Taruffi: flair, grace, talent

Mike recalls his teenage hero – a man who raced bikes and cars, broke land speed records and became a gifted engineer and team manager…

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Six: the biggest turn-on ever

Z1, CB750? Nah. If you’re looking for a groundbreaking Japanese bike, Suzuki’s Super Six is the one…

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Keeping the faith

The Ducati 900SS now has semi-mythical status, but was poorly made, here's why one rider has stayed loyal for 38 years…

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Mike Nick's July 2015

They laughed when I said I was considering buying a shaft-drive sports bike, but time has vindicated the moto Guzzi Le Mans…

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Mike Nick's May 2015

The 860 was such a flawed anti-climax in its day, but it could make a tempting weekend bike today

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Banking on '70s Excess

In its glory days, Daytona was the world's most important motorcycling race, and the wildest

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Sky High Hillclimbing

Mike describes was the mind-expanding experience of racing the hills on a 350 Velocette on dope

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Mike Nick's March 2015

Part of Derek Minter's pulling power was that you couldn't get to know him that well

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This Old Man's A Dustbin Man

After years of admiring the lines of ‘dustbin’ fairings, mike finally got the chance to ride behind onea

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Standing the Test of Time

Some myths may have pervaded from the '70s, but the road tests are totally trustworthy, says Nicksy

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Young guns on old bikes

Many younger riders are rejecting modern racing in favour of classics, for the fun and the challenge…

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A record of exaggeration

Mike casts aspersions on some of the more questionable motorcycle speed claims bandied around as ‘fact’…

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The island’s biggest draw

The Classic TT isn’t just an après-TT frolic – it’s just as dangerous and demanding as the modern races…

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A short-lived conquest

The Cotton Conquest was lovable but impractical – a 250cc race bike that could be registered for the road…

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Mike Nick's May 2016

Mike remembers why rowing up in the dull ’50s meant many hours spent browsing A-Z spotter’s guide-type books and learning the different capacity of motorcycle variants

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Mike Nick's April 2016

France’s Tech3 MotoGP team have opened their own historic division – Tech3 Classique – to restore bikes and use their 29 years of experience on the frontline of motorcycling technology to take on some of the more extreme challenges that arise in the renovation business.

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