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Staff Blog: I bet it won’t go off-road…

Whether I’m picking up a curry on a Saturday night, filling up with petrol somewhere, or answering calls from readers who are thinking of buying one (or never buying one) – I’m regularly bombarded by the sure assertion that the R1200GS must be rubbish when the Tarmac gives way to the soft stuff. It’s a slightly odd assertion considering the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 19 June 2013

Michelin v Pirelli

I’ve spent this week getting to know the new Pirelli Angel GT tyres I fitted on Monday. I’ve been using my bike for commuting to work and the other day I rode the 320-mile round trip down to Ramsgate and back to see my brother Ben. We took a couple of days off and did a car trackday at the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 14 June 2013

Staff blog: In defence of the Burgman, pt 1

I’m experiencing mild frustration at some of the preconceptions I’ve encountered about the Burgman. If you’ve read my replies to reader comments under my previous blog entries, you may have detected a hint of defensiveness.   Although I’m really enjoying using the Burgman, for example, people keep telling me to get rid of it. So far five reader comments have ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 13 June 2013

Staff Blog: Please don't kill me

Well that was the scariest, most bum-puckery, head-duckery moment I’ve had since I got back on a bike in the Spring. Casually riding south on the A1, thinking about whether to make one more overtake before reaching the exit that leads to the MCN office. Yes, there’s loads of room to pass a dawdling Audi. Check mirror, indicate, aim just ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 11 June 2013

Staff blog: How much?

I got a shock when I saw the price of new standard rear tyre for the Burgman 650 ABS Executive from a Suzuki dealer: £184 plus £30 for fitting.   The first one has just been replaced during the 4000 mile service, which costs £135. So that’s a total of £349.   I do 800 miles a week commuting to ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • 04 June 2013

Staff blog: A question for readers

I’ve been accused of being over-critical of bikes in the past. A spot of rust after a couple of months and I have a whinge about it in print. “What about the positives?” a manufacturer once complained.  So I’m not going to do that this time. I’m going to report that the Burgman 650 ABS Executive is a fantastic, underestimated ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • 04 June 2013

Staff Blog: Fair-weather rider? I wish

This year I’ve been trying to turn myself into a fair weather rider. Honestly, it’s not me, it’s the bike  - I don’t mind riding in the wet and have done thousands of miles in the rain over the years. But the Street Triple R really doesn’t like the wet. The handling doesn’t inspire me to commute the long way ...

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

Staff blog: The myth of the Burgman's small tank

I've established the Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS Executive has a much longer tank range than it’s credited with.   Some reports have estimated it at 150 miles, probably because the fuel warning starts flashing at about 130. In fact you’ve got a bar left on the gauge and at least 40 miles in the tank at that point.   There’s ...

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

Cadwell Park – Still learning

Not only has the weather this year tested the patience of the nation, it has buggered-up any opportunity to test properly.Bemsee provide a whole day’s testing on the Friday before a meeting, but this year it’s mainly rained. We did have a sunny Friday at Brands last month, but we were on the Indy circuit and the race was on ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • Club racing
  • 30 August 2012

Isle of Man TT blog: McGuinness throws the gauntlet down

So there I was, sat in my hotel room at around 10 yesterday morning crashing out the MCN back page bits and bobs from Snetterton BSB. We’d just jetted into Ronaldsway from Birmingham (always sounds better if you adopt a sweet home Alabama accent). Okay, our bags were still back on the mainland thanks to a conveyor belt malfunction that ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • TT & road races
  • 29 May 2012

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