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Motorcycle Acronyms | WTF do they mean?
Have you ever been left baffled by some clever-dick salesman reeling off a bunch of letters? Or flummoxed by a web post or magazine article because everything’s DRL this and TFT that? Well you won’t be the only one. So to help shed some light on the confusing motorcycle acronyms... Read more
Rossi vs a Robot. WTF is Yamaha’s MOTOBOT?
Simply speaking, MOTOBOT is Yamaha’s autonomous motorcycle riding humanoid robot. But how and why have Yamaha decided to try and build a robot that can beat nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi round a track? And more importantly, have they achieved it? Well according to the guys in charge of the... Read more
ECU, OMG, WTF?
For years now, it’s been possible to remap your car/van and magically unlock horsepower with the touch of a few buttons (and a few quid). It’s slightly different with bikes. Remapping or flashing ECUs is nothing fresh, and some are reprogrammable without ‘hacking’. Since the late 90s, Aprilia has offered... Read more
2022 Yamaha MT-10 SP
A couple of weeks ago, Yamaha announced that the MT-10 has had a fairly heavy going over with more top-end power as well as extra mid-range boost; all thanks to a whole host of engine updates. The standard MT-10 is faster, sharper and tech-ier. As is the 2022 Yamaha MT-10... Read more
Yamaha TMAX Tech MAX
The TMAX is more than just a scooter. It’s a twin cylinder, 560cc, ‘sports scooter’, that, according to Yamaha, brought the scooter and motorcycle worlds together for the very first time back in 2001 when the first version was released. Now, the Yamaha TMAX Tech Max, their eighth generation maxi-scoot... Read more
2022 BMW K 1600 | Big Bavarian Bagger
How do you fancy a six cylinder, 1600cc Bavarian bullet to bomb around on? Since 2010, anyone that wants to, has been able to, thanks to BMW and their bonkers K 1600. The K 1600 GT, GTL, B and Grand America have all been given some saucy updates, in a... Read more
2022 Ducati Scrambler Tribute Pro and Urban Motard
Just in case anyone feels as though there aren’t enough Ducati Scrambler models in the world, two new versions have just been revealed, and are due to hit showrooms in November this year (2021). They are the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro and the Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard. Rather a... Read more
Triumph Tiger Sport 660 | Triple Trippin’
After the success of the Triumph Trident 660, it ought to come as no surprise that the Hinkley crew, keen to capitalise on the popularity of their newest engine platform, have released this, the Tiger Sport 660. Think Triumph Trident, with a big fuel tank, a more upright riding position... Read more
Kawasaki Z650RS | A Retro Revolution?
Kawasaki claim to have started a retro revolution – or a ‘retrovolution’ – with the introduction of this, the Z650RS. They reckon it’ll open up the mid-capacity class to ‘a wide range of riders’; although you’d probably have to say that it’s already open to most. Nevertheless, if you’re at... Read more
Naughty Maverick Viñales Suspended
Yamaha have just released a statement announcing their factory rider Maverick Viñales has been suspended and won’t be racing at the next round of the 2021 MotoGP Championship. Why? Because he’s been a very naughty boy. The news comes a month or so after the Monster Energy Yamaha rider requested... 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 doubt... Read more
Car tech in bikes; whatever’s next?
Remember when motorbikes used to be simple things? A bit of metal with a wheel at either end and an engine in the middle. Not anymore. As the 2000s became the 2010s and the 2010s became the 2020s we’ve watched gadgets and gismos aplenty trickle relentlessly into our bikes. Usually... Read more