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...
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….
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…
Yep, I’ve got the keys to the original Jizz Machine: Baron von Grumble’s KTM 1290 Super Duke R. After riding it, winning it (not sure how), crashing it and fixing it, his lordship has relinquished the keys and she’s now primed for a spring-time spanking. Although it took me... Read more
Helmet manufacturers rightly spend big bucks on crash testing and passing stringent (some meaningless) assessments in order to sit on shelves, and heads. I’ve been undertaking a fair amount myself in recent seasons. When people ‘review’ helmets, it’s more than often wind noise and comfort considered, sometimes skewed by... Read more
It was supposed to be so beautiful. Almeria for the day, a fleet of 2015 BMW S 1000 RRs, fitted with sticky race rubber in the form of Metzeler’s all-new Racetec RR at the world press launch. The Racetec has been the default trackday/racer choice for many across the... Read more
I guess the weekend diet of White Lightning, Lambert & Butlers and mild recreational narcotics seemed fun as a teenager, but I’d give my right nut (the smaller one) to turn back time and have a go at racing one of these. Ladies and gents, say hello to the... Read more
Ducati’s fickle 899 Panigale isn’t a seemingly obvious choice for a stunt rider, although it is for Dutchman Jeremy Vonk. We were alerted to this Desmo splendour by our buddies at Moto Rapido, who had the extra special 899 in for some ECU rejiggering. Steve ‘Wilf’ Moore – big... Read more
Yes, that’s Leon Camier pictured next to his WSB racer, but it’s also the base for MV Agusta’s road-legal homologation special: the F4 RC, which stands for Reparto Corse. Given WSB’s new tighter engine rules for 2015 – that favour superior stock machinery – it’s no coincidence we’ve seen... Read more
Wedding proposals have seen a meteoric rise in quality and extremism in recent years. From getting down on one knee on live TV to involving über celebs and other props, that first step to tying the knot has almost become a competition in some eyes. From a bikey, burning-a-hole-in-the-ozone-layer,... Read more
Can anyone beat Marc Marquez in 2015? Probably not. Only six weeks until the season-opener in Qatar, and we’ll get to see these beauties under the floodlights of Losail. Note the analogue dash on Pedrosa’s bike – Marquez uses a digi, which is probably why he’s faster… Pics: Repsol... Read more
DVT, or Deep Vein Thrombosis as we know it, affects one in every thousand in the UK every year, and it’s not very nice. My gran had it, poor girl. Thankfully, as you should be aware by now, Ducati has invented an all-new strain of DVT, developed in the... Read more
Hot on the heels of Yamaha releasing the production VMAX carbon, say hello to the Infrared: a celebration of 30 years of VMAX and the Yard Built project’s newest recruit. Yamaha joined forces with German custom experts, JvB-moto and the man behind it, Jens vom Brauck to create the... Read more
On the back of 44Teeth’s ‘Top-5 Fireblade mods’, we’ve been pleasantly and humbly bombarded with enquiries about priming other sexy steeds for transforming, headed by recent GSX-R1000s. Ah, the good old, massively popular GSX-R. It’s like your favourite pair of slippers: comfy, dependable, perfectly able to get chucked about... Read more
Plagued with obesity and cheating benefit scummers, run by James Blunts and fraudsters, and a distinct lack of cornering nirvana, the UK isn’t that bad after all. Here are just five reasons why… 1 – Extendabenda exhausts in Japan Ducati’s Panigale range is a thing of beauty, although... Read more