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Hi there.

I am wondering what people think about the moto gp bikes. There is a sale at argos for the first moto gp set for £55. Has any one bought any bikes. If I am right they are 1 to 18th scale rather than 1 to 32. Does that mean they would look way to big on a home track compared to the other cars around them. Do they lean round corners. And what is the best bike to get. Any information is welcome. Thanks it66
 

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John Roche
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I haven't bought any as they don't lean. They should have made Harleys


I'm passionate about bikes and don't own a car (funny things that lean the wrong way in corners) I feel that Scaley have missed a great opportunity. a lot of my biker friends were interested when they were first announced but lost interest at the thought of Rossi etc. tottering round corners like a learner on their first ride.

Apparently they're selling well but i wonder how many of those that buy will be disappointed.

The only positive thing I can say is that they make great static models and you can take the motor out for another project.



John
 

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QUOTE (it66 @ 10 Dec 2004, 06:02)Does that mean they would look way to big on a home track compared to the other cars around them.
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Yes, first time I saw them I thought they looked like they were racing on the equivalent of the "back alley" in Coronation St.

Not that I watch that!

Emmerdale man, me!

Leaning? They don't! They should!

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I have one.

Put simply, they are atrocious. They were the biggest waste of slot car money I ever spent. And I have bought many silly cars...

The only reason that I'm glad I bought one is that I can tell others not to waste their money too.

Buy another set, you won't regret it.

Andy
 

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As with any slot car, run two the same together and you have good fun and close competition. After all, the motorcycle sidecars are not the best or easiest to drive, yet offer loads of fun when raced against each other.

But...

...be aware that Scalextric modified the MotoGP bikes by fitting a different stabiliser with weights to help the bikes easier to control. Check the Argos set is not the older type.

If it is it might not be that bad as, I have been told, Scalextric will send any one who bough the old style a set of the new stabilisers and weights. Nice customer relations touch that. I don't remember Sony sending their Betamax customers a new VHS&#8230;
 

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Julius Wilkko
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Hi!

I bought MotoGP2 set for testing and wrote evaluation to our Finnish webpage. Out of the box bikes are too light and although the bikes are equipped with magnets they may jump out of the slot when accelerating.
Bikes travel nicely through banked curves but normal, flat, curve sections of the track are troublesome for the MotoGP bikes. Too many times the bike jumps out of the slot at curve. Scalextric propably has found out that the bike performance and stability are poor and they have taped extra die-cast weights to MotoGP package. Just to clarify, these extra weights were taped outside of the sealed MotoGP2 package with an instruction leaflet. With these extra weights handling and stability of the bikes are improved but you still cannot describe driving realistic or stable. My recommendation is to get MotoGP set for the track and ditch the bikes.

Cheers!

Julius
 

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Thanks guys,

I think I will give them a miss. I thought they might be quite cool if they lean in the corners but it means I have some cash to spend on something else.
Right are you ready for some more questions.

Anyone know when the scalextric ford gt arrives. I pre ordered it last january. I cant wait for it to arrive.

Also I am a big fan of le mans and quite admire the porsche 917k. I have always been a scalextric man but I am thinking of getting a fly porsche 917k or maybe a lancia. Can I have peoples thoughts on fly cars because I have never raced one before.

Thanks It66
 

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For racing at home, there shouldn't be any problems with the Fly cars. Take it to the club however and they require a bit of work. Not too much, and they can be tuned to run very well. But dont expect it to win anything out of the box.

If you're just planning on using it at home, then go ahead. They are cracking looking models.

 

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I also bought one to try out, very dissapointing. they look awesome, but out of scale with my scenery. I took it out of the package, oiled the gears, placed it on the track and gave it a go. Accelerated very quickly and when slowing for the first curve, it continued straight into the guardrail where the rider did a nice looking dive off the moto and onto the floor. This scenario continued at every curve unless I slowed to a crawl to get around the turns.

As it comes out of the box it is a handfull to negotiate around "any" turn and I don't know if any fix is available, other than more magnets under the chassis. I concur with the earlier response about it being a waste of money compared to all that is available to us.

After 1 week I put it on e-bay and was happy to get half my money back.

Rick
 
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