What a difference a few years could have made. If Triumph had launched the Daytona 600 just two years earlier things could have been very different. It was so nearly ahead of its time in many ways, but unfortunately in 2003 when it was launched Kawasaki unveiled the first of the ...
I have an ambition. I don't want to climb Everest, sleep with a supermodel or fly as a passenger in a Tornado. No, my ambition is fairly achievable. I just want to own a Ducati 916.For me the 916 is the defining bike of my adolescence. I was 17 when it was launched in 1994 and fr...
SIT DOWN, THIS next sentence may come as a bit of a shock: the traditional British pub is facing extinction. Sorry to break the news, but it's a reality. No more pork scratchings, no more real ale, no more open fires and no more landlords who greet you by name (even if it's the w...
There are some lessons in life that you learn the hard way. Accidentally urinating on an electric fence is one of them, drinking too much cheap cider is another and trying to out-brake Niall Mackenzie is one that I learnt while riding Ducati's 749R.It was during a Donington Park ...
The last time I rode anything with an MZ badge on the tank, it was a ratty old two-stroke commuter that smoked like a chimney and had the disturbing habit of leaving various parts littered behind it on the road.This image may be what first springs to mind whenever the name MZ is ...
I've been waiting to ride Triumph's Street Triple for about two years, ever since the Daytona 675 was launched. When I first saw that bike I emailed the guys at Triumph and asked if I could get one of them, strip its fairing off and fit a set of Speed Triple flat bars. A naked mi...
like an on/off switch on fast stretches of road. By 9500rpm the power is all but gone though, and you get the 'flogging a dead horse' feeling.Continue the 2005 Suzuki Bandit 650 & 650S Review - 2/2JON SPEAKS TO BANDIT CHIEF ENGINEER TOSHIYUKI ENDOQ: Why
Honda is keen to stress one thing about the FMX: it is not a supermoto. Which is confusing, as the styling cues suggest it is. So if it isn't a supermoto, what the hell is it?Well, according to Honda people, the FMX is a 'Funmoto.' Now I know what you're thinking: crap name. Whic...
There's something not quite right here. It feels like a rather intimate part of my body is being crushed. Yep, that's it. I'm gradually sliding forward over my spuds. How is this happening?Riding along the A3 I'm in a certain amount of distress, which isn't that surprising consid...
The end of a very long road is in sight, and I’m actually quite nervous. In my hand I have the key to the beautiful, yet slightly menacing-looking white bike that sticks out from the row of Japanese sportsbikes it currently nestles within. I’m about to get closure on a journey I ...
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