Look at motorcycle clothing labels these days and you’re confronted with a myriad of trade names, acronyms, abbreviations and jargon. You might not be fussed, but knowing exactly what the garment you’re buying is made from – and what it will or won’t do – can make a massive difference on the road. Here’s our pocket guide to the most popular terms you’ll come across.
The 1971 motorcycle licensing laws could have been a big blow to young bikers. Until then 16-year-olds could ride up to a 250cc on L plates, but in an attempt to reduce casualties amongst younger, less experienced riders, it was decided they would be restricted to mopeds: machines of no more than 50cc, fitted with pedals.
Fowlers of Bristol are opening a brand new Kawasaki showroom on Saturday 7th May, celebrating with a day of demo rides, free goody bags, live music and food. Official Kawasaki World Superbike racer Alex Lowes will be cutting the ribbon at 11:00 and staying for an interview and signings
There was a time when middleweight sportbikes were kings of the sales charts. Supersports machines like Honda’s CBR600, the Kawasaki ZX-6R, Suzuki’s GSX-R600 and the Yamaha R6 sold in droves; their low weight, screaming four-cylinder engines and razor sharp handling satisfying road riders craving racetrack thrills.
Forty years ago the UK went to war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands, Michael Jackson released Thriller, Steven Spielberg’s ET hit cinema screens, and Fowlers Motorcycles relocated to our current purpose-built home near Bristol Temple Meads… Yes 1982 was a very memorable year, but what was happening in the world of motorcycling? Here are…