Valentino Rossi is a legend in Grand Prix motorcycle racing. Fans around the globe cheer for the charismatic Italian and he responds with flamboyant post-race celebrations and a riding style that always attracts attention. The Doctor became a Champion of all three GP series, 125, 250, as well as the final year of classic 500cc racing. Rossi joined Mike Hailwood and Phil Read as the only men to have accomplished this task.

Valentino has been going by the motto of “one year to learn, one year to win” throughout his GP career. Rossi began racing GP in the 125 class in 1996. The following year he became the youngest ever GP champion at age 16, winning 11 rounds along the way. He was moved up to the 250 class in 1998 where he finished second with five wins. In 1999 he once again become a champion (the youngest 250 champ to date), dominating the series with nine victories. Next up: 500GP aboard the venerable Honda NSR. In 2000 young Rossi finished behind Kenny Roberts Jr. and returned in 200…

Motorcycle racing

Motorcycle racing (also called moto racing and bike racing) is the sport of racing motorcycles. Major genres include motorcycle road racing and off road racing, both either on circuits or open courses. Other categories include hill climbs, drag racing and land speed record trials.
One of them is MotoGP. It is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing with each motorcycle costing millions of dollars. It is equipped with the newest technological advancements in racing and can reach speeds of up to 350 kmph and higher.
Grand Prix motorcycle racing refers to the premier category of motorcycle road racing. It is divided into three distinct classes: Moto3.Moto2MotoGP:  It is the current term for the highest class of GP racing. The class was contested with prototype machines with varying displacement and engine type over the years. Originally contested by large displacement four stroke machines in the early years it eventually switched to 500 cc two strokes. In 2002 990 cc four-stroke bikes were allowe…

My First Motorcycle pt.2

Now it was finally time to choose my bike.

There where many options available and new bikes where being introduced in Nepal. The only thing I knew? It had to be a sports bike and I that it wouldn't be a common one. But, I had an open mind mind. Some of the few options were the recently introduced KTM Duke 200, Pulsar NS, Yamaha R15, CBR 250R, etc. The popular choice among my friends was the Duke 200, but it had become fairly common and at that point I had made up my mind that it would be a sport bike. 

That narrowed it down to the R15 and the CBR. The R15 was a tested and proved machine, not to mention under the budget but it way under powered at 150 cc. Moreover it was a very common bike. That meant CBR was my ideal motorcycle but it was on the pricier end of motorcycles.

Now, I had to convince my parents to get me a 250cc bike that could reach speeds of up to 160 kmph, not to mention the steep price point. Again patience and hard work was required. 

Fast forward, finally the day arr…

My First Motorcycle

When you're young and depend on your parents for almost everything, convincing them to get you a motorcycle can be a very challenging thing. In addition to this, if you happen to live in a country like Nepal where there are traffic rules but nobody bothers following them, then that job becomes even more challenging.

I even getting a straight "not a chance in hell" when I first asked my parents to get me a motorcycle when I was in grade 10.  Disappointed, I recouped and started creating a plan to convince them otherwise. The plan?  Simple, just bugging them until they finally budge. In the meantime, I decided to first get my driving license to legally be able to ride and convince my parents that I was capable to being a responsible rider, which I did. 
The bugging scheme finally worked, but it took a lot of patience and hard work. My parents had finally agreed to get me a motorcycle, be it a little hesitation (a lot actually). Now it was finally time to decide which moto…

Choosing your first motorcycle pt.2

The good news and the bad news is that everyone you know or meet who already rides will be happy to give you “advice.” Your six-foot, five-inch friend tells you “All the magazines say my BMW R 1200 GS is the best bike,” as he lovingly pats its 33.5-inch-tall seat. “The chicks love Ducatis,” advises another, while a third says, “That Italian stuff is overpriced junk. You need a Gixxer.”

Some basic variables to consider to get a new motorcycle are

BudgetEngine sizeComfortWeightHeightManufacturer

Riders, we love our rides, and too often we experienced riders rush to tell you what we love, instead of understanding your needs as a new rider and thinking about what’s best for you. If you ask an experienced rider what you should buy for your first motorcycle, here’s what you should hear in return: “What do you want to do with it?”
The kind of riding you plan to do determines what kind of bike you should buy. So asking yourself “What kind of riding do I want to do” is the first and most important…

Choosing your first Motocycle

There are two kinds of would-be motorcycle riders: Those who know exactly what motorcycle they want to buy and those who are so bewildered by the huge range of options and confusing naming that they have no idea how to choose a first bike.

Choosing a first bike can be an overwhelming feeling. There are tons of options out there, from slow but steady and comfortable cruiser bikes that weigh 300 kg to uncomfortable but fast racing super sports motorcycles that are very light. Other categories of like off road dirt bikes, scooters lie in between them. In addition there are hundreds of manufacturers out there with their own unique characteristics. Type of motorcycles are like genres of music, every individual has a different preference. And each motorcycle has its own pros and cons.

So, in order to get your ideal motorcycle one must really understand what he wants and what type of bike would most suit their personality the best and then look for their options then.

Motorcycles = Passion

First of all, what is the difference between a hobby and a "passion"?

The dictionary definition of a hobby is "an activity or interest that is pursued outside of the occupation and engaged in primarily for enjoyment". Similar words include words like amusement, interest, leisure activity, relaxation.

Passion, on the other hand, is defined as a powerfully intense, driving or overwhelming emotion. It can be described with phrases such as  love, boundless enthusiasm, an irrational but irresistible attraction to some activity or object. It is characterized by feelings of obsession, excitement, devotion, joy.

I'm sure there are more than a few motorcycle owners for whom the machine is just a hobby and for some it's just a means of transportation, no more, no less. Hobbyists enjoy fiddling with the mechanics, adding accessories, modification, etc.

But there are those for whom motorcycling is more than just a hobby. As is the case with myself. I believe (for mysel…