For one very short spell in history during the 1960s, that gay dandy of head-dress - the beret - was actually cool.Before then it had been the national headgear of the French (bad) and after in the 1970s it was to be mocked by the likes of Frank Spencer, but you would not have sc...
Fancy a big capacity, track ready, exotic V-twin but think a Ducati's too impractical, unreliable or just too small? Check out Aprilia's original RSV-R. The firm was new to making big modern bikes when it released the Mille which the RSV-R's based on in 1999, but they got it righ...
Click to read: Aprilla RSV-R Mille Factory owners reviews, Aprilla RSV-R Mille Factory specs and to see the Aprilla RSV-R Mille Factory image gallery.Hug the kerb through the long downhill fourth-gear left and you'll come on to the heat haze that is Mugello's main straight.As yo...
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 ...
Click to read: Suzuki GSX1400 owners reviews, Suzuki GSX1400 specs and to see the Suzuki GSX1400 image gallery.Back in the days when wearing Brut 33 was considered foreplay, real men rode bikes like these. Retro bikes from the 1990s cashed in on naked nostalgia with a raft of ma...
July 2003I shut the door gently. At last we were alone in the garage. I took a deep breath and uttered that immortal line. 'It's not you, it's me'.You see, I'd chosen the Zed thou' as my long-term bike. My choice. My shout. And I was pleased with that choice, but now after a 200...
under lock, key and cover chez Bertie, the Blade started on the button, first time of asking when I fired her up to get back down t0 the office after my time off. And since then I've eventually managed to put another 800 miles on the Blade in the last
August 2003In just two weeks and a shade over two thousand miles I've tried to give the Suzuki GSX-R1000 as good a thrashing as my pathetic skills could muster, with a track day, a 180 mile-an-hour blast down Bruntingthorpe's two-mile runway, daily commutes and a handful of Sunda...
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
Ducati's evergreen favourite, the Monster had been around for seven years when - in Y2K - the S4 was launched.This was a much-needed shot in the arm for the Monster family, which by this time had been overtaken by the opposition, such as the TL1000S-engined Cagiva Raptor.Out went...
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