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16th January 2023
The Honda Forza 350 Scooter!
Honda Forza 350 Scooter could be the ideal
transport for urban travel and a scoot into the city for breakfast, lunch and a
walkabout. Perhaps a scoot with the girlfriend on the back for an evening meal
and then to a late night cinema.
Of course, you don't want to be wearing heavy biker protected clothing, so a
visit online to
Knox is worth a look as they offer biker
protected casual lightweight clothing for walking around the city. You also
don't want to get caught in the rain travelling home so a visit online to
Bikestop can get you an overall rain suit
for wearing over your Knox clothing.
The Forza 350 kerb weight is 184Kg and has all the power required for urban travel and topping off at
around 85 miles per hour, it should be safe enough at 75 miles per hour to stay
with the traffic on the dual carriageway or even for a short trip on the
motorway. Lane splitting should not prove a problem and if the gap is too tight,
the mirrors easily fold in whilst travelling.
Coming in at £5,799 it offers a great deal of space for carrying your gear and
when parked up, you can switch your bag and
Oxford Security Chain (under the
seat) for two full face helmets and your biking gloves.
11th January 2023
The Best Retro Motorcycles for
I am leaning towards the BSA Goldstar but the new Norton Commando is certainly a
dream motorbike -
The BSA Goldstar Motorcycle
BSA Goldstar certainly looks good and well worth a test ride if a dealer appears in
£44K, and for that money, I
could purchase the incredible road going
BMW M1000RR sports bike which boasts
superior electronics and a
Royal Enfield Continental 650 GT for those
casual 'cooling off' Sunday country jaunts and still have money left over.
However, I have no doubt the Norton will find itself sitting pride of place in a
few prestige garages around the UK - perhaps even in a few living-rooms as an
26th May 2022
I still watch MotoGP but for some
strange reason it does not deliver the same excitement as those races I watched
when Valentino Rossi was at his peak -
5th December 2021
The Norton Prototype V4CR Cafe
Another 'Classic' coming from
Norton, the V4CR Cafe Racer -
Another bike to add to the potential 'Classic' list for a 2022 purchase -
25th November 2021
The Royal Enfield Classic 350
Royal Enfield Classic 350 was recently
announced and I must admit it looks the business. They have kept the 'classic'
retro style and added some modern technology. Surely the ideal motorbike for an
easy ride down country lanes and to stop for lunch or even better, a picnic
where you can sit and admire the view - the Classic 350 as well.
The bike is a steal at around £4K in the UK. It would make a great all rounder
for those starting out on motorbikes and for those who love country blasts on
their sports bikes, a nice 2nd bike to take it easy on any Sunday -
13th November 2021
Its good news that
Norton has finally developed its new
factory. Hopefully they will build a 'classic' twin cylinder motorcycle at an
affordable price and one that is reliable. If Royal Enfield and Triumph can do
it, surely Norton with all its financial backing can deliver the goods?
I liked the last Norton Commando -
11th October 2021
Yamaha R7 Motorcycle
I enjoy riding my Suzuki GSX-1250FA
sports/tourer, which has ABS but no other electronic bells and whistles. I can
judge my own riding limits and there is a lot less to go wrong with the bike.
Yamaha have launched the
Yamaha R7 Supersport Motorcycle which is
devoid of rider aids, other than ABS, and judging by the following video, a
blast to ride and a lot of fun -
The anniversary edition is beautiful -
26th September 2021
Royal Enfield Continental GT
I am liking the feedback from the
Royal Enfield Continental GT
reviews. It appears to be tremendous value for the money and comes across as a
terrific modern version of a 'Classic' 1960s motorcycle. I intend to test ride
one early next year -
17th September 2021
I Don't Get It?
I own a 2018
Triumph Speed Triple RS roadster which has
awesome handling on the road, the torque is 'mind boggling' and from moving off
and all through the gears it never ends. Blink and you are at 100mph and at
threat of losing your licence. Then the new 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS
arrived and from the reviews I have read, it offers a backward step in handling
and a higher rev range for peak torque, which is 9,000 vs my RS at 7,000 and it
could be argued that 9,000 is more suitable for a track bike? Of course the new
1200 RS has more power than my RS which may explain why it has morphed into a
Triumph Speed Triple RR.
However, I don't get it, cafe racer, track bike or sports road bike? Strap onto
the new RS, electronic suspension, a new front headlight with a short fairing,
clip-ons and apparently, you have a sports road bike which costs £15,500 before you add on
I don't think the RR moniker fits and time will tell if the Triumph Speed Triple
RR is actually worth the money for using on the road.
10th September 2021
I sat my motorbike test in 2014 and
it was then that I became interested in MotoGP and the antics of Valentino
Rossi, one of the top riders. So much so, that I purchased a few DVDs relative
to his life as a racer and his races, prior to 2014.
He made the whole experience of the MotoGP much more interesting and I wonder,
now that he is retiring - will MotoGP continue to be as appealing - I wonder, who
will fill his boots?
There is no doubt that riding a 'full on' sports road motorcycle like the Yamaha
R1 is exhilarating but whether you are young or old, the painful strain on your
neck, shoulders, lower back muscles and vertebrae can spoil the ride. I have
tried to overcome my neck pain using various
exercise routines which I have put in an article, but my neck
vertebrae are too far gone to make riding a R1 any fun.
9th September 2021
What a Rush!
I have to be honest and state that
the Covid-19 virus has had very little serious impact on me.
I have been out and about on my motorbikes during 2020 and 2021 and still
enjoying life at 70 years plus.
The idea of
taking it easy (for a bit) and cruising along country lanes to the next cafe,
appeals to me - I do love a bacon roll, or two, with a mug of tea. Most times,
when I get off my sports motorbike (at home) after a country blast, I think, "what a rush, time for a beer." Yep, perhaps a 1960s retro styled
classic would make for a nice
change of pace with a throaty exhaust burbling behind me, as I ride
30th November 2020
Join Itchy Boots as she road tests 3 motorbikes and scoffs a cream cake -