Category Archives: Project Bikes

What I’ve ridden and what I’m riding

Quick ride: Yamaha XT700 Tenere review

See also: Yamaha’s Ténéré travel bikes Yamaha XScrambleR 700 Yamaha XT660Z Tenere Africa Twin Soon: KTM 790R Honda NC750X In the UK, July’s ABR show was the only chance to road-test Yamaha’s much-awaited XT700 Tenere before it reached dealers in … Continue reading

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Yamaha’s Ténéré travel bikes

I well remember the day in the southern winter of 1983 when I first clocked Yamaha’s original XT600Z Ténéré (left) outside Maxim Motorcycles on the Parramatta Road, west Sydney. I crouched down for a good look at the machine which appeared to have … Continue reading

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Enfield Himalayan: 4000-mile review

Himalayan Index Page In a line: Didn’t miss a beat over a month; no one was more surprised than me. • At £4000, with the stock equipment it’s a bargain • Low, 800mm seat – at last a travel bike not … Continue reading

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Himalayan: Out of the Western Sahara

Himalayan Index Page With back up from Mark in a 4×4 sat alongside Colin on a Nikon, we set off for the 1100-km ride from Assa through the Western Saharan interior to Dakhla via Smara and the Digtree (left), a … Continue reading

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Himalayan: Impressions at the edge of the Sahara

Himalayan Index Page Just got to the desert about a 1200 miles in. Two wheels on my wagon and the Himalayan still humming along. Hard to believe it hasn’t missed a beat running down from Malaga over the High Atlas and … Continue reading

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Himalayan in Morocco: High Atlas

Himalayan Index Page Has it really only been six days in Morocco? Seems like ages. A few photos from the ride so far. Balleria: €83 open-return at the counter. Nice boat mister. Gibraltar: Rule Brexannia! Big advs as far as the … Continue reading

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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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