Raves, rants and reviews
Raves, Rants, Reviews

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…

Motoport Ultra II Kevlar Mesh Intelligent Alternative ADV Jacket

22/10/2013. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

There’s no shortage of choice when it comes to jackets for adventure motorcycle riding. They are available in different types of material and designs for different types of conditions. Pricing varies a lot too; you get what you pay for.

The only difficult part – and the most confusing – in choosing a jacket, adventure riders will tell you, is finding a do-it-all jacket. Some brands have jackets with good crash armour protection but they can be heavy and stiff. Others have excellent rain protection but they are too hot in summer.  Read more…

Yamaha Dark Side MT-09 850cc Naked Triple

12/06/2013. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

In a classical marketing stint, Yamaha released a “The Dark Side of Japan” video teaser of a “secret” new bike. On 11 June 2013, Yamaha launched the MT-09 850 triple, to be named FZ-09 in the USA.

Featuring Yamaha’s brand-new 850cc transverse three-cylinder Crossplane engine, it is not only the new technology that is exciting but the fact that, after a recession-driven hiatus, the motorcycle industry is on the move again. BMW launched the semi-watercooled R1200GS, KTM introduced the mighty 1190, and Suzuki, Indian, Victory and others have new machines in the making.  Read more…

New generation Unimog

18/05/2013. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

Unimog stands for UNIversal-MOtor-Gerat – Universal Motor Machine. Universal it is indeed; this dinkey-toy lookalike four wheel drive Mercedes has been crossing rivers and mountains and all kinds of obstacles since 1947.

It was developed to be used as agricultural vehicle but has found favour with many armies in the world. With a strong chassis and huge amount of torque, there is little that can stop the versatile Unimog. It can carry and pull big loads.  Read more…

Adventure trick bikes

23/04/2013. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

The on-off road adventure motorcycle market offers a wide variety of super-nice toys. The mid-size faithfuls have been around for 30-odd years and are still going strong: Kawasaki KLR650, Suzuki DR650 and Honda XR650L. Add the BMW G650GS Sertao, Yamaha XT660Z Ténéré and Husqvarna TR650 Terra and you’ll be spoilt for choice.

They’re all nice bikes but if you suddenly hit a sandy twisty or rocky hill any of them suddenly weighs a ton-and-a-half. Drop it a few times and even the BMW G650 X-Challenge, KTM 690 Enduro R and Honda XR650R become back-breakers.  Read more…

Ferrari F12belinetta and LaFerrari

15/04/2013. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

Quicker than the Ferrari Enzo around Fiorano, Ferrari’s test track, the 730-bhp F12berlinetta is furiously fast, capable of 340km/h (211mph). It accelerates from 0–100km/h (62 mph) in 3.1 seconds.

But faster still is the LaFerrari, the 963bhp petrol-electric supercar that reaches the 100km/h mark in less than 3 seconds and runs past the F12berlinetta’s top speed, reaching 349km/h (217mph).  Read more…

10 tips for safer car travel

27/03/2013. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

1. Safe car – before you leave, check your tyre pressure, water, oil, brakes, windscreen wipers and the condition of the spare tyre. Refer to your car manual for safety checks.

2. Plan ahead – even if you have driven the route a hundred times, stop for a few minutes every hour to refresh your body and brain.

3. Seat belts can save the lives of the driver and the passengers sitting in front and at the back. Buckle up!  Read more…

Extreme Lada Niva hill climb

13/03/2013. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

What do you call a Lada Niva on top of the hill? A miracle.

You probably know a few Lada Niva jokes yourself but actually Lada is having the last laugh. It was the first mass-produced 4×4, launched in 1977, and still being manufactured in numbers. Sure, they might break easy but they are easy and cheap to fix. And for that reason you’ll find them all over the world, tackling the roughest terrain and usually beating it.  Read more…

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