MoreBikes September 2022

  • Racing – 1999: The New World Order

    Racing – 1999: The New World Order

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    VJMC’s Steve Cooper takes a look back: 1999 saw a change in what had been the established order of things – Mick Doohan retired. A crash during a wet practice session at the Jerez circuit ahead of the Spanish GP saw the five-times world champion with more serious leg injuries ending his career. No one…

  • QUICK SPIN! Kawasaki Z650RS

    QUICK SPIN! Kawasaki Z650RS

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    Following the (deserved) success of the retro-styled Z900RS, it was only a matter of time before Kawasaki brought out a middleweight version.  Late 2021 saw it finally arrive in the form of the Z650RS. Essentially a Z650 wearing a vintage dress, the Z joins a rapidly growing range of retro-styled 650s. We rode it out…

  • RETRO RIDE: Honda Fireblade (1998)

    RETRO RIDE: Honda Fireblade (1998)

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    How was the ‘Blade? Over to our Maja… In the 30th anniversary year of the Honda Fireblade it only seemed appropriate I finally got to ride one. It happened that I had the opportunity to take a 1998 RRW or Sc33 Fireblade out for a spin. I was a little bit apprehensive, to say the…

  • Lightning Strikes..

    Lightning Strikes..

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    American electric firm Lightning appear to be working on a new off-road-focussed plug-in adventure bike. Exposed in design pictures registered in China, the new machine looks set to go toe to toe with the Italian-made Energica Experia, which stole the march on battery-powered adventure bikes back in May. The filing has been made by Lightning…

  • Triumph TE-1 takes to the track!

    Triumph TE-1 takes to the track!

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    British built electric bike wows at Oulton Park with production models now in development… Triumph have announced the end of their TE-1 electric motorcycle development programme by producing an aggressive 175bhp sports naked capable of hitting 100mph faster than a combustion-engined Speed Triple 1200RS. But, before you go reaching for your credit card, the TE-1…

  • Hydrogen – Toyota’s swappable solution?

    Hydrogen – Toyota’s swappable solution?

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    Could Toyota’s clever hydrogen technology pave the way for the future of motorcycling? The Japanese automotive giant has found a way to safely use hydrogen as a fuel – and this could be the start of the next wave of clean, green vehicles to hit the road. For years the motorcycle industry has been speculating…

  • ‘Lane assist’ technology on the way?

    ‘Lane assist’ technology on the way?

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    Honda has filed a series of design drawings which confirm that it’s working on a rider assistance system which aims to make motorcycling safer. With the recent introduction of radar-assisted cruise control across a whole host of big bikes, it seems the next obvious step is a lane assistance system. And that’s exactly what these…

  • Naked BMW class to replace Ducati TriOptions Cup

    Naked BMW class to replace Ducati TriOptions Cup

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    BMW launches new one-make British Superbike support series with its £11,000 F900R. Racing is expensive. Bikes, spare parts, tyres and travel all add up, and it’s a struggle for all but the most deep-pocketed of racers to be competitive. To help level the playing field at the sharp end of motorcycle competition BMW has revealed…

  • Adventure-ready Benelli is coming!

    Adventure-ready Benelli is coming!

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    It seems like we bring you an update about the latest rumoured Benelli motorcycle every month. The Chinese-owned, Italian-based factory appears to be intent on growing its already extensive range at an increasingly frantic pace – and the latest bike to catch our eye is the rumoured TRK702. Following on from the huge success of…

  • Dougie Lampkin affiliated company have road bike plans

    Dougie Lampkin affiliated company have road bike plans

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    If you’re into trials you’ll know all about Vertigo. In recent years the firm has had some serious success, with trials legend Dougie Lampkin amassing an impressive five wins in the notoriously tough Scottish Six Days Trial since 2015. Having proved itself in the world of trials, Vertigo has decided it’s time to get into…

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