Road tests and reviews

Some fantastic road tests and first impressions from a diverse group of riders. We're interested to hear what you think about any bike, big or small, that you own or have road-tested.

Ducati Desert X – Pushing My Luck

Stuart Holliday, one of regular contributors has been out and about trying the rather lovely Ducati Desert X. Fair play to him, he did push it really hard, but not perhaps in the way you might expect: Read on… Now, I consider myself to be a reasonably rational bloke: I like to think about my Continue reading

Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX Review – Top Gun Tourer?

When its time to decide to purchase a new Motorcycle there is so much choice these days, you only have to rock up at biker café, a bike night or an event like  the TT and there will be hundreds of bikes and not one of them will be the same. So why did I Continue reading

KTM 1290 Adventure – Outrageously Orange!

For the latest of our Real Rider Reviews, we’re back with Stuart Holliday. He persuaded the good people at KTM to let him out to play on a shiny new demo bike! Out on a new Adventure So, there I was casually scrolling through Facebook as you do. I was looking at motorbikes, old cars, Continue reading

Suzuki GSXS1000 GT – Is This the One?

I have been running my BMW R1200RS for over two years now and have really enjoyed the experience overall. The RS is great to ride, surprisingly swift for a big lump and fleet of foot in the bends. For a relatively hefty bike it can be chucked about with aplomb. However it is nearly seven Continue reading

BMW R1200RS: So is it STILL better than a GS?

My RS has ticked past 13,000 miles in total. About 7000 of those miles have been in my hands. Time for an update Getting Out and About – The Miles are Building Despite the best efforts of a certain global pandemic and its aftermath I have managed to keep building the miles on my RS. Continue reading

KTM 890 Adventure: Aint No Love in the Heart of the City

Subject of the latest Real Rider Review is the KTM 890 Adventure. Stuart Holliday was let loose for a brief blat while 1290was being tinkered with. OK, so he didn’t do any actual adventuring, but it’s an interesting insight nonetheless Take Your Opportunities:  ok, before I start the bike review, I need to set the Continue reading

BMW R1250GS 719 So are They Actually Any Good?

One of regular contributors was thrown the keys to a R1250GS whilst his F900XR was being serviced. This what he thought of the big, all conquering BMW: R1250 GS: As good as the hype? I’m not one for hype.  In fact I tend to avoid anything that gets hyped up just to be contrary.  Sometimes Continue reading

BMW F800GT: Compact but Capable Sports Tourer (2015)

A More Manageable Option? Don’t get me wrong I think that my current bike, a 2016 BMW R1200RS SE Sport (pause for breath….) is a fabulous bike to ride: Fast, very comfortable and secure when punted through a bend with a little enthusiasm. It’s a bike that exudes a certain confidence. The quiet man that Continue reading

Yamaha Niken: Wonderful or Wacky?

Our latest Real Rider Review covers a bike that I am really interested in: The Yamaha Niken. Typically Yamaha have gone a bit left field and been the first to apply the two front wheels concept to a ‘Super-bike’. Peter Wills is the lucky man who got to have a try of this fascinating machine: Continue reading

Honda CBF500 (2006): You Know Where You are with a Honda

Time for another one of our popular Real Rider Reviews. This one recounts the tale of very hard working Honda. A bit of an unsung hero of the biking world. Take it away Dan White: The Simple Things in Life In mid-2018 I changed jobs and got back into riding again after a few years Continue reading