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…

Top 5 – People to avoid at a bike café
It’s great knocking around with like-minded people, isn’t it? But don’t forget, there are weirdos in all walks of life and the motorcycle world is no exception. To help keep you safe from the bonkers and the boring, we’ve compiled a list of the top five people to avoid... Read more
Factory Fitted Vs Aftermarket Parts
A few weeks ago, I was having a discussion with a couple of mates, and it was a discussion that almost turned into an argument. The subject of our conversation was whether or not factory fitted ‘optional extras’ are worth the extra money, compared to aftermarket parts. It’s always... Read more
Gravel trap punch-ups; what’s the big deal?
If you were watching the Moto3 race from Qatar last weekend, you’ll have seen the crash between Jeremy Alcoba and John McPhee. But in case you haven’t, I’ll tell you what happened. Alcoba clipped the back of Darryn Binder’s bike, hit the deck and sent his bike flying into... Read more
2021 Yamaha MT-09 SP
There’s an all-new MT-09 SP, and it’s got more power, less weight and a shed-load of extra tech. And to mark the occasion, Boothy’s got his hands on one and had a day of skids and wheelies… It was 2013 when the first MT-09 hit the showrooms and I... Read more
Repsol Honda Marquez Statement
A statement just released by the Repsol Honda MotoGP team has just confirmed that the former champ has been cleared for a return to racing. This is what they’ve said… In the review carried out on Marc Marquez by the Hospital Ruber Internacional medical team, four months after surgery,... Read more
Bike racers vs Footballers; are they really that different?
We’ve all seen the viral videos of drama queen footballers falling over after a non-contact tackle. And they are quite often followed by a clip of a MotoGP rider high-siding into next week… and then casually dusting himself off before climbing back on the bike. I think we can... Read more
The easy way to lose weight (from your bike)
Are you really fat and too lazy to do anything about it? Does the thought of going to the gym fill you with dread? Perhaps you prefer the taste of a cheeseburger to a nice healthy salad. If that sounds like you, you’re not alone. But you don’t have... Read more
I can’t stop crashing
I think I’ve got a problem. I can’t stop crashing. And unfortunately it’s not a new phenomenon. I’ve spent my whole life riding, and usually crashing motorbikes. You’d have thought that someone who’s spent 25 years riding (and racing) bikes at any given opportunity ought to be half decent... Read more
Trackday pace vs Race pace
There’s a big difference between being reasonably fast on a trackday and being ready to win races. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve heard people say, “that so-and-so on the R1 in the fast group should definitely be racing; he’d clean up!” or words to that... Read more
2021 KTM 1290 Super Duke RR Unveiled
The KTM 1290 Super Duke R is an absolutely banging bike. Super Dukes have always been pretty good, and the last one took a big step forward. But that’s not enough for KTM. They wanted to demonstrate exactly what happens when you give your design team free reign. And... Read more
The best tyre for the job
“’Ere Boothy, what are the best tyres these days?” is a question I get asked a lot. And it’s one that I’ve never been able to answer. In fact if anyone tells you they can, they’re talking out of their ring piece. The world’s best racing slick would be... Read more
2021 MotoGP Qatar 2 | Rider Ratings
It was Fabio Quartararo who eventually took the victory in Doha but the race, for me, was all about rookie sensation Jorge Martin and the insane turbo-charged start from Miguel Oliveira. NOS anyone? Oh, and an absolute bonehead move from Jack Miller that got brushed under the carpet by... Read more