Bruce Anstey and the Yamaha YZR500
Bruce Anstey doesn’t look like the fastest man ever to lap the Isle of Man TT. The Kiwi currently resembles more of a Seasick Steve wannabe than your stereotypical racer, beard wildly out of control, yet the laidback Anstey doesn’t mess about for a 45-year-old. 44Teeth caught up with... Read more
Top-5 Concepts
We’re not talking budding bedroom designers and whacky computer renderings that have zero chance of making reality. These are our top-5 official manufacturer specials that really should – but probably never will – make production. The Concept Roadster was teased into the public domain last year and when BMW... Read more
Modifying: Suzuki GSX-R1000
On the back of 44Teeth’s ‘Top-5 Fireblade mods’, we’ve been pleasantly and humbly bombarded with enquiries about priming other sexy steeds for transforming, headed by recent GSX-R1000s. Ah, the good old, massively popular GSX-R. It’s like your favourite pair of slippers: comfy, dependable, perfectly able to get chucked about... Read more
ECU, OMG, WTF?
For years now, it’s been possible to remap your car/van and magically unlock horsepower with the touch of a few buttons (and a few quid). It’s slightly different with bikes. Remapping or flashing ECUs is nothing fresh, and some are reprogrammable without ‘hacking’. Since the late 90s, Aprilia has... Read more
Öh My Gösh
The latest influx of technology being debuted in 2015 is getting us seriously aroused: everything from auto-blippers to pit lane limiters, 6-axis gyros to lean-angle displays, and iPhones that control a bike’s rider aids all have a welcome place, adding safety (a bit important), speed (important) and fun (exceptionally... Read more
2015 Dakar: Tougher than Tough
Pics: Red Bull/KTM As the 2015 Dakar draws to a close for another year, the toughest race on earth has been another toughie. The extent of its exertion and harsh reality hits home with loss of life, huge crashes and numerous injuries. This isn’t a glamorous tour of South... Read more
Alessandro Valia – Ducati 1299 Test Pilot
We’ve all seen ‘that’ video. It’s quite possibly the video of 2015 and we’ve only just started. That video (at the bottom of the page) is Ducati’s teaser snippet of the forthcoming 1299 Panigale being spanked around Imola by the factory’s official test rider, Alessandro Valia. Alessandro isn’t limited... Read more
Top 5: Honda Fireblade Mods
Bereft of 200bhp and all the latest gizmos, Honda’s trusty old Fireblade is still the most popular big-bore sportsbike in the UK. Since the remould in 2008, it’s been at the top of the sales charts despite the lack of race wins on a Sunday, and constant updates of rivals.... Read more
Macau GP: “The barriers become part of the furniture”
I don’t know about you, but the mere thought of racing around the streets of Macau induces poo. Brushing shoulders with the walls and Armco at eleventeen million mph, racing through the skyscrapers after a mass-start? Replicating these gladiatorial mavericks is a pipe dream. The Macau GP has become an annual... Read more
Hire Car Heroes: Steve Parrish
If anyone can better James Whitham’s hire car story, it’ll be Parrish. Not to be confused with the Crystal Palace chairman, the ex-GP racer and consummate joker was a long-time partner in crime with Barry Sheene, and his highlights include being banned from Macau, impersonating a doctor to allow John... Read more
KTM Winter Rebuild
In the summer of 2014 I was fortunate enough to be selected for a ‘Win The Beast’ competition by KTM. Four riders from four countries were given a KTM 1290 Super Duke R to rag around on for the summer. Nice. So after jumping though various task hoops and shamelessly... Read more
Inside Ducati’s 1299 Panigale
There aren’t many sane folk who wouldn’t want a Ducati Panigale for Christmas. I’m not talking about the 899: I’m talking the full fat, bar-slapping suicide mission that is the 1199. If you haven’t ridden one, excitable brown trouser moments during a session on a Panigale aren’t unusual, and it’s a... Read more