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Win the new Valentino Rossi racing console game for the PS4 or Xbox 360 in our competition
Great news, we have a Promo copy of the new Valentino Rossi racing game to give away in a competition! The copy will be for the PS4 or the Xbox One and also includes the complete MotoGP 2016 season and the whole 2015 season ! Enter the competition here: ...
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Too much motorcycle technology on a moden sports bike?
Nowadays, it seems like every manufacturer is in a rush to bundle on as much technology on a motorcycle as possible. Where did this come from? Surely us, the buying bikers, didn't actually ask for it. It seems that motorbike makers are now headlning a bike's technology as the big selling points and no longer that it might be actually be a joy to ride. No manufacturer seems to be avoiding this flight to technology. That many companies cannot be wrong so one would have to assume that  they have been looking at their sales reports and feedback and it is, in fact, these technologicaly advanced bikes that sell the most. Of course, we can accept that new technology is essential to lower weight, increase normal performance and fall in line with emssions, etc, so we are really talking about technology that influences the riding of the bike fundamentally, as in,...
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Agh, let's hope that Honda get this right? The Fireblade has become a much less desirable sports motorcycle with the onslaught of heavy, high-tech competition and now falls far behind, if not at the bottom (well, the Suzki GSX-R might be even less desirable at present) of the list of dream superbikes. Should Honda retain its raw, back to basics approach for the Honda CBR1000RR or shove as much technology on it as possible? If they leave it with just ABS then they run the risk of losing even more sales, even though it is still very price competitive. After all, the hgh-tech competition is mostly 2 or 3K more expensive. If they add on a load of electrickery then can we expect the price to subsequently match the likes of the Yamaha R1 and BMW S1000R? To my mind, they need to come out with a bike which not only...
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Aprilia RSV4 RF Superbike Sports motorcycle
This is perhaps one of the most, if not THE most, hotly contested questions in the world of motorcycles. Which is the  best Superbike for the road? Of course, this is a matter of contention, this is down to pure opinion, sometimes biased with brand loyalty and always very subjective but let's take away all of that and, passion aside, which is truly the best sports motorcycle for the road at the time I write this, a sunny weekend at the end of May in 2016?  To come up the decision involved the feedback from all of those connected with Which Bike and their friends, colleagues and ride-out partners. I am not talking about the best all-rounder. Practicality can take a back seat here, in fact, these bikes mostly don't have back seats! I am talking about race bikes for the road, supersports motorcycles, superbikes. The kind of bike you might...
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2016 Yamaha R1 Review
To say I was both excited and scared when I found out I was going to test ride the new 2016 Yamaha R1 sports bike would be an understatement of the highest magnitude. One has to remember that I only passed my test last year and do not yet have the skill, or indeed the confidence, to ride a beast of a machine like this on a public road. The thing that struck me on first sight was that the new R1 seemed so small. I mean tiny! In isolation it looks no bigger than an R6 or even an R3 and perhaps the R125. It is only when  you see the bike  next to these bikes, as I was lucky enough to view a fwe months later, do you spot the obvious differences which is mainly the size of the tank and the back wheels. Of course, the details give...
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Honda CBR 650F sports bike for beginners
We often get asked, via our YouTube channel, which sports motorcycle is best for new riders, beginners oe even older riders getting back into motorbiking. So what motorbike is best? Which is the easiest, safest. most forgiving motorbike on the market? Which sports bike should you buy for your experience? Is a supersports bike suitable? The very first argument that pops up is the 'Capacity' argument.... Specifically, should any nre or inexperienced rider ever be allowed on a bike with a capacity of one litre/liter or more? Of course, this question is somewhat out of date as the performance of some under-1000cc bikes is astonishing. Particular examples of bikes that really need an experienced rider are the MV Agusta F3, which is 800cc, and the Ducati Panigale 899/959 which has 900/960cc/ These bikes are electrifying and, indeed, due to their lighter weight and engine tune they accelerate at least as quick...
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AM Motorcycle Licence Law and Information
There are three main categories of motorcycle licence, which are the  A1 Licence, A2 Licence, and the full A Licence. There is also an AM licence category for scooters and mopeds. These three new motorcycle licence categories are mostly based on the rider's age, with a strict time limit in place, wthin which the rider must pass the related test , or re-apply for the motorcycle licence in that category. The rules ensure that all riders make progress through the different motorcycle licences, spending a minimum of two years within the 'A2' and 'A1' licence categories before being allowed to take the test for the full and unlimited 'A' licence. The UK also operates a 'Direct Access', also known as DAS,  route that allows riders of at least 24 years of age to move straight passed the 'A1' and 'A2' licences, and go directly for the full 'A' licence. Details of...
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I popped along to the local T-Fest day at Jack Lilley in Surrey to have  a ride on the new Triumph Speed Triple R and Thruxton R but whilst I was there, and with time on my hands, I took the opportunity to take this rather splendid 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 out for a ride. I have always respected this classic sort of motorcycle shape and, of course, the Bonneville name is somewhat legendary but it has never really been 'my thing'. I therefore took the keys for the bike with absolutely no expectations whatsoever. First of all, I had a good look around it and started to see the attraction as the Triumph T120 clearly had raw motorcycling appeal despite being rather contemporary with an abundance of modern motorbiking technology adorning it. What stood out for me was the pure simplicity of it. I also admired its clarity of...
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Whether you are into modern super naked motorcycles, agressive super sports motorbikes, cruisers, scramblers or even super motos you will always admire the look of the new Thruxton R from Triumph. It seems to elevate itself above simply being about looks and provides a heavy dose of style and the elusive feel good factor. It makes you smile, it makes your son smile, it makes your father smile and it makes your grandpa smile. It is retro, yet modern, traditional yet contemporary, loud but safe. The fulll name is actually a Triumph Bonneville Thruxton 1200 R priced at £11700. There is also a non-R version priced at £10,400 which has less detailing and lower quality suspension/brakes.   Ade's Review When I first saw this bike in large print form in a Triumph dealership I was immediately struck by just  how 'honest' the bike looked. After all, this bike is a fake!...
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2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800 in Dark Grey
i was fortunate enough to get out on the new 2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800, a bike that grabbed me the moment i looked at it on the screen. As you may know from my other blogs and vlogs I am an MV fan though I have never owned one. This love affair goes back to my youth and my early recollection of an MV from a Top Trump pack that I had. The brand stuck in my mind ever since. In the flesh, this new 800cc Brutale bike does not disappoint. It has amazing curves, angles and details with quite the most amazing seat area that I have EVER seen on a motorcycle. We will surely see some copycats, though the overall look of seat lightness might contribute to it's firmness and uncomfortableness on long journeys. First impressions were that is was a little bike, almost toy like, and height...
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2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer XRT
Is the new 2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer XRT one of the all time great all-rounder motorycles? Is it really worth £15,000 / $22,000 - before you even add in some of the usual extras such as panniers, back-box, exhaust, etc? After having riden the bike I can see where the money is spent. There is a lot of super, high-tech electrickery on the bike, mostly in place to provide security but also to improve the experience. Certainly, Triumph has made some great changes to help both the rider and the pillion comfortable. I really did like the idea of heated seats, especially for the pillion who is so often overlooked. The bike has a lot of competitors out there from all of the major manufacturers, such as the KTM 1290 Super Adventure, the Aprilia Caponord, the big BMWs, the Ducati Multistrada, the Yamaha Super Tenere, the Honda VFR 1200s or Adventure,...
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Yamaha MT-10 / FZ-10 Motorcycle Picture Image
OMG! This new Yamaha MT-10, also known as the FZ-10 in the United States, absolute rocks!! Well, it does in this new livery idea in the dark grey and lime green. Wow. Amazingly, it is less than 10 grand.. Umm, that will put a lot of noses out of joint. I can imagine a lot of MT-07 / FZ-07 and MT-09 / FZ-09  riders moving up to this new litre bike. It will obviously be a detuned R1 engined bike as opposed to a over-tunes 900cc form the 09 series. The current specs are: MT-10 at a glance   Max Power 158.2bhp @ 11,500rpmMax Torque 81.86ftlb @ 9000rpmSeat Height 825mmWeight 210kgCost £9999When can I get it? May 2016   Form an orderly queue now.. I wonder the competition is thinking?...
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The Hendee Manufacturing Company introduced the 1.75-horsepower, single-cylinder Indian in 1901. Harley-Davidson followed in 1903. Inevitably, racing ensued. Early contests were held on horse-racing ovals and bicycle velodromes, but around 1909 wooden tracks built specifically for cars and motorcycles began to appear in Los Angeles and then elsewhere. It was in 1911 that a livery worker named Ashley Franklin Van Order moved from Illinois to Southern California so he could ride his motorcycle year-round. Van Order took a job selling Harley-Davidsons and began riding competitively, but his racing career was cut short soon afterward by an accident, followed by an ultimatum. “His wife, Lilly, told him that if he ever rode again, she was out of there,” says Van Order’s grandson, Jim Bolingmo Sr., a retired professor of science and math. Van Order turned to photography, and the images he amassed from the mid-1910s through the 1920s—his own and possibly others’—constitute...
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Hello Fellow Riders, Wanted to share some personal experience and insight into two types of riding boots that I've been using of late. The old pair that I've had for four years, ROSSI ROADSTER SHORT ANKLE, versus the second and new pair I purchased being the RST STUNT BOOT (without heal).  After 4 years of use and 2 seasons of North American Winter (lived in NY for 2 years & didn't want to buy walking boots) the Rossi's were looking and feeling a-little worn.  The Rossi boots have been and are very sturdy and strong. They were my first pair of riding boots. Without any comparison, I've not had reason to complain about them too much. My only real issue was the stiffness and lack of flexibility when walking. There was never any real bend to the boot.  As for riding, the Rossi's were very sturdy and you could feel the...
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  I don't really know what else to say..... 60 bikes on the grid, 70mph down the straights, battling all day mid pack, getting faster and faster each time i'm on the bike.     love it!!!!!!!! ...
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 During a particularly damp weekend on Daventry I decided to kick off my mini bike racing again. The conditions could not have been more difficult, rain, the sun, rain, then sun..... and although I have wets for the bike, I don't have spare sprockets and discs and so it was matter of wait and see what it was going to be like and change the wheels to suit 20 minutes before the race.  I got down to the track at about on the @ 22:30 on Saturday night, pitched my cheap ass setup and bedded down. Arguably there is no better way to spend a Sunday. Practice, Qualifying and 2 races, and the bonus of being surrounded by pleasant like-minded people.           Despite my being awfully slow, running in group B in the stock 140s (fastest 30 riders go in group A) I came 20th in race 1...
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First up, apologies but it was a very windy day and I was unaware that the mic was picking up the gusts so I had to cut most of the vid for the XRx. Also, I don't have GoPro type camera so no on-board action. It's over 24 hours since I rode these bikes and looking back my heart was ruling my head.  The XRx was the sensible bike and actually very nice and usable all year round.  The Street was an adrenalin buzz and a lovely engaging bike.  If I was a bit younger the Street would win hands down and it did on the day but on reflection the XRx would make more sense for me.  The Street was a bit cramped (I think the R has a slightly more sporty riding position)  and I'd be uncomfortable for long rides, cos I'm old and fat ;) I'm not...
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Hey guys! So this would seem to be my first ever blog post on the site, and I can't thank you enough to be given the opportunity to be part of the team, it's a pleasure. I've been running my own channel for just over a year, and to be honest I haven't really expected much to come out of it, with only a handful of subscribers (which I've always said I'm not too fussed about). But looking over the past year since the day I first put a Drift on my head, got on my then restricted SV650S, I'd never have dreamed I'd be doing the things I am doing today, so thanks all! For those that don't know much about me and my channel, I'm The Rampant Rider, a strange name I know, but it stuck... I'm originally from the far land we call Norwich, Norfolk, and no.......
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During 2013 I was out on the bike at least once a month, £25 for a entire day out on track was too good to say no to. In 2013 a new race series started up, this was set by member of another UK series who decided to go it on their own, and set up a mini bike racing series "by riders, for riders": Unfortunately during the 2013 summer series I was unable to race, but i did however agree to help by coming down and help during race days with gridding up, as well as doing some filming and editing for them, please see the two videos in the blog. The series has grown over the last two years, and is now televised on Motors TV, therefore, my services are no longer required, but yet, still appreciated.  In November 2013, I got some money together and entered...
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3   As I am an impulsive person, and against my better halves better judgement. I quickly gathered together what money I could not afford and began the hunt for my fist pit bike. Unbeknownst to me at the time, the person who offered to let me come down and try his bike was starting up a new business importing MosterPRO Pit bikes: A cunning marketing ploy I must say, but, it worked. I bought one of the first 4 MonsterPRO pit bikes into the UK. I don't think that the brand imports into the UK any more, but shortly after i purchased the bike, the brand became the most sought after brand of supermoto pit bikes in the UK market. My little bike could possibly be seen as a collectors item.... i doubt it.  Every spare penny I had in the coming months, which unfortunately were leading into winter, were...
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