2014 Harley Davidson Fat Bob Review
You need to put away some preconceptions when getting aboard the Fat Bob, especially if you have never ridden a Harley before. According to received wisdom (or at least the version kept alive by segments of the British motorcycle press), a Harley is a soft cruiser for old men. Harley’s are outdated, underpowered, handle like […]
BMW K1200/K1300GT Review
To us, the BMW K1200/1300GT is one of those bikes the Honda Blackbird – ones we can’t understand why they stopped making. Far better than its porpoise-like predecessor; lighter and cheaper than its gargantuan 1600 cc replacement, the bike is also more civilized than the agricultural RT (for which we still nevertheless still have a […]
Honda CB600F Review: Life in the Red Zone
The Honda CB600F – AKA the Hornet – is something of a phenomenon. Introduced in 1998, trillions have been made (we exaggerate, but you get the idea). A major refresh took place in 2000, improving stability, steering and braking. Further changes followed in 2003 and 2007. A naked middleweight, the bike, with a relaxed riding […]
Yamaha FJR 1300: Step Aboard The Mighty Yam
The venerable FJR has been around since time began (OK 2001 to be exact), and was Yamaha’s first attempt at a ground-up sports tourer. Like most models it’s gone through a series of changes and upgrades since then. In 2012 the big Yam is still fast, comfortable and undeniably a handsome beastie, but does it […]
Urban Cowboy? An Overview of BMW F700GS
Introduced last year to replace the old F650GS twin, the F700 sits in the middle of the baby GS range which now comprises the F650GS (a 50 bhp single) the F700GS (the bike under review, with (confusingly) a 798cc twin and 75bhp) and the F800, (the same cc twin but with 85 bhp). The differences […]
The CBR1100XX – Honda Super Blackbird
If Carlsberg Made Sports Tourers Honda’s Super Blackbird – a bike so fast, so cool, so damn good, that its name is still spoken with respect, admiration and hushed tones even though production ended in 2007. First emerging in 1996, and instantly crowned ‘world’s fastest bike’, the official name came from the headline-making SR71 Blackbird, […]
Honda Valkyrie F6C – A Modern Classic
Stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen, something real crazy just rode into town… The jaw-dropping Honda Valkyrie must be one of the most extraordinary sights ever to grace the highway. Mere figures do little to convey it’s sheer presence; over eight feet long, weighing in at 682 pounds, a six-cylinder, 1520cc, six carburetor leviathan […]
The Blame Game: and how to play it….
This is the sixth Legal Eagle article by our guest writer Tony Carter. Tony is a former police rider, RoSPA examiner and a trained accident investigator. Still biking, he works for the well-known legal firm of McMillan Williams, whose highly qualified team specialises in motorcycling and the law, from insurance claims to motoring offences. If […]
How much is it worth…?
This is the seventh Legal Eagle article by our guest writer Tony Carter. Tony is a former police rider, RoSPA examiner and a trained accident investigator; so he’s seen his fair share of both the good and the not-so-good sides of motorcycling. Still biking, he works for the well-known legal firm of McMillan Williams, whose […]
Honda Valkyrie to France; Normandy beaches and the Milau bridge
This is a tour report sent to Bigbikemad by Martin, a member of the UK VRCC. It covers a trip across France in 2011 aboard his Red and Cream 1500cc Honda Valkyrie with trailer. Martin runs his own great site – ‘Bikers Under Canvas’ dedicated to riders who like to put in the miles…. Click […]
Forty Years Ago…. A Biker’s Tale…..
Do you remember what first got you into biking? What was your first trip? In this short interview, originally featured in the Excellent Euro K (BMW K Series) bike forum, Steve, AKA Slparry, recounts where, for him, it all began… forty years ago… Somethings, like the smell of 2 oil or the rush of air […]
No Win, No Fee
This is the eighth Legal Eagle article by our guest writer Tony Carter. Tony is well known on the British Motorcycling scene, being a favourite speaker on the club and forum circuit. A former police rider, RoSPA examiner and a trained accident investigator, he now works for the well-known legal firm of McMillan Williams, whose […]
Ta-Ta Tax Disc..
From October 1st 2014, it will no longer be necessary to display a tax disc on a vehicle used on British roads – ending over 90 years of the small coloured paper discs’ presence on our highways and byways. Many people, including the Government, believe that the disc is an anachronism – made redundant by […]
Kawasaki Riding Sunglasses Review
We took a pair of these on tour to Ireland this year – Sarah our office pillion wearing them throughout the 1000 mile 10 day trip. Specifically designed for safe use on a motorcycle, the frames are made from soft materials that are also light and sturdy when worn inside a helmet. Three interchangeable lens […]
Dave’s New Boxster
Yes, we’re a bike site…but occasionally we do feel the need to use four wheels. We also think that any divide between ‘bikers’ and ‘cage drivers’ is pretty academic these days. Tribalism aside, the truth is that, even if we like two wheels, we all tend to drive a car. Experience also suggests that anyone […]
Weise Outlast Baltimore – Ground Control to Major Tom…?
You know how it is on a bike – one minute freezing and the next hot enough to boil eggs in your armpit (don’t try this at home, Ed.) Modern designs have brought in clever wicking liners and heat-reflective outers – but to a large extent the problem remains. Or perhaps not. Using technology from […]
Bigbikemad’s Hellishly Good Autumn Competition
NOW CLOSED The prize in our Autumn draw is a set of high quality stainless steel brakelines, front and rear, for a bike of your choice. Hel’s range is enormous, but if by some strange chance they don’t have a set of lines for your (presumably Martian) bike in their catalogue, they’ll make you up […]