July

Mighty Dot security markings to arrive in the UK

PEOPLE have been marking their territory for millions of years. Fortunately, things have moved on a bit since the days of dried dung piles, and the latest marking techniques are much more advanced. Security systems such as Datatag, Alphadot and Smartwater have cut thefts and reduced the cost of insurance. And now there’s a new name entering the fray – that of Mighty Dot. It uses a spray to apply...

Ducati to launch Hodgson rep 996

Ducati to launch Hodgson rep 996

WSB star Neil Hodgson is having a limited edition Ducati 996 made in his honour. Hodgson, a hot tip for success at the Brands Hatch WSB round on July29, rides a 996S in the championship. Unlike either...

Video: The FireBlade to take on the TT

Video: The FireBlade to take on the TT

This was the FireBlade Honda had built specially for the TT. Desperate to claw back ground against the Yamahas and hold off the threat from Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 this 180bhp stunner weighs as little as a...

Bring on the bends

Bring on the bends

Iain Duffus shows us the lines on the Isle of Man’s famous TT circuit

168mph… on skates!

168mph… on skates!

WHILE you’d expect a FireBlade to hit 168mph, you’d have to look twice if a bloke on Rollerblades came past at that speed. But that’s exactly what German Dirk Auer managed – with a little help from...

More help to beat thieving scum

More help to beat thieving scum

IF your bike ever gets nicked, the first reaction is often to tell as many people as possible, so they can keep an eye out for you. And now the ACU, British bikesport’s governing body, is providing a...

Twisting through town

Twisting through town

Where in the world could you expect to ride like this through town and get away with it? Yup, it’s the Isle of Man during the TT.

18 seconds

18 seconds

WRONG! Try again shameful loser!

58 seconds

58 seconds

WRONG! Try again shameful loser!

Send us your Brands snaps and win a WSB video

Send us your Brands snaps and win a WSB video

We’ve got 10 copies of The History of the Word Superbike Championship video to give away. All you have to do is send us your pictures from Brands Hatch World Superbikes, and the ones voted the best,...

Want some advice? Take your own drinks to Brands!

Want some advice? Take your own drinks to Brands!

SUPERMARKET giant Sainsbury’s may have come up trumps with a temporary marquee-cum-store on-site at Brands Hatch, but that doesn’t mean there will be unlimited supplies of drink and food tomorrow – so...

British bike land speed record goes… and we've got video

British bike land speed record goes… and we've got video

THE British motorcycle land speed record has been shattered after Jarrod ” Jack ” Frost ran his turbo Suzuki Hayabusa through the timing lights at an average of 222.19 mph. The record was broken at...

Spare a thought for the fans who CAN'T watch the racing

Spare a thought for the fans who CAN'T watch the racing

WHILE the excitement of Superpole engulfs the circuit, there are some people who just can’t afford to stop and watch the stars in action… like the police making sure thieves don’t take advantage of...

Ducati Monster M620ie first test

Ducati Monster M620ie first test

HAS there ever been a bike that deserves its name less than the middleweight of the Monster family? Far from being ” grotesque ” or ” gigantic ” , which is how the dictionary defines the word, the...

Donington loses out to Silverstone in 2002 WSB

Donington loses out to Silverstone in 2002 WSB

DONINGTON PARK, the venue for the inaugural World Superbike event back in 1988 and host to a yearly round of the series ever since, has lost its place on the series’ calendar to rival track...

The fans and what they love – and hate – about Brands

The fans and what they love – and hate – about Brands

THE sun is shining and the crowds are sweating and with the second qualifying session over, we follow the crowds back to the campsite, for all the world a mass Spanish siesta as every man, woman and...

28 seconds

28 seconds

WELL DONE! You’ve correctly guessed that wheezy John-san had only enough puff for 28 seconds! You win! Click on the link on the right to see his shameful effort.

First test of CCM’s R30

First test of CCM’s R30

The new CCM R30 draws more head-turning glances than Jordan in a moist T-shirt. To the clean-slated mind of your average non-biking man on the street, the new CCM appears to be a great-looking...

Too sexy for my scooter

Too sexy for my scooter

WITH their classic design and distinctive looks no one could ever accuse Vespas of being visually boring. But just in case they fail to catch the eye of the beautiful people in the West End, you will...

Infra-red movement sensor

Infra-red movement sensor

Despite living in an area of Norwich with low levels of crime, Peter Jenks’ insurance company insisted he garaged his Triumph Bonneville, installed immobilisers and secured it with a lock. Hoping it...

Trench and fishing wire trap

Trench and fishing wire trap

When a thief visits in the small hours, the last thing he expects is a 7ft-deep trench. But that’s exactly what he’ll find if he tries getting his hands on Mark D’s bike. After losing two bikes in as...

You CAN beat the bike thieves

You CAN beat the bike thieves

Bike thieves. Got any sympathy for them? Thought not. You’re going to enjoy this then. Follow the link ” How far would you go to protect your bike ” and you’ll enter a world of great ideas to...

Round the world by Africa Twin

Round the world by Africa Twin

THERE are two essential items for anyone thinking of travelling the world on a bike. Not Swiss Army knives or malaria pills, not a compass or a 32-piece socket set, not even a get out of jail free...

What to take

What to take

SO what exactly is involved in riding around the world? We asked Duncan Goose to give us the survivor’s guide to global motorcycle travel. ” Rule number one is travel light. Taking things you think...

CCM’s new road-focused single

CCM’s new road-focused single

CCM’s R30 comes with the kind of creature comforts that the British firm hopes will attract a wider audience. It’s got a rev-counter, cush-drive, alloy wheels and even a fully-painted pearlescent...

Place your bets…now!

Place your bets…now!

He’s an ultra fit athlete who trains hard and is in peak physical condition. BUT how long can British Supersport rider John McGuinness hold his breath? 18 seconds, 28 seconds or 58 seconds?...

250 turn out for RiDER Power

250 turn out for RiDER Power

Is this the moment when 250 people wished they’d brought their waterproofs with them? The assembled crowd of 250 riders and their bikes came together to help out with the latest RiDER Power survey,...

Save £100 more than ever on new bikes

Save £100 more than ever on new bikes

If you thought Carnell-City’s Real Prices were good, you ain’t seen nothing yet! From today, on selected new bikes you’ll want to own, we’ve been able to take even more off the already cut-to-the-bone...

Coates and wife set new speed record

Coates and wife set new speed record

Dave Coates and his missus, the very brave Sandra, have just set a new two-up speed record of 146mph…while facing backwards. The rear-facing duo were riding a Yamaha R1. Coates said he was a bit...

The evolution of the Ducati 996 engine

The evolution of the Ducati 996 engine

If ever an engine proved worthy of evolutionary development instead of replacing it with a new design it has to be the Ducati 996 motor. The eight-valve, liquid-cooled V-twin which has dominated World...

Engine block

IF you live in rented accommodation, then a secure garage or a ground anchor might not be an option. Short of taking your bike to bed with you, what you need is something heavy to attach it to. After a bit of lateral thinking, Nigel O’Sullivan came up with the ideal solution – a stripped-down engine block. He said: " They’re bloody heavy and a bit of a bugger to get home, but once they’re in...

Cool Britannia… but only in Japan

Cool Britannia… but only in Japan

THE JAPANESE infatuation with old British bikes will lead to the introduction of the new Honda GB400RS next year. Our artist’s impression shows the bike is based on the current CL400 – a low-cost...

Desperate and dodgy

Bike thieves are the scum of the earth, right? So who cares if they get a bit hurt while they’ve got their filthy paws on your property, as long as they go back to their hovels empty-handed and your bike stays in the garage? Well, the law, for one. Don’t use any of these methods lightly…

High-voltage shed

High-voltage shed

Ken D gave his local bike thief the shock of his life with his very effective but highly illegal invention – the electric shed. Angry at having his previous bike nicked, Ken vowed never to let it...

First test on Suzuki’s new Volusia

First test on Suzuki’s new Volusia

Look closely at this bike and you’ll see Suzuki has kept the familiar Intruder name, and bolted on the ” Volusia ” tag to mark this new but even more traditional style. It’s named after Volusia...

Watch this video… and see if you can do better

Watch this video… and see if you can do better

Kungfoobob and SuperRetard can often be found at the centre of some serious daftness on our Talk Bikes bulletin boards. Now they’ve decided to step up the efforts they make to entertain us with this...