Mentioning I was going to be a sidecar motocross passenger for a race weekend received mixed reactions. Those who knew nothing about the sport asked what it was while those who knew lots about it laughed very hard before wishing me luck in a way that suggested I had no chance of ...
July 2006I love this bike because it is far too much, and that's exactly how 1000cc superbikes should be. It's too powerful (164bhp at the back wheel), it's too fast (186.1mph flat out), and it really is too green. Disgustingly and violently so. I
to be as easy to live with as every Blade before her. Yup, 2002 was going to be my Blade year. Reckon I made the right choice too having just done this month's 1,000cc big guns shootout (see p54), because the Blade turned out just three bhp less than the Suzook
long time sportsbike riders have been searching for bikes that offer the hard-charging thrills we crave without the associated issues 180bhp, a clear road and a lack of self-control can conspire to bring about.We've tried retros and streetbikes
frighteningly fast entry right hander with next-to-no braking markers. A pair of uphill turns later, both of which flatten out on the exit, need a cautious throttle hand, especially with upwards of 138bhp on tap, and also weed out the sorted back ends from
- 113bhp@7500rpm TORQUE - 72lb.ft@7000rpm WEIGHT - 210kg SEAT HEIGHT - 825mm FUEL CAPACITY - 20L TOP SPEED - 140mph 0-60 - n/a TANK RANGE - n/a
Granted, said spiel was delivered in a manner that suggested these minor alterations were in fact earth-shattering developments capable of slashing seconds, perhaps even minutes from rider's lap times, and possibly securing world peace into the bargain, but behind the dry ice and...
"Cien sesenta y tres caballos?" asks the traffic cop, pointing at the K1200R. Rifling through the mental bin my GCSE Spanish has been in for the last 15 years I try and work out what he's saying. I'm roasting like a boil-in-the-bag meal but just as my brain edges toward meltdown,...
September 2003Luckily for me (although perhaps less luckily for the Suzuki) I found myself in charge of our SV for a fortnight last month, and what a time we had of it because between us we packed in 800 miserable UK motorway miles, several soggy laps of central London, a visit t...
October 2003"What's your favourite bike then?" is a question I get asked rather a lot. And it is an absolute bastard.I mean ETI Ducati's current 998 BSB bike is the most ludicrously sorted racebike I've ever been near, yet I still have an odd affection for Harley ElectraGlides. A...
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