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Video: Ducati 1299 Superleggera Review

When someone offers you a spin on the hottest superbike of 2017 – one that costs over £70k and is already sold-out – you don’t say no. Bragging 215bhp, an extensive electronics suite, and weighing just over 150kg, Ducati’s 1299 Superleggera is an engineering masterpiece. Not to mention serious mechaphilia fodder. We missed the über exclusive press test at Mugello… 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 →

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Video: 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000R v BMW S 1000 RR

Like it or not, BMW’s S 1000 RR has been the benchmark superbike since its inception in 2009. Not only was it the original electronics instigator, the S Thou’ ended Japanese domination and has consistently outsold every other model in the litre class. BMW made no secret of basing the original RR on Suzuki’s GSX-R1000. Ironically, Suzuki has been in… 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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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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Video: Yamaha MT-10 SP Review

In recent years, press launches have slowly found a consistent home in Spain, so it was nice taking a long-haul flight to sample Yamaha’s MT-10 SP. Home of some of the world’s sexiest roads and backdrops, Cape Town hosted the updated Öhlins-infested MT and a bonus chance for a spin on the ‘Tourer’ edition. Just how do you make the… 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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Video: Triumph Street Cup + Scrambler Review

Triumph is currently in a pretty decent state of affairs, claiming number one ‘big-bike’ brand in the UK and having the luxury of its modern retro steeds selling themselves for fun. There’s also a fresh wave of performance-enhancing roadsters emerging, led by the new Street Triple 765. And, having commandeered the Moto2 engine supplier’s role, even racing is creeping back… Read more →

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Video: Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled Review

Meet our new mate, Des. Launched in the Sierra Nevada desert in Spain, Ducati’s latest addition to the Scrambler range could well be the best derivative yet, despite Bologna engineers injecting additional off-road genes into the Desert Sled. And the fact it looks like an old Yamaha XT is an added bonus. The Desert Sled isn’t just a Scrambler with… Read more →

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Triumph Bonneville Bobber Review

I suppose I could compare Triumph’s Bonneville Bobber to mushrooms. Not those naughty magic ones, just simple everyday mushrooms that provide unconditional taste sensations to billions of people around the world. Having spent years neglecting ‘shrooms through a bizarre trepidation, I eventually sampled the blighters well into my 20s and was stunned by their taste, humble yet handsome flavour and… Read more →

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Video: Triumph Bonneville T100 Review

Fresh from an overhaul for 2017, Triumph’s Bonneville T100 was treated to a mini UK press launch in Hinckley and I spent the day freezing my knackers off in the Leicestershire countryside. At least I looked cool. It’s a bike that delivers just as much at 10mph as it does at 80mph, which encompasses the mantra for this very sector:… Read more →

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Video: Scrambler Sixty2 Launch – EP02

Apologies for the radio silence. We’ve been embroiled in a super-hectic fortnight of hedonism, stag sessions, and circumnavigating the globe. Well, Austria and other morsels of western Europe to be precise. But fear not, as we’re back in full 44Turbo mode with the second episode of the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 launch in Barcelona. You may recall last time when we… Read more →