Ridden: Kawasaki H2R
When you get offered a chance to ride the most ridiculously powerful and excessive production bike ever created, you say yes – even on a cold, damp, murky autumnal day in front of 30,000 expectant race fans. Kawasaki’s supercharged H2R has owned 2015 in terms of horsepower and willy-waving... Read more
Video: Ducati Monster 1200 R Review | Track Test
For those of you that don’t like reading – or can’t read – here’s our Ducati Monster 1200 R Review in beautiful video format. Shot in the back of 44Teeth’s bang-bus mobile studio, it’s a leisurely discussion on Ducati’s most powerful ever naked bike to make production, plus a... Read more
Ducati Monster 1200 R Review | First Ride
160bhp. 180kg. Öhlins. Forged Marchesinis. Sharper lines. Ducati’s new Monster 1200 R isn’t merely Bologna’s most powerful naked bike ever built; it’s also a potentially potent recipe for a kosher supernaked. But is it? Ducati seems to think so, sighting direct rivals such as KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R,... Read more
Ariel Ace: Initial thoughts + Photo spesh
Lurking in an inconspicuous building right on the Somerset/Dorset border lays Ariel Motor Company. Famous for designing and manufacturing stupidly fast cars right here in England, Ariel has also been making a fresh foray into motorcycling with a return to its sacred two-wheeled roots. For those who haven’t been... Read more
Video: Suzuki GSX-S1000F Review
Could this unpretentious thing of blueness be one of the bikes of 2015? Maybe not in the aesthetical pleasures department but dynamically, the Suzuki GSX-S1000F is a superbike-derived weapon that genuinely surprised us. It doesn’t brag a gazillion horsepower, nor does it boast any wiz-bang chassis components, but that... Read more
2015 Suzuki GSX-R750 Review
If you’ve been living in an inexplicable underworld in recent times, you’d be forgiven for overlooking the 30th anniversary of the GSX-R. In fact, given the relative lack of celebrations and new Suzuki releases to cover this milestone, you’d be forgiven anyway. At the same time Route 66 opened,... Read more
Suzuki SFV650: Gladius to Gladiator
Judging by its spec and simplistic ethics, we’re guessing Suzuki’s middleweight naked and budget happy-shopper was never meant to be raced round the Isle of Man. The Gladius – or the SFV650 as it’s now officially known – and bikes of this ilk cost £5,000, yet can lap the... Read more
Video: Lexmoto Venom + Michigan
The common preconception of Chinese manufactured bikes is that they’re all made of rotten cheese, fall apart like an undercooked cake and wouldn’t last 25 miles, let alone a lap of the M25. Granted, there are some howlers available on the market that wouldn’t be fit for your worst... Read more
Yamaha RD250LC Pro-Am Revival
Spawning many relationships and race careers, the iconic RD250LC formed the just-as-iconic Pro-Am series in the 80s. It gave amateurs a chance to prove themselves against the established, earn big bucks, and there’s a revival taking place at this year’s British GP. Racing legends such as Niall Mackenzie, Jeremy... Read more
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
Video: Ducati 1299 Panigale v Yamaha R1
From 125cc learner bikes to 125mph-in-second-gear steeds, the latest edition of our 44Tea chat reviews features the beauty and the beast: Ducati’s 1299 Panigale versus the all-new Yamaha R1. You’ve probably already heard how fantastical they are on the track, chasing tenths against the stopwatch? Well, in this video... Read more
Yamaha YZF-R3 Review
For a class so current and as prevalent as any, the A2 ‘sportsbike’ category has been bereft of some major players until recent times. First there was Kawasaki, shortly before Honda joined the fray. Years later, KTM unleashed the RC390 and showed everyone else how to build a budget... Read more