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Honda NC750 X

2016 Honda NC750 X First Ride

Posted: March 20, 2016 at 9:34 pm   /   Bike Tests, New bike news, Slider Home

Tools you can trust What’s your bike to you? Is it a tool, a means to an end, a piece of transport? Or is it the love of your life, a hunk of metal and plastic you’ve imbued with a soul? Something you hankered after for years, finally managed to possess, and have made your […]

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Triumph Thruxton R – First ride review.

Posted: March 15, 2016 at 12:13 am   /   New bike news, Slider Home

There are few bikes that have a closer association with the term Café Racer than a Triumph Thruxton. Since BSA hasn’t made a Goldstar in decades and Nortons are as rare as mechanical unicorn shit, if I had to pick a factory built bike that personified the Café Racer it’d be a Hinckley Thruxton. The […]

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2016 Ducati Hypermotard first ride

Posted: March 1, 2016 at 2:42 pm   /   Bike Tests, New bike news, Slider Home

Has Ducati’s crazy teenage delinquent, the Hypermotard, gone all grown up?   There’s a conflict at the heart of most big bike firms. On the one hand, they’re proper, grown-up companies, with corporate social responsibility programmes, charity partnerships, and environmental policies. Polished PR departments underline their worth as responsible, productive members of Big Society, adding […]

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2016 Honda CB500F and CBR500R – Review.

Posted: March 1, 2016 at 12:11 pm   /   Bike Tests, Slider Home

Road tester Chris Moss rides the 2016 Honda CB500F and CBR500R on the press launch.

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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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2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800

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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