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2017 BMW RnineT Racer – review.

Posted: April 26, 2017 at 2:28 pm   /   New bike news, Slider Home

I got drunk with Roland Sands once. Not just a little bit tipsy, I mean properly fucked. We got chatting at a BMW festival in Austria and hit it off. One minute we were talking about the time he replaced an injured John McGuinness in the British 250cc championship, the next we were necking belt […]

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Yamaha issues safety recall on MT09 and XSR900 models.

Posted: April 18, 2017 at 3:11 pm   /   New bike news, Slider Home

Yamaha UK has issued a safety related recall to all owners of MT09/A MT09TRA and XSR900 models. ‘lower handlebar holders may become loose and in the worst case scenario if not replaced this can result in a loss of steering.’ Yamaha advises that owners contact their nearest Authorised Yamaha dealer at your earliest convenience, quoting […]

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Suzuki Cappuccino! – Low rate finance offers means riding a Suzuki costs less than a coffee.

Posted: April 11, 2017 at 8:34 am   /   New bike news, Slider Home

Suzuki has announced a new, low-rate finance offer for its SV650 and GSX-S1000 machines, which means the middleweight V-twin can be ridden away for £60 per month. A new special rate of just 4.9% APR, coupled with a deposit of £1,500.00, means the SV650 can be ridden for only £1.94 per day – less than the price of […]

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2017 Yamaha R6 – Full review.

Posted: March 28, 2017 at 4:32 pm   /   New bike news, Slider Home

MotoGP looks, Moto2 handling – the new R6 reminds us why 600cc supersports bikes are so much fun. It’s been ten years since Yamaha last gave the R6 any serious updates. You’d think that would leave it miles behind the competition, but that’s far from the case. In truth, the popularity of the 600cc supersports […]

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2017 Ducati Monster 797 – Full review.

Posted: March 25, 2017 at 2:49 pm   /   New bike news, Slider Home

After just making the flight to Nice by under 3 minutes thanks to London’s tubular network being as reliable as an unloved Mobylette, I arrived for the press launch of Ducati’s Monster 797 expecting an evening of convivial hospitality followed by a day’s riding in sunshine along The Corniches. Instead we dumped bags, slipped into […]

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Triumph Street Scrambler – Full review with video.

Posted: March 3, 2017 at 11:20 am   /   Bike Tests, Slider Home

Right, I’ve set myself the goal of writing this entire launch report without once mentioning the words ‘heritage’, ‘retro’, ‘old school’ ‘hipster’ or Steve McQueen. I think I can do it and, more to the point, I think the Triumph Street Scrambler deserves more of your attention than to be immediately placed in the same […]

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Does traction control actually make you faster? GSX-R vs S1000RR

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 3:58 pm   /   Bike Tests, Slider Home

How much quicker does traction control make the average rider, if at all? Take one rider, a Suzuki GSX-R1000 and a BMW S1000RR, an empty track and let’s find out shall we? From the comfort of my couch, I like nothing more than watching factory racers strangling the throttles factory superbikes, usually at the point in […]

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Suzuki GSX-R 1000, 2017 model review and prices.

Posted: February 11, 2017 at 2:15 pm   /   New bike news, Slider Home

  A new Suzuki GSX-R1000 with 202hp? 2017 is winning already. 16 years after the first GSX-R1000 rocked our world, Suzuki once again has a GSX-R1000 ready to challenge for top superbike honours. We took to the fast turns of Phillip Island to see if the new bike could live up to the legacy of […]

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Triumph Street Cup – Full review with video.

Posted: January 30, 2017 at 2:33 pm   /   Bike Tests, New bike news, Slider Home

You could be forgiven for passing off the Triumph Street Cup as a budget version of the Thruxton, but that’s not really the intention from Triumph, apparently. The Street Cup forms one of three strands of DNA in the Modern Classic range. Essentially, if it starts with the word ‘Street’ you’re looking at a bike […]

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2017 Honda CBR1000 Fireblade – Initial thoughts

Posted: January 22, 2017 at 3:44 pm   /   New bike news, Slider Home

The 2017 Honda Fireblade. Even rolling the words around my mouth feels good. It’s been such a long time since we were treated to an all new Fireblade that I think I can be forgiven for getting a little excited at the notion of riding the new RR and SP versions this weekend at Portimao. […]

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