Bike news

Mad motocross

Mad motocross

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

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...

Muck spreaders

Muck spreaders

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

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…

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...

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.

Under starters orders…

Under starters orders…

The dash from the tape at the Motocross Des Nations

Mud in your eye

Mud in your eye

Some serious soil disturbance from the Motocross Des Nations

First test reveals Yamaha Bulldog is built for cruising

First test reveals Yamaha Bulldog is built for cruising

LATEST UPDATE: 5PM, JUNE 29 Yamaha’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...

Eat dirt

Eat dirt

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

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: ” Deffo...

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...

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...

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

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

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...

Water way to go

Water way to go

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

Junior Superstock Clarion Suzuki GSX-R600

Junior Superstock Clarion Suzuki GSX-R600

RIDER: James Hutchins POWER: Over 105bhp@13,800rpm DRY WEIGHT: 170kg TOP SPEED: 165mph RESULTS: Donington Park: 2nd Silverstone: Injured Snetterton: Injured Oulton Park: Injured

Supersport Clarion Suzuki GSX-R600

RIDER: Karl Harris POWER: Over 120bhp@14,200rpm DRY WEIGHT: 167kg TOP SPEED: 175mph RESULTS: Donington Park: DNF Silverstone: 3rd Snetterton: 6th Oulton Park: 3rd

Superstock Clarion Suzuki GSX-R1000

Superstock Clarion Suzuki GSX-R1000

RIDER: John Crockford POWER: Over 155bhp@12,400rpm DRY WEIGHT: 175kg TOP SPEED: 190mph RESULTS: Donington Park: 5th Silverstone: DNF Snetterton: DNF Oulton 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...

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...

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 together.

What happened next?

What happened next?

The bright lights of indoor arena trials shine again

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.

Kicking up dust

Kicking up dust

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

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...

Get out of that!

Get out of that!

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

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...