The learner market in Australia is so big these days it seems as though the manufacturers are in a LAMS war, just like the sports bike war that’s raged for many years. In fact it’s probably more important than the sports bike market in pure sales numbers. Yamaha’s new YZF-R3 is the latest small capacity LAMS bike from Yamaha, built specifically to take on the Kawasaki Ninja 300, which itself has enjoyed plenty of sales success over the last few years.
DUCATI’S 1199 Panigale and its higher spec ‘S’ sibling are very much riders’ machines. They are undoubtedly very fast, they are frantic to ride, they are not all that comfortable if you are commuting or touring at a snail’s pace.
I'LL say right here and now that the 899 Panigale is my new favourite Ducati. I'm the first to admit I'm a bit of a Ducati fan, currently owning three of them, but that doesn't mean I think every Ducati ever built is a great bike.
WHAT makes someone buy a Bimota? I can think of a few reasons, but although I've lusted after a few – the Tesi, DB1 and SB3 for example – I've never seriously thought of buying one. An expensive machine like this needs a point of difference, and the DB8 has a number of those.
The interesting thing is you would expect the HP4 to be even sharper and harder edged than the 'cooking' S 1000 RR, but BMW has not only made it a better track bike, it's made it a better road bike too.
BMW HAS updated and improved the sportsbike it released onto an unsuspecting world just two years ago. The S 1000 RR came from a factory famed for its touring and adventure machines and immediately jumped to the top of the tree when it came to electronics, performance and safety.
675cc of inline triple in a mid range sports bike has been exciting since Triumph kicked the Daytona 675 off a few years ago. 2009 is the first major facelift since the bike was first seen on dealers' floors.