Monday, May 31, 2010


By REVSdaile

BATHURST at Easter used to be a mecca for Australian motorcyclists - until the actions of the
New South Wales' police finally killed it.

By 1988, the cops almost outnumbered the paying spectators on Mount Panorama.

First they set up check-points. They said this was to randomly check for licences (both drivers and vehicles) - but we all noticed it was only motorcyclists they pulled over. Having antagonised the staunch Aussie motorcyclists who rode sometimes vast distances to attend the Bathurst races, the NSW storm troopers added insult to injury by building what they fondly described as a 'police station' (but which everyone else called 'the compound') on top of Mount Panorama and when the lads were just getting into full party mode, out would come the jack-booted (yes!) storm-troopers and lay into them with their clubs.

Let us now fast-forward to the state of Utah, USA.

It is Superbike World Championship weekend at Miller Motorsports Park near Tooele outside Salt Lake City, May 29-31, 2010.

So what does the local brains trust that calls itself a police force do?

Why, it sets up a road block between on the road leading from the track to Highway 80, closes one lane of traffic and conducts a "motorcycle safety inspection" on every single motorcycle trying to leave the track after practice.

What does this do for motorcyclist-police relations?

What does it do for traffic flow?

Well, on the latter score, the meat-heads in charge of the Utah Highway Patrol who ordered this "safety inspection" caused a long back-up of traffic (some estimates said it took between 40 to 60 minutes to get past).

As a result the race track officials called the Utah Governor Gary Herbert and asked that the "safety inspections" be halted ASAP.

The Utah Governor is a motorsports fan and not long after the complaint was laid, the Utah Highway Patrol check point near the track was canceled, the police left and traffic levels returned to normal.

According to track PR man John Gardner, the local branch of the Keystone Cops (my term)received a federal grant to run a six-hour motorcycle safety check point.

Gardner said he understood, "they were going to pull over a few motorcycles at a time and give them a pamphlet to promote safe motorcycling, talk to the riders a little."

He added that it was a well-intended, but poorly implemented exercise.

You can see why this bloke is in PR! What a masterful piece of understatement.

"It was supposed to take maybe ten minutes and just a few bikes would be pulled in," Gardner added. "Obviously, it went differently. We called our contacts in a local Commissioner's of Public Safety's Office and the checkpoint was shut down. We were assured that it won't happen again," he said.

Miller Motorsports sources first expressed disbelief and then frustration upon learning about the motorcycle-only checkpoint.

"We do so much to try and attract motorcyclists to our event, it's just unbelievable that this happened," said one.

Could it be that the mentality of the average oinker in the Utah Highway Patrol is even lower than that of the pigs in New South Wales?

As soon as they see a mass of motorcycles, they see swastikas in their minds, their palms sweat, they push their thumbs down inside their belts, and they swagger like Hitler's favourites.

Hard to believe that any outfit that calls itself Police could be of lower intellect than those who volunteered to 'police' Bathurst at Easter.

Take a bow, Utah.


Here it is. The end of all those confusing online forum threads about waving.


As I write this, the World Grand Prix of the United States of America has completed the first race for both the MX1 and MX2.

Although no official results from both the MX1 and MX2 races have been released a quick glimpse of the live stream from has revealed that Antonio Cairolli has won the first MX1 race with Mike Alessi hot on his heels in 2nd, and Max Nagle 3rd. For KTM that is serious kudos for their 350SX-F as both Alessi and Cairolli piloted their factory KTM 350SX-Fs to the front of the 450cc MX1 field around the very undulating and naturally horsepower robbing Glen Helen Raceway course.

Kiwi ace Ben Townley finished a lowly 33rd on the rostrum. Going off the live results its seems Townley either suffered from mechanical failure or a hefty crash. However, BT101 is surely on fire as he qualified second fastest in qualification on Saturday behind Mike Alessi on 2.18.790, with Alessi recording a 2.17.442. Townleys stunning lap time is an unbelievable 1.8 seconds faster than mutli world champion Steve Ramon who qualified for the US GP in 6th posiiton on 2.20:485. Cairolli qualified 4th with a 2.19.447. Better yet, Townley set the fastest lap time in the first MX1 race. Here’s hoping BT101’s misfortunate first race placing was only due to a mechanical and not something more sinister.

Both second races for MX1 and MX2 of the US GP at Glen Helen Raceway are scheduled to get underway in around 30mins. You can watch the live media stream of all the action, including commentary, right here or by navigating to the website.

Thursday, May 27, 2010


By Big Dave.
Victory Motorcycles launched their new Cross Roads and Cross Country models in Noosa, Qld yesterday.

It was the brand's first big regional media launch and quite a spectacular event it was too.
We'll have ride impression on both bikes and a full report in an upcoming KR - plus some onboard video and grabs from the shidig to be uploaded shortly.

Also on hand at the Coolum Resort was the only 'Core' motorcycle in existence and  I was lucky enough to have a sit and a drool on it.  Unfortunately it didn't have a battery fitted (maybe because they boys knew what we'd all be after if it was running!)

However I can report that the original wooden seat has been replaced with a padded leather unit and it seemed quite comfortable.

What I found most impressive was the 'Core' sandcast frame. Well, frame, fuel tank and airbox, as it's all the one component that does all of those jobs. And just how very cool the whole bike is in the flesh.

Monday, May 24, 2010


With 12 months of reviewing cafes under my belt its high time i put some focus back on to my own cafe.
When I first pitched the idea of doing cafe reviews from a motorcyclists perspective to the team at Kiwi Rider I used my own cafe as a test bed. It was that first article that started something very unique and covers both my passions in life... bikes and food, having worked all my life in the food industry and having a life long passion for all things motorcycling you could say I'm in heaven , doing what I love to do.
 Have a look at my place, or why not come out and see us and grab a slice of paradise... ask for the Gastrom rider, if I'm not out the back cooking up a storm, I'm out riding looking for a place to recommend to you guys and gals.


New Suzuki Cruiser Web Site Online.

Auckland dealer Colemans Suzuki launched their new web site ‘’ at Auckland Venue ‘The Secret Garden’ earlier this month.

On hand to kick things off were representatives from Coleman’s, Suzuki and Forbes & Davies.

MC Matt Humphrey introduced Simon Meade from Suzuki NZ to the group and Simon gave an interesting talk on the history of the Big ‘S’ in NZ and their recent 50th Anniversary.

Bevan Standish from importer Forbes and Davies gave another interesting talk and then it was over to Alistair from Colemans for a run down on the new site and the unveiling of three new models in the Boulevard Range.

The ME109, M90 and M50 all have received a ‘facelift’ for 2010 and the Owner’s group were the first to see them. As the covers came off to end formal proceedings the arrival of copious amounts of Pizza signalled the start of a good social event as well.

You can follow the scuttlebutt and get all the news from Colemans on their web sites – log on to for the full scoop.




note: no idea why its a Jewish wedding but funny all the same

Friday, May 21, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Following on from the KTM 350SX-F action video here is another great interview with Stefan Everts talking about his heavy involvement from the beginning of the project to its highly anticipated release.


As the world launch calls it a rap in Stefan Everts Spanish playground near Barcelona, so to does the media hype surrounding the factory release of the brand new 2011 KTM350SX-F.

Here is a cool video from the KTM factory showing 10x World Motocross Champion Stefan Everts on the bike.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Well there are a heap of cafes a rider can head to. The ones i like are out of the way places , here is a link to my u tube site and something im trying out along side my regular monthly article, but if you want the full skinny on this cafe you will have to look out for it in an up and coming magazine,
The Gastrom rider

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


By Big Dave

If you frequent the Motorcycle communities online you’ll find that some of the most popular topics, ‘off topic’, are guitars or music.

Glamorising the freewheeling or rebellious lifestyle of motorcyclists has been a popular theme in many a three minute anthem. Which begs the question; What is the Greatest Tune Ever?

Here are some to conjure with:

Born to be Wild - Steppenwolf.
The tune is as iconic as the movie Easy Rider. The opening credits are a vision of freedom and the open road to adventure. Gets your motor running?

The Motorcycle Song – Arlo Guthrie
Even Arlo calls it a stupid song, but the people who nominate it understand the significance of the pickle.

Bat out of Hell - Meatloaf
I’m gonna hit the highway like a battering ram on a Silver Black Phantom Bike. Nuff Said? Legend. Epic and the studio album gave us possibly the best wall of sound since Phil Spector.

Roll Me Away – Bob Segar
You’d want your whole life to play out like this song. Ride – get girl – ride – resolve to do better. Can you look at your motorcycle and listen to this song and not feel uplifted? Unfortunately there isn't a clip - so all we have is purple lyrics. All it needs.

Motorbikin’ – Chris Spedding.
It was his only hit but it hits the spot.
Motorbikin’, Motorbikin’, Motorbikin’, Motorcycling.
OK - so it's not deep – but the spirit is willing.

Or, if you don’t think it’s one of those five – have a look at our playlist here:
So far we've put together around 80 tunes that feature, or are about, motorcycles.
Maybe it's Bon Jovi On a Steel Horse, The Beach Boys on a Little Honda, Lou Reed, or Satriani?

Vote for them as 'other' and let us know what you think it is.
Remember 'Greatness' has a certain mass or popular appeal associated with it.

(Let us know if we've missed any off the KR playlist too.)

Monday, May 17, 2010


With Yamaha one of the last remaining and continuing manufacturers to produce 2-strokes its pretty cool to see Yamaha America develop the YZ125.

Who knows if enough interest is displayed maybe Yamaha will look at producing a fair dinkum YZ150 2-stroke to compete against the 4-stroke 250F's. And surely fuel injected 2-strokes cant be far around the corner.

As for the kits availability in's an unknown at this point. For now enjoy the video linked to Racer X Online.

Video » GYTR Yamaha YZ144

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Thursday, May 13, 2010


Whilst putting in some seriously pukka training laps aboard his Troy Lee Honda CRF450R at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino Southern California on May 7th Ben Townley manages to narrowly avoid a major crash.

If you watch right to the end of the video you will see Ben disappear over a brow then reappear right before he hits one of many large table tops plotted around the Glen Helen Raceway circuit. Unbeknown to Ben another rider had stopped in the middle of the jump, obviously checking his altimeter and barometer, leaving him wide open for a serious injury. Unbelievably Ben narrowly skims the top of the stopped riders helmet and in the process gets such a huge fright that you can actually see BT consider checking out and jumping off the front end!

Luckily for BT he saves what could have been a huge get off.

As for the other guy? Well according to BT's old man, Grant Townley, the force of BT's wheels skimming his helmet knocked him out unconscious for around 3mins!

The video beggars all belief!


Here's a collection of motorcycle tests and ride reports by Big Dave. Some of his favourites published since the mag's re-launch into the current format.


If were ever wondered what the oldest running motorcycle event may be in the world? I reckon you would be hard pressed to find one that has been running for longer than the Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT), considering its just completed its 99th running. Kiwi extreme legend Chris Birch flew over to find out what all the fuss was about.

If six days competing 30 sections a day in grueling conditions on a trials bike sounds pathetic then you are highly mistaken. Birchy reckoned it was one of the most intense things he's raced so far, but I will leave that up to him to explain in his up and coming SSDT 2010 feature in the July issue of KR. Until then if you see Birchy out and about crack him a high five for finishing the race with a first class medal.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


By Big Dave.
Here's some video to go with the Harley Trike Test in this month's KR:

Photo set is here:

Monday, May 10, 2010


As all you motorcycle buffs would agree there is no better thing than going for a wobble on a nice sunny day in this country we call Gods own, and what better thing to do than head out to a cafe with a couple of mates to talk some shite and sample some culinary delights.

We have in New Zealand a Cafe culture that can stand proud amongst the best in the world and we as motor cyclists are out there supporting as patrons to some very good cafes serving up local cuisine and making coffee you just cant get overseas, couple that with the amazing scenery we have and fairly good roads, you have a recipe for a great days ride.

I have been writing for Kiwi Rider for about a year now and have only scratched the surface of what this country has to offer a 2 wheeled cafe cruiser and look forward to adding more articles so you too can enjoy this culture of gastronomic adventure.

Here are some pics of a few places that have been published in KR, I hope you enjoy them as much as  I have visiting them, and if you know of a cafe that deserves a recommendation or a visit from the Gastrom Rider drop me a line and I will check it out.


What will they think of next!


Friday, May 7, 2010


If you looking for some new threads to keep you happy through the winter months....let alone make you stand out from the crowd Scott is launching a new line of racewear very soon.

Keep an eye on the brand as it takes on the big guns in the off-road apparel industry.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Another legend from the international racing stage has passed away this week. American Motocross legend Danny Chandler set the world on fire in the early 1980's with his flare and race wit. His style, unique at the time, was to alter the stage for world Motocross as he lived race by race and in doing so hoarded a legion of fans that flocked to witness the amazing talent of this truly sensational American racer.

Danny “Magoo” Chandler has beaten many of the world’s most highly regarded legends like Dave Thorpe, Eric Geboers, Kurt Nicoll, Jean-Jacques Bruno and Andre Malherbe. He dipped his natural obsession and talent into anything motorcycle related, and more often than not totally outwitting his competition with insatiable tenacity and a monstrous killer instinct.

To many the hero Magoo will never be forgotten. If you get a chance I highly recommend searching YouTube, keyword Magoo, for a real insight into the life and racing talent of Danny Chandler. When men were men, Magoo performed things with his factory bikes that were light years beyond his competition.

Here are a couple of YouTube videos of the Magoo legend. Enjoy


By Big Dave.
Big Green's web site says: ‘Conceived at the exclusive Kawasaki design facility in Akashi, Japan, the ER-6n represents a bold new era for Kawasaki and fresh opportunities both for existing riders and those who have previously not considered the merits of motorcycling. A machine for riders of all ages and abilities whether male or female, the core appeal of the ER-6n is that of a motorcycle at the very cutting edge of contemporary design, just as pleasing to look at as it is to ride.’

In what is now a recurring theme I jagged a ride on some  nice bikes on either side of a KR Editorial meeting.

One of them had completely flown under my radar of nice motorcycles, too. (Note 'witty' Airport pic.)

It was a delivery job. I’ve had the long term Moto Guzzi Stelvio for a while, but it’s time to hand it on, so back to KR it went.

After the meeting I returned the ER-6n test bike back to Kawasaki, and I took the long way again (as per Bonneville A1 post).

I headed south quite a ways further than was necessary because I was well impressed with the way the tidy black number went.

Lovely engine, road manners, brakes and very crisp middleweight performance. That Buell-like underslung muffler makes the 649cc parallel twin sound very nice too.

Actually, that’s not too long a bow to draw either – the bike has some of the same attractions as a Buell City X and a Street Triple.

It’s quite pokey (as in responsive), although that said, it’s not a large bike either, but it will power stand without too much effort.

For $13k this is a very, very pleasant bike. Obviously the quote 'peviously not considered the merits of motorcycling ' is for other markets - but  I will add it too my list of 'recommended for step up and return-to-riding types'.

We’ll have a full road test in an upcoming KR.

The shizzle is on the Kawasaki site here:

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Next Hampton Downs Ride Day: Saturday 15th May
The last Ride Day at Hampton Downs was all but sold out before the event, with only a dozen places available on the day.  These places were quickly snapped up and we had to turn people away.  The next Ride Day is on Saturday 15th May, so book now to avoid disappointment.  If you haven’t done so already, register on our website so that you can secure your place online at  If you do this before Saturday 8th May you will get the online booking discount.

Future dates are also shown on the website, and are available for booking now.

Gear and Bike Hire
Our regulations state that you are required to wear a full leather suit, gloves, approved helmet and shin high boots to participate in a Hampton Downs Ride Day.  If your gear doesn’t meet these criteria, don’t worry - we can hire it to you for the day!  That's right, for a small additional cost, we can kit you out in the latest Teknic leather suits, Arai helmet and Alpinestars boots and gloves for the entire day.

We also have a fleet of Suzuki K9 GSX-R600 motorcycles available for hire.  These have been racetrack prepared and ready for you to ride!  Each bike has been outfitted with Racers Edge fairings and wears Dunlop's super sticky ‘Qualifier’ tyres, so they go as good as they look!

Hire costs:
  • Bike only = $349*
  • Bike insurance = $376*
  • Riding gear (1 piece or all) = $75*
  • Package cost for bike & riding gear = $409*

To book bike and/or gear hire, simply select the appropriate option on your online booking form.  If you wish to take the insurance option, please speak to Darren or Rachel on (09) 412 6266, and we will organise it for you.

* Bike hire price includes fuel and regular tyre wear, however an additional tyre levee may be imposed if tyre wear is considered excessive.
* A $1,000 deposit is required for every bike hiring, with an additional $3,500 excess applicable if the insured option is not taken. Repairs are charged per accident to a maximum of $4,500 without the insurance, or $1,000 with the insurance.
* A $500 excess is applicable for every riding gear hire. Alternatively, cash holdings for the above amount can be organised for the day of the event. You must provide a current unrestricted motorcycle license on the day of your hiring.
* If bike and gear are hired together, the deposit will be $1500
* The deposit amount will be pre-authorised on your credit card on the morning of your event.



Countless racing teams all over the world have good reasons to choose MOTOREX products - the oils’ outstanding performance is a well known fact in the racing scene, as are their wear reduction and enhanced engine performance. But a reigning world champion relying on MOTOREX support in his quest for the highest title of all is a special sign of confidence even for the Langenthal-based lubrication experts. “We are looking very much forward to the cooperation with Aoyama and Honda”, says Ronald Kabella, MOTOREX Director Powersports. “The MotoGP is the series that most effectively allows us to bring in our massive know-how about four-stroke racing engines“.

Securing history’s last 250cc world championship title for Honda in 2009, Hiroshi Aoyama remains true to the brand that has supported him since the beginning of his impressive career. The Japanese rider known for his consistent performance found a place on the grid and a competitive bike with Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team, launching a Honda RC212V in Moto GP after competing successfully in smaller classes for some years.

For MOTOREX, the co-operation with Aoyama and his Team marks a swift return to the Grand Prix scene - the withdrawal of the KTM factory team in late 2008 had brought on a creative time-out for the Swiss maker of high performance lubricants - which now ended sooner than expected with the ascent to the Moto GP class.

Besides the Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team and numerous other racing teams in various motor sports, it is mainly the customers that benefit from MOTOREX’ commitment to motor sports, as every piece of experience gained by the Swiss experts is immediately applied to the research and production of MOTOREX products on their way to the shelves of specialised shops.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Congratulations to KR Subscriber Mr Andrew Marsden whose name was drawn as the winner of $6,000 worth of Road or Dirt Bike gear from Nationwide Accessories.

Andrew has been notified and we'll organise a photo op soon.

He can choose from a fabulous range of new gear, including AGV Helmets, Pirelli Tyres, Repsol Oils, Tsubaki Chains, EBC brake pads, sprockets, riding jeans and heaps more.

Check out all they have to offer at

KR thanks the Management and Staff at Nationwide for their support of another successful promotion - and congrats again to Andrew.

Monday, May 3, 2010


By Big Dave
Auckland retailer Motomail has been appointed as the City's Dealer for Royal Enfield Motorcycles.

'We have 2 bikes on display in the Showroom already and our Demonstrator unit arrives on Friday, May 7th', Managing Director Chris Hyland informs.

'Cool, how many models will you be offering?' I asked innocently.

'Three' he said with a grin. 'The EFI Bullet in Black, The EFI Bullet in Burgundy and The EFI Bullet in Blue.'

The 500cc Single retails for $11,995 and looks like a great way to get in touch with some traditional motorcycling.

Motomail will be offering after sales, servicing and spares in house too.

Our images of Stretch on the KR test bike went viral last week and site traffic went through the roof. Check these if you haven't already seen them.

Here's Mike Esdaile's Test from the April 2010 Edition:


By Big Dave.
It started when the Rocket III Roadster test bike needed its first service. I dropped the big black beastie in at TNZ and absconded with one of their fleet to a KIWIRIDER editorial meeting.

Actually, Michael B’s Bonneville A1 was offered as a loaner and I cruised over to the meeting looking resplendent in white. I don’t mind admitting that after we hatched our next batch of KR cunning plans I took the long (Scenic Drive) way back to base, because I was really enjoying said resplendence.

The Hinckley Bonneville has come a long way since the 2001 release. I’ll never forget the way a faulty crankcase breather caused the first new one in the country to dump a litre of oil in the car park on its first official outing.  I was with several RATs as we made our way to the first RAT Raid at Taupo. One of AMPS mechanics was on board. 10 of us stopped for a leg stretch and new Bonne threw up its lunch.

Nervous on debut? It had been sucking oil into the airbox for some time and when the motor was turned off... gusher. ‘See – I told you they are genuine’ seemed a fitting comment at the time. It was an embarrassing glitch to start with, but the ‘fullness of time’ has shown that it was a oncer from one of the first units produced. Following the owner’s fortunes online in various forums (mostly the NTBF) has proved that the bikes have been pretty solid and bullet proof throughout. I know that every model revision has improved the bike, till the point now where this is a very tidy, refined, and sweet motorcycle.

The major changes over the lifetime of the standard Bonne have been the introduction of EFI in 2008 and the 17” front wheel on the 2009SE. These are now standard on the A1 and have made what was a reasonably nice handling unit into one that really makes using all of the available ground clearance a joy.

I definitely rate it as one of the best ‘step-up’ bikes on the market. Those graduating from a restricted or return-to-riding types would do well to have a closer look at a new Bonne.

Power is good without being daunting, it’s a nicely balanced machine, easy to get feet down and it really is one of the great names and ‘feel-goods’ in motorcycling. It’s also pretty good fun for an experienced hand who appreciates a bit of gear and throttle work to really hustle along.

It comes back to my oft repeated mantra. It's much more fun to ride a slow bike fast - than a fast bike slow.

My friend Bruce came around to my house on his restored '72 Bonne the other day. Completely different bike to the new one. It's raw and vibrates and has a certain primal appeal. The new one is clinical and refined and tidy and actually goes a lot faster than it feels like it's doing.

The new unit also made me appreciate the improvements in Kyaba suspension since 2001. Back then it would have been higher on the agenda to upgrade the shocks than it is today. These would do me till they expired.

Michael’s bike is fitted with the Arrow exhaust and the ‘Make my Triumph’ site has the package listed at $18,990 rrp. It sounds delightful without being raucous.

Here’s the official Bonneville page:
Demos are at dealers now.


No, not sheilas! Mostly Suzukis.
Check out the gallery here:

or there is a nice slide show here:


By Big Dave

If you click on the small 'SLIDES' link on the KR front page it will launch a slideshow featuring Big Dave and Co-pilot images collected on our assignments for the Mag. We hope it gives a small impression of the wide variety and scope of two-wheeled activities that are part of NZ every day. (There are still more to add.)

It makes us glad to be riders in this wonderful place.

The full set of headers is here:

But they look much better on the front page!

Saturday, May 1, 2010


Yes, we know it is not exactly 'news' since the last Castrol Six-Hour in New Zealand was run in 1988 but what we are looking for is more information on these results, which Ian Dawson has graciously supplied. This lists the winners from the first race in 1974 (four years after the Aussies, but hey, Kiwis ARE slow learners, right?) right through to the final race in 1988.

OK, anyone got full results (each finisher, and the laps they completed) for all of these?

We are sure Sandra Perry would have carefully filed them away in Huntly House in her many years as MNZ Secretary, but why didn't Pav, or one of the other paid hands, put them up on the MNZ website?


1974 Ginger Molloy - solo - Kawasaki Z1-A
1975 Graeme Crosby - solo - Kawasaki Z1-B
1976 Graeme Crosby - solo - Kawasaki Z1000
1977 Graeme Crosby, Tony Hatton - first pair - Kawasaki Z1000
1978 Dave Hiscock, Neil Chivas - Suzuki GS1000
1979 Dave Hiscock, Neil Chivas - Suzuki GSX1100 (first model)
1980 Dave Hiscock, Neil Chivas - Suzuki GSX1100 Black piper
1981 Malcolm Campbell, Mick Cole - Honda CB1100R
1982 Dave Hiscock, Neville Hiscock - Suzuki GSX1100 Katana
1983 Bill Biber, Phil Payne - Honda VFR750
1984 Alan DeLatour, Dave Martin - Honda VF1000F
1985 Dave Hiscock, Neil Chivas - Suzuki GSX-750
1986 Aaron Slight, Rob Doran - Yamaha FZ750
1987 Aaron Slight, Wayne Clark - Yamaha FZR1000
1988 Tony Rees, Dave Hicks - Yamaha FZR1000