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WEIGHT WATCHERS

Hi FB, I liked the Trackday Guide with this month’s FB, but a word of ‘caution’ for the ‘heavier’ biker! I bought a Ducati SPS 14 years ago and booked a Ducati trackday through the dealer (using Ducati’s bikes), but when I turned up I was told I couldn’t do the track day and I’d get a refund. But why? As I weighed 18 stone and Ducati’s rider weight limit was 16 stone at the time! Funny thing, the dealer never told me I couldn’t buy the SPS as I was too heavy – pissed off to say the least!

But a few years later I bought a new Fireblade, and stupidly I never thought about checking when I booked a Honda trackday with the Ron Haslam school at Donington and, yes, I was too heavy for the school’s CBR600RRs at the time too. I worked as a mechanic and recovery driver, but worked some Friday/Saturday nights as a night-club doorman and had done a lot of amateur boxing and am always in the gym, so I wasn’t a ‘fat-git’ more a ‘fit-git’! So a note to readers – take your own bike, don’t try using a school’s bike unless you’re a lightweight. Or, check first! Now I’m ‘too old and fat’ anyway, so it doesn’t apply to me any more! I used to buy the mag loads until Moby left, then picked up the odd copy for a while but have now subscribed again, keep up the good work!

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Welcome to the Summer 2017 issue. This month, a digital exclusive... Watch 10 videos from our massive Sportsbike of the year feature. 8 of the best but only 1 winner! Plus, Honda CBR600RR Buyer's guide, BMW HP4 race, Ponies for pennies, Wanna race the TT? Know your suspension, The two-stroke comeback, best used bike investments. Fast Bikes is home to the best sportsbike tests on the planet and is packed with new bike launches, technical insight, hardcore action, masterclasses, racing, reviews and loads more.
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