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The rules: Riding for the SAS

Enduro riding over rocky savannah and scrub requires stamina, bravery and skill. Dodging bullets from guerrilla soldiers takes some cajolies too. Luckily, most of us have never had to do both at once. But most of are not Bravo Two Zero author Andy McNab. In fact none of us is. Except Andy McNab. And it was he who, while touring ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 09 January 2013

“Thousands could be riding ringers”

Thousands of motorcyclists who bought nearly-new sports bikes from main dealers could be unwittingly riding bodged-together stolen machines, according to police. Thieves are part-exchanging “ringers” – stolen bikes given a fake identity to appear legitimate – for new ones from showrooms. Dealers then unwittingly sell the stolen machines on.     Many of the bikes have been given a new identity ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 30 April 2010

10 worst and five best promo videos

1. Kawasaki Z800Bystanders gawp at the new Z800 and take photographs in this preposterous video from Kawasaki Australia. It's as though they've found a portal to another universe and not a mass production motorcycle. A trucker radios his mates and weirdly gets a nod from the passing rider. Two hairy Antipodeans applaud and give thumbs up to the parked bike. Clearly ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 26 April 2013

Win a £12,000 bike for doing police Bikesafe course

Motorcyclists are being offered the chance to win a bike worth £12,000 for doing a safe riding course taught by police. A scooter worth up to £2000 is also on offer in the initiative to improve motorcycle safety in London. Winners will get to choose the bike or scooter model they want up to the prize value. Three runners up ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 November 2011

Staff bikes: BMW G650GS - Corrosion sets in

I really like my G650GS. So I’m massively disappointed to report that the paintwork doesn’t seem to be up to much. Corrosion is already beginning to appear in places and it’s not yet had to endure a single winter. A BMW spokesman said: ‘Obviously I can’t really comment on the cause of the corrosion until the bike has been inspected. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 09 August 2011

"Our kids ride bikes and we're proud"

Proud parents have hit back after a road safety charity said it was irresponsible to buy children motorcycles. The influential charity Brake last week told a national newspaper: “Junior motorbikes are powerful machines that can and do seriously injure those who use them. "For this reason they are totally inappropriate for children and we urge all parents to acknowledge this. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 24 June 2011

New test launched in Northern Ireland

A new-style motorcycle test has been launched in Northern Ireland. Learner riders there must now pass three tests – a theory test, a manoeuvres test and a practical on-road test. Previously riders have had to pass the theory test and an on-road test only. The new examination includes slow moving exercises, riding in a curve at 30kmh (19mph) and an ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 17 December 2008

2009 Honda Fireblade ABS - First official pictures

The flagship Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade becomes the first superbike to get ABS in 2009 and comes in a range of new colours. Video: 2008 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade launch test The optional anti-lock brakes have been designed specifically for fast track riding. Honda claims that in tests of the anti-lock version against expert riders on non-ABS Blades, the experts needed several attempts before ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 05 September 2008

2009 Honda CBR600RR ABS - First official pictures

Honda has released the full details and pictures for the revised 2009 Honda CBR600RR ABS. The main news is the addition of Electronically-Controlled Combined ABS – an all-new ABS system using electronic control to not only regulate brake pressure to prevent wheels locking, but also to spread braking force between front and rear brakes to give optimum stopping. Video: Honda's ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 05 September 2008

Staff blog: A lecture from the rozzers

You might think your licence would be safe on a scooter but I’ve already been in trouble with the rozzers a week after picking mine up.   The Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS Executive has two automatic modes: Drive and Power. The latter is surprisingly, addictively brisk.   Pulling out of a petrol station on the way to work yesterday morning, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 08 May 2013

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