2015 BMW S 1000 RR: Sub-Zero Hero
When BMW rolled the S1K into the public domain complete with heated grips, people laughed. We were the ones laughing this week after big miles and even bigger smiles onboard the 2015 RR in sub-zero temperatures and greasy roads, all with snuggly, entirely functioning digits. Keen to do the... Read more
Want to know more about the 2015 BMW S 1000 RR?
We’ve got our hands on the epic 2015 BMW S 1000 RR this week. Having ridden the bike at the world press launch at Monteblanco, it’s safe to say the Beemer is über fast on track. But what’s it like back in the UK, back in the real world?... 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
MV Agusta Stradale 800
Four years ago, MV Agusta had just two models on offer – the F4 and Brutale – and even then, they weren’t quite the finished article. As we roll into 2015, the Varese-based factory will be producing 19 and the end product has been treated to sublime refinement. Owner,... Read more
First Ride: 2015 BMW S 1000 RR
Famed for mentally fast, techno-packed cars, and creating the world’s best-selling motorcycle, BMW tore the industry a new botty when launching the original S 1000 RR. It was, and still is, the benchmark for 1000cc four-cylinder weaponry. The 2009 S Thou’ was akin to a CBR600RR injected with some severe... Read more
Riding Jack Miller’s Factory Moto3 KTM
Today is not a normal day. Yesterday was not a normal day either after engaging in carry-on combat with Benidorm-bound tourists on an averagely mediocre flight from London Gatwick. Needless to say I persevered in my avoidance of the Spanish strain of Ebola, and my trusty EasyJet flying machine navigated... Read more
Milan special: Ducati 1299 Panigale
Just after landing in Milan’s Linate airport, we jumped straight into a taxi and fled to Ducati’s exquisite 2015 model launch, held at a theatre in central Milano. Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO, hosted the launch that was streamed live to millions worldwide. There was banging dubstep, some beautiful, scantily-clad... Read more
2015 Yamaha YZF-R1
17 years since its inception and first public appearance in Milan, Yamaha released the all-new R1 in the same city. It was the opposite end of the spectrum from Ducati’s theatre launch. Yamaha chose a warehouse, albeit a Gucci one to debut the 2015 range.   After sifting through... Read more
Milan special: Kawasaki H2
Straight after Honda’s shindig, it was Kawasaki’s crack at releasing some more wiz-bang for public consumption. The ‘track-only’ H2R and its supercharged howitzer was unveiled at Cologne last month and the target power output was 300bhp. Kawasaki, apparently, has exceeded those expectations with 306bhp – its slogan, ‘Built Beyond... Read more
Milan special: 2015 Aprilia RSV4 RR/RF
Fresh from clinching the World Superbike championship with Sylvain Guintoli and his RSV4, Aprilia unleashed a heavily revised road-going model in Milan – or, rather, two new RSV4s. The RR, for me, was the bike of the show: resplendent on the stand in its new guise, and packing some... Read more