Bike News & Reviews

Triumph Tiger 2011 1ST RIDE

Posted: Friday 03 May 2013 at 13:37 PM / Bike News & Reviews

With a bike performing well in almost every sector, Triumph’s range had just one void left to fill. Three years in the making, the Tiger 800 looks set to take the adventure market by storm… Squinting into the low Catalan sun, my head still throbbing from last night’s brandy, the ride behind Triumph’s development rider, David Lopez, […]

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Triumph Street Triple 2007 review

Posted: Friday 03 May 2013 at 13:34 PM / Bike News & Reviews

Every so often a new bike comes along and redefines the word entertainment. Triumph’s Street Triple is one of those bikes. If you’re not laughing within a single mile of riding it, then there’s something very much wrong with your sense of humour. Essentially a naked, detuned version of the highly-acclaimed 675 Daytona sportsbike, the […]

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2011 SUZUKI GSX-R600

Posted: Friday 03 May 2013 at 13:31 PM / Bike News & Reviews

The Suzuki GSX-R600 has changed for 2011. It’s lost a load of weight and had its first big makeover in three years. But are the changes more than cosmetic? Still plenty of lean left, get it over you massive wuss! It’s pointless to deny that the track launch of a new sportsbike is one of […]

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Kawasaki Z1000

Posted: Friday 03 May 2013 at 13:27 PM / Bike News & Reviews

Kawasaki has got it cock-on with its 2003 Z1000. Kinda. Bollocks to objectivity, I love the looks, the top end of the motor is plain bonkers and it goes round corners like a ZX-9 dreams to.   It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea though, and the lack of grunt lower down in the rev-range […]

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Could New brakes and some midrange for the 2012 GSX-R1000 make a big difference?

Posted: Friday 03 May 2013 at 13:18 PM / Bike News & Reviews

The 2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000 has been blessed by Brembo, gained some midrange, lost some weight and now has only one end can. Nice. The 2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000 has been blessed by Brembo, gained some midrange, lost some weight and now has only one end can. Nice. Right, let’s cut to the chase. The 2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000 […]

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Cagiva V Raptor (2001)

Posted: Friday 03 May 2013 at 13:13 PM / Bike News & Reviews

Low seat height means this bike would be much more practical for shortarses, second-rate James Bond types given to schizophrenic delusions about messages received through their sunglasses. Suzuki’s LT 1000S motor is a stonker but the on-off fuelling means that corner exits and wheelie landings can be fraught with sticky moments. Suspension is on the […]

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Buell X1(2001)

Posted: Friday 03 May 2013 at 13:11 PM / Bike News & Reviews

I know this might sound weird, but I was really looking forward to riding this quirky thing. It initially felt very strange and totally different – every time I blipped the throttle the horizontal rear suspension compressed. Weird. Vibrated like you wouldn’t believe; more marital aid than motorbike. I was astounded and more than a […]

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Buell XB-9S Lightning

Posted: Friday 03 May 2013 at 13:10 PM / Bike News & Reviews

So near yet so far.Such a clever, innovative chassis and such a dog of a powertrain. So near yet so far.Yes, for such a clever, innovative chassis the Buell XB-9S came with such a dog of a powertrain. It may have the highest specific output of any air-cooled push-rod twin but when that totals 78bhp it’s time to get […]

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BMW G 650 Xcountry 2009

Posted: Friday 03 May 2013 at 13:02 PM / Bike News & Reviews

Fancy something utilitarian but, er, utilitarian? What about the revamped BMW G650 Xcountry? What’s the worst that could happen? In the spirit of peace and goodwill to all mankind, we’re here being kind to BMW. Yes, here we are regurgitating a barely-edited press release from the Bavarian motorrad meisters. Actually, JP rode the previous model […]

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2012 BMW S1000RR: tweaked chassis, ‘more’ low rev grunt, improved electronics

Posted: Friday 03 May 2013 at 13:00 PM / Bike News & Reviews

It is a cliché, but it’s worth bearing in mind. ‘If it ain’t kaput, don’t fix it’. There wasn’t much wrong with the current 2010-spec BMW S1000RR. It’s been popular in showrooms and as a superstock race bike (surely the best test of a sportsbike’s basic credentials). It’s been a winner many times over. Including Richard Cooper’s […]

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