Reviews

Gilera Nuovo Saturno Road Test

The heart of the Saturno is hard to pin down as its all so good, the Marzocchi forks and rear suspension are simple in design, but work so well within the whole concept, while the basic frame design in turn…

 

Yamaha RD125B Road Test

The Yamaha RD125 is a strange mix of ages, taking much of its architecture and design from the Yamaha’s of the 60s. With only minor engine mods separating it from the early AS3 range, it is a small and compact…

 

Yamaha FJ1100

The Yamaha FJ series are great big, dependable bikes with a large following and buoyant owner club. As bikes go the FJ is easily capable of travelling huge distance in double quick time, and with the maximum of rider comforts but, would you consider racing one against pure sports machines? The track is a different arena to the open road and the stocky FJ with its wide girth and slow handling is surely no place for it to excel.

 
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BMW R80G/S Road Test

Press the starter and the whole bike shakes and rocks like a World War II fighter just firing up, coughing, spluttering and struggling to get going. Once the starter has had its tussle with the big twin engine they do…

 

Street Special Yamaha R1-Z

To the average UK motorcyclist the R1-Z will appear strangely familiar, and yet not instantly recognisable. There is just enough of the usual indications telling you it is a Yamaha and you really ought to know which one but, most will have no idea exactly what model it is.

 

Honda CB900F Road Test

Even stood still, the CB900F looks to be going some. The lines are cleverly swept back with bodywork and decals matching the angles of the pipes, and other metalwork complementing each other superbly. The overall styling, indeed many of the…

 

1984 Hesketh V1000

Hesketh was never big. If anything it was pitifully small – only a few hundred V1000s sold worldwide, but the same can’t be said for the bikes themselves. They’re huge. A Hesketh’s dimensions – 550lbs dry weight and 59.5 inches…

 

Honda CBR600F Road Test

It is hard to nail the exact point when sports machinery finally gelled into the basic form we have enjoyed for the last two decades, but we reckon theCBR600 is a good place to look. The CBR marked a turning…

 

Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP Road Test

The late 80s saw the race between the big four Japanese manufactures hot up to fever pitch with all manner of takes on the perfect high performance machine. The answer to the problem appeared to be outright power, with scant…

 

Yamaha DT175 Road Test

Fanfare for the common man Back in 1969, Yamaha were the first to put a trail bike into production and by the mid 70s the idea had caught on in the UK. The delightful DT series created a new way…