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You vote new Gilera 600 a gorgeous hit

You vote new Gilera 600 a gorgeous hit

UPDATED WITH EXTRA PICTURES 2.45PM, JUNE 28You’ve been mesmerised by the magic of the new Gilera 600’s looks, if comments in our Talk Bikes section are anything to go by.Rmezza, said: " It’s...

FireBlade-powered Hornet by the end of the year

FireBlade-powered Hornet by the end of the year

Honda will bring us a Blade-powered Hornet later this year. And this drawing is thought to show exactly how it will look.The CB900 Hornet uses a 918cc motor based on the pre-2000 FireBlade, but it has...

First full test on the Bulldog

First full test on the Bulldog

On Friday we heard from Adam Morrissey with his first impressions on the new Yamaha Bulldog. Now after some reflection and consideration, here’s his verdict on the first bike Yamaha has both designed...

Designed and built outside Japan

THE Bulldog, or BT1100, claims to address a change in the market. The bike is the first Yamaha to be both designed and built outside of Japan. In true V-twin tradition this is an Italian bike, created by Yamaha’s Italian importer Belgarda. Unlike the UK importer, Belgarda is now a full construction company and key staff have been taken from Japan to oversee quality control in Italy.The engine of...

215bhp Yamaha R1 (190bhp if you’re feeling sensible)

215bhp Yamaha R1 (190bhp if you’re feeling sensible)

The R1 is a machine of extremes… and this is one of the most extreme examples yet.Canadian built, it’ll churn out 215bhp with its turbo boost set to " brain-bust " and a more sedate (ah,...

Eat dirt

Eat dirt

It’s all going to get a bit gnarly out there…

Serious Accidents on the open road:Loss of control, Rider’s fault: 61%, Other’s fault: 5%. Failed to give way, Riders fault: 2%, Other’s fault 36%. Failed to avoid, Rider’s fault: 13%, Other’s fault: 12%. Poor turn/manoeuvre, Rider’s fault: 7%, Other’s fault: 31%. Poor Overtaking, Rider’s fault: 11%, Other’s fault 7%.Total (accidents/percentage). Rider’s fault: 456 (67%), Other’s fault: 227...

Mud in your eye

Mud in your eye

Some serious soil disturbance from the Motocross Des Nations

Flying tonight

Flying tonight

Here’s the first in a series of video clips from the Motocross Des Nations. Prepare to have your breath taken away.

Muck spreaders

Muck spreaders

Every sideways corner throws up more mud from the Des Nations action.

Under starters orders…

Under starters orders…

The dash from the tape at the Motocross Des Nations

How we can prove Mellor wrong

WITHIN days of David Mellor’s comments, the Transport Research Laboratory published a report into the real reason why people are dying in bike crashes.And, Mr Mellor, it’s nothing to do with riders exercising their right to ride on the outside of a queue or getting up your nose by passing your chauffeur-driven motor.The TRL looked into police reports of 717 fatalities which involved a motorcycle –...

Mad motocross

Mad motocross

The Des Nations event always brings out the wildest off-road action

Mellor says riders deserve rising death toll

Mellor says riders deserve rising death toll

Riders who crash while jumping long queues or filtering in traffic are " getting what they deserve " , according to former Cabinet Minister David Mellor. The Tory made the claim in his...

Supersport CBR takes on both road going versions.

Supersport CBR takes on both road going versions.

Honda must inject some kind of sedative into the saddle of CBR600s which enables you to ride exceptionally fast, yet feel extremely relaxed doing it. Either that or it has got the balance of the...

One at a time please

One at a time please

Some corners attract more riders than others…

Mixed reaction to first pictures of 2002 FireBlade

Mixed reaction to first pictures of 2002 FireBlade

Our pictures of the 2002 FireBlade have got everybody talking… and not everyone has been immediately won over by the new look.In postings in our Talk News bulletin board, peterfoley said: "...

First test reveals Yamaha Bulldog is built for cruising

First test reveals Yamaha Bulldog is built for cruising

LATEST UPDATE: 5PM, JUNE 29Yamaha’s new Bulldog may be styled like a Buell or a Ducati Monster, but it’s much more focused on cruising rather than sport.That’s the first impression Adam Morrissey has...

Latest Blade marks 10th anniversary

The original Blade went on sale in March 1992 – almost exactly a decade before the latest version will hit the showrooms. With a 122bhp, 893cc engine mounted in a race-style alloy frame, it had the power of a contemporary litre bike, but at 185kg it was the weight of a 600cc machine.Ever since its launch, the Blade has been subject to regular updates every two years – making the new bike the sixth...

Gilera’s Ice is very cool

Gilera’s Ice is very cool

Italians have a fantastic ability to design bikes that are striking and different. The Ice is just that, totally unique, beautiful – but in a quirky kind of way.The crazy look of the bike is only...

Think this looks easy? You must be dreaming

Think this looks easy? You must be dreaming

It’s not a ghost… it’s action from inside the Sheffield Arena.

Insurance underwriter goes into liquidation

Check the small print on your insurance policy, you could be one of as many as 2000 UK riders hit by the financial troubles at Independent Insurance Company Limited.The underwriter is now in the hands of liquidator Pricewaterhouse Cooper.Carole Nash is one of the firm to have used Independent Insurance Company Limited to underwrite motorcycle policies. Check your certificate and it will say who...

Water way to go

Water way to go

Trials is THE bike sport… if you want to make a splash

One way of getting down the stairs

One way of getting down the stairs

Try this at home and you’ll be in the doghouse for weeks

That ain’t Santa Claus

That ain’t Santa Claus

Riding over the rooftops is all in a day’s work for world-class trials riders

1700cc super Harley

1700cc super Harley

This started life as a stock 1450cc FXDX Dyna Super Glide Sport. But it’s been bored out to 1700cc, making it the largest-capacity Harley-Davidson ever officially sold in the UK. It’s a stock 1450cc...

New Guzzi Le Mans ridden and rated

New Guzzi Le Mans ridden and rated

The new Le Mans is no longer a superbike like the one which first bore the name back in 1976. The cynics will see it as a marketing exercise by Aprilia, the new owners of Moto Guzzi’s 80-year-old...

Phoenix rises with Laverda’s name

Phoenix rises with Laverda’s name

LAVERDA’S first new machine since the Aprilia take over is a 150cc scooter designed and built in China by SYM.Aprilia has arranged the deal to sell the re-badged SYM Joyride under the Laverda banner...

Suzuki Intruder Volusia arrives at last

Suzuki Intruder Volusia arrives at last

SUZUKI’S 2001 VL800 Intruder Volusia has finally reached UK showrooms. Named after a biker gathering place in Florida, the Volusia is a traditional, Harley-style cruiser using the well-proven,...

New Ducati to be based on Smart’s Imola winner

New Ducati to be based on Smart’s Imola winner

Ducati has dedicated a production line to building limited edition bikes and the next one will be an MH900E-based bike inspired by Paul Smart’s 1972 Imola 200-winning machine.Ducati originally...

Varadero and FireStorm to get fuel injection

Varadero and FireStorm to get fuel injection

Honda’s Varadero will get fuel injection later this year. The new model’s styling is set to remain unchanged, but the revamped motor should perform a little more efficiently.The move has been prompted...

Update for Suzuki’s SV650

Update for Suzuki’s SV650

The SV650 twin is being updated with the addition of adjustable front suspension.The change is being made in both naked and the faired " S " version. Both already 41mm forks – the...

A very special FireBlade

A very special FireBlade

American race team Erion has an enviable record which has helped them craft a fine range of race products. Put their best together and you get this showcase bike, the Erion Blade.Created by UK...

Trials? Boring? Take another look

Trials? Boring? Take another look

Action from the Sheffield Arena trial last year is likely to change your mind

Riding Britain’s greatest road

Riding Britain’s greatest road

The days of the Roman Empire weren’t just about eating grapes, grappling with virgins and having lots of hot baths. Some of it was about standing guard on the rainswept borders of northern England...

Is time running out for MAG and the BMF?

Is time running out for MAG and the BMF?

PRESSURE groups are there to fight for our rights. They understand the things we care about and the issues that wind us up. That’s the idea, anyway. But a recent demonstration against toll charges at...