Automotive professional for over thirty years, whether that’s working with 5hp Fizzy’s, 400hp drag bikes or building F1 and IndyCar engines. My first bike was a Suzuki AP50, my last a slightly modified ZZR1400. Semi-professional pie eater.

Do Café Racers Hurt Your Back?

For twenty-five years, I’ve physically suffered with back problems after having a spectacular crash on my ZXR. (Actually, it wasn’t that spectacular, but did leave me suffering from a number…

Future Motorcycle Classics of the 90’s

I write quite regularly about some of the older bikes that I now fancy – Katana 1100, RD500, FZR1000 … all eighties motorcycles, all ‘old school’ that brings back memories…

1980's muscle bike

1980’s Motorcycles – My Personal Picks

I was born in 1971, brought up in a motorcycling household, and as we grew older, bikes were just part of our life; Dad owned a very cool Bonnie, my…

1980's muscle bike

Which is the best oil for your motorcycle

Best Engine Oil For Bikes

With the Covid lockdown and riding for pleasure banned for the duration here on the Isle of Man, I decided to service the Triumph Bobber myself. A quick search for the best motorcycle…

Norton Atlas Ranger

Norton Motorcycles – The Story From First To Last

With the sad news of the administrators being called in to Norton Motorcycles, I thought that now would be a good time to reflect on what could have (should have?)…

Norton Atlas Ranger

the Thruxton is one of the main reasons why cafe racers are so popular

Retro Motorcycles – 8 Modern Classics For 2020

It was 2001 when the Triumph Hinckley factory released what in my opinion was the first retro motorcycle – A thoroughly modern Bonneville that took it’s styling straight from the…

the Thruxton is one of the main reasons why cafe racers are so popular

How To Make a Cafe Racer Comfortable – 7 Tips To Improve Your Ride

Want a Cafe Racer but worried about the riding position? Building your own Cafe Racer but afraid you’ll be in no shape to reach those clip-ons by the time it…

norvin parked outside the ace cafe

The Legendary Norvin Motorcycle

Norvin. A name that was long forgotten in my mind, and truth be told, of course I knew the name but it never really registered as to just exactly what…

norvin parked outside the ace cafe

cafe racer vs sportsbike

Café Racer v Sports Bike: What’s the difference?

The Cafe Racer v Sports Bike dilemma pops up in my inbox more than most. Usually they’re from someone who rides a Sports Bike but giving serious thought to purchasing…

cafe racer vs sportsbike

Triumph Bonneville

Triumph Bonneville History– Icons Never Die

Introduced in 1959, few motorcycles can claim a past quite like the legendary Triumph Bonneville. Discover the history of the Bonneville and its lineage through to the present Triumph modern…

Are motorcycles cheaper than cars

Are Motorcycles Cheaper Than Cars?

As I sit here, a rather tired out 47-year-old that’s been involved with cars & bikes since a youngster, I’ve been totting up the different vehicles that I’ve owned, both…

Are motorcycles cheaper than cars

Are motorcycles more dangerous than cars?

Are Motorcycles More Dangerous Than Cars?

“Sorry mate, I didn’t see you” … a phrase so common that it even became an acronym – SMIDSY. When I was first learning to ride on the road (I’d…

Are motorcycles more dangerous than cars?