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Harley-Davidson Livewire Review 1 day ago

Harley-Davidson Livewire review

Harley-Davidson is the first large motorcycle manufacturer to take the leap of faith into an electrified future. Jon Quirk finds out if the Livewire has sufficient spark to tempt Harley’s existing customer base.
Review 3 weeks ago

Yamaha Tracer 700 GT review

Like with Yamaha’s Tracer 900 GT, the 700 GT is an up-specced, more tourer version of the already brilliant and great value Tracer 700. Although not as thorough or lavish as the bigger version, panniers, tall screen and comfort seat make a brilliant all-rounder even better – for just £600 more.
Review 4 weeks ago

Honda CB650R (2019 - ) review

Restyled, updated and renamed CB650F is lighter, sharper and classier than ever and remains, uniquely, the only affordable four-cylinder roadster in the middleweight class.
Review 1 month ago

Yamaha YZF-R125 (2019 - ) review

Third generation version of best-selling learner sports gets new GP styling, uprated engine and improved chassis to remain ahead of the pack
Triumph electric bike coming? News 1 month ago

Triumph electric bike coming?

In a surprise announcement, Britain’s leading bike manufacturer, Triumph, have announced they are embarking on a project to develop electric motorcycle technology in collaboration with UK leaders including F1 experts Williams Advanced Engineering.
Why you should learn to ride a motorbike Advice 2 months ago

3 reasons why you should learn to ride a motorbike

Riding a motorcycle or scooter on these modern, busy streets is dangerous, uncomfortable and quite often impractical, so would you even consider beginning to ride in the first place? Here are a few ways in which motorcycling might actually be a good, useful and worthwhile pursuit...
Best Of 3 months ago

Top 5 new adventure bikes for 2019

Despite the growing popularity of retro bikes such as Triumph’s Bonneville and the revival of superbikes, thanks to phenomenal new machines such as Ducati’s Panigale V4 (our bike of the Year 2018) and BMW’s all-new S1000RR, one category of motorcycle remains head-and-shoulders the most popular of all: adventure bikes – and there’s a bumper crop of new offerings for 2019.
Top tips to keeping your bike safe Advice 3 months ago

Top tips to keeping your bike safe

When it comes to motorcycling, a lot of people - quite rightly - focus on the riding safety of the rider, and there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of articles across magazines and the internet focused on choosing the right helmet, the differences in the kind of armour available and how to select the most protective pair of gloves. But what about your bike?
How to pick your motorcycle training Advice 3 months ago

How to pick your motorcycle training

Beginning your motorcycling journey can initially seem like a daunting prospect. People will tell you that it’s too impractical, too expensive or simply too dangerous, but if you can deflect a lot of that, then it you’ll find that it will could soon become one of the most rewarding experience of your life. In fact, the training and lessons themselves are actually straightforward - and most of all, they should be fun!
Review 3 months ago

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT review

The old GT introduced 2016, basically a faired, more practical version of the ballistic, 175bhp Super Duke V-twin roadster, was already a brilliant bike. But this uprated, more refined version is better yet. A potent, near-perfect road machine.
Review 3 months ago

Royal Enfield Continental GT (2019 - ) review

Indian-owned Royal Enfield take a significant step up with their two all-new (but old-looking) 650 twins. Compared to their previous, old-fashioned singles, the roadster Interceptor and this café racer GT are brisk, pleasing and should appeal to both new riders and older buffs, too.
Top 5 Alternative 3 Wheel Motorcycles Best Of 4 months ago

Top 5 Alternative 3 Wheel Motorbikes

If the continuing popularity of Piaggio’s MP3 three-wheel scooter family and the recent introduction of Yamaha’s radical, Tracer 900-based Nikken, leaning three-wheeler motorcycle (see our reviews here) proves anything it’s that there’s a growing interest in three-wheeled scooters and motorcycles.
Top 5 sports bikes for under £5K: Yamaha YZF-R125 Best Of 4 months ago

Top 5 sports bikes for under £5K

It’s long been a commonly held opinion in motorcycling that sports bikes are on the decline – but don’t believe it! Here are our top 5 sports bikes for under £5k..
Review 5 months ago

Indian Roadmaster Tourer review

The ‘full-dress’ Roadmaster is to revived US marque Indian what the legendary ElectraGlide is to its great rivals Harley-Davidson – but newer, bigger, fresher and, arguably better in every way
Best Of 5 months ago

Top 5 middleweight adventure bikes for 2019

There’s no getting away from the continuing popularity of ‘adventure’ bikes: large, usually 1000cc+, enduro-styled all-rounders that can, quite literally, do it all. Here’s our top 5 middleweight adventure bikes for 2019..
BMW R1200GS adventure Review 5 months ago

BMW R1200GS Adventure (2018 - ) review

The adventure version of BMW's class-defining GS has been the benchmark adventure bike for decades and, since 2013, led the way for refinement, sophistication and versatility. This latest updated version keeps it ahead of the pack.
Review 7 months ago

Kawasaki Versys 650 Adventure review

Third generation Versys 650 makes the middleweight adventure better still. Perky performance, peerless versatility and decent spec all for a brilliant price make this one of the best value all-rounders anywhere.
Review 7 months ago

Ducati Multistrada 1260S Pikes Peak review

Top-spec, most performance-orientated version of Ducati’s Multistrada family gets the uprated, 160bhp 1260cc engine and more. So-called ‘adventure’ bikes simply don’t get more exotic – or potent.
Advice 7 months ago

Top 5 Christmas motorcycling gifts 2018

Like it or loathe it it’s that time of year once again when everything seems to be dominated by Christmas – but, for motorcycle buffs there’s plenty to get excited about.
Review 9 months ago

Harley-Davidson Softail FXDR 114 (2018 - ) review

Harley’s all-new Softail family of cruisers has been big news and the radically-styled, hot rod FXDR is the boldest, brashest yet. But though striking it’s uncomfortable, no more potent and pricey, too.
Review 9 months ago

Honda VFR800F Sports Tourer review

Honda’s classic old V4 sports-tourer is reinvented and reintroduced and is as versatile and classy as ever – it still can’t quite hide its old school roots, however.
Feature 10 months ago

Motorcycle Live 2018 - Birmingham NEC

Motorcycle Live – the UK’s biggest motorcycle show – takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from November 17-25 and is a must for any bike fan.
Review 10 months ago

Harley-Davidson Softail Fat Bob (2017 - ) review

All-new cruiser/hot rod heads Harley’s completely updated Softail cruiser family with new monoshock frame, updated engines, uprated cycle parts and an all-new look, this is a big step up from Harleys of yore.
Peugeot Speedfight 4 Scooter Review 11 months ago

Peugeot Speedfight 4 Scooter (2017 - ) review

The original Speedfight in 1997 set the template for the 16-er sports scooter. This latest version, complete with phone dock, USB socket and more is still the standard by which all others are judged.
Yamaha Tracer 900 GT Sports Tourer Review 11 months ago

Yamaha Tracer 900 GT Sports Tourer (2018 - ) review

The original Tracer 900 was a great bike, a faired, more long-legged version of the brilliant MT-09 roadster, now for 2018 it's improved with revised bodywork and seating while this top spec GT version, with panniers, adjustable suspension and more is even better yet.
Best Of 1 year ago

Top 5 commuter bikes

For most, motorcycles are a passion, a leisure pursuit or a weekend toy. But that ignores the fact that for others they're also (or even only) a brilliant and effective form of transport. Powered two-wheelers were created in the first place, after all, to get from A to B quickly, efficiently and affordably. Only afterwards did people start racing them!
Review 1 year ago

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Adventure (2018 - ) review

Enlarged version of base CRF1000L Africa Twin gets longer suspension, bigger tank and screen and far more style and stature without compromising its easy versatility - it's the bike the revived Africa Twin always should have been.
News 1 year ago

Michael Rutter wins the TT Zero

Autotrader Bike of the Year judge and TT veteran Michael Rutter became the first rider to clock a 120mph+ lap of the TT Course in winning Wednesday’s one lap SES TT Zero.
Best Of 1 year ago

The best 125cc scooters

What type of scooters are out there? Which is the best of each and which should you go for? Here’s our pick of the best to help you decide...
Review 1 year ago

Triumph Tiger Adventure (2018 - ) review

Triumph’s triple has always been one of the best middleweight adventure offerings but in this updated, top-spec, XC/off-road orientated guise it has the equipment and ability to rival the full-size competition.
Review 1 year ago

Indian Scout 1200 Custom Cruiser (2017 - ) review

Revived historic US brand Indian had already ruffled Harley-Davidson’s feathers with the launch of its impressive, all-new ‘Big Twin’, 1800cc Chieftain in early 2014 but it’s more entry-level, Sportster-rivalling 1200cc Scout, launched later that year really put the cat among the pigeons.
News 1 year ago

2018 Isle of Man TT Preview

Late May means only one thing in motorcycle sport – the Isle of Man TT, one of the world’s biggest, most dramatic and most exciting bikesport events, is back!
Review 1 year ago

Suzuki SV650 Sports Tourer (2017 - ) review

Reintroduced, updated version of classic, no-frills V-twin roadster is just as charming, useful and affordable as the original, which dates all the way back to 1999 but despite facelift is showing its age slightly.
Best Of 1 year ago

Top 5 quads/ATVs

Quad bikes may usually only be legal off-road - although there are some exceptions to this - but they remain hugely popular leisure and utility vehicles thanks to their go-anywhere, rugged style, four-wheeled stability and security yet motorcycle-style riding position and fun appeal.
Best Of 1 year ago

Top 5 'Maxi' scooters

Maxi' or 'super' scooters, as they're sometimes called, are an increasingly popular modern phenomena - larger engined, luxury scooters that, while still easy (ish) around town and with all the practicality (if not more) of traditional scooters (being easy to ride around town, relatively clean and with plenty of luggage space) also have the virtue of being capable of motorway speeds for longer distance commuting.
Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX Review 1 year ago

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX Sports Tourer (2018 - ) review

Sports-tourer SX is latest addition to Kawasaki’s radical, supercharged H2 family and, with toned-down performance and prices is set to be the most popular. It’s still a wild, 200bhp ride, though.
Fireblade Review 1 year ago

Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade Super Sports (2017) review

Hugely anticipated and a long time coming, Honda is back with not one, but THREE all-new Fireblades and, for the most part, it’s been worth the wait even if it’s not head-and-shoulders the class leader some hoped for.
Best Of 1 year ago

Top 5 factory 'custom' motorcycles

There was a time when factory ‘custom’ bikes meant a choice of over-priced, impractical Harleys, unconvincing Japanese copies or… not a lot else. But not any more.
PCX Electric Charge News 1 year ago

Honda unviels electric and hybrid versions of best-selling PCX scooter

While it’s true that the utopian dream of electric-powered scooters and motorcycles is still some way off, despite repeated efforts by various manufacturers and the glamour of the likes of the TT Zero race, there are signs that a watershed moment might be approaching – from no less than Honda themselves.
Ducati Monster 1200 Review 1 year ago

Ducati Monster 1200 Naked (2014 - ) review

Fully-updated big Monster was also, controversially, the first liquid-cooled version. It might have lost some of the original’s purity and simplicity but its raw, roadster spirit survives and, with 145bhp and available in three specs, it’s better than ever.
Advice 1 year ago

Motorcycle terminology explained

Interested into getting on the road on two wheels but confused and alienated by all the jargon? Unsure as to what a ‘belly pan’ or ‘tail tidy’ is, and what you do with them? Baffled as to whether you need a ‘Sissy bar’ or a ‘Hugger’? Well, worry no more.
Review 1 year ago

Harley-Davidson Sport Glide (2018 - ) review

Harley has already launched eight new Softail cruisers for 2018 based around its all-new monoshock frame, updated engine and improved styling and equipment but this all-new part-tourer/part cruiser is possibly the best yet.
Best Of 1 year ago

Top 5 factory café racers for 2018

If the recent bike shows in Birmingham and Milan are anything to go by, not to mention the burgeoning interest in the custom scene and growing popularity of venues such as The Bike Shed in London, one type of motorcycle is now more popular than ever – the café racer.
Advice 1 year ago

How to ride safely in the winter

It might be cold, wet or even icy, but motorcycling in winter can still be fun and effective if you follow a few golden rules.
Feature 1 year ago

Harley’s new 2018 Softails

Where there were once two ranges - Dyna and Softail - there's now just one, eight-strong range of Softails, all of which show that Harley belies its image, going through something of a revolution.
News 1 year ago

Top 5 Most Anticipated bikes for 2018

This year has been a great one for new and revised bikes, but we already know that 2018 is shaping up to be every bit as exciting. These are five of the bikes we're most looking forward to.
Feature 1 year ago

25 years of the Honda Fireblade

We look back over the first quarter century of a bike that was a game-changer when it was launched and, thanks to the latest version, remains one of the very best in its class.
Ducati Monster 821 News 1 year ago

Ducati unveils updated Monster 821

Designed to celebrate the silver anniversary of the original Monster, the latest version of the 821 has just been shown for the first time
Review 1 year ago

Suzuki GSXR1000 R Super Sports (2017 - ) review

We’ve been waiting a long time for an all-new, competitive GSX-R1000, but this top-spec R version, along with its more basic and affordable standard sibling, is more than worth the wait. It’s powerful, agile, bristling with the latest electronics, good value and already a TT winner.
Review 1 year ago

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory Super Sports (2017 - ) review

The naked, roadster version of Aprilia’s WSB-winning RSV4 superbike has always been up there with the very best super nakeds, especially since its enlargement from 1000 to 1100cc. Now, for 2017, its chassis, engine and electronics are enhanced even further. A brilliant road sportster.
Review 1 year ago

BMW K1600GT Tourer (2017 - ) review

Astonishing, straight-six, luxury tourer has been enhanced even further for 2017, with uprated bodywork and clocks, and a new Euro4-compliant engine, and now comes with electronic suspension as standard.
Review 1 year ago

Lexmoto Echo Moped (2015 - ) review

At the introductory end of the A1 class, 50cc scooter market, the best bikes can sometimes be simply the most accessible or affordable ones, as long as they're still functional and desirable. The Lexmoto Echo 50 scores strongly on both counts, hence its huge popularity.
Advice 2 years ago

The best safety tips for new motorcyclists

From the many years of wisdom from the experienced motorcyclists at Auto Trader, here are a few extra tips you may not have seen anywhere else. Read up and ride safe.
Review 2 years ago

KTM Duke Naked (2017 - ) review

Funky, lightweight, supermoto-inspired, single-cylinder roadster is fresh, fun and so easy to ride it was already one of the most appealing A2 licence compliant machines. Updates for 2017, however, make it even better yet…
2017 Honda CBR650F Review 2 years ago

Honda CBR650F Super Sports (2017 - ) review

Just when you thought affordable, sporty, 600-class all-rounders were a thing of the past, along comes this. It’s not flash or fancy, but the CBR650F pretty much does it all, and for under £7,000.
KTM Freeride E Best Of 2 years ago

Top 5 electric bikes

Electric two-wheelers are – slowly – growing in popularly. As machines become cheaper, and improve their range and appeal, surely this growth will continue to accelerate.

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