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14/11/2014 12:15 PM
Paton S1 (2014-current)
Meet Paton’s all new, hand built S1, the road going version of their Lightweight TT bike. The mix of old and new works together very well and from two feet away it’s a stunning throwback. But after the initial admiration...
14/11/2014 11:44 AM
Ariel Ace (2014-current)
Ariel has more recently been known for producing quirky-looking space-framed Atom sports cars with fearsome power to weight ratios and superbike levels of acceleration. But now they’re back making bikes. The Ace is a modular concept, so you can have...
14/11/2014 10:37 AM
Indian Roadmaster (2014-current)
‘Full-dress’ version of the Chieftain tourer launched a year ago achieves what it set out to in out-luxo-ing and out-performing Harley’s Electra Glide. That said, Indians are relatively unproven and the latest Project Rushmore Harleys are a vast improvement, so...
13/11/2014 04:45 PM
Hesketh 24 (2014-current)
Hesketh is the latest UK heritage motorcycle brand to be reborn and the ‘24’ is their first offering. As a mix of American hot rod power (the S&S engine) and semi-retro Brit style (the ‘24’ is a nod to James...
13/11/2014 04:25 PM
Honda NM4 Vultus (2014-current)
NC750 Integra scooter-based limited edition concept machine attempts to be half-scoot/half motorbike to tempt newcomers to two wheels and thanks to capable, DCT-equipped (Honda’s clevcer semi auto gearbox) NC750 platform and decent dynamics it largely works. So forget those DN01...
13/11/2014 03:36 PM
Yamaha XVS1300 Custom (2014-current)
Yamaha’s XVS1300 Custom off-the-peg chopper is a rebadged Yamaha Stryker, originally released in the US in 2011. It mixes ‘American Chopper’ styling with bomb-proof Yamaha build quality. Badge snobs might sneer at its lack of ‘Harleyness’ but it’s a capable...
13/11/2014 12:22 PM
Ducati 1199 Superleggera (2014)
Based on the homologation-special Panigale R, the 200bhp Superleggera (‘super light’ in Italian) weighs just 155kg dry, or 166kg wet with no fuel, which is the same as the Bologna firm’s WSB racer. Ducati has created 200 shiny new parts...
13/11/2014 11:37 AM
Honda VFR800F (2014-current)
In delivering refined versatility, class and understated quality and entertainment, this new VFR is a success. My only slight regrets are two-fold: this newcomer doesn’t (quite) have the clean sheet, no expense-spared ethos of the originals, it’s a tiny bit...
13/11/2014 11:06 AM
Indian Scout (2014-current)
A year on from the now Polaris-owned brand’s return with its new Chief, Indian has done it again with another all-new bike – the Scout. The company’s quoted aim with the Scout was to build the ‘best in class, mid-size...
13/11/2014 10:35 AM
Kymco CK1 (2014-current)
Like those Japanese rivals, the CK1 is a fairly stylish air-cooled, four-stroke single. Unlike them, it costs under two grand. All-new commuter aims to fill the gap between cheap and cheerful Chinese offerings and more proven, pricier, Japanese ones. It...
13/11/2014 10:31 AM
Honda CBR650F (2014-current)
Honda’s all-new, completely revitalised and reinvented CBR is a CBR worthy of the name. The original CBR was such as success simply because it was a good, affordable, all-round bike, with a touch of Honda class. Just as much is...
13/11/2014 10:06 AM
Honda CB650F (2014-current)
Value-packed roadster based on CBR650F running gear looks brilliant, is so well executed it wouldn’t look the poor relation parked next to a CB1000R or Blade, is simple and straightforward to ride and is also practical, versatile and great fun....
12/11/2014 01:59 PM
Triumph America LT (2014-current)
Though by definition a ‘smaller bagger’ it’s not really a small bike. It’s manageable, yes, but is sufficiently full sized to carry two and luggage and tour hundreds of miles with ease. The LT also has enough style, comfort, performance...
12/11/2014 10:50 AM
Norton Domiracer (2014)
New Nortons don’t come along very often, especially ones with featherbed frames and looks like this. That is in enough in itself for the Domiracer to be considered special. The fact that it's 83% British with much of it (frame,...
11/11/2014 03:34 PM
Victory Magnum (2014-current)
Victory like to claim the Magnum is the ‘boldest production bagger ever to hit the road’ and they’re not wrong. Bags of style, decent practicality and production reassurance. The only downsides are a TBA price and the Victory brand which...
11/11/2014 09:39 AM
Victory Hammer S LE (2014-current)
The base Hammer S remains an appealing package that’s enduring well, hardly showing any signs of its age. It’s a crisp, clean, grunty American musclebike and an appealing alternative to the ubiquitous Harley. Its blacked-out powertrain is as bad-ass as...
10/11/2014 05:41 PM
Yamaha MT-09 SR (2014-current)
There's not a lot wrong with the MT-09 in standard trim so this bike was always onto a bit of a winner.
10/11/2014 03:39 PM
Yamaha SR400 (2013-current)
The SR400 could really do with the original’s extra 100cc or 8-10bhp more; for anyone over 5ft 10in it’s too cute to be cool and, at £5200 I can’t help feeling it’s a bit rich, too. After all, the SR...
03/11/2014 09:30 AM
Bimota BB3 (2014-current)
One of the lightest and most powerful bikes ever. But on the track it comes up a little short. The tyres aren't great and it really isn't worth the extra £10,000 over the 2014 S1000RR it shares so many parts...
17/09/2014 05:25 PM
KTM RC390 (2014-current)
This is a bike for A2 licence holders to be excited about. Inspired by KTM’s Moto3 machine, you could say the RC 390 is the modern day RD350LC. With its punchy single-cylinder engine, steel trellis frame, ali swingarm and fat,...
21/03/2014 03:06 PM
KTM 390 Duke (2013-current)
The current market seems littered with new, learner-friendly bikes, which are A2 licence compatible as manufacturers try to get new riders on board. The new 390 Duke may not have the touring ability of BMW’s G650GS or the sporty appearance...
21/03/2014 02:53 PM
Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP (2014-current)
Honda has given Fireblade fans a reason to smile. With its classy Öhlins suspension, Brembo monobloc brakes, blueprinted engine and drop-dead gorgeous HRC paintjob, the SP is the most desirable Blade in its 21-year history. With its improved handling, braking...
21/03/2014 02:38 PM
Honda NC750X (2014-current)
Riding the NC for any length of time reveals a bike that handles sweetly, brakes more than adequately, is comfortable, tackles scabby back roads well and, with the addition of the DCT gearbox, is easy to ride and super economical...
21/03/2014 02:24 PM
Yamaha XV950 (2013-current)
Like any proper bobber, Yamaha’s XV isn’t for the long, open road but is more suited to the urban dude. Yamaha has kept it relatively light, at 247kg, and a super-low seat height of 690mm makes it easy to control...
21/03/2014 11:23 AM
Yamaha FJR1300A (2013-current)
Often overlooked in favour of the new breed of adventure-style sports tourers, the new FJR is a fabulous piece of kit – fast, refined and fun. Although hugely competent and thoroughly desirable, the new FJR isn’t that different to the...
21/03/2014 10:57 AM
Yamaha MT-07 (2014-current)
What a surprise the MT-07 is. It’s light, friendly, punchy, fast, frugal and more fun than it has a right to be. We reckon for everyday use and shorter-distance riding it’s actually better than the bigger, more expensive, MT-09. It’s...
20/03/2014 03:47 PM
Triumph Thunderbird Commander (2014-current)
The Commander is aimed more at European riders while the LT is for the American market. Essentially a naked version of the Thunderbird LT, the Commander is a hoot to ride. Thumping along, booting the heel-toe between third or fourth,...
20/03/2014 02:52 PM
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 (2014-current)
The V-Strom is never going to electrify you with thrills. It’s not breathtakingly quick, but it is easy to ride and manageable, delivering loads of low and midrange grunt. You can throw it around with confidence and it’s backed up...
20/03/2014 11:46 AM
Suzuki Inazuma 250 (2013-current)
Due to these trying economic time, the thought of a worthy 250 commuter, a workhorse, is certainly more appealing to riders than ever before. The Inazuma fills that role brilliantly. It’s effective, idiot-proof and economical and its classy touches, badge,...
20/03/2014 11:36 AM
MV Agusta Dragster 800 (2014-current)
The Brutale 800 Dragster is a very specific type of bike for a very specific purpose. Don’t expect it to go touring or suffer a daily commute. It’s a proper Sunday show-off, at home honing about streets and back lanes,...
19/03/2014 05:16 PM
Harley-Davidson FLHTK ElectraGlide Ultra Limited (2013-current)
Don’t be misled by the new Glide’s seemingly unchanged looks. While the styling may be familiar (and largely sacrosanct according to Harley bosses) the vast majority of the bike is all-new. To be exact, there are over 100 changes, making...
19/03/2014 04:32 PM
Moto Guzzi California Touring 1400 (2013-current)
The new California is a fabulous looking bike, it’s sophisticated and, dare I say it, sexy, too – it’s a successful modern twist on a classic design. In short it has that little something extra that Japanese, and even American,...
26/02/2014 02:12 PM
KTM 1190 Adventure (2013-current)
The new 1190 is radically different from the 990 it replaces. The whole package of chassis, electronic suspension and rider aids makes this 150bhp, 230kg bike seriously capable with more rider-friendly characteristics than any previous KTM Adventure. It can also...
26/02/2014 01:34 PM
Ducati Monster 1200S (2014-current)
In isolation I like the new Monster, which has character, looks good and is modern but still very much a Monster. The new liquid-cooled engine is much better than the old bike’s. There’s loads of mid-range and low-down grunt, and...
26/02/2014 12:32 PM
Ducati 1199 Panigale R (2013-current)
This is a bike for two types of people: the well-healed Ducati collector, or a race team owner who will strip it down and compete in Superstock 1000 championships. Acceleration is slightly more urgent out of the corners, but essentially...
26/02/2014 12:05 PM
BMW R1200RT (2014-current)
Partially water-cooling the R1200RT has evolved it into an even better tourer. The new motor gives it a bit more bite to take on the likes of the Triumph Trophy while not over-stepping the mark. Despite being a large machine...
26/02/2014 10:43 AM
BMW R1200GS Adventure (2014-current)
BMW has made the new R1200GS Adventure more comfortable, easier to ride and even more accomplished. It might be more refined and luxurious than ever but crucially it’s still the ultimate go-anywhere tourer and will comfortably hoover-up miles of tarmac,...
26/02/2014 10:32 AM
BMW R nineT (2014-current)
BMW has cleverly embraced the latest retro fashion, drawing on its 90 years of motorcycling experience, innovation and heritage, and the R nineT takes its inspiration from all those BMW road and race bikes of old. But the R nineT...
26/02/2014 10:24 AM
BMW F800GT (2013-current)
The new F800GT is a bike that can do the daily commute in comfort and safety thanks to the updated fairing, screen and standard ABS, before handling a longer weekend ride with a pillion and luggage. It’s even entertaining on...
26/02/2014 10:06 AM
BMW F700GS (2013-current)
If you want something light and easy to ride, which makes a great commuter and is backed up with excellent ABS then your first choice should be the F700GS. It’s not quite as much fun as other middleweight adventure bikes,...
24/02/2014 10:31 AM
Triumph Thunderbird LT (2014-current)
Triumph is keen to emphasise the Thunderbird-based ‘bagger’ LT is much more than AN Other Road King clone. In fact, so much has been changed it’s effecfively an all-new bike. The result is ‘As American as apple pie’. Big, chunky...
24/01/2014 02:41 PM
Ducati 899 Panigale (2013-current)
A step forward from the old 848, now littered in rider aids like traction control, ABS, EBC (Engine brake Control) all as standard quick-shifter. The ergonomics are more rider friendly, it’s easier and more forgiving and it looks stunning mirroring...
23/01/2014 04:33 PM
Aprilia Caponord 1200 (2013-current)
The ride quality and comfort from the semi-active suspension is class leading, especially when ridden two-up. Over bumps and imperfections it’s almost alien like – it’s that good and smooth. It’s not all about the clever suspension either, the ABS...
22/01/2014 04:32 PM
Kawasaki J300SE-ABS (2014-current)
The J300 is an excellent entry into the competitive scooter market and shows the firm is really serious about the market. It's sits perfectly between lighter 125cc scooters and much larger and heavier maxi scoots, combining a good spread of...
09/01/2014 11:44 AM
Kawasaki Z1000SX (2014-current)
The 2014 Kawasaki Z1000SX is a clever, considered and very worthwhile update of an already excellent machine. The Z1000SX was already something of a connossieurs’ choice: fast, effective, decently equipped, involving, good value and yet understated and unshowy too. Kawasaki...
09/01/2014 11:21 AM
Kawasaki ER-6n (2012-current)
The old ER-6n was already an excellent bike – which is why it sold so well in the UK and even more so in Europe. So Kawasaki didn’t have to do much. Yet they have succeeded in enhancing every aspect...
09/01/2014 11:07 AM
Kawasaki ER-6f (2012-current)
The outgoing ER-6f was already a very popular bike and thankfully Kawasaki haven’t felt the need to radically alter it, rather improve its slight failings and make a good bike even better. The new chassis and looks are improved and...
09/01/2014 10:53 AM
Kawasaki Ninja 300 (2012-current)
Kawasaki has hit the nail on the head with this bike. Finally the market has a practical, economical entry-level bike which is easy to ride and desirable. The firm says 40% of buyers will be under 24 years old, going...
08/01/2014 09:36 AM
Honda CB500X (2013-current)
The CB500X is the last of Honda’s new-for-2013, novice and A2-licence friendly 500-twin triumvirate – the others being the CB500F roadster and CBR500R sports bike – and for our money it’s the best of the bunch. The X’s subtly larger...
07/01/2014 04:24 PM
KTM 1290 Super Duke (2013-current)
It’s a massive leap forward over the old Super Duke which was far from a bad bike. The new 1.3 litre KTM has arm-ripping power, the best mid-range and roll on speed figures we’ve ever tested and is the most...
03/01/2014 03:15 PM
BMW S1000R (2014-current)
Very few performance bikes give you so much of everything, as the S1000R does. It’s two hugely capable bikes in one: it’s smooth, comfortable and safe, thanks to its flawless electronic rider aids, perfect throttle and usable power, but it’s...
03/01/2014 03:06 PM
MV Agusta Rivale 800 (2014-current)
A departure from their usual sportsbike and super naked range, the Rivale 800 is MV Agusta’s first ever supermoto-style machine. In fact, despite its looks it rides more like a naked sportsbike and doesn’t suffer the bar-wagging flightiness you get...
02/01/2014 04:32 PM
Yamaha MT-09 (2013-current)
Yamaha’s MT-09 middleweight roadster should be spectacular – a worthy rival to Triumph’s mighty Street Triple. Experienced riders will love the power from its 115bhp, 850cc three-cylinder engine, its ability to do easy stunts and the huge reserves of ground...
02/01/2014 04:20 PM
Ducati Hyperstrada (2013-current)
This is the touring version of Ducati’s revamped 2013-model Hypermotard. It gives you all the thrills of a supermoto with real-world touring capability – much like KTM’s successful 990 SMT. The Hyperstrada will happily cope with trackday action (as long...
02/01/2014 03:58 PM
BMW R1200GS (2013-current)
For 2013 the legendary GS (it was the catalyst of the whole adventure bike class back in 1980 and has become BMW’s best-selling bike world-wide) has received its biggest update yet. Almost every component has been changed; it’s more powerful...
05/12/2013 02:11 PM
Kawasaki Z1000 (2014 - current)
The new 2014 Z1000 is a ballsy move by Kawasaki – and not just because it looks like something out of a Terminator movie. No, it’s ballsy because it’s rejected the current (and often expensive) fashion for electronic rider aids,...
05/08/2013 04:39 PM
Honda NC700D Integra (2012-2013)
A maxi-scooter that's really a motorbike, with the same engine and chassis as Honda's NC700S and NC700X. Although technically accomplished, the Integra has a utilitarian feel, like a motorcycle made for people who don't particularly like motorcycling.
08/07/2013 05:21 PM
BMW F800GS Adventure (2013-current)
BMW set out to turn its 800GS into an authentic adventure bike and on this first showing have certainly achieved just that. Basically it’s an 800GS with a bigger (underseat) tank, extended bodywork and a host of options. Think of...
26/06/2013 06:47 PM
MV Agusta F3 800 (2013-current)
MV Agusta’s new 148bhp F3 800, boasts 20bhp more power than its F3 675 baby brother, a massive 30bhp more in the midrange and higher spec cycle parts such as Brembo Monobloc calipers. Yes, it’s more expensive, too, but the...
18/03/2013 02:56 PM
Triumph Tiger Sport (2013-current)
Triumph’s remodelled Tiger Sport replaces the Tiger 1050, which was produced from 2007 to 2012. It’s smoother, more powerful and comfier for rider and pillion alike. It has a lower, narrower seat and the old projector headlights have been replaced...
12/03/2013 10:25 AM
Ducati Hypermotard (2013-current)
Replacing the original air-cooled 1100 and 796 versions, this second-generation Hypermotard has an 8v, liquid-cooled motor, a more forgiving riding position, ABS, traction control and electronic riding modes. Ducati are hoping these changes will broaden the appeal of their bad...
11/02/2013 01:35 PM
Honda CB1100 (2013-current)
There’s no arguing that Honda has succeeded in producing what it set out to do. The CB11 is a beautiful recreation of an aircooled inline four; it’s easy to handle and novice friendly and it has fantastic detailing inspired by...
25/01/2013 11:18 AM
MV Agusta F4 (2013-current)
With its new short-stroke engine, ride-by-wire throttle, frame and a host of clever electronic upgrades, this the F4’s biggest overhaul since MV turned their flagship superbike back from a 1078cc, into a 1000 in 2010. Like a well set-up race...
17/01/2013 10:27 AM
Kawasaki Z800 (2013-current)
We’re genuinely shocked how good the Z800 is, given how uninspiring the old Z750 was - it’s a fitting tribute to the Zed’s 40th birthday. The ride quality is sumptuous, the motor smooth and there’s power spilling out of it...
11/01/2013 02:58 PM
Suzuki GSX-R1000 (2012-current)
The now old GSX-R was an exceptional bike, winning AMA and world endurance titles and narrowly missing out on a BSB title. Suzuki have simply improved the weak points, namely better brakes, more midrange, lighter handling with a few cosmetic...
03/01/2013 09:15 AM
Triumph Daytona 675R (2013-current)
Faster, better handling, easier to ride and with an even angrier engine note, the 2013 Daytona 675R takes Triumph’s supersport weapon to another level. Launched alongside the standard Daytona 675, it’s the first major update since the 675’s release in...
17/12/2012 10:04 AM
MV Agusta Brutale 800 (2013-current)
MV has now positioned the Brutale 675 as the entry-level bike in the range with the bigger, four-cylinder 1090R and 1090RRs capping the range. The Brutale 800 now occupies a gap in the middle. This is not a bike for...
16/11/2012 10:38 AM
Triumph Street Triple R (2013-current)
Compared to the previous incarnation, the 2013 Triumph Street Triple R is lighter, smoother, more refined and has the handling and brakes a superbike would be proud of. Best of all, it’s 6kg lighter. It’s lost some of that in-your-face,...
09/11/2012 03:05 PM
Kawasaki ZX-6R (2013-current)
Kawasaki has obviously tried to make the new ZX-6R more usable for the environment in which it’ll be most used – the road. And in many ways they’ve succeeded. The new 636cc motor boasts a more usable spread of power...
05/10/2012 04:02 PM
BMW S1000RR HP4 (2012-2014)
As if the standard S1000RR wasn’t good enough already, BMW have made it even faster, lighter and more technologically-advanced, with this HP4 version. The jewel in the HP4’s crown is the new electronic Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) suspension system, which...
26/09/2012 01:17 PM
Honda CRF250L (2012-current)
If you want a lightweight dual sport trail bike that can handle a short commute in the week and then head into the countryside on green lanes at the weekend – this is it.
21/09/2012 06:18 PM
Triumph Trophy 1200 SE (2012-current)
Like the preceding Explorer adventure bike, Triumph’s new tourer, the Trophy, has probably swept to the top of its class first time out by, if not being shiningly the best at anything, then certainly being the best tourer overall....
27/07/2012 06:41 PM
Honda NC700S (2012-2013)
An economical little work horse that can just about cut it out of town when you fancy going a little faster. Stability, comfort, cheap price and a large storage space make the NC700S a very appealing bike. Overall the NC700S...
20/07/2012 04:34 PM
Honda NC700X (2012-2013)
The idea of a cheap, capable bike that offers more in terms of style and versatility than a basic commuter is a good one. Being able to stash a helmet turns 'good' into practical brilliance. Affordability and ease of use...
13/07/2012 05:47 PM
MV Agusta Brutale 675 (2012-current)
MV Agusta used to be the dream, aspirational brand; the poster bike we proudly hung on our garage and shed wall; the Ferrari of the biking world – and just as expensive, impractical and out of reach. But with the...
06/07/2012 11:48 AM
Bimota DB10 (2012-current)
The bad news is that Bimota's new DB10 costs £18,999 and is utterly impractical. The good news is it's one of the most entertaining road bikes on the planet. This bike is in a niche of a niche of a...
29/06/2012 04:54 PM
Lexmoto LSM125
The LSM125 is perfectly capable 125cc supermoto, fine for a couple of years use before moving on to a bigger bike.It does everything as you'd expect, it's just not a very memorable bike.
22/06/2012 03:55 PM
Lexmoto XTR125
Not a bad sporty 125 that does everything you could want a 125 to do with litte hassle. Cheap price means these are a very tempting choice over more expensive, but better Japanese machines like the Honda CBR125. f you're...
08/06/2012 04:05 PM
Piaggio X10 350 (2012-current)
At under £5000 the X10 is cheaper than many of its rivals, and feels much more sophisticated. The only version of the X10 coming to scooter-resistant Britain is the 350 in high spec executive guise, though much of Europe gets...
01/06/2012 05:15 PM
Honda VFR1200F (2012-current)
The VFR1200F remains a good, bordering on great bike. Its quality and finish is peerless; its refinement, ergonomics and ease-of-use impeccable. And the cherry on the top is that unique-sounding and fabulously grunty, flexible and, yes, fast V4. But it's...
25/05/2012 06:28 PM
KTM 990 Supermoto R (2009-2013)
The KTM 990 Supermoto R is an absolutely stonking bike. On the road the bike is hysterical - a complete hooligan bike. Get on it, point it towards some tight, twisty roads and try not to giggle with excitement.
18/05/2012 02:12 PM
KTM 690 Duke (2012-current)
With the 2012 Duke KTM have made a bike that can give an experienced rider the thrill they are looking for whilst being a more usable package with a broader appeal to a wider spectrum of riders than the previous...
10/05/2012 04:43 PM
BMW C650GT (2012-current)
A competent maxi scooter with a claimed 108mph top speed and armchair comfort. Well equipped, with ABS and electronically adjustable screen as standard, plus two glove boxes and a large under-seat compartment. Optional heated grips and seat available in a...
30/04/2012 07:16 PM
BMW C600 Sport (2012-current)
Genuinely sporty for a scooter, with a claimed 108 top speed, sharp handling and aggressive styling. Well equipped, with ABS and a manually adjustable screen as standard, plus two glove boxes and a clever expandable under-seat compartment. Optional heated grips...
23/04/2012 05:24 PM
Aprilia SRV850 (2012-current)
The world’s most powerful ever scooter is loads of fun but has an unfinished feel, with iffy suspension and a lack of attention to detail. If outrunning hot hatches on a step-thru is you’re thing, you’ll love it. If you...
13/04/2012 12:51 PM
Aprilia SR Max 125 (2011-2013)
The SR Max 125 is a nice little city scooter, with bags of weather protection and comfort for longer journeys. Struggles at speeds above 40mph, but at town speeds it's perfectly adequate. Handling is spot on. If you want an...
05/04/2012 12:35 PM
Kawasaki ZZR1400 (2012-current)
Simply put Kawasaki’s new ZZR is the new king of speed and power, beating the formidable Hayabusa hands down. It produces more power and torque, and accelerates quicker than any other road bike but unfortunately is still restricted to an...
28/03/2012 04:30 PM
BMW S1000RR Sport (2012-2014)
You might have to squint to tell the difference between the old and new one (the new tail unit and higher swingarm pivot is the clue), but the 2012 S1000RR is a giant leap forward. The first S1000RR was already...
23/03/2012 10:46 AM
MV Agusta F3 675 (2012-current)
The new F3 has all the makings of a class-leading supersports machine. It’s much more powerful than its rivals, is lighter and has a host of electronic rider aids, from riding modes, to electronic engine braking control, variable power...
14/03/2012 10:01 AM
Ducati 1199 Panigale S ABS (2012-2014)
A mould-breaking motorcycle. Apart from the colour and the noise it makes, the Panigale has nothing in common with Ducati superbikes of old. The chassis is ‘frameless’, there’s a new-generation ‘superquadro’ L-twin engine and it comes with the very latest...
09/03/2012 04:01 PM
Harley-Davidson FLS Softail Slim (2012-current)
The Slim is essentially a standard Softail (ie a big twin with hidden rear shocks for that ‘hardtail’ look) but given (as seems to be repeatedly fashionable with cruisers from all manufacturers at the moment) the minimalist, ‘50s ‘bobber’/hot rod...
29/02/2012 03:08 PM
Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer (2012-current)
The surprise with the Crosstourer is two-fold: first that the 1200 V4 powertrain works so well in an adventure bike package (it already seems so familiar and ‘right’ to me it seems like it’s been around for years) and second...
24/02/2012 04:26 PM
Harley-Davidson XL1200 Sportster 72 (2012-current)
The new Harley ‘72’ is a blinged/tarted up custom – the idea being a full-on. Early ‘70s-style custom (hence the name) but on the 1200 Sportster platform rather than the more usual big twins. It works, too.
02/02/2012 09:34 AM
Triumph Speed Triple R (2012-current)
Based on the Speed Triple launched at the beginning of 2011, this high-spec R version has Ohlins suspension, lightweight wheels, Brembo monobloc brakes, cosmetic changes, a brand new gearbox and a 2kg reduction in weight. It’s added a dynamic new...
09/01/2012 11:58 AM
Vespa GTS125 (2007-current)
You get all the style and cool of an original Vespa, wrapped up in a package with modern reliability and running gear. If you're commute is primarily on busy city roads the engine and handling are spot on. But the...
05/01/2012 03:22 PM
Vespa PX125 (1977-current)
The Vespa PX125 has essentially remained unchanged since its introduction in 1977, but it doesn't feel 35 years old. Subtle changes to keep the Vespa up to date and to get it through Euro 3 emissions regulations mean it feels...
04/01/2012 03:39 PM
Piaggio Beverly 300ie (2011-current)
The 278cc engine gives the Beverly plenty of poke around town and out on the road and the handling inspires confidence. It looks slightly girly in pictures, but in the flesh it's not so bad, especially from the saddle, but...
23/12/2011 09:33 AM
Kawasaki Versys 1000 (2012-current)
Its odd looks will always raise questions, but the engine won’t, it’s a peach. There’s loads of low down, a nice spread of torque and the dollop of top end power should see it as the quickest bike in this...
14/12/2011 02:19 PM
Yamaha T-Max (2012-current)
The sports maxi-scooter that started it all. As close as you'll get to motorcycle handling in scooter form. The T-Max can tour, scratch and commute as good or better than many middleweight conventional bikes. But ABS isn't standard, it lacks...
09/12/2011 11:08 AM
Piaggio MP3 Yourban 125 (2011-current)
The Yourban 125 is certainly not cheap, but you can't put a price on confidenc, which is exactly what the extra front wheel gives. The 300cc version is less than £1000 more expensive, has more power and can be ridden...
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