Al Dowds

Al Dowds

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Our man Al got the golden ticket for a ride round Mugello circuit on the new Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory last week. Here’s how he got on.
Mega-version of new 1100cc RSV4 unveiled: limited to just TEN COPIES... Priced at €40k
New limited edition Arai lid, Honda cars and bikes for marshalls, new sidecar passenger for Dave Molyneux, new timing partner, and more. Yep, the 2019 Isle of Man TT has been officially launched...
It’s 'any Porto in a storm' for Al as he fights the North Atlantic hurricane season astride the new 2019 BMW S1000RR…
Attempt to re-register firm being halted; firm claims minor admin error and late accounts filing responsible for original action
Breaking news: first Gazette Notice issued under Companies Act 2006 giving notice that Norton will be struck off the Register of Companies and dissolved
Our man Al's just back from the rather damp BMW S1000RR launch in Estoril, Portugal. Here's his first thoughts on the new bike...
Each week, we take a look at a pair of classic battlers. Bikes which have defined their class, and often sat at the top. But which is best? There’s only one way to find out… This week, we’re onto the two-wheeled equivalent of a hard rock power ballad – yes, it’s the Power Cruisers! Ducati’s superbike-engined Diavel versus the enormous Triumph Rocket III. Let the tyre smoking begin!
Dainese running Rossi-led track school at Misano in April, and a competition to meet him at the COTA MotoGP round
Add-on system gives simple tyre pressure monitoring in a smart-looking package
A supercharged Suzuki Hayabusa, 350bhp, 200 tyre-mounted titanium spikes and massive cojones...
Great Escape jump Triumph 650 TR6 on show at 4K film screening event in London
Arai's top-end adventure touring lid impresses from the off
But we'll be able to over-ride them – initially at least.
Team Green ratchets up the spec on its big-bore adventure tourer
Our man Al is in the Canary Islands (again) riding the new 2019 Versys 1000. Here’s what he reckons to it so far…
More power, less weight, added lunacy for Ducati’s wild child…
Our man Alan Dowds is in Gran Canaria to test the new 2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950. Here’s some gabbled first impressions
Hinckley firm launches new TFC Triumph Factory Customs range and sneaks out new Rocket III
Bike honours the black bear mascot from the Kumamoto prefecture in Japan. Of course it does
Half-length adventure boots are super chunky
Casa Marco Simoncelli opens in Italy on legendary MotoGP star's birthday 
Official Yamaharr hot grips, and a catalyst for change
Sport-style textile gives dynamic looks with textile warmth and comfort.
If you were hoping to bag a discount in the New Year sales, you're going to be disappointed...