Motorcycle Sport & Leisure5 min de lecture
Who needs Euro-touring?
I’ve spent many holidays in the Cairngorm Mountains, right back into the 1960s when access was no more than a single-track road with passing places. Now, of course, the Cairngorms are much more accessible, with a modern sweeping road out of Aviemore.
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure1 min de lecture
WIN Weise Scout jacket
This month’s Star Letter wins a Weise Scout jacket, worth £129.99. With retro-look quilted shoulders and classic colour options, complemented by mesh airflow panels, the Scout jacket will keep you as cool as it looks. See more at www.weiseclothing.co
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure1 min de lecture
This Month
Rider: Dave Manning, age 51, height 5’10” (178cm) Cost New: £16,499 Spec: 187bhp/150Nm Engine: 1340cc, inline four Kerb weight: 264kg Tank: 20 litres (4.4 gallons) Seat: 800mm (31.5in) Miles this month: 401 Miles on Clock: 1941 Fuel consumpt
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure1 min de lecture
What They Cost
The RD’s reputation and the large band of ageing, nostalgia-inspired former owners have combined to make it increasingly sought-after in recent years. Prices have risen accordingly – as high as £10,000 in a few cases, though for that sort of money yo
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure3 min de lecture
Resuming Life Where We Left Off
With respect to communicable disease, motorcycling has the advantage of providing solitary enjoyment. Whether you are riding or in your shop contemplating some soothing mechanical work, you have no one sneezing on you and are not so closely clubbing
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure4 min de lecture
The Flat Earth Track Society
The first thing I noticed when we arrived at Greenfield Dirt Track in Lincolnshire on a grey Thursday morning was how tall the bikes looked. There also seemed like a lot of people around to just watch. It would have been easy to get nervous. Our brea
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure1 min de lecture
Who is Maria?
Maria Knights has a variety of bikes, from a Honda Grom to a 1954 BSA B31 (tuned, naturally). Battles the demons of not being the tallest, strongest rider and being a woman, therefore having more intelligence than a man to see the possibility of prob
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure2 min de lecture
Summer Touring Textiles
Whether you’re looking to treat yourself to some new riding kit or your other kit has ‘shrunk’ during lockdown, then here’s our handy buying guide to summer touring textiles! Versatile and adjustable, they make a nice change from traditional leather
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure1 min de lecture
Bag A 12-month Sub To MSL!
We need your travel stories for MSL, and every writer receives a free 12-month subscription to MSL on publication. You don’t have to be a professional writer or photographer, just tell us about your trip (in one of the categories below) and include a
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure5 min de lecture
Tube-type Tyres
Tyres are simple things, right. They are round and black, and anything beyond that is for someone else to worry about. Except that it’s not so simple. Of course it’s not. Most modern bikes on cast wheels usually have tubeless tyres, but if you have a
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure1 min de lecture
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure’s contributors...
Peter is our history man – he’s written more than 60 books and is a former editor of this very publication. Now a freelance journalist, he writes about transport of all kinds, though bikes are really at the heart of it all. He’s an all-year-round rid
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure1 min de lecture
Closest Rival
While the Honda seems a little expensive when compared to the bikes that appear to be the direct competitors, such as the Z1000 at £10,499 and GSX-S1000 £10,999, it is rather closer to the MT-10 at £12,502, and is spec’d in a similar fashion to the Y
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure1 min de lecture
Accessories
Yamaha offers more than 30 individual items, and three packs for the MT-09 and SP. ■ WEEKEND PACK £683: Short screen, sport comfort seat, soft side bags, and USB port ■ SPORTS PACK £436: Lever guard, fly screen, number plate holder, tank pads ■ URBAN
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure3 min de lecture
Test fleet: Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade
The Honda Fireblade is dripping with the very latest and most sophisticated rider aids, including lean-sensitive traction control, cornering ABS, multiple riding modes, engine brake control, launch control, up-and-down quickshifter… You name it, the
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure2 min de lecture
What To Look Out For
Originality is important if you’re paying top money for an RD400, not least because so many were thrashed and even raced more than 40 years ago, leaving much scope for replacement of parts including the engine. “It’s vital to check that the numbers m
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure4 min de lecture
Coffee with Jerry
My wife Tamar and I were at coffee with our friend Jerry. He is an active 75-year-old guy who is, after selling his car, considering buying an electric bicycle to get around our city. He’s never ridden a motorcycle nor has he ridden a bicycle since h
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure1 min de lecture
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure
EDITOR: Mikko Nieminen mnieminen@mortons.co.uk DESIGNER: Charlotte Turnbull PRODUCTION EDITOR: Mike Cowton PUBLISHING DIRECTOR: Dan Savage PUBLISHER: Tim Hartley GROUP ADVERTISING MANAGER: Sue Keily DIVISIONAL ADVERTISING MANAGER: Tom Lee: tlee
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure6 min de lecture
Letters
In 2014, while walking around the docks at Mangalore, where every truck seemed to be an Ashok Leyland and every motorcycle a Royal Enfield, I stumbled across a man sitting in the dust of the road in front of the open mouth of a tipper lorry. Surround
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure2 min de lecture
Staycation Summer
With such a long, cold and rainy spring, the arrival of summer sun, longer days and the ceremonial removal of the thermal liner from the riding jacket feels blissful. Not just because riding bikes is much better in sunshine than rain, but also becaus
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure4 min de lecture
Road Craft On Track
I’m not much of a track rider. Going fast has never appealed as much as going far. So how come I find myself in full leathers, fixing a yellow sticker with the number 17 on it on to the headlight of a Honda CB650R at the British Superbike School? Bec
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure1 min de lecture
This Month
Rider: Adam Child, age 44, height 5’7 (170cm) Cost new: £19,999 Spec: 214bhp/113Nm Engine: 999.9cc inline four-cylinder Kerb weight: 202.1kg Tank: 16.1 litres (3.5 gallons) Seat: 831mm (32.7in) Miles this month: 300 Miles on Clock: 2100 Fuel
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure4 min de lecture
Castles, Cakes And Cheese
Those of us lucky enough to live in South Wales are spoilt for choice when it comes to good riding routes. The Brecon Beacons, Eppynt Mountains and Black Mountains are all easy to get to, as are the Welsh Marches – the border country of Shropshire an
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure4 min de lecture
Test fleet: BMW R 1250 RT LE
If the RT is built for one thing, that’s touring. So as soon as it was possible after lockdown I grabbed the first chance to head out for a road trip to Scotland. I had two good reasons for the choice of destination. Firstly, it would be a perfect ch
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure1 min de lecture
This Month
Rider: Bertie Simmonds, 50-and-a-half, 113 kilos (248.6lb) Cost new: £12,202 Spec: 117 bhp/93 Nm (68.6 lb-ft) Engine: 889cc, liquid-cooled, inline triple 4v per cylinder Kerb weight: 230kg (with panniers) Tank: 18 litres (3.96 gallons) Seat: 81
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure4 min de lecture
Green List
The last six tours we have run have all been in the UK. To be precise they have all been in Scotland, three at the end of 2020 and three in 2021. With the announcement of the UK Green List for travel we had hoped that we were on the cusp of a reopeni
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure7 min de lecture
TRIED & TESTED
One thing that always annoys me about motorcycle jackets is that so many of them are sold with no back protector. There’s always a little pocket ready for the protector, but no armour. I appreciate that it’s an extra cost, but as body armour goes, it
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure7 min de lecture
KEEPING IT SIMPLE (and rather rapid)
Was it really 2013 when Yamaha introduced us to their successful MT range and the new three-cylinder platform? It doesn’t feel like that long ago. The MT-09 was a fresh injection of excitement from Yamaha, which wasn’t overcomplicated, and offered af
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure2 min de lecture
Commuter Of The Future - Now
Ten-plus years ago I rode an electric bike that was lightning fast, but had a range of barely 35 miles, was frighteningly top-heavy, and cost £5000 more than the equivalent sports bike of the day. Fast forward to 2021, and an electric bike at the oth
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure4 min de lecture
Test fleet: Honda NC750X
Ah yes, it’ll be like celebrating meeting a good old friend. At least that’s what I thought when editor Mikko asked me if I wanted one of the latest, restyled, DCT-equipped, Honda NC750Xs as a long-termer. His question struck a chord. Back in 2015 I
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure1 min de lecture
Who is Andrew?
Andrew Prendergast is a Managing Partner at White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors (www.whitedalton.co.uk). You can pick pretty much any motorcycle-related legal issue – he’s been there, done that, and got the answer to share with MSL readers. If you hav
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