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2017 Yamaha MT-09 Review

Working weekends is sometimes acceptable, particularly when it involves pulling mahoosive wheelies and shredding rubber in sunnier climes, and post-ride Spanish-spec G&Ts. You know, the goldfish bowls? As the front wheel returned from Earth’s troposphere for the umpteenth time that day, the 2017 Yamaha MT-09 convinced me this notion is entirely correct. Is this the ultimate roadster? If Yamaha’s MT… Read more →

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Video: R1 v ZX-10R – 44Tour Episode 01

There isn’t a better, more thorough method of testing sportsbikes than riding 1000 European road miles in every possible condition followed by two days of balls-deep circuit appraisal – garnished with mates for the full flavour. Here’s the first episode of our eagerly anticipated Yamaha R1 v Kawasaki ZX-10R: several hundred miles from the UK to Limoges ruined by torrential… Read more →

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2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Review

“How is handling compromised while nursing an erection,” was probably the finest pre-ride enquiry regarding the 2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800. MV’s stalwart naked of 15 years has undergone a hefty set of engine and chassis revisions in 800cc form, plus obeying to bastard Euro4 emission regs – all whilst retaining those irresistible Latin lines. When a manufacturer declares various… Read more →

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Video: Ducati 959 Panigale Takeover

We’ve managed to get our grubby mitts on one of the first Ducati 959 Panigales to make it to the UK. Bologna’s revised hyper middleweight – not surprisingly – seriously impressed during the circuit-based launch in Valencia, although UK roads offer a very different set of challenges/dead badgers, especially with current conditions.  Baron won the fabled soggy biscuit contest, so… Read more →

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Video: Ducati 1299 Panigale v Yamaha R1

From 125cc learner bikes to 125mph-in-second-gear steeds, the latest edition of our 44Tea chat reviews features the beauty and the beast: Ducati’s 1299 Panigale versus the all-new Yamaha R1. You’ve probably already heard how fantastical they are on the track, chasing tenths against the stopwatch? Well, in this video we’re talking everyday vibes and usability, and how they behave on… Read more →

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2015 Yamaha R1 v Ducati 1299 Panigale

They don’t come much meaner (or redder) than this pairing. Our pick of 2015 – Ducati’s 1299 Panigale and the all-new Yamaha R1 – have been engrossed in a 44T style head-to-head skirmish over the past few weeks and the results stunned us. I never thought I’d say this, ever, but Ducati has built a better sportsbike for the road… Read more →