Bike News & Reviews

Ducati Monster Evo – retro review

Posted: Monday 20 January 2014 at 09:38 AM / Bike News & Reviews

With the 1200cc Ducati Monster coming over the hill (sorry…), we thought now would be a good time to look back at the 1100 EVO. Here’s the 2011 launch report. This Monster 1100 Evo will replace the two current versions available. Could it be a case of Monster ambition outweighing Ducati talent? Step this way […]

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2014 Kawasaki Z1000 Review

Posted: Tuesday 14 January 2014 at 14:49 PM / Bike News & Reviews

The 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 gets some major changes in the looks department, as well as all the parts required to take it to the competition. We have a saying in the office for what happens when a manufacturer does as little as possible to a motorbike for it to be classed as an upgrade. ‘BNG’ […]

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Ducati 899 Panigale – Review

Posted: Tuesday 03 December 2013 at 10:46 AM / Bike News & Reviews

The Ducati 899 Panigale is the successor to the best selling superbike that Ducati ever made. Just how good do you have to be to beat the best? This isn’t any kind of rain, this is mountain-kissed, upside down, fill your boots from both ends bouncing-off-the-floor kind of rain. If you were a rain spotter, […]

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FireEater the 1998 Yamaha R1

Posted: Wednesday 13 November 2013 at 12:04 PM / Bike News & Reviews

In the mid nineties there was still nothing that could beat the Honda’s Fireblade, but finally in 1998 Yamaha unleashed the R1 and it blew the slippers off the old Fireblade. Here’s what we thought in the SuperBike Magazine January 1998. Yamaha has gone through some fairly ‘tough times recently. The supersports bike balance of […]

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Crashing the Russian Embassy – OSET bike test

Posted: Thursday 07 November 2013 at 11:48 AM / Bike News & Reviews

Oset electric trials bikes are aimed at kids just starting out in motorcycle trials, so we decided to find out what they could do. I say we, I really mean Road Test Editor and resident nutcase Chris Northover put his new favorite toy through its paces. He took it under and on the old Russian […]

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Powerkraut. BMW K1200s October 2004

Posted: Wednesday 06 November 2013 at 11:02 AM / Bike News & Reviews

2004 saw BMW’s first foray into the sportsbike market with a thinly disguised touring bike. It worked for them though look at their sportsbike now. Here’s what we thought on the launch in October 2004. POWERKRAUT! You’re not going to believe it, hell I didn’t either, but this bike works. This bike represents BMW’s first […]

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Ducati 999 launch 2005

Posted: Wednesday 30 October 2013 at 13:02 PM / Bike News & Reviews

In the October issue of SuperBike Magazine we re-visited the Ducati 999, so here’s what we thought of it when an update model was released at the end of 2004. SUPERBIKE ROAD TESTER: SIMON ROOTS UPGRADED 2005 DUCATI 999 RADICAL REVISION IS SO TWO YEARS AGO DARLING. NOW SUBTLE STYLE CHANGES AND UNDER-THE-SKIN POWER HIKES […]

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Husa-Husky what now? Husqvarna in, Husaberg out.

Posted: Friday 25 October 2013 at 12:00 PM / Bike News & Reviews

They all rolled over and one fell out… You may be aware that BMW has sold Husqvarna motorcycles. You may be aware that the parent company that owns KTM purchased Husqvarna. You may, therefore, have spotted a conflict in the KTM family, as they now share space around the dinner table with both Husaberg and […]

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Moto Guzzi T5 850 versus BMW R100RS

Posted: Wednesday 23 October 2013 at 12:55 PM / Bike News & Reviews

The last couple of old road tests that have appeared on the website have been from the 90’s, so this week I dived to the back of the archive and found a more obscure test from July 1987. The BMW R100RS versus the Moto Guzzi T5 850cc. I normally post some links to Ebay auctions […]

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It only takes a couple of strokes…

Posted: Thursday 17 October 2013 at 14:56 PM / Bike News & Reviews

It was April 1995 and despite the world starting to turn against the pollution monster know as the 2-stroke motorcycle, but they weren’t quite dead and buried yet and the Aprilia RS250 was arriving to the UK with promises of being the best yet. In SuperBike magazine the chaps tested the Aprilia against a Yamaha […]

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