2003 CBR600RR – I will call him… Mini-RR

With all the hubbub over the CBR1000RR these days, its 599cc sibling, the CBR600RR, has taken the pillion seat in the eyes of the world and Honda’s marketing machine. So, before we all get carried away with serious displacement lust of the hyper-sport variety, lets turn the dial on the way-back machine by, gasp, a…

1998 Honda VTR 1000 – Used Bike Review

Let’s get it all out of the way right off the top: the mirrors are atrocious, the fuel range horrible, it has a tendency to stall in hard stops, and the ergos are uncomfortable at anything slower than 120kph. Now throw all that out the window. Why? Gobs of low rev torque for one. This…

2003 VTEC VFR – Down on Credit

In 2002 Honda updated its venerable all-rounder, the VFR, and brought it into its sixth generation. The previous VFR was getting Maybe it was boredom from consistently winning British motorcycle magazine sport-tourer shootouts, but Honda seems to have fixed a bike that may not have been truly broken.  The sixth generation of VFR came to market…

CBR 1100XX Blackbird

The CBR1100XX Blackbird was, at its introduction, one of the most renowned bikes of its day. But that was far from my mind as I sat contemplating its seating position and what could be done to make it more comfy. I was tallying up modifications, not to improve its top speed, but just to make…

Honda ST1300 – Lots of tour… But, Er… Where’s the Sport?

The first thing that will strike you about the ST1300 is not it’s styling, a preying mantis look that has been beaten into submission with the conservative stick by the marketing department, but its engine note. The engine at idle sounds like an escapee from the foley stage for a Jetson’s cartoon; a whirring sci-fi…