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…
Triumph is currently in a pretty decent state of affairs, claiming number one ‘big-bike’ brand in the UK and having the luxury of its modern retro steeds selling themselves for fun. There’s also a fresh wave of performance-enhancing roadsters emerging, led by the new Street Triple 765. And, having... Read more
Meet our new mate, Des. Launched in the Sierra Nevada desert in Spain, Ducati’s latest addition to the Scrambler range could well be the best derivative yet, despite Bologna engineers injecting additional off-road genes into the Desert Sled. And the fact it looks like an old Yamaha XT is... Read more
TT superstar, James Hillier and his unfeasibly large testicles are about to embark on a crazy journey, all in the name of charity. The Ringwood Ringpiece Rocket will pilot a Honda C90 from Lands’ End to John o’ Groats, joined by an old school buddy to raise money for... Read more
In a season of MotoGP musical chairs, 2017 is already shaping up nicely. Jorge Lorenzo’s move to Ducati alongside Dovi is an obvious focal point, and today we’ll get to see J-Lo in Ducati colours for the first time. The Bologna factory squad is live streaming its official unveiling... Read more
Red Bull knows how to spend its gazillions in profit, sponsoring the world’s finest athletes throughout the sporting spectrum and ploughing big dollar into one-off displays of extremity. The Austrian’s most recent effort involved utilising Marc Marquez’s unfeasibly large testicles by fitting snow spikes to his RCV and tackling... Read more
You’ve gotta love Wednesdays: the midweek hump day that provides unconditional dubplate news, strategically published under embargo in the UK’s largest journal. We had not one, but two announcements yesterday. To everyone’s amazement, northern tea drinker, Guy Martin is making a racing comeback alongside John McGuinness in the official... Read more
Launched at the EICMA show in Milan last year, the Yamaha XSR 900 Abarth – like so many bikes unveiled at the motorised über cattle market – didn’t get the attention it deserved at the time amidst a quagmire of fresh releases. The café racer is stuck in between... Read more
At the end of last year, I drunk four pints of Stella – all before 8.30am – and drunkenly boarded a plane to Orlando for the Bridgestone H50 tyre launch. The flight was full of nauseating children who had been fed sugar, possibly even northern-spec amphetamine by the intense... Read more
After weeks of teasing and game-changing assurances, Triumph has finally unveiled its 765cc naked roadster at another swanky shindig in London. It may look damn similar, but the 2017 Triumph Street Triple comes laden with prerequisite gizmos, fresh technology and components of splendour, which should take the ST back... Read more
It’s not often you get a text from a MotoGP rider declaring his free time to ‘do something.’ In a rare extended period in the UK, Scott Redding was present at his Young Riders Academy in Swindon (the minimoto mecca for aspiring talent) and couldn’t resist the urge to... Read more
Fresh from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Honda has just released minor details of its new self-balancing motorcycle technology amongst a throng of other weird and whacky gadgetry. The Big H has always been a fan of pioneering robotic expertise (more so than any other manufacturer),... Read more