulled nicely, the torque was more than i expected even at low revs. Also the induction noise is fantastic when you pull the throttle wide open, the exhaust noise is OK but the induction makes up for this. After awhile at motorway speeds i was forced down to the national limit due to bad winds. I got off the MW in Port Laoise and went via national roads to Thurles to give myself a break from the winds and try a few bends. It was dark by now so nothing mental but it was easy to lean and reminded me of the N250, the suspension was nicely compliant on bumps too. I got back on the MW to Mitchelstown after Horse & Jockey to get blown around some more, called to a friends to show them the bike and went home after having food there.


Brought the N250 home from work the next day and noticed how poor the brakes are in comparison, the wider wheels give more low speed stability too. The shed is getting a bit crowded now but i’ll have to sell the N250 someday as it wont be used. In the process of getting insurance now as my renewal is up shortly, MCE not quoting new insurance after 28th of March due to Brexit btw. It will also need its first service in 300km, i presume Ross MC in Cork will do as the Kawasaki dealer service…










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Insurance numbers

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Insurance numbers

Where do insurers pull prices from ? Rang carol Nash last week they quoted me 462 (gsxr1000) 28 4 years NCB.


Rang them again today and told them MCE will cover me for 320 :lbhbh:


They put me on hold and said they’ll do it for 269 :bikerie:


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