Dear Yamaha, Can we Have a New FZ1?

Yamaha has been one of the strongest companies in the motorcycle scene over the past few years, the resurgence beginning with the release of the wonderfully fun MT-09. That was followed by the MT-07 and then the all new R1 which has certainly raised the bar for other brands. There's just one thing missing that we'd really, really like - a new super naked. There's no doubt the Yamaha R1 is a killer machine but it's sole ...
Which Car Brand Best Represents Your Bike?

Which Car Brand Best Represents Your Bike?

We all love our motorcycles but cars can be fun too. Sure, they're more expensive and rarely as quick but they certainly have their advantages. We thought it would be a fun exercise to work out which car brand best matches each motorcycle brand as of today. While our list isn't exhaustive (comparing Zero Motorcycles to Tesla is hardly surprising) we think we've done a pretty good job in taking a not so serious look at what ...
What Does the Volkswagen Emissions Saga Mean for Ducati?

What Does the Volkswagen Emissions Saga Mean for Ducati?

The biggest story in the auto industry for many years that has been saturating the news over the last few days is how Volkswagen has admitted to cheating on emissions testing in the United States, potentially involving up to 11 million vehicles. So what effect may this have on Ducati which is owned by Audi under the Volkswagen Group umbrella? Audi purchased Ducati only a few years ago for approximately $1.12 billion. That ...
Why the Future of Air Cooled Engines Isn't Too Hot

Why the Future of Air Cooled Engines Isn’t Too Hot

Retro styled bikes are the current big thing in the motorcycle world. The Ducati Scrambler has been a huge sales success with other manufacturers such as Triumph and Moto Guzzi also riding on the popular resurgence of old school charm and character. Ironically though, this increasing popularity of retro bikes comes at a time when their power plant of choice - the air-cooled engine - is under increasing pressure to remain a ...
It's Time Ban Standing Starts In Motorcycle Racing

It’s Time To Ban Standing Starts In Motorcycle Racing

Last weekend, Bernat Martinez and Daniel Rivas Fernandez lost their lives at MotoAmerica's Superbike/Superstock 1000 race. The incident occurred at the start of the race in a situation that is any rider's worst nightmare - Fernandez's bike either stalled or lost power after the green light and he was a sitting duck while riders at full acceleration rode past. Unfortunately, Fernandez was hit and in the ensuing chaos, both he ...
Should You Spend Your Money on Motorcycle Gear or Motorcycle Training?

Should You Spend Your Money on Motorcycle Gear or Motorcycle Training?

Most riders have it drummed into them the importance of wearing a full range of protective clothing, colloquially known as ATGATT. Yet surely the phrase "prevention is better than cure" applies to riding motorcycles equally as much as our general health? So why is there so much emphasis on covering ourselves head to toe in protective gear at the expense of motorcycle training? When you only have so much money spare, should ...
Is the Kawasaki Ninja H2 A Good First Bike?

Is the Kawasaki Ninja H2 A Good First Bike?

Dear TheRideAdvice.com. I've been wanting to buy my first motorbike for a while now but nothing has quite caught my eye. That was until Kawasaki announced the Ninja H2. I love cars with superchargers (like the ones on The Fast and the Furious) so I knew I had to get an H2. I know I could get a Busa or a Fireblade for cheaper, but my father is giving me the money to get the H2. My dad's really good like that. He wasn't ...
What Do We Want? Light Bikes! When Do We Want Them? Now!

What Do We Want? Light Bikes! When Do We Want Them? Now!

There's no doubt that small capacity bikes aimed at new riders is the biggest growth segment in the motorcycle industry at the moment. In fact in places like Europe and Australia where new riders are restricted to such bikes, it's probably the biggest slice of the current pie. One great thing about these bikes is that they're light and nimble. But what about small capacity bikes aimed at experienced riders - why can't that ...