Category Archives: Project Bikes

What I’ve ridden and what I’m riding

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 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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Quick spin: 2017 Honda X-ADV

The reaction to Honda’s category-bending X-ADV ‘X-cooter’ seems to have been positive; most reviewers get it or accept it for what it is. Credit to Honda for trying new stuff, though it’s said good sales haven’t followed, probably due to … Continue reading

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XSR 700 Scrambler – some Morocco pics

• XSR 700 Scrambler index page A few shots of my XSR700 Scrambler after a month in Morocco, leading three tours. I’m impressed with how it’s shrugged it all off, just like my old Teneres in fact. But then, why wouldn’t it? … Continue reading

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Royal Enfield Himalayan tested in the Himalaya

See also 2018 Himalayan quick spin Dave King “Our single biggest insight in all these years of riding has been that the best motorcycle for the Himalayas is not one that tries to dominate its landscape, but one that is … Continue reading

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