One reader’s story of learning to ride and wrench.
Sonic tackles Yamaha’s classic air-cooled V-twin.
Mr. Tate rides California.
One reader’s tale of GS750 woe.
Getting to the problem of a Virago’s starting woes.
Have you ever had one of those days? If you have, then you’d know what kind of a month it’s been.
My flame adorned purple VW Fox, (the eyesore of Ajax) dumped all its rad fluid whilst on the way to the fix-it shop to check why I couldn’t get the temperature gauge to function. Needless to say without coolant or any way to monitor the engines temperature I didn’t realize there was a problem until #3 piston parted company with its connecting rod.
It’s on the dirt that the differences between the two bikes really became apparent. Both bikes perform very well on the asphalt. Similar performance, handling and general usability. The GS only really distinguishing itself at slower speeds where the C of G becomes a big factor.
Words: Rob Harris/Nick Smirniw Photos: Wilfrid Gaube When the Bandit 600 came out back in ’96 I thought at last, a real bike! Never one to compromise for speed but no comfort or vice versa, always left me restoring old 70’s ‘sports’ bikes. Back then, a bike were a bike (imagine in crackly old fogie … Continue reading Comparo: Kawasaki ZRX1100 vs Suzuki Bandit 1200
The setting was perfect for one of those bad ’80’s horror films. An empty summer camp, a violent thunderstorm, and three unsuspecting motorcyclists. We were just outside Parry Sound, racing against the storm, trying to find the damn camp that I could have sworn I once saw the sign for and Editor ‘arris could have sworn he’d once been to.
Ideally we should have got them all and done a “Boxer Blowout Super Comparo Battle of the Titans Bollocks” type of test. But that would involve actual organisation and planning – two attributes that we simply haven’t yet perfected … or more accurately, even understood. For now, enough of the rambling intros, let’s get down to the R1100S versus the R1100R.