So after all the organising, preparation, scamming freebies and planning world domination, the first race of the Canadian Thunder Series is upon us. This was our chance to shine. To show the world that Team CMG would never be defeated. We were going to show ’em what racing was all about.
I think it’s taken all of us a bit by surprise at how quickly the inaugural race of the Canadian Thunder Series has come around. Thankfully it appears that all the important bits have come together, although we’re still in eleventh hour negotiations with some prospective sponsors.
Ripping around in the woods for the first time!
This issue: Not one 400, but two!
Riding is different in Brazil.
Mr. Mallows dives into Yamaha’s air-cooled vert-twin.
After several weeks of dates, bikes and meeting places being changed, and me beginning to think that this damn test ride was never gonna happen. I finally received a call from fellow test rider, Andrew “Please quit roosting me” Boss.
As I pull up to the lights at the end of Main Street the Florida drought has just broken and Bike Week is looking decidedly wet. There’s a girl with her back to me under a large umbrella, standing in front of a large bath sized bucket of cold beer.
It’s been almost two years since we first rode Kawasaki’s retro twin, the W650. Although the 2001 model looks unchanged, Kawasaki have listened to some of the complaints about an otherwise very usable machine and tweaked a few widgets here and there.
So the folks at CMG asked if I would be interested in testing some Dual Sport/ Off-Road bikes. Hell yeah, that would be great. I’ve ridden off road for many years and was anxious to try out the latest machinery. So in typical CMG fashion, my first assignment is a Yamaha’s V-Star 650 Custom. Hey what the…