Motorcycle Road Tests

Jack of all trades ( BMW F 800 GT )

Jack of all trades ( BMW F 800 GT )

BMW’S NEW F 800 GT looks instantly more mature than the sportier F 800 ST. The riding position is clearly better suited to longer journeys, with revised, roomier ergonomics and a saddle that warmly invites you stay onboard to drain the 15-litre tank. I’m not normally a fan of orange, […]

Little gems (Kawasaki Ninja 300 vs Honda CBR500R)

Little gems (Kawasaki Ninja 300 vs Honda CBR500R)

THE EYE-CATCHING lime green Ninja is sharp and detailed. Everything about it whispers ‘mini-sports bike’. The front end has a lower windscreen than its rival here, more angular mirrors neatly integrated into the fairing, and those pointed headlights are equally aggressive. The Honda, on the other hand, has a maturity […]

As is the custom ( 2014 Yamaha XV950R )

As is the custom ( 2014 Yamaha XV950R )

USUALLY it seems like your ‘next bike’ fund is more molehill than mountain and the idea of owning a custom-built bike depends entirely on the next Lotto results. But dream no longer, because Yamaha has come up with a clever solution to let you take the leap: a back-to-basics bike […]

Step outside (Yamaha MT-09)

Step outside (Yamaha MT-09)

YAMAHA has struggled to get the mix quite right for its aggressively-styled MT series of bikes. They’ve just not ticked the boxes they needed to. This is a bit of a problem for Yamaha, and for the last couple of years the company has been looking for that balance between […]

Fine art is fickle (MV Agusta F3 800)

Fine art is fickle (MV Agusta F3 800)

MV AGUSTA is renowned for producing exquisite, expensive and often temperamental motorcycles but that’s all changing with the introduction of a more affordable platform of bikes. The F3 800 may not be the most powerful or expensive motorcycle to come from the Italian manufacturer, but it is still utterly exquisite. […]

Evolution at work (Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive)

Evolution at work (Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive)

AFTER 220 miles of the most fantastic scenery, stunningly quiet roads, mountain views and fabulous riding on board such a well-sorted maxi scooter my whole perception of Suzuki’s flagship scooter has changed. Previously I thought it was only suited to, let’s say, the more mature rider. How wrong could I […]

Long, low and lazy 2013 (Suzuki Intruder C1500T)

Long, low and lazy 2013 (Suzuki Intruder C1500T)

I’M TRYING to ignore it. Maybe it’ll stop bothering me quite so much if I just focus on something else. Nope. Doesn’t work. I’ve been riding Suzuki’s new Intruder C1500T for most of the day now and I still can’t get comfortable. It’s not the riding position, which is laid-back […]

Long, low and lazy (2013 Suzuki Intruder C1500T)

Long, low and lazy (2013 Suzuki Intruder C1500T)

I’M TRYING to ignore it. Maybe it’ll stop bothering me quite so much if I just focus on something else. Nope. Doesn’t work. I’ve been riding Suzuki’s new Intruder C1500T for most of the day now and I still can’t get comfortable. It’s not the riding position, which is laid-back […]

First Ride: 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

First Ride: 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

HARLEY-DAVIDSON is regularly voted one of the coolest brands in the world, but Harley riders have traditionally been something of a breed apart; a sub-culture within the biking community that wouldn’t dream of riding anything else. That sort of loyalty doesn’t come quickly. Harley has spent 110 years building motorbikes […]