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Yamaha claim their new FJR 1300 has the chassis performance of a sportsbike along with the ergonomic amenities of a long-distance touring machine. We recently covered some 2,000 kilometres on Yamaha's new touring flagship and put those claims to...
Honda's hugely successful FireBlade debuted in 1992 and re-wrote the rules for big bore sportsbikes like no other before it. A further refinement of the excellent Year 2000 model (929), the new 6th generation FireBlade offers plenty of improvements. ...
Motorcycle City (WA) proprietor Gavin Robinson recently invited me to test their Beta Eikon 50cc scooter and to the surprise of a lot of people I jumped at the chance. Scooters, like anything with two wheels and an engine...
At only $12,190 Honda's VT750D Shadow offers people another very affordable motorcycle in the increasingly popular mid-size cruiser segment of the market.Power is provided by way of the normal cruiser powerplant layout, a V-Twin.  While it is not strong...
The big bore 'Naked Bike' class is booming in Australia and Suzuki's latest offering has the goods to shoot straight to the top of the class.Nobody could accuse the GSX 1400 of being small or a lightweight but that...
The Varadero is Honda's large capacity adventure-tourer. With a big 996cc V-Twin (sourced from the Firestorm) providing the motivation Honda's Varadero can easily cruise at any reasonable speed you require.V-Twins are notorious for using quite a lot of fuel...
After flying in to Melbourne at around 1700 and heading out to pick up the VTX 1800 I came to the realization that I had forgot to bring my gloves.  So there I was in the middle of a...
While in Queensland for the 3rd round of the Shell Advance Australian SuperBike Championship I had an MV Agusta F4 at my disposal courtesy of the nice chaps at the Paul Feeney Group, Australian distributors for MV and Cagiva.My...
NB: Our overseas readers should note that in Australia we can register and ride these bikes on the road.WR should stand for 'Weapons Ready' as Yamaha's new 4-stroke WR250F is one amazing weapon. As far as 250 4-strokes go...
Firstly a note for our overseas readers - Australia only receives one version of the CBR 600 and it is the sport model.  In Australia it is known as the CBR 600 F4i. The CBR 600 debuted in...
The guys at the UK's SuperBike magazine recently took Suzuki's new GSX-R 1000, Honda's CBR 929 Fireblade, Yamaha's R1 and Kawasaki's ZX-9R to the Almeria circuit in Spain followed by some road miles around Europe to see how they...
Kawasaki's ZX-6R Ninja has always been one of the most popular bikes in this 600cc middleweight class and has always been rated a great all-rounder.  With the introduction of the 2001 model not too much has changed in that...
The 900SS Ducati is the Italian Marque's largest capacity 'SuperSports' bike. Ducati refers to it's 748 and 996 range as 'HyperSports' models and these two are clearly a step above the 'SS' range in performance, with price tags to...
I recently covered around 3,500 kilometres aboard an Aprilia RSV 1000 Mille and formed quite a bond with the Latin lovely during that time.  The Aprilia felt very high at first.  With a seating position that made me feel...
The Gold Wing has been around for well over two decades now and in 2001 the new Gold Wing is lighter, more luxurious and a great deal more powerful than ever before.The new 1,832cc engine delivers 118 horsepower and...
The DR400 is Suzuki's latest entry in to the very popular and competitive 4-stroke MX and Enduro market.  A day with the kick-start enduro model was spent on a large home-made MX track with plenty of jumps and deep...
The latest Fireblade is a big step forward for the model. A strict diet and lots more power are not the only improvements to the blade.Some people always think that upgrading from a previous model to the next is...
This was more of an adventure than just a road test.We covered around 350 kilometres aboard the new XR through the Snowy Mountains. The terrain was awesome, at times we were nearly 6000 feet above sea level and riding...
The Suzuki TL1000S is a slightly less sporty version of Suzuki’s great TL1000R sportsbike.V-Twins are becoming more popular these days. Ducati’s racing success with a V-Twin layout and the great sound that the configuration offers are the main reasons...
What a hoon machine!Immediately after pulling out of the Witch Cycles driveway aboard the biggest of the Bandit range I fed some throttle in and was greeted by the front wheel promptly leaving the deck. Three gears later it...
First up we will start off with the technical babble that many of you have read here before. The 2001 GSX-R 600 was developed by the same team of engineers responsible for the awesome GSX-R 750 and coming GSX-R 1000.Compared...
With the words to "Born to be wild" on my mind I quite happily sung my way through the twists and turns of Sydney's Royal National park. Suzuki's VL 250 Intruder supplying the bass line through its small twin chrome...
The Falco is the slightly softer cousin of the more sports oriented RSV Mille and serves as Aprilia's first foray in to the highly competitive V-Twin Sport-Touring market. The 998cc  engine revs very quickly and is extremely strong in the...
During our recent visit to Brisbane to cover the Australian Formula Xtreme round at Lakeside we had organized 3 bikes to test – a new GSX-R 750 from Suzuki along with the latest model Yamaha R1 and Honda Fireblade. ...
I was lucky enough to be the first journalist in Australia to ride the SP1, way back in April 2000 when there was only one in the country.No doubt you would have read some of the endless hype and...
I covered around 1000 kilometres astride the R1 on roads which included tight/slow corners, fast open bends & straight touring stretches. Road surface quality varied considerably throughout. I compare the R1 to the ZX9R a lot here because people...
The YB11 is powered by a lightly modified Yamaha YZF1000 ThunderAce donk (go here for dyno charts).    This particular Bimota I tested had steel brake lines and an Arrow muffler as the only departures from standard trim.  And...
After spending the best part of a week with the Suzuki flagship (a ship out of Battlestar Galactica was how one onlooker described it) I have come to respect the Hayabusa as a good all-rounder. 5.8 kilometres after hopping aboard...
After 850 kilometres astride the CBR 600 I have found just how truly versatile the F4 is.800 of those kilometres included some pretty hard riding over 2 days, without my body getting too sore from the experience. The CBR is...
The ZR-7 is a retro-style 750 that is very competitively priced in Australia at only $9,790. I rode the bike for around 150 kilometres and was impressed by its light feel and agility.  The Kawasaki figures say the ZR-7 weighs...
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