Massive, in fact, as Harley-Davidson hope this motorcycle will open up new markets and new owners to the legendary marque. They say this bike combines the heart of a superbike, the style of a custom and the soul of a drag bike. In the words of Bill Davidson, director of motorcycl...
Back in 1996 Kunihiko Miwa was attending the launch of the Yamaha Thunderace. A worthy bike, if a bit porky and uninspiring. At the time Miwa decided he wanted to build a bike with a philosophy of 'no compromise.' This he did, by coming up with the YZF-R1, a bike which was to do ...
for a 150 mile 'bedding in' trip up north to my rendezvous with a damp Donington Park and the TWO track day.145bhp mixed with a damp track and a ham-fisted editor would normally end up in an early gravel bath, but surprisingly this was not the case
The impact of the first Triumph T595 should not be under estimated. Here was the first proper big British sports bike for many years and one which - on paper at least - promised to give the legendary FireBlade a run for its money. Cue 'Land of Hope and Glory' and much jingoistic ...
fashion. I still prefer the original gold anodised twin pipes for aesthetic reasons but I have been informed by those jolly nice chaps at PDQ that they lose some 13bhp purely in the name of design. They have kindly offered to rectify this. As is the remit
June 2002On your right is the Aprilia RSV Mille R. Bertie Simmonds not pictured. And why wasn't I? Well, I just couldn't do it...Sticking my ugly mug in the picture alongside such a thing of great beauty would have been tantamount to Bernard Manning
For it is then that a game of 'traditional' football is played. Two teams of 'Uppards' and 'Downards' kick, grab and run with a leather ball stuffed full of sawdust. The only rule is that the ball has to be grounded at either of the two goals, which are 3 miles apart along the va...
'claimed' 120bhp (more like 105bhp at the rear wheel) and was also the first production bike to boast 200bhp per litre.But these figures only tell half the story. What did make the bike the success it became was its single-minded attitude to sports biking
with the GPZ600R and FZ600 and, like the big bully they are, bog-washed and wedgied the pair of them into submission with the all-new CBR600F.Compared to the then class-leading Kawasaki, the CBR had around 10bhp more at the top end as well as being
since The Creation itself.It wasn't the most powerful (100bhp at the wheel for a 916), it wasn't the lightest (around 200kg) and it could be agony to ride if you were anything but the perfect size for it, but the 916 was the most beautiful motorcycle
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