Motorcycle Road Tests

Spirit of Adventure (BMW R 1200 GS twin test)

Spirit of Adventure (BMW R 1200 GS twin test)

UNTIL last year the R 1200 GS was fundamentally still the 2004 model, albeit following a few major upgrades. The fact that their globetrotting adventure bike could still cut it in a world where 150-horsepower monsters with different riding modes are almost the norm is testimony to how right BMW […]

The great pretender (LML Star 125 Automatica)

The great pretender (LML Star 125 Automatica)

MADE IN India, styled in Italy and sold in the UK, The LML Star 125 Automatica brings retro scooter styling and an automatic drivetrain together to give the best of both worlds. I’ve ridden traditional geared scooters for over 25 years and as this model is based on the classic […]

READY FOR ANYTHING (Kymco Downtown 125i)

READY FOR ANYTHING (Kymco Downtown 125i)

A 125cc SCOOTER of this size shouldn’t really work as well as it actually does, after all it’s fairly big and should be slow but I was pleasantly surprised at just how good the Downtown 125i was on the road. That’s thanks partly to the engine, which makes the maximum […]

Automatic for the people (Honda VFR1200FD DCT)

Automatic for the people (Honda VFR1200FD DCT)

IN HONDA’S box of acronyms ‘DCT’ stands for Dual Clutch Transmission, which means that it’s just like the ones you get in a lot of cars these days. It might go against the grain for many bikers but sales of automatic two-wheelers are booming. Bikes equipped with DCT can be […]

Easy rider (Honda NSS300 Forza)

Easy rider (Honda NSS300 Forza)

WITH A name meaning strength and power in Italian, Honda first introduced the Forza maxi-scooter in 2000 as a 250cc machine. The new Forza is now powered by the SH300i’s engine, though, making it the king of Honda’s single-cylinder scooters. Its most striking attribute isn’t so much the classy, polished […]

Riding high Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS

Riding high Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS

WHEN IT was first launched in 2001, the Caponord was a ‘street enduro’ bike, capable of racking up serious mileage to the northernmost point in Europe – hence it being named after that precise location. After retiring the bike from the line up in 2008, Aprilia has now introduced the […]

Small bike, big smiles (Honda CRF250M)

Small bike, big smiles (Honda CRF250M)

HONDA’S CRF family is well established. There are the 450 and 250 R Dakar-styled motocross bikes and for the enduro lovers, the 450 and 250 X variants. Then, last year, the firm introduced the dual-purpose CRF250L, the ‘L’ standing for ‘legal’ because at the time it was the only CRF […]

Cheap, but extremely cheerful (Honda CB500X)

Cheap, but extremely cheerful (Honda CB500X)

MEET HONDA’S answer to the recession. The CB500X is cheap to build and cheap to buy, but does that mean a compromise on the road? It looks just like a baby Crosstourer, complete with Pirelli Scorpion Trail tyres as part of a styling package that separates it from its mechanically […]