July

S’pose I’d best go in the fast group, then

S’pose I’d best go in the fast group, then

THE GSX-R rider nods in the direction of the gleaming red Virgin Mobile R7 as it’s wheeled out of the back of a van in the middle of a bustling paddock.Surprised that such a humble rent-a-van could...

Be prepared to change your mind

Be prepared to change your mind

IT’S good to challenge yourself, to take yourself aside and question your beliefs from time to time. It’s even better if you can do it in glorious sunshine. As I sit reflecting on my newly-shifted...

The queue-jumper

The queue-jumper

THE sweet smell of two-stroke wafted around me as I waited for the lights to turn green on a gridful of impatient, wide-eyed loons. My senses were wound to maximum. The instant I saw green I was ready...

Cars use front-wheel drive – so why don’t bikes?

Cars use front-wheel drive – so why don’t bikes?

Some ways of doing things are so universal that people don’t even think to ask if there’s any other option. Until, on occasion, some lateral-thinking genius comes along, turns convention and accepted...

Somebody pinch me

Somebody pinch me

I’M sitting on a bike I once only dreamed of touching. This seat is usually reserved for genuine racing heroes. Kenny Roberts and his son are among the very few who have graced it.The mid-day...

Prepare for an Indian summer

Prepare for an Indian summer

THE scenario had been acted out many times before. A V-twin Harley-Davidson was locked in combat with a four-cylinder Indian, their riders crouched over the tanks with the throttles at the stop...

Fancy going for a blat, Bazza?

Fancy going for a blat, Bazza?

AS a kid growing up in the ’70s, like many of my peers, I had an Evel Knievel wind-up toy Skycycle, complete with stars and stripes-clad Knievel doll.After about a year of playing at Knievel, I...

Blades: The Gathering

Blades: The Gathering

CULT status is usually accorded to things which aren’t actually that popular. Red Dwarf, for example isn’t anywhere near as big as Neighbours. Honda’s FireBlade is a glaring exception to this...