From time to time we get to review bikes and stuff. Lucky us!

Let’s be up-front here, we don’t get paid for this. So, if we don’t like something or perhaps a bike just isn't right, we’ll say so. We’re hardly professionals, just giving our opinion and trying to have a laugh.

Like everything is life, you should always make your own mind up, but just for fun here are some of our thoughts on bikes and accessories we're tried out. A very big shout out to Newcastle Motorcycles who’ve been so kind lending us many bikes!


Honda NX500 - Baby Transalp...

The Honda NX500 replaces the popular CB500X in the Honda’s ADV bike line-up. It's got a refreshed new look, less weight, and some new upgrades, but is it much different to the outgoing CB500X?

New Honda XL 750 Transalp

New XL 750 Alp

Hurrah! It's back!

Honda's XL 750 Transalp returns, but not eveyone is happy...

Apparently, the mountains are calling. The 1980’s Honda Transalp has matured into a 90hp, 750cc adventure bike and priced at around £9,800, it’ll sell in bucket loads – But I just can’t put my finger on why it’s not for me…..

It’s just a bit too ‘Honda’ – Low pipe, bland looks, a little vanilla or just too ‘safe’ perhaps. I loved the look of the Africa Twin when it came back, but this? Jury is well and truly out...

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Kriega Trail 18 ADV Backpack

Bombproof? Yes. Over engineered? Yup. The Kriega Trail 18 backpack is your perfect adventure backpack.

All-weather adventure touring demands robust, reliable equipment. The TRAIL18 Adventure Backpack utilises high-tech construction materials to meet the needs of the adventure rider. Composed of three sections: A heavy-duty zip access 7-litre rear compartment which is a perfect storage area for a Tool-Roll and water bottle or the optional 3 Litre Hydration Reservoir.

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R3 Waist Pack

This gem will hold your valuables, GoPro, phone etc, as you circumnavigate the globe….
On a Yam TY 50…
After a zombie apocalypse…
In a tsunami...

Yes, it’s that good. Stop messing around and just buy one. Don't trust your costly / important kit or passport to a shoddy copy off eBay. Nuff said.

Buy yours here

Watch the YouTube short above.


Don't pay OE prices - Hello, SW Motech!

SW Motech

SW Motech Protection

Made for just about any ADV bike, these crash bars made of steel tubing come with a weatherproof, corrosion-resistant powder coating in black. The surface finishing is carried out in their state-of-the-art facility. Crash bars by SW-MOTECH provide the necessary extra safety for tank, fairing and components. Designed specifically for ADV bikes.

• Sturdy steel and corrosion resistant
• Reliable, stable protection
• Model-specific and simple fitting

• Buy yours here

More video reviews

Dave Thorpe Honda Adventure Centre

Dave Thorpe ADV centre

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We visit the Dave Thorpe Honda Adventure Centre and have a laugh on the new Africa Twin. We also have a date with Amber....

Dango Designs Gripper Mount

Dango Designs Gripper Mount – Good action camera mount?

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How creative can we get with the Gripper? And, is it any better than GoPro’s sticky mount system? We hit the very cold, wet trails to find out...

SW Motech Crash Bars

ADV Ready

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Well made, power coated and easy to fit, these SW Motech crash bars for the Aprilia Tuarge are superb! And cost less than HALF the price of the Aprilia OE parts....

Honda's NT1100 - Powered by an Africa Twin


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The love child of an Africa Twin and the X-ADV, the new Honda NT1100 is surprisingly well equipped. We ride off to another country (sort of) to review the latest from Honda.

Honda Cheeky Monkey

Honda Monkey

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The new Honda Monkey Bike, complete with Yoshimura RS3 slip-on exhaust, goes on a mini-adventure in the North East of England. Is the new Monkey Bike 125cc of pure happiness? Oh yes.

Honda CRF250 Rally

Honda CRF250 Rally

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A quick look at some of the good and not-so-good points of Honda's 'soft-roader'. I've now made it about half-way on the Trans Euro Trail from Newcastle to Cumbria. Time for a nice sit down and reflect with a brew...

KTM 390 Adventure

KTM 390

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Is the KTM 390 ADV a cut above the Rally Raid BMW 310GS? We treat KTM’s Duke inspired 390 Adventure to a mud bath, get it stuck, ride some sloppy trails and explore the medium of mime…

KTM 390 Adventure – What could go wrong?


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Is the small Austrian a big deal? A KTM 390 Adventure arrives to replace the BMW G310GS. We take to the trails for a first look at the 390 Duke inspired ADV Bike….

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