Rally is my new favourite motorsport
One of my favourite things about racing motorbikes is that there are so many ways to do it. I’ve been lucky enough to have a go at quite a few of them, and I like them all. But I think I’ve got a new favourite. It‘s a test of... Read more
Dakar Prep; Paperwork and sweat
Who’d have thought getting ready for a major international motorcycle competition would be so complicated? We’re eight months away from the Dakar Rally, and we’re already balls-deep in Dakar prep and general rally-bike related faffery. And with the first Dakar qualification rally looming (Andalucía Rally, 12th – 16th May... Read more
Top five British bike racers in the world today
Throughout history, Great Britain has had some ‘great’ British bike racers. Barry Sheene, Ron Haslam, Carl Fogarty, to name but a few. And although the popularity of motorcycle racing here in Blighty is minuscule compared to the likes of Italy, Spain, and other such nations, we have still managed... Read more
Rubbish motorbikes and how to enjoy them
Modern motorbikes tend to be really, really good. Even the ones that are a few years old and have a fair few miles under their belts. That’s why they’re not cheap. But there are still cheap(ish) bikes out there that, with an open mind, you can learn to love.... Read more
Popular Misconceptions about Adventure Bike Riders
What do most of us think when we see someone riding a GS or an Africa Twin? We think of a middle aged bloke who’s thinning on top with a bit of a paunch. But at least he’s the kind of guy that loves to get out there and... Read more
Top 5: Coolest Motorcycle Stunts of All Time
Freestyle MX, and action sports in general, have come a hell of a long way since the likes of Evel Knievel and his mates were jumping over school busses on Harley Davidsons. Though his daredevil feats might have been jaw dropping at the time, they‘re actually a bit lame compared to the kind of... Read more
What’s so good about V4 engine?
We’re living through exciting times in the motorcycling world. With all the big factories spunking massive amounts of cheddar on R&D, engine technology (as well as electronic and chassis tech) is improving year by year by year. Ducati in particular, famed for pioneering technology such as Desmodronic valves systems,... Read more
The easy way to lose weight (from your bike)
Are you really fat and too lazy to do anything about it? Does the thought of going to the gym fill you with dread? Perhaps you prefer the taste of a cheeseburger to a nice healthy salad. If that sounds like you, you’re not alone. But you don’t have... Read more
How to avoid a crash
You could probably argue that I’m not the best person to be doling out advice on how to avoid a crash. I have, after all, crashed more bikes than I care to remember. But, on the other side of the coin, perhaps I can help you learn from my... Read more
Top 5 most expensive production sportsbikes
We’ve seen them in the magazines, at the bikes shows and on the telly box. We’ve dreamt of having one in our garage. For most of us, we’ve got more chance of getting a blozza from the queen than owning a £100k superbike. But it’s still a wonderful thought... Read more
World’s sexiest race bike liveries
For years, I’ve been arguing with people about what looks good and what doesn’t. There are certain things I think we can all agree on; like the sight of a cold beer on a sunny day, next to a plate of cheeseburger and chips, which looks fairly orgasmic. Or,... Read more
Why motorbikes are better than cars
Some car drivers love their car. I’ve had a few cars in my time though and haven’t really loved any of them. And I know that plenty of other folk out there could say exactly the same. For a lot of us, a car is just a tool, good... Read more