Monday, April 30, 2007

Interphone Bluetooth

Saw this at the Mas Moto Madrid show last week and decided to try two of them as bike to bike communicators on the way back. We asked Carlos, on the Interphone stand, to charge them up ready for us leaving an hour later. The batteries weren't fully charged but we couldn't afford to wait any longer.
The setting up was easy and we were off on our way back to Castalla. We were very impressed. It rained most of the way back and the Interphone didn't falter. The Interphone worked well between the two bikes and we manged to talk all the way to Albacete before Ray's battery ran out.
I later tested it with a bluetooth phone and it took less than a minute to set up and worked great.

If you want one - the recommended price is 175 € - then contact me at and we will guarantee you a better deal - especially for Tour and Track Club members.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

International Fire-fighters Event

Tour and Track will be organising an international motorcycle event for fire-fighters from the UK and Spain later this year. The event is aimed at being fun motorcycling for all skills of motorcyclists with an edge of competition just to keep the wits sharp. The initial plans include at least 2 track days and 2 touring days with a Spain vs UK event.
If you are a fire-fighter or retired fire-fighter and you are interested in the event then contact Lol Duffy on (0034) 678 628 660 or

Tour and Track Club Classics

From Sunday 30th September 2007 until Sunday 7th October 2007 the Tour and Track Club Classics section will be holding a rally in the Foia de Castalla northwest of Alicante, Spain. The full details will be released soon so keep checking on the web.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Welcome to - The official Isle of Man TT 2007 website

Welcome to - The official Isle of Man TT 2007 website

Peter Dawson to Ride in TT

Club President Peter Dawson will be taking part in the Isle of Man TT this year as part of the centenary celebrations. The bike Peter will be riding is the 1911 TT Matchless pictured left.

In the words of Peter, "This is the bike I will be riding in the re-enactment of the first TT in the Isle of Man. Although the first TT was held in 1907 they are allowing bikes of the general era as there are not enough of the 1907 bikes left.
There is no gearbox or clutch - when the engine stops the bike stops. It is rated at 3.5 hp which equates to 500 cc. as far as I know this was made for the TT for the year 1911 and is the only one left. The brakes leave something to be desired but luckily all the bikes will be going the same way."

There was a rumour that Peter was at the first TT. Good Luck Peter.
The re-enactment is on 28th May at 10am. Send your messages of support to Peter at

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Mas Moto Madrid - Motorcycle Show

Feria de Madrid

Does anyone know much about this as the publicity on the web site seems poor.

BMW K 1200 R Sport - Try Your Spanish

Web Page

BMW completa la gama K 1200 con la nueva R Sport, la versión semicarenada que se sitúa entre la deportividad de la R naked y la comodidad de la versión S, aunque su precio, de 15.750 euros, es superior a las dos versiones anteriores. Mantiene el mismo motor de cuatro cilindros en línea y 163 cv, y un chasis heredado de la versión desnuda. BMW la ha diseñado para disfrutar de largos recorridos.

Esta K 1200 R Sport, que ya deslumbró en el Salón de Intermot, cuenta con un semicarenado fijo, en el que se inserta un faro idéntico al que monta su hermana la S, que es la nota discordante de este modelo. Esta diseñado para proteger el pecho y los hombros del viento y la lluvia durante la conducción, permitiendo que el usuario tenga una postura erguida.

BMW ha rebajado su altura con el fin de incrementar el equilibrio sobre el asfalto. Además, es cuatro kilos más pesada que el modelo K 1200 R y siete menos que la K 1200 S. Respecto a la imagen externa, se ofrece en color azul y aluminio, ambas con sillín negro.

El motor es el mismo que el resto de la gama K1200, tetracilíndrico de 1.157 cc que entrega una potencia de 163 CV, que cuenta con una caja de cambios de seis marchas integrada en cuerpo del motor.

La K 1200 R Sport destaca por su amplio catálogo de equipamiento opcional, como el sistema ABS integral, al igual que la suspensión de regulación electrónica ESA, que permite, mediante un botón, ajustar la amortiguación y suspensión trasera haciéndola más dura, según las necesidades de la conducción.

Monday, April 02, 2007

BBC SPORT - Toseland reveals MotoGP ambition

Toseland reveals MotoGP ambition

Las Vegas Ride Out - 06 March 2007

So we arrived in Las Vegas the day before after a series of plane journeys that seemed to last for ever. We were knackered but determined to make the most of it, we being Fina, Liz, Octavio and me.

Liz had arranged to hire a couple of BMW's from a dealer 'BMW Motorcycles of Las Vegas' on South Tenaya Way. Remember that road name!

After lots of form filling, helmet trying, bike inspecting and just plain gossiping we took possession of the two bikes in the picture. Are Germans all tall and do they have strange shaped arses because I've got to say that the 1200 GT that I rode had one of the highest most uncomfortable seats I've ever sat on and Octavio could hardly reach the floor on either of them. Liz and Fina said that their seats were very comfortable.

Our original plan was to go to Red Rock Canyon, to the west of Las Vegas, but Troy, from the BMW dealers suggested we go to the Valley of Fire State Park and the Hoover Dam. He said it was a comfortable ride and we should easily be back by 5pm. We left the dealers heading off in what I thought was the right direction but when we came back past the dealers on the Interstate I knew that something wasn't going to plan. Anyway, after lots of shouting at each other Liz and I finally headed the bikes towards the Hoover Dam.

To be continued ....


Toseland and Ten Kate Honda for MotoGP in 2008?

Route Planning

Found this great site for planning routes using Google maps created by Eugene, a biker from the USA. It takes no time at all to register and you will love its' ease of use.

Sick as a ......

Two parrots sitting on a perch - one says to the other, "Can you smell fish?"

Places to Stay

If you have any places to suggest post a comment to this article.

I would recommend the Caseta Nova which is in the countryside between Castalla and Ibi in the Foia de Castalla, Alicante. The Caseta Nova is a converted farmhouse which offers stylish rooms at reasonable prices. The restaurant is also very good with friendly staff.

Bike Stay - International listing of biker friendly accommodation.

MonoTracer - Very Swiss(h)

Perodua MonoTracer 130hp Cabin Motorcycle

MotoMania Column

Article apeared in Look For It/Buscalo - April 2007

Welcome to the first edition of Tour and Tracks’ MotoMania column in Look For It/Buscalo. As you can see from the up and coming events there is plenty to do for motorcycle enthusiasts this month.

Second Sunday Ride Out
In March we rode from Castalla, through Biar, Villena and Pinoso until we stopped for a break and almuerza in Alguenya. It was a really nice day for a ride along these pleasant country roads. It was also the first day Ray had the chance to attend a Ride Out on his newly purchased Triumph Trophy 1200.

The next Second Sunday Ride Out is on 8th April at 9:30am from Meson El Jardin, Castalla. The 13th of May Ride Out will be an all day event with lunch in Alcalá del Júcar – famous for its caves.

The first round of the MotoGP in Qatar was won by the Australian Casey Stoner on a Ducati with Valentino Rossi coming in second on a Yamaha and Dani Pedrosa third on a Honda. At the time of going to press we are preparing to visit the first European round in Jerez

According to the official MotoGP wesite “the strong pre-season form and historic pedigree of five-time World Champion Valentino Rossi have led the bookmakers to name him favourite for the 2007 MotoGP championship, ahead of current title-holder Nicky Hayden.

Entering the 800cc era, Hayden's Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa has been widely tipped to push Rossi hardest in 2007, as the clear second favourite to win the title, with offering odds of 15/4 on the Spanish rider. Pedrosa was in sparkling form in tests at the end of last season and topped the timesheets again on day three of the Official Test, demonstrating just how good he might be this season.

After his third place finish last season it is perhaps fitting that Loris Capirossi is third favourite to claim the title with many bookmakers, and there are odds of between 6/1 and 10/1 widely available to the punter.

World SuperBikes
The next round of the World SuperBikes competition takes place on April 1st at the Donington track in the UK. It should be well attended as James Toseland from Sheffield on his Honda is leading the competition after the first 4 races.

This is the VentureOne now being developed in the USA with the support of BMW and based on the Carver original. It will do over 100 mph and 100 mpg. The body tilts like a motorcycle while the rear wheels stay planted on the ground. Motorcycle style riding with car style comfort and protection?

MotoMania Column

Article apeared in the Inland Trader - April 2007

Welcome to the April edition of Tour and Tracks’ MotoMania column.

Second Sunday Ride Out
In March we rode from Castalla, through Biar, Villena and Pinoso until we stopped for a break and almuerza in Alguenya. It was a really nice day for a ride along these pleasant country roads. It was also the first day Ray had the chance to attend a Ride Out on his newly purchased Triumph Trophy 1200.

The next Second Sunday Ride Out is on 8th April at 9:30am from Meson El Jardin, Castalla. The 13th of May Ride Out will be an all day event with lunch in Alcalá del Júcar – famous for its caves.

Jerez MotoGP!
We were lucky enough to be at the Jerez MotoGP to see two very exciting competitions in the 125cc and 250cc catagories as well as the 800cc.

In the 125cc race Talmacsi lead largely unchallenged until Derbi's Lukas Pesek caught the Hungarian in the closing stages. The pair then played a game of cat-and-mouse as they reeled off the remaining laps, before fighting for real as the last lap began. Talmacsi successfully defended the lead until Pesek barged past through the stadium section and the Czech rider looked to have victory in the bag as he led out of the last corner but Talmacsi got a cleaner exit and claimed his first non-KTM victory by just 0.014secs at the line. (source

The British rider, Bradley Smith, finished last after being crashed in to while in 8th position.

The 250cc race saw a four-man lead group of Dovizioso, Lorenzo, Barbera and reigning 125cc world champion Alvaro Bautista formed on lap 8 of 26, just as fifth-placed Alex de Angelis got within sight of the frontrunners. The 'fast four' continued to exchange blows, with home star Bautista leading for the first time on lap 12, before 'Dovi' retook command four laps later. A distraught Barbera low-sided out of contention soon after and - with de Angelis still only within watching distance - Lorenzo, Dovizioso and Bautista were left to settle the podium order over the final ten laps. That trio - two Spaniards and an Italian, two Aprilias and a Honda - fought thrilling, literally swapping positions at almost every turn, before a wide line by second-placed Bautista, with three laps to go, delayed both he and Dovizioso - allowing leader Lorenzo vital breathing room. (source

After five races without a win, Valentino Rossi's longest losing streak since 2000 came to an end in Sunday's Spanish Grand Premio. Rossi returned to the top step of the podium for the first time since Sepang last year by leading all 27-laps at Jerez - the predicted challenge of pole sitter Dani Pedrosa never materialising. The Spaniard clung to Rossi for the first half of the race, but thereafter the Italian's Fiat Yamaha broke clear for a confident victory. Colin Edwards came in third getting both Yamahas on the podium.

Mow the lawn in style!
Up and Comming Events:
· 01-04-07 World SuperBikes Donington UK
· 06-04-07 Track Day Rijeka Croatia
· 06/07-04-07 Track Day Valencia Spain
· 06/07-04-07 Track Day Guadix Spain
· 06-04-07 Track Day Jerez Spain
· 08-04-07 TnT Club Second Sunday Ride Out Castalla Spain
· 08/09-04-07 Track Day Guadix Spain
· 08/09-04-07 Track Day Valencia Spain
· 09-04-07 Track Day Rijeka Croatia
· 09/15-04-07 Track Day Jerez Spain
· 15-04-07 Red Bull MotoGP Academy Catalunya Spain
· 15-04-07 World SuperBikes Valencia Spain
· 20-04-07 Track Day Dijon France
· 20/28-04-07 Classic Bike Exhibition Biar Spain
· 22-04-07 MotoGP - Race Day Istanbul Turkey
· 25-04-07 Track Day Catalunya Spain
· 28/29-04-07 Denia Rally/Classic Racing Denia Spain
· 29-04-07 World SuperBikes Assen Netherlands
· 29-04-07 Track Day Jerez Spain
· 30-04-07 Red Bull MotoGP Academy Albacete Spain
· 05/06-05-07 Track Day Almeria Spain
· 06-05-07 MotoGP - Race Day Shanghai China
· 07-05-07 Track Day Almeria Spain
· 07-05-07 Track Day Cartagena Spain
· 11-05-07 Track Day Misano Italy
· 12-05-07 Track Day Jerez Spain
· 13-05-07 TnT Club Second Sunday Ride Out Castalla Spain

See you next month.
Ray (687 206 908)
Lol (678 628 660)
Tour and Track SL