BMW R1250GS

Review: 2018 BMW R1250GS

Henry Ford is said to have opined that, should he have asked people what they wanted from a future transport solution they would have simply requested a faster horse. Apple famously made its fortune delivering products that nobody knew they wanted, and it’s arguable that the original BMW R80GS did the same thing. Journalists at…

Suzuki Advert

State of the Industry, Part 1: Marketing

Originally published in Slipstream magazine, February 2018. It’s been another year of launches, announcements and behind-the-scenes news from the global Motorcycle Industry. Some of it is business as usual, still more represents continuing trends, but beneath it all lies evidence of growing bewilderment and panic amongst the world’s top manufacturers that evidences itself in almost everything…

V-Strom Headlight

Headlight Upgrades

Originally published in Slipstream magazine, October 2017. While there are an increasing number of examples to the contrary, the vast majority of all motorcycles ever made have shockingly poor headlights. My indignant rage towards the pantheon of motorcycle manufacturers is tempered by the fact that most people don’t often ride at night, allowing the humble headlight…

Motorcycle Gear

What to Wear?

Originally published in Slipstream magazine, September 2017. I opened my wardrobe recently to discover that I owned more pairs of motorcycle boots than I did normal shoes, and significantly more motorcycling suits than formal wear. Don’t even get me started on gloves, base layers, and heated vests – I seem to collect them. This may sound…

Swiss Alps

The Infinite Motorcycle Trip

Originally published in Slipstream magazine, July 2017. Regardless of whether you have ever taken an extended, long-distance tour by bike or not, everyone has their own idea of what a “motorcycle trip” looks like. It’s even possible that many of us never consider that others might plan and execute their two-wheeled vacations in a completely different…

Nitron

Tech Talk: Suspension

Originally published in Slipstream magazine, July 2016. Along with power output and brakes, a motorcycle’s suspension is the component most often discussed in any new review, yet it’s the part most often ignored by riders. Suspension doesn’t work on-demand like brakes or throttle, doesn’t make any cool noises, and is usually tucked away out of sight.…

Scotland

The Scotland North Coast 500

Originally published in Slipstream magazine, May 2016. Scotland is one of those tour destinations that’s often overlooked, particularly by those of us in the southern parts of these British Isles. There are plenty of reasons for this: it’s still in the UK, and so it doesn’t feel like you’re really going on holiday, yet it’s far…