The 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6

The Yamaha R6 is an enigma. I absolutely love it and yet there are times when I detest it. Here is the thing. I first rode it around Kyalami. It was early in the...

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT (Long-term Test) Part 2

What’s Hot and What’s Not Two months into my time with the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT and I’m still enjoying it as much as I did in the first week. Not everything is perfect...

Ride Review: 2017 BMW R nineT

It could be said that, when BMW entered the retro-bike market, it really kick-started the whole movement. After all, if a brand as staid and traditional as BMW could rise to new heights of...

Ride Review: Triumph Street Scrambler

Street Cup, Street Twin and Street Scrambler. This trio of Triumphs all share the new 900cc, water-cooled twin, tuned for mild-horsepower but good low down torque. Curiously the 270 degree crank motor develops its...

Kawasaki Versys-X 300 – Long-term Report

We initially rode the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 when it was first launched back in April 2017. At the time we only got to test the bike for a few days, so we went back...

Ride Review: KTM 390 Duke

It’s no secret that the lightweight motorcycle war is entering a new and intense phase.  Recent entries to the fray are Kawasaki, with their parallel twin Versys-X 300, the Honda CRF 250 Rally and...

The BMW G 310 R – First Ride Impressions!

For the first time, BMW Motorrad is entering the under 500cc market with their newly developed G 310 R, which offers a quality BMW product just in a smaller package. The G 310 R...

Shoei NXR

Shoei launched their NXR helmet as a replacement for their popular XR1100. Whilst the X-Spirit is their premier helmet for racetrack use, the NXR is a more all round choice for both road and...

Ride Review: Kawasaki Z1000SX

Sometimes a bike is so good at what it does that you wonder why the manufacturer bothers to try and improve it. Such a bike is the Kawasaki Z1000SX. It’s been around for a...

Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR & SP – South African Launch, Red Star Raceway (18/05/2017)

The local launch of the new Fireblade was held recently at Redstar Raceway. The President of Honda in SA, Toshiaki Konaka, reaffirmed the Fireblades flagship sportbike status, reminding us that the Fireblade legend started...

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

Kawasaki’s ZX10 Double R is Kawasaki’s homologation special. The bike to take on the likes of Yamahas R1M and Honda’s Fire blade SP or more specifically SP2. These are all breathed on versions of...

First Ride: Harley-Davidson ‘Road King Special’

5:55am flight from OR Tambo to Cape Town with the prospect of riding Harleys’ new Road King Special in the fairest Cape of them all. Oh, yes please! Riding big Harleys always gives me...

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT (Long-term Test) Part 1

I have to be honest; the first time I rode the Super Duke GT last year, I wasn’t sure I liked it. It seemed harsh and brash and really unrefined and not sure of...

2017 KTM Adventure Launch

The sight of more than twenty KTM 1290 and 1090’s, lined up on either side of a huge blow up KTM arch at the entrance to the magnificent Arabella Hotel near Hermanus, was truly...

Ride Review: BMW R NineT Racer

For a while, rumors have been circulating about the demise of the traditional cafe racer. With scramblers and flat trackers dominating the scene, the low-and-sleek genre has been taking a back seat. But like a...

Indian Scout Sixty – Long-term Report

It would be accurate to say that, if you want an American-made cruiser, then you are going to have to shell out big bucks. Not only that, but you are hardly buying the latest...

BMW R1200GS RALLYE and R1200GS EXCLUSIVE – First Ride Impressions!

Time really does fly when you are having fun. So much so that a full 37 years has passed since the first BMW GS bike, in the form of the R80 GS, burst onto...

Ride Review: Kawasaki Versys-X 300

At last years EICMA motorcycle show, we witnessed the emergence of a small engine capacity ‘Adventure’ bike class. Honda’s CRF 250 RALLY, BMW’s 310 GS and Suzuki’s V-Strom 250, all debuted, together with the...

Yamaha MT-10 SP & Touring Edition – Riding Impressions!

A limited number of the MT-10 ‘Touring Edition’ and range topping ‘SP’, Yamaha roadsters, are available for sale at selected Yamaha dealers. These bikes, were bought by Yamaha SA, after the recent World launch...

First Ride: Ducati Monster 797

Ducati’s Monster has been with us for 25 years and in that time, it would be fair to say, it has become a defining Ducati model. With around 315,000 units sold, it could also...

Oxford Melbourne Air 2.0 Jacket

This is the perfect summer jacket for street riders! It's styling is spectacular; aggressive while minimalistic. The black and white colour contrasts are just in the right spots to look great with any colour...

Ride Review: Triumph Street Cup

Cafe racers! The home built ones have always looked cool but they’re often style over substance; slightly dodgy engineering, mismatched parts and you’re likely to have an argument with the bike as soon as...

First Ride: KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

I finally get it. I admit it. I was one of the naysayers but I totally get it now! You need 160 horsepower for your adventure bike! Why? I hear you say. The answer to...

First Ride: Ducati Supersport & Supersport S

After the 939 Hypermotard and the 950 Multistrada, the Supesport is the third platform to receive Ducati 937 cc liquid cooled V-twin. We’ve tested the standard version on the road near Seville in Spain...

First Ride: Suzuki GSX-R1000 2017

The superbike wars are upon us once again and this is something we should all rejoice, not because all of us are ever going to want to or be able to afford to own...

Ride Review: Kawasaki Z900

When Kawasaki launched the Z800 back in 2013, it didn’t exactly set the world alight. Absolutely nothing wrong with it whatsoever, you understand. In fact, it was a lovely bike with a lot of...

Ride Review: Kawasaki Z650

The Zed is back - long live the Zed. Way back in the 1970’s, Kawasaki re-wrote the original superbike rules with their legendary 903cc, 4 cylinder Z1. Back then, ‘Z’ bikes became synonymous with...

Ride Review: Yamaha MT-09

When Yamaha debuted the MT-09 in 2013, it was clear very quickly that they had hit upon a winning formula. It looked great, was small and compact but punched way above its weight; it...

First Ride: Kawasaki Ninja 650

Almeria, South of Spain, is definitely the place to be these days. Within a couple of hours after the launch of the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled, a group of bike journalists were invited to...

Ride Review: Yamaha FJR 1300

As the old saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun”. Well, I’ve been having plenty of that this week testing the Yamaha FJR 1300. It is hard to believe that the FJR is...

First Ride: Triumph Bonneville Bobber

Purists will tell you that a true bobber needs to be a custom machine—preferably vintage—stripped of all non-essentials, hard-tailed and hot-rodded. And they’re not entirely wrong. After all, that’s what the first bobbers were, back...

First Ride: Ducati Multistrada 950

The 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950 is NOW available in South Africa. Price starting from: R 176 000 - Contact: 011 919 1600 to BOOK a test ride. I recently attended the International Media Launch for...

Aprilia RSV4RR – “Silver Dream Machine.”

The last time I rode the RSV4 was at the Pirelli Bike of The Year event just over a year ago. What was significant was that the new R1, Ducati 1299S Panigale and BMW...

Harley-Davidson Milwaukee 8 SA Launch

If ever there was a company that didn’t believe in change for change’s sake, then that company would be Harley-Davidson. In fact, so adverse to change are they that, in its 113-year history, they...

TomTom Bandit Action Camera

The TomTom Bandit camera is the Dutch companies first foray into the action-camera market. Launched in Europe in April 2015 and readily available in South Africa from stores such as Cape Union Mart and...

Ride Review: Aprilia Caponord Rally

We’re all victims of fashion, really. And, before you take a sideways glance at your mate whose dress sense is questionable at the best of times, I’m not talking about fashion victims; although that...

Ride Review: SYM WOLF SB250Ni

I think it is fair to say that the Taiwanese manufacturer is better known for its range of quality scooters than for its motorcycles. I was therefore intrigued to see how the 250 Wolf...

Ride Review: Kawasaki Z800

800 is the New 750 Seven-hundred-and-fifty cc has been a popular motorcycle engine capacity for decades. It was 1969 that Honda introduced its CB750, rivalling such mainstay models as the Triumph Trident and, later, the...

Ride Review: Triumph Explorer 1200 XCa

Triumphs Explorer has evolved into a very well rounded and balanced package. This was recognized by the countries foremost motorcycle journo’s , when they voted the XCa version to third place overall in the...

Ride Review: MV Agusta Turismo Veloce

MV Agusta could never be accused of not getting their money’s worth from a motorcycle platform. For example, take a look at this lot; Brutale 800, Rivale 800, Stradale 800 and the Dragster 800. Now,...

Ducati Scrambler Flat Track Pro

On the new Flat Track Pro version, the self-expression at the heart of the Ducati Scrambler takes on a grittier, racier attitude. Inspired by the bike ridden in the American AMA Pro Flat Track...

Off-road/MX Gear by FOX

It’s easy to forget that not everyone who reads this website is an expert about everything to do with motorcycles; that sometimes, a bit of basic advice can be very useful. So, with that in...

Ride Review: Triumph Bonneville T120

When the members of the judging panel on the 2016 Pirelli SA Bike of the Year voted the Triumph Thruxton R as the winner, we braced ourselves for a storm of abuse and derision....

Honda NC750X – Long Term Report

As a motorcycle journalist, one has to keep a thoroughly objective viewpoint in one’s pocket at all times. Not for us to be swayed by stratospheric power outputs or to show preference for the...

Ride Review: Yamaha XSR900

It seems as if the more we look forward and advance the technology of motorcycles, the more we look behind us for inspiration. The modern craze for ‘retro’ bikes is well and truly upon...

Ride Review: Yamaha MT-10

Let’s face it; South African’s don’t really have a love affair with the naked bike. Show them an adventure bike and they’ll jump through hoops to buy one: show them a superbike and the...

Ducati XDiavel S – The Velvet Sledgehammer

If ever there was a motorcycling dichotomy, it is this bike. We know the Diavel as a testosterone fuelling muscle bike - a kind of Dodge Viper cum AC Cobra of the bike World....

Triumph Bonneville Street Twin 900HT

The Street Twin is the base model in Triumph’s Modern Classic range. It also caters to an emerging genre of modern motorcyclist. Market research has revealed a niche for motorcycles with soul, that are...

A One Day Grand Tour of Mpumalanga on KTM’s 1290 SuperDuke Grand Tourer!

KTM South Africa recently launched the 1290 SuperDuke GT at the South Africa Bike Festival. We had the oportunity to ride one lap on the newly refurbished Kyalami circuit, this however left us lusting...

Ride Review: Ducati 939 Hypermotard

We can’t deny that Ducati have been the movers and shakers of 2016. Four new models entered South African shores in early March – and were launched very successfully – but it was the...

Stay Connected

70,234FansLike
7,153FollowersFollow
1,697FollowersFollow