2017 Yamaha MT-09 Review
Working weekends is sometimes acceptable, particularly when it involves pulling mahoosive wheelies and shredding rubber in sunnier climes, and post-ride Spanish-spec G&Ts. You know, the goldfish bowls? As the front wheel returned from Earth’s troposphere for the umpteenth time that day, the 2017 Yamaha MT-09 convinced me this notion... Read more
Video: R1 v ZX-10R – 44Tour Episode 01
There isn’t a better, more thorough method of testing sportsbikes than riding 1000 European road miles in every possible condition followed by two days of balls-deep circuit appraisal – garnished with mates for the full flavour. Here’s the first episode of our eagerly anticipated Yamaha R1 v Kawasaki ZX-10R:... Read more
2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Review
“How is handling compromised while nursing an erection,” was probably the finest pre-ride enquiry regarding the 2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800. MV’s stalwart naked of 15 years has undergone a hefty set of engine and chassis revisions in 800cc form, plus obeying to bastard Euro4 emission regs – all... Read more
Video: Ducati 959 Panigale Takeover
We’ve managed to get our grubby mitts on one of the first Ducati 959 Panigales to make it to the UK. Bologna’s revised hyper middleweight – not surprisingly – seriously impressed during the circuit-based launch in Valencia, although UK roads offer a very different set of challenges/dead badgers, especially... Read more
Video: Ducati 1299 Panigale v Yamaha R1
From 125cc learner bikes to 125mph-in-second-gear steeds, the latest edition of our 44Tea chat reviews features the beauty and the beast: Ducati’s 1299 Panigale versus the all-new Yamaha R1. You’ve probably already heard how fantastical they are on the track, chasing tenths against the stopwatch? Well, in this video... Read more
2015 Yamaha R1 v Ducati 1299 Panigale
They don’t come much meaner (or redder) than this pairing. Our pick of 2015 – Ducati’s 1299 Panigale and the all-new Yamaha R1 – have been engrossed in a 44T style head-to-head skirmish over the past few weeks and the results stunned us. I never thought I’d say this,... Read more