on the Dakar I had time to appreciate its super-soft seat - which "feels like it's got a puncture," according to Tim - heated grips and soft, friendly motor with its reassuring thrum. As with almost any BMW this is a bike that makes you feel like you could head
on the hill an hour later, the KTM felt like a good place to be. The ride position is incredibly natural as long as you're average height or more, and in terms of performance this is a beautifully-balanced bike. The motor is strong and pulls off the bottom
- 113bhp@7500rpm TORQUE - 72lb.ft@7000rpm WEIGHT - 210kg SEAT HEIGHT - 825mm FUEL CAPACITY - 20L TOP SPEED - 140mph 0-60 - n/a TANK RANGE - n/a
"Cien sesenta y tres caballos?" asks the traffic cop, pointing at the K1200R. Rifling through the mental bin my GCSE Spanish has been in for the last 15 years I try and work out what he's saying. I'm roasting like a boil-in-the-bag meal but just as my brain edges toward meltdown,...
September 2003Luckily for me (although perhaps less luckily for the Suzuki) I found myself in charge of our SV for a fortnight last month, and what a time we had of it because between us we packed in 800 miserable UK motorway miles, several soggy laps of central London, a visit t...
handling), slipping a 20mm spacer under the top rear shock mounting for more ride height (speeds up steering, doesn't compromise stability, costs 50p), and throwing on some Pirelli Diablo Corsas to replace the OE Michelin Pilot Sports which suffered a
smooth running. Then gearing. A few teeth up at the back (or a couple down at the front) should perk things up and sacrifice 20mph I never use. Finally I'd like some rear ride height to help the big Kwak hustle a little better.Sadly the ZRX has just gone
In a desperate bid for every last drop of speed I'm tucked into the guy in front's slipstream so deep that if he so much as blinks he's going to have me as a passenger. I can feel my knuckles whitening and realise I'm holding my breath. I force myself to relax. The fact I'm texti...
This is a tale rotten to its core with lies, deceit and treachery. Some was small, some considerably larger, but all resulted in four of us riding into deepest France in hostile conditions on a motley selection of motorcycles before racing back clutching bottles of freshly-releas...
But then these bikes are a bit of a mixed bag. There's the ZX-9R, whose normal habitat these days is being shot to pieces in a group test with the FireBlade, R1 and GSX-R1000, the VFR which can generally be found romping off with the sports touring crown whenever that little test...
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