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First Ride – 2015 Yamaha XJR 1300

Posted: Sunday 22 February 2015 at 16:00 PM / New bike news

Yamaha’s old new retro bike made new again. But still retro. Got that?

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New twin cylinder Honda CBR250RR?

Posted: Saturday 31 January 2015 at 16:56 PM / New bike news

Japanese magazine Young Machine shows images of twin-cylinder CBR250RR   Honda’s CBR250R was one of the first of the latest crop of small-bore sportsbikes. Aimed at the burgeoning SE Asian market, with a nod to entry level riders in Europe and the US, the single cylinder CBR has been a bit of a hit for […]

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Al’s tech blog

Posted: Thursday 29 January 2015 at 10:50 AM / New bike news

With Ducati launching its 1299 Panigale this week, when better to have a look at the Bolognan firm’s trademark ‘desmo’ valve technology?       Bikes nowadays – they’re pretty boring, eh? Quite ‘samey’. A bit ‘meh.’ What’s that you say? Boring? My 210bhp ZX-10R? Shurely shome mishtake? Okay, let me rephrase that. It’s become […]

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First Ride: Ducati 1299 Panigale

Posted: Monday 26 January 2015 at 08:26 AM / New bike news

Yep, that’s exactly what we all thought the Ducati 1199 Panigale needed, another 100cc and more power. Are they all high over there in Bologna? But it turns out, whatever they’re smoking, it’s the right stuff – the 2015 update to the Panigale is a ripper, as we discovered on a stunning sunny Saturday in […]

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Ducati Panigale 1299 – First Impressions

Posted: Sunday 25 January 2015 at 10:47 AM / New bike news

Well we’ve got a long old day of hooning around like idiots on the new Ducati Panigale 1299, but first impressions are bloody good. Within a couple of laps at ‘I’ve still got a hangover’ pace, the improvements to the midrange torque are obvious. The 1199 Panigale could never be accused of lacking in speed, […]

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First Ride – Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

Posted: Tuesday 16 December 2014 at 10:53 AM / New bike news

Yamaha’s slightly loopy MT-09 street-supermoto-sports bike thing goes all sports tourer. Has it lost its edge? Not a bloody chance.

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BMW R1200R prices announced

Posted: Friday 05 December 2014 at 13:26 PM / New bike news

We’re heading out to ride the new model R1200R next week, in the meantime, we can look at the prices and some of the technical highlights. Three variants will be available, the first is the base model R1200R, which will come with ABS and ASC (Active Stability Control) as standard, as well as two riding […]

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Kawasaki H2R to melt your eardrums everyday at Motorcycle Live.

Posted: Monday 17 November 2014 at 21:00 PM / New bike news

Kawasaki are calling it a ‘Sounds and Vision Experience’, we’re calling it the highlight of the show and the gates haven’t even opened yet. Here’s the press release from Kawasaki UK about the H2R being run up on a dyno every day of Motorcycle Live at 12:30. Following the worldwide media and public interest at […]

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The new Aprilia Tuono V4

Posted: Monday 03 November 2014 at 09:34 AM / New bike news

Details are thin on the ground, but this is what the press release we just received says. Aprilia’s fastest and sportiest ever naked is now even better and becomes a new weapon for the road and the track. A direct descendant of the RSV4 (the bike that has repeatedly won world SBK Championship Titles) the […]

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2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 – Wild speculation and made up stats

Posted: Friday 17 October 2014 at 08:19 AM / New bike news

So from the titbits we’ve received so far, here’s what we know for sure, what we think we know and what we’d have on our dream R1.

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