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.

Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello 02 R

Moto Guzzi V100 Mondello – A New Dawn for Guzzi?

Recently I was lucky enough to have an hour long test ride today on a base specification Moto Guzzi  V100 Mandello. It looked great in white with gold wheels. It’s a handsome beast in my opinion For once this ‘summer’ the weather was playing ball: Dry and cool at 15c with a high overcast cloud Continue reading

Ducati Multistrada V4S – Adventurous Style

Whilst I gently pondered on what to do with my slightly leggy KTM, in proper motorcyclist fashion I started to contemplate the new options. Having previously tried a couple of the Japanese Adventure bike offerings and being less than impressed, I looked a bit closer to home, Europe.  In my head there are certain attributes Continue reading

BSA Gold Star – Singularly Pleasurable

The world of motorcycling has been submerged under a Tsunami of nostalgia for many years now. Arguably as far back as the 1990s and the launch of the first significant ‘retro’ bikes, such as the Kawasaki Zephyr range As the demographic of motorcyclists has collectively aged we seem to have an increasing desire for bikes Continue reading

Honda CB600F Hornet – Ride it Like You Stole it

My name is Rachelle and I have been riding motorbikes for 34 years. When I started riding there weren’t many ladies riding motorbikes or if there was we didn’t know about it because social media wasn’t a thing. I had to play out with the boy’s. Thankfully with the rise of social media lady riders Continue reading

Ducati Scrambler 800 Classic – Grand Old Thing

Recently I passed a (very) minor milestone on my Ducati Scrambler Classic: I clocked up my 1,000th mile on my pretty little V twin. It has taken me around 18 months of ownership to reach this point, and here resides the crux of the problem: As I said, I had owned the Ducati about 18 Continue reading

KTM 1290 Super Adventure S – The Life and Times of a Crazy Austrian

It has been a while since I did a running report on my mighty 1290 Super Adventure. My KTM has been my faithful daily transport to and from work racking up 200 – 300 miles a week. All without much issue apart from the usual servicing and fuel any bike would need. The odometer is Continue reading

Honda CD185T Benly – Ringing Endorsement

It is a long time since this willing little Honda passed through my sadly abusive hands. The CD185T seems to be virtually extinct now. But for anybody out there who must have one or is about to look at one here are my experiences: The exact detail of how I came to own her are Continue reading

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