Therefore, it is always a good idea to be given the bike to test at a later date and for a longer period and this is what happened this month when the BMW F900R was delivered to the Bike SA garage. Now, as we have featured this bike along with its siblings, the F900XR and the S1000XR after both the international and local launch, I’m not going to labor the point but I thought that a re-cap of impressions would be useful after riding one for a longer period.
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WHAT NEXT FOR NORTON AND BSA?
Following on from the success of the Triumph revival, a lot of noise was made about the arrival of Norton back on the motorcycling scene in 2008. The new owner of the brand, Stuart Garner, got everyone excited when he announced that he would be making not only a new Norton Commando motorcycle but would be returning to the Isle of Man TT with a new superbike, powered by an Aprilia V4 motor.
In the world of motorcycling, it is rare, if not unique, for a manufacturer to have two bites of the cake - both with a cherry on top - with two iterations of one particular model, especially when separated by a couple of decades.
NORIYUKI HAGA SULTAN OF Slide
Rare in-depth interview with Nori-chan himself explains how the Sultan of Slide rode the bike - and the crucial differences between Superbike and 500 GP
THE GXCC’S PUSH THE SEASON TO THE LIMIT IN 2020
THE GREATEST Comeback?
The greatest British bike racer? Surtees? Sheene? Both have good claims to the title but, in reality, there can be only one king. This is the story of the race that only served to enhance an already glittering reputation.
Engineering DEAD-ENDS Part 2: Hub-Centre Steering
Motorcycle development never stands still, although maybe recently, it would be more accurate to say that motorcycle electronics development doesn’t stand still; it is very little in the physical architecture of a motorcycle that is likely to change. But it wasn’t always so and one innovation that was tried not only on road bikes but also 500cc Grand Prix bikes was hub-center steering.
Tales From The Hood
SA & Motorcycle Commuting
Great Bikes? The Ariel Square Four
Elsewhere you will have read about the Ariel motorcycle company and here I intend to talk more about their most famous design, the incredible Square Four.
So, What Really Happened To The British Motorcycle Industry?
It’s a story that no-one is unfamiliar with; how the British motorcycle industry withered and died through the 1960s and into the ‘70s. What was once a thriving industry that sold state-of-the-art motorcycles from world-famous manufacturers, by the hundreds of thousands, was reduced to first a handful and then just one manufacturer, producing an outdated design in the face of modern and reliable machines from Japan.
Gone But Part 5 Ariel Not Forgotten
Turner’s Square Four remained in production from 1931 to 1959
How four master builders defined the path of the 2021 BMW R 18
Flying the FW 190
A legend gets checked out in the Butcher Bird
NEW BMW HAS CLASSIC GRILLE BUT FOR SENSORS, NOT AIRFLOW
German luxury automaker BMW on Wednesday gave an early look at a new battery-driven SUV that illustrates the company’s future plans for electric-powered driving.
KYOSHO BMW X7
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SPEED DEMON SCARES HIS KIDS
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Sharper Edged Club Racing Roadster
The Burden of HERITAGE
WHAT MAKES A PROPER PREMIUM SPORT SEDAN? TURBOS, ALL-WHEEL DRIVE, AND REFINEMENT
TESLA DELIVERS ITS FIRST COMPACT LUXURY ELECTRIC SUV. WE DRIVE IT.
DESIGN MACHT MUT(H)
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