Challenging Day for Buildbase BMW at Donington Park

Challenging Day for Buildbase BMW at Donington Park

It was a challenging day for the Buildbase BMW Motorrad team in the opening round of the 2015 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.

After dominating the weekend and storming to pole position on Sunday, Ryuichi Kiyonari was unable to transform his pace into results. The Japanese rider struggled with a lack of feeling in the first race. These issues were resolved ahead of race two and he was able to run at the front, but pushing too hard too early meant he crashed out of a four-way battle for the lead on lap six.

Lee Jackson enjoyed two solid points-scoring finishes in his first race with the team as a full-time superbike rider. Two crashes on Saturday saw the Lincolnshire youngster qualify further down the field than he’d have liked but he fought through in both races to take 13th place.

Lee Jackson: 13th & 13th:

“I’m really happy with today’s results, after two crashes yesterday it’s really important to walk away with two solid finishes. As much as I’d have liked to be in the top ten I know what I’ve got to do and we made a lot of progress today so I’m pleased with that. I need to be able to get a good qualifying spot moving forwards so I can challenge further up in the races, but it’s not been a bad start. I’m looking forward to brands but it’ll be quite difficult with so many riders on such a small circuit!”

Ryuichi Kiyonari, 14th & DNF:

“Until this morning, this weekend had been almost perfect. We haven’t been fastest in every session but we were there most of the time. This morning the temperature was quite high, not very hot but it was much warmer than yesterday and feeling of the machine completely changed. It wasn’t a problem with the bike I just had no feeling. We made a small change for the second race and the feeling was better. I needed to pass the three in front but it was just too much too fast. Maybe because race one wasn’t very good I was too tense and hurried too much. The most important thing is we fixed the issue and because of that I’m feeling confident for Brands, I will try to win.”

Steve Hicken, Team Manager:

“It’s been a strange day. To dominate free practice and qualifying like we did to end up with the day that we had, jeez. It wasn’t what we expected! We’ll just have to dig deep and come back at Brands. We’ll have to start chipping away at points straight away as we need to get into that top six. We’re not lacking pace, we’ve got plenty of that. We’ll have to have a look at the reasons why race one and race two happened and take stock of it and come back stronger.”

The Buildbase BMW Motorrad team will be back in action in two weeks’ time at Brands Hatch.

Source: Challenging Day for Buildbase BMW at Donington Park



Belgium outfit Sarolea has launched its new 2015 Saroléa Electric Superbike at Autoworld, the vintage car museum in the centre of Brussels.

The new Saroléa is an evolution of the 2014 model and has been modified and enhanced on a number of levels. The Belgian team is now targeting a podium place at this year’s SES TT Zero Race on the Isle of Man.  The talented Scottish rider Robert Wilson, who flew over for the presentation, will once again ride the Saroléa SP7.

Team Saroléa are using the data obtained during last year’s race and testing to optimize and improve its motorcycle.  The new design has improved aerodynamics, which will provide higher top speeds. The motorcycle is considerably slimmer which also enhances the position for the rider.

Modifications to shift the centre of gravity will also increase the bikes handling. Saroléa has also managed to reduce the bike’s weight. The modifications are mainly related to the use of more Carbon Fibre and more t**anium parts as well as the use of 3D printed parts.

A proprietary Vehicle Control Unit and Battery Management System have been implemented. All communication is now flowing through fibre optics.

The biggest improvement however is the new motor. It has been entirely developed in house and it has a major increase in torque. Early tests by Saroléa are demonstrating a 50% increase.

With the launch of the new SP7, it is clear Saroléa wants to become one of the major brands on the electric motorcycle racing scene. Saroléa is using the extreme racing conditions presented by the TT Mountain Course as a research and development platform for its propriety Saroléa Electric Drivetrain.

Bike specifications


Total Weight (kg) – 190
Acceleration 0-100 kph (0-60 mph) – 2.8 sec
Maximum Speed (kph [mph]) – 270 [168]

Front – Bridgestone Racing Battlax V02 120/600R17
Rear – Bridgestone Racing Battlax V02 200/655R17

Front –  Beringer 320mm Aeronal discs              with Aerotec  Radial Calipers
Rear – Beringer Aerotec 2D1 caliper

Maximum Output (KW [hp]) – 110 [150] 
(Isle of Man configuration)
Maximum Torque (Nm) – 900
Battery Output Voltage (V) – 370 or more


Bridgestone Europe, Beta Tools, DQ Advocates, Punch, Motokouture, Seco Tools, Beringer, Autoworld Brussels,  Benton Apps, Atelier Noterman, Stoddart Racing.


Looking for Ulster GP info

Looking for Ulster GP info

I’m wondering what the events are on the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during the Ulster GP week in August.
We won’t be able to attend the big race on Saturday, and are hoping that there is lots of racing and practice from Wednesday through Friday.
Source: Looking for Ulster GP info

VJMC 2015 Show only a few weeks away now

VJMC 2015 Show only a few weeks away now

Hi, I would like to get the word out to all at :bikerie: that the 2015 Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club will hold their 5th show on Sunday the 3rd May 2015 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the National Show Centre, Swords (beside the Coachmans Inn pub and across the road from Dublin Airport)

Admission is a mislay €5, so please support a club who tries hard to do positive things on the biking scene with very little funding. We cant afford radio advertising this year so please help get the word out there about the show :thumbsup2:

Here are some of the things that will be on display at the VJMC show –
BMW through the years display
A special Ralph Bryans display (Ireland’s only Moto GP champion and)
A special HRC bikes display
CBX owners club display
Z1 owners club special display
Special tiddler (mini bike) display
Goldwing display
IVVMCC Display
Race paddock
And loads of autojumble and trade stalls

There is a full restaurant on site, free parking and kids under 16 go free, not much else we can do to be honest :lbhbh:

Ok, lads and ladies, thanks, I will post again the week of the show as a reminder and if there is anyone who wants a stall please advise 0863238203 Jay €50 = small stall, €100 = big stall, €200 = very big stall, it will be cottage industry stuff like, metal polishing, custom builder stuff, seat upholstery, bits and bobs, stuff for your bike, clothing etc….

Thanks for the support :bikerie:

Also see for photos of the 2014 show, we had 2000 visitors in attendance, so hopefully bigger and better for 2015, cool :lbhbh:

Source: VJMC 2015 Show only a few weeks away now

Wanted : gearbox for triton

Wanted : gearbox for triton

im building a triton (slowly) , its a 1951 tiger 100 alloy head engine and a slimline norton featherbed frame . frame is from a dominator iirc . i have plates for a bsa gearbox of some sort but will get/make new plates if needed . anything suitable out there ?
Source: Wanted : gearbox for triton

If your ever over this way..highly recommended

If your ever over this way..highly recommended

Spin around Snowdonia today. Gorgeous day for it. Popped into A and D motors ( in dendigh north Wales).
Guzzi specialists but do lots of other makes as well. Popped in to get a few bits for my yoke. Great to see a full range of Guzzis.
Lovley little cafe opposite…make a nice destination for a Sunday spin.

Anyway the staff are very friendly " and knowledga ". ‘Twas a real pleasure. "

Back out for a spin on some of the best roads in Europe .. Heading to BLENEAU Festinog for lunch.
NOT SUCH A BAD LIFE BEING UNEMPLOYED ( temporarily I hope) :thumbsup2:

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Suzuki Recursion patent points to production plans

Suzuki Recursion patent points to production plans

SUZUKI’S turbo-charged Recursion looks closer to becoming a production model, with a recent patent showing the concept refined into a working design.

The 588cc Recursion is clearly recognisable in the sketches but changes including a new air intake point to an ambition to make it more than a showpiece.

The parallel-twin Recursion was first unveiled in Tokyo in 2013, where Suzuki said it would make 100hp and 74lbft.

Where the show bike has a central headlight, the patent features two side-by-side, with an intake in the middle feeding air to an intercooler. The refinements would not be necessary if Suzuki only intended the concept to continue doing the rounds at major bike shows.

Published on March 26 this year, the patent application says: ‘It is designed such that the intercooler cools the air supplied from the air feed pipe, and the cooled air is supplied to the throttle bodies of the #1 and #2 cylinders via a surge tank. Note that there is provided a supercharger (turbocharger) which is disposed in the middle of the air feed pipe, namely, in front of the engine, and compresses the s***ed air.’

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Source: Suzuki Recursion patent points to production plans