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19/12/2017: Oh! The Weather Outside is Frightful...

...and with freezing fog out there too, it's snow joke for a motorcycle rider.

At this time of year, it is best to keep your bike fully maintained and your riding gear up to scratch because protection is the most important thing in any weather condition but more so in the fog.

That's why our protection range goes from anti-mist spray right along to anti-fog masks and beyond. Anti-fog masks are a brilliant piece of kit for riders and pillion riders too.

Proven to be 99.9% effective, they are easily inserted into your full face helmet and once there need never to be removed - unless you need to wash them in which case they are totally machine washable.

At under £20, it may be the best money you ever spent on your gear. You can find them in our online shop and if you need any guidance on them at all, just get in touch with us.

If fog is the problem - anti-fog masks surely have to be the solution.

Merry Christmas.

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16/11/2017: It's Cold Outside!

Yes, it certainly is. But while it is cold outside, it is worth remembering that it is also a good opportunity to maintain your motorcycles in time for the new season.

The cold but bright days are perfect for getting everything in order for the next race. It isn't far away and the time feels like it goes so quickly.

Also, any additions or replacements to your kit will be good to get sooner rather than later. We are here for all those supplies, so don't leave it too long before getting what you need.

The team here is always on hand to help and assist with advice should you need it.

We're looking forward to seeing you soon.

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23/10/2017: No Sleep for the Wicked

Last week, the team attended the final Thundersport GB meeting of the year at Donington Park National Circuit. It’s always a lot of fun and excitement but now that it’s the end of the season, we are truly in need of a civilised and quiet sit down. Possibly even a cup of tea. No, really.

But rather than hibernating through the entire winter, racers should turn their mindsets to 2018 because the season will be with us sooner than we think. A & R Racing are here for all your racing supplies & equipment, whatever level of racing too even if you are a complete newbie and need all the basics.

You’d be amazed at what’s needed for your first time out there but fret not, we can advise and assist you the entire time. We’ve heaps of experience for you to tap into.

So, racers, lick those wounds from 2017, don your gear for 2018 and rev your engines. Those red lights will turn green all too soon so it’s better to be prepared. Get down to A&R Racing soon. We’ll have finished our tea by then and be eager to get you on that circuit.

Come on, let’s race!

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07/09/2017: Super end of season deals on Pirelli tyres

It's time to grab some very special end of season deals on Pirelli tyres. Save a packet and be ready to beat the price increase for next year, or stock up with affordable rubber for that vital pre-season testing. Hurry up as when they are gone, they're gone, which probably won't be long with deals like this:

  • Diablo Supercorsa
    • 120/70/17 SC1: £140
    • 160/60/17 SC2: £159
    • 180/60/17 SC1 & SC2: £189
  • Slick
    • 120/70/17 SC1: £136
    • 180/60/17 SC2: £173
    • 200/60/17 SC1 & SC2: £189
  • Pirelli Rain
    • 120/70/17 SCR1: £135
    • 190/60/17 SCR1: £189
  • Pair Deals
    • Diablo Supercorsa 120/70/17 SC1 & 180/60/17 SC1 or SC2: £323
    • Slick 120/70/17 SC1 & 180/60/17 SC2: £309
    • Slick 120/70/17 SC1 & 200/60/17 SC1 or SC2: £323
    • Pirelli Rain 120/70/17 SCR1 & 190/60/17 SCR1: £319
Call us now on 01749 672890 and grab a great deal.

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22/01/2016: We're Hiring!

With a huge thank you to all our customers, we have been getting busier and busier season after season. To make sure that we keep up with demand and get the right bits to the right people on time, Jake Percival is moving on from his job in the warehouse to join the sales effort in the office. Having an extra pair of hands answering the phone and dealing with orders from our online shop and eBay is going to be a big help.

This leaves us with a vacancy in picking, packing and despatching. If you fancy joining our team, know your way around motorcycle parts and can wield a tape dispenser accurately under pressure, then give Alan a call for more details. You can click in the header of any page to send us an email in the first instance if you prefer.

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22/01/2016: The 2016 season is nearly upon us. Good luck to all concerned

Not long until the new season now, so we hope that your bike preparation is well and truly under way. In less than a month now, North Gloucester Road Racing Club, Thundersport GB and Bemsee all have their rookies' days coming up, which will be a great chance for us to meet friends, old and new. If you are taking part, or just going along and have some particular items in mind to collect from our paddock support truck, just give us a call or click in the header of any page to send an email and we will do our best to make sure it is there for you.

Racing starts in earnest in March, (check out our calendar page for dates and details, so now is a great time to make sure that you have all the essentials in place, so take a look in our online shop for the items that you need most often.

Wishing all our customers and racers everywhere a safe, fun and successful 2016 season. We will see you there.

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09/12/2015: Tired Thai Tyre Technicians Tied up on Their Telephones

In a weekend of rest after his hectic off road escapades in Thailand, Alan found himself naturally drawn to go and watch some motorcycle racing. The national superbike championship round was convenient, so he popped along.

Alan was thrilled to find some names that he recognised as customers in the programme. It is great to know that you have travelled half way around the world but still find people who buy their parts from you.

As an aside, Alan took this photograph of the tyre truck in the paddock there. In stark contrast to his own activities, which border on manic most weekends, these guys seemed to have time on their hands.

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02/12/2015: R&G Racing Products Awards

R&G Racing products have gone from strength to strength in the field of bike crash protection. See the range in our eBay shop. Here's a transcript of the company's recent press release, where A&R Racing gets an honourable mention:

2015 SEES R&G ENJOY MOST SUCCESSFUL RACE SEASON EVER!

R&G has enjoyed an incredible season of racing in 2015, not only becoming an Official Supplier to the MCE British Superbike Championship but also being part of six Championship titles and an Ulster Grand Prix victory. The R&G-supported Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki squad were also runners-up in the gruelling FIM Endurance World Championship Superstock class, taking two victories.

The 2015 race season proved to be an enthralling one for fans around the world and for R&G it was the most successful in the Companys history. Moving to become an Official Supplier to the MCE British Superbike Championship for the 2015 season, R&G introduced the "R&G Rookies'Trophy", which was eligible for every rider in the paddock who was embarking on their first full season in one of the regular support classes. After twelve hard-fought rounds, it was Scott Deroue who was crowned eventual winner, with Joe Collier and Kyle Ryde finishing as runners-up.

2015 also saw R&G play a pivotal role in the newly-introduced Santander Consumer Finance KTM British Junior Cup, offering each of the young competitors two sets of R&G "Race-spec" Engine Case Covers and a Toe Chain Guard free of charge, as well as a 50% discount against selected products. It was Cameron Fraser who eventually won the inaugural series, giving R&G its first Championship title of the season with it.

Elsewhere in the MCE British Superbike Championship paddock, R&G supported riders enjoyed a clean sweep in the Pirelli National Superstock series. In the lower capacity 600cc class, it was a dominant year for the NMT No Limits Kawasaki rider Mason Law, who took six victories en route to the title. Equally impressive, Josh Elliott wrapped up the 1000cc class, following a dominant season where he finished off the podium just once.

Outside of BSB, Road Racing star Peter Hickman secured his first International Road Race victory with a stunning -win in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix aboard the Briggs Equipment BMW S1000RR. Club racer Alan Russell wrapped up the Crewe & South Cheshire Motorcycle Road Racing Mini Twins series on his Suzuki SV650, having led the series all year.

It was not just in the UK where R&G enjoyed success, however, as Kjel Karthin was victorious in the German Super Naked Championship, which is run as a support to the prestigious IDM Superbike Championship. Racing a Team Suzuki KARTHIN MSB GSR750, Karthin led the series from start to finish. In the Swedish Superbike Championship, 17-year-old rider Jesper Hubner defied his young age and rookie status to secure the title in dominant fashion on his Kawasaki ZX-10R. In the FIM Endurance World Championship, the R&G supported Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki finished runners up in the Superstock series, having taken victory at Le Mans and Oschersleben.

Alan Garrett, R&G UK Sales Manager, summed up an incredible 2015 season, It really has been a special year for R&G in race paddocks across the world. Our increased presence in the MCE BSB paddock has yielded immediate results, taking the Pirelli National Superstock 600 and 1000 categories as well as the new KTM Cup. Its also great to see such success around the globe too, with the likes of Jesper Hubner and Kjel Karthin using R&G products on their way to their respective titles. Its very pleasing to see Alan Russell wrap up the Super Twin series as well, helping to prove that R&G products are relevant to everyone, no matter what level you race at!"

For race and ACU support enquiries, please contact Alan Garrett, R&G UK Sales Manager, on 01420 89007 or alan.garrett@rg-racing.com

For more info on the full range of R&G products, visit www.rg-racing.com and can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/crashprotection and Twitter at www.twitter.com/RnGRacing

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02/12/2015: Make the most of the Christmas holidays and start fettling your bike for 2016

Once Christmas passes, the new season is only three months away. Alan sent a message from his off-road bike holiday in Thailand to remind us to let you know that we are only closing for the absolute minimum number of days over Christmas.

How thoughtful of him!

To summarise, you can call us and order bits for your race bike every day over the holidays apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. That should help you get them in time to make lots of lovely progress on your winter rebuild before heading back to work.

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24/11/2015: Calling all SV650 Riders!

Our new Renthal and DID 520 pitch chain and sprocket kit for SV race bikes now available. Get in gear for 2016!

We have combined these two great brands to create a high quality, reliable and well priced kit which we will be stocking throughout the 2016 season and beyond.

For more information about the kit or to order, you can either speak to our team or visit our Ebay shop

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22/10/2015: Season closer for Thundersport GB at Cadwell Park

Last weekend saw the final round of the season for Thundersport GB competitors. The A&R Racing Pre-National Sport 600 class ran right to the wire and produced thrilling racing throughout the season. Described by the club as "Ace-Murderers in Waiting", the competition was hard fought all the way through. The final honours and congratulations go to

  1. Darren Ibbotson: 480 points
  2. Harry Truelove: 469 points
  3. Brendan Mallinder: 408 points
We will be watching with interest as graduates from this class progress through bigger and better things.

Despite having a busy weekend with the paddock support truck, Alan managed to get out on the SV650 to score a second and a third place on Sunday.

We have just one more meeting to attend this year, being the Bemsee round at Snetterton 200 and look forward to seeing all our friends and customers there. After that, it is time for all racers to lick the wounds that any season will inflict on their bikes, make any changes for new regulations and get everything into tip-top shape for the coming season. Keep an eye on our 'blog for many planned new products over the winter and we will be there as always in the paddock throughout the 2016 season.

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02/10/2015: The best conditions of the year in September & October? Weird!

Don't put your bikes away just yet! There are still three meetings for us to attend with the paddock support trucks and the Indian Summer that we are currently enjoying is providing some of the best conditions for racing that we have seen this year.

This was possibly a factor in the absolute lap record being broken at Pembrey while we were there last weekend. The new fastest ever two wheel lap around this great airfield circuit now stands at just under 58 seconds. Congratulations to Phil Bevan who broke his own record to stay the fastest rider on two wheels at Pembrey.

Foggy at Donington while we were there with Thundersport GB! No, sadly not THAT Foggy, but the conditions were sufficiently foggy to delay the start of racing for the day, so we all had to stand around and wait until conditions improved. When they did, it was a great day for racing, even thought the schedule got a bit compressed. There was still time for us to fit plenty of tyres though.

We will look forward to seeing you all at Brands Hatch this weekend with Bemsee, then at Mallory with Thundersport GB on the 17th & 18th of October, before the season closer for Bemsee at Snetterton 200 the following week.

Now is a great time to start thinking about the winter rebuild and getting all those essential items on order to make sure you are there, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed when the 2016 season kicks off!

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23/09/2015: Last North Gloucester meeting of 2015 - Thank you to all our paddock customers

This weekend's Pembrey meeting sees the close of the season for North Gloucester Road Racing Club. It is always a time of mixed emotions at the end of a season; it's great to see everyone at the circuit, and the end of year party is always great fun, but this is always tinged with sadness that we are going to have to sit out a long cold winter before we can do it all again.

A&R Racing has had a very long and close relationship with NGRRC over the years, spending countless hours in the paddock and Alan has changed more tyres than he can remember, even wearing his leathers when his race is being called.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all our paddock customers and we are looking forward to supporting you again next year, bringing all the bits a racer may need to keep their bike in fine fettle, and looking after the dull job of fitting tyres, allowing you to concentrate on riding your bike.

Our other paddock truck will be at Donington Park this weekend looking after riders in the Thundersport GB meeting there. If you have any particular requirements for parts or tyres to be taken to either meeting, just drop us a line or call to make sure that we have it on the truck for you.

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22/09/2015: An eventful weekend to say the very least - Alan's first championship!

With the paddock support truck going up to Anglesey for the weekend, everything was going to plan. A plan which included a detour to Tonfanau, where Alan was leading the Minitwin championship by just 19 points. With three races to go and points being awarded at the rate of ten for a win, down to one for tenth, there was no room for complacency.

The bike was repaired from all previous mishaps, packed in the spare truck, ready to rock and roll, and Alan was fired up for the trip down the Welsh coast.

Until he lost the keys to the truck that is... Luckily, Danny Bridges came to the rescue with the loan of a van, so Alan set off from Anglesey after working in the paddock all Saturday, arriving at Tonfanau at 10pm. Sleeping in the van rounded off the perfect physical preparation regimen for racing like a demon the next day.

Race one didn't quite go according to plan, with Alan being taken out and scoring zero points. Vincent Brett won the race, cutting Alan's advantage to just nine points...

This also dented his aspirations for race two as it meant that he would be starting from the back of the grid, while Brett, his main rival for the championship went off pole position. By the flag, Alan had fought his way up to second, behind Brett. Championship lead down to eight points.

This left everything to play for in race three. Brett started from pole again and Alan from second on the grid. Riding a tactical race, Alan followed Brett home to take second place and to win the championship by just seven points.

Huge thanks to Danny Bridges for the loan of the van and commiserations to poor old Jake who accompanied the AA recovery of the truck back to Somerset, arriving at 8am the following day. Heigh ho! It's all in a day's work here at A&R Racing. Here's to more easy days next season.

There are only four more rounds for us to attend with the race paddock truck this season, so good luck to all competing, for all the undecided championships out there we look forward to an exciting finish to the year. Don't forget that if you are taking part in the NGRRC meeting at Pembrey next weekend and you need something particular taken up there, give us as much notice as possible and we will try to make sure it is on the truck for you.

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06/09/2015: James Witham describes the benefits of R&G Racing crash protection

The bike protection range from R&G Racing can help prevent a minor mishap spoiling your entire racing weekend. With products to shield the most vulnerable parts of many modern sports bikes from damage, a tumble into the gravel often leaves the bike unscathed and cutting down the amount of spanner time required to get it back on track.



To get your bike protected visit our ebay shop.

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19/08/2015: Alan will be getting his Welsh passport soon!

Not only are we taking the paddock support truck to Anglesey for the second time in a month, but Alan is leading the MiniTwins championship at Tonfanau and could wrap it up[ this weekend if he goes well.

Despite having enjoyed a long and very successful racing career, filling the office with well over 100 trophies, including many race wins, Alan has never won a championship. He has been very close on occasions and been runner up several times, but cruel fate seems to have always stepped in and denied him at the last moment.

On Sunday, August 30th we will all be crossing our fingers for Alan, looking forward to good news when he returns. For those who have never been, Tonfanau is a challenging circuit that produces exciting races. Entry for adults is only 6 for the day, so the trip to cheer him on is well worth the ride out. Some fantastic roads take you there too!

If you are taking part in the Thundersport GB meeting at Anglesey and need something particular from the truck in the paddock, just let us know.

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05/08/2015: Perfect conditions ahead for racing at Brands Hatch

Here at A & R Racing we are really looking forward to the Motorcycle Road Races at Brands Hatch this weekend! Brands Hatch is a challenging circuit, with dramatic bends and fast straights combined. We are anticipating an incredibly busy weekend, given that this event is completely sold out, with a record number of racers signed up. Combined with an excellent weather forecast for racing, this should make for an incredibly exciting event.

As usual, our support truck will be in the paddocks, on hand with the spare parts which will doubtless be needed. We will also have our usual stock of tyres including the Bridgestone wet tyres mentioned in our previous blog.

We are looking forwards to seeing everyone at this event and wish everyone a safe and enjoyable weekend of racing!

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31/07/2015: Racing at Rockingham

After a frantic race to repair the Suzuki after the crash at Pembrey, Alan was back racing at Rockingham in the Thundersport Club this weekend. The bike was fixed up just in time for Alan to take part in the Stocktwins class, riding at Rockingham for the first time! Despite the on-and-off weather, which sometimes provided bad conditions and sometimes very good ones, Alan did very well! He came 6th, 5th, 3rd, and, impressively, 2nd in the races he took part in.

These fantastic results were achieved in spite of the sticking throttle, which was still giving Alan some minor trouble on Saturday, and a misty visor on Sunday. For these races, Alan used the Bridgestone wet tyres, which performed exceptionally well on the Rockingham circuit. These tyres come highly recommended for use on F400 minitwins. For best results, try using a combination of an 120 front tyre with an 170 rear tyre. These tyres are now available in our online shop for delivery or collection in person from our support truck in the race paddocks of Bemsee, Thundersport GB and North Gloucester meetings.

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16/07/2015: News from Pembrey

It was back to Wales this weekend for Alan, who was once again riding his Suzuki SV650 twin at Pembrey. After successful qualifying on Saturday, Alan was able to ride in both the Thunderbike sport and Minitwins classes.

He took the opportunity this weekend to test the new Continental Race Attack tyres. On Saturday, Alan finished third in both Thunderbike Sport races. Kurtis Butler provided his main opposition in the two Minitwin races, making for a race-long battle in the first race to gain fifth place. In the second Minitwin race, Alan beat Kurtis Butler by a tense 13 hundredths of a second for another fifth place.

Sunday's races began with the Thunderbike Sport at 9.25am, which commenced in typical Pembrey rain. Despite the weather, Alan garnered his first Bemsee win on the SV650, taking the lead in lap one to win by nine seconds. Sadly his winning streak was marred by a sticking throttle in the second Thunderbike Sport race which forced him to stop. The first Minitwin race on Sunday was similarly eventful, with Saturday's worn tyres losing some grip on the wet track and Alan bringing the bike home in 8th place. The second Minitwins race was an exciting 7 way battle from the outset. Mason Williams, Paul Wilby, Joe Buxton, Kurtis Butler, Lewis Mason and Alan were locked in competition up until lap nine, when Alan braked a tiny bit too hard through the hairpin bend, exiting the race over the handlebars. Despite this mishap, all was not lost as Alan set his best ever lap at Pembrey with a time of 1:03.1!

The task at hand now is to fix up the bike for next week's races at Rockingham...

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08/07/2015: 08/07/2015: Another Successful Weekend!

Following a successful weekend at Tonfanau, Alan came away with three more first-place trophies to add to his collection. Despite using his SV for the first time, he is gelling with it really well. The new bike is all packed in the lorry ready for this weekend's races at Pembrey, where he also hopes to try out the Bemsee mini-twinners!

We're sure that Alan will be busy fitting tyres between races as usual, notably the new Metzelere Racetec Interact RR tyres which are now available! These excellent tyres are suitable for Minitwins as well as Formula 400 bikes and many others. Call into the paddocks to pick up yours this weekend.

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03/07/2015: The new Metzeler Racetec Interact RR is here

Having achieved great success in the Isle of Man TT this year, stocks of the new Metzelere Racetec Interact RR tyres have arrived with us. These will be available in the paddocks at all meetings we support. However, being new and in big demand, it is advisable to let us know how many you need and where in advance to make sure that we keep enough for you on the van.

By the time next week rolls around, we will also have the eagerly awaited 160/60/17 size, suitable for Minitwins, Formula 400 bikes etc..

Call us now to make sure of your supply of these great tyres at the Bemsee Pembrey meeting, Thundersports GB's Thunder at the Rock (Rockingham) and the North Gloucester Thruxton round, all of which we will be attending in July.

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22/06/2015: Secure your bike for transit the easy way!

Too many of us have heard the sickening sound of a bike falling over in the back of the van on the way to a race meeting, leaving the uncomfortable feeling of how much extra work is now going to be needed when you get to the circuit.

Ratchet straps can be a good answer but attaching them can be a royal pain with plenty of fiddling to get them in just the right place.

Both of these inconveniences can now be a thing of the past with this unique tie down system that is easy to use and secure. Fitting the conntour brace over the rear tyre is a snap compared to threading through ratchet straps, and in no time flat, your precious race bike is secured to the van mounting points and you can be confident that it will stay that way until you unload it.

Available in our online shop, or by mail order (just give us a call), this can save you time and stress when loading up for a meeting.

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22/06/2015: Luminaries of Motorcycle Sport at Castle Combe this weekend

It is always good to see customers past and present on the time sheets of great motorcycling events. This is even more true at TT time. The people that take part in the world's greatest road races are due massive respect from all of us. There is no greater skill or courage shown on a motorcycle than in the Isle of Man, and the racing from there this year was fantastic, keeping us glued to ITV4's coverage as we couldn't be there ourselves.

Nearly as good as being there though will be to see some of the leading lights of the British Superbike Championship and the TT in parade laps and static displays at Castle Combe this weekend. The North Gloucester Road Racing Club's meeting there will be hosting some of the big star names in between races to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 500 Miles d'Endurance Race. Check out the club's site for more information.

In a busy weekend for us, we will also be taking the paddock support truck to the Thundersport GB meeting at Oulton Park.

As always, the trucks for both meetings will be well stocked with the items that all racers need to keep their bikes going strong, but it you want something particular, just call us or click in the header of any page to send an email and we will make sure it is there in the paddock for you to pick up.

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04/06/2015: It's not the slow boat to China but a Bonneville to Spain will have to do...

With two meetings to attend, and highly changeable weather conditions, last weekend was a very busy one for us, particularly in the tyre changing department. A huge thank you to all the racers and customers at the Thundersport GB Cadwell Park meeting and the Bemsee Outlon Park races. It is great fun attending the meetings so that we can see our customers face to face and soak up the paddock atmosphere while fitting tyres and dispensing essential spares to help everyone keep their bikes in fine fettle.

To recuperate, Alan is taking a leisurely chug around Spain on his Bonneville with Jay. In the office we had a small wager as to how far it would be before there was a mechanical ooh-nasty, with most bets placing the event some distance this side of the Portsmouth ferry. However, we haven't heard from him this week, so we can only assume that they made it out of the country and hope they are having a good trip.

Long trips require comfort of course, but so does racing, so check out our new range of upgraded seat foam with new shapes, formulation and lower prices. It's in our online shop now.

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21/05/2015: Another busy weekend ahead!

The weekend of May 30th/31st will be a walk in the park for us. In fact, it will be a walk in two parks. Geoff and Jake will be at Oulton Park with Bemsee and Alan will be at Cadwell Park looking after riders in the Thundersport GB meeting.

As always, if there is anything in particular you need, let us know in advance, and we will make sure it is on the truck heading for your particular paddock.

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21/05/2015: Send us your favourite bike related photograph to be in with a chance of winning this Dani Pedrosa mug

OK, all you snazzy snappers out there. Hands up, who wants to win a Dani Pedrosa mug? It may not make your coffee taste any better but it will certainly stand out from the crowd at tea break.

All you have to do is send us your favourite bike related photo, whether it be from racing, from the road, off-road or just plain biker partying. We will pick our favourite and send the mug post-haste to the lucky photographer in question.

Just go to our contact page or click in the header of any page, then attach your image file to a message with your contact details and we will do the rest. Please note that the maximum file size is 250KB, so please make sure that your images are suitably sized and compressed.

Good luck!

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14/05/2015: Special offer on DID 520ZVM Chain

The DID 520ZVM chain is a great choice for track day riders of big sports bikes. A little heavier than a pure race chain, it boasts the X-Ring technology that keeps lubricant right where it is needed, so riders will get the benefit of low friction with great chain life and value for money.

Throughout May, you can buy these through our online shop or by mail order and get free delivery.

Click in the header of any page to email us your order, or call us on the number above to take advantage of this offer while stocks last.

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14/05/2015: Alan is off to La Belle France this weekend for some serious cheering

Virtually every weekend during the domestic race season, Alan finds himself getting up at silly o'clock and bashing off to a circuit hundreds of miles away.

This week is a rare weekend off for Alan, so he is getting up at silly o'clock and bashing off to a race circuit hundreds of miles away. They say a change is as good as a rest.

The change in this instance though is that Alan isn't going to be changing tyres for everyone in the paddock or dispensing spare parts. This trip is to support the British riders who are all doing so well in the three classes of MotoGP racing.

This weekend sees the French GP at Le Mans, so Alan will be cheering wildly for Danny Kent and Wee John McPhee in the Moto3 class. Will Danny make it four in a row? His season couldn't have got off to a much better start, and his demeanour is just oozing confidence.

You can be sure that Alan will be cheering himself hoarse for Sam Lowes in the Moto2 race as well. Sam has been on the podium twice so far this year, with a third place and a win, so you can be sure that there is more to come from him.

Just to make sure that there are no vocal chords whatsoever left in the Russell throat on his return to Blighty, the wealth of British talent in the MotoGP race will have him and the thousands of other Brits who make the short trip to Le Mans, leaping to their feet and shouting like their lives depend on it. Good luck to Cal Crutchlow, Bradley Smith, Scott Redding and Eugene Laverty in mixing it with the luminaries of the big class.

Don't worry about loss of voice on Alan's part though, Geoff and Jake will be here, ready and waiting to take your telephone orders for your race bike essentials while he sits in the corner sucking a lozenge.

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17/04/2015: Scorching start to the 2015 season!

Alan's record on the new Minitwin is looking good. From seven races, he has scored three wins and four second places. The new bike is going well and Alan is clearly loving it, clearing off to win all thre races of his weekend at Tonfanau earlier this month.

Watch this space for more outings as and when the busy schedule of supporting racers at Bemsee, North Gloucester Road Racing Club and Thundersport GB rounds allows.

Talking of paddock support, out new van had its first outing at Cadwell Park last weekend. Despite the weather doing its best to turn the new awning into a kite, all worked well and everything was to hand so nobody had to wait too long for spares or for tyres to be fitted.

This weekend, we will be in the paddock at Snetterton for Bemsee's round at the fabulous 300 circuit. As always, Alan will be fitting tyres like a man possessed and if you need anything in particular taken along for collection in the paddock, order now and we will make sure it is in the van for you.

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01/04/2015: What a great start to the 2015 season!

This weekend will feel quite odd for the crew here at A&R Racing. Having been to Brands Hatch three times in March, we won't know what to do with ourselves as we are not there. In fact, we are not out with the paddock truck at all this weekend.

This gives Alan a chance to get out and do some more racing himself. After a very successful North Gloucester round at Brands in March, this week sees him out on the new Suzuki at Tonfanau. Situated on the coast of Wales, about 20 miles from Aberystwyth, this short but technical circuit produces some very close racing. The atmosphere is "Old School" and full of charm, with a friendly welcome from the locals. If you have Sunday free, we can recommend spectating at Tonfanau.

It will be great for all of us to get a bit of a break. This has been the busiest start to a season that we have ever known. A huge thank you goes to all our customers, whether buying online, by mail order or in person at the circuits, who have made this success happen.

Finally, well done to all who took part in the Bemsee round at Brands Hatch last weekend, especially the club rookies who must have started to wonder what they had let themselves in for at some point, with torrential rain and howling winds making it a great achievement just to stay on the bike until the end. Looking forward to better conditions, we will see you at Snetterton in a few weeks.

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18/03/2015: Biketek tyre warmers get a majpr upgrade

We are pleased to have in stock the latest range of Biketek Pro Tyre Warmers. These have been greatly improved for the latest version and come in a wide range of fitments for popular racing classes. Here's the latest information:

  • Used and developed by BSB teams
  • Enhanced design with extended side sections for increased heat transference and insulation
  • Cross lace heating element for even and optimum heat coverage
  • Front and rear pull tabs for ease of warmer removal
  • Aluminised silver coloured fabric outer with chevron detail print
  • Contour shaped with strong Velcro fastener to aid simple and quick fitting and removal
  • Thermostatically controlled to 80 degrees C
  • Dual red / green LED status indicator
  • 1 year guarantee.
As always, you can buy these through our online shop, or pre-prder for collection from our truck in the paddock at your race meeting.

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18/03/2015: The thing about riding a bike is that it is like riding a bike, you never forget...

Well, it seems that Alan doesn't anyway. After an absence of ten years from racing at Brands Hatch, and despite being in a new class on an unfamiliar bike, he scooped four second places over the weekend at the first North Gloucester meeting of the season.

This means that Alan is now leading the championship, and needless to say was absolutely delighted at the way things went at Brands.

Unfortunately, the busy season of supporting riders through the paddock truck at North Gloucester Road Racing Club, Thundersport GB and Bemsee rounds, will make it impossible for him to take part in as many races as he would like, so the championship lead is held only temporarily, but it is always good to get off to such a great start.

Being so early in the year, it was very nearly dark by the end of proceedings but we did manage to snap a semi visible picture of Alan with the spoils.

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12/03/2015: Brands Hatch here we come (again)

Despite almost being a resident of Brands Hatch for many seasons, particularly this month, Alan hasn't raced at the circuit for ten years.

This weekend that all changes as Alan will be out on the Suzuki SV650, taking part in the North Gloucester Road Racing Club's meeting there.

Being the kind of guy that he is, this doesn't mean that Alan will be neglecting the needs of his customers at the paddock truck. As you will see from this pcture taken at Anglesey last year, he is there, fitting tyres to the last minute. At the time of taking the photograph, Alan's race was being called to the collection area.

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12/03/2015: And a great big thank you

Talking of Brands Hatch, last week saw the first outing of the season for our paddock support truck. And what a great start it was. Many thanks to all the Thundersport GB competitors who kept us busy throughout, making this one of the busiest and most successful weekend meetings we have ever had.

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04/03/2015: This is one way to stop your sprocket coming loose

Personally, we find the use of tab washers to be a little more convenient when it comes to chainging ratios in a hurry at the circuit. You may also find the ability to get the power down early (or at any other time really) with a sprocket in this condition.

With the new season coming up it is a good time to review your sprocket collection front and rear. Do you have enough choice of ratios for all the circuits we visit? Are your sprockets in good condition? How about your chain?

We still have some great offers on chains from DID and Tsubaki, so you can save money while you stock up. Having a spare chain on hand never hurts. Likewise a few joining links are a good addition to any small spares collection, just in case you have to remove the chain to get the swinging arm out or what have you.

We also stock a wide range of Renthal sprockets, including super light front racing sprockets and anodised rear sprockets with just about any colour available quickly to special order so you can keep your sponsor's colour scheme consistent down to the finesty detail. Call us now or click in the header of any page to send us an email and make sure you have all the chain and sprocket options you need to start the season.

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04/03/2015: We are becoming honorary Men of Kent, or should that be Kentish Men?

We are confidently expecting an invitation to the Brands Hatch staff Christmas party this year. With the amount of time we will be spending there, you could be forgiven for thinking that we are full time staff.

This starts with three visits in March alone. This week at the first Thundersport GB meeting of the year, followed by North Gloucester Road Racing Club next week and Bemsee the week after.

As always, the paddock support truck will be loaded with all the spares that racers may need to make sure that their bikes keep in fine fettle for the weekend, and will be fitting tyres like they are going out of fashion. If you want to make sure that we have a particular item on board for you, just give us a call or click in the header of any page to send us an email.

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27/02/2015: Great savings on DID and Tsubaki chains

Chains have a very tough life on a racing motorcycle, transmitting all the power you can throw at them, plus dealing with engine braking and changes in tension brought about by suspension travel. All that while our glorious British weather throws an abrasive mix of rain and grit into their important little places.

It is now wonder then that these items need replacing more often than most others, with the possible exception of tyres.

This can have an impact on the overall budget for the season, so we have negotiated discounts with two of our major chain suppliers; DID and Tsubaki chains are now available through our eBay shop and our own online shop with great savings on DID and an across the board discount of 10% on Tsubaki chains.

These offers are strictly while stocks last, so get in quick and get yourself chained up for the season without being strapped up for cash...

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27/02/2015: See you at Pembrey this weekend for our first real fix of the year!

At long last, the season is upon us. OK, it may still be a bit chilly but the days are getting longer and spring will soon be in the air.

We are heading down to the NG general testing weekend at Pembrey to give the new SV650 twin it's first real workout, so will look forward to seeing all of you there.

Wishing you a safe, productive and most of all, fun weekend testing with North Gloucester Road Racing Club!

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18/02/2015: Thundersport GB CTC Day at Donington Park

This week, we attended the Thundersport GB training day at Donington Park. This was a very good day out, with encouraging turnout of new riders and old friends. Despite bitterly cold conditions (well, what do you expect in a British February?), the day was a great success. It is brilliant to see the level of enthusiasm that drags people out of nice warm homes on such a day to ride their bikes at such a great circuit, picking up the information they need for their first season in racing.

Many of the questions we had on the day related to the choice of tyres. Luckily, Graham from Continental was on hand to offer first class technical advice. Graham will be with us at all Thundersport GB meetings this season. Continental are sponsoring the Pre-National Sport 600 class for up and coming riders, so we expect to be very busy fitting Contis at those meetings.

Since we first got the latest range of Continental race tyres, they have been selling very well and scoring great results for many of our customers. Don't forget to get your tyre orders in early to make sure that you are ready to rock and roll as soon as the lights go off for the first time in 2015. As well as Continentals, we have stocks of Metzeler and Pirelli tyres for all modern sports bikes, as well as Avon and Continental in classic sizes. Give us a call today to talk over your needs, or click in the header of any page to email us for a quote. There are still special deals on offer in respect of bulk orders for your season's tyre needs.

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11/02/2015: Here's one from the vaults that Alan would rather forget...

Taken at Mallory Park in 1989, the sequence shows Alan launching his CBR600 into the Gerrards Bend scenery. By modern circuit standards, the run-off area at the time was tiny, so Alan was still going at a fair pace when he hit the tyre wall.

We like the last image in the sequence where Alan is being 'eaten' by the tyre wall as his bike sails majestically on its own sweet way, doing a fair bit of damage into the process.

Luckily, Alan wasn't seriously hurt but he did get knocked out and have to spend the nigth in the hospital at Leicester.

So, Alan, do we get the office biscuits upgraded to Hobnobs now, or do we have to post kmore embarrassing photos from the archive?

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11/02/2015: Whatever you're doing, stop!

This lovely collection of Brembo hardware is on its way to a customer in Australia. With the immense strain that modern motorcycles place on their braking systems, every element needs to be in perfect condition to make sure that your brakes are doing their part to gain you vital fractions of a second lap after lap throughout the season.

While you are checking over your brakes, check out our online shop, where you will find a wealth of kit to make sure the stopping power of your bike is up to the job. You will find master cylinders and pads from Brembo, discs from Brembo and Armstrong as well as Hel brake lines and all the peripheral items like reservoirs and bleeding kits that you wil ever need.

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04/02/2015: Getting ready for the coming season

Once again, the pet shop owner's brother had lied, Bolton wasn't a palindrome! Any excuse to trot out favourite "Monty Python" quotes eh?

Anyway, Bolton may not be a palindrome, but it is a very good place to get your awning looked after. With just two weeks to go before the first outings of the season, it was high time to get our awning made good so that we can be sure of being out there fitting tyres and dispensing essential spares, regardless of what the weather throws at us. Here is the A&R Racing Services paddock truck at GH Awnings in Bolton being finely fettled, ready to keep the rain off our heads while fitting tyres.

Our first outing is on February the 17th with Thundersport GB at Donington Park, shortly followed by the Bemsee Rookies' Day at Brands Hatch on the 21st/22nd and North Gloucester RRC atr Pembrey between February 27th and March 1st.

We are looking forward to seeing you there and wish a successful, happy and safe seasobn of racing to all the newcomers taking their first dip into racing at these events. They are also great places for us to hook up with old hands and friends so we will look forward to that and being able to pass on our best wishes for the season in person.

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29/01/2015: Tie the mother down!

For anyone who has heard the sickening crunch of a bike falling over in the back of the van, investing in some decent ratchet straps may be the way forward.

There are few feelings more uncomfortable than spending the rest of the journey to the circuit wondering how much extra work you will have to do when you get there to bring everything back to square one, or what the sponsors will think about starting the weekend with scuffs on their precious graphics.

If you are fortunate enough to have never heard that sound or felt that feeling, then buying some of these R&G Racing ratchet straps and handlebar straps can be a great help in keeping things that way. Check them out in our online shop.

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21/01/2015: Shift quicker with a quickshifter - the clue is in the name

In the ultra competitive world of motorcycle racing, quicker, smoother gear changes can make the vital hundredths of a second difference that can put you in front. Top level racers rely on HM Quickshifters to make every change perfect, smoothing out power delivery and making the most of every change. HM Quickshifters are the world standard when it comes to making fast, smooth gearchanges up or down the box. Widely used in MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3, WSB and BSB racing, these are the quickshifters by which others are judged.

Now with the SUPERLITE version, this technology is available to club racers for a number of modern sports bikes. Check out our online store for a quickshifter to fit your bike.

HM Quickshifters SUPER LITE is a through and through Strain Gauge quickshifter with our advanced world beating digital signal processing. Nothing else outside of MotoGP uses this technology. Nothing is better and nobody except HM offers this outside MotoGP.

No moving parts means the HM Quickshifters SUPER LITE makes them virtually indestructible.

HM Quickshifters SUPER LITE is the kindest and gentlest way to treat your gearbox. HM uses the ignition side of the motorcycle to unload the gearbox, which is far kinder than most other designs.

HM Quickshifters SUPER LITE is a STAND ALONE PLUG and PLAY systems, integrated to the ignition side of the motorcycle as a quickshifter should be. No need for complex interfaces, no software glitches, no need for constant adjustments and no chance of interference to any other operational aspect of the motorcycle.

HM Quickshifter SUPER LITE kills from the ignition side of the engine, so there is no chance of extended fuel burning, secondary injectors (which most modern sportbikes have) that are not shut off, or any other problems that might be associated with fuel side controls. Spark is dead, gearbox unloads and the HM initiates an ultra smooth, gentle and unquestionably the fastest gear change you can get.
Sensitivity on the HM Quickshifter SUPER LITE is controlled from the linkage itself , and you never have to deal with interface problems again.

Every HM Quickshifter SUPER LITE works in up and down shift pattern, No need to buy different parts to change your shift pattern and you will never have the wrong setup.

Every HM Quickshifter SUPER LITE is adjustable for lever sensitivity, so you can adjust for the specifics of your motorbike, gearbox and riding style.

HM Quickshifter SUPER LITE has 3 setting for sensitivity with a fixed ignition kill time, so you can control how you use the gearbox and how you want the HM Quickshifter to work / feel.

The HM Quickshifter SUPER LITE is transportable, meaning it can be used on many different machines by using the correct wiring loom and shift rod length required. The HM Quickshifter SUPER LITE can be reused over and over! Multiple bikes, changing bikes during the season or buying a new bike means you can bring your HM Quickshifter SUPER LITE with you to your different / new machine for none or very little added expense.

HM Quickshifter SUPER LITE wiring looms are plug in and go. No need to splice or cut in any way and no complications with other ECUs. Straight bolt on application and clean removal if the time or need ever comes.

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15/01/2015: Alan Russell, fearless hunter

Every year at about this time, Alan and Geoff go hunting. No, not shooting furry things that have more right to be here than we do, but hunting for the latest innovations in motorcycle racing parts and accessories at the annual Expo.

Fearlessly fending off savage exhibition goers, the duo are determined to come back with the best stuff for their customers. God knows, it's a jungle out there and only the toughest come away with their prey, so here we go lads; elbows out, deep breath and dive in. Smoke us a kipper, we'll be home for tea!

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14/01/2015: New brake lever guard from Zeta, reversible design protects clutch too

These beautiful brake lever guards from Zeta are incredibly tough too. Machined from A7009 T6 aluminium, the design is adjustable to protect brake levers on a huge range of bikes. As with all brake lever guards, these will prevent the accidental operation of the front brake in case of contact with another rider.

However, accidental operation of the clutch lever can also be catastrophic, even though slightly less dramatic than the front brake. The clever design of the Zeta lever guard allows a second unit to be reversed to protect the clutch lever too.

They fit all bikes with handlebar internal diameters between 13.5 and 19mm, and are available in our online shop.

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07/01/2015: A great night was had by all at the Thundersport GB presentation event

Last weekend saw the Thundersport GB annual awards dinner. Alan was presenting the prizes for the A&R Racing Pre-National Sport 600 Championship. The three at the top of the championship, shown below with their trophies are:

1st) Adam Reavill
2nd) Dean Mulcahy
3rd) Matt Truelove

Congratulations to the winners and well done to all who took part in this great series. We will look forward to seeing you in the paddocks next season for more close racing

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24/12/2014: Knowledge is power and knowledge of power is errr... Useful!

In a sport where hundredths or even thousandths of a second count, being empirical about setup just isn't enough. To feel as though you took a particular corner faster, yet with less lean than previous times, giving you better traction onto the straight, where you think you were going faster than ever, isn't helping you learn anything about your bike, the conditions or your riding.

That is where dataloggers come in. It is only when you can measure these vital parameters that you can really know if one approach is better than another and that changes in technique or bike set up are actually helping you to go faster, or merely feeling faster, which is so often not the case.

These new Speedangle products are different to many others in that you need no beacon so they can be used anywhere and at any time. They measure speed, acceleration, lean angle and lap times on a trace that you can then analyse on your pc.

Armed with such information, you can make sure that every metre of every track is being approached optimally and make sure that your laps are as good as they can be. Check out the product page for full specs and prices. See the Speedangle Datalogger in our online shop.

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10/12/2014: Bemsee open day this weekend

Anyone thinking about motorcycle racing in 2015 would do well to attend the Bemsee open day on Sunday, December 14th at Brands Hatch.

There will be help and advice available from all involved in the sport, marshals, riders and club officials will all be on hand to guide you through the things you need to compete in 2015.

For our part, we will be there with a limited range of selected items and special offers. Anything that you order from the open day that we don't have with us, we will ship for free too! Don't forget that there is still time to call us with any special requirements that you have to make sure that we get your bits in the truck. See you there.

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10/12/2014: Special offer on Continental Race Attack slicks

We have a very limited number of pairs of Continental's fabulous Race Attack slicks that have to be cleared to make room in the warehouse.

Pairs of these tyres are on offer while stocks last in the most popular superbike size; 120/70/17 front in soft or medium and 180/55/17 rear in soft or endurance compound. These are selling for just £199 a pair with free delivery, strictly first come, first served.

We can only offer this deal to telephone customers, so call us quickly to get your name on a pair.

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05/12/2014: New class for Alan in 2015

After campaigning his faithful Honda 400 for many years, collecting scores of trophies along the way, Alan has decided that it is time for a change.

Goodbye Honda and hello Suzuki SV650 Minitwin. This bike is almost the universal choice in the class, which makes for great close racing. Alan will be in his element with that and we are sure that there will be some good times and good results forthcoming in the 2015 season.

As always, we will be in the paddocks at race meetings with Bemsee, North Gloucester and Thundersport GB throughout the coming season and will look forward to fitting even more tyres than ever before and dispensing yet more vital spares to all our customers at the meetings.

Before Christmas though, remember our special offer on tyres, with free delivery up to the end of December as well as great deals on Metzeler, Pirelli, Dunlop, Avon and Bridgestone tyres to get you ready to rock and roll as soon as the first flag drops!

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01/12/2014: Mudplugging weekend for staff solidarity!

Last weekend, the team had a day out trail riding on Salisbury Plain for fun and teambuilding. There is nothing like slipping and sliding about on muddy surfaces with multiple crashes and standing in waist-deep cold water for bringing people together.

It is surprising how good emptying out your boots can feel after they have been full of water for what seems like hours and feeling like they weigh a tonne each.

There was plenty of mickey taking and mud-slinging (of the verbal kind of course) in the après off-road pub, where a jolly good time was had by all.

Luckily, there were no lasting injuries, so the team was back in the office, bright eyed and bushy tailed on Monday morning. That is where we will be staying now for the next few weeks to make sure that all our customers' Christmas orders get send out in time for the big day. If you want to send something nice to your favourite bike racer this year, just give us a call or drop in on our online shop for the latest goodies.

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27/11/2014: LS2 Helmet range now available from our online store

LS2 Helmets have come a long way in just 24 years. From very humble beginnings in 1990 in premises of less than 600 square feet to a global business with headquarters in Spain and massive warehousing in the USA, their products are now recognised as innovative and individual.

Meeting all the world's highest safety standards, we now stock the carbon fibre race products, which feature a ground-breaking inflatable cheekpad system (Air-Go), great ventilation, removable, washable lining and fog-resistant, scratch resistant visors with pinlock and tear-off posts.

The lightweight carbon fibre shells are made in two sizes to ensure a perfect fit. Details of the specification are shown below, and these are bound to prove highly popular so check out the colour and size options in our online shop.

  • SHELL:
    • Weight 1350gr
    • Composition Carbon
    • Number of shells 2
    • Sizes XS > XXL
    • Certified ECE 22.05/DOT
  • VISOR:
    • Composition 3d Optically correct Lexan
    • Release System Quick and easy mounting
    • Visor Lock Smooth opening and closing
    • Treatment Anti-scratch, Anti-fog, Anti UV
    • Pinlock included
  • INTERIOR:
    • Advanced Air-go System Perfect fitting
    • Padding Laser cut foam for a superior fit
    • Liner Moisture wicking, anti-odour, anti-bacterial, removable,
    • washable, quick dry, soft fabric
  • VENTILATION:
    • In&Out Front air intakes & Rear extractors
  • SECURITY:
    • Retention System Double D Ring

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13/11/2014: New ACU rain light regulation for 2015

Next year, the ACU is adding a standing regulation so that solo machines have to carry the same kind of rain light at the rear, that the sidecars have had for a number of years now. It is no good just going out and buying any old light though as the regulataions are quite specific. Here is what the ACU says on the subject:

For 2015 Red Rear Warning Lights will be a requirement for solo road race machines. Classic and Vintage machines racing exclusively in their own races or events are exempt.

The requirements for these lights are as follows
All motorcycles must have a functioning red light mounted at the rear of the machine to be used in rain or low visibility conditions as instructed by Race Control. The team must ensure that the light is switched on whenever a rain tyre is fitted on the motorcycle and/or when any practice or race is declared wet by Race Control.

Lights must comply with the following:
a) lighting direction must be parallel to the machine centre line (motorcycle running direction), and clearly visible from the rear at least 15 degrees to both left and right sides of the machine centre line.

b) mounted on the seat/rear bodywork approximately on the machine centre line, in a position approved by the Chief Technical Officer. In case of dispute over the mounting position or visibility, the decision of the Chief Technical Officer will be final.

c) power output/luminosity equivalent to approximately: 10 15W (incandescent) 0.6 1.8 W (LED).

d) the switch must be accessible.

e) rain light power supply may be separated from the motorcycle main wiring and battery.

Luckily, we have two lights for different fitting methods available from our online store; a surface mounted type and a through panel type. These are easy to fit and wire in, so grab one now to make sure you comply fully with the regs for 2015.

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05/11/2014: Fireworks from Metzeler on Novbember 5th

Today, Metzeler announced their new race tyre to replace the Racetec Interact range. Here's what the company's press release has to say about the new products.

RACETEC™ RR, the new Racing Supersport tyre from METZELER, presented in a world premire at EICMA
Available in K1, K2 and K3 compounds this tyre can boast among its strengths grip in all conditions, precision, stability and consistent performance

Milan (Italy), November 5, 2014 METZELER today unveiled the new Racing Supersport RACETEC™ RR during an international press conference held on their stand at EICMA, the World's Motorcycling Fair, which takes place annually in Milan, and this year celebrates its centenary.

RACETEC™ RR, the successor of RACETEC INTERACT™, is the new METZELER tyre available in K1, K2 and K3 compounds and is characterised by high grip in all conditions, with precision, excellent stability and consistent performance.

The origins: the Road Racing world
RACETEC™ RR is the evolution of RACETEC INTERACT™, produced in line with the development of new bikes, and comes directly from the experience of METZELER in Road Racing competition in which the brand of the elephant has been participating with good results for many years. In 2014, riders supported by METZELER stood on the podium 39 times with 16 wins in the major road races. With substantial efforts in these activities, METZELER was able to completely renew its sporty range of tyres and, during 2013, developed and launched SPORTEC™ M7 RR and now, exactly one year later, has completed this renovation project with the new Racing Supersport RACETEC™ RR.

In particular, RACETEC™ RR has been designed and tested in major competitions such as the North West 200, Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix, Southern 100 and especially the Isle of Man TT, where it won the Supersport class by equipping the Triumph Daytona of Gary Johnson. These races do not take place on track, but on roads that are open to the public throughout the year and in which you can find all the situations that each rider encounters in everyday riding. For this reason these events were chosen by METZELER as a test and development ground.
The origins of RACETEC™ RR are clear from its name: RACETEC™ identifies the METZELER range of products dedicated to sport while RR, defined as Road Racing, testifies to the context in which this project was born.


Who is RACETEC™ RR aimed at?
RACETEC™ RR is dedicated to racers of all levels plus trackday riders who use the circuit for their hobby.
In the K3 compound option specifically, the RACETEC™ RR is designed for all owners of supersport and naked bikes who enjoy a sporty riding style and who want the ultimate grip even on the road, looking for excitement and a high performance level.


The features and the benefits of the new RACETEC™ RR
RACETEC™ RR includes the technologies, materials, advanced processes and know-how achieved by METZELER tyres in recent years, bringing a new level of performance. RACETEC™ RR offers new profiles, structural materials, compounds and tread pattern.

Road Racing is one of the most difficult and challenging competitions due to the combination of factors such as the long race distances, , high average speeds, elevation and temperature changes along with the variety of road surfaces. RACETEC™ RR is designed to meet all these different situations which may be encountered in one race, providing unmatched mileage and consistency, combined with a great versatility.

The main benefits of RACETEC™ RR are:

  • Precision and stability, useful features both in during lean as well as on the straight due to the ability of the tyre to absorb the roughness of the asphalt
  • Performance consistency throughout the life of the tyre
  • In particular, the rear tyre of RACETEC™ RR is bi-compound and is able to offer excellent grip in cornering together with great stability at high speeds.
  • Unlike its predecessor, all the sizes and compounds of RACETEC™ RR have the speed index W in brackets, which allows these tyres to be used on roads open to the public and not just on circuit.


Road Racing events are usually high mileage, up to 240 km in total, on average more than twice the distance taking place on circuits. For this reason, the duration and the ability to preserve the integrity and performance of the tyre proves to be a key factor for victory. RACETEC™ RR is the winner in this area due to the characteristics of the compounds and tread design.

The compounds
All the compound specifications used in the RACETEC™ RR are characterised by a high abrasion resistance due to the equal dispersion of ingredients, obtained by a patented mixing process.

To face with the changing conditions that may be encountered during the same race, METZELER has greatly expanded the versatility of the compounds.
If for example the K2 version of RACETEC INTERACT™ was intended to be used with difficult road conditions and low temperatures, now the new K2 compound of the RACETEC™ RR offers high performance even at increased temperatures and on more smooth asphalt. Similarly, the K1 compound of RACETEC™ RR can now also be used in conditions of lower temperatures and with a more aggressive road surface.

To achieve this goal, work was focused mainly on the formulas of the compounds, balancing polymers, resins and reinforcing fillers to generate different properties.

RACETEC™ RR is available in K1, K2 and K3 compounds. Motorcyclists can easily distinguish one compound from the other thanks to the labels on the side and the coloured stripes on the tread.
K1 - SOFT in soft compound. It has a label on the side with K1 written in blue and a blue stripe on the tread
K2 - MEDIUM in a compound of medium hardness. It has a label on the side with K2 written in green and a green stripe on the tread
K3 - HARD is the harder compound. It is distinguished by a label on the side with K3 written in yellow and a yellow stripe on the tread
With regards to the rear solutions, the criteria for application is based on the severity of the asphalt, on the external temperatures and on the duration of the performance required.
For example, hot asphalt loses some of its natural mechanical grip becoming smoother and more slippery. In these conditions a soft compound (such as K1) is necessary, as it can penetrate the asphalt surface as much as possible.
Cold tarmac, on the other hand, tends to be more aggressive and rougher, offering more mechanical grip which, while on the one hand is an advantage, on the other hand can cause the tyre to rip and tear, which therefore needs a compound with more mechanical resistance (such as K2).

For the front solutions the criteria for which to use is based not only on outdoor temperature and track layout (many bends or long straights, etc.) but also on the rider's aggressiveness/riding style which affects the front tyre.
In general, with regards to weather conditions, when the track temperature increases, the compound tends to lose its compactness and rigidity. This behaviour can cause movement problems in the leaning stage. A more rigid compound such as K2 can reduce this effect.
Conversely, when the track is cold, the compound tends to become more rigid and this leads to a penalisation in regard to grip and stability while braking. In these conditions it is better to use a soft compound such as K1.

The K3 compound is dedicated to non-competitive use and can be used at any temperature, in any condition or abrasiveness of the asphalt, and is able to offer a significantly greater mileage.

Another distinctive feature of Road Racing is the presence of very long straights, where the bikes keep speeds above 300 kph for a long time. This situation typically generates a warming of the central section of the tyre that is in contact with the ground and a cooling on the sides. As a result, when entering the curve after a straight, the side may not be in the correct operating temperature and then be able to ensure the necessary grip. RACETEC™ RR uses a bi-compound rear solution with a "Cap and Base" structure in which the centre compound supports the lateral compound positioning in the substrate of the tread. While generating less heat, this centre compound is able to distribute it in the substrate and then heating the compound present on the sides.
With this solution, the longer the straight, the more time the central compound will be in contact, consequently warming the side sections, reaching and maintaining the operating temperature and ensuring perfect grip when dropping into the turn.

The tread pattern
The layout of the central longitudinal grooves is designed to have a compact tread in the central section to optimise straight line stability.
The position of the transverse grooves provides cornering grip in all road conditions while minimising the effects of wear.

The structure and the profiles
Stability is a key factor in road races. High speed straights trigger vibration through the bike which can affect performance.
The innovative carcass material used in the structure of the RACETEC™ RR elevates its lateral stiffness to minimize these problems.
In the case of a road circuit, its peculiarities represented by manholes, repair patches and jumps etc, can also create a sudden loss of adhesion.
The profiles of the crown and sides have been designed to absorb roughness and, at the same time, dampen the deformation of the impact without generating vibration.

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16/10/2014: Farewell faithful friend

After thirteen years of campaigning his trusty Honda RVF400 with great success, Alan is looking for a new challenge. With so many classes to choose from within the clubs supported by A&R Racing Services, there are so many bikes that could fit the bill. The aim is to race something a bit bigger and more powerful, so anything up to 650cc that will run in a class at Bemsee, North Gloucester or Thundersport GB meetings will be considered.

Also, if you are looking for a competitive 400 racer for next season, this one has had care and attention lavished upon it like few others, bringing it up to a spec that has carried Alan to numerous race wins and podiums. Call us for more details or click in the header of any page to send us an email for the full spec.

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16/10/2014: BTR Clip-ons, works of art in metal

These beautiful, hinged clip-ons from BTR are now available from our online shop, and will fit many modern sports bikes with 50mm fork legs.

Their exclusive, hinged design allows rapid removal and fitting without removal of the top yoke. They are stronger than the originals for most bikes and the bar tubes are replaceable to keep costs down in the case of a spill.

More sizes will follow soon, so if your bike has a different size of fork leg, just let us know and we will keep you posted as new products arrive in the range. You can call us on the number above, or click in the header of any page to send us an email.

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08/10/2014: Heading for sunnier climes for winter testing?

With winter looming, the new season seems ages away. Many of you will be thinking about some pre-season testing at one or more European circuits and organising a trip with one of the track day companies that offer some great package deals. Here are some links to a selection of the websites where you can book your sunny test days.

Don't forget to take some spare tyres with you, as shipping to Europe is not always reliable and local supply may be hard to come by. With price increases likely from all manufacturers in the new year, now may be a good time to get your tyres delivered. Just give us a call, or click in the header of any page to email us with what you need. Alternatively, how about visiting our online shop where you will find a great selection of race tyres and spares.

European Track Days 2015
Hottrax:
Cartagena, Spain. 11th to 13th February 2015 £399.00

  • Adv/Inter: Availability
  • ACU Testing: Availability
  • Inter/Novice: Availability

Tracksense
ALMERIA CIRCUIT: THURS 22 TO SUN 25 JAN 2015 - Click for Details
4 days on Europes driest circuit with optional fun races!
4 track days, bike transport & 4 star hotel £599 if booked by 05 Dec (£649 thereafter).

VALENCIA GP CIRCUIT: MON 23 TO WED 25 FEB 2015 - Click for Details
3 days on this fabulous left-handed circuit Europe's driest GP circuit!
3 track days, bike transport & 4 star hotel £749 if booked by 23 Dec (£799 thereafter).

CATALUNYA (BARCELONA) GP CIRCUIT: MON 30 MARCH TO WED 01 APRIL 2015
**** PROVISIONAL DATE ONLY DO NOT BOOK FLIGHTS, ETC.****
Dates, prices & details for this event will be finalised as soon as possible.

ALMERIA CIRCUIT: SAT 09 TO TUES 12 MAY 2015 - Click for Details
4 days on Europe's driest circuit with optional fun races!
4 track days, bike transport & 4 star hotel £599 if booked by 20 Feb (£649 thereafter).

BBS Eurotracks
Almeria, Spain 2015

27th, 28th and 29th April 2015
This is a two day trip with an optional third day.
  • Full Open Pit lane
  • NO Restriction on Track Time
  • 2/3 Full Days on Track
  • 6 Hours Track time per Day
  • Superb for Novices and Experts
  • Bespoke Transport
  • 3/4 nights half-board in a 4 star hotel

No Limits Track Days
Cartagena 22/01/2015, 04/02/2015 and 26/02/2015

Cartagena is situated in the south west of Spain and has a fabulous climate all year round. Although not hosting top level racing, the circuit is a popular pre season testing ground, particularly with the likes of BSB teams. It was built in the early 1990s and has since undergone refurbishment, with great paddock facilities, good organisation and lots of safe run off areas that make it equally popular with track day enthusiasts. The track itself is set in what looks like a disused quarry and is very twisty with a good mixture of tricky slow or medium speed corners and a 600 metre long straight. Along with the impressive elevation changes this makes for a physically demanding circuit that requires concentration to maintain momentum. The surface is reckoned to be one of the grippiest anywhere.

Focused Events


MONDAY 08 December 2014 | Almeria Exclusive
3 Days ALMERIA EXCLUSIVE 8th - 10th December 2014 | Spaces Available: 5
Price: £689.00


THURSDAY 11 December 2014 | Almeria
4 Days 11th - 14th December 2014 | Spaces Available: 6
Price: £429.00


THURSDAY 15 January 2015 | Almeria
4 Days 15th - 18th January 2015 | Spaces Available: 10
Price: £459.00

MONDAY 19 January 2015 | Almeria Exclusive
3 Days ALMERIA EXCLUSIVE 19th - 21st January 2015 | Spaces Available: 10
Price: £689.00

Circuito Monteblanco
THURSDAY 12 February 2015 | Circuito Monteblanco
Again...Its Circuito Monteblanco...2 for 1 and 4 days on track ! | Spaces Available: 10
Price: £459.00

Almeria Exclusive
WEDNESDAY 18 February 2015 | Almeria Exclusive
3 Days ALMERIA EXCLUSIVE 18th - 20th February 2015 | Spaces Available: 10
Price: £689.00

SATURDAY 21 February 2015 | Almeria
4 Days 21st - 24th February 2015 | Spaces Available: 10
Price: £479.00

WEDNESDAY 25 February 2015 | Almeria
3 Days 25th - 27th February 2015 | Spaces Available: 10
Price: £415.00

FRIDAY 03 April 2015 | Almeria
Almeria Easter | Spaces Available: 10
Price: £455.00

Portimao
FRIDAY 24 April 2015 | Portimao
SPECIAL ** 4 DAYS ** EVENT at this FANTASTIC CIRCUIT for only £525 | Spaces Available: 10
Price: £525.00

Trackdays4All

  • 3 track days, Thursday the 8th Saturday the 10th of January 2015 = 349,00*
  • Hotel package at the Roda Golf & Beach Resort 4 nights = 22,00 p.p.p.n.
  • Pit box for 3 days = 350,00
  • Bike transportation from Holland to Cartagena = 350,00
  • Personal coaching 1 day = 175,00


*Special book early offer, valid until the 1st of December.

Who knows? You may even find time for some sightseeing while you are at it.

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07/10/2014: The season draws to a close! See you at Thruxton to see it out in fine style

if you are heading for the North Gloucester Road Racing Club end of season meeting at Thruxton this weekend, don't forget to make sure you let us know of any tyres you may need brought to the paddock.

The ultra-fast circuit is highly abrasive and very hard on tyres, so just to make sure we have enough of the right sizes on board the paddock truck, give us a quick call or click in the header of any page to send an email.

After this weekend, there is just one meeting left for us to attend. We will be at the Thundersports GB season closer at Mallory Park on the 18th of October, so will look forward to seeing all who are there.

Thank you to all our customers who have supported us in the paddocks, through mail order sales and via our online shop. We hope to see you all again next season. Don't forget that we are still here throughout the winter for those vital rebuild and bike preparation bits!

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30/09/2014: Winter is nearly upon us. Time for doing other things with our bikes.

We have reached that time of year again. There are just three meetings left in our calendar; this weekend with Bemsee at Brands Hatch, next week at Thruxton with NGRRC and the week after at Mallory Park with Thundersport GB.

There is still time to order any spares that you may need taken to the paddock in all three meetings, but a quick call or email is recommended if you need anything at Brands. We are heading off on Thursday morning.

Winter and the closed season is traditionally the time for making good the wear and tear of a season's racing on your bike, or getting the bike for next season prepared for the heat of battle.

Five months may seem like a long time now, but it soon evaporates. Throughout the winter, we will be dispensing vital race bike components via our online shop, mail order and to personal callers, so keep in touch to make sure that your bike is first up, best dressed for 2015.

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25/09/2014: Get closer to perfect gearing with Renthal custom sprockets

In racing, small differences add up. This is never more true than in the matter of gear ratio selection. There may be many good choices of ratio, but there is only one that will be perfect for you, the circuit and your bike. Putting the power down a couple of hundredths earlier exiting each turn, thanks to having that perfect gearing adds up. Turn after turn, lap after lap, chipping away at your times, gaining vital advantage in the race.

To help you achieve gearing that is not just 'about right' but is exactly what you want, Renthal offers a custom sprocket service. Just tell us what fitment, chain pitch, number of teeth and colour of anodising you want, and in about three weeks, you will have it. Your sprocket, your way.

These are all quoted on an indivdual basis, so call us on the number shown above or click in the header of any page to send us an email and let us know how we can help you shave off those vital hundredths and tenths.

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22/09/2014: The ups and downs of Pembrey

Despite the circuit of Pembrey being relatively flat, being an old airfield, the A&R Racing Services team had plenty of ups and downs there last weekend's North Gloucester Road Racing Club meeting.

Alan was leading the first Formula 400 race when his engine blew in spectacular fashion, putting an end to what was a promising weekend for him. Looking on the bright side, this left him more time for fitting tyres and dispensing invaluable spares without the amount of rushing that he had to do at Anglesey. However, I am not going to suggest to him that this is a good thing for fear of a flying tyre lever making contact with my person...

Geoff, on the other hand, had a somewhat better weekend. Despite being knocked off by a wayward SV650 early in proceedings, he managed three wins in the Streetstock 400 class and a third in the Formula 400.

More trophies for the office collection!

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11/09/2014: A&R Racing Services awayday weekend & Jolly Boys' Outing

Alan and Geoff are both racing at Pembrey this weekend and Jake is wielding the spanners, so it is like a company outing for the A&R Racing Services team.

Despite all the effort involved in racing, you can bet your sweet plastic bippy that Alan and the boys will be cheerfully dispensing the indispensible items that every racer needs when away from home, as well as fitting tyres for all they are worth.

If you need anything particular to be taken to Pembrey so that you can collect in the paddock, there is still time to call us or click in the header of any page to send us an email.

In preparation, Alan's bike has been given a thorough going over on the dyno. I am sure that if you ask him nicely at Pembrey, he will tell you what power it is making...

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08/09/2014: R&G Racing adjustable rearsets, perfect positioning for your feet

Riding fast is so much easier when you are comfortable on your bike. Where you put your feet has a big influence on how comfortable you are, and as we are all different, this means that adjustable rearsets can be a very worthwhile investment.

The new range from R&G Racing is about so much more than comfort though. Engineered for precision gear changes and sensitive use of the rear brake, these are works of art in themselves.

The position of the footrests can be changed, as can the length of the levers to make sure that gear lever and rear brake fall exactly in the right place for your foot, while the range of movement available in the footrest mounting plates is second to none, allowing perfect positioning.

R&G Racing adjustable footrest kits are available for a wide range of modern super sports bikes and we are still adding them to our online catalogue so if you can't find your bike in the list, give us a call or click in the header of any page to send us an email so we can find the right set for you.

Check out the range in our online shop.

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21/08/2014: You will believe a man can multi-task!

My mum used to say "A good man works to the last". As if to prove this, Alan is so devoted to his customers that he was even fitting tyres while wearing his leathers at Anglesey. Even though his race had already been called and the other competitors were heading for the collection area, Alan was still fitting tyres for all he was worth.

Despite this, Alan still went on to get a race win, a second place and two third places over the weekend. Who says there is no such thing as perpetual motion?

Alan will be back at the Ty Croes circuit in Anglesey again this weekend with Thundersport GB, so if you want anything particular taken to the paddock for collection, just let us know while there is still time to get it on the truck.

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13/08/2014: When you've gotta stop, you've gotta stop!

Extreme brake contrasts as in the photo may be an exaggeration of the variety of systems available, but ask any racer what the most powerful part of any bike is and they will undoubtedly tell you it is the brakes. Gaining speed efficiently is not much use unless the speed can be reduced with even more efficiency. This has to happen corner after corner, lap after lap with predictable power.

Take a look at your own brakes. Do they keep their performance throughout, or do you get fade, changing lever 'feel' or binding?

The answer usually lies not just with one component, but with the combination of units that go to make up your system. Brembo is one of the world's great names in braking systems and you will find their range in our online shop. With the selection of brake discs, calipers master cylinders and brake pads available for modern sports bikes, you will know that your brakes are going to be as powerful and reliable as they can be with Brembo. Give us a call to talk over braking performance or click in the header of any page to send us an email.

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13/08/2014: Another busy weekend for Alan!

In addition to his duties on the paddock support truck at Anglesey Ty Croes circuit this weekend, Alan is out on the 400 Honda again. Cadwell Park was a little disappointing from a results point of View, so Alan will be out for a good weekend at the 'British Philip Island'.

As always, if you need anything particular you want to collect at the circuit, just let us know so that we can make sure it is on the truck before Alan sets off for the long drive to Anglesey.

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06/08/2014: Many hands make light work!

Last year at the Bemsee Brands Hatch GP meeting, we were so busy that queues for tyre fitting stretched way into the paddock, despite Alan being up all night in a blur of tyre fitting activity.

We thought about getting Alan cloned, but that was out of the question for so many reasons, so this year, we are pressing all hands to the pumps to make sure that everyone gets what they need quickly and efficiently.

With two tyre fitting stations on the go, Alan Geoff and Jake will be on hand for friendly advice, spares and all the usual stuff that you expect from our paddock support vehicles.

As always, if you want something particular, there is still time to call us and make sure that it is on the truck for you to collect in the paddock.

See you there!

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06/08/2014: Getting serious about bike protection

We all know the sound of expensive bike parts dragging across the tarmac. It's not only the cost involved in repairing that is a pain, but with the complexity of modern bikes, even a relatively small tumble can damage something to put a crimp in your weekend's racing.

Fitting protectors for the most vulnerable parts can be a big help, and to help keep our customers running smoothly, our first consignment from the R&G range has just arrived in our stock room.

R&G Racing Products is one of the best known names in bike protection. Just about every area of a modern bike can be protected using their products from crash bobbins and engine cases to radiator or exhaust protectors and frame guards.

All superbly engineered in R&Gs workshops, their protectors are approved by BSB and AMA in which classes they are used by many of the world's top teams.

We are busily adding the products to our online shop at the moment, so just give us a call or click in the header of any page to send us an email and find out how your race bike can be protected. As always, orders can be collected from the paddock at any Bemsee, NGRRC or Thundersport GB round.

Check out the products on the R&G website. There are protectors to fit just about every popular modern sports bike and who knows? It could just rescue your weekend one day.

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30/07/2014: Alan's Cadweel Park exploits captured by Racing Lline Photography

We have had some great pictures from Rusty at Racing Line Photography. These show Alan hustling up the Mountain. Rusty and his team are great supporters of the meetings that we all attend and their images are always spot-on. They get to photograph from all the best vantage points and, to our knowledge, have never missed a rider yet, so if you need good images for your publicity or sponsors, this is the place.

Apart from the rear brake malady reported last week, the new bike behaved itself well and the Continental Race Attack tyres gave fantastic grip and feedback in the variable conditions.

Our customer Simon Gates also put the Conti tyres to good use with North Gloucester wins at Castle Combe, then last week at the Donington Park meeting. We are fitting lots of these in the paddocks now, so get your orders in early to make sure that there are enough for everyone.

Having had very a successful weekend at Rockingham with Thundersport GB and Donington Park with North Gloucester Road Racing Club last week, Alan is taking a well-deserved rest this weekend. His plans included throwing a tent on the back of the bike and heading for the horizon. Sounds good to me!

The next outing for our paddock support truck is the Bemsee meeting at Brands Hatch GP circuit on August 9th ant 10th. If you need anything taken to the circuit, just let us know and we will make sure it is on the truck for you.

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23/07/2014: Settling in nicely!

The move into our new unit is now complete, with the signs going up at the end of last week.

There is now more room for stock, better facilities for personal callers and much easier access for loading the paddock support vehicle.

Over the years, we have prided ourselves on the service offered to motorcycle racers both personally and via mail order, so we are looking forward to many more days in the paddock, more personal callers picking up spares and continued expansion of the product range in our online shop.

Many thanks to all our customers for their continued support. See you this weekend at North Gloucester's Donington Park meeting and the Thundersport GB round "Thunder at the Rock" at Rockingham. There is still time to call us for any special items that you may need taken to either meeting.

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23/07/2014: Anybody want a VFR400 rear disc, very cheap!

Alan't weekend at Cadwell Park didn't go entirely according to plan, as the rear brake caliper seized on and dragged the bike back a little. The resultant damage to the rear disc can be seen in the image. That one won't be much use but the quirky rectangular shape may qualify it as a piece of modern art perhaps...

Alan's results were three sixth places and a seventh, overall not bad considering that the rear brake was using up more than its fair share of power, and Alan hasn't raced at Cadwell Park for nine years.

The big smile was over lap times, with consistent improvement over the weekend, setting his fastest lap times in Sunday's last race, while having a good dice for third place and generally enjoying every second of his racing. Here's to seeing you out on track more often this season and heading well towards the pointy end of the field.

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21/07/2014: We have moved!

The old unit was getting a bit cramped and making life a little awkward with the level of business that we are now experiencing through mail order sales, personal callers, stock for the paddock support trucks and our online shop.

To make it easier to keep everyone happy, we have moved to a new, larger unit, from which we will keep dispensing all the essential race bike spares and tyres, but with a bit more room to move around. There will also be more space for personal callers, who will still find us easily as the new unit is on the same industrial estate as our original home.

Look out for some pictures of the new premises, coming soon.

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17/07/2014: Alan's new Honda is ready to race at Cadwell Park

Looking at the weather forecast for the week ahead, Alan is very likely to be busy changing tyres for customers in the paddock.

However, he is entered for the 400 race on his new Honda. We finished building the bike so recently that there hasn't even been time to apply any graphics, so here it is in plain white, ready to race.

Good luck Alan and all others taking part in the Bemsee Cadwell Park meeting this week.

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16/07/2014: Celebrating 15 years selling Pirelli race tyres

Time flies when you are having fun doesn't it? It has certainly flown here as we realise that we have been selling Pirelli race tyres for 15 years. Although this is only a fraction of the time that Pirelli has been making motorcycle tyres, we are very proud to have been involved in a period during which they have made huge strides forward in terms of their motorcycle race tyre range.

Pirelli is now the control race tyre in British Superbikes and World Superbikes, right down to club level where they are the control tyre for National Junior Cup Kawasakis, and are the first choice of many riders in Yamaha Past Masters, MiniTwins, 400s, 600s, 1000s and Thunderbikes.

Pirelli race tyres are complemented by a superb range of hypersport tyres that are suitable for road or circuit use, so are immensely popular with track day riders. To help find the best tyre for your race, track day or road bike, follow these links for more information.

Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa
Pirelli Supercorsa SP
Pirelli Supercorsa SC
Pirelli Diablo Superbike Rain (full wet race tyre)
Pirelli Diablo Superbike Wet (intermediate race tyre)
Pirelli Diablo Superbike (slick race tyre)
Pirelli Diablo Superbike Pro (slick race tyre)

The full range of Pirelli race tyres is available from our paddock truck (it is best to order in advance, in case demand is high), or through our online shop.

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04/07/2014: Special offer on Pirelli Diablo Strada tyres

Thanks to a special deal that Pirelli has given us, there is a limited quantity of their Diablo Strada road tyres in stock at great prices.

In the most popular sports bike pairing of 180/55/ZR17 and 120/70/ZR17, you can buy a pair of these lovely, race developed road tyres for just £159 + £12 shipping.

Because of the limited stock availability, we are not putting this offer out through the online shop. The only way to get hold of a pair of tyres at these prices is to call us now on 01749 672890.

When they're gone, they're gone, so call quickly.

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04/07/2014: Cabbage crates over the briny!

Resplendent in period riding kit to match, Alan tries to get used to the right foot gearchange and left foot brake of his 'new' Triumph Bonneville 750.

Any donations of Octopus Mk8 goggles, silk pilot's scarves, seaboot socks and lambskin lined flying jackets are all gratefully received.

Next up. Alan plans to practice curling his top lip and saying 'uh-huh' in an American accent while applying a generous layer of Brylcreem to his luxuriant locks.

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04/06/2014: New bikes for Alan, Geoff and Jake

It's great attending race meetings with our paddock support truck and seeing all our customers having fun racing. However, we do like to get on our own bikes and join in whenever possible too. In the past week, three of the team have treated themselves to new bikes with that aim in mind.

Alan has gone all retro on us and will be commuting to work on his newly acquired Triumph Bonneville. When his birthday rolls around, there is no truth in the rumour that the rest of us will be having a whip-round to buy him a tassled jacket, flying scarf and seaboot socks to complete the ensemble though.

Geoff will be campaigning a Honda NC30 in the North Gloucester Club's Formiula 400 series and Jake has bought a steel framed CBR600 with a view to doing some track days to start with and getting into racing when he feels comfortable with the bike.

With a busy weekend coming up in just two weeks, there will be three paddock trucks out at Castle Combe (North Gloucester), Bemsee (Donington Park) and Oulton Park (Thundersports GB), there won't be much time for any of us to get out and ride, but we will be doing as much as time allows through the season.

If you need anything particular delivered to any of the above meetings for collection in the paddock, letting us know in advance is a good idea so that we can make sure that the right stock is in the right place.

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14/05/2014: Getting serious about bike protection

Modern race bikes have a number of vulnerable spots where a small amount of damage can seriously spoil your weekend's racing. Handlebars, exhausts, engine casings and radiators can all be damaged in even the smallest of tumbles.

With the right protection for these parts in place, you can keep on racing where otherwise you would be loading the van ready to go home.

Few people know more about protection or offer a wider range of bike protection options than R&G Racing. That is why we are so glad to be able to add their range to our catalogue and online shop. Watch this space for more information as we are adding the products right now. In the meantime, call us or click in the header of any page to find out what protection systems are available for your bike.

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01/05/2014: Domino throttles, smooth, fast and robust

Donino throttles are very popular in Moto GP, World Superbike and many other classes of international bike sport, from trials, motocross and enduro, though speeday and road racing. Offering very rapid opening with silky smooth control, these Italian items are things of beauty in their own right.

To paraphrase the great Kenny Roberts, any time spent between closed and open is wasted...

With options of single, twin or opposed cable, there is a Domino QA throttle to suit most sports bikes and racers, and there is a choice of movements, measured in degrees of twist per mm of throttle opening. Supplied with universal cables, Domino throttle twistgrips are available in our online shop now.

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01/05/2014: Learning to love the A11

Not content with one marathon journey to Snetterton this month, being at the Bemsee round there last week, Alan, glutton for punishment that he is, is heading off there agein today for the Thundersport GB meeting over the weekend.

With the roadworks still in place dualling the bottle neck that has always been a royal pain still in place, this is bound to be a long haul.

Luckily, when you get there, you are rewarded with a truly amazing circuit now, with three layout options. My favourite of these is the 300 layout, which has everything from flat-out straights to eye-bulging braking for hairpins and of course, the legendary Bombhole/Coram complex is as challenging a piece of tarmac as you will find anywhere.

As always, the paddock truck will be in attendance, laden with all the bits you may need to keep your race bike in fine fettle to meet the demands of this great track, and Alan will be fitting tyres relentlessly all weekend. Have a great meeting if you are taking part or going along to watch.

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16/04/2014: Arrow exhaust systems and slip on cans now available from A&R Racing Services

Arrow Competition exhausts have been developed in Arrow Special Products R&D department to help you get the very best useable power out of your modern race bike.

Competition exhausts have many differences when compared to a standard Arrow exhaust: increased diameters where necessary, different solutions for section changes and a specially-designed silencer.

Each of these features has been designed to ensure a better performance when the exhaust is fitted to a tuned (therefore more powerful) engine.

Competition exhausts represent the pinnacle of Arrow product lines: these systems are directly based on the exhausts our technicians in the R&D hav developed and continue developing for major teams in Superbike and Supersport classes worldwid. These masterpieces are made using top quality materials and the most up to date exhaust manufacturing technology.

Entirely welded via TIG process, the Competition exhausts are available in 'full titanium' version (totally made using titanium alloy) or with headers in stainless steel.

In both cases the exhausts have a built-in plug to fit an oxygen sensor, so that you can check and change easily and quickly the ECU settings, to suit varying track and weather conditions.

The design of the Competition series silencers give the bikes that typical Arrow look, ensuring top performances while keeping the noise levels within limits.

A version of the silencer is available with a carbon rear endcap.

Moreover, sensitivity to noise levels from race activities is increasing throughtout Europe, so a version of the same silencers is available with a removable dB-killer.

We are busily adding these great products to the online shop, so while we are working on that, please call us with your make and model details to check availability for your bike.

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10/04/2014: Castrol A747 Racing 2-Stroke oil now available in our online shop

The choice of many top 2-stroke tuners like Graham File, Bob Farnham and others, thi has to be the most admired 2-stroke oil in current use. The formulation used has been proved over and over again in the white heat of competition and under the most trying circumstances. Riders can relax, knowing that this vital component of successful 2 stoke racing is in place.

  • High performance castor/synthetic 2-stroke engine oil
  • For use in highly stressed, high performance 2-stroke engines
  • Excellent combustion chamber deposit control
  • Very low rates of piston ring wear
  • Special additives to prevent throttle slide sticking in wet conditions
  • High Performance for Race Conditions
Castrol A747 is a CASTOR/SYNTHETIC engine oil specifically designed for use in highly stressed, high performance, 2-stroke engines using premixed fuels, including water-cooled, road racing go-kart engines. Castrol A747 has been developed for race conditions where combustion chamber deposit control is essential.

Castrol A747 is only recommended for premix systems. Its viscosity is too high for use in oil injection systems. Castrol A747 is recommended only for very high performance two-stroke engines. If used in lower performance, lower revving engines, excessive deposit formation may result.

Castrol A747 Racing 2-Stroke Oil is now available in our online shop.

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02/04/2014: Alan's half-century last week

Born just seven years after Bob McIntyre's first ever 100mph lap of the Isle of Man TT circuit, in a week when Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas topped the charts with "Little Children", British bikes were the best in the world and you could buy a pint of bitter for 1/6 (7.5p), Alan has a few miles on the clock you could say.

The popular view of bikers in 1964 was formed by films like "The Leather Boys" with Rita Tushingham and Colin Campbell, and if you saw a scooter parked in a public place, it was your duty to hammer a potato into the exhaust so it wouldn't start...

However, age doesn't stop Alan from being Mr Perpetual Motion at work or racing just as hard as anybody half that age. In tireless support of Bemsee, North Gloucester and Thundersport GB rounds this season, Alan will once again be fitting tyres like a hero and dispensing all the bits that you may need to keep your race bike in fine fettle.

At least there was no racing over his birthday weekend, so he could have it off!

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02/04/2014: Don't fade away...

Coincidentally, in 1964 while Alan was busy being born, the Rolling Stones were busy recording "Not Fade Away".

They could have been singing about the disc brakes on racing motorcycles of today, if there were any at the time...

There can be few more gut-wrenching feelings than brake fade. There are many causes, but one of the most common is water absorption leading to boiling and formation of easily compressed bubbles.

To make sure that your brakes have the best chance of staying the distance, the best fluid is always a good idea. We have just managed to grab a limited supply of Castrol React SRF racing brake fluid in 1 litre bottles. It is not cheap, but when you are braking right on the ragged edge of performance, it is good to know that you have the world's highest performance brake fluid coursing through your lines. Call us now to secure a supply, or visit our online shop.

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27/03/2014: With the new season approaching, the last thing anyone wants to think about is crashing

That's why we reckon that it should be the first thing that everyone thinks about. By being prepared with the best protective kit right from the word go, there will be less need to think about crashing, leaving you free to concentrate on going fast.

Forcefield body armour can do just that for you. Being among the very best in the market already, two of their key products have just had major upgrades.

The Ellite F1 chest protector and Forcefield L2K EVO back protector have been re-engineered for 2014 with a number of key improvements.

Both items are made from Forcefields shock absorbing technology NitreEvo, which makes them very malleable allowing perfect 3D moulding to the users shape for optimum comfort. Both items also incorporate Repeat Performance Technology (RPT) to ensure no loss of protective performance even after multiple impacts.

Details like Kevlar stitching, breathable, movable inner layers and fully adjustable harnesses help to make these some of the most comfortable and effective safety products on the market. Check out these and other great safety products in our online shop.

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26/03/2014: Get connected - fast!

OK, it's second call to collection area, your fuel tank is off and it would be much better for your race result if it were back on top of the bike. This is no time to be messing around with screwdrivers or fiddly connectors.

The convenience of a quick-release fuel coupler is only a small thing, but success can often be a combination of small things, and every little helps as they say.

Our 8mm QD fuel connectors have now been reduced in price so you can make that connection easily for even less. Available in our online shop or from our support truck in the paddock at all Bemsee, North Gloucester and Thundersport GB meetings throughout the year.

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19/03/2014: First North Gloucester meeting of 2014. Well done to all!

Fresh from the first North Gloucester Road Racing Club meeting of the year at Brands Hatch, having enjoyed a busy weekend in the paddock, it is great to have caught up with everyone again.

As sponsors of the A&R Racing F400 class, congratulations to all competitors, particularly Ben Harrison who took his first win in the class aboard a Kawasaki ZXR400. We will be looking forward to much more great racing in this class as the season unfolds.

Results from Saturday's F400 race:

  1. Daniel Tilley
  2. Ben Harrison
  3. Colm Warner
  4. Simon Wilkins
  5. Theodore Pope
  6. Timothy Moorhead
  7. Elwyn Fryer
And Sunday's F400 race:
  1. Ben Harrison
  2. Daniel Tilley
  3. Simon Wilkins
  4. Colm Warner
  5. Theodore Pope
  6. Timothy Moorhead
  7. Elwyn Fryer


Paul Willis was going very well in Sound of Thunder on his KTM with Continental tyres fitted, until his clutch expired, putting an early end to his race. We have a great working relationship with Continental now and their race tyres are becoming more ane more popular. Give us a call or click in the header of any page for recommended fitment on your bike.

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17/03/2014: Simple switching for sure starting and stopping

If your race bike has an electric start, keeping the standard switch cluster is one way of making sure that you have a kill switch and start button available. However, a better way may well be to use one of our universal starter and kill switch units. These are clearly and simply laid out without all the clutter of a standard cluster. This makes them much easier to use with gloves on, especially in the heat of battle to restart if your engine dies on the startline...

Robustly built with the rigours of racing in mind, this small change could just make a big difference if you have to restart in a hurry.

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05/03/2014: 2014 Is Go!

The season us under way in earnest now. With the first meeting at Brands Hatch this weekend, we are now looking forward to North Gloucester Road Racing Club's first meeting of the year, also at the Kent circuit.

Good luck to all those taking part in races run by the three clubs that we are proud to be associated with, Bemsee, Thundersport GB and North Gloucester Road Racing Club. We are looking forward to a great season of racing.

With a packed timetable and full grids expected, everyone is going to be busy there over the weekend of March 15th/16th. Our paddock truck will be in attendance as usual, jam-packed with spares, tools and lubricants to keep your bike in fine fettle. Alan will be fitting tyres throughout, with all the usual favourites from Pirelli, Metzeler, Bridgestone, Avon and Dunlop on board as well as the new Continental race tyre range, which is quickly gaining quite a following.

If you need anything in particular taking to the circuit, it is always worth a call to pre-order just to make sure you get what you want. Simply call us on the number above or click in the header of any page to email us.

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28/02/2014: The 2014 season is just around the corner

It was great to see all the familiar and new faces at recent training days. Last week we were at Pembrey with North Gloucester Road Racing Club and the week before, Brands Hatch with Bemsee. Both days were brilliantly organised and enjoyed a great turnout of rookies all looking forward to a new season of racing. We wish good luck to all concerned and look forward to seeing you in the paddocks of meetings throughout 2014.

The season kicks off for real this weekend with the Thundersport GB race meeting at Brands Hatch. As always, our support truck will be in the paddock stocked with everything you would need to keep your bike running well, and Alan will be busy fitting tyres. It is not too late to order any special items that you may need for collection in the paddock, just call us on the number shown above, or click in the header of any page so send us an email to let us know what you want so that we can make sure it is on the truck. Have a great weekend!

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19/02/2014: A new face in the warehouse

Welcome to Jake Percival who joins us this month to take on the formidable task of packing and despatching all your orders from our warehouse. Whether you order online, over the phone or by post, Jake will be there making sure that the right parts end up with the right people.

I am sure you will all join me in wishing Jake the best of luck in his new job.

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14/02/2014: Donington Park Thundersport GB Training Day

"Brrrrr!" is not quite the word for conditions at Donington Park last Tuesday. You have to admire the fortitude of bike racers going out to do their training day in conditions that would have made Titus Oates think twice before going outside.

Everything went smoothly though and everyone went home happy. A number of riders tried the new Continental wet race tyres on the day and were very impressed. Let's face it, if a tyre can impress people in the snow, it has to be doing something right.

Graham Matcham from Continental came along to dispense technical advice and we had our normal range of spares and essential items available from the paddock truck. The hardest part was taking our hands out of our pockets to dispense them!

Oh well, at least Alan was in the warm and dry, giving evidence at an inquest. Let's hope he doesn't get called away to another one for the Brrrrrands Hatch Bemsee Training Day in less than two weeks time.

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05/02/2014: New range of oil filters ready to race

Easy change oil filters with pre-drilled lockwire holes for convenience are now available. Hiflofiltro filters are the world's first TÜV approved oil filters. They are constructed using materials and methods designed to meet or exceed original equipment performance and specifications.

The racing fitment filters come with a convenient hexagonal head for fitting and removal, which is pre-drilled for lock-wiring.

Available for most modern four stroke bikes, check them out in our online shop.

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30/01/2014: All good things come to an end

After a very long and successful production run, the Regina 520 GPS racing chain has been discontinued. For many years this chain has been used on the most successful racing bikes, winning countless trophies and many championships.

This chain has been one of our best selling items over the years and has been a great favourite among 400, Minitwin and Steel Framed 600 riders.

We have purchased the last 30 of these great chains to be imported into the UK, so go to our online shop to make sure you get one of these before stocks are exhausted. When they're gone, they're gone!

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24/01/2014: Here we grow, here we grow, here we grow!

Thanks to all the nice people who have bought race bike spares from us through eBay, by mail order and through our online shop, business has got so busy that we have had to look for an additional person to take care of the packing and shipping to make sure that everything goes out on time and to the right place.

This month, we have been busy interviewing for this post, and still have a couple of people left to see before we make a decision. Hopefully, the new person will be in place before the end of February, when things really start to hot up before the start of the new season.

There will be plenty for them to pack too, as Alan has just got back from the Motorcycle Trade expo at Birmingham's NEC, where he has been looing for new items to go into the catalogue in 2014. Watch this space for more details.

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16/01/2014: Rayven Race-Tek Gloves, Great Velue, Great Protection

Rayven Race-Tek Gloves. Top Protection at an affordable price. High quality carefully selected cowhide with tough plastic knuckle protection and reinforced palm area. Dual density protective padding and dual velcro cuff strap. Velcro adjustable wrist strap and soft nylon lining. Pre-curved fingers with air vents. Available in the follwing colours/sizes: Black, Fluoro Yellow/Black/White, Blue/Black/White, Red/Black/White. S,M,L,XL,XXL.

Available from our paddock support truck at Bemsee, North Gloucester and Thundersport GB race meetings, or from our online shop.

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09/01/2014: Thundersport GB Awaards Dinner

Last Saturday saw the Thundersport GB annual awards dinner at the Island Hotel in Hinckley, Leicestershire and Alan was there awarding trophies for the Streetfighter classes that we supported in 2013.

The trophies went to winners of Streetfighter A, B and C classes as follows:

  • Streetfighter A: 1st Scott Adam, 2nd Reece Rothwell, 3rd Gordon Wright
  • Streetfighter B: 1st Adam Sheriff, 2nd Ryan Strafford, 3rd Dave Palfreman
  • Streetfighter C: 1st Keith Warren, 2nd Andrew Driver, 3rd Andy Scanion
    • Throughout 2014, we will be sponsoring the A&RN Racing Pre-National 600 class with Thundersport GB and wish all competitors a great season, looking forward to handing out the trophies at the next awards dinner.

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08/01/2014: New range of race boots

The range of Diora race boots is now available via our online shop. These great value boots offer serious protection, have replaceable metal toe sliders, arch and ankle support and a bretheable. waterproof membrane.

Available in black or white/black, sizes 7-12 UK, we will be taking a stock to all our race meetings in the paddock truck for emergencies. If you have feet at the extremes of the size range and would like to pick up a pair from the paddock, pre-ordering is advisable to make sure that we bring a pair to fit you.

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19/12/2013: Thank you and happy Christmas to all

2013 has been another fantastic year for us and we want to say a huge thank you to all our customers who have supported us at the circuits, through mail order and our online shop. We are looking forward to seeing you all again next season.

Huge thanks also to the organisers, marshals, medics and officials of Bemsee, North Gloucester Road Racing Club and Thundersport GB, without whom none of the racing that we all enjoy so much would be possible. Keep up the good work for 2014 and we will look forward to being in the paddock of your meetings throughout the season.

To make the thanks more tangible, we will be supporting classes and awards at all three clubs again this year. Details are shown below.

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19/12/2013: Thundersport GB - Pre-National 600 Class

Next year, with help from Continental Tyres, we will be sponsoring the Pre-National 600 class at Thundersport GB meetings. Look out for some great names of the future launching their careers in this class.

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19/12/2013: Bemsee Rookie of the Day Award

As in previous years, we will be offering an award to the best novice rider of the day at Bemsee meetings.

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19/12/2013: North Gloucester Road Racing Club - The A&R Racing Formula 400 Class

The NGRRC Formula 400 Class promotes close, fast racing and once again we are proud to be the title sponsors of this series.

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10/12/2013: Angled tyre valves for easy and quick tyre pressure checks.

On many modern bikes with big brake discs and deep swing arms at the rear, the small job of checking and adjusting tyre pressures can be far more awkward than it should be. In the heat of race day, anything that can be fiddly becomes an irritation when you least need one.

With the Biketek angled tubeless tyre valves, one small pain can be reduced. Available in to sizes for rims of different widths, these make the valve easily accessible, even when you are in a hurry and under pressure (no pun intended). Find them in our online shop and make one irksome task a doddle.

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10/12/2013: Bemsee open day, Brands Hatch

It was great to see so many faces, both new and familiar in the Kentagon Suite on Sunday. Geoff and Becky were kept busy all afternoon meeting current customers and people new to racing with the club next year.

We look forward to seeing you all in the paddock for the coming season, as we will be attending all the round with our familiar paddock support truck, offering all the essential spares you may need and fitting tyres non-stop throughout.

Don't forget though, in the meantime, we are only a phone call away for everything you need for your race bike. Our buy-ahead scheme for tyres can save you money through the season and there is a huge choice of items for your winter rebuild or new bike preparation programme in our online shop.

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04/12/2013: Guard your levers and spare your wallet

The consequences of catching your front brake lever on neighbouring bikes in close-quarters racing can be horrific. To prevent this, lever guards are now compulsory in MotoGP, WSB and BSB racing. We reckon that it won't be long before club racing regulations are changed to include this important safety rule.

The good news is that you can now get ahead of the game and save money at the same time. Our range of lever guards now has a reduced price of just £49 for alloy finish and £54 for black.

Suitable for just about all modern bikes, these are available for immediate delivery from our online shop.

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27/11/2013: Christmas Opening Hours 2014

To make sure that you have all the race parts that you need in hand for the new year, we will only be closing on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years day over the 2014 festive season.

Other than that, we will be here throughout normal business hours every other day. You can call us between 9am and 5:30pm to get our customary brand of service with a smile, and we will be dispatching orders from our online shop right up until the close of business on Christmas Eve. Please be aware though that couriers are under extreme pressure at this time of year with staff holidays and increased workloads, so it may be necessary to allow a little extra time for delivery.

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20/11/2013: Thinking about racing next year? The Bemsee Open Day is a great place to start!

On December 8th, the Bemsee annual open day takes place at the Kentagon Suite, Brands Hatch. If you are new to racing, or even just thinking about taking up bike racing in 2014, this is a great opportunity to find out how to go about it and meet all the people that can help you get started.

The event always attracts a good selection of old hands who are happy to share information and experience with newcomers in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Bemsee officials and marshals will be there to explain the classes available and the paperwork that you need in order to take part.

You can even get your ACU eye test carried out and apply for your race licence on the day. Representatives and rider reps from the various classes are always on hand to tell you what is great about their particular form of racing and offer advice on bike selection and preparation.

As always, A&R Racing will be there with a display of some of the goodies on offer, and to help you get what you need, all orders taken at the show qualify for free shipping. Come and talk to us about special deals too like our tyre pre-purchase scheme that can save you money on one of the most significant parts of any race budget. For more information on the open day, call us on the number above, or click in the header of any page to send us an email.

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14/11/2013: Let your bike breathe more easily

Pipercross has been making performance air filters for over 25 years and their range now includes filters for just about every bike. For road use, there are filters that will drop straight into the standard air box with no need for changes to fuelling, while the "Race Spec" range will bring out the best in your track day or race bike when combined with jetting changes or fuel injection remapping with a Power Commander or similar unit set up on a dyno.


Whether you use the panel type filters in your airbox, or the sock type filters on individual air intakes, you will be sure of greater air flow than a conventional paper/gauze type thanks to the unique multilayer construction of Pipercross filters. Working with race teams to win championships at British and World level, the development of Pipercross filters has been highly focused on getting the best performance out of bikes while still providing maximum protection.

Pipercross filters are fully washable and carry a lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects.

Find a filter for your bike in our eBay Shop, or call us on the number above to get the one that fits your bike.

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08/11/2013: Christmas is coming. Make choosing easier with an A&R gift voucher

Christmas is coming and it is time to think about making people happy with just the gift they would want. Now they can have just that with the A&R Racing gift vouchers.

Choosing presents can be difficult at the best of times, but when the person you are choosing for is a bike racer, some of the requests may be a bit esoteric. By giving one of our vouchers you can really give them just what they want for their bike preparation and help the new season along.

Available in values of £10, £25, £50, 100 and £250 or multiples thereof you can afford to be generous. Call us today or buy online.. Its easier than choosing and will make any racer happy!