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Ride Report - Triumph Tiger 900

Electric Motion Trials Experience

I have many regrets in life, but one that at times stings the most is that I didn't ride trials bikes as a kid. Growing up I was so obsessed with MX that I think I might have turned a little bit gay, such was my man crush on Jeremy McGrath. Since the good old Nac Nac days I've seen so many jumps, backflips, nearly-all-the-around whips and gnarly tricks on dirt bikes that I've become immune to the skills required to pull off crowd pleasing stunts and the whole spectacle leaves me cold. Axel Hodges aside perhaps - Google him....

Gear Guide - Track Kit

This year I decided to ditch my humble, Stig of the Dump look and equip myself with some decent track gear. There are a few old suits hanging in the garage but there must be something wrong with the leather as they've gone tight all of a sudden. And after a decade of loyal service my trusty Alpinestars S-MXRs are no good for sporty pursuits, the toe slider mount is knackered on one side. So, with a couple of race school experiences booked and the Bike Shed Festival to look forward to I did my research and kitted-up with the...

Yamaha R1M Masterclass - Silverstone

Half a million quids worth of fun! I don’t know about you but after I’ve watched a MotoGP race, WSBK to a lesser degree, I’m usually overcome by a shot of adrenaline that urges me to go for a ride. This feeling usually subsides after the second sigh when I remind my child brain that I don’t have access to a race track. The third heavy exhale is combined with the penny dropping, I don’t have a race bike either. Now some folk out there enjoy heading to the ‘Shed in Shoreditch to watch GP races, hanging out with mates,...

Yamaha XSR700 - Plastic Surgery

I love the Yamaha XSR700, but it's not a particularly attractive motorcycle in standard form. It looks like Quasimodo and Barbara Streisand's love child. But, there is no doubt, it is a truly excellent motorcycle. Once riding one you'll be so focussed on the road ahead and enjoying yourself that looks become somewhat irrelevant. The chassis is a real peach. Sure, a fairly ripe one that could benefit from firming fork inserts and a shock upgrade, but overall the XSR700 is a pure fun machine. It'll wheelie all day long, apparently, and changes direction with telepathic inputs. See my original...

Goose All-In-One Moto Tent

Being cooped-up in a cramped metropolis while seemingly the rest of the world, according to Instagram at least, ride their motorcycles through the Rockies or across continents is frustrating. I'm an easy target for wanderlust inducing advertising and got sucked right in after watching the video above. The idea of finishing work and heading for the hills with a temporary home strapped to the back of your bike - now that's living the dream, right? Well not if you're me. Just look at all the stuff I rode around with for 18 months, hardly the bare essentials. In the decade...

Gear Guide - Acerbis Ottano

I've been doing more and more greenlane and adventure riding recently, mostly in a 15-year-old Hein Gericke jacket (the trousers stopped fitting a decade ago) and my well used Revit Zircon - review here. It was about time I looked less scruffy but I wasn't quite ready for rally raids so didn't need a 100% race oriented suit, so figured I'd give the Acerbic Ottano range a go. I'd first seen an Ottano Jacket on the back of suave enduro hero, Italian motorcycle journo and personality, Roberto Ungaro, and seeing as I have a bit of a penchant for slightly...

Suzuki Katana - Ride Report

I hadn't even mastered a balance bike in 1981. In fact back then I couldn't even evacuate my own bowels properly without assistance. Despite what my receding hairline might suggest I'm too young to remember the original Suzuki Katana. Posters of it weren't on my bedroom wall and although despite once owning an RM125, I've never been much of a Suzuki guy. But recently that's changed. Partly thanks to the brutish renaissance customs built by Derbyshire based titanium exhaust wizards, Racefit. Their in your face, steak-with-the-fat-left-on, tuned and modded GSX1100 Katanas running wide rims, USD forks and slicks give me...