he uses his big shiny boots to go down two gears before pitching into turn one. "Ooooh, Bertie, please be careful," squeak the Buell technicians, worried the Firebolt may get squashed under 18-stones of ginger beer and potted meat sandwiches
The impact of the first Triumph T595 should not be under estimated. Here was the first proper big British sports bike for many years and one which - on paper at least - promised to give the legendary FireBlade a run for its money. Cue 'Land of Hope and Glory' and much jingoistic ...
to medium poke is what this bike is about, as you don't get that big chunky top end pulling power on motorways that you get with a big-bore inline four, or even perhaps the Falco (more of which later) Instead there's an initial rush of torque from as low
. The Bridgestone 012s have the unenviable job of taming the 145bhp that goes through that rear tyre, but they do a top job.The high silica compound meant that as long as I exercised puritanical control over my right wrist, the tyres would look after me and not tip
Click to read: Suzuki GSX1400 owners reviews, Suzuki GSX1400 specs and to see the Suzuki GSX1400 image gallery.Back in the days when wearing Brut 33 was considered foreplay, real men rode bikes like these. Retro bikes from the 1990s cashed in on naked nostalgia with a raft of ma...
that the plumbing made it look like a dog's dinner, then the people who wanted performance didn't give a toss, as the S4 was blessed with good top-end.In 2003 the S4R came in with much tastier looks, courtesy of a single-sided swingarm, upswept single-side pipes
Honda had been having its own way for too long. A succession of CBR600s had held the top spot in the sales charts and held sway in the hearts of the bike-buying public for the best part of ten years. Someone had to do something about it
better bet.1. Engine: After the initial snatchi-ness (SP-1 only) the motor picks up nicely from 4000rpm, dips for emissions and then takes off on a almost 45-degree line towards an 120bhp top end as standard. The SP series love to rev, which is nice. Big
with the GPZ600R and FZ600 and, like the big bully they are, bog-washed and wedgied the pair of them into submission with the all-new CBR600F.Compared to the then class-leading Kawasaki, the CBR had around 10bhp more at the top end as well as being
Honda's Hornet has always been a handsome machine, but despite being up against some tough competition it's attracted a cult following.It began in 1998, when Honda (and Yamaha with the Fazer) decided they'd had enough of Suzuki topping the sales
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