Thursday, April 30, 2009

Continuous Enforcement of Insurance (CEI)

Yes yet another piece of proposed legislation aimed at motorists including us bikers.
The BMF has forcibly pointed out that this proposal spells trouble.

CIE will operate by identifying those vehicles that appear to be kept uninsured from a comparison of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authoritys ("DVLA") vehicles' register and the Motor Insurance Database held by the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB).

Chris Hodder, the BMFs Government Relations Executive said: "Given the inaccuracy of the information already on the database, we suspect that a great deal of time and effort will be wasted enforcing the unnecessary. While supporting the need for those caught driving or riding without insurance to be prosecuted, the BMF would like to see this being done through road policing and not through an error-prone blind system such as the proposed CIE."

So for those of us who have multi-bike policies, classic bike collectors it could mean trouble or if you lent a taxed but uninsured machine to a fully insured friend, it could still result in you the owner committing an offence!

What else will they think of!!!!
The consultation document can be found at:

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Jon Booth

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A collection of my stoppie pics

If I am running a motorcycling blog, it is evident that yes, I am motorcycle guy, a bike nut, a two-wheeled fanatic. Most of you readers come from the US and UK and while in India, we might not have super powerful big bikes, we do have our own share of small capacity bikes, which can be fun too.
Here are some of my stoppie pics on various Indian bikes

1. Stoopie on 150cc Hero Honda Hunk

2. Stoppie on 150cc Yamaha FZ-S

3. Stoppie on 150cc Yamaha FZ16

4. Stoppie on 150cc TVS Apache (old)
Also Read:
1. MotoGP R1 replicas for France
2. Yamaha YBR 250 coming to UK
3. Minerva Sachs 250
4. The sexiest 125cc bikes ever

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

YZF-R1 MotoGP replicas from Yamaha France!

Was just surfing through my list of favourite motorcyling website, when i read this interesting news on Faster and Faster
According to the above mentioned website, Yamaha France (see) is offering four (yes, just FOUR) MotoGP replicas of the YZF-R1. These will be sold in Rossi and Lorenzo colors and the sticker price is, well, USD 26,600!! The price is quite steep but you do get a Rossi / Lorenzo replica helmet free as well. Worth it? Well, I would say rather go in for a Busa and a GSX-R750!

Pic source :

Also read:
1. Yamaha YBR 250 for UK market

Fazer 250 coming to UK as Yamaha YBR 250

Yamaha has just confirmed that the popular Fazer 250, that is being in many countries abroad will also be launched in the UK market as the YBR 250. Yamaha already sells the smaller YBR 125 and the this bigger 250 will prove to be a success as well.
The YBR 250 will make around 21bhp with 20.5Nm of torque : enough for city commutes and the occasional highway run. The bike has an estimated top speed of around 85mph / 136km/h.

Also read:
1. Minerva Sachs 250R
2. The worlds sexiest 125cc bikes

Harley Davidson Super Glide

Harley Davidson Super Glide
The Harley-Davidson Super Glide is a motorcycle made by the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. It is reputed to be the first factory custom motorcycle.It originated Harley's FX series of motorcycles.

Minerva Motor Indonesia (MMI) : Minerva Sachs 250R

PT Minerva Motor Indonesia (MMI) has started marketing three models sport: SuperMoto, naked, and sport (fairing). Out of these, the Minerva Sachs 250R caught our attention. The tie up is with Megelli motors but for the 250cc engine, MMI seems to have picked up the mill from Sachs but made in Thailand.
Details are still sketchy, however, this is what we could gather about the bike, Minerva Sachs 250:

Engine : SOHC, air cooled
CC : 247
Max Power : 20.5 bhp @ 8000 rpm
Max Torque : 18Nm @ 6000 rpm
Gearbox : 5-speed

The Minerva Sachs 250 sells for around USD 2700, which is superb considering it looks like a full fledged racing bike!


The Yamaha YBR250 is here!

Yamaha have decided to bring the Yamaha YBR250 into the UK now, although it has been on sale in Europe for some time. A single cylinder 250cc four stroke motorcycle with a low seat height of 805mm, it will be available in black or silver.

Ride safe.

Jon Booth

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Honda Fury : Now in Dealers

Just got this in my mail box :

Yep, the new 2009 Honda Fury is now in showrooms. Click HERE to read the First ride report



Accessories for the Moto Morini Granpasso

Motoi Morini's Granpasso now has an extensive range of accessories for you adventure sports bikers.
The picture above shows it with Alumix luggage fitted, additional accessories now include hand guards, heated grips, tank cover, tank bag, mobiplast luggage top case, side cases including fitting kit, side cases including fitting kit and top case back rest. Further details at

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Jon Booth

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Ducati Monster Art!

Ducati is the first motorcycle manufacturer to offer so many different colour options for one single model.

The 10 new colours in which you will be able to order your Ducati Monster are:-

Rosso GP Red
Verde Tricolore Green
Giallo Ducati Yellow
Lilla Glamour Lilac
Blu Italia Blue
Azzurro Mediterranei Azure-Blue
Arancione Scrambler Orange
Amaranto Glossy Rich Purple
Argento Vivo Silver
Oro Puro Gold

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Jon Booth

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Sunday, April 26, 2009


Troy Bayliss is a Ducati legend. In celebration of his victory in the 2008 World Superbike Championship aboard the 1098 R, and the end of a career that proudly claims three World Championships aboard three generations of Ducati Superbike, the factory have built a 1098 R Bayliss Limited Edition.

Enjoying exactly the same high specification as the standard 'R' model, the 1098 R Bayliss Limited Edition has a special colour scheme designed by Aldo Drudi and approved by Troy Bayliss himself. The livery, which was used during Troy's final race at Portimao in Portugal, incorporates the key colours of his success. Sporting the famous number '21' on the pearl white nose and side-fairing number plates, the red and white paint scheme uses the dark blue background of the Australian national flag to blend beautifully along the side of the bodywork and into the unpainted carbon fibre stripe along the seat unit. This attention to fine detail is also evident in features like the carbon lower-fairing finished in red, except for aerodynamic recess for the side-stand, which remains natural carbon fibre. A subtle '1098 R Bayliss Limited Edition' graphic on the tail fairing leaves no doubt as to what this magnificent bike is.

The striking design contrasts perfectly against the 5-spoke wheels finished in matte black and additional special features like the carbon fibre heat shield on the exhaust.

The 1098 R Bayliss Limited Edition will be limited to only 500 units and comes with a numbered plaque on the top fork clamp, indicating exactly where in the limited edition the motorcycle was built. The number also corresponds to a numbered commemorative desk-top plaque, beautifully encased for safe keeping and bearing the engraved signatures of Ducati Motor Holding CEO Gabriele Del Torchio and Ducati Corse triple World Superbike Champion, Troy Bayliss.

In addition, the model will be supplied with a full racing exhaust system including 102dB carbon fibre mufflers by Termignoni (strictly for track use only), a dedicated ECU, branded bike cover and rear paddock stand.

What better way to mark the incredible career of Troy Bayliss than by Ducati building the 1098 R Bayliss Limited Edition.

Frame Tubular steel Trellis frame in ALS 450
Wheelbase 1430mm / 56.3in
Rake 24,5°
Front suspension Ohlins 43mm fully adjustable upside-down fork with TiN
Front wheel travel 120mm / 4.7in
Front brake 2 x 330mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc calipers 4-piston, 2-pad.
Front wheel 5-spoke in forged light alloy 3.50 x 17
Front tyre 120/70 ZR17
Rear suspension Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Ohlins TTXR monoshock with top-out spring. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
Rear wheel travel 127mm / 5in
Rear brake 245mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Rear wheel 5-spoke forged light alloy 6.00 x 17
Rear tyre 190/55 ZR17
Fuel tank capacity 15.5L (of which 4L reserve) / 4.1 US gal (of which 1 US gal reserve)
Weight * 165 kg / 364 lb
Seat height 820mm / 32.2in
Instruments Digital MotoGP derived unit with displays for: Speedometer, rev counter, lap times, time, air temp, coolant temp, battery voltage, A trips, fuel reserve trip, DTC level selected (if activated) scheduled maintenance. Warning lights for: Neutral, turn s
Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage
Body colours (frame/wheels) Bayliss (Red / Black)
Versions Dual seat
* = The weight excludes battery, lubricants and, where applicable, cooling liquid.

Type L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, liquid cooled
Displacement 1198.4cc
Bore x Stroke 106 x 67.9mm
Compression Ratio 12.8:1
Power* 180hp - 132.4kw @ 9750rpm
Torque* 99.1lb-ft 134Nm @ 7750rpm
Fuel injection Marelli electronic fuel injection, elliptical throttle bodies.
Exhaust Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes. Twin stainless steel and titanium mufflers
Emissions Euro3

Gearbox 6 speed
Ratios 1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd 27/20, 4th 24/22, 5th 23/24, 6th 22/25
Primary drive Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.84:1
Final drive Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 38
Clutch Dry multiplate with hydraulic control slipper clutch
* = Data calculated using an inertia dynamometer

Saturday, April 25, 2009


The Streetfighter S is the first naked sport bike equipped with competition-level traction control as standard equipment.

Accessible from the left-hand switchgear and displayed on the digital instrumentation, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) offers a choice of eight ‘sensitivity levels’, each one programmed with a wheel-spin tolerance matched to progressive riding levels of skill.

When activated, the system analyses front and rear wheel speeds to detect the level of wheel-spin, instantly evaluating the Streetfighter’s ‘dynamic situation’ before administering two types of interaction in varying amounts: ignition retardation and fuel injection cuts.

DTC understands exactly how the Streetfighter is being used. From slow mid-corner acceleration with serious lean angle to high speed corner exits while almost upright, the intelligent system reacts according to each and every situation, enhancing performance and maximising control.

Tech specs
L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, liquid cooled
155hp - 114kw @ 9500rpm
85lb-ft 115Nm @ 9500rpm
Dry multiplate with hydraulic control
Other info

2 years unlimited mileage
Dual seat
Tubular steel Trellis frame in ALS 450
Rear tyre
190/55 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Corsa III
Front tyre
120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Corsa III
Rear brake
245mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Front brake
2 x 330mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc calipers 4-piston, 2-pad

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Top 5 : The most sexy 125cc bikes

125cc? Just that? Will the bike even hit 75mph / 120kmh?
Well, yes. There are extra-ordinary small capacity bikes out there that not only look smashing but also perform decently well. Here is our take on the Best 125cc bikes out there (in alphabetic order mind you)


Engine: 125cc
Power: 15bhp (restricted
Power: 30bhp (de-restricted)
Top speed: around 75mph for 15bhp
Top speed: around 95mph for 33bhp
Cost: £3799 (UK)

So, we thought 125cc bikes were boring? Get hold of the Aprilia 125 and de-restrict it, freeing all the 33 horses, and 125cc biking will never be the same again.

The Aprilia RS125 has remained the best fun 125cc bike for ages now. It was first launched way back in '95 and still remains an average teenagers' dream bike. Looks like a biggie, handles like a track bike and the engine can be de-restricted to 30bhp which means it can tease cars on the road as well! It’s a tad expensive to buy and run thanks to pricey two-stroke motorcycle oil, but, if you can afford it, the Aprilia RS125 is worth every penny.


Engine: 125cc
Power: 14bhp
Top speed: 81mph / 130kmh
Cost: £3499 (UK)

Again a 2-stroke screamer, the Tuono 125 is Slightly cheaper than the RS 125 and has changes like a nose fairing and flat handle bars. This bike, just like the RS 125 can also be de-restricted. And then ladies and gentlemen, the real fun begins!


Engine: 125cc
Power: 14.7bhp
Top speed: 81mph / 130kmh
Cost: £3499 (UK)

The third 125cc 2-stroke bike out here, we feel the Mito is also the best looking of the lot. The Cagiva Mito SP525 is essentially the long-running two-stroke Cagiva Mito 125 brought up to date in every area and then dressed in bodywork to honour John Koscinski’s 500GP efforts onboard the Cagiva V594 circa 1994. In unrestricted form its claimed 30bhp (approx) performance means anyone on their two-year licence probation period can make use of its sporty nature. Effectively two bikes for one price with a lot of fun.

4. DERBI GPR 125

Engine: 125cc
Power: 30bhp
Top speed: 90mph / 144kmh
Cost: £3599 (UK)

The Derbi GPR125 is almost as good looking as the Mito actually. You could easily mistake it for a baby Ducati or MV Agusta motorcycle. The Derbi GPR125 also goes very well (de-restricted of course ) and handles just like a racing motorcycle, with firm suspension and a substantial 300mm front disc brake. The Derbi GPR125 is a teenage dream on wheels. The 2-stroke mill can pump out 30 ponnies which means it easy to see 90mph or 145km/h on the speedometer.


Engine: 125cc
Power: 14.6bhp
Top speed: 75mph / 120kmh
Cost: £2999 (UK)

Yes, the Yamaha sells for less than 3000 pounds but that also means it aint that much fun to ride. Its a 4-stroke engine after all guys. But it retains all the qualities one would expect out of a sexy looking 125cc bike. It handles like a dream too.
And it’s actually slightly bigger than the YZF-R6 that inspired its styling!


1. Can the new Honda VTR 250 beat the Ninja 250R?
2. Rossi stars in Nutella ad!
3. Kymco Quannon 125cc

Will the new Honda VTR 250 beat the Kawasaki Ninja 250R?

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We told you about Honda's plan of launching the new revamped VTR 250 in Europe. Well, the best bike currently in the 250cc segment is the Kawasaki Ninja 250R . So, can the Honda VTR 250 beat the Kawasaki Ninja 250R hands down?

The guys at Motorcycle News have done a great comparo for the April 29 issue and the facts and figures are right there.

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In a nut shell, the Ninja to us looks much appealing, due to the full fairing. It also has a more potent motor that puts out 32 bhp as compared to 29 for the Honda. But, the Honda is a full 30kg lighter than the Ninja!! It seem it will be close battle then. See MCN's website for more details

ALSO SEE: Rossi stars in Netella ad! The CBR1000RR goes sun bathing!

Stereophonic Hayabusa

Stereophonics rock band musician, Richard Jones has taken delivery of a brand new Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa to add to his existing Suzuki B-King.

Richard added the Hayabusa to his garage after moving out of London and into the country.

Ride safe.

Jon Booth

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Enduro Africa 2008

Just posted a great new touring article on entitled Enduro Africa 2008, which has been written by Chris Coates who took part in last years Enduro Africa charity challenge.
It was a real challenge!

Don't forget if you've undertaken a great motorcycle touring adventure and wish to share it, we are always happy to publish well written articles, pics and videos on

Ride safe.

Jon Booth

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Monday, April 20, 2009

MCI Media Mest Day - mega motorbike review

It's not often we get to ride 14 motorcycles back to back, but the inter-bike Press Team were at the Motor Cycle Industry Test day at Bedford Autodrome on the 7th April and we tested some of the best of today's crop of new motorcycles, a maxi-scooter and for good measure a motorcycle trailer!

You can read our full review article here!
The reviews covered include:- Kawasaki Ninja 250 review, KTM 990 SMT review, KTM 990 Adventure review, Royal Enfield Bullet Classic (EFI) review, Moto Guzzi Stelvio review, BMW F 800 GS review, Suzuki Gladius review, Aprilia Tuono review, Gilera GP800 review, Ducati Monster 1100 S review, Ducati Classic Sport review, Yamaha R1 review, Victory Vision Tour review, BMW 1300S review, Squire Motorcycle trailer review

Ride safe.

Jon Booth

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Damien Hirst - Spin Harley

Artist Damien Hirst has designed a one-off Harley-Davidson Cross Bones at his main workshop in Brimscombe, UK. The bike was produced for a charity auction.

His Spin Harley is a Harley-Davidson® Softail® Cross Bones™ motorcycle which has been customised by the artist The motorcycle plus two Hirst customised helmets, donated by Harley-Davidson, will be auctioned at the contemporary art auction, Angel Art, at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles on April 23rd 20:00 PCT (12:00 BST). Proceeds will be donated to the charity Project Angel Food.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009