If anyone asks you to name a dog primarily from England, what would you say? British Bulldog probably? A powerful, adorable, squat animal that people associate with the British Union Jack more than anything else, right? Now, if you had to combine the attributes of mentioned mutt with any motorcycle what would you choose? Yes of course you would –the Triumph Speed Triple.
Over the holiday period I was given this dark monster to ‘play’ with and I came away with mixed emotions for reasons I’ll get into later. It’s called the Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX if you didn’t know and it is, without doubt, the quickest and fastest sports tourer ever made!
Bike launches are a thing a beauty. You’re whisked away to exotic settings, wined and dined at lavish restaurants, all to sway one’s opinion on the said new shiny motorcycle. But placing the product into the intended environment is key to showing off the best attributes of the motorcycle. So does the BMW F750GS and F850GS have more to offer than the splendour of an all-expenses paid launch, or is it just more of the same?
Retro is the word in motorcycling at the moment. All manufacturers are fiddling with them in one way or another; even Suzuki has joined in with their take on the Katana from the eighties. BMW, on the other glove, has been at it for a while with their classic styled R nineT range and here’s the one I haven’t tried, until now.