Technical and tyres
@SNEV Funny, you might, never know. I was reading somewhere on one of the other forums about I guy that used his Lifan and was doing mountain/trail riding and the Lifan engines under extreme conditions burn out after, something like 150, 000 miles. Not really sure how long one of these engines last, I would probably say it is just like a regular Japanese engine. Some Chinese parts are made really cheap while others are not, Depends on who the manufacturer is, I think.
@alol I tend to agree. Nothing against Shakey but I was routing for any of the other riders to win the series. Saw the Donington Park round and enjoyed it but the main events were a bit of a let down because of over dominance by the Ducati team.
BSB & TT
I take your point about Shakey, It's just that sometimes he runs his mouth off. In the past he scathed about the showdown format, Well after his Oulton Park "Performance" last month it sure worked out for him this year. Don't like Ducati in Production racing (and never have tbh) as they have always bent/manipulated the rules to suit themselves.
Dead right, safety first stop and let them pass.
As for the Euro trip as Piggy & Bee mentioned get the experience of lots of miles. I look at additional training courses ie first bike on the scene, bike craft, bike safe course all quite cheap and accessible.
Learn to to really read a map.