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Staff Blog: To Jet Wash or Not to Jet Wash?

  I lent my bike to a colleague last week for the MCN Awards ride out and after an awfully wet ride down to the venue in Dorking, followed by a couple of hours riding through the Surrey Hills, the bike was returned looking very second hand. I’m not one for jet-washing but it seemed the only option to get ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 25 September 2013

Product Review: Yamaha Fazer8 top box and rack

Yamaha Fazer8 top box and rackPrice £157.99 for the box, £116.99 for the rackTime tested: 1500 miles/6 weeks What’s good: I really am struggling to find anything good to say about this official Yamaha top box and rack combination for my Fazer8 long-term test bike. The size of the box was useful when my other half and I had a ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 23 September 2013

Staff Blog: A Week of Two Wheels but not the Motorised Kind!

  I’ve not turned a wheel on the Yamaha Fazer8 for the last couple of weeks. Instead of being power assisted I’ve been producing my own power and cycled, along with a group of ten family and friends, from Dublin to Galway and back. We had a brilliant holiday, with plenty of hills to conquer, I’m sure Ireland must be ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 20 September 2013

Staff Blog: Night Riding Fun

Is it just me or do your skills sharpen as you ride in the dark and your speed increase? Riding the 50 miles from Silverstone to home the other night I really enjoyed the dark journey. The lights on Yamaha Fazer8 give really good visibility and I noticed that I was using other cars, cats eye and road markings far ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 09 September 2013

Staff Blog: What are your Wiinter Riding Hints and Tips?

I’m just about to head off for my summer holiday and already I’m thinking of the weather turning and the nights drawing in. I’m needing your help, tips and advice for prepping the Yamaha Fazer8 for winter riding. I usually resort to driving the car as soon as the weather changes but this year I’m planning to continue my daily ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 02 September 2013

Staff Blog: Too Many Fazers, Too Little Time

I’ve not just been riding the Yamaha Fazer8 this week, for a forthcoming long term feature I’ve been out on my mate’s Yamaha FZS600 Fazer and the big brother of the range the FZ1 Fazer. I was really surprised how easy and comfortable I felt hopping from one bike to the other. Each were quite similar to ride in some ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 24 August 2013

Staff Blog: You Can't Beat a Bit of Bike Therapy

I've been down in the dumps for the last couple of weeks and I’ve really not felt like going out on the Yamaha Fazer8 but today I thought enough is enough and decided to blow away some cobwebs. The Fazer8 isn’t the most exciting of bikes but the thing with riding any bike is it takes all your concentration and within only a ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 17 August 2013

Boots Review: TCX T-Lily Gore-tex boots

TCX T-Lily Gore-tex boots, £179.99 Time tested: 1000 miles/ 1 month What’s good: These leather boots took little time to break in and after the recent April showers they’ve proved to be fully waterproof thanks to the Gore-Tex lining. I like the simplicity of the design, with no fiddly fixings or fasteners - just a zip and some velcro. I’ve ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Boots
  • 16 August 2013

Calling all pre-1980’s Owners……

If you are the proud owner of a pre-1980’s motorcycle why not make your way down to the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum in New Milton, Hampshire on Sunday 25 August and join Sammy on their annual 56 mile ride. The route will take you through the picturesque New Forest, setting off from the museum at 10am and will include a ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Events
  • 15 August 2013

Staff Blog: Riding into the East

  In my long term test report in the issue on sale this week (14 August) you’ll see that me and my mate, Sue, spent the weekend riding round East Anglia taking in sights and sounds that you lovely blog readers suggested. Here’s details of the routes and where we stayed. Friday night's route: Peterborough to Reepham to Lowestoft Where ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 12 August 2013


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