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CHINESE CRACKER

WK calls it ‘Marty’, we call it impressive.
I’ll even give you a minute’s head start, Bruce.’

“Don’t go revving it above 10,000rpm but make sure you’re not letting it sink below eight grand. And be sure to slow the thing right down before you crash through its ‘box, because it really doesn’t like that”, came two time TT winner Johnson’s words of wisdom. I never normally listen to Gaz, as his advice is assured to get me into trouble, but this was a topic he knew better than anyone. From the early days of WK’s TT programme, which kicked off six years ago with the support of Chinese powerhouse CF Moto, he’s been a linchpin to the team’s success which sawWK just miss out on their first podium by a mere two seconds in last year’s Lightweight TT… riding the same priceless bike I was now bumbling off down pitlane on amid a sea of anxious looking faces.

I’d been badgering the guys and gals at WK to let me go for a spin on this zebra-liveried commuter bike (well, that’s what it started off as) for as long as I can remember, and they’d finally given in. They must have been having a weak moment, which ironically reflected the power I was experiencing as I navigated my way around Barn corner and pinned the throttle back for the straight. It’d only taken me a few corners to forget Gaz’s golden nuggets that included the necessity to keep the motor buzzing like a spinning top on acid… which I wasn’t. It didn’t help that I was in the wrong gear either, which pretty much set the theme for that first, troublesome lap of Cadwell Park as I fudged my way from section to section trying to figure out what I was doing so wrong.

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In this month's issue of Fast Bikes... - New Models for the new season, 2018 starts here! - 7 Naked middleweights shoot-out - Triumph Street Triple RS - Ducati Monster 821 - Suzuki GSX-S750 - Kawasaki Z900 - Yamaha MT-07 - KTM 690 Duke - WK 650NK - Blow & go 492BHP Turbo Gixer vs Kawasaki H2 plus: - KTM 950SM, Know your aid filters, turbos versus superchargers, TT treat: WK's Lightweight 650 , Battlefield Blitzing
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