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The Long Haul: return to KSS to install and test V2 of the Nitron prototype Tracer GT shock

By |2020-03-24T17:18:01-07:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Article, Free, How-To, Suspension, Testing Program|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Freemium Article.  Enjoy.  To view Premium content, please Subscribe or Login. With version 2 of the Nitron shock prepared by KSS being ready, I rode to New Plymouth to install the new shock. Valving was changed as was the needle taper and a 1,500kg spring was installed with 12mm of preload. Front pressure was [...]

The Long Haul – Cromwell to Nelson via Arthur’s Pass and the Buller Gorge

By |2020-02-16T16:49:44-08:00February 16th, 2020|Categories: Article, How-To, Suspension, Testing Program, Tires|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Premium Article Excerpt. To read the full article please Subscribe or Login. More testing with suspension, geometry and tyre pressures on yet another long haul ride from Cromwell to Nelson over Arthur's Pass and via the Buller Gorge. As the forecast was much warmer weather, this was a great opportunity to acquire [...]

The Long Haul: 1,1000kms ride from Nelson to Invercargill in 12.5 hours

By |2020-03-24T17:09:25-07:00February 14th, 2020|Categories: Article, Reviews, Suspension, Testing Program|Tags: , , , , , , |

Premium Article Excerpt. To read the full article please Subscribe or Login. Given the forecast or torrential rain in The Southlands, I decided to make the trip from Nelson to Invercargill in one go. Not the longest ride I have done but certainly one of the more physical and mental stress tests [...]

Nitron protoype R2 for the Tracer GT

By |2020-02-05T12:16:07-08:00January 30th, 2020|Categories: Article, How-To, Reviews, Suspension, Testing Program|Tags: , , , , |

Premium Article Excerpt. To read the full article please Subscribe or Login. The OEM shock on the GT Tracer was not going to last forever and with a guesstimate of around 10,000kms - the rear tire wear showed it was time to retire.  Thanks to Nitron in providing a prototype shock built [...]

DMT’s Yamaha Tracer GT preparation for the 2020 New Zealand tour

By |2020-01-30T21:07:51-08:00January 30th, 2020|Categories: Article, Free, How-To, servicing|Tags: , , , |

Getting DMT’s Yamaha Tracer GT ready for the 2020 ACC Shiny Side Up tour of New Zealand requires time, focus and task completion one job at a time! Two days makes perfect sense for the do it yourself project manager spreading tasks into manageable blocks of time allowing for such mandatory requirements as flat white coffee, [...]

2019 Roseville Powersports DMT ZX6R break in day

By |2019-05-30T20:44:07-07:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: All, Article, Free, How-To, Testing Program|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Freemium Article.  Enjoy.  To view Premium content, please Subscribe or Login. Thanks to BBJK’s  Jesse Koeller, the bike was stripped down to THE bare essentials. Bodywork was put into bubble wrap, other parts put into zip lock bags with labels and I was left with a tank to hold fuel, a seat to put [...]

AFM Round 2, Button Willow Raceway April 13th and 14th

By |2019-04-30T14:49:22-07:00April 30th, 2019|Categories: Article, Free, Racing|Tags: , , |

AFM Round 2, Button Willow Raceway, April 13th and 14th   Returning to this venue for Round 2 creates a very different disposition. We survive Round 1 and we compete in Round 2.   The drive South was short due to the enthusiasm for the race event especially with no one to coach on Friday. That [...]

AFM Round 1, Button Willow Raceway March 16th and 17th

By |2019-03-25T18:30:30-07:00March 21st, 2019|Categories: All, Article, Free, Racing|Tags: , , |

Getting off the plane from New Zealand and going straight to Thunderhill for the 3 day opener to the Carter's at the Track 2019 season was a good idea :) Apart from all the work, getting Miles set up and loving my "B" 450 race bike that he bought from me was an even better idea. [...]

2018 Yamaha Tracer GT first ride at pace, fully loaded with luggage

By |2019-03-19T20:39:28-07:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: All, Article, How-To, Testing Program|Tags: , , , , |

Premium Article Excerpt. To read the full article please Subscribe or Login. We use a manual to be book smart and leverage the data provided by the OEM. We can also take matters in our own hands and get out a tape measure to calculate our own settings. Then we need to [...]

2018 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT, New Zealand

By |2019-03-19T20:41:10-07:00January 30th, 2019|Categories: All, Article, How-To, Testing Program|Tags: , , , , , , |

Premium Article Excerpt. To read the full article please Subscribe or Login. Whenever we acquire a new motorcycle, the first choice should not be to take that ride to see what it will do. The first choice should be setting the bike up correctly for YOU by going through the protocol contained [...]