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2017 Triumph TIGER 1200 Press Launch - Almeria Worldwide Copyright: ©Triumph

2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 Review

In isolation, the Triumph Tiger Explorer was an excellent workhorse: comfy, solid with a sexy soundtrack. Against its more modern adventure bike peers, the Trumpet felt like a tired, saggy old granny that lacked some 21st century essentials. Thankfully, there are over 100 changes to the Tiger 1200 for 2018 – not least ditching the ‘Explorer’ tag from its model… Read more →

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2018 Kawasaki ZX-10R SE + Ninja H2 SX

After unveiling the Z900RS at the recent Tokyo Motor Show in, erm, Tokyo, Kawasaki has saved some of its freshest metal for release in Milan – including a supercharged sport-tourer and another addition to the ZX-10R family. The Kawasaki ZX-10R SE (Special Edition) sits alongside the basic ZX-10R and sportier ZX-10RR, and features semi-active suspension, unique 7-spoke forged Marchesinis and… Read more →

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2018 KTM 790 Duke

Remember last year’s EICMA? And KTM stealing the show with its 790 prototype? Well, say hello to the mass-produced puppy. Although the production bike looks nothing like last year’s showstopper, this all-new 2018 KTM 790 Duke still looks like a mini Beast. With the middleweight class growing rapidly, KTM has chucked some serious effort into making the ultimate road scalpel.… Read more →

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Ducati Panigale V4 Unveiled

Months after unveiling the Desmosedici Stradale engine, the wraps have officially come of the entire Ducati Panigale V4 in Milan. Or should I say V4s as, unsurprisingly, there are three of the beautiful buggers up for grabs, brimming with the latest Gucci technology: the base model Panigale V4, the S version, and a limited-edition ‘Speciale’ that’s clearly aimed at affluent… Read more →

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MV Agusta RVS #1

During ambiguous times for the Varese factory, MV Agusta has unveiled its latest eccentric creation: the RVS #1, which is the first bike from a brand within a brand. RVS is Reparto Veicoli Speciali – Special Vehicles Department to you and I – and low volume, high-end exotica is something that Giovanni Castiglioni suggested would be the future of MV… Read more →

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2018 Husqvarna FS 450

It’s a shame that supermoto, in the UK, is about as loved as syphilis, but that hasn’t stopped Husqvarna releasing details of the heavily revised 2018 FS 450. This is a full-fat, thoroughbred supermoto intended for competition use (there’s no road version), brimming with gadgets and fancy components.      It looks downright badass. The sort of bike we’d use for… Read more →

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2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R: Track Edition

Apologies for the lack of content recently. You should, by now, have realised we’ve been submersed in trackday organisation, our exclusive Summer Holiday festival at Parcmotor where we entertained 40 lucky bastards in glorious Spanish sunshine. More on the event itself another time… Baron was hell-bent on spanking his R1M at Parcmotor, which meant only one bike to blag from… Read more →

Zero Motorcycles

2017 Zero SR Review | First Ride

Es are good. Unlike The Shamen’s 1992 smash hit, I’m not claiming ecstasy pills are good. No, I’m talking electric bikes, having recently sampled Zero’s SR at a cosy little press gathering in Surrey. Celebrating 11 years of existence and a resurgence in the UK with new dealers, Zero has gone from making flimsy off-road e-bikes to offering a fleet… Read more →

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BMW HP4 Race becomes reality…

After unveiling a naughty prototype teaser at the end of last year, BMW has finally made the HP4 Race a reality with a launch at the Auto Shanghai show in China. The all-carbon circuit specialist uses a carbon frame (weighing just 7.8kg) and wheels, and weighs just 171kg fully fuelled – which is lighter than any WSBK machine and not… Read more →

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Video: 2017 Yamaha R6 Review

There’s nowt like spanking a screaming supersports weapon in the Spanish sunshine, which is exactly what we did during the 2017 Yamaha R6 press launch at Almeria. 17 years after the original release, the class stalwart gets humble yet effective updates for this season, including bastard Euro4 compliancy and some far sexier chassis tweaks.   We tried to seamlessly encompass… Read more →

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2017 Yamaha R6 Review | First Ride

My head is buried in the R6’s new dash; I’m almost chewing on the needle as it flirts with the redline. Every limb contorted behind its fresh fairings in a desperate attempt to maximise straight-line speed. My wrists are aching from wanking pinning the throttle and Almeria’s relentless nature shows no mercy. But I’m also riding one of the sexiest… Read more →

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Video: KTM 1290 Super Adventure S vs 1090 Adventure

Another week, another launch, and this time it’s the turn of Baron von Tumble to offer musings on KTM’s 1290 Super Adventure S and 1090 Adventure. Hopefully by now you will have clocked the 1290 R in Peru, and its sister model is more of an everyday, techno-laden Tarmac terrorist complete with semi-active suspension and luxuries such as cruise control,… Read more →