2021 Aprilia Tuono 660
When word got out about the RS 660, we were all pretty gosh darn excited. We rode the RS last year and, despite not being able to firmly place it in a particular motorcycle genre, were pretty impressed with its peachy little engine, the way it handled and its space-age tech. That said, the...
2021 Ducati Monster

When you’ve sold as many Monsters as Ducati have – more than 350,000 – you know you’re onto a winner. But whilst the Monster 1200 always seemed to be exactly what it said on the tin (a Monster), its smaller sibling, the Monster 900 never seemed quite as monstrous as I’d have liked….

2021 BMW S 1000 R

BMW has finally given the S 1000 R a long-overdue update; it’s 5.1kg lighter, it’s got a new chassis and yes, before you ask, it does include the newer spec S 1000 RR based engine… sort of. Ok, it’s not in the same 200bhp+ state of tune and you don’t get shifting cams, but essentially, it’s…

RIDE: all-new bike game released
The motorcycling world has been crying out for a Forza/Gran Tourismo-type computer game, and Milestone (the creators of MotoGP ’14) is on the verge of releasing one. RIDE has direct involvement and backing from all the major bike manufacturers, and a few not so major, so that means over 100... Read more
Photo of the Week: Flamin’ 1290
Nothing like a sexy flame and smoke combo to end the week. This arrangement comes courtesy of Baron’s KTM 1290 Super Duke R, and a slightly ‘tuned’ Akrapovic silencer…   Read more
Video: Audi RS6 v Ducati Panigale R
  Here’s a cool edit from Auto Express earlier in the year, where Al raced a Ducati 1199 Panigale R against an Audi RS6. Only one outcome but still looks dapper… Read more
Carl Cox: on the ones and two wheels…
From raving to his music, to racing in part of his team in the British Superbike paddock, I still have to pinch myself when donning the Carl Cox Motorsport clothing at the weekend – they don’t come much bigger than Carl Cox. The global megastar DJ has been the... Read more
Milan special: Ducati 1299 Panigale
Just after landing in Milan’s Linate airport, we jumped straight into a taxi and fled to Ducati’s exquisite 2015 model launch, held at a theatre in central Milano. Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO, hosted the launch that was streamed live to millions worldwide. There was banging dubstep, some beautiful, scantily-clad... Read more
Keith Flint: Full-Factory Firestarter
Glastonbury festival, sometime before the new millennium: a hazy, murky, teenage period raving it up in the Somerset countryside to Prodigy. Little did I know I’d be chatting to the frontman, Keith Flint, in the British Superbike paddock as a team boss, let alone just chatting to the legend. ... Read more
Video: 14 Countries in 24 Hours
Ducati Desmosedici – Ride-by-Wire Fix
There’s not much that betters the soundtrack of a Desmosedici. Ducati’s road-legal version of its GP racer was launched in 2007 and the entire limited batch of 1500 sold out quicker than Baron’s Jizz Machine stickers. While the GP derivations can’t be denied, Desmo owners didn’t get the full... Read more
2015 Yamaha YZF-R1
17 years since its inception and first public appearance in Milan, Yamaha released the all-new R1 in the same city. It was the opposite end of the spectrum from Ducati’s theatre launch. Yamaha chose a warehouse, albeit a Gucci one to debut the 2015 range.   After sifting through... Read more
Crash, Bang, Bugger…
Racing is a bit like having a poo: push too hard and it’ll end in a bloody mess. I’ve spent 2014 racing in the Ducati TriOptions Cup alongside the British Superbikes, and on one fateful Saturday afternoon at Silverstone, my ambition far outweighed my talent. When you see P1... Read more
Yamaha XV950 Boltage Concept
There were lots of lavish techno queens unveiled at the Milan show but this retrosexual café racer concept from Yamaha also caught grabbed our attention. This is the handy work of the (unfortunately-named) Bender brothers from Germany. Raphael and Christian transformed a bog-stock XV950 into the Boltage as part... Read more
Milan special: Kawasaki H2
Straight after Honda’s shindig, it was Kawasaki’s crack at releasing some more wiz-bang for public consumption. The ‘track-only’ H2R and its supercharged howitzer was unveiled at Cologne last month and the target power output was 300bhp. Kawasaki, apparently, has exceeded those expectations with 306bhp – its slogan, ‘Built Beyond... Read more