Photo of the Week: Flamin’ 1290

Nothing like a sexy flame and smoke combo to end the week. This arrangement comes courtesy of Baron’s KTM 1290 Super Duke R, and a slightly ‘tuned’ Akrapovic silencer…  

RIDE: all-new bike game released

The motorcycling world has been crying out for a Forza/Gran Tourismo-type computer game, and Milestone (the creators of MotoGP ’14) is on the verge of releasing one. RIDE has direct involvement and backing from all the major bike manufacturers, and a few not so major, so that means over 100 bikes and plenty of modifications to […]

Video: Audi RS6 v Ducati Panigale R

  Here’s a cool edit from Auto Express earlier in the year, where Al raced a Ducati 1199 Panigale R against an Audi RS6. Only one outcome but still looks dapper…

Crash, Bang, Bugger…

Racing is a bit like having a poo: push too hard and it’ll end in a bloody mess. I’ve spent 2014 racing in the Ducati TriOptions Cup alongside the British Superbikes, and on one fateful Saturday afternoon at Silverstone, my ambition far outweighed my talent. When you see P1 on your pit board after a […]

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1

17 years since its inception and first public appearance in Milan, Yamaha released the all-new R1 in the same city. It was the opposite end of the spectrum from Ducati’s theatre launch. Yamaha chose a warehouse, albeit a Gucci one to debut the 2015 range.   After sifting through the supporting acts, it was the […]

Ducati Desmosedici – Ride-by-Wire Fix

There’s not much that betters the soundtrack of a Desmosedici. Ducati’s road-legal version of its GP racer was launched in 2007 and the entire limited batch of 1500 sold out quicker than Baron’s Jizz Machine stickers. While the GP derivations can’t be denied, Desmo owners didn’t get the full race-spec package for obvious financial and […]

Yamaha XV950 Boltage Concept

There were lots of lavish techno queens unveiled at the Milan show but this retrosexual café racer concept from Yamaha also caught grabbed our attention. This is the handy work of the (unfortunately-named) Bender brothers from Germany. Raphael and Christian transformed a bog-stock XV950 into the Boltage as part of Yamaha’s ‘Yard Built’ program – […]

Milan special: Kawasaki H2

Straight after Honda’s shindig, it was Kawasaki’s crack at releasing some more wiz-bang for public consumption. The ‘track-only’ H2R and its supercharged howitzer was unveiled at Cologne last month and the target power output was 300bhp. Kawasaki, apparently, has exceeded those expectations with 306bhp – its slogan, ‘Built Beyond Belief’ isn’t too far fetched. Superchargers […]

Milan special: Ducati 1299 Panigale

Just after landing in Milan’s Linate airport, we jumped straight into a taxi and fled to Ducati’s exquisite 2015 model launch, held at a theatre in central Milano. Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO, hosted the launch that was streamed live to millions worldwide. There was banging dubstep, some beautiful, scantily-clad lady dancers, some GP superstars past […]