Testastretta engine thrums away underneath.Click to continue the Ducati 999 vs 998 road test
-missiles.Even the Kawasaki ZX-9R has been properly tweaked for 2002. Using the lessons learnt from the launch last issue, Gus and myself spent 30 minutes a couple of days before the test slamming the front end of the 9R and jacking the back-end up (see handling caption
Kawasaki prefers not to mess around. Other manufacturers might make lighter bikes, prettier bikes, or bikes that are easier to ride, but Kawasaki - quite rightly - sticks two fingers up at such sentimental softness and consistently delivers red-blooded motorcycles with more power...
is not really sustainable. Along with the forthcoming Griso and the promise of a road-going MGS-01 superbike, Guzzi appear to be getting their skates on.The first thing you notice about the Breva is the way it looks. Gone is the retro-chic of big beasts like
Anyone who knows anything about off-road bikes knows Honda's CRF450 motocrosser is horrifically fast and entirely frightening to ride. Two laps of a track on one is enough to pump your forearms solid and turn your legs to jelly, and the slightest
and over bumps, the Honda's the best of the two again because of that stability. That said, I had no problem on the Yamaha 426. Infact on the Yamaha test day, the 426 was the best bike of all the Yamaha off-road range I rode that day. And I didn't think
is stamped all over the way the 950 feels to ride. I attended the world launch three years ago, and after a demented day’s riding during which I had a very serious race on deserted European roads with one of the test riders, that evening we got stuck
Getting from A to B on a bike designed solely to get from A to B as cheaply as possible used to be a rather wretched affair. Such bikes were, quite frankly, built down to a price, plasticky, slow, handled like shopping trollies and looked crap. They would do the job adequately bu...
. By comparison this road-legal version is heavy and pathetically quiet but, being about 14 inches above sea level (as opposed to 14,000ft) means the motor is barbarous and power-packed in comparison. It still looks great, angular and aggressive, although it never
manageable. For about 70% of the riding time during the launch the roads were deluged with water and for really fast riding on some of the awful German routes we crossed into, you were aware of the weight as the front and rear tyres skipped and slipped
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