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…

2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000
It’s back! Well, nearly. The 6th generation GSX-R1000 is completely new from the ground up, according to Suzuki. In fact, it’s so far ahead of its time that it’s dubbed a 2017 model but will be coming to showrooms in the middle of 2016. It’s obviously the lightest, most... Read more
2016 Honda CBR500R + CB500F
While Yamaha and Ducati unveiled some willy-wavers in Milan, Honda’s 2016 highlights are resolutely more middleweight and include the A2-friendly CBR500R and CB500F. Both share an unchanged 471cc parallel-twin motor (A2 restrictions mean very little performance increases) wrapped in a steel diamond-tube frame, plus several upgrades coming next season:... Read more
Yamaha MT-10: R1-powered wheelies
Yamaha’s MT series and the ‘Dark Side of Japan’ is one of motorcycling’s biggest success stories in recent times. Edging away from dreary, budget four-pot naked bikes that didn’t sell, Yamaha has blown away Japanese rivals with fun-packed twins and triples packing oodles of torque-infested character. And now this:... Read more
Ducati XDiavel
If ever there was a bike that elegantly depicted violence or ram-raid strategies without turning a wheel, it’d be the Ducati XDiavel. Or Diavel X. Or X, or something. It’s the kind of bike Ross Kemp would ride around vexing nasty gangs, wielding firearms and screaming expletives. As per... Read more
Ducati 959 Panigale
After the usual leak-fest over recent weeks, it comes as no surprise whatsoever that Ducati’s 899 replacement is the 959 Panigale. What is a surprise? That exhaust – it may look like an aftermarket manufacturer’s dream but the 959 is the latest to be scuppered by Euro4 emission laws.... Read more
Carne Fresca a Milano
The title translates to ‘fresh meat in Milan,’ which could hint at other meaty connotations. However, the next few days will define 2016 as the world’s biggest motorcycle show commences and every manufacturer will be debuting next season’s models – plus a few old ones… In preparation for EICMA,... Read more
230bhp Aprilia RSV4 available in 2016
Straight from the horses mouth, the Piaggio Group has given us a sneak preview of what’ll be released in Milan next week and what to expect in 2016: the headlines being a full-fat 230bhp Aprilia RSV4 with the ‘Factory Works’ project and a refined RF model for next season,... Read more
Dream Garage: Kevin Schwantz’s 1995 Suzuki RGV500
Growing up as a teenager in the 1990s and watching the likes of Wayne Gardner, Eddie Lawson and Kevin Schwantz smash themselves to smithereens on a weekly basis, it was then I dreamt of becoming a motorcycle racer. That golden two-stroke era of tobacco sponsorship and obligatory highsides was... Read more
Video: What’s inside an Öhlins Shock?
Suspension is the sort of technology and componentry we take for granted: get on bike > ride bike > springs and damping work…hopefully. With little subject knowledge and understanding of what’s inside, it’s also a topic usually best left for the pros.   Yet still, servicing and maintenance is greatly... Read more
MotoGP: Marquez quickest, Suzukis quick, Stoner quickie…
Another day and another fairly extensive (and expensive) crash-fest at Valencia to close the initial bout of MotoGP pre-season testing. Marc Marquez ended the test fastest, closely followed by Suzuki-powered Maverick Vinales, although times are obviously nothing to read into. For many of the riders, it was the first... Read more
eRR: BMW unveils electric-powered S 1000 RR
Launched alongside the G 310 R today, BMW has just given the world a teaser of future technologies with the eRR: basically a fully electric-powered S 1000 RR created as a project with the Technical University of Munich. Dubbed an ‘experimental vehicle’ (loosely translated as concept), the eRR is... Read more
All-new BMW G 310 R
As predicted after the stunning prototype stunter was debuted last month, BMW has just unveiled its first roadster under 500cc – the G 310 R – which is a sortie into the A2 segment, and looks uncannily like KTM’s Duke range. The sporty little naked number is powered by... Read more