The History of the Motorcycle – Part 6.

Part 6 – The Modern Era In part 5, I mentioned how a few motorcycles – names the modern machines still bare today – lead the way forward. I the 1990’s and early 2000’s, we were introduced to the Honda Fireblade, the Yamaha R1, and the Suzuki GSX-R1000. These bikes were so good, that still…

The History of the Motorcycle – Part 5

Part 5 – Japanese Dominance By the 1970’s, the British firms were losing their hold on the Motorcycle industry. The reason for this, were the innovations by the Japanese firms. The Honda CB750 was released in 1969. The Japanese built motorcycle, featured an electric starter, as well as front disk brakes. This compared to Triumphs “new”…

The History of the Motorcycle – Part 4

Part 4 – The Golden Age of Motorcycles   A “Golden Age” of a particular field, can be described as a time when there were many attempts to accomplish great tasks within that field. This is also a time that is seen to be more “pure”. You often hear that term “pure” when you are…

The History of the Motorcycle – Part 3

Part 3 – The rivalry that set the tone In part two, we discovered the beginnings of motorcycle production, and by 1901 the levels of interest had spread through America and Europe. It was in 1901 that George Hendee and Oskar Hedstrom, built the first ‘Indian’ motorcycle in America. Not long after, they would gain…

The History of the Motorcycle – Part 2

Part 2 – The first production motorcycles Less than a decade passed since Daimler had invented the first recognized motorcycle, when the world’s first production motorcycle was introduced by German brothers, Hildebrand and partner Wolfmuller in 1894. The Hildebrand’s and Wolfmuller motorcycle had a steel frame that held a 1500cc twin-cylinder four-stroke water-cooled engine. Their…

The History of the Motorcycle – Part 1

Part 1 – The world’s first motorcycle   Gottlieb Daimler – a surname you may recognize – was the man who started it all, and the man we have to thank for doing so. In Germany 1885, Daimler invented and built the first motorcycle, it was named; Reitwagen (riding car) – although I have also…

MotoGP 2017. Midway Point.

The end of yet another jaw dropping, eye popping and nail biting race at the Sachsenring brought about the start of the mid-season summer break. The 2017 season has been filled with races like this and I can’t get enough. It’s one of those seasons you will go back and watch again in years to…

The History of the Motorcycle

Introduction There is something about the Motorcycle that you just can’t ignore, something almost entrancing about it. I can sit looking at pictures of them for hours – just ask my Fiancée. When I hear one coming down the road, I instinctively want to catch a glimpse of it as it rides past. I know…

2017 South Africa Bike Festival

Biker Paradise There was such a vast amount to see and experience at this year’s SA Bike Festival that I am not even sure where to begin. From the beginning I suppose, as one should. What a great show the organizers put on at this year’s South Africa Bike festival, powered by Discovery Channel. Really…

Jerez Surprise

With MotoGP entering Europe after an exciting start to the season in Qatar and the America’s, the championship took a surprise turn. We saw a hint of this in America, but it was not expected to continue, at least not yet, as MotoGP went to Jerez. Jerez is a track that is usually suited to…

A Night in the Desert…

…well, that is what it should have been, but then it rained? It’s been a few days now since the first MotoGP of the season which took place under lights in Qatar. I am only writing about it now because it’s taken me this long just to gather my thoughts after what was one of…

Brace yourself, MotoGP is Coming…

Okay so maybe that play on words is getting a little old and is slightly overrated, but that what the first thing that came to mind, so I went with it. Can you freakin’ believe it though? MotoGP is back this weekend! I am, as I know many are, ridiculously excited! Enough with all these…