Rossi blatting about on a Fazer
WATCH the Doctor Sunday-riding (that is, scrubbing the chicken strips but not his elbow sliders...) a Yamaha FZ1 in his role as Bridgestone's tyre development advisor.
Nearly as old as Ben, holding up a lot better
I got this Cold Killers top in 2004, it’s seen plenty of winter action but isn’t showing many signs of what it’s been through.
It’s a great base layer for this time of year; where the clear sun masks the fact that it’s actually feckin’ freezin’ outside. I wear this top over ... Continue reading
1989: Schwantz vs. Rainey at Suzuka
The year was 1989, the circuit was the massively challenging Suzuka and the riders: the hugely talented Americans, Kevin Schwantz and Wayne Rainey.
It's not pretty, it's a fight; the riding is on the edge, scrappy, just about in control. But what control.
It goes down to the last corner on the last ... Continue reading
Cheap-and-cheerful budget lid goes out with a bang
ALAS, it’s time to write an epitaph for my trusty HJC CL-ST Throttle. I bought it for a bargain £50 at a West London dealer’s clearance sale (RRP £100) in 2010. It’s a smart-looking budget lid with a decent spec list that includes seven-point ventilation, removable and washable padding, quick-release visor, ... Continue reading
The highlight of this winter has to be my visit to last week’s Anaheim Californian Supercross. I’ve followed this spectacular series on Motors TV but the atmosphere while watching the action live is something else. Forty five Yankee dollars gets you a good seat high in the stadium, with practice starting ... Continue reading
New York shows how it's done
Q. What gets bigger the more you take away from it?A. A holeExcuse the lame joke, but potholes are definitely one of those things you need to keep an eye out for on the road. There are some dangerous ones near me in South London but after riding ... Continue reading
Living with the Aegis
LET'S get it out of the way - if Lady Luck is on your side, the full abilities of a back protector will never be tested 'real world'. On a day-to-day basis, the practicalities of wearing are primarily how it's assessed.
So when I received the Knox Aegis, it was with a view ... Continue reading
Be heard, be seen
If you find your Harley-Davidson a bit on the quiet side, there is an alternative to aftermarket pipes. Whilst not an official add-on, these speakers will ensure you'll be heard whilst out on the road. And what could be better than the wind in your face, and Van Halen in your ... Continue reading
Another memorable motorcycle from the Italian masters of cool
How could you not love Bimota's 500 Vdue. Launched in 1998 at a cost of £14,500 it didn't so much come with a list of optional extras, more a lottery list of factory-spec problems, longer than the accessories list on a 1200GS.
To me, it sums up Bimota perfectly: ambitious, exotic, problematic ... Continue reading
2003: Rossi vs. Gibernau at Brno
Rossi versus Gibernau at Brno in 2003. Most of the time Rossi and Gibernau came together, it was a classic in the making but while Rossi on the factory Honda hunting down Gibernau on the satellite Honda is well worth watching, the threat of a looming Bayliss on the Ducati makes ... Continue reading
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