Dyno Performance

Steve Jordan Motorcycles 01372 453 322 Ducati Monster 66.21bhp 8,476rpm Suzuki Giadius 7 Ibhp 8,400 rpm Kawasaki ER-6n 6I I5bhp 8.513rpm Yamaha XJ6 65.08bhp l0.398rpm Ducati Monster 45.45 Ib ft 7.400rpm Suzuki Giadius 47lb-ft 6,400 rpm Ducati Monster 66.21bhp 8,476rpm Suzuki Giadius 7 Ibhp 8,400 rpm Kawasaki ER-6n 6I I5bhp 8.513rpm Yamaha XJ6 65.08bhp l0.398rpm Ducati Monster 45.45 Ib ft 7.400rpm Suzuki Giadius 47lb-ft 6,400 rpm

Bhp Options

The Ducati is hardly shy on power, and 66bhp isn't a bad return for your money - although remember that the Monster is the biggest engine capacity bike on show here. Torque is a little up and down, but this gives a big kick at 5,500rpm that brings a smile to your face. The Giadius out-muscles its rivals, and does so in a controlled and smooth manner. 71 bhp is pretty handy, and when you add in a good chunk of torque, you've got yourself a machine that can dawdle as easily as it can streak away...

So you think your bikes too sporty for luggage

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Triumph Daytona 675

BIKE, WITH GREATER FEEL1 MARGINALLY INCREASING Middleweight 600s are more than enough' for many riders. But their drawback is that they need to be worked harder to get up to the same speeds as bigger-engined sportsbikes. You can't have something for nothing if they're not revving, they're not going. Well, not at their best anyway. Triumph's Oaytona 675 is a very different story. Thanks to some clever addition and subtraction in its engine spec, the Brit bike gives a much better result. Extra...

Honda Hornet 600 Special Edition Light

Honda has little to sing and dance about in the 2009 line-up (unless ABS brakes float your boat) but this tweaked' 600 Hornet catches the eye. Essentially it's the same CB600F model launched in 2007 with some chic styling updates. Designed to appeal to discerning and fashion-conscious riders the new look basically accentuates the streetfighter looks and subtle curves of the Hornet's design with a more lyrical set of graphics on the bodywork. There's a re-designed instrument panel which'll read...

The Verdict

Heading out of London, back to the confines of Croydon, gave us a chance to muse over the merits of each machine All four bikes excel in London in a variety of different ways - just like the capital itself. One minute you can be whizzing through Canary Wharf, a magnificent model of what money can achieve, and the next minute you're in Poplar where you'd think twice about getting your phone out. Within a few streets you can sample the designer labels of Bond Street and then get an MSG-laden...

Engine Tuning

The hardest thing to get right It's the time consumption, everything takes time. Balancing all the rods, bolts and pins, pistons and grading the bearing shells. The more you have the easier it is -1 mean, you can do it with sets of lour and you just juggle things around - but the more you have the better. Last year it was quite easy because of the strict tuning regulations. Standard parts compared to factory parts are cheap, so at one stage we had 15 sets of conrods and if you are a supported...

Cyberfit Jacket

Italian bike kit firms all have pretty classy design departments. But Spidi has a definite style of its own, with a much more mature, modern, simple feel to many of its products. That's exemplified by something like this Cyberfit jacket, which combines sharp, modish design cues, with sober, classic colour-schemes. It's modern enough to go with a sportsbike. yet makes a sound match for a naked roadster or tourer. Spidi is also right on the cutting-edge in terms of technology. So the Cyberfit is...

Races Are Won In The Mind

Was it a marriage made in heaven When Brains' got back with 'Norge' after breaking up three years earlier, was it written on the wind Was it destiny Was it simply meant to be What the hell are we on about here Well, Mark Brains' Woodage is the chief engineer at Parkalgar Honda and is the man working closest to his rider Eugene Norge' Laverty in the Parkalgar Honda world supersport team. Early results in 2009 have been promising for the team, but it's not the first time they've worked together...

Anything But Normal

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Dunlop Qualifier Ii

Launched just too late to make it full-blown into this issue read more next month the latest cover-all tyre from Dunlop was launched recently Contact 0121 306 6000 www.dunlopmotorcycle.co.uk The Qualifier II occupies such a broad range in the sports tyre market it's in danger of doing other Dunlop tyres out of a job. With the very successful Roadsmart below it and Qualifier RR above it, Dunlop is aiming for road and sports tyre domination. Our man JP was at Dunlop's southern French test...

Honda Nr500 Grand Prix Racer

Despite the fact that Grand Prix racing was dominated by two-strokes in the late 1970s, Honda wanted to race what it sold and announced that it would be contesting the 1978 world championship with its radical, oval-piston, four-stroke NR500 Ithe NR stood for new racing' . The bike didn't appear until a year later at the 1979 British Grand Prix and, after alt the speculation and anticipation, Honda suffered the humiliation of its great white hope crashing out at the very first corner. D'oh...

Norton Nemesis V8

With hindsight, we should all have been a lot more sceptical when Norton announced its return not with a straightforward and achievable superbike, but with an outrageous V8 that was set to be the fastest and most powerful motorcycle in the world. But maybe because we all wanted to believe in it so much we got carried away with the idea. The Norton Nemesis even had a cool name and when a mock-up was displayed at the NEC show in 1998, and weekly scandal-sheet Motor Cycle News announced it had...

Rockingham Circuit

Since most of the UK's racing circuits are modified World War II airfields or parklands, we Brits don't often get the chance to enjoy purpose-built-from-scratch facilities like the rest of the world. In fact, the last purpose-built circuit to have opened in Britain was Brooklands in Surrey, way back in 1907. So when it was announced in the late 1990s that 50 million was being spent on a brand new state-of-the-art racing circuit in Corby, Northants, and that it was being designed with bikes in...

Oulton Park

Ajko Mega Gun Exhaust

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Ducaticlassic

Spring has sprung, the sap is rising and sometimes you just can't help yourself on the first sunny March morning. And to prove that you don't need a bazillion horsepower, we snapped this cheeky rider on a Ducati Sport 1000 S on the A272 near, oh, let's say a section of closed road south of Cheesefoot Head. Really

O Team Profile Parkalgar Honda

Parkalgar 2008

Y the Parkalgar seat but opted for a factory' team. The thing is, says Parkalgar team manager Simon Buckmaster, our bike is better. And I can say that for a fact. Look at the results in world supersport in recent years, the Honda is a better bike, a better package. The first two supersport races of the 2009 season were all-Honda podiums But, at the same time as Laverty was toiling in the 250GP class, Woodage had also skipped the British paddock, doing time with the ill-fated llmor team in...