Road Tests

  • Road Test: ISDT Royal Enfield Bullet

    Road Test: ISDT Royal Enfield Bullet

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    This bespoke Royal Enfield Bullet was built in 1966, when the model was obsolete, to tackle the International Six Days Trial…

  • Road Test: Suzuki GSX-R750 v RG500

    Road Test: Suzuki GSX-R750 v RG500

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    The early 80s was a hot-bed of motorcycle development where two-strokes took on four. Suzuki built both. The GSX-R750 and RG500 were about as hot as it got. 25 years on CMM stages a re-match…

  • Road Test: Velocette Vogue

    Road Test: Velocette Vogue

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    Velocette’s strangely futuristic glass-fibre clad Vogue was never the great success its makers hoped for and, in truth, it never stood a chance…

  • Road Test: Ambassador Supreme

    Road Test: Ambassador Supreme

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    A luxury lightweight normally relies on an established brand name to trade on a reputation for quality, but Ambassador was confident from the very beginning of its ability to attract connoisseurs as its customers. Mike Lewis explains…

  • Road Test: Vincent V-twin

    Road Test: Vincent V-twin

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    What is the ultimate classic motorcycle? The model that the whole movement is based on? That’s right, the Vincent V-twin. Jim Reynolds rides a brand new Vincent V-twin, a motorcycle assembled from Vincent spares and funded by the Vincent Owners Club

  • Road Test: BSA A10 café racer

    Road Test: BSA A10 café racer

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    Building a bike from bits is an expensive way to do it these days, but it makes sense if half the bits are already in your possession – and if it’s done properly, the results can be very tasty indeed, as Jim Reynolds discovered…

  • Road Test: Royal Enfield Constellation

    Road Test: Royal Enfield Constellation

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    Royal Enfield’s heavyweight twins never enjoyed the success or the popularity of their contemporaries but Jim Reynolds reckons they were equally as good, if not better. Here he gets all star-struck about a Constellation…

  • Road Test: BSA A65L Lightning

    Road Test: BSA A65L Lightning

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    This A65L, the last of the line as far as BSA twins were concerned, makes a good case for being the firm’s best ever model…

  • Road Test: Honda VF400F/VF500F

    Road Test: Honda VF400F/VF500F

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    Honda’s 400cc and 500cc V-four sport bikes that appeared in 1983 were exotic high-revvers with a luxury feel – but they concealed a nasty secret. John Nutting delves into his MIRA files to find out what they were like…

  • Road Test: Velocette Street Scrambler

    Road Test: Velocette Street Scrambler

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    The Goodman family – manufacturers of Velocette – stopped making motorcycles circa 1970, right? Well, not quite. In 1998, Simon Goodman, the great grandson of the firm’s founder, made one last machine, and thanks to Neil Redley we’ve scooped a test on this unique machine…

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