Monday, February 27, 2012


Sunday, 26 February 2012
Max Biaggi
Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) won the first race of the year by seven seconds from Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) and third was a closely following Sylvian Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) after a dramatic contest held over 22-laps.

Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) crashed out of the race while leading, suffering a fast high-side fall on the final corner early in the race. Spots of rain appeared at two separate stages but to no real effect for the majority of the riders and it continued as a dry race.

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) took fourth place after leading early on, with Jakub Smrz fifth on his Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati.

Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) recovered from his big race one crash to post his first win of the year but arguably an even greater performance came from second place finisher Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing).

Checa hit the front early on but Biaggi had run of track on lap one, kept his bike upright and restarted last, then fought through to take a second place and a clear championship lead with a total of 45 points.

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) overhauled a slowing Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) in a breathtaking final lap to get his first dry weather Kawasaki podium.

The injured Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) put in a gritty ride to secure fifth place while his team-mate Marco Melandri was one place behind.

Melandri is second in the points to Biaggi with 30, one point ahead of Sykes in overall third. Checa is fourth with 25 points.


Madrid's three main football teams are Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid and Rayo Vallecano. Getafe is a city in the Madrid Metropolitan area and is therefore also included here.
When Real Madrid and Atlético coincide in the first division, the Spanish Footbal League normally ensures that they play at home on alternate weekends. Whilst the majority of games are played on Sunday, starting at 5 p.m. in winter and 7 p.m. in summer, matches are often scheduled at other times or even on Saturdays to allow teams to prepare mid-week European fixtures, or to allow for televised games. Occasionally, league games are also played mid-week. 

Real Madrid
Real Madrid, officially the best football team of the 20th Century as recognised by FIFA, play at the famous Santiago Bernabéu stadium located near the Paseo de Castellana in Calle Concha Espina, s/n, 28026 Madrid (Metro: Santiago Bernabéu, Line 10). The Bernabéu Stadium has capacity for around 80,400 seated spectators and was built in 1947.
Real Madrid's stadium    Santiago Bernabeu stadium

Atlético de Madrid
Atlético's stadium is the Vicente Calderon, inaugurated in 1966 and located in the Paseo Virgen del puerto, 67 - 28005 Madrid (Metro: Marqués de Vadillo, Line 5). The stadium seats over 55,000 spectators. Tickets to games can be bought at the stadium ticket offices from 11.00 a.m. on the day of the match.
Vicente Calderon

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano play at the Teresa Rivero stadium inaugurated in 1976 and located at Calle Payaso Fofó s/n, 28018 Madrid (Metro: Portazgo, Line 1). The stadium has a capacity of just over 15,000 seats. Tickets to games may be obtained at the stadium ticket offices between 5.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. and normally go on sale one week before each game.
Teresa Rivero 
Getafe CF
Getafe Club de Futbol play at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium, inaugurated in 1998 and located at Avenida Teresa de Calcuta S/N 28903 Getafe, Madrid (Metro: Getafe Central, Line 12). The stadium has a capacity of just over 17,000 seats. Tickets to games may be obtained at the stadium ticket offices between 9:30am and 1:30am, and also 5:00pm a 8:30pm except on Saturdays. On match days, tickets may also be obtained from 11am up until the end of the first half.
Alfonso Perez Stadium, Getafe


Arsenal Football Club

Club Info

Ground: Emirates
Address: Arsenal Football Club, Arsenal Stadium, Avenell Road, Highbury, London N5 1BU

Background / History

Best supported club in the capital, Arsenal also have the proudest history.

Perhaps due to these two unavoidable facts, the North London giants were for a long time the most hated club in the land, attracting various uncomplimentary tags such as "Boring Arsenal" and "Lucky Arsenal" that date right back to the 1930s.

But the Devil has found a different tune in recent years thanks to French manager Arsene Wenger who has brought a new intelligence and grace to the Arsenal side.

Quick Fans Guide

Trademark Chant: One Nil To The Arsenal
Nickname: Gunners; Gooners
Sworn Enemy: Tottenham Hotspur
One word to the wise: Tradition
Insider info: Always call them The Arsenal, as against just Arsenal

Chelsea Football Club

Club Info

Ground: Stamford Bridge
Address: Fulham Road, London SW6 1HS

Background / History

Have always played up their trendy Kings Road address for all its worth in a bid to claim the title of Most Glamorous Club in London. The short-lived reign of Ruud Gullit gave renewed lustre to that image and when, in 1998, current boss Gianluca Vialli lifted the Coca Cola (now Worthington) Cup and European Cup Winners Cup Chelsea's position as the leading London rivals to Arsenal was confirmed. FA Cup success last term continued the generally upward trend.

Quick Fan Guide

Trademark Chant: One Man Went To Mow
Nickname: Blues
Sworn Enemy: Tottenham Hotspur (not really reciprocated)
One word to the wise: Swagger
Insider info: Talk about The Shed, a famous old piece of terracing as if you spent every Saturday afternoon of the 1970s there.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Club Info

Ground: White Hart Lane
Address: Bill Nicholson Way, 748 High Road, London, N17 0AP

Background / History

While their bitter North London rivals Arsenal have often battered their way to the greater share of silverware down the ages, Tottenham fans pride themselves on following a club that wears its allegiance to elegant, passing football on its lillywhite sleeve.

That heritage is now in the balance with manager George Graham - once the main man at Arsenal - outraging many fans by selling David Ginola.

Quick Fans Guide

Trademark Chant: Come On You Spurs
Nickname: Spurs; Lillywhites
Sworn Enemy: Arsenal
One word to the wise: Fancydan
Insider info: It is apparently considered bad etiquette to chant at White Hart Lane unless Spurs have just scored.

Saturday, February 25, 2012


General Motorcycle Maintenance
Modern bikes require less maintenance than they did in the 60's and 70's but they still need a lot more maintence than a car. This higher reliability also means that there are a whole bunch of motorcyclists out there who haven't a clue how to work on their bikes or what really needs to be done to ensure reliability.
Motorcyclists should be able to do at least baisic maintenance on their bikes.

The more care and maintenance you give a bike the longer it will last. Preforming general maintenance on your motorcycle will also help you spot problems before they happen.

Things to Check Regularly
Tip: There are dozens of parts on a motorcycle that could be checked on a regular basis and there is nothing wrong with check all those parts. But try to slim the list down to the most important items so you still have time to ride.
Here is a basic list of some of the most important things to check on a motorcycle. Even doing a little can make a big difference. Battery, Oil, Tires (tyres), Brakes, Chain and sprocket (Shaft Drive, Belt Drive) and Fuel (Gas, Petrol).

Tires, Tyres.
Tip: Keep a low pressure tire gauge (0psi - 80psi) in your bike tool bag at all times. Try to remember to check your tire pressure everytime you fill up for gas.
Keep your tires correctly inflated. A tire that is very under-inflated generates a lot of heat which can lead to a blow out. Tires that run too hot also wear out more quickly. The most common motorcycle breakdown is for tire damage.
Purchase a pencil-type tyre gauge and use it regularly until you instinctively 'know' what your tyres feel like correctly inflated. Use of the gauge and visual inspections must become second nature.
Replace your tires sooner rather than later. If tread depth is 1-2mm it is time to replace your tires. Take a tip from the mad sportbikers and the canyon racers - they never skimp on their tyres as they are often all that stands between them and the pearly gates.

Tip: Brake fluid absorbs moisture over time and becomes less effective. Replace brake fluid every one to two years and your brakes will preform the best they can.
Motorcycles have up to two brake fluid reservoirs, one for the front, usually found on the handlebars and one for the back. Both should be checked regularly. Topping up should only be done from a new, sealed bottle as brake fluid tends to absorb moisture over time. If your brake pads are thin and due for replacement. Beware - brake fluid, if spilt on paintwork eats right through to the bare metal.
Also check the thickness of the brake pads. If you allow them to go right down to the metal your brake disc will be damaged resulting in an unnecessary and expensive replacement. Fitting braided steel brake lines will increase the performance of your brakes by roughly 50%

Chain and sprockets, Shaft Drives, Belts
Tip: Lube your chain after each ride when the chain is warm so the oil can easily soak in and get into all the tight spots of the chain.
These items that are essential to the well being of your bike. If not well maintained you will end up spending a lot of money all too often to have them replaced.
Chains: Lubricate them often with a commercial chain spray everytime you fill up for gas. (or at the end of each ride). Spray liberally on the side of the chain that comes into contact with the sprockets. Ensure that you spray both left and the right hand side of the chain. Position a piece of newspaper so that you do not dirty the rear wheel rim as you spray. Use a second piece on the floor to catch any drips. Wait five or ten minutes before you wipe all excess oil off the chain. This whole process is a lot easier if your motorbike has a centre stand. Spinning the back tyre will ensure that the rest of the chain is lubricated when it comes into contact with the sprocket and pinion. This is a task that is best done when you return home from your ride while the chain is still warm.
Bike chains are never taut but must be able to sag between 3/4" to 1 1/4" at the mid-point between the two sprockets. The sag is used when the bike suspension moves up and down over uneven surfaces.
Shaft Drives: Even though shaft drives on motorcycles require little maintenance we would suggest replacing the shaft drive oil every time you change the oil on your motorcycle. This will lead to a very long and happy life for the shaft drive.
Belt Drives: As with shaft drives, belts do not require a lot of maintenance. Everytime you change the oil on your motorcycle check the belt tension and adjust if necessary. Make sure your belt is always clean.

Tip: Check your fuel filter on a regular basis and replace every 2 years.
Fuel is quite an often overlooked as a form of preventative maintenance on a motorcycle.
Check the fuel filter (if you have one) to make sure it is not clogged and looks clean and clear. Replace fuel filters every 2 years.
Check the fuel lines for weather damage and cracking, replace immediately if any is found.
Generally untreated gas only lasts (is good for) 6 months. After this time the gas starts to break down. Dispose of untreated gas older than 6 months rather than risk running it. Treated gas can last up to 2 years.
Remember when parking your motorcycle for any length of time to turn the petcock (fuel tap) to the off position. This prevents any fuel potentially leaking out and flooding the carbs or the engine.

Tip: Check your oil level when it is cold before you go on a ride. If it is not at its high or max level top it up before going out.
Regular oil and filter changes will keep your motorbike young and healthy.
Oil level. Make sure you regularly check and keep your oil level at its HIGH or MAX level. It is best to check your oil level on the bikes centre stand or when it is in a level position. An under filled oil level can be disastrous while too much oil over the limit may flood your air cleaner with oil. (it is embarassing too).
You should also know the difference between the 'low' level and the 'high' level in ml e.g. if the difference is 300ml you cannot purchase a 500ml tin and pour the whole can in!
Here are some pointers regarding oil which are true for most motorcycles
- The bike should be level as possible.
- The oil should best inspected cold and is therefore best done before you go out on a ride.
- Becareful to not allow foreign matter and dirt to fall in during the inspection process
- With threaded dipsticks do not screw the dipstick in when taking a reading, just allow it to rest on the lowest thread.
- High temperatures, time, speed, heavy traffic, short trips and dust quickly destroy the quality of your oil. If you do ride in these conditions change your oil more frequently.
- I suggest changing your oil every 2-4000km or 3-6 months, whichever comes first. (I change mine every 2,500 km).
- It is recommended you change your oil filter everyother oil change if you are using a good quality oil filter (e.g. WIX, Your Motorcycle Manufacturer Brand). If not, every oil change!
- Always use a good oil filter (WIX brand from UAP/NAPA is a recommend one)
- Motorcycles can and do use the same oils as cars although special synthetic motorcycle oils are available. Always use the recommended oil weight for your motorcycle (e.g. 10w40 or 20w50). Older (15+ year old) motorcycles run best on regular (non-synthetic oil), while new bikes like either.

Tip: Check the fluid levels on each chamber. If any chamber is low, carefully top it up. Use only distilled or deionized water, NOT tap water. Tap water has minerals in it that will not do the battery any good.
The humble battery is a very common cause for motorcycle breakdowns! Unfortunately they are awkward to get to and therefore do not get checked as often as they should.
A battery only requires a little monthly maintenance to perform perfectly. Keep the battery charged to 100%, recharging when the lights dim, the starter sounds weak, or the battery hasn't been used in more than two weeks. Other than that, follow this simple check list every month:
- Check the electrolyte level
- Top up only with distilled or deionized water, wear gloves and protective glasses. Top up in a well ventilated area, Beware of fumes.
- Keep the top free of grime
- Check cables, clamps, and case for obvious damage or loose connections
- Clean terminals and connectors as necessary
- Check inside for excessive sediment, sulfation or mossing
- Make sure the exhaust tube is free of kinks and clogs
- Replace caps firmly
- Finish up by testing the battery with either a hydrometer or voltmeter. To extend the service life of your battery, make monthly battery maintenance part of your routine.
Use only distilled or deionized water, NOT tap water. Tap water has minerals in it that will not do the battery any good.


All-new double-pipe perimeter-style frame
Like on its predecessor, the all-new double-pipe perimeter-style frame is a key component of the ER-6n’s identity. As before, the new bodywork accentuates the frame, rather than hiding it. The double-pipe design of the new frame, made from high-tensile steel, contributes to the bike’s lightweight appearance.

Taller fuel tank
The fuel tank is 20 mm taller, helping to visually concentrate the ER-6n’s mass at the front of the bike. The rear of the tank slopes back in a straight line to the seat.

Lighter Handling
The rigidity balance of the double-pipe frame and swingarm contributes to a lighter, easier handling package. Rigid-mount engine is a stressed member, contributing to the frame’s idealised rigidity balance.
The swingarm’s new double-pipe design makes use of a D-section tube (upper right tube) for optimal rigidity. Revised suspension has longer stroke front and rear, offering both sporty handling and enhanced comfort. Rear shock length and stroke are 2 mm longer; front fork is 15 mm longer with 5 mm longer stroke to match the rear. The longer strokes enable lower spring rates. Damping has been revised accordingly.

More torque in every day range
Under-engine muffler with larger volume and revised internal construction delivers increased torque in the everyday range below 7,000 rpm. The increased performance facilitates control at lower rpm and contributes to the enhanced enjoyment of the new ER-6n.

Intake ducts through frame tubes
Intake ducts extend through the frame tubes to ensure a source of cool fresh air for the engine. This also contributes to the induction note, adding to rider excitement.

New instruments
To enable the more compact front area, the instrument cluster was moved as far back as possible. It is mounted above the handlebar.

A stacked instrument cluster features an easier-to-read layout and an analogue-style tachometer uses white LED backlights for excellent visibility at night. The multi-function LCD screen has blue backlighting. In addition to the fuel gauge, digital speedometer, clock, odometer and dual trip meters, new features include: remaining range, average/instant fuel consumption and the Economical Riding Indicator.

Raised tick marks on the tachometer dial face, a bubble lens and elevated instrument frame construction contribute to the instrumentation’s greater legibility as well as a high-quality image.

Optional ABS
Compact new ABS unit has a more advanced processor that enables more precise ABS control.

Euro-III Compliant
The combination of efficient fuel injection and a 3-way catalyser inside the muffler result in low emissions. Revised muffler internal construction and catalyser layout ensure clean emissions that will pass stringent Euro-III regulations.

More compact headlamp
More compact headlamp shroud is shorter front to back, and designed to make it look slimmer vertically as well – an image reinforced by the smoked instrument visor. Angular design of the stacked dual headlamp helps maintain the identity of the ER-6n while contributing to the sharp new street-fighter style looks.

Compact, quick-revving engine with stronger low-mid range
The ER-6n’s Parallel Twin engine configuration was chosen as the best balance of good power characteristics and compact size. Engine tuning delivered both a rider-friendly character ideal for new riders and performance to put a smile on the faces of more experienced motorcyclists. The engine’s compact size was one of the keys to realising the ER-6n’s slim package. The 2012 engine offers more low-mid range torque for more fun and greater usability in everyday riding situations, while maintaining the smooth, high-revving character of its predecessor.

Increased Comfort
Sporty looking tandem seat with thick cushioning ensures good passenger comfort.
Ergonomic passenger grips are positioned to make them easy for tandem riders to grab. Good passenger confidence makes it easier for riders when carrying a pillion.

Seat bracket is rubber-mounted at the front to reduce vibration transfer.

New swingarm
Following the lines of the frame and rear shock, the swingarm also features the new double-pipe design, complementing the design of the frame and contributing to the ER-6n’s high-quality appearance. The swingarm’s gull-arm style design on the right side enables the more aggressive angle of the muffler.

Revised shrouds
Revised shrouds are narrower when viewed from the front. Front turn signals, previously built-in to the shrouds, are mounted on the headlamp shroud. quality appearance.
Sharper tail cowl
Sharper tail cowl is 10 mm shorter, helping to move volume away from the rear of the bike. A sharper new LED taillight contributes to the slimmer look.


An offset laydown rear single-shock suspension flows smoothly from the frame to the swingarm.