• 4 New Honda Gold Wing Replacement Screens From Skidmarx

    The sixth generation 2018 Honda Gold Wing Gl 1800 was a complete redesign and rebuild from the ground up. There’s a new chassis and sharper styling. Plus the engine might be the same capacity as the previous 1833cc version, but it’s smaller, smoother and more powerful. But even with such big improvements, you might still need one of the 4 new Honda Gold Wing replacement screens from Skidmarx.

    4 New Honda Gold Wing Replacement Screens From Skidmarx

    There are a few reasons for picking one of the aftermarket screens, depending on your exact needs. The Skidmarx Standard screen is the direct replacement you’d imagine. So it’s a good choice if you’ve had damage to your original screen, and need something that will fit straight in.

    All of the Skidmarx screens are made in the UK from 4mm cast acrylic, so they won’t flex in the wind. And they use the original mountings to fit. And they’re also all available in a choice of clear, light or dark tints. So you might just fancy a darker screen to improve the look of your Gold Wing. Or maybe you just want to keep the original screen in mint condition, for the cost of a £99.95 replacement.

    Skidmarx Standard Screen for the Honda Gold Wing

    If you’ve been inspired by the 41kg lighter, 125bhp 2018 Gold Wing, maybe you’d like the Skidmarx Sports Screen for the GL1800. It’s just 36cm tall compared to the standard version (which is 53cm x 48cm). So you’ll cut down the frontal area of the bike considerably.

    You’re probably not about to take your Gold Wing on a track day, but some riders prefer to be in the wind, especially in warmer weather. And at £99.95, it’s affordable enough to try the screen out and see if you prefer it.

    Skidmarx Sport Screen for the Honda Gold Wing

    But the main reason why aftermarket screens are popular for touring motorcycles is when they’re bigger. That can be to increase the shelter from wind and weather for taller riders, or just provide a bigger bubble of air to relax in when you’re on a long trip.

    So there are two options for cutting down the buffeting and wind noise on the 2018 Honda GL1800 Gold Wing from Skidmarx. The first is the Tall Screen, which is 62cm x 51cm wide, and costs £109.95.

    Skidmarx Tall Screen for the Honda Gold Wing

    But if you’re looking for the biggest replacement screen for your Honda Gold Wing, then check out the Skidmarx Tall and Wide ‘super size’ version. Like the Tall screen it’s got a flip-up lip for coverage beyond the 69cm and 54cm wide screen itself. But you’ll still pay the same £109.95 despite the extra few centimetres of cast acrylic.

    So if you own a 2018 Honda GL1800 Gold Wing, you can now choose the right screen to match your personal preference.

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  • Marquez Wins The Fastest Qualifier BMW For The 6th Time

    There’s a feeling of the inevitable as Marc Marquez wins the Fastest Qualifier BMW for the 6th time. As the ‘Official Car of MotoGP’ for 20 years, the BMW M Award has been given to the fastest qualifying performance across each season since 2003. And for the past six years, that’s meant a new BMW added to the Marquez garage.

    Marquez Wins The Fastest Qualifier BMW For The 6th Time
    Marquez Wins The Fastest Qualifier BMW For The 6th Time

    Motorcycle racers are legendary for their ability to use and abuse hire cars. But Marquez now has enough to start loaning out his own collection. For six consecutive years he has been awarded the latest in the BMW M range as a reward for his qualification achievements.

    Marc Marquez Wins The MotoGP Fastest Qualifier BMW For 6th Consecutive Year

    Given his success at the highest level of motorcycle racing, it’s no surprising Marquez has broken several qualifying records along the way. Since 2003, the BMW Awards have seen him become the first rookie to achieve it in 2013, the first rider to win three in-a-row in 2015, and first rider to achieve four awards in 2016. Considering he’s a five-time MotoGP champion at the age of 25, it might be wise to invest in a bigger garage for the future.

    MotoGP champion Marc Marquez, BMW President Markus Flasch and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta
    MotoGP champion Marc Marquez, BMW President Markus Flasch and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta

    This year Marquez drives away in a new 2018 BMW M3 CS. Not necessarily a match for his Repsol Honda RC213V. But still the most powerful BMW M3 so far, with a 460hp M TwinPower turbo inline-six-cylinder engine achieving 0-100 kmh in 3.9 seconds. It’s got a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, adaptive suspension, full leather interior and 19 inch alloys.

    “I can hardly believe that I have won the BMW M Award for the sixth time running,” said Márquez at the award ceremony at Valencia. “One year ago, I announced here that my objective for 2018 was to claim this sixth victory – and I have actually managed it. That makes me very proud. Now I can hardly wait to get behind the wheel of this fantastic BMW M3 CS. I want to thank BMW M GmbH for providing the BMW M Award as an accolade for the fastest qualifier. This shows special appreciation for us as MotoGP riders. The prospect of winning this prize provides even more motivation for us when qualifying starts on Saturdays.”

    Marc Marquez Receives His 2018 BMW M3 CS From BMW President Markus Flasch

    The BMW M Award is based on a points system allocated for the MotoGP qualifying each weekend. And the rider with the most points over the season gets a brand new BMW M series. Marc Marquez holds the record with six awards, followed by Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner who each received 3. Jorge Lorenzo is next on 2, and 1 award has gone to both Sete Gibernau and Nicky Hayden.

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  • Peter Hickman Wins His Third Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix

    It’s a hat trick as Peter Hickman wins his third Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix. The British Superbikes and road racing star led an all-British podium finishing ahead of team-mate Michael Rutter and Martin Jessopp. The 2018 event was the 52nd time the event has been held, and followed wins for Hickman in 2015 and 2016.

    Peter Hickman Wins His Third Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix
    Peter Hickman Wins His Third Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, ahead of Michael Rutter and Martin Jessopp

    The race on the 6.120 street circuit finished on lap nine of 12 after the race was red-flagged due to a crash involving Phil Crowe and Ben Whylie. The early leader had been Honda-mounted Michael Rutter, before Hickman was able to move past on the Aspire-Ho by Bathams Racing BMW S 1000 RR.

    2018 Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix
    The 2018 Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix gets started

    Hickman was the pre-race favourite after claiming his first Macau pole start. And the Louth-based rider moved into the lead on lap 3. He began to pull away from Rutter and the chasing riders including Jessopp, Danny Webb and Gary Johnson until the race was brought to a premature end.

    Michael Rutter Leads The 2018 Macau GP From Eventual Winner Peter Hickman
    Michael Rutter Leads The 2018 Macau GP From Eventual Winner Peter Hickman

    A delighted Peter Hickman said: “Michael got a much better start than me which is usual as he is always good off the line. I was quite happy to just sit there and follow him to watch where he was strong and where he wasn’t. I could hear the Ducati behind me so realised Martin was fairly close so after the third lap I decided it was time to go and got my head down, passed Michael and began to pull a bit of a gap.

    After half distance he began to gain ground on me and was only 0.7s behind so thought I had better get my head down again and pull the gap back out again. I looked at the TV screen at Lisboa and saw that I had pulled away again but unfortunately the red flag came out. I really hope the boys involved are ok, which is the main thing to be honest. It is fantastic for myself, the Smiths Racing crew, (I had my usual team around me) and Aspire-Ho Bathams who are the sponsors for the team, to give them a win here is absolutely brilliant.”

    Peter Hickman on the Bathams BMW at the 2018 Macau GP
    Peter Hickman on the Bathams BMW at the 2018 Macau GP

    Hickman has achieved wins in every international race in 2018, along with qualifying for the British Superbike Showdown. That includes victory in the Superstock and Senior TT at the Isle of Man TT, along with the fastest lap record of 135.452mph. Plus victories at the North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix.

    Behind the podium finishers of Hickman, Rutter and Jessopp were Danny Webb (BMW) and Gary Johnson (Kawasaki). Horst Saiger took sixth ahead of Davo Johnson, Derek Sheils and Davey Todd. Completing the top ten was the returning John McGuinness.

    Davey Todd, Didier Grams and Michael Sweeney - 2018 Macau GP
    Davey Todd, Didier Grams and Michael Sweeney – 2018 Macau GP

    In total, 24 riders completed the race, with Craig Neve the final classified finisher. Only Davy Morgan and Didier Grams failed to finish, as the red flag meant Wylie and Crowe were included in the provisional results in 15th and 16th place. Fortunately the reports are that Wylie was taken to hospital with injuries understood to not be serious, and Crowe was pretty much unscathed. The crash occurred at Fisherman’s Bend as Wylie struck the barrier on his Bimota before Crowe collided with the fallen motorcycle.

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  • Casey Stoner And Ducati Part Ways After 3 Years

    After three years, Casey Stoner and Ducati part ways. The Australian two-time MotoGP champion has been a test rider for the Italian firm since 2016, including developing the Desmosedici GP bike, and the Panigale V4.

    Stoner has also appeared at various events as a Ducati brand ambassador, including World Ducati Week and other events. He originally rode for the team in 2007, taking the MotoGP title in his first year. And stayed with them until the end of 2010. After retiring from racing in 2012, he tested for other manufacturers and made a one-off appearance in the 2015 Suzuka 8 Hours before signing a deal with Ducati.

    Casey Stoner And Ducati Part Ways - Pictured in 2017 with Andrea Dovizioso

    “Casey is and will always remain in the hearts of Ducatisti and it is also on their behalf that we wish to thank him for the important collaboration he has offered us over the last three years,” commented Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. “His technical indications and suggestions, together with the work and the feedback of the factory riders and Michele Pirro, have helped to make the Desmosedici GP one of the most competitive bikes on the grid, and his advice for the development of our production bikes has been just as precious and useful. Ducati and its many fans wish to offer their sincere thanks and their best wishes to Casey and his family for a serene and happy future.”

    Casey Stoner And Ducati Part Ways - Testing in 2017

    “I want to thank Ducati for the great memories and especially the support and enthusiasm of the Ducati fans for our shared passion for racing and motorcycling, I’ll always remember this,“ added Casey Stoner. “Over the past three years I have really enjoyed doing my job with the test team, the engineers and technicians, as we worked towards improving the Desmosedici GP package and I sincerely want to wish the team all the very best for their future endeavours.”

    Casey Stoner And Ducati Part Ways - Testing in 2017

    After retiring at just 27 years of age, there has been constant speculation about whether Stoner might return to racing competitively. Or where he might contribute in 2019. There have been rumours that Alberto Puig has been keen for the Australian to test again with Honda, alongside Stefan Bradl. Stoner won his second world title for the Japanese factory and tested with them before his Ducati deal.

    Meanwhile Ducati will get ready for 2019 with Andrea Dovizioso, new team-mate Danilo Petrucci and continuing test rider and occasional MotoGP wildcard Michele Pirro.

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  • Tesla Model S – Driven

    It’s fair to say our first drive of the Tesla Model S is not entirely going to plan. Fellow scribe Phil Huff is peering through the rear window with a slightly quizzical expression. “You’ve broken it,” he jokes.

    Tesla Model S85

    Tesla Model S85

    It later transpires this assessment might not be so far from the truth. Right now, however, we’re locked outside what could well be the future of motoring, stranded at our photo location just above the Milbrook Hill Route (famously the road on which 007 totalled his Aston Martin in Casino Royale). There are worse places to be marooned, admittedly, and it provides a good opportunity to reflect on what we have gleaned about the car so far.

    The Model S has been around for a couple of years now, but recent months have seen a growing number taking to our roads. It’s a discretely handsome sports saloon with a generous luggage capacity and enough room to seat five adults. There’s even the option of two additional rear-facing seats in the boot, should you need them. Outwardly, there are almost no clues to the fact that this is an all-electric vehicle, but as such it’s exempt from road tax and the Congestion Charge. Perhaps more importantly, it also falls into the lowest bracket for company car tax.

    Things are a little more radical on the inside. The massive 17-inch touch screen display is not only the largest, but also the cleverest that we’ve encountered, controlling everything from the sat nav to the sunroof. It’s like sitting inside Google.

    Tesla Model S85 Interior

    Tesla Model S85 Interior

    The dashboard itself is a strikingly simple design, clad – in the case of our test car – in Alcantara and carbon fibre. The quality of the materials is first rate and they lend the cabin a bespoke feel that distinguishes the Tesla from its more mainstream competitors.

    But enough of the pleasantries, what’s it like to drive? Really rather good, in short. You can feel the mass when pressing on – it weighs a not-inconsiderably 2.1 tons – but the combination of prodigious thrust and near-total silence from the electric powertrain is quite surreal.

    Right now the internet is awash with videos of this car’s twin-engined evil twin, the P85D, demolishing supercars from a standing start. Our test car is ‘only’ the single-engined carisoprodol buy rear-wheel drive S85 model, but even this comparatively mild example of the breed feels good for its claimed 5.4 second nought-to-sixty time.

    Where the Model S really scores, though, is response. With 440 Nm of torque available instantly, right from a standing start, overtaking urge is never more than a twitch of the toe away. There’s no shortage of grip either, with decent chassis balance and chunky, if somewhat lifeless, steering.

    A small confession here: in the brief time we had with the car, I didn’t think to check which of the two braking modes had been selected. As sampled, lifting off the accelerator resulted in something not unlike conventional engine braking, while the middle pedal had a pleasingly natural feel. It certainly wasn’t the alien experience you might expect from a regenerative braking system.

    Tesla Model S85

    Tesla Model S85

    All of this, of course, means little if you can’t get in to drive it. Having soaked up the Bedfordshire sunshine for 20 minutes a support car is dispatched to recover us and the stricken Tesla. The central locking issue is eventually traced to a slightly unlikely culprit, in the form of the dictaphone I’d brought along to record my notes. Apparently this had interfered with the keyless entry fob lying next to it in the centre cupholder. We’ll let you decide whether that constitutes a teething issue or (as one of Tesla’s European representatives insisted) user error.

    But the fact is, the fundamentals of this car are superb. The Model S is reassuringly conventional when you want it to be and yet a genuine game-changer in other respects. It’s more than capable of competing with its internal combustion powered competitors in terms of comfort and performance, with anecdotal evidence suggesting there’s enough real-world range to get you from, say, London to Birmingham.

    Throw in ultra-low running costs, plus more pioneering technology than you can shake a stick at, and it also starts to look like good value, starting at £59,380 on the road. This not a car reserved for hair shirt environmentalists, nor is it a low-volume concept like Volkswagen’s plug-in hybrid XL1. The electric car, it seems, is very much a reality.

    2015 Model S 85

    Performance & Economy 2015 Tesla Model S 85
    Engine 85 kWh Battery
    Transmission Automatic gearbox, rear electric-powered motor, all-wheel drive
    Power (PS / bhp) 366 / 362
    Torque (Nm / lb.ft) 440 / 324
    0 – 60 mph (seconds) 5.4
    Top Speed (mph) 140
    CO2 Emissions (g/km) 0
    VED Band A
    Combined Economy (mpg) n/a (310 mile range)
    Price (OTR) £54,000

    Tesla Model S85
    Tesla Model S85
    Tesla Model S85
    Tesla Model S85 Luggage Compartment
    Tesla Model S85 Seats In Boot
    Tesla Model S85 Interior
    Tesla Model S85
    Tesla Model S85
    Tesla Model S85

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