). Here’s a look at BMW’s racing hits, plus what’s to come in the next couple of years...Click next as Visordown plots BMW's racing history
’s one and 903cc to Honda’s 736cc, the Zed offered more of everything.As the advertising blurb had it: ‘We created the Kawasaki Z900 for expert riders who want to move up to a bigger, stronger motorcycle.’It was speed tested at 132mph – enough to render
1987 to 1990 CBR600 (FH/FJ/FK/FL)And so it was born. The 'jelly mould' fairing hid a steel frame, an inline four of 598cc with 16 valves and 70-80bhp, good for a top speed just shy of 150mph. Around 10bhp up and, at 182 kilos, more than 10 kilos down on Kawasaki's then shit-hot G...
in popularity until WW1 interrupted, but when the TT returned in 1920 it went from strength to strength. In a time before Grand Prix there was no better way to demonstrate the speed and robustness of a motorcycle.The 1930s produced the first TT superstar
after final practice. He announced his retirement the next race. The truth is Barry and myself didn’t get on well. It all stemmed from a story I did in 1977 in Motorcycle Racer called ‘The Yanks are Coming.’ The talent in America at that time
I was standing on the last corner at Paul Ricard for the French GP. I’d been shooting on the back of the track during most of the race but had this weird feeling that Randy Mamola, who was on fire that season, was going to do something on the last lap. I can’t explain it any bett...
of the financial holes into which it has stumbled throughout its history. This time it was the 500 Vdue, powered by Bimota’s revolutionary “clean-burning” direct-injection two-stroke engine. The V-twin refused to run, properly, had to be recalled and bankrupted
SUZUKI GSX-R1100The GSX-R1100 didn’t merely outclass all the other open-class superbikes on its launch in 1986; it demolished them. A year after Suzuki had changed motorcycling forever with the first aluminium-framed race-replica four, the GSX-R750
If you’re old enough to remember 1977 it might not seem that long ago: Elvis died, Microsoft was founded, and the Space Shuttle flew into action. But the bike world was very different. Laverda’s Jota ruled the roads, Sheene was the world’s best rider, and Suzuki and Yamaha launch...
1981Back in ’81 most superbikes were just as they had been for more than a decade: big, naked air-cooled fours with high bars and twin shocks. We loved them that way too, of course, despite the wobbles and the neck ache. Revolution was in the air, with fairings, liquid-cooling an...
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