Year-on-year sales down by a tenth
THE coldest March in half a century cast a chill on the UK powered-two-wheeler market, as the month saw an 10.8% drop in new registrations. But the weather could not be entirely blamed for the downward trend, as the March figures followed year-on-year falls of 14% in January and nearly ... Continue reading
We put 10 rucksacks to the test, Visordown style. We've got your back...
FOR our latest product test, we’ve taken a good, hard look at motorcycling rucksacks to see how they cope with life’s burdens. We selected ten rucksacks that fulfilled three base criteria: a nod to wearer comfort in the form of multi-point harnesses, weather resistance, and a price cap of £100.
We evaluated ... Continue reading
Targets long-distance commuters seeking comfort and power
YAMAHA has announced a new 400cc version of its X-MAX scooter for 2013.
With 31.5 bhp and 25 lb-ft of torque from the liquid-cooled 395cc single, the new bike is capable of 90-plus mph, and should be pleasingly quick off the lights, as the 20 bhp/15.5 lb-ft X-MAX 250 is no slouch. Twin ... Continue reading
Boots should be worn not heard...
FALCO is not the first name that springs to mind when you think of motorcycle boots, but this Italian manufacturer makes some good-quality and reasonably priced boots.
I've been wearing their 305 sporty all-weather boots this winter, and I'm impressed by the package. They are of visibly good quality, with lots of protection in ... Continue reading
You don't have to be a registered member to enter Visordown's caption competition!
WELCOME ALL to Visordown's weekly caption competition, where you get the chance to slap the most amusing/twisted quote on some of the more interesting shots from around the wonderful world of motorcycling.
This week, we have a rider testing the latest advances in motorcycle jacket technology...
What's your take on this? Get those witty minds ... Continue reading
IAM says most road users think so
SINCE we’re often the ones who come off worse when car drivers fail to pay attention, it’s no surprise that bikers tend to be in favour of laws that remove distractions. When the government decided to ban the use of hand-held mobile phones while driving, the legislation was warmly greeted by ... Continue reading
Not fake. Much.
YES, it’s a blatant promo video. No, it’s not a real scientific experiment, and even if it was, we’re not absolutely sure what it would be proving. It’s Shark’s latest YouTube offering.
Basically an effort to get you to buy Shark’s R Pro Carbon and Speed R lids, the press release says ... Continue reading
Unrealistic riding and excessive violence, all in pixelated form
OK, we don’t ‘do’ computer games on Visordown much. After all, when you ride bikes in real life, pixels don’t tend to offer much in the thrills department.
But for purely nostalgic reasons, this is worth a mention. If you’re in a certain thirty-something age group there’s a good chance console or ... Continue reading
Debut single from ex-racer
SOME people grow up wanting to be world famous motorcycle racers. Others grow up wanting to be rock gods. And James Toseland wants to have achieved both, having just released his debut single 'Life is Beautiful'.
For more details see www.toselandmusic.com
Our definitive guide to buying and owning Kawasaki’s big supernaked
THE Z1000 (formally designated the ZR1000) was launched in 2003, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Kawasaki’s legendary Z1 of the 1970s. An exceptionally stylish bike – arguably the best-looking Japanese nakeds of the day – the new Zed was big and bold, from its hard-man scowl to its double-barreled exhaust. 123 ... Continue reading
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