Raves, rants and reviews
Raves, Rants & Reviews

The motorcycle mechanic and the heart surgeon

26/02/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

A mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the engine of a motorcycle when he spotted a well-known heart surgeon in his shop. “Hey, Doc, can I ask you a question?”

The surgeon, a bit surprised, walked over to the mechanic working on the motorcycle.

The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, “So Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take the valves out, fix ’em, put ’em back in, and when I finish, it works just like new. So how come I get such a small salary and you get the really big bucks when you and I are doing basically the same work?”  Read more…

Early Xmas for motorcycle fanatics

26/11/2015. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

It is early Xmas in 2015 for motorcycle fanatics with the introduction of more than 50 new models.

Some of the motorcycles were long rumoured, others were total surprises. Some will be available by Xmas but most are scheduled for release in 2016.

The biggest surprise was the Yamaha MT-10, basically a naked R1, with the same chassis, swingarm, suspension and electronics as the YZF-R1S – but slightly re-tuned for more mid-range oomph. It is an impressive-looking machine. Read more…

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Specs

24/07/2015. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

“Survivor, champion, icon. The Africa Twin was designed to withstand thousands of miles of desert and dirt – now it’s returning to do it all over again.”

“It’s been a long wait. But—trust us—it’s worth it. The all-new Honda Africa Twin is the machine that will let you wander wherever your adventures take you. The 998cc parallel twin uses Honda’s exclusive four-valve Unicam® cylinder-head design for smooth, tractable power. Offered with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a new DCT transmission with selectable on- and off-road modes.” Read more…

New Honda Africa Twin in action

23/07/2015. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

A replacement for the legendary XRV750 Africa Twin, which was based on the Dakar-winning NXR750 and was produced from 1989 until 2003, always was going to be a big call.

That call finally came when Honda announced the new 1000cc Africa Twin in May 2014, creating quite a stir. Early pictures showed promise but it was more than a year later that the new Africa Twin in action was released in “leaked” videos. Read more…

Excellent review of Kawasaki ER-6n

19/06/2015. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

Reviews of the Kawasaki ER-6n concur: it’s a bike for all reasons. Nimble in the city, surprisingly good in the twisties and a mile-eater on the open road.

The 650 parallel twin is a gem, with a nice spread of power and torque. This is a “little” naked motorcycle with a big heart.

One of the best reviews on the Kawasaki ER-6n is the excellent video by the Moto Journal team. The aptly call it, “Test Kawasaki ER6-n: the schizophrenic bike!” Read more…

Does it matter where a F1 race is hosted?

05/03/2014. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

Formula One

The multi-billion dollar Formula One racing industry commands one of the biggest global TV audiences. F1 races are broadcast to almost all the countries in the world, some 200 countries.

Annually, more than 500 million F1 fanatics follow the fast cars from the comfort of the couch.

Viewing figures for the 2013 season took a big dip, totalling an estimated 450 million. Sebastian Vettel’s dominance – he won 13 of the 19, winning the last nine race consecutively – contributed to the 50 million viewership slide but there also are other factors:  Read more…

Retro and real retro – the Dirico Flyer

25/02/2014. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

You have a choice of meanings when using the word “retro.” Retrofit means “to add a component or accessory to something that did not have it when manufactured.” Retrograde is “going back in position or time.” Retrospective as noun means “an exhibition or compilation showing the development of an artist’s work over a period of time.”

Whichever, when we say something is retro we mean to say it is cool. Even nostalgically nice. And then you have Real Retro. Something massively WOW. Totally awesome. Like the Dirico Flyer.  Read more…

Cody Webb – King of King of the Motos

07/02/2014. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

How tough can motorcycle enduro get?! Bajaj, Dakar, Erzberg, Red Bull Romaniacs, Roof of Africa, Six Days. If you haven’t broken any bones yet in any one of those enduros – or any other endure, for that matter – try North America’s toughest extreme enduro, the King of the Motos.

First held in 2012 as the motorcycle class to the grueling King of the Hammers, King of Moto has quickly become a bucket list race for the fearless few crazy enough to tackle the unrelenting desert dust and rock crawling presented by the Means Dry Lake at Johnson Valley, California.  Read more…

Laia Sanz and Honda’s return to Dakar

28/01/2014. Category: Wheels. Topic: , , .

The 2014 Dakar Rally once again delivered in heaps. There were spectacular moments… and grueling hours as many competitors made it back to the bivouac just in time to start the next leg of the rally! No sleep, just racing,

It was one of the toughest Dakar rallies yet. Honda rider Joan Bang Bang Barreda would attest to that. The charging Barreda saw a possible first win since 1989 for Honda disappear in the smoke of melting electrical wires in the last stages of the rally.  Read more…

Harley-Davidson Street 750 and 500 liquid-cooled Revolution X urban beauties

06/11/2013. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

V-twin. Obviously. H-D sound. Obviously. Authentic H-D looks. Obviously. Big moto? No. The new Street 750 and 500 models might just do for Harley-Davidson what the iPhone did for Apple: a smaller-engine model that probably will have a huge impact on the motorcycle market.

The 749cc and 494cc Street models might not put a Harley in every household but certainly will make it accessible for many more wanna-be hog riders.  Read more…

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