Testing A2 Trail bikes at Dorothy’s Speed Shop

First published in Slipstream, October 2021 In 2009 Nathan Millward spent nine months riding a Honda CT110 all the way from Sydney, Australia to London, England. This ridiculous adventure is documented in book form, and clearly set Nathan on a career path of adventure motorcycling, specifically of the low-speed, lower-power, and low-cost variety. But now,…

The North Coast Express

Most people think that a motorcycle trip requires time, planning, and the right bike. Most people think it requires warm, summery weather, and regular stops for coffee, cake, and photographs. For them, riding a motorcycle is simply a more interesting way to get to the next wine tasting event or interesting sightseeing opportunity. Few people…

Motorcycle Live 2021

Until Covid-19 put paid to the expo season last year I hadn’t missed a single Motorcycle Live since I first passed my test in 2009. A family event, my Mum views it as a nice day out with the family where she can snag a few bargains on next year’s touring gear. My brother and…

How do we fix motorcycle sales?

As long-time readers of mine will know, I have…opinions…about Motorcycle dealerships. I like to think that they are informed and considered opinions, based on collected facts and anecdotal observations, both my own and of others. I have interviewed dealer principles, spoken off the record with motorcycle salespeople from all over the world, looked at available…

A Change of Seasons

So; 2020 is finally over. I don’t think there has ever been a year that so many people all over the world have looked forward to seeing the back of. As motorcyclists in the UK, we snatched a scant few weeks of good riding between various lockdowns, but European trips were largely cancelled. The smart…

2020 Zero SR/S Review

2020 will be remembered for a lot of (mostly terrible) things, but it also stands to become the turning point for electric car ownership in western Europe. A number of regulatory and social factors have collided with the relentless march of technology, and electric cars are finally good enough to replace their petrol-powered versions for…

Review: 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX

Kawasaki’s Z1000SX has been a best-seller for the brand ever since it launched in 2011. It almost single-handedly breathed life into the dying Sports-Tourer genre of motorcycling, offering ageing Sports-Bike enthusiasts an alternative to the unstoppable Adventurer-Tourer juggernaut. Of course, it wasn’t perfect, and has been revised every couple of years since with nips and…

Review: 2020 Moto-Guzzi V85TT

Now here is a bike I’ve been waiting a very long time to ride. I never found time last year, and with the pandemic shuttering the country for months on end it’s taking some time to work through my shortlist of sensible do-it-all motorcycles. Can Moto-Guzzi‘s retro-inspired entry into the increasingly-crowded market win me over?

The Hidden Costs of Motorcycling

How much does a modern motorcycle cost? As with perennial questions regarding the length of string, the answer is always “it depends”. But it’s easy to forget that the showroom price tag is just the tip of the iceberg. Every year you pay for your share of the potholes with the road fund license, shield…