Metzeler Racetec RR K3 Review
Tyres: the final say in whether we remain upright or kiss the tarmac, and an ever-subjective topic for every one of us. Rubber technology and R&D has been drastically enhanced recently to cope with the demands of the latest crop of 200bhp howitzers and, such is the grip on... Read more
44T Isle of Man TT updates
Shit. There are only 80-something days until the 2016 Isle of Man TT. I’ve never been so hyped about an event yet so brimmed with understandable trepidation. Anyway, it’s all good: my homework should meet the required grades (studying onboards mixed with a few trips to the island), further... Read more
Bridgestone S21 Preview
As far as launches go, this was one sweet muthafunking launch: Abu Dhabi, a floodlit Yas Marina circuit and a blisteringly sexual array of the latest and greatest sportsbikes at one’s disposal, each wearing Bridgestone’s all-new S21 rubber. Riding Yas Marina is a bucket list, pinch-yourself moment in itself,... Read more
The facts behind Euro4 emissions…
In case you hadn’t spotted the common theme among 2016’s fresh models, most have suffered with a mechanical form of exhaust elephantiasis. Yep, those vexatious officials introduced Euro4 emission regulations to save the planet but have scuppered cosmetics in the process, most notably Ducati’s 959 Panigale, which caused pandemonium... Read more
Minimoto Madness: Part Two – The Race
There were megalolz, there were broken bones, there was some bloody serious racing to combat turkey comedowns and hangovers of monumental proportion: the annual post-xmas minimoto endurance race was a who’s who of MotoGP, WSB, BSB and TT paddocks rolled into an old hangar near Swindon. After a hurty... Read more
Video: Onboard Macau with Peter Hickman
Most top-level sportsmen deserve unconditional respect and admiration, although the prerequisite swingers for pure road racing swing my vote of nepotism any day. I honestly can’t understand how these boys even sit down with balls that big and this notion was amplified after watching Peter Hickman’s astonishing onboard footage... Read more
Do Supplements Make You Faster?
Doping. Currently a bit of sore point in other sports. After the continuing clusterfuck in cycling and Russian athletes having to take a temporary seat on the naughty step, even doping in football – the UK’s sweetheart – has been brought into question. But what of motorcycle sport? The... Read more
The sound of ‘God ripping his underpants’
It’s no secret that the likes of Honda and KTM have fresh two-stroke technology primed for release at some point (the Big H published patents earlier this year), and Yamaha recently re-released the YZ125 ‘crosser for 2016. Despite humanity and ignorant suits dictating two-smokers were too smoky, oily and... Read more
Dream Garage: Troy Bayliss’s Ducati Desmosedici GP3
Ducati’s Desmosedici D16RR was the first glimpse of road-legal MotoGP replicas under the four-stoke era. While the super-exclusive Desmo polarised sportsbikes fanatics (some couldn’t quite grasp Ducati’s rightful insistence on downgrading and detuning for obvious longevity and financial motives), you can’t dispute its true Grand Prix DNA and sexy... Read more
Dream Garage: Kevin Schwantz’s 1995 Suzuki RGV500
Growing up as a teenager in the 1990s and watching the likes of Wayne Gardner, Eddie Lawson and Kevin Schwantz smash themselves to smithereens on a weekly basis, it was then I dreamt of becoming a motorcycle racer. That golden two-stroke era of tobacco sponsorship and obligatory highsides was... Read more
Video: What’s inside an Öhlins Shock?
Suspension is the sort of technology and componentry we take for granted: get on bike > ride bike > springs and damping work…hopefully. With little subject knowledge and understanding of what’s inside, it’s also a topic usually best left for the pros.   Yet still, servicing and maintenance is greatly... Read more
Phil Crowe: Fat but f**king Fast
The Irish racers call him the ‘Beast from the East’ and you can probably see why. I first encountered Phil Crowe several years ago at the Castle Combe Grand National: the annual (and only) motorcycle race meeting of the year at my hideously fast local circuit. Admittedly, I was... Read more