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…
The 2021 MotoGP season’s got off to a banging start. Especially if you’re Yamaha, who’ve won three out of three GPs so far this year; with Maverick winning the opening round and Fabio following that up with a brace of wins for himself. But it’s a long season and... Read more
When I was growing up racing bikes, there were times people asked me why I bothered with it. I mean, I’ve never won anything, so I can’t have been that good at it, can I? And the money, time and effort that get’s ploughed into bike racing, whatever level... Read more
Yesterday, we received a press release. Nothing new there, as we do everyday, but this one was an intriguing press release. It concerned an old colleague of mine, Jeremy Appleton, who used to be the face of media at Alpinestars and a consummate professional to boot. Triumph announced Jerry... Read more
When Barry Sheene was winning GPs and pulling Penthouse models, there was no question about it, motorbikes were cool. In fact they were cool way before that. They were cool even before Steve McQueen was getting chased round by the Nazis on an old Triumph Trophy. But are motorbikes... Read more
For some of us, the occasional crash is an unavoidable part of motorcycling. It certainly seems to be for me, anyway. If it happens, it happens, there’s no point in worrying about it. That said, it’s definitely possible to make a bad situation worse. To help you avoid it,... Read more
Unfortunately, more and more UK race circuits are becoming subject to noise curfews and limited to fewer and fewer days. And it’s all thanks to the ‘Not In My Back Yard’ brigade. It would seem that people buying houses next to race circuits, don’t like the sound of motor... Read more
Don’t panic, they’re not throwing all their eggs in to the zero-emissions basket just yet. In fact, Husqvarna aren’t putting many in the basket at all with the E-Pilen concept, but it’s a start. Details about the new concept are scarce as yet, but judging by the picture (and... Read more
Modern motorbikes tend to be really, really good. Even the ones that are a few years old and have a fair few miles under their belts. That’s why they’re not cheap. But there are still cheap(ish) bikes out there that, with an open mind, you can learn to love.... Read more
Suzuki have tweaked just about everything on the new GSX-S1000. It’s got a new look, an updated engine, fresh electronics and they’ve even had a go at the ergonomics too. If you liked the old one, your bound to like the new one. The first thing you’ll notice about... Read more
If you haven’t already heard, Fagan and Boothy will be heading to Saudi Arabia in 2022 for the Dakar Rally. And they’re not just going to watch, oh no. They’ve got their entries in to compete at one of the toughest motorsport events on the calendar. That’s right, we’re... Read more
What do most of us think when we see someone riding a GS or an Africa Twin? We think of a middle aged bloke who’s thinning on top with a bit of a paunch. But at least he’s the kind of guy that loves to get out there and... Read more
Every morning when I tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen, my worn out body reminds me that I’m not getting any younger. And whilst I don’t consider myself to be an old man just yet, I feel as though I’m hurtling relentlessly towards it. And I... Read more