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Yamaha XSR900 – First ride review

Posted: February 9, 2016 at 10:29 am   /   Bike Tests, Slider Home

I don’t believe for one second that I’m the only rider out there that has been waiting for a retro bike to come along with more to offer to offer in the trouser department than roll bottoms and Red Wings. Bar the very expensive BMW R Nine T, retro motorcycling has until now been a […]

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First Ride – 2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800

Posted: January 28, 2016 at 10:30 am   /   Bike Tests, New bike news

Turning clean with MV? Euro emissions rules means we get an all-new MV Agusta Brutale 800 for 2016. A good thing? Al finds out in Spain Generally, state interference in motorbikes is a bad thing. Leg protectors, quiet pipes, power and speed limits – we’re not a fan of much of this. Neither do we […]

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Triumph Street Twin – Review.

Posted: December 11, 2015 at 1:03 pm   /   New bike news, Slider Home

There are numerous reasons to get excited about the new Triumph Bonneville family and we’ll cover some of them during this launch report for the Street Twin. The key thing that got my juices juicing while I sat in on the presentation was the simple fact that this is a British bike. More than that, […]

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Ducati 959 Panigale – review.

Posted: November 26, 2015 at 7:48 am   /   Bike Tests, Slider Home

There’s something just right about Ducati’s mid sized sports bike that has been striking the right chords with me since the 748. I once took part in a used bike group test where three of us chose a bike within an imaginary budget of £3.5k. I’ve never made James Whitham laugh as hard or for […]

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BMW downsizes with G 310 R.

Posted: November 11, 2015 at 2:43 pm   /   New bike news

Hailed by BMW as their first roadster under 500cc, the G 310 R has just been unveiled in Munich. Designed to meet the demands of emerging markets, as well as those already established, the 310 could prove to be just as popular with new riders in the UK as it is mass markets in India […]

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2016 Triumph Speed Triple announced. Two models to pick from.

Posted: November 10, 2015 at 10:15 am   /   New bike news

It’s not just the Thruxton line up getting a revamp at Triumph, the 1050 Speed Triple will get it’s biggest upgrade in years as well. Two new models, an S and a range topping R will give owners something to choose from, both feature over 100 changes from the current model. Traction control, selectable ABS […]

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Yamaha XSR700 – Universe first review!

Posted: October 31, 2015 at 11:06 am   /   New bike news, Slider Home

The two hour panel based presentation from the team at Yamaha yielded some fascinating facts about the motorcycle market, many of which I’ll slowly pass off as my own over the coming months. In short, the reason why they were presenting the Yamaha XSR700 to a room full of journalists was because the market is […]

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Yamaha TMAX 500 – Real world review.

Posted: October 15, 2015 at 10:21 am   /   Bike Tests

They say there’s no worse a non-smoker than an ex smoker. Self-righteous, full of scorn, been there and done that sneers and rolling eyes. If I ever give up smoking, I’m looking forward to doing all of those things at others. I sometimes see the same kind of relationship between bikers and scooter riders. They […]

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Ducati Monster 1200R – Launch review

Posted: October 1, 2015 at 4:50 pm   /   Bike Tests, Slider Home

The Ducati Monster lineup is currently six deep. Three variants of 821 and three 1200 flavours. All offer varying levels of what makes the Monster so good. At the far left of the scale is the basic 821. It offers the most practicality and is the easiest to ride. At the far right of the […]

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Ducati’s grand plans for 2016

Posted: September 22, 2015 at 9:35 am   /   New bike news, Slider Home

Ducati has announced that they’ll be rolling out nine new bikes for 2016, two of which will be bikes heading into new segments of the market for Ducati. Following the unveil of the 160bhp Monster 1200R at the Frankfurt motorshow, Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicalli made the following statement. “The year 2016 will see continued growth […]

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