2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS. It's one of two new Triples that have just been launched, the other being the S model; S for Sport, or (if you prefer) Standard. Triumph tells us the 1050cc engine, common to both bikes, boasts 105 new parts, spins up another 1,000rpm and can hit 148bhp at full tilt. As with a lot of current bikes, the flash is in the dash; hence the new 5-inch multi-function snooze-on-the-move TFT screen controlled by handlebar "switchcubes". The RS model gets an Öhlins NIX30 inverted front fork. The front fork on the S is an inverted 43mm Showa unit. Brembo M4.34 radial monobloc calipers feature on both bikes (but reach and span adjustable levers are on the RS only). Other features include new design 10 spoke alloys with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyres, a new headlamp cowl, revised body panels and a new matt aluminium sub-frame. Colours are Crystal White or Matt Jet Black for the RS, or Jet Black or Crystal White for the S. Prices? Not yet. The Triumph accountants and marketeers are perhaps still gauging response which will no doubt be positive, if not necessarily high voltage.



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AJS Tempest Roadster


AJS Tempest Roadster 


This bike first appeared on our radar last November. Essentially, it's a reworked AJS Cadwell that we reported on back in June 2016. The 54mm x 54mm, 125cc, fuel-injected engine is derived from the 1st generation YBR Yamaha unit and is currently one of the mainstays of the AJS brand. It offers 7.1Kw (around 10bhp) @ 8,500 rpm with maximum torque dialling in at 9.5Nm (7lb-ft) @ 6,500rpm. That's probably the kind of torque a heavyweight cyclist can generate and isn't likely to impress the girlfriend/boyfriend. Nevertheless, this modest roadster is said to be capable of hitting around 60mph on the flat, on a good day, and it's all you need for daily commuting and zipping around the neighbourhood with your mates. The bike is aimed at the 17 year old learner legal demographic, so it's suitable for anyone wrestling with CBT or an A1 licence. [More...]




AJS Tempest Scrambler


AJS Tempest Scrambler 


Remember how it was when you first got into biking and saw your dream machine dazzling like a jewel in a local shop window? Or maybe it was leaping from the pages of a magazine. Or parked on a street corner, the only thing in the world that was still in focus. Either way, chances are the bike you'd first set your heart on wasn't a heavyweight roadster or a blustering touring machine. At least, bikes such as that were probably your secret underlying choice; safely out of reach, a promise to the distant future. But your immediate goal was quite likely something more realistic and affordable. A BSA C15 maybe. Or an RD250 Yamaha. Or a Honda CB400/4. Or something similar from whatever decade lit your fuse. Well the above AJS Tempest Scrambler is likely to light a fuse or two for the current generation of young/entry-level bikers looking for that first dream machine, and it's easy to see why. [More...]



Weise Fury denim and leather jacket


Weise Fury denim jacket


You know how it is with some products when you can't decide if you like it or not? Well that's how it is with us and Weise's new Fury jacket. We don't hate it, and we don't love it. Instead, our approval needle is flickering around the midway point—which is actually a good place to start. After all, the products that instantly light your torch very often cool rapidly leaving the slower burning stuff to go the distance. That's our experience, anyway. Regardless, this jacket, which has just been released, "combines the comfort and style of a classic denim jacket with the reassurance of leather overlay panels and CE protection in key areas, and the practicality of a waterproof liner." [More...]





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