It was one of those heart-in-mouth moments. After a few laps on the Shannonville circuit on Buell’s radical XB12S Lightning, I was starting to think that I’d gotten this beast sussed. Its wide bars and short wheelbase were making the tight circuit rather enjoyable
So here we are in the spring of 2005, very timely, telling you all about two bikes that were new in 2004 when we actually tested them. Well, better late than never I guess, and thankfully changes for 2005 are limited: new colour schemes, and the Sportster getting an upgraded headlamp, and slightly stiffened rear end.
It seemed like a pretty good comparison. Suzuki had just launched a revamped and boosted capacity Bandit 650, while Kawasaki had just introduced a half-faired, more touring-friendly version of their Z750, the Z750S.
Welcome to part one of the CMG big-arsed scooter test (hmhhh, I wonder how many times I can say that?).
Since we still had both the SV and DL when we hit Shannonville for a track day a few days later, we thought it might be interesting to tape up the lights and put them out there to see what they can do. After all, the SV’s supposed to be the tuned-up motor and in a more sporty chassis than the V-Strom, so what better place?
I wake up at 7 a.m. I’m in a motel room with a freshly showered Mr. Seck doing the wakey-wakey chant. Then comes the realization that I’m about to embark on a 12-hour endurance ride around the back-end of northern Ontario in search of obscure clues in obscure places for some kind of obscure pleasure. Welcome to the Blackfly Rally – 12 or 24 hours of non-stop riding to test man and machine with no plausible reason other than to ride … a lot.
Sometimes things can get lost at CMG (never noticed that myself – Ed. Emeritus Lorenzo), and the BMW K1200LT vs Honda Gold Wing comparo was one of them.
Okay, so we’ve just handed back our Majesty long-termer after almost a year of use, so its time to give some thoughts as to how it fared.
Words: Rob Harris Photos: Richard Seck Big scoots are the next big thing? There’s no two ways about it — whether you like it or not — big scooters are the latest trend in the world of motorcycles. With that in mind, we figured that it was a good time to try and get our … Continue reading Test Ride: Yamaha Majesty
The new Sprint ST represents a bit of a milestone for Triumph. For starters, up until now it’s always been the big Daytona that got the first of a new generation of motor, and pushed front and centre as Triumph’s flagship.