Isle of Man TT Rules… For Dummies.
Put your hand up if you’ve been to the Isle of Man TT. Now put it down, you look like a tit. If you’ve been, you’ll probably have a decent idea of what it’s all about and a rough idea of the rules governing the different classes that race... Read more
Top 5 ways to upcycle old riding kit
Motorcycle riding kit doesn’t last for ever. Especially if you’ve got a penchant for crashing; I’ve been known to go through several helmets and almost as many leather suits in a single year. But even if you’re not a top crasher, like me, things soon wear out, go out... Read more
Electric Motion | An electric bike I would definitely have
I’ve ridden my fair share of electric motorbikes. Some have been really good, others not so. But even the best ones haven’t had the range that most would consider necessary for a proper motorcyclist. An electrically powered road bike, ridden properly, isn’t going to give you much more than... Read more
What to think about when testing a new bike
If you’re in the market for a new bike and you’ve got a dealer that’s happy to let you take a few options for a spin, you’d be bonkers not to. But sometimes it’s difficult to know exactly what you can take away after testing a new bike other... Read more
What not to do when buying a used bike.
When you’re buying yourself a motorbike, there are a handful of things that you really ought not to do. Buying bikes tends to involve dealing with people you don’t know, and have got no real reason to trust, so there are a lot of things that could go wrong.... Read more
Essential kit for any motorcycle adventure
If your motorcycle adventures are anything like mine, you’ll be used to things going wrong. But whether they’re as calamitous as mine or not, it pays dividends to prepare for the worst. I haven’t always done that, and when I haven’t, I’ve usually regretted it. So here are a... Read more
E10 Fuel vs E5 Fuel | A science experiment
Last year the UK government decided that ‘standard’ premium unleaded petrol would go from being E5 to E10; that’s to say it would have an ethanol content of 10%, rather than the previous 5%. The expectation is that it should cut CO2 emissions by 700,000 tonnes. At the same... Read more
What’s it like to ride a 400bhp motorcycle?
When Fagan rang me up and told me that we were heading to a private runway to ride a Hayabusa, I was, as you can imagine, quite excited about the prospect. And then he told me that it wasn’t any ordinary Hayabusa, it was a Hayabusa with a TTS... Read more
Why aren’t Kawasaki in MotoGP anymore?
The 2022 MotoGP season starts in less than a week, and I’m well excited about it. In fact I’m probably more excited about it than I’ve been about anything in quite a while. And so are all my mates (both of them), who simply refuse to talk about anything... Read more
Is it time to change the UK national speed limit?
Cars, bikes, vans and lorries are all safer now than they’ve ever been. So is it time to change the UK national speed limit? Before 1965, when the government introduced the 70mph speed limit on motorways, you could drive as fast as you liked on them. Although not many... Read more
Honda Team HRC | In Conversation
Honda Team HRC haven’t had it all their own way in the World Superbike Championship for quite a while now. Plenty of riders have tried – but none have managed – to win the championship on a Fireblade since ivory tickler James Toseland won in 2007. Honda are, unsurprisingly,... Read more
How UK motorcycle helmets are tested
If you want to know how safe a motorcycle helmet is it’s quite easy to look up on the SHARP (Safety Helmets Assessment and Rating Program) website. They’ve got over 500 helmets listed on there, all of which have been put through a rigorous testing program and given a... Read more