Editor ‘arris dumps the Baby Bjorn, dusts off his riding gear and squeezes into the seat of a jet plane for a ride on Yamaha’s all-new WR250 R and X.
Yamaha 125 to grow up? Honda’s success with its CBR125 has obviously got the other manufacturers thinking, none more so than Yamaha. The tuning fork company has a ready-made competitor already on sale in other markets; the YZF-R125 mates a fuel-injected 125 cc engine to a steel R6-style Deltabox frame and aluminum swingarm, with styling … Continue reading Yamaha 250 sporter
Steve Bond takes Kawasaki’s 650 Versys out for a spin in his quest to find if this really is the Versatile System as the name claims.
Last week we left Rene at the Koobi Fora Museum with not enough fuel to get to Ethiopia on the planned route …
Guy and Marleen are a couple of travelling Belgians that I’ve been bumping into all the way up Africa. They used to have a BMW 1100GS that they’d ride two-up through many of their tours of Africa and South America but for this altogether tougher trip they’re in a Toyota Hilux pickup that’s set up for life in the bush, complete with rooftop tent and 12V fridge packed with beer and cheese!
The CB1100F that Honda previewed at the Tokyo Motor Show in October will roll off a production line and into North American showrooms about a year later, if rumours on a number of websites prove true. According to motorcycleclassics.com, the bike will likely be fuel injected, ABS brakes will be available, and a new engine … Continue reading Retro Honda … maybe
Crossbones takes you back to the fifties, only with a light from the sixties, suspension from the seventies and a motor from the eighties … The newest model in the Softail line of Harley-Davidsons is the FLSTSB Cross Bones, an old-style bobber with ape-hanger bars and a springer front end. Design cues hark back to … Continue reading Roll them Bones
Buell has introduced a second model in the Ulysses line; the XB12XT. The new Ulysses is shorter than the original ‘X’ model, thanks to less suspension travel, with a seat height of 780 mm (28 mm down on the X model), bringing it down to an altitude suitable for below-six-footers. Other features include lots of … Continue reading New shorter Ulysses
GSX-R 125? Maybe … According to British motorcycle magazine MCN, Suzuki is getting set to produce a pint-sized GSX-R for new riders. The mag claims that the liquid-cooled GSX-R125 will be released in the UK later this year and will look like its larger siblings. However, we contacted Suzuki Canada to confirm this story, … Continue reading Baby gixxer
In 2007 Honda Canada gambled big that Canadian riders were ready for a small, unintimidating, but sporty motorcycle. The decision was taken after a lot of research into who was taking the riding schools (lots of people, many of them female), and who was going on through to get their final riding licence (disappointingly, not that many).