Riding John McGuinness’s Superstock ‘Blade
There are numerous specs of rain on my visor. It’s still spitting – lightly spitting but headfucky nonetheless. Stone-cold prototype Dunlop NTECs with chunks ripped out still fresh from a four-lap TT race aren’t on warmers, and all I can think of is John McGuinness talking of “retiring the... Read more
Tested: Blip-Box Throttle Blipper for Ducati 1199 Panigale
We love a gizmo; anything to make you faster, if not to at least ensure you look faster. You know, fancy buttons on the handlebars, carbon fibre, anodised valve caps, and the veritable feast of electronic aids that have emerged in 2015. Along with 6-axis gyro thingamabobs that stop... Read more
MotoGP 15: Game Preview
We’ve been lording it right up at the Catalan GP in Barcelona over the weekend. There were plenty of olive-tanned, Spanish senoritas joining us to witness some epic on-track action and I got to meet some bloke called Valentino Rossi but, primarily, we were present for the launch of... Read more
Ten Minutes With…John McGuinness
He’s not quite the proverbial housewives’ pin-up favourite but there isn’t a bad word spoken about John McGuinness. Morecambe’s finest lines-up with Honda for a millionth successive year and is fighting fit ahead of the season – in the run-up to last year’s TT, McGuinness badly damaged his wrist... Read more
Baron’s Blog: BMW Off-Road Skills
Wales. It’s, well, Welsh. For us urban dwellers, more used to blindly ambling the metropolitan streets, buried in a bigger than big iPhone 6, preaching sensationalism to the world about just how good their mochafrappacino was that morning… Wales is not top of their Google Calendar agendas. With the... Read more
Bouncy, Bouncy, Up and Downy
Hidden among the feast of factory superbikery at last week’s annual Honda/Dunlop pre-TT test at Castle Combe was this beauty: John McGuinness’ privately-run superstock Fireblade. On closer inspection of his steed, I noticed she wasn’t wearing the almost de rigueur golden suspension, instead dressed in purple kit – Maxton.... Read more
5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About…Tyres
I’ve spent the past few days at Castle Combe circuit (my local) watching the likes of John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey rip it oop in preparation for the TT next month. The entire Honda squad was present for a Dunlop tyre testing frenzy, trialling various dubplate compounds and bespoke... Read more
Competition: RIDE game giveaway
To celebrate the official release of RIDE on this fine spring day, we’ve teamed up with PQube – the UK distributors – for a free competition/game giveaway. RIDE is the game we’ve all be waiting for and it hasn’t disappointed: all the fresh models and a feast of classic... Read more
Öhlins FGRT Fork: The Fitting…
My passion for working on bikes stems from being forced (in a good way) to rebuild two-stroke motocross engines as a teenager, locked in a garage by my father with only battery acid to drink. You either love it or hate it, and patience is a vital prerequisite –... Read more
Michael Dunlop: “I’m here to win”
Whatever bike he’s on, you can bet a bollock on Michael Dunlop being a favourite. The younger and more outgoing of the Dunlop brothers lines up at this year’s Isle of Man TT races aboard a Milwaukee Yamaha R1 in the big races, hoping to emulate last year’s success... Read more
Introducing the GSX-R Patrol…
Say hello the Suzuki GSX-R Patrol: an exclusive 44Teeth production in attempt to create the most adventurous, most versatile sportsbike ever made. If you didn’t know, 2015 is the 30th anniversary of the iconic GSX-R, so what better way to celebrate a birthday than to bastardise one in the... Read more
Why the Suzuki SV650 is the best bike. Ever.
Ok, so there might be masses an element of exaggeration in the title but it’s still a very underrated weapon. In a world where fashion often supersedes function during the purchase stage, Suzuki’s SV650 – in all guises – may not be the most romantically satisfying. In fact, they’re... Read more