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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...