Two and a half years ago, Bikerglory predicted the return of forced induction on production motorcycles. It was a no brainer: better fuel economy, less weight, more power – meaning a 500cc machine (for example) could do everything a litre bike can do – but better. We got the supercharger bit right. But we got the capacity wrong……
Sometime Brit bike journo (TWO, MCN etc) has been taken hostage by Islamic State.
Sonic worked in the industry in it the last glory days of print – before it all got so serious and predictable. He then grew up and became a respected war correspondent. At times like this all of us will be united our hopes for his release, along with the others in the same predicament. Our thoughts are with him and his fellow hostages.
The 1200R and Nine T share more than key components: in the USA the initial price differential between these two machines was around $800 US – less than £500. In the UK you might need to double that figure, but for many the Nine T still seemed to offer comparative value: the entire UK allocation sold out rapidly. But which feels like the more capable machine? And which is more fun to ride?
The lightweight sector – broadly speaking bikes up to 400cc – is undergoing something of an epiphany at the moment: great news for corner speed junkies and newcomers alike. We look at the reasons behind the resurrection and talk to someone who specialises in importing skinny rubber…… (more…)