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Introduced in 2003 the CBR600RR has gone on to dominate Supersport competition around the world. Brisbane’s Chris Vermeulen won the World Supersport Championship onboard a CBR600RR in that debut year for the model and his team-mate Karl Muggeridge wrapped...
Sitting in the pit area at Misano, Italy, I find myself feeling a little bewildered and confused. Sharing my thoughts with some of the other journalists attending the world press launch of Suzuki’s new GSX-R600, I’m not alone. How...
Yamaha France flew just a handful of journalists to Laayoune, in Southern Morocco to test the 2-Trac on part of the course of the Shamrock Rally, where they already had two works 2-Trac machines competing in the week-long event. Four...
It was certainly not the preferred method for evaluating the 2004 Buell Firebolt’s unique rim mounted braking system, but faced with no other choice I had to take it. Here’s the scene: Yours truly flat on the tank, throttle...
On taking my helmet off at a service station, pool of water appearing underneath me, and dripping from 200 very wet kilometres aboard the new KTM Adventure, another customer filling his vehicle remarked, “Not a good day for that...
Spinning back to my home in North Carolina from Moto Guzzi’s North American headquarters in Woodstock, Georgia, opened a floodgate of memories that took me back to my formative motorcycling years in southern England. I had ridden my well-worn...
I first rode a Deauville around a year ago when Honda had a single model in Australia for evaluation purposes. That was just a quick squirt around the confines of Phillip Island, but recently I utilised a Deauville for...
Remember those kids your mother told you not to play with when you were young? Well, don't let your mother see you on a new Aprilia Tuono or you'll be grounded for a month! I recently spent a day...
Honda's new CBR600RR has been one of the most eagerly awaited motorcycles in recent time.  So it was with more than a little excitement that I first lifted a leg over their new weapon. My first thought was that even...
Husaberg is aiming to improve its current small market share in Australia’s booming off-road market. New commitment to service / warranty... Perhaps the most important step in the right direction has come with an increase of the normal 3 month...
Quads are great fun in the sand and the DS650 Baja certainly has some great credentials to maximise your enjoyment.  The Baja is built by North-American company Bombardier.  The manufacturer was founded over sixty years ago in Canada...
After a week and over 1,000 kilometres with Harley Davidson’s stunning new V-Rod I must say I was sad to be handing the machine back. This surprised me, I am a confirmed sportsbike addict, always hankering for the latest...
Suzuki recently launched their new V-Strom 1000 “Enduro-Tourer” on to the Australian market with a very competitive $15,490 price tag. This bike is clearly aimed at Cagiva’s Navigator ($14,990) and Aprilia’s ETV 1000 Caponord ($18,799). The Cagiva actually uses...
Honda's new CB900 Hornet has arrived.  We were lucky enough to cover around 750 kilometres on the new model along with a few laps at Victoria's magnificent Phillip Island circuit recently. The roots of the new Hornet extend back...
Honda's 2002 VFR 800 is much changed from the highly acclaimed 2000/2001 model that we tested some time ago. The new 2-stage valve control system, called 'V4 VTEC', is chain driven and aims to provide more torque through the lower...
KTM has now been around as a manufacturer for fifty years but only in recent times has the company reached a position where it can take on the Japanese in the sales race. The name KTM is derived from the...
A motorcycle that provides a good mix of acceptable performance on both bush trails and tarmac makes for a versatile adventure machine. Motorcycles that offer these benefits can be split in two camps. Bikes such as the DR650 Suzuki,...
Honda's ST 1100 model ran for 12 years and during that time earned itself an enviable reputation amongst touring motorcyclists.  Now the ST has grown up and matured in to the ST 1300. Weight is down, power is up.  But...
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...

MV Agusta F4

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...
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