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MOT Tested and Dangerous
When searching for a ‘new’ second-hand bike to buy, I, like most people, would always favour the bike with a current MOT certificate. As well as suggesting a level of mechanical soundness, it means you don’t have to mess around taking the bike to an MOT station to get... 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
Is the Government trying to ban bikes from green lanes?
The government have started a consultation process which could see an end to motorcycles being allowed to use green lanes. In early 2018, the government asked the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to do a review into whether the management of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding... Read more
A time and a place for electric motorbikes?
Electric motorbikes are here to stay, whether you like it or not. But are they a complete waste of space, or is there a time and place that electric motorbikes do actually make sense? In the past month or so there’s been a lot of talk about electric motorcycles,... Read more
Have trackdays got too expensive?
If you go on the internet, whether you’re searching for it or not, it won’t be long before you find someone complaining about the cost of trackdays, and how they’ve never been so expensive. So I thought I’d do some digging, to see if I can find out why,... Read more
2022 Ulster GP Cancelled… Again
It’s another sad day for road racing, as we learn that the International Ulster GP has been cancelled. No, it’s nothing to do with the pandemic, it’s all about cash. Again. The Revival Racing Club (the team trying to revive the Ulster GP after it was cancelled and halted... Read more
The difference between dangerous riding and a committed overtake.
When you’re racing a motorbike the plan is to get in front of as many people as you can. That’s the same whatever level you’re racing at. In fact the plan is to get in front of them all, if possible. But is the plan to get in front... Read more
MotoGP Qatar 2022 | Rider Ratings
The 2022 MotoGP season kicked off at Qatar yesterday, and it kicked off in style. I don’t think there is a MotoGP fan in the world that could have predicted the outcome. World Champions struggling to get in the top ten, season favourites wiping each other out, and a... Read more
Tom Sykes confirmed as BSB rider for 2022
After months of rumour and intrigue, it’s finally been confirmed that Tom Sykes, former World Superbike Champion, will be returning to BSB, to race a Ducati for Paul Bird Motorsport. When we learnt that Leon Haslam was leaving WSBK behind and heading back to BSB, I thought there was... Read more
MotoGP Qatar ’22 | Schedule
The worst of winter has passed and there’s a little bit of daylight outside office hours, but the best thing about the fact that it’s nearly spring, is that MotoGP is, once again, upon us. We’ve all got our predictions about who’s going be at the front, which bikes... Read more
How fit do you need to be to race a motorbike?
Some people will tell you that only the most athletic amongst us can be successful motorcycle racers. But I don’t think that’s necessarily true. For a start, it completely depends how you measure ‘success’. Do you have to be MotoGP Champion to be considered successful? Or is a plastic... Read more
Michael Dunlop confirmed for PBM Ducati TT ride
Michael Dunlop, 19-times TT winner, will be riding a Ducati Panigale V4 R for Paul Bird Motorsport at this year’s NW200 and Isle of Man TT. It ought not to come as a massive surprise to anyone that Michael Dunlop has announced he’ll be racing the PBM Ducati at... Read more