Has the Isle of Man TT died of COVID-19?
2021 will be the second year in a row motorcycles have failed to race round the Isle of Man TT Mountain Course. And we all miss it. For many people, myself included, the Isle of Man TT was the highlight of the year. Now, I can barely remember what... Read more
Oi, keyboard warrior; get in the sea
Just this morning I was sat on the porcelain throne, smartphone in hand waiting for the splashes and mindlessly scrolling through the endless reel of guff on Facebook when I came across a post that stood out as being even more idiotic than the rest. My keyboard warrior detector... Read more
Why I love two-stroke motorbikes
I grew up riding two-stroke motorbikes. From little baby motocross bikes, to 125cc road race bikes. And I loved them. But back then, they were all I knew. I didn’t know you could add another engine revolution to the old ‘suck, squeeze, bang, blow’ sequence. In actual fact, where... Read more
Why the fuel station is my biggest trigger
We’ve all picked the wrong queue at the fuel station and cursed ourselves for not being psychic. It’s a gamble, and like any form of gambling, some you win, some you lose. Occasionally though, you lose so spectacularly that your head almost explodes. Or is that just me? Some... Read more
2021 MotoGP Jerez | Rider Ratings
Jerez looked as though it was, once again, going to be the Fabio show; the Frenchman with the Italian sounding name built a commanding lead and pretty much dominated the race until half way through when the poor kid got arm pump and couldn’t hold on any more. That... Read more
MotoGP Jerez Rd 4 Schedule
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
Why I’ve never won anything
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
Triumph is up to something. And it can only be a good thing…
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
Are motorbikes still cool?
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
What not to do after a crash
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
A bit of advice for Race Circuit NIMBYs
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
Popular Misconceptions about Adventure Bike Riders
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