Factory Racer vs Privateer | Which is harder?
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
The best race circuit in the world
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
The noise cameras are coming for you…
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
Permission to Torque
“The bolt of lightning is a traditional symbol of sudden illumination and the destruction of ignorance” Permission to Torque is a community-driven organisation within the automotive sector that has been created simply to show people it’s good to talk about mental health. Through our various communities we will display... Read more
Knee down | What’s it all about?
For the past 30 or 40 years, there hasn’t been many things that are as cool as getting your knee down on a motorbike. That’s what the racers do, so if you do it, you must be fast, right? Whilst that’s not necessarily the case, still to this day,... Read more
Two’s up | Rider and Pillion Racing
We live in a world where anything is possible, particularly when it comes to motorsport. If you want to race your car, your bike or your lawnmower, you never have to go far to do it. It really is a brilliant time to be alive. And it’s not just... Read more
186mph | The Gentleman’s Agreement
Who can remember the olden days, when bikes just kept getting faster and faster and faster? The 80s and 90s were an exciting time in the world of motorcycles, with all the manufacturers competing to have the best, the sportiest or the outright fastest motorcycles in their showrooms. And... Read more
MotoGP Argentina 2022 | Rider Ratings
I really like the shape the 2022 MotoGP season is taking. You’ve got Suzuki leading the Teams Championship, Ducati leading the Manufacturers Championship and now, after the latest round in Argentina, an Aprilia rider leading the Riders Championship. That rider is Aleix Espargaro. He was one of three Spaniards... Read more
Should new drivers be made to ride a moped for six months?
According to Brake, the road safety charity, one in five drivers crash within a year of passing their test. They also say that over 1,500 young drivers are seriously injured, or worse, on UK roads every year. So what can be done about it? Well it’s difficult to argue... Read more
Why motorcyclists make excellent drivers
Not every motorcyclist is an excellent driver. Some of us are rubbish, but I’d say the majority of us are really good at it. Let’s face it, we motorbike boys and girls are good at most things, but in particular, we’re good at driving. But what makes us so... Read more
Classic Motorcycles | I finally get it.
When I wore a younger man’s clothes, I had no real interest in classic anything, least of all classic motorcycles. Why would anyone want to own, let alone ride, a bike that looks like it should either be in a museum or a scrapyard? I just didn’t get it.... Read more
Electronic rider aids of the future; my prediction
30 years ago, would anyone have guessed that by the year 2022, motorcycles would be rolling out of showrooms with electronic rider aids like radar enabled cruise control, lean sensitive ABS, Bluetooth connectivity and umpteen-mode electronic suspension systems? I wouldn’t have. Then again, I’d only just had my 1st... Read more