The cost of motorcycling; is it really that expensive?
Once upon a time, motorbikes were the things people bought when they couldn’t afford a car. Now, with the exception of young kids and a few moped riders, that’s not really the case. For most of us, a motorcycle is a luxury item. We use them as a toy... Read more
Electric motorcycles; is this the future?
I can remember standing at the start line of the 2011 IOM TT waiting for the start of the inaugural TT Zero race. It was the first ever TT for electric motorcycles. Although, I use the term ‘motorcycles’ loosely. You should have seen them; there were one or two... Read more
Happy Birthday Grandad Valentino (Rossi)
Today, on the 16th February 2021, nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi celebrates his 42nd birthday. For the last 20 years, he’s been ‘Mr MotoGP’, winning titles in the 125cc, 250cc, 500cc and MotoGP category. Many men have come to try and best The Doctor. Very few have succeeded. But... Read more
Motorcycle Safety: bikes aren’t dangerous.
How many times have you heard someone refer to a motorcycle as a death-trap? They’ve seen a couple of headlines about motorcycle safety, citing the odd crash, and persuaded themselves that bikes are a bad thing. Far too dangerous. Well, that’s simply not true. Sure, you can hurt yourself... Read more
Dream Garage. How I’d spend £100k… if I had it
Let’s face it, I’m never going to have that sort of money to my name. That’s because as soon as I’ve saved enough cash to buy another bike, that’s exactly what I do. At present, my measly bank balance demands a one-in-one-out policy as far as motorcycle procurement goes,... Read more
Let’s have a shake-up of the UK motorcycle test.
The UK motorcycle test keeps getting more complicated, more expensive and, some would argue, more irrelevant to a lot of riders. Over the years, I’ve spoken to a lot of people who have called for inclusion of a section of off-road riding in the UK Motorcycle test, or even... Read more
What I missed most in 2020
The thing that has been getting most of us through 2020 has been looking forward to 2021, when hopefully, we can put all of this COVID-19 nonsense behind us. It’s true that one day we might be able to look back and laugh at last year, and all of... Read more
“What is the best bike in the world?”
Having spent the last 25 years racing bikes and the last five years writing about them for mags and websites, I’ve been fortunate enough to have a go on most contemporary sportsbikes (probably all of them, when I come to think of it). And plenty more besides sportsbikes; custom... Read more
Join us at Thruxton BSB
Yes sports fans. Join us for British Superbikes at Thruxton next week (3rd-5th of August), as we’ve teamed-up with the UK’s greatest dealership, Bahnstormer BMW, for a weekend of two wheel chatter and general hang time. The Budget Bike Battle steeds will be present and stealing the limelight in... Read more
Suzuki Recalls GSX-R1000 & GSX-R1000R
Suzuki has just confirmed a recall on all GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R models, which affects just over 600 registered bikes in the UK. The recall has been, erm, called due to iffy ECUs that need replacing. Don’t panic. Nothing too serious. Suzuki has identified a potential fault when upshifting from... Read more
210bhp+ Ducati Desmosedici Stradale V4 Unveiled
Is the new Panigale V4 the most anticipated mass-produced bike in recent times? Probably, although pics have leaked onto the interwebs and its samey curves aren’t to everyone’s taste. Unless, of course, this is the world’s most elaborate hoax, and Ducati will astound us with something all-new in November... Read more
Triumph Turntable by Rega
Kings of heritage and modern classics, Triumph has been busy working on its latest collaboration. This one is slightly less important than the recent announcement regarding a global partnership with Indian manufacturer, Bajaj. However, this one is far funkier. The Hinckley factory has been working alongside Rega – a... Read more