MoreBikes December 2023

  • Cost-Effective Classics: Yamaha Thundercat

    Cost-Effective Classics: Yamaha Thundercat

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    Bargain-basement fun has never been so good! Steve Cooper explains… Want a practical classis that will tour, scratch, commute and maybe even cope with a track day with a few upgardes? Then look no further than the Yamaha YZF600R. It’s the perfect platform from which to tailor an accessible, cost-effective, relatively modern middleweight that still…

  • Summer Gloves (no, we’re not potty, read on!)

    Summer Gloves (no, we’re not potty, read on!)

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    It’s winter. That might seem like a strange time to tell you about our favourite summer riding gloves. But actually, it’s the perfect time to bag a bargain while dreaming of the warmer weather returning and the roads drying out. Here’s what you need to know: E-Numbers The all-important E-number is EN 13594:2015. There should…

  • Time to change? A First Ride with surprising results

    Time to change? A First Ride with surprising results

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    Can you teach an old dog new tricks? We’re told not. But if you can convince an ex-racer with a penchant for petrol, who’s only ever ridden sportbikes, that there’s a load of fun to be had on electric off-roaders, anything’s possible. WORDS: Andy Bell PHOTOS: Motocom / Surron UK I’m not an off-road rider.…

  • French Revolution

    French Revolution

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    Peugeot Motorcycles has been around since 1898, which actually makes it one of the oldest manufacturers of bikes in the world. That’s quite an achievement – though it hasn’t actually been building ‘proper’ bikes continuously for all that time. It’s much better known for its steady release of scooters; with a rich range of urban…

  • Daytona Dilemma: Roberts Vs Sheene

    Daytona Dilemma: Roberts Vs Sheene

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    Roberts and Sheene first raced against each other at Daytona in 1974 – and over the next decade they went head-to-head more than 100 times. VJMC’s Steve Cooper looks back… Despite eventually winning the 1982 Daytona event for the 11th time, the triumph was bittersweet for Yamaha. Kenny Roberts supposedly was the favourite on the OW60…

  • Rider Skills: Braking IN a corner

    Rider Skills: Braking IN a corner

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    It’s one thing to brake hard on a straight bit of road, but what happens when you have to do it while riding through a corner? This is what… We’ve all been there: ridden into a corner a bit too fast, and found ourselves wanting to slow down while the bike is banked over. The…

  • Used Bike Guide: SUZUKI DL650 V-STROM (2011-on)

    Used Bike Guide: SUZUKI DL650 V-STROM (2011-on)

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    £2500-£7000 It’d be rude not to mention the bike which the DEs replaced. The V-Strom 650 is widely considered a brilliant ‘little’ bike, that’s long been regarded as a smart choice by bikers who approve of its usability, versatility and exceptional value for money. There is a slightly more off-road leaning XT variant, but the…

  • Used Bike Guide: Yamaha TDM850 (1991-2001)

    Used Bike Guide: Yamaha TDM850 (1991-2001)

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    £1000-£3000 We love Yamaha’s TDM850. It was ahead of its time when it was first released back in the early 90s, offering top road manners in a trail bike-esque package. You could probably call it the first road-focused adventure bike… although strangely, it never proved particularly popular in the UK. Those in the know praise…

  • Used Bike Guide: Honda VFR800X Crossrunner (2015-2021)

    Used Bike Guide: Honda VFR800X Crossrunner (2015-2021)

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    £3500-£8500 The second generation of Honda’s VFR800X Crossrunner wasn’t exactly a runaway success. It wasn’t particularly on-trend, offering neither the off-road capable all-rounder abilities of a ‘traditional’ adventure bike which were in vogue at the time, nor the eye-widening performance of a more focused sporty tourer. But it’s a brilliant bike, superbly put together (it’s…

  • Ridden: Suzuki V-Strom 800

    Ridden: Suzuki V-Strom 800

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    There’s a big demand for off-road ready adventure bikes, but what if you’re only interested in riding on the road? Suzuki’s got you covered with the latest version of its much-lauded V-Strom 800. Over to Chris Moss for his thoughts… In March this year Suzuki introduced its ‘comeback’ bike, the V-Strom 800DE. Hailed positively by…

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