Category Archives: Project Bikes

What I’ve ridden and what I’m riding

Adventurising the RE Himalayan

Himalayan Index Page For what you pay and compared to vaguely similar bikes, Royal Enfield’s 2018 BS4 Himalayan comes very well equipped: centre stand; small tail rack plus tank sideracks; small screen; 15-litre tank giving a 400-km range; a small … Continue reading

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Review: BMW F700GS 1100km test

In a line Economical and easy-to-ride big twin on road or trail, only held back by the staid image. • Still running well at 110,000 rental kms • 19″ front wheel ideal for road and trail • Suspension surprisingly good … Continue reading

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Quick Spin: Enfield Himalayan 400

Update: I bought one: Enfield Himalayan Index Page  In the 1990s, long before retro-looking bikes became a thing, buying and running a locally built Enfield Bullet around the Indian subcontinent caught on with Western tourists. It was a proper adventure all … Continue reading

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Dawn-to-Dusk: Fishguard to Kintyre via Belfast

It’s about 900 miles from Hay-on-Wye on the Welsh border back to Ullapool with a detour via Tiree and the Outer Hebrides. But go via Ireland and it’s about the same, thanks to Stena’s handy Irish Sea ferries, including Fishguard and Rosslare, … Continue reading

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How to weigh your motorcycle

Unlike most riders, I am curious to know what my bikes actually weigh – especially before and after a makeover. For years I’ve used the bathroom scales trick; balancing the bike with the scales under one wheel, then the other then add … Continue reading

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Honda XR400 in the Algerian Sahara

Additional pix by Dan W, Dave K and Robin W. For the full story on our tour read this. Having had a couple of XR400s on previous desert tours, I’ve long wanted to try one for myself and finally got … Continue reading

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Yamaha’s 1983 XT600 Ténéré

I well remember that day in the southern winter of 1983 when I first saw Yamaha’s original XT600 Ténéré outside Maxim Motorcycles in west Sydney. I crouched down for a good look at the machine which appeared to have addressed all the deficiencies of … Continue reading

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