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This is how rumours start: Guy Martin to race for Honda at 2017 TT?



If we live in a world where everything is regurgitated, how do we know what’s even real anymore?

Take this with a huge pinch of salt, but we’ve just seen a report by ITV News that says that Guy Martin is all set to return to the Isle of Man TT in 2017. And he’ll be doing it on a Honda.

For those not familiar with the way of ‘the news’ in Britain, ITV is traditionally only second to BBC with regards to reliability with regards to their sources, so it’s only to be expected that we would have received tip-offs in the double figures with regards to the story and its apparent legitimacy.

The only problem? ITV Granada (the broadcast region for the channel that covers the North West – including the Isle of Man) is reporting as their source the Drive Tribe social network. And this means that the story could have literally been written by anyone; because although the site is supposedly run by ex-Top Gear heads Richard Hammond, James May and Jeremy Clarkson, you can bet that they’re not sub-editing the hundreds of posts being made to the site every day.

The ‘tribe’ responsible for the original post on the Drive Tribe website is ‘Bike Throttle‘ who make no reference to their source within their original post, just that they ‘can confirm‘ the news and that they’ve ‘been told Guy has finally agreed to a deal to ride the all-new Fireblade for this year’s TT’.

Remember that it’s only a few weeks since we heard an equally dubious rumour about the TT movie, Matt Damon and Liam Neeson?

We reached out to Honda themselves and Gary Inman, friend of Guy Martin and the journalist/writer responsible for the majority of Mr Martin’s verbal output in printed form for comment. But we’re about 98% convinced that this is entirely made-up news.

The remaining 2%?

1% is comprised of ‘this is a world in which Trump and Brexit have happened’, and the other 1% is ‘this is Guy Martin we’re talking about so literally anything is possible!’ 

Source: ITV News (ish) via Drive Tribe (ish) via Bike Throttle.

Pic: Channel 4

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Custom of the Week: Yamaha SR500 ‘Scrambler’ by Daniel Peter




SCRAMBLERS ARE A HOT TOPIC. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.

But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.

“When I was four years old, my BMX bike became my life,” he explains. “It was so simple, yet so fun. Just wheels, pedals and brakes. I’d ride it to the beach, jump a few curbs along the way, race my friends. Those were the good days.”

“30 years later, I set out to build a motorcycle based on the same principles. There’s nothing on this bike that doesn’t need to be there. It has wheels, a punchy engine and great brakes. I didn’t even put a speedo on it, because I never looked at the one on my last bike.”

Daniel works as a photographer in Chicago, but wrenches during the winter to keep his passion for riding alive. He keeps a workshop in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, outfitted with a tool cabinet, a welder, and a 1940s South Bend lathe.

This 1978-model Yamaha SR500 is the fourth Yamaha 500 he’s built to date. “It’s the most simple, yet the most thorough, of the bunch,” he says.

The motor’s been bumped to 540 cc, with a grocery list of go-fast bits that includes a lighter XT500 crank, a new piston from JE and a Megacycle cam for better torque down low.

R&D valve springs with titanium caps, a Powerdynamo ignition and a high-flow oil pump from Kedo round out the package.

Hoos Racing refreshed the crank and cut new valve seats for Daniel, but he tackled the rest of the rebuild himself. Every single bearing and seal was replaced along the way too. As for the carb, it’s been swapped out for a 39 mm Keihin FCR flatslide number, fed by a fat K&N filter.

The exhaust system is a combination of a custom made stainless steel header, and a Cone Engineering muffler.

The SR rolls on 17” supermoto wheels, borrowed from a KTM (front) and a Honda CRF450 (rear). They’re wrapped in Pirelli MT60 Corsa tread; a 120 up front, and a chunky 160 on the 5” rear rim. (“It juuust fits,” says Daniel.)

The brakes have been upgraded with a mix of Brembo and Beringer parts, with an RCS 14 radial master cylinder up front.

On top is an aluminum Yamaha XT500 fuel tank, wrapped in a paint scheme “inspired by an unforgettable riding trip through Baja.” Just behind it is a new saddle from MotoLanna, with a new kicked-up subframe loop.

It’s just about spring in Chicago, so Daniel must be itching to rack up the miles on his SR500. And we’re betting it’s going to be impossible to get him off it.

A version of this article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here with permission.

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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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