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Russell Sheldon
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Excellent article and excellent photo's, Doug.

The bikes use new, smaller Scalextric motor.

Can you please elaborate on this? I'm guessing that it's a Mabuchi; do you perhaps know which one?

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Nuro,
don't say a word : you know what he does with small motors - my bet is that he'll use two of them a la Konami for the Dubai Classic !!
 

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The bikes wobble , they lean the wrong way and they are slow. Tim had a go,naughty, before getting told off! Not impressed to be honest mainly cos they were too slow. This was the only stand attended by a non Hornby employee, Guy was a demonstrator , pleasant enough character.
 

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Leaning the wrong way is what caused the BBC's egg in the face...


They'll make nice shelf ornaments.
 

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I agree on both counts!!


If they had made them 1/32 they would not have been so tall which I believe is the cause of the wobble and I would have collected them. Not gonna give up yet as sraspaul spotted a couple of different mag positions on the display bikes so will wait for production run to assess more accuratly. They do look very good and I believe people will buy them as not many get the benefit of advanced testing thru this cracking forum.
 

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They may well be easy to mod, after all loads of cars require mods to get them working proper so I`m going easy here. I reckon a much better outrigger could be made easily nuff.
 

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A First Prize for the first engineer among you guys one who make them lean correctly when they corner. No need to drag the knee, that will be "Phase II".
 

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I like the fact that the rider is loose,only attached by a magnet. I reckon someone will take you up on that challenge!
 

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We have to wait for the release to have some hardware to look at, so let wait & see...
In the meantime, back to four wheels.
 

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I`ve looked,handled and watched me mate play and the demonstrator try his best and I stand by my earlier posts
 

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Only time I will ever say it, but....

Couldn't they have added more magnets?

I only say this because I think the black plastic 'stablisers' look stupid. Otherwise the models would look quite accurate.
If they had made them a little smaller, put the guide in the front wheel, and made them stay upright another way, I'd have said race on.

Another question; anyone know how tall they are? Just wondering if they will fit under the bridge on our club track.

That's all,

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Nuro, don't say a word : you know what he does with small motors - my bet is that he'll use two of them a la Konami for the Dubai Classic !!

You got me, Beppe!



Hard to believe that they can get all of this into an accurate 1/43rd scale car!

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I think if they tried to make then in 1:32 scale that the rear tyre would get stuck in the rail of the track and probably crash when sliding across the rails. How small would the motor be to keep the bike to scale if at 1:32? I think they would also be incredibly slow if these 1:18 scale bikes are considered too slow.

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The speed issue is a big dissappointment, tho not really surprising considering the shortage of wheels and inevitably high centre of gravity. The scale makes matters worse really cos u multiply their actual speed by 18 instead of 32 to get the scale speed, so they are even slower still!
 

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I am going to use quotes from elsehwere:-

QUOTE They wobble, are slow, fall out of the slot easy ,lean the wrong way but look great.

Scalextric were not intending to run these as the circuit on which they were on display was set up for the Challenger product and not for MotoGP bikes as the banked curves were not used and the track had a series of bends going left and right. They are still prototype models and design modifications are still being worked on. Scalextric know exactly what is required. The stand demonstrator was very good when questioned and I cannot say any more, even about the tilting situation. MotoGP want the bikes out this year. Nuff said!


QUOTE The motor bike racing community appear to be more understanding and are just happy to have a product that moves and offers an opportunity to race their favourite heroes.

I had a very long chat with the Scalextric boys and girls so there will be many nuggets of information offered up at appropriate times as and when. MotoGP have done their own research.


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i think and hope it will be a succesful product, but i believe it is for bike fans who are newcomers to scalextric, or to car fans who want gr8 looking bikes that they can have novelty races with. At this time, I dont think they come close to the fun of racing the cars.

I agree totally about it being not the ideal track (no banked curves) and that there is development time yet to go, but even so, the physics and design of the bikes and slots mean that they will not be as fun or fast as cars.
 

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Moped has his finger on the pulse there and I know exactly what he`s talking about
as I posted before, me club mate and top racer at Phoenix`Timmy Jordan` (Eddie Jordans Love child) stole a lap and the bikes were slow even on the straight. Hard to define slow here but guys it wasn`t a pretty sight.

I don`t want to get outa topic here (or ahead of a phone call with Adrian tomorrow) but, I`m reorganising the Phoenix British GT Drivers meeting for March. Adrian is attending and I hope he can bring some of this kit along so you may have a chance to play ahead of schedule. Should be good with a BAR F1 car and the Phoenix sponsored GT car, Ultima on display too. More to follow, can`t tell you exact date yet but hope you guys are gonna be up for it
Should ask Luca for an SCX digital demo too really shouldn`t I?
 
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