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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 →

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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 →

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Video: KTM 1290 Super Adventure R | Review in Peru

This wasn’t just a press launch. KTM’s 1290 Super Adventure R gig in Peru was also a deeply rewarding challenge. Riding 200km in a desert on Dakar terrain, aboard a 160bhp, 240+kg adventure behemoth in 40-degree heat sounds like a job best left for Sam Sunderland, not some balding thirty-something with mild obesity.   160bhp let loose in a desert… Read more →

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Yamaha MT-10 SP Review

With the exception of Fatima Whitbread, brutal has never been associated with beautiful: a motto perfectly suited to Yamaha’s MT-10. An ingenious concoction of R1-derived sportiness and sheer naked lunacy has given us way more to cogitate than its Johnny Five aesthetics, proving that beauty isn’t purely skin deep. The daddy of the MT range hasn’t sold as well as… Read more →

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Ducati SuperSport Review

Hours after spanking the 2017 Triumph Street Triple RS in Barcelona, some of us were on a Vueling flight from BCN to Seville for the press launch of Ducati’s SuperSport. I wouldn’t recommend Vueling to your worst enemy – always late, filthy planes, making Ryanair seem like a trip to business class – although I would recommend the Ducati SuperSport.… Read more →

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2017 Triumph Street Triple RS Review

Head down, gut nestling the tank, needle canoodling the limiter at 145mph before braking for Catalunya’s turn one, I could well have been racing a pukka supersport weapon. But I wasn’t. I was riding the 2017 Triumph Street Triple RS, and it was dishing out some unbelievable tekkers.   Hinckley’s flagship model has sold over 50,000 units since its inception… Read more →

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Yamaha XSR900 Abarth: Online Reservation

Launched at the EICMA show in Milan last year, the Yamaha XSR 900 Abarth – like so many bikes unveiled at the motorised über cattle market – didn’t get the attention it deserved at the time amidst a quagmire of fresh releases. The café racer is stuck in between another modern retro and a unique styling exercise, with Yamaha ably… Read more →

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All-new 2017 Triumph Street Triple

After weeks of teasing and game-changing assurances, Triumph has finally unveiled its 765cc naked roadster at another swanky shindig in London. It may look damn similar, but the 2017 Triumph Street Triple comes laden with prerequisite gizmos, fresh technology and components of splendour, which should take the ST back to the top of the middleweight pyramid.   I’ve always maintained that… Read more →