What’s in the Latest Issue?


World Launch – Royal Enfield
Santa Cruz was the location picked for the launch of Royal Enfield’s two new machines, the Continental GT and the Interceptor. Paul headed stateside to see what they are all about.

BMW R 1250 GS
After 14 years of perfecting the R 1200 GS, BMW had a sizeable task to better it. Fortunately, they came up with the R 1250 GS! Simon Hargreaves works out what the extra 50cc can do.

Husqvarna Vitpilen 701
Following on from our tests on the smaller Husqvarna’s, Mat hopped on the new Vitpilen 701 and gives us a lesson in Swedish translation.

Suzuki SV650X
Anyone that has been around motorcycles for more than a few years knows of the venerable SV650. Now Suzuki has updated it, making the new SV650X. Trevor spent some time rekindling an old flame.

Triumph Bobber Black

Triumph went their own way in ‘bobber-ing’ the Bonneville last year, and now they’ve one-upped themselves with the Black version. Mat took the Brit out for a spin to release his inner ‘hoon’.



EICMA 2018
Easily the biggest bike show in the world, where all the top manufacturers reveal their latest models and updates, Milan turns into motorcycle mecca once every two years.

Lady On Track
Amber Erasmus is fairly new to motorcycling, but that didn’t stop her from heading out on the track for her first time! We caught up with her at Hampton Downs to find out how she fared.

Bring Back The Nineties
The bikes of the nineties were all about flowing lines, character, and awesome paintwork. Scott reminisces about the way they carved a niche in our hearts.

Jay Lawrence
Jay has recently returned from a trip to the Isle of Man, where he got to ride a particularly famous Suzuki at the Classic TT. Paul caught up with him and delves into the logistics of being an international racer.

Hidden Treasures
Tom Smith has a collection of vintage motorcycles tucked away in his Christchurch garage that would easily impress any enthusiast, all lovingly restored and in running condition!

Motorcycle luggage manufacturer Givi are world renowned for their products, and this year they celebrate 40 years in business. We take a look at the history of Givi, and the Kiwi importers, Eurobike Wholesale Ltd.

Saving Your Skin
The Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Programme is an independent testing and rating system for motorcycle gear, home grown for New Zealand and Australian riders, featuring real science and everything!


All Summer Long
The ‘Shiny Side Up’ series of motorcycle events is continually evolving, now with new venues and added displays to bring the industry together and promote safety in an awesome environment!

Brits Win Big
Motorclassica is an annual bike festival held in Melbourne. Mark Holman jumped the ditch to check out the biggest display of machines to date.

Australian Adventure Part 1
On his trusty KLR650 ‘Percy’, George Lockyer tells an inspiring tale of braving the heat in the Australian wilderness, meeting countrymen, and finding a good brew.

Under Pressure
In this month’s tech article, Scott teaches us the finer details of how piston rings work, and their many functions inside a motor.

Quickshift Questions
From racing a 500cc GP bike, to twiddling spanners for Öhlins, to now working as a MotoGP correspondent, Kiwi Simon Crafar has taken on the role of ‘paddock reporter’ with his own style. We caught up with him to find out the good and the bad.

Future Champions
Now in its second season, the Gixxer Cup is proving to be a huge hit within the racing community. We spent some time with four of the new young riders, getting to know what drives them, including Sarah Humphrey – BRM’s own newly sponsored rider.

Twisty Trip
BRM are strong advocates for female motorcyclists, and Kerry decided the best way to get the girls together was to put on a couple of rides. A little bit of planning goes a long way, right?