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
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
If MotoGP legends had normal jobs
For every motorcycle racer that lines up on the grid of a MotoGP race, there’s a thousand more whose racing career didn’t reach the dizzying heights of international competition. And of those that do, only a small handful go on to achieve legendary status. That’s because the line between... Read more
Why every motorcyclist needs to own a van
Once upon a time I bought myself a van. It was about 10 years ago and I’ve never, ever looked back. In fact you could ask anyone that’s ever bought a van and they’ll all tell you, without hesitation, that it was the single best four wheel purchase they’ve... Read more
Motorcycles of the future; what will they be like?
Since the invention of the very first motorcycle, nearly 150 years ago, they’ve been getting better and better and better. And although there’s liable to be a few flat-cap wearing coffin-dodgers that reckon the 60s, the 70s or the 80s were the golden age of motorcycles, I think most... Read more
Why everyone needs a small capacity motorbike
When you’re in the market for a new bike, the temptation for a lot of us is to go for the biggest, fastest thing we can afford. And it’s really hard to ignore it, with so many super sexy superbikes to choose from. But if you can be persuaded... Read more
When selling a bike is like losing a family member
I don’t think I’ll ever get used to seeing someone load my pride and joy into their van. You might have just shoved a fist full of dollars into your sky rocket but it’ll be scant redemption. And if seeing it disappearing down the street doesn’t put a knot... Read more
Popular misconceptions about sportsbike riders
They might look like Power Rangers on acid in their latest multicoloured airbag suits, on their latest £20k+, 200mph+, fanny magnet superbikes. But remember, sportsbike riders are still human beings, and they eat, shit and shag, just like the rest of us. But some folk do hold these streak-of-lightning... Read more
You’re never too old to start riding motorbikes
I know people that decided to start riding motorbikes at the grand old age of 65, and the only regret they’ve got is leaving it so late. (It would be pretty frustrating, wouldn’t it; discovering that you’ve been missing out on so much joy, for so many years?) So... Read more
Why motorbikes are better than cars
Some car drivers love their car. I’ve had a few cars in my time though and haven’t really loved any of them. And I know that plenty of other folk out there could say exactly the same. For a lot of us, a car is just a tool, good... Read more
Preseason crash fest; is it worth the risk?
It’s usually about this time of year that some race team or another issues a press release about their star racer spannering themselves on a motocross bike. Although you’ve quite often got to read between the lines to figure out exactly what went on. They’ll usually refer to it... Read more
Dude, where’s all the new bikes?
I can’t remember it ever being so difficult to get hold of new bikes. Race teams are having to wait longer than ever to get their hands on their 2021 competition machines, dealers haven’t got enough stock to fill their showrooms and the press, desperate to test the latest... Read more