manufacturer." But truth be told, there were a few problems with the 1125R.Over the two day test, one machine had a clutch problem, on another machine a wire was melted by it's position near an exhaust pipe so it quit, a brake disc 'warped', all bikes had
seemed to have decent weather protection.Considering she weighs in at nearly 230kg the motor delivers reasonable acceleration while sounding quite raspy through the five gears thanks to the 'sound optimised' Laser exhaust. Shifting itself has a positive
the gears.The engine has a distinctive bark compared to the competition and, if you can hold the throttle open long enough, it will rev beyond 9000rpm. Using hollow camshafts and titanium for the valves and exhaust header pipe has helped keep the motor
.Unlike some recent new models, like the Suzuki 1250 Bandit, you'll find a ton of interesting changes that keep you wandering round pointing and poking, even before thinking about jumping on board.The clever quad exhausts should be first to catch your eye
, not once did I feel like I was running wide, or that I could do with more ground clearance. There are no footboards gouging the tarmac here, no concerns about getting home with half of your exhaust chamfered off. It doesn’t just handle well for a cruiser
300,000 bikers can't be wrong. That's how many people who, the world over, have purchased Honda's evergreen favourite - the CBR600F - in the last 18 years.Back in 1987 Honda saw Kawasaki and Yamaha having a laugh in the middleweight sportsbike class with the GPZ600R and FZ600 and...
Carl Fogarty. The Aprilia RSV Mille. Neil Hodgson. The Honda VTR1000 Firestorm. James Toseland. Suzuki's TL1000. Troy Bayliss and, finally, Ducati themselves.None of the above would either be here today or where they are today without the beautiful, seminal 916.Developed in 1993 ...
I was at the launch of the Sprint RS in southern Spain in 1999. Some muppet in the office thought it would be a good idea to ride back from there to the Midlands, in late December.But thanks to decent winter kit and the Sprint RS's solid attributes, I got back in one piece and no...
Honda's Hornet has always been a handsome machine, but despite being up against some tough competition it's attracted a cult following.It began in 1998, when Honda (and Yamaha with the Fazer) decided they'd had enough of Suzuki topping the sales charts with their Bandit 600, and ...
Yep, it's true. Back in 1996, when Triumph first mooted a middleweight sportsbike - codenamed T806 - they looked at making a triple.But, after listening to a number of 'focus groups' in the USA and the UK, it was felt that a tried-and-trusted four-cylinder layout should be used. ...
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