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It’s official: Thundercat owners chat most

It’s official: Thundercat owners chat most

There are more postings on our dedicated Yamaha Thundercat board than for any other bike in our Talk Bikes section. Owners of the Yamaha sports all-rounder have notched up 2161 postings. They are...

Lifetime achievement

Lifetime achievement

This Award is named in permanent memory of the late Dave Taylor, a tireless campaigner for motorcycling and bike safety. Previous winners include legends such as John Surtees, Evel Kneivel and Willie...

Wholesaler of the Year

Wholesaler of the Year

Congratulations to Lloyd Lifestyle, which has worked very hard this year to both expand its product range and profile and the level of service it provides to dealers, which is why it is a worthy...

And all without brakes

And all without brakes

Check out the sideways world of speedway.

What’s the 2002 GSX-R750 like?

What’s the 2002 GSX-R750 like?

We’re about to find out what the new GSX-R750 is like with a first test coming soon. But what changes would you have liked Suzuki to have made? What gripes do current owners have that they would like...

Step four: Exhaust

Step four: Exhaust

With after-market cans seemingly appearing on every bike over six weeks old, it depends what type you have, as to how you clean it. Many titanium cans come with cleaning instructions – if it does,...

Step five: Drying:

Step five: Drying:

This is your chance for a coffee break. Letting the bike drip dry for a few moments won’t hurt. Taking it off the centre/paddock stand and putting it on the side stand will help water drain. But you...

Victory’s new Freedom

Victory’s new Freedom

Victory’s latest machines may have conventional looks but there’s nothing old fashioned about the bikes’ technology. For 2002, all Victory’s get a new “Freedom” version of the firm’s 1507cc, SOHC,...

What do you call a scooter with 750cc? A Honda Elysium

What do you call a scooter with 750cc? A Honda Elysium

The litre-class scooter can’t be far away. This is the closest so far, a 750cc flat-four-powered brute with the kind of grunt scooter riders can only usually dream about… and a roof. The Honda Elysium...

What women want

What women want

Chocolate, Robbie Williams and free minutes on their mobiles might be among the top answers you get when you ask most women what they want, but motorcycling women say better-fitting leathers would be...

CB400SS given a taste of the ’60s grid

CB400SS given a taste of the ’60s grid

Honda’s own custom version of its CB400SS has made it a retro to be proud of. The bike has been transformed with aftermarket parts to give it a look like a 1960s GP racer. All the original bodywork –...

MZ Baghira

MZ Baghira

It’s a little known fact that MZ, former manufacturers of everlasting two stroke commuters (and, before that, GP champions) have been making supermotos since 1996. One was the twin headlight Mastiff,...

Machine of the Year (Sports Tourer)

Machine of the Year (Sports Tourer)

And in the last 12 months there have been some fine entrants into this sector to run alongside a few old hands, which it has to be said are still among the most popular bikes in the UK. But the winner...

Directions

Directions

You take a left, then a left, then a left and, oh just keep going until you see the chequered flag.

Yamaha builds a bike to handle like a BMX

Yamaha builds a bike to handle like a BMX

Yamaha’s new Tricker concept bike combines the 223cc SOHC four-stroke single of the new TW225 with an alloy beam frame. Yamaha says the bike was inspired by the X-Games – where BMXs and skateboards...

Why biking is back in fashion

Why biking is back in fashion

When we were kids, bikers were cool. Unless you’re over 50, you didn’t see hippie odyssey Easy Rider when it came out, and you almost certainly weren’t around when outlaw Marlon Brando terrorised...

Machine of the Year (All-rounder)

Machine of the Year (All-rounder)

The winner has taken the term all-rounder and redefined it …it is the Yamaha Fazer 1000. Despite a stiff price that has doubtless turned off many buyers, the Fazer 1000 has still sold well and anyone...

Manufacturer of the Year

Manufacturer of the Year

The bronze award goes to a company that relocated, restructured and plain and simple sold more bikes…Ducati The silver award goes to company that worked hard to reposition itself, offered some...

Grime. Together we’ll crack it

Grime. Together we’ll crack it

Cleanliness is a personal thing. Some reckon they can get by with a quick rub with a wet flannel. Others fell no less than an hour in the shower is sufficient. It’s the same with bikes. You may...

First details of bigger-bore Blade

First details of bigger-bore Blade

Honda’s FireBlade is to get a 1060cc capacity and a far more torque-laden power delivery. The idea is to open up a wider gap in character between the CBR600 and the Blade. The changes to the Blade are...

Step eight: Black trim

Step eight: Black trim

Items like mirrors (well the casing, not the glass), indicator stalks and rear mudguards. Cut a normal sponge into smaller pieces and apply a car bumper care product to the sponge. This will spread...

2001 Ulster GP

2001 Ulster GP

One GP Rossi couldn’t win

XR250 goes supermoto

XR250 goes supermoto

Honda has given its XR250 crosser a supermoto spin and dubbed it the Custom. The bike – revealed at Tokyo – is a one-off to show how customers can transform the XR using readily available parts. In...

Product of the Year (Clothing)

Product of the Year (Clothing)

Congratulations to Thunderchild for spotting the opening in the British market for the Roof range of helmets, epitomised by the Diversion, a helmet which combines unique and stylish looks and great...

Troy Bayliss: in his own words

Rgvm: Congratulations Troy – whats the first thing you said/or will say to Colin Edwards when you lift the trophy? TroyBayliss: Nothing really. I don’t think there’s going to be any gloating. Dazzie: Troy, many congratulations! World Champion – how mental is that?! How does it feel!? TroyBayliss: Well, I just feel the same I did before it all happened really. But I do sort of feel a bit strange. I...

Doing it Hizzy style

Doing it Hizzy style

Ride the Steve Hislop way

The history of four cylinders

The history of four cylinders

Four pistons hurtling up and down at up to 15,000 times a minute. Exhaust screaming. Air intakes howling. Whatever you think of four-cylinder sports bikes, you can’t deny they do their job pretty...

Dealer (Clothing & Accessories)

With a growing network of stores Hein Gericke has taken the clothing retail experience to new heights, epitomised by its Belfast store. And despite some well-publicised problems with its holding company, Hein Gericke in the UK has continued to offer great products in a great environment. So congratulations to Hein Gericke. 1. Hein Gericke, Belfast 2. Biker’s Clearance 3. Harpers

Dealer of the Year (more than one outlet)

Congratulations to George White a dealership chain that proves that you can offer great personal service in a modern retail environment and offer a great range of products. 1. George White 2. Lloyd Cooper 3. Colin Appleyard Shortlisted: Bridge Motorcycles

Step two: Wheels and degreasing:

Step two: Wheels and degreasing:

Your wheels are usually the dirtiest part of your bike. They’re nearest the road so they get road grime, but they also get the worst of chain lube and brake dust. A good spray over with a motorcycle...

CCM R30 Supermoto

CCM R30 Supermoto

The CCM is like one of those deep sea fish that’s all head and teeth – only in this case it’s nearly all engine. The enormous, 20 year-old, aircooled Rotax 600 dominates the R30 from either side. Add...

Funeral procession draws riders from around the country

The funeral for Shire Training Service’s boss Colin Fenton was held on Thursday morning. More than 40 friends and former pupils travelled from around the country to ride in the funeral procession, which took in the Monks Wood stretch of Cambridgeshire B-roads he loved so much. Colin died following a stroke. His advanced riding tips and advice often featured in the motorcycling press and he...

Dealer of the Year (one outlet)

Congratulations to CW Motorcycles, a dealership which our readers tell us really knows how to combine service and excellence with an expert knowledge of the BMWs they sell. On top of that independent surveys consistently put this dealership at, or near, the top, which it is why it is a worthy winner of Bridgestone MCN Dealer of the Year single outlet category. 1. CW Motorcycles 2. Millennium...

Get your foot down

Get your foot down

Knee-sliders? No. Sole sliders? Quite possibly.

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?...

Supermoto test

Supermoto test

There comes a time when every sportsbike rider finds him (or her)self in a hedge, or a court, or even a pawn shop, wondering where it all went wrong. Sound familiar? Of course it does. It’s called...