NIALL MACKENZIE1986 HRC test, SuzukaOur own 'Spuds' Mackenzie had been riding an Armstrong 250 in GPs and ridden the Skoal Bandit RG500 in the last few 500cc races of the year. Then he got a call to go to Japan for a private test with the mighty HRC
-sled while testing ejector seats, detaching his retinas and permanently bursting blood vessels in his head in the process. Being the first at anything is always a slightly hit and miss affair.And it has been no different with motorcycle riding kit. The first
against a supersports machine, with the usefulness that would be super against a tourer. Add in the fact that it had wide bars, a comfy seat, roomy riding position and user-friendly practicality and it was a dead cert to be a hit with us no-nonsense Brits
through the roads of the town, across fields and even along the bed of the local stream. The violence of this game is countered by some of the most beautiful scenery in Great Britain.It's here that we're heading to, to start our test and this promises
It's been kind of hard to categorise for the last few years though, as it has moved along a bit from its original seventies raison d'etre of being just a cruiser version of the cafe racer V7 for the voracious US market.Guzzi now seems to want to make various versions of the Cali ...
, with its organic, sweeping lines, pull back bars, single-sided swingarm, chunky rear hoop, and chilled-to-the-bone riding position.Another big plus is the automatic transmission, which works brilliantly and is extremely fuss-free, giving a nod to its use
manufacturer." But truth be told, there were a few problems with the 1125R.Over the two day test, one machine had a clutch problem, on another machine a wire was melted by it's position near an exhaust pipe so it quit, a brake disc 'warped', all bikes had
handle, pull the handle and the box will open. Nice.I had to meet Jason at Corely Services on the M6 and sadly found the morning's motorway riding had brought no difference to my hastily formed opinion on the LT. Twenty minutes late (as usual) and Critch
the bike float with amazing composure, while always keeping those extra light weight wheels in contact with the ground. If you wondered if it was worth the £2K-odd new list price over the base Mille model a test ride should convince you it was - and still
Meanwhile, insurance premiums have soared for sportsbikes and Cliff Richard hits number one with a cover of Smack My Bitch Up. Scary. But it could happen and at the morning roll call of motorcycling in this apocalyptic horror, naked middleweights like the new Speed Four could be ...
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