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BMW F 800 S and F 800 ST Tested Motorcycle Review by Trevor Hedge BMW likes to do things a bit differently. From their Boxer engines through to their duolever and paralever suspension systems, the German manufacturer has never been content...
Australia is currently going scooter crazy and with fuel exceeding $1.50 a litre it is no wonder. I recently spent two weeks with a great little four-stroke scooter, the Bolwell Gmax 150 epitomises what is great about scooting. I covered nearly...
1986 GSX-R750 - The birth of a legend Suzuki's first GSX-R 750 made it's debut at the 1984 Cologne Motor Show, it made a splash then and continues to do so now.  The lineage is long and proud.  The first GSX-R...
Last week (2005) Honda invited a swag of their sponsors and a number of journalists to Winton Raceway to celebrate their 2005 success on the racetrack by letting some miscreants loose on the Joe Rocket and No Fear race...
This review examines the latest 2006 Harley Dyna machines with opinions from mcnews.com.au editor Trevor Hedge balanced with the views of experienced day to day Harley rider Neale Brumby.  Neale is the editor of Heavy Duty magazine which is...
Honda has finally responded to Yamaha and KTM’s sales onslaught in the high performance enduro bike category with the upcoming release of the new CRF450X. Closely based on the very successful CRF450R motocrosser the enduro focused CRF450X benefits from electric...
The GSX-R1000 K5 might have been launched to the world press Down Under but, there’s no doubt, the Gixer King is back on top of the heap… I’m the first to admit that I’ve always had a soft spot for...
I've always been good at denial, or so the, wives, girlfriends and people whom I apparently deny always tell me... No seriously, I have always been good at that control and self-discipline necessary when travelling long distances on a...
There has been a lot of excitement and buzz about the 600cc class this year, with all the major players rolling out new or improved machinery. Suzuki kicked it off with their latest GSX-R in 2004 and since then...
The Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha squad, MotoGP World Champions in 2004, is a cosmopolitan mix of characters. It has seen many changes since multiple World Champion Valentino Rossi joined it last winter, not least the make-up of the squad itself. It’s...
Indulge me for a minute as we attempt to get into a collective fantasy here! You pick up a scratch and match ticket from the local newsagent and manage to hit the jackpot. Fifty thousand big ones, and all...
As the early morning sun bursts through the valley, the fir trees a vibrant green against a cloudless blue sky, some of the mountains seem cold and dark in shadow, contrasting sharply to the sun bathed slopes. Remnants of...
Scorching around Willow Springs raceway on Yamaha’s new 600cc Supersport weapon, I am filled with amazement. Sharing the track with me, Speed Channel’s Greg White is filming a small segment for Two Wheel Tuesday and this just blows me...
Ducati has certainly come a long way in recent years. American investors moved in and restructured the way the company does things. As a result the Bologna factory is certainly producing much higher quality products than we have seen...
Ducati are well renowned for making some stunning looking motorcycles, the new Multistrada is not one of them. It does grow on you a little but even its mother could not come to really love the way it looks. Luckily...
It had been six years since I last rode around the northern and central parts of Western Australia so when the opportunity arose to explore the area again I jumped at the chance. My mount for this sojourn was BMW’s...
Riding through the picturesque wine country around Sonoma, California, in the saddle of Triumph’s new Rocket III, I am gliding along a smooth stretch of two-lane highway in top gear, at around 55mph. It feels as if I am...
While in Sydney earlier this year I took the opportunity to sample Harley-Davidson’s 2004 Wide Glide. My first impression was that the new 1,450cc (88 cube) engine is simply miles ahead of the earlier 1,340cc unit. While still no arm...
Honda’s new CBR1000RR Fireblade has already proven itself on the racetrack. Chris Vermeulen is going great guns in World Superbike, without any factory HRC input, and in this arena the Fireblade has proven to be well ahead of the...
With big splashes occurring in the cruising market waters these days, Triumph’s Rocket III and Kawasaki’s Vulcan 2000 take a bow, the recent release of Yamaha’s Road Star Tour Deluxe is more of a ripple than a wave. No...
Honda dealers and riders have been screaming for a lightweight road legal enduro bike for years, and with the arrival of the CRF250X their prayers have been answered. Yamaha have been able to challenge Honda for the #1 sales spot...
There are many ways of achieving celebrity status in the motorcycle world; a bike can have an abundance of power, razor sharp handling or stunning looks. But there’s one machine which has none of these and is still revered:...
It has been a long time between drinks for Honda quad aficionados that have an addiction for maximum performance. I am pleased to say their thirst has been well and truly quenched with the release of the new TRX450R....
Velocette are more widely known for their later Thruxton, Venom and Viper models but previously to these more heralded models the British manufacturer produced a swag of general purpose bikes for your common man. One of the earlier examples of...
They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but if that were the case this story would already be over, so I guess I better fess up. Unfortunately, there are no tales of wild nights and huge wins...

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