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Bike Tests / Looking Back
22 February 2021

POSTER BOY

This is how that now-iconic Susie poster came to be

Bike Tests / Looking Back
15 January 2021

LOST CAUSE: YAMAHA'S 1982 500CC GP SEASON

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Determined to win back the world 500cc title in 1982, Yamaha put its star rider onto a completely untried V4. Here’s what happened

Bike Tests / Looking Back
11 December 2020

FACTORY OUTLET: HAILWOOD'S HONDA RC181

Imagine if Marc Marquez got jack of waiting for HRC to fix the handling on his RCV213V and hired a local frame guru to improve it. That was what Mike Hailwood did in the 1960s

Bike Tests / Looking Back
02 December 2020

WIN ON SUNDAY...1970-1987 CASTROL SIX HOUR

For 18 years it was an iconic Australian institution. This is the rise and fall of the Castrol Six Hour Production Race

Bike Tests / Looking Back
13 October 2020

THE LEGEND OF YAMAHA ASIA: TREVOR DISCOMBE

If it wasn’t for a wayward wheelie off the line, Kiwi Trevor Discombe could have been a household name. This is his story.

Looking-back
29 September 2020

THE FIRST AND THE LAST

It’s 45 years since Giacomo Agostini won the 1975 500cc world championship with Yamaha. It was the first premier-class title for a two-stroke and it was Ago’s last

Looking-back
22 September 2020

CHRISTIAN SARRON: "I STARTED RACING BECAUSE I WAS SCARED"

Conquering his rivals wasn’t Frenchman Christian Sarron’s primary goal during his 18-year Grand Prix career. There was one other thing he needed to beat first

Bike Tests / Looking Back
04 September 2020

WORLD WAR SPEED

Fifteen years before World War II the motorcycle land-speed record changed more often than at any other time in history. A time, for a while at least, when British twins ruled the world

Bike Tests / Looking Back
11 August 2020

DEAD ON ARRIVAL: BIKES OF FUTURE PAST

In a time when out-of-the-box innovation ruled motorcycle design, here are eight motorcycles that may well have changed the course of motorcycling… had they made production

Bike Tests / Looking Back
16 July 2020

DUKES OF WELLINGTON: HANDBUILT WORD BEATERS

Nitro-burning Ducatis, a short-stroke Pantah that revved to over 14,000rpm, one of the very first 851 Superbike engines housed in a custom frame. Things got a little crazy in New Zealand in the 1980s

Looking-back
26 June 2020

GENTLEMAN JOHN: JOHN WOODLEY

John Woodley was close to being thrust into the limelight in the 1970s – until he hit a cast iron fire hydrant on his RG500

Looking-back
26 June 2020

1989: WE RODE ALEX CRIVILLÉ'S JJ-COBAS TB5 125 RACER

It’s been 30 years since Alex Crivillé took out the 125cc GP world title aboard the Rotax-powered JJ-Cobas. We wind back the clock to a time when two-strokes ruled the world