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…
Tuesday nights TT practice session was a little bit frustrating, but we got two laps in on the big bike and two on the little one, so I’m a very happy little boy. Yesterday’s practice session highlighted some slight issues with the setup on the FlyaSpitfire.com Kawasaki; in a... Read more
Monday, and the second day of practice at the 2022 Isle of Man TT. After a few mini showers during the day, the weather cleared up and tonight’s practice went ahead. Another three laps on the big bike. We had a bit of a ball-ach before the session with... Read more
Well that was a baptism of fire. I thought we’d have enough time for a couple of laps on both bikes, but I ended up getting four laps on the FlyaSpitfire.com Kawasaki and two on the Surf Bar Triumph. Today was a good day. We’ve well and truly blown... Read more
After a bit of last minute rushing around between the North West 200 and the TT, as alluded to yesterday, both bikes are sporting some super sexy new graphics; I don’t know about you, but I think they both look mega smart. And now the cat’s out the bag... Read more
It’s finally here. The 2022 Isle of Man TT. But you probably already know that, unless you’ve been living under a log for the last few months. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and I tell you what, they’re not wrong. It’s been nearly three years since... Read more
I’ve often wondered what it would be like to be a full-time, factory motorcycle racer. And it’s something that I fantasise quite a lot about, at times like this; on the run up to a big race like the TT, where I’ll be competing against the pros on my... Read more
Put your hand up if you’ve been to the Isle of Man TT. Now put it down, you look like a tit. If you’ve been, you’ll probably have a decent idea of what it’s all about and a rough idea of the rules governing the different classes that race... Read more
I’ve been lucky enough to ride and race at quite a few race circuits in the UK and abroad, and because of that, I quite often get asked which my favourite one is. Now if I’m being totally honest, my favourite place to ride a motorcycle in the whole... Read more
2022 was always going to be a special year for Honda and the Fireblade brand. That’s because it’s 30 years since the first ones started appearing in showrooms. Since 1992 the Fireblade has seen umpteen iterations; some world-beating, others not quite, but they’ve all enjoyed their fair share of... Read more
They’ve got cameras to catch you speeding, running red lights and borrowing bus lanes… and now, they’re getting noise cameras to prosecute you for having a noisy bike (or car). Welcome to Big Brother Britain. Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, reckons it’s about time the government put a stop... Read more
For the last five years, I’ve been desperate to compete in the International North West 200. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, it’s never happened… until this year, when I finally made it over to ‘The Triangle’. And I loved every second of it; well nearly every second. The... Read more