After spending the first day of our Las Vegas launch on the track (with the morning being coached by Freddie Spencer and team), I was feeling ready for a good road blast.
His Royal Editorship claims to not like track sessions (even though he gets around pretty well) so he asked if I’d mind writing up the track bits on the 1000 while he handled the street riding.
It was all a bit nerve racking. My brain was full of trail-braking, apex cutting, and desperately trying not to crash one of only two CBR1000RRs, the official punishment for which was to be stuck with a VLX600 for the rest of the launch.
So it was, less than 7 weeks after my last trip to the heart of Bavaria (see Alps Tour), I find myself once again rustling up my pitiful high-school Deutsche, drinking fine beer out of unfeasibly large one-litre glasses and crouched down behind a plexi-screen – throttle pinned – in the fast lane of the German autobahn (although not all three at once).
The Caponord made its world appearance in 2002, but didn’t make it into Canada until 2003.
Ah, Yorkshire – Big puddles and willing sheep … well, sheep.Photo: Sarah Johnston
Of all the companies out there, trust the Germans to be the most logical when it comes to updates of their models. Almost like clockwork, once every five or so years, the Bavarian company launch a new version of their famous Boxer twin motor and then spend the next five years updating each R model in the line-up with said new motor. It’s logical, simple and very BMW.
New Zealand is a motorcycle paradise — a country with a temperate climate, breathtaking scenery and roads of seemingly endless twists and curves. This all results in a riding experience similar to that found in Europe – but without the same level of traffic or speed enforcement although, as my travel companion discovered, that element can still be found!
The east coast of Canada is probably best known to motorcyclists for the Cabot Trail. And why not? It’s an amazing section of road and well worthy of the praise, but there’s a whole world of amazing sights, amazing roads and endless eastern hospitality to be found in the whole region. To bypass it all on the way to the Cabot is almost criminal.
After a really stressful, but very successful weekend at Le Circuit Mont Tremblant, I was quite looking forward to this final, low-pressure weekend at Shannonville, Ontario. For those of you who haven’t been following my updates, I was coming to the final round of the 2004 Diablo SV Cup with the Championship already in the bag.
Motivation can come from the strangest places. After winning the shortened round 3 at Mosport (see previous article) and reading some of the posts on internet forums, I got a distinct feeling that some people didn’t think I “deserved” the win, and that the fastest SV racer was not the one leading the championship.