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Yamaha YZF-R125 quick ride

Andy Davidson, 20 June 2014 09:30

Yamaha knows how to play the 125cc field. Since the launch of the YZF-R125 in ’08, the firm has sold over 45,000 machines and the sports bike remains a best seller to this day. The revamped 2014 YZF-R125’s main changes are sturdier USD forks and quality brakes. The difference is certainly noticeable as the refreshed model can take a heavier ...

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Yamaha MT-125 first ride

Andy Davidson, 19 June 2014 14:04

The new Yamaha MT-125 marks the third arrival in the MT family. The single-cylinder is technically a naked version of Yamaha’s refreshed-for-2014 YZF-R125 except with an upright riding position and street fighter design, taking its styling cues from its MT-09 and 07 siblings. So we have an already great bike, peppered with upgraded components, for less money than the faired ...

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Can anyone stop Shane Byrne?

Andy Davidson, 19 June 2014 13:14

Three time BSB champion Shane Byrne has won five of the first six races. Can anyone stop him?

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Would you buy a new Hesketh 24?

Andy Davidson, 19 June 2014 12:57

Famous British bike name Hesketh has returned with an all-new £35,000 bike – a limited – edition special dubbed ‘24’. Would you consider buying one?

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Great roads on the cheap

Andy Davidson, 13 June 2014 12:13

We all dream of long, empty mountain passes in foreign countries – of the sun on our backs, winding roads and a cool beer at the end of the day – yet many of us are put off by the cost of an adventure in Europe. The reality is you don’t need specialist touring luggage, kit or an investment banker’s ...

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Go off-road for £25

Andy Davidson, 25 April 2014 14:36

The Motorcycle Industry Association and leading manufacturers are again joining forces to offer another off-road experience day. A four-day mini ‘try out’ festival will be held in Bevercotes, Nottinghamshire from June 20 to 23 for novice off-roaders. Major firms such as Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha will attend with their latest bikes, gear and instructors. Places for either a ...

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BMW looking for three riders to compete in the GS Trophy

Andy Davidson, 25 March 2014 16:55

BMW is inviting British riders to compete for three places in Team UK for the 2014 GS Trophy final in Canada. The UK qualifier will be held over the Bank Holiday weekend May 25-26 and takes place in South Wales at BMW’s Off-Road Skills School. Riders will compete in navigation challenges on a road loop on their own bike, while ...

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UK charity rally

Andy Davidson, 24 March 2014 10:24

The Adventure Ashram charity is calling for riders to join its UK Car and Bike Rally from May 17-18 in support of health projects in India. The rally aims to attract 100 riders for the weekend ride and donations will be made to health and education projects in India. Adventure Ashram Project Manager Fritha Vincent said: “We are an adventurer’s ...

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Ducati charity challenge

Andy Davidson, 07 March 2014 10:44

Ian Wood will be riding solo from John O’Groats to Land’s End on his 1979 Ducati 900 GTS for Dementia UK. Ian from Northamptonshire will leave Jack’s Hill Café, Towcester on April 17 and ride up to Scotland’s most northern point, back down to Land’s End and then back to Towcester. The 1800-mile trip is equivalent to two end-to-end journeys. ...

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Harley-Davidson recall

Andy Davidson, 21 October 2013 15:20

Harley-Davidson is recalling nearly 30,000 motorcycles over a potential clutch fault. The recalls affect over 25,000 touring motorcycles and nearly 4,000 Softails and Trikes built between May 3 and October 14 2013. The Milwaukee firm state that motorcycles fitted with a hydraulic clutch system may “Pose a safety issue for riders and/or passengers. Some of these motorcycles may exhibit a ...

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