Critical Care in Motorcycle Racing

“Cases from the Races” – presentation by Doctor John Hinds (R.I.P.) on critical care in motorcycle racing, with some unconventional interventions that work for his team in ultra-rapid response situations.

Joe’s 1996 Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat

1996 Yamaha YZF600R ThundercatThe Yamaha Thundercat – a fast engine with excellent brakes, wrapped in a gentlemanly chassis and stealth bodywork.

This bike took me on journeys to such tropical destinations as Brittany, Swindon and Swansea. She was dynoed only once, producing 101 BHP, with a theoretical top speed of 143mph. Top speed was tested only once, on a runway, resulting in an indicated top speed of 140mph.

The bodywork was particularly useful in heavy rain as one can hide inside it as Oscar the Grouch in a dustbin. More than one short faired sport bike rider was embarrassed by the Cat in wet conditions. Dunlop D207s and Hyperpro front springs completed the picture allowing silly lean angles (even at low speed) and late braking. The R1 brakes with braided lines provided enough power for two finger stoppies, while the stealth bodywork brought an air of sensibility to the whole affair.

This bike has now been sold.

Fazer 1000





Radiator –

Hoses –

Pump – Davies Craig EBP Electric Water Pump

Controller – Davies Craig EWP/Fan Digital Controller




Bodywork (They make other cool stuff besides bodywork)


GP Speedo RX2


Bike It Dominator Headlight (H4 bulb)

Dominator with HID bulb

DDM Tuning HID Kit for motorcycle