August 2005I'm lucky in that during any year I get the opportunity to sample many different bikes. But whether on an intense track test, a four-day sprint across Europe or a new model launch, I always ask myself if I could live with whatever bike I happen to be riding.Although th...
Jun 2006IT'S NOT OFTEN I'm asked for my autograph these days but when I went to pick up my Bonneville Scrambler the staff at Team Roberts Triumph in Doncaster (01709 860001) made a right fuss of me. They were, however, along with most of my mates, surprised at my choice of long t...
June 2008When Urry threw me the keys to the 990SM following a test in the April issue I was secretly hoping that if we kept it long enough that the chaps at KTM UK would eventually just say ‘hell yeh, it’s all yours.’ The weeks passed and we were all beginning to get attached to ...
.6. Rob then set the suspension to what it said in the manual, I went back out and managed a 56.8 second lap. I felt like I was riding really well, no sweating or aching muscles, nothing. We stuck the slicks in and I started going backwards, time wise
In a bid to bond with his new Honda CB1300 longtermer, Bertie books up on a Brettour and heads for the Ardennes. These postcards turned up a few days laterDear TWO,Things haven't started well. I bent the key to the CB in the helmet lock when I 'threw' the throwover panniers on th...
July 2005Right about now, the longterm test bikes turn up. Some people have had theirs for a while, but the GSX-R1000 was worth waiting for. I was asking, Suzuki were offering, it was a match made in heaven. Urry even delivered it to my desk. A brand new, zero-mile GSX-R and a su...
August 2005Ever since Noah were a lad I've been raised on sportsbikes. Others have come and gone, but left to my own devices and I'll be back on a sportsbike before you can say 'shredded licence'.I decided it was time for a change. But to what? I needed something big and fast tha...
July 2008The new long termer is a beast. Neighbour Phil confirmed it – in a year he barely noticed the CBR600RR, certainly didn’t comment upon it, but from day one the Kermit-green Kawasaki ZX-10R had him hooked.He could tell, just looking at it, that the ZX-10R can do the busine...
August 2008A few years ago the biking world was shocked to hear that James Whitham had spent his own hard earned cash on a brand new road bike; a GSX-R750. As you get no greater seal of approval, since that day I’ve been really keen to see what all the fuss was about and somehow ...
April 2002There was movement in the bushes. Nestling in their hide, Big Bertie and Diddy Daryll, could just make out the stripes on her coat shimmering through the tall grass.With the beaters rushing her from behind, the tall, green figure of the Tiger burst into the clearing, an...
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