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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...

Get out of that!

Get out of that!

OK, all you need to do is ride over this lot…

Clarion Suzuki GSX-R750 XR09 Superbike

Clarion Suzuki GSX-R750 XR09 Superbike

RIDER: John CrawfordPOWER: Over 165bhp@14,000rpmDRY WEIGHT: 162kgTOP SPEED: 190mphRESULTS:Donington Park: 3rd and 3rd Silverstone: 3rd and 5thSnetterton: 7th and 7thOulton Park: DNF and 4th

Long term test on the Yamaha Tmax

Long term test on the Yamaha Tmax

Sometimes, the strangest combinations actually go together remarkably well. When I was a kid, my favourite teatime snack was peanut butter and jam sandwiches. Other children would curl their lips with...

More for the TT fans

More for the TT fans

They might call the 250 race the Lightweight, but it's a race for the real heavyweights of The Island.

Supersport Clarion Suzuki GSX-R600

RIDER: Karl HarrisPOWER: Over 120bhp@14,200rpmDRY WEIGHT: 167kgTOP SPEED: 175mphRESULTS: Donington Park: DNFSilverstone: 3rdSnetterton: 6thOulton Park: 3rd

Four Clarion Suzukis ridden and rated

Four Clarion Suzukis ridden and rated

This year Suzuki has done the triple with its 600, 750 and 1000. All three are the best bikes in their class. Best meaning the most-focussed, lightest and most powerful bikes in their respective...

Junior Superstock Clarion Suzuki GSX-R600

Junior Superstock Clarion Suzuki GSX-R600

RIDER: James HutchinsPOWER: Over 105bhp@13,800rpmDRY WEIGHT: 170kgTOP SPEED: 165mphRESULTS: Donington Park: 2ndSilverstone: InjuredSnetterton: InjuredOulton Park: Injured

Kicking up dust

Kicking up dust

You don't need to ride THAT close to the kerbs, John!

What happened next?

What happened next?

The bright lights of indoor arena trials shine again

Superstock Clarion Suzuki GSX-R1000

Superstock Clarion Suzuki GSX-R1000

RIDER: John CrockfordPOWER: Over 155bhp@12,400rpmDRY WEIGHT: 175kgTOP SPEED: 190mphRESULTS: Donington Park: 5thSilverstone: DNFSnetterton: DNFOulton Park: 7th

First pictures of Road Star Warrior

First pictures of Road Star Warrior

Yamaha’s new XV1700 Road Star Warrior is unveiled today, boasting sports bike technology and cruiser styling.The Warrior’s engine is pure cruiser. Based on the XV1600 Wild Star’s 48 degree air-cooled...

German and British firms consider link to buy TL engines

German and British firms consider link to buy TL engines

GERMAN firm Sachs and British company CCM are in talks aimed at teaming up to buy Suzuki TL V-twin engines.CCM refuses to confirm it, but an insider at Sachs said: " It helps if we work...

Out and about: Hunstanton

Out and about: Hunstanton

Hunstanton hands over a prime parking spot to motorcycles, close to the bandstand and nestled between amusement arcades and cafes.There are some good routes to it to be found if you scour your map of...

The view from the mudguard…

The view from the mudguard…

The TT might not be on for the racers, but we can still marvel at what they do.

Long term test: Life with an FJR

Long term test: Life with an FJR

I had said farewell to my ZX-12R in mid-December. It was mid-May before I finally got my hands on the FJR. I hadn't even ridden a push bike in the intervening time. You will therefore understand my...

The advantages of lightweight wheels

WHERE do you start when you want to modify your bike? A bit of engine tuning first, maybe upgrade the brakes to suit the improved performance and as it goes along add rear sets and finish off with a spangly new paint job. But would you add lightweight wheels?For most of us, light wheels are something of a luxury item. They cost a fortune, admittedly look good but surely they can’t make that much...