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
Suzuka 8hr: Photo Spesh + Musings
Short of hiring the services of Mr V Rossi or a drone strike that obliterated the entire grid, Yamaha couldn’t have done much more to secure the 2015 Suzuka 8hr victory. Flying in Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith to partner their in-house, insanely fast test rider (and MotoGP podium... Read more
MOTOBUM, CLUBNEXT or Y’s distraction Dog House?
That is the question. It’s that time of year again when us Westerners trawl though the Suzuka 8hr entry list, pick out our favourite team names and try not to induce a hernia. Team Hooters, TEAM FRONTIER, Honda Blue Helmets and OTOBUM with Ishigaki Island Tuna Racing join the... 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: Casey Stoner Talks…
First Troy Bayliss, then Max Biaggi. Now it’s the turn of Casey Stoner to make a racing legends’ comeback this year, riding for the Musashi Honda squad at the infamous Suzuka 8hr sweat-fest on the 26th July. Love him or loathe him, you can’t deny Stoner’s unrivalled speed on... Read more
44T Jackanory: When ambition outweighs talent…
The British Superbike circus rolled into Scotland this weekend. I should have been racing in the Ducati TriOptions Cup but was shafted so far up the botty by a ‘sponsor’, that all you could see was this guy’s toenails dangling between my cheeks. Instead, I endured Knockhill’s action on... Read more
Brembo Z04 Review
Power is nothing without control, so says the old Pirelli slogan. Power is also immaterial if you can’t stop the bastard. Braking is an overlooked aspect when it comes to modifying and upgrading, with many choosing to spend big bucks on hunting horsepower, snazzy suspension or, even worse, anodised... Read more
Ducati TriOptions Cup: Rd3 Donington Park
The glitz and glamour of being a support race at World Superbikes? Yeah, something like that. A rumbling horde of 899s rolled into to Donington Park for a Bank Holiday weekend of Ducati TriOptions Cup action, although the action started long before circuit activity. With organisers keen to clamp... Read more
Ten Minutes With…John McGuinness
He’s not quite the proverbial housewives’ pin-up favourite but there isn’t a bad word spoken about John McGuinness. Morecambe’s finest lines-up with Honda for a millionth successive year and is fighting fit ahead of the season – in the run-up to last year’s TT, McGuinness badly damaged his wrist... Read more
Ducati TriOptions Cup: Rd2 Oulton Park
I’m almost certain a dog poo sandwich seasoned with semtex and barbed wire would have been tastier than the weekend I’ve endured. The second round of the Ducati TriOptions Cup rolled into Oulton Park alongside British Superbikes and, while it was generally a good meeting for my P&H Motorcycles/Carl... Read more
Project 2015: The Finale
Actually, although the project has ended, 2015 has only just begun. After an epic first round of British Superbikes at Donington to whet the racing appetite, the BSB circus rolls into Brands Hatch for round two next weekend, which also means the first instalment of the 2015 Ducati TriOptions... Read more
Casey Stoner to race Suzuka 8hr
We don’t really do race news but this is a gargantuan newsflash: Casey Stoner will make his racing comeback for Honda at the Suzuki 8hr in July. Love him or loath him, having (arguably) the world’s fastest man on two wheels competing again is blockbuster stuff for motorcycling –... Read more