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Do Not Disturb
Public relations management is a dark art. I have witnessed some very clever PR gurus putting a 'spin' on things and completely changing public opinion about the subject at hand. But it doesn't always work. For instance, calling the M25 a motorway ra
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Indian Chieftain Dark Horse
I genuinely didn’t see this coming. I have always been firmly on the side of the technically advanced, flawlessly handling, and smooth-running bikes. So how come I returned from our tour hopelessly in love with the Indian – just because it has more c
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23-year-old Sets Youngest Rtw Record
Henry Crew is the youngest motorcyclist ever to ride around the world, and that's official. The 23-year-old left London on April 3, 2018 on a Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled and arrived back just over a year later, after crossing 35 countries in 381 day
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Expert’s View
Pat Jackson of the Honda Adventure Centre (www.hondaadventurecentre.com) is very familiar with the Africa Twin both on- and off-road. “We’ve got 26 of them, and think they’re the best 50/50 adventure bike of the lot when it comes to road and off-road
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Alan Cathcar t has been writing about bikes for more than 30 years, and riding them for even longer. He’s regularly given the keys to factory prototypes and being on first name terms with the bosses of bike companies around the world allows him to ba
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Test Ride BMW K1600B LE
I’ll cut straight to the chase. The K1600B blew me away. I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect to be writing that. On appearance alone, it was the bike that excited me the least of the three. I mean, the Indian just looks an absolute monster, and the Honda
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Test fleet: BMW R1250GS Adventure TE
This month has been all about short trips in the UK – a stark contrast to last month's big European rides. And although I miss riding the Alpine passes, it's been a good month. There have been many reasons for my riding enjoyment, ranging from the we
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Who’s The Baggeriest Of Them All?
They might all be baggers, but the three bikes are hugely different. So which is the one to start saving for? Well, in hindsight this group test was always going to end in a draw. We were never going to be able to pick just one of these bikes and dec
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Mini Adventure
Setting off for a ride around the Peak District set me thinking back to the days before people started talking about 'adventure motorbikes’. When I learnt to ride, every bike was an adventure. Thirty-odd years ago I bought a tired, maroon 1980s Kawas
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I Own One
There’s no doubting Craig Exford is more than keen on his Africa Twin. “I suppose you could say it was only a matter of time before I got one of the latest Africa Twins. I’ve owned one of the original 750s for nearly 20 years now. I’ve been everywher
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure4 min read
Letters
I write to speak up for what is fast becoming an irresponsible faction who choose not to wear everything available before each ride. I say irresponsible, because of the too-often used sentiments concerning motorcycle safety which, although being unso
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No-fly Ride
One year, on holiday near Malaga, we thought, why not ride the bikes down next time? Our wives would fly from Bristol, but Martin and I would allow ourselves a few days’ head start for the road trip south. After a nice break lounging on the beach, we
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Test fleet: Honda CB500X
Having just got the Honda VFR800X Crossrunner fitted out, off she’s gone back to be replaced by the CB500X. The reason for wanting the CB500X was due to the VFR going to the IoM for 10 days and those very kind people at Honda giving me the CB500X on
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Test fleet: Honda Monkey 125
To many motorcyclists the Honda Monkey’s ‘just’ a commuter – but I reckon that’s doing the plucky little retro machine a bit of a disservice. Hardened bikers might deride it for its lack of horsepower and its diminutive dimensions, but over the last
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Good Value
As I walked away from the Triumph stand at last year’s NEC show I just wondered if I’d made any impression. My wife says that I’m opinionated. She urges me to put a limit of five minutes on interaction. “That’s enough for anyone,” she says. What does
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What’s Your Favourite Road?
I get asked two things many, many times each year, mainly at shows and events: “So, what’s your favourite road or ride?” “What’s your favourite tour?” My stock answer to my favourite tour is the next one. It's not glib but the best thing about owning
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Test fleet: Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Grand Tourer
The text came in late at night and immediately my heart began to race. Could it be a former partner, desperate to get back with Mr. Love? (That’s me.) Who else would be texting at such an ungodly hour? I roused myself from my half-sleep and whipped i
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City Slicker
If you live in a city and want a cool-looking bike to commute, zap around, and maybe have a bit of fun with too, the Scrambler Icon might well be on your shortlist. To see if it should be seriously considered, I had a chance to sample the bike at its
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Unsung Hero
All big and clever manufacturers are using one engine to power a whole platform of bikes – from adventure tractors to supersport missiles. Take the tried and tested Honda CB/CBR/ CBX combo, for instance. Or the brand new Ducati V4 dynasty: a superbik
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