Tuesday, September 1, 2009



Hi Dr Phil,
Just bought the Sept/Oct '09 issue of TRAIL ZONE for some inspiration on mods for my '06 KLX250 since de-restricting it recently (I cannot emphasis how much of an improvement it makes for such little cost, and it's so easy too!) and was reading the free March/April 09 issue that came with it.  In one of the letter responses (titled "When this much power is just too much... or too little?") you made in regards to power figures, you said the Yamaha V-Max and R1 had 200kW and 180kW respectively.  I wouldn't be surprised if you have been corrected on this already, but I think you meant 200hp and 180hp.  It's a simple mistake, or a cheeky test of reader's compression skills, but 200kW is the same as 271hp (
http://www.onlineconversion.com/power.htm). And thanks TRAIL ZONE for providing subscribers with the chance to win a new bike, it's an awesome competition!  Expect my subscription shortly.
-- Carl Venville, via www.trailzone.com.au
PS.  I wish 
'my' KLX had kW instead of hp!

Hi Carl,
Now, what are you like in the kitchen? If you can whip-up a nice and tasty humble pie, then I'm more than happy to consume it! I've rechecked with Yamaha’s national Service Department staff and, yes, I should have published those power figures in HP not Kw. Well spotted and my sincere apologies for suggesting one of my all-time favourite road weapons, the new V-Max, had more grunt than it does.
-- Dr Phil,

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