MoreBikes July 2023

  • Best of British: Herald Motor Co.

    Best of British: Herald Motor Co.

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    Bob Pickett investigates… The British motorcycle industry is in the kind of rude health not seen in decades. Current estimates are that 19 different British marques are building bikes. But how many of those are actually making them in the UK – and in production runs (not just bespoke builds)…? The number falls away drastically.…

  • Kymco’s Adventure Scooter – 1000 miles in

    Kymco’s Adventure Scooter – 1000 miles in

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    We’ve put some mileage on the Kymco. Editor Ross elaborates… Big scooters are great. They’re practical, comfortable and quick off the line – and yet, in the UK, we don’t buy them in anything like the volumes as our European counterparts. Maybe it’s the weather; maybe it’s because kids here can only start riding at…

  • Building A Racer!

    Building A Racer!

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    Our pals at Fast Bikes have teamed up with Yamaha and Michael Rutter to build a pair of trick race bikes that are going to be put to the test at the TT. Here’s the story so far. When a Yamaha R7 was offered up to Fast Bikes to join its 2023 long-term test fleet,…

  • We Ride: Herald’s Brute 500

    We Ride: Herald’s Brute 500

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    Herald’s made a big leap forward with the release of its raucous, stripped-back custom-style single – the Brute 500. The (mostly) British-built naked is similarly spec-ed and similarly priced to the brand-new BSA Gold Star – and probably could appeal to the type of riders BSA is aiming its bike at: young, trendy types (not…

  • Cost-Effective Classics: Benelli 2C and Moto Guzzi 250TS

    Cost-Effective Classics: Benelli 2C and Moto Guzzi 250TS

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    An alternative take on 70s stroker twins – WORDS: Steve Cooper PHOTOS: Mortons Archive Italian bikes come with reputations of various kinds. Generally, they handle better than many of their Oriental counterparts, have malevolent electrics, can be unreliable and difficult to repair and, very often, are fearsomely expensive. This month we aim to set the…

  • Technological Trickery from Kenny Roberts..

    Technological Trickery from Kenny Roberts..

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    VJMC’s Steve Cooper looks back… As early as June 1977 rumours began to swirl around the GP paddock that Yamaha had a technical ace up its corporate sleeve and the mechanics helped ramp up the puzzlement by covering their bikes whenever they were parked up. Given the use of fuel injection on the prototype GL750…

  • First Ride: Bluroc Tracker 125

    First Ride: Bluroc Tracker 125

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    WORDS: Chris Bailey PHOTOS: Gary Chapman Having recently passed my CBT, I was on the lookout for a motorbike which was capable of getting me from A to B, as smoothly and stylishly as possible. Enter Bluroc’s Tracker 125. With its rugged neo-retro looks and the deep rumble of its engine, it definitely turned more…

  • Go Racing! The Kit You’ll Need

    Go Racing! The Kit You’ll Need

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    Our man in the paddock Danny McFadden advises… You’ve got your licence, you’ve signed up to a series, you’ve sorted a bike and you’ve set it up. What’s left? Kit. The stuff that’s going to keep you safe should the worst happen and you end up having an off. Here are our top tips. ACU…

  • Norton’s Cafe Racer Cool

    Norton’s Cafe Racer Cool

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    Bob Pickett takes a look: With just 200 to be built, the hand-built superbike café racer is the first brand-new motorcycle produced by TVS-owned Norton, following on from the re-engineered V4SV and new-generation Norton Commando 961 launched last year. It is also the second motorcycle to be powered by Norton’s own liquid-cooled 1200cc, 72-degree V4…

  • Trick Tenere

    Trick Tenere

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    We love Yamaha’s Ténéré 700. It’s a bloody brilliant bike that’s proved a proper hit for the Japanese factory. And so we’re chuffed to hear that there’s a new one being added to the range. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first Ténére and paying homage to six-time Dakar winner Stéphane Peterhansel’s 1993 machine, the…

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