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Come on Chris, it’s only a laugh

Come on Chris, it’s only a laugh

IF we’re all absolutely honest with ourselves, we’ve all watched a British superbike race and thought: " I could do that with the right bike and a bit of practice. " Chances are you’ve...

Not missing anything

Not missing anything

THERE are some things in life which just don’t make sense. A bee shouldn’t be able to fly because its wings are too small. Peter Stringfellow should not be able to pull nubile young women. And a...

Just make the whole thing out of carbon...

Just make the whole thing out of carbon...

IF there’s one material everyone wants it’s carbon-fibre. Thousands of us deck out our machines with carbon fairings, huggers and even stick-on bits to stop the key scratching the dash. Some people go...

Why everyone is mad for Screamers

Why everyone is mad for Screamers

HONDA’S new GP 500 rider Loris Capirossi said in last week’s MCN he opted for a Screamer engine because it was easier on tyres. Traditionally, it’s the Big Bang engine Mick Doohan started using in...

Just like you, it has grown up

Just like you, it has grown up

THE brutal lines of the GS12000SS hark back to the days when bikes were all about wobbling around corners and laying down horsepower on the straights.We’ve already had 1970s retros such as the Zephyr...

More than just a length of plumbing with a can on the end

More than just a length of plumbing with a can on the end

LOOK at any four-cylinder sports bike and you’ve got four lengths of pipe and a big can at the end to keep things quiet. There you go, one exhaust, job done... well, not quite.Bung any old set of...

Just another R1? Er, no actually

Just another R1? Er, no actually

WHAT’S in a name? Plenty, actually. And in certain cases lots of cred, respect and prestige. Do a bit of serious name-dropping and your rank can be instantly elevated. Certain names are real status...

Tyres: Moulded around the way you ride

Tyres: Moulded around the way you ride

FOR things which started life dripping out of a tree in some distant, tropical rainforest, tyres have achieved a pretty significant role in all our lives. We all moan when they burst, we all moan when...

Why it’s worth shelling out on a shock

Why it’s worth shelling out on a shock

IF you’re going to make any improvements to your bike, chances are the first things on your list are an aftermarket exhaust, Dynojet kit and K&N filter. These will sharpen the throttle response,...

Come on Cavalier man, make my day!

Come on Cavalier man, make my day!

I’M sat at the side of the road with a radar gun in my hand, pointing it directly at anyone who dares to break the limit. At my side is Pc Chris Pulfrey, a police rider for the past 20 years and a...

So it’s back to the drawing board, then?

So it’s back to the drawing board, then?

FOR every brilliant new invention to reach bike showrooms, there are hundreds which never go into production and are destined instead to remain unfathomable drawings filed away at the patent office...

The father of modern sports bikes

The father of modern sports bikes

THERE is one man among Honda’s team at the all-important launch of the FireBlade for whom the bowing goes on longer and deeper than any other. When any Japanese technician goes near him they speak in...

Stop and think about your brakes

Stop and think about your brakes

THE biking moments most likely to stick in your mind more vividly than any other probably don’t involve hundreds of horsepower, or blue lights in the mirror. The ones that really stay with you are...