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2019 dates for Italian motorcycle tours

Having ridden the Tuscany region this year with Hear the Road Motorcycle Tours Italy, we can thoroughly recommend one of their tours in 2019. Owner Enrico Grassi says he has prepared the 2019 riding season “with more determination and passion”. Having a local guide like this Roman rider is a distinct …

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How to plan a ride route on GPS

Map and satnav expert Peter (World Mapman) Davis tell us how to plan a ride route on a GPS in this second in a series on satnav. In the first in this series, we talked about the different types of Satnav: moving maps and guidance navigation.  Planning a route moving …

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Adding action to your motorbike photos

Motorcycles are about action, yet we rarely see any motorbikes in motion in Facebook photos. I’m getting a bit tired of the same old photos of motorcycles in car parks or parked outside cafes. Typical Facebook carpark photo The proliferation of these is probably because we are too busy riding …

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Indian Motorcycle trademarks Raven name

Indian Motorcycle has trademarked the name Raven which could be a whole new model or simply a black version of an existing model. There are no details available from Indian Motorcycle, so the rumour mill has gone into overdrive about what the name could mean. Indian already has the name …

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Triumph plans new Rocket and TFC models

Triumph Motorcycles looks like having another big year in 2019 with a possible 2.5-litre 134kW (180bhp) Rocket III and high-spec, limited-edition Triumph Factory Custom (TFC) models. The Rocket III has already the biggest capacity engine of any production motorcycle with a 294cc triple, delivering 221Nm of torque and 109kW of …

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Riders warned on number plate scam

Police confirm that a number plate scam has landed some motorists with fines for speeding offences they did commit and unpaid toll notices they did not accrue. They believe the offenders are using vehicle sales websites to find a vehicle matching the model of their owned or stolen vehicle. Offenders …

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Rider leggings get poor safety ratings

The world’s first motorcycle clothing safety ratings program, MotoCAP, has given just half a star each to three sets of rider leggings and mixed reviews on gloves. MotoCAP launched in September with ratings for 10 leather jackets and 10 pairs of rider jeans. Last month they added ratings for 10 textile …

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Former racer Guy Martin’s licence a fake?

Former Isle of Man TT racer, motorcycle daredevil and TV presenter Guy Martin has pleaded not guilty to having a fake driving licence. What! The man who broke the speed record for riding an Indian Scout (above) around the Wall of Death and crashed while attempting to break the 400mph speed barrier in …

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Are advertising standards killing motorcycles?

Remember advertising with motorcycles doing wheelies and burnouts and bikes draped in near-naked women? Changing attitudes and the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) have virtually wiped out this sort of advertising. Has this taken some of the thrill and sex out of motorbikes? Could this be contributing to the downturn in …

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