Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
Motorcycling Contributor
Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.

Harry has been writing and talking about motorcycles for 15 years, although he’s been riding them for 45 years! After a long career in music, he turned his hand to writing and television work, concentrating on his passion for all things petrol-powered. Harry has written for all major publications in South Africa, both print and digital and produced and presented his own TV show called, imaginatively, The Bike Show, for seven years. He held the position of editor of South Africa’s largest circulation motorcycling magazine before devoting his time to freelance writing on motoring and motorcycling. Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002.
Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.

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Ducati's Troy Bayliss Tribute Panigale V2 Is All The Ducati You'll Ever Need

Ducati’s Troy Bayliss Tribute Panigale V2 Is All The Ducati You’ll Ever Need

Limited Edition V-Twin Commemorates First Championship

Troy Bayliss’s success in the World Superbike Championship has been commemorated with this limited edition Panigale V2. Featuring special Öhlins suspension and a bespoke paint job, it’s lighter than a standard Panigale V2 and, remarkably, makes more power from its 955cc engine than the race 996R he won his first championship on back in 2001! It costs $4,500 more than a standard Panigale V2.

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KTM RC 8C Sold Out in 5 Minutes

KTM RC 8C Sold Out in 5 Minutes

Who knew KTM race superbike would sell so fast... EVERYONE!

Last week, we gave you news of the new track-only KTM RC 8C limited-edition bike that was due to go on sale. With only 100 examples of the Moto2-inspired machine on offer, it was likely that you would have to be quick off the mark to get your hands on one. We didn’t realise how quick you would have to be, however.

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English Engineer Builds Famous Six Cylinder Honda Classic Race Bike from scrap

English Engineer Builds Famous Six Cylinder Honda Classic Race Bike from scrap

Not as easy as you might think!

What does the man who has built a V12 Kawasaki, a V8 Kawasaki and a Dodge Viper-engined motorcycle choose for his next project? How about a replica of a six-cylinder Honda race bike from the 1960s? And when we say ’build’, we really mean that; he makes his own six cylinder engine out of two four-cylinder engines, including building up his own crankshaft and making his own clutch, along with everything else. It’s a remarkable feat of engineering, carried out in a shed in his garden. The man is Allen Millyard and you really need to watch his videos if you think you know about engineering!

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Superbike vs. Supercar Drag Racing: Who Wins?

Superbike vs. Supercar Drag Racing: Who Wins?

BMW S1000RR vs. Some Of The Fastest Cars Out There

So, you think your supercar really is super? Don’t care what you are driving - McLaren, Ferrari, Nissan GTR, BMW, Tesla - can it beat a stock BMW S1000RR? The good people at Bike World spent a productive Monday morning pitting the BMW S1000RR against all comers. The results might surprise you.

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Whatever Happened to the Baby Harley Davidson 338R?

Whatever Happened to the Baby Harley Davidson 338R?

Has It Been Axed Or Could It Still Make Production?

Last year, spy shots of a ’baby’ Harley Davidson, called the 338R, were all over the internet. The bike was based on the Benelli 302, produced by Chinese manufacturer Qiangjiang, or QJMotor. Since then, all has been silent in Milwaukee. However, a new tie-in with Hero Motor Corp in India, as well as ongoing links with QJMotor, could see a small-displacement Harley Davidson suitable for the lucrative Indian and Asian markets.

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Why You Shouldn't Rejoice at 2021 Motorcycle Sales Figures

Why You Shouldn’t Rejoice at 2021 Motorcycle Sales Figures

You Have To Read Between The Lines

Manufacturers around the world are posting impressive sales gains in 2021 over the same period in 2020. These can be slightly misleading, however, due to the enormous differences in trading conditions from last year to this but the increases could be seen as a return of consumer confidence and a desire to just get on with life once again.

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2021 KTM 450 Rally Factory Replica

2021 KTM 450 Rally Factory Replica

Limited Edition Release With More Ability Than Most Of Us Could Use

The KTM 450 Rally is a legend in its long lifetime, taking 18 consecutive victories in the Dakar Rally up to 2019. Now, KTM has released a limited-production version for sale to the public, with development carried out in-race by the team’s riders. It’s the ultimate Enduro bike but you have to have deep pockets and even deeper talent to do it justice. Only 85 available worldwide.

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2021 2022 Honda Monkey Bike

2021 2022 Honda Monkey Bike

Return of the Legend

The original Honda Monkey Bike of 1961 was an astonishing deviation from the company’s serious business of making giant-killing motorcycles of ever-increasing capacity, culminating with the CB750, the first Japanese superbike in 1969. Introduced into Europe in 1967, it remained in production up to 2017 in its original 50cc version. With the release of the Honda Grom, it wasn’t long before a Monkey bike version was released. Now 125cc, it has been further updated for 2022.

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KTM Reveals Track-Only RC 8C

KTM Reveals Track-Only RC 8C

Moto2-Inspired Chassis with 889cc Twin-Cylinder LC8 Engine

There are many KTM fans out there who lament the disappearance of the RC8 superbike from KTM’s catalogue. Now, KTM has revealed the track-only RC 8C model, using a chassis based on the Moto2 chassis from 2019 and the LC8 parallel twin engine from the 890 Duke R. 140bhp and 308lbs, suspended by WP APEX PRO suspension will give sparkling performance and razor-sharp handling, reigned in by race-spec brembo brake calipers. Does it signal a return to road-legal superbikes for the Austrian firm?

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Triumph Trident 660 vs. Yamaha MT-07

Triumph Trident 660 vs. Yamaha MT-07

Battle of the Middleweights

Triumph’s recently launched Trident 660 has set the cat amongst the pigeons in the middleweight naked sports category. Its main rival could be said to be the Yamaha MT-07 and, while they are similar in what they do, they go about it in completely different ways. But which is better? Is it even possible to choose?

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Watch: Are Road Racers The Best Riders in the World?

Watch: Are Road Racers The Best Riders in the World?

On-Board Lap of the Isle Of Man TT Course is Just Insane!

The Isle of Man TT is the most famous motorcycle race in the world. Over the past 104 years, man and machine have thrown themselves into battle against the 37.75 mile circuit in the pursuit of glory. There have been many on-board laps filmed, but this one showing Guy Martin chasing Michael Dunlop for a full lap is mesmerising and hypnotic, not to mention terrifying. They make MotoGP riders look like risk-averse fairies!

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Steve McQueen's First Husqvarna Could Make Six-Figures at Auction

Steve McQueen’s First Husqvarna Could Make Six-Figures at Auction

1968 Husqvarna Viking 360 Up For Sale

Steve McQueen played a big part in establishing the Husqvarna brand in the U.S. His first Husky was bought after seeing Swedish World Champion Bengt Åberg racing his Viking 360. McQueen bought it there and then and it remained in his collection until his death in 1980. Now, it’s up for auction in August.

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Triumph to Build MX and Enduro Bikes

Triumph to Build MX and Enduro Bikes

The rumours have been swirling for a while, but now it’s official

Triumph has a long history of off-road competition success but that was a very long time ago. Since the company was resurrected by John Bloor 30 years ago, it has succeeded in every category of road and adventure bike it has entered. The only avenue left open to Triumph was true off-road Motocross and Enduro bikes and, while rumours have been swirling for a while, today it became official; Triumph will build proper off-road bikes. There are few details but Triumph has said that the bikes will be new from the ground up, which could be taken to mean there will be no outsourced engineering other than suspension, brakes and electronics.

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Ducati Sales Up 43% in 2021 Over Same Period in 2020

Ducati Sales Up 43% in 2021 Over Same Period in 2020

Best June Sales ever

It might not be a fair comparison, given the difficult trading conditions at the beginning of 2020, but a better indication is that sales are up 9% against the same six months in 2019, the last ’normal’ year of trading.

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Riding the most famous motorcylce aka Captain America

Riding the most famous motorcylce aka Captain America

Chasing the American Dream

Often called the most famous motorcycle in the world, no-one really knows where the original Captain America, from the Easy Rider movie, is. But that doesn’t matter when you can have one built for yourself and re-create the American Dream.

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Honda Patents Clutch-By-Wire technology

Honda Patents Clutch-By-Wire technology

The Next Step in Motorcycle Complexity

In what looks like an ingenious solution to a problem that never existed, Honda has filed a patent application for electronic actuation of the clutch, obviating the need for a clutch cable. Is it needed?

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Will Harley Davidson Build a Superbike?

Will Harley Davidson Build a Superbike?

Where To Next With The Revolution Max Engine?

Harley Davidson is busy reinventing itself, helped by the Revolution Max liquid-cooled engine. But where does the company go next? Could we see a sports bike some time in the future?

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Interview With Ducati Most iconic Designer: Pierre Terblanche

Interview With Ducati Most iconic Designer: Pierre Terblanche

The Designer Who Helped Shape Ducati

Often, motorcycle designers go under the radar. There are a select few whose impact on motorcycling has been such that they become household names among enthusiasts. With the Ducati 900SS, 999 and MH900e in his CV, Pierre Terblanche is one of those designers who is firmly in the spotlight, not least for his outspoken opinions that fly in the face of accepted wisdom.

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ADV: Overland Exhibition at the Petersen Museum Exhibition

ADV: Overland Exhibition at the Petersen Museum Exhibition

Celebrating Global and Celestial Adventure

A new exhibition at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles celebrating the spirit of adventure, from 1903 to the present day and beyond. Two- and four-wheeled vehicles, both earthbound and on other planets are on display, which celebrate not only the vehicles but the adventurers who rode and drove them.

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New Harley Davidson Sportster S Launched

New Harley Davidson Sportster S Launched

The Sportster Leaps Into The 21st Century

After three years of being teased, the new Harley Davidson Sportster S has been officially launched. Looking exactly like the concept, it is powered by a detuned 1250 Revolution Max engine, which now acts as a stressed member of the chassis. Strong Harley Davidson DNA in the looks but a huge advance in electronic sophistication over the old Sportster. Available from Fall 2021

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BMW CE.04 Electric Maxi Scooter Launched

BMW CE.04 Electric Maxi Scooter Launched

BMW Motorrad’s First Electric Shot Fired

BMW has toyed with electricity as a motive force for its bikes before, with the C-Evolution maxi scooter which ended production in 2020. Now BMW Motorrad is renewing its commitment to electric motive power with what promises to be the first in an extensive line of electric bikes. The CE.04 picks up where the C-Evolution left off and takes the company in a new and striking visual design direction.

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Is This The Most Significant Motorcycle of All Time?

Is This The Most Significant Motorcycle of All Time?

The Honda Super Cub

There are many motorcycles that could be called the most significant for a number of reasons. What if I told you, however, that the most significant is also one of the most humble?

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2021 Triumph Trident 660

2021 Triumph Trident 660

It Ticks All The Boxes

With the release of the Trident 660, Triumph has hit the jackpot right out of the box and matched, if not beaten, all the competition in in one fell swoop. With a brilliant engine and chassis, stunning build quality and great looks, it may be small and compact and carry a competitive price tag, but has so much character and ability that you have to wonder how Triumph has done it.

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Motorcycle Adaptive Cruise Control - A Good Thing?

Motorcycle Adaptive Cruise Control - A Good Thing?

Tech for tech’s sake or an important safety feature?

Technology is advancing at a dizzy pace, allowing all sorts of new systems to be fitted to motorcycles. But are they always a good thing? Often, it feels as if technology is being adopted for adoption’s sake without the bigger issues being evaluated. Adaptive cruise control using radar might work well in cars, but on a motorcycle, it could potentially encourage the rider to take less notice of the road ahead, which we can ill-afford to do.

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2022 Kawasaki Off-Road Models

2022 Kawasaki Off-Road Models

Everyone Gets a Look-In

Kawasaki’s 2022 MX and Enduro bikes offer something for everyone, be they young or old, beginner or experienced

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Electronics Helping Us To ‘See' Bikes

Electronics Helping Us To ‘See’ Bikes

New technology from shipping helping vehicles ‘see’ each other.

The future of personal transport is approaching at an ever-increasing rate and, with it, new problems and issues that hadn’t been considered but which need to be if armageddon on the roads is to be avoided. With radar becoming more and more prevalent on cars, the main problem is that, sometimes, bikes are too ’small’ a target to be detected by it. BMW has looked to shipping for inspiration in developing passive technology that could help to solve this.

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Vespa Turns 75

Vespa Turns 75

A Milestone for an Iconic Brand

The Vespa was born out of a need to get a nation mobile after the Second World War. No-one could foresee how successful and iconic it would become over the years, helped by a starring role in a movie early in its life. Mods adopted it as their transport of choice in the 1960s but it has remained, at its core, transport for the masses. In spring 2022, Vespa turns 75 and it going as strong as ever.

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Are We ready For Electric Motorcycles?

Are We ready For Electric Motorcycles?

Electricity as a motive-power for motorbikes is inevitable, but is the infrastructure ready?

While electricity is, for the time being, the ’fuel’ of the future, a lot of work has still to be done to make it viable and to accommodate the surge in numbers expected. The charging infrastructure is massively insufficient at present and charging times and range are two barriers to common acceptance. Four motorcycle manufacturers are coming together to develop replaceable battery technology, making charging times a thing of the past.

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Livewire Becomes Stand Alone Brand

Livewire Becomes Stand Alone Brand

(But it’s Still a Harley!)

Harley Davidson shocked the motorcycling world when it announced the Livewire electric bike, a stunning departure for one of the most conservative and tradition-bound manufacturers in the world. Now, it seems as if the parent company is sending its child out to fend for itself by making it a stand-alone brand, even though it will still be firmly kept within the H-D fold, helping with future projects and being sold through the existing H-D dealer network.

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Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is opening to more riders

Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is opening to more riders

New Tech, More Races

There’s a raft of changes afoot for the famous TT races, making them more accessible for more people through a new online portal, set to launch before the races in 2022. More races will also be added, bringing the total to 10, with races on every day of race week as opposed to every second day. Not everyone is happy about this latest development.

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2021 BMW F900XR Road Test

2021 BMW F900XR Road Test

Is There A Problem?

BMW has extended the XR range with the new F900XR joining the S1000XR in the adventure-sports category. It’s an impressive bike but is there a problem lurking underneath the bodywork? The engine, built by Loncin in China, has no glaring flaws but BMW might have a problem on its hands due to buyer’s perceptions of the engine. Will it harm sales? Will the engine prove to be as bulletproof as previous BMW engine designs? Only time will tell and, if sales are harmed, that will be a pity as the F900XR has a lot going for it.

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2022 Honda Grom

2022 Honda Grom

Play time from the largest Japanese manufacturer

The Honda Motorcycle Company’s history is one of huge success - including staggering single-model sales - impeccable engineering provenance and, dare it be said, a distinct lack of character. Which makes it all the more surprising when Honda engineers let their hair down and brought us something as wacky as the Monkey Bike. Into the second decade of the 2000s, they seemingly had another fit of giggles and resurrected the Monkey Bike, this time called the Grom. It’s still as mad as ever and, for that, we have to be thankful.

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2021 BMW R1250 GS & GS Adventure

2021 BMW R1250 GS & GS Adventure

The Original Gets Better

The 1250cc version of BMW’s venerable boxer-twin is not new, but the two adventure machines to which it has been fitted - the R1250GS and R1250 GS Adventure - have had a mid-life makeover, with small but important improvements affecting the overall package. It remains one of the most convincing adventure bikes, a fact borne out by global sales figures. It still loses out to KTM on power and the Austrian brand scores on its hardcore adventure image, but few bikes are as well-rounded as the BMW GS. Ignore it at your peril.

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The Motorcycle Land Speed Record

The Motorcycle Land Speed Record

A Brief History

Since the dawn of time, mankind has tried to go as fast as possible. In terms of the Land Speed Record, outright motorcycle speeds might lag far behind those of four- and three-wheeled vehicles, but the bravery of the pioneers of motorcycle speed is no less than that of their four-wheeled counterparts. From the beaches of Florida, to Europe and back to the Bonneville Salt Flats, the story of the pursuit of speed on two wheels might be relatively unknown but it’s still a story of ingenious engineering solutions and some pretty wild characters.

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New Suzuki GSX-S1000T On The Way

New Suzuki GSX-S1000T On The Way

Sports Tourer Set For Update

Type-approval documents have revealed that a new Suzuki GSX-S1000F is on the way, with a name change to GSX-S1000T.

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Honda Pursues Airbags Technology for 'Bikes

Honda Pursues Airbags Technology for ’Bikes

It’s a safety device that, so far, has only been available on the Honda Goldwing, but new patent applications indicate that Honda might be extending the technology to other models in the range.

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BMW Electric Scooter Concept Comes to Life

BMW Electric Scooter Concept Comes to Life

The Future Gets Closer

Simpler and, therefore, cheaper than the outgoing C-Evolution, expect it to be released in summer.

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Was This The Best MotoGP Pole Lap Ever?

Was This The Best MotoGP Pole Lap Ever?

Mick Doohan, Assen, 1998; Cutting It Fine

What do you do when qualifying has been red-flagged with only 2 minutes left and you still need to set a time? If you’re Mick Doohan, you go for it, of course.

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The Benda KFC700 Kicks Ass - On Paper!

The Benda KFC700 Kicks Ass - On Paper!

New Cruiser from China

Long and low cruiser with a four-cylinder engine from Chinese manufacturer.

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BMW is Working Hard to Improve Its Iconic GS Off-Roader

BMW is Working Hard to Improve Its Iconic GS Off-Roader

A prototype that was spied while testing suggests a brand new engine and frame

Recent reports tell of a new BMW GS model being tested, featuring full liquid cooling and revised styling. A new name has also been registered, suggesting increased engine capacity. Don’t expect it before 2023.

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Young biker tries to fly a 1985 Honda Goldwing

Young biker tries to fly a 1985 Honda Goldwing

And the prize for best enduro bike goes to.....

Sometimes, manufacturers don’t realise how much ability they’ve built into the motorcycles they produce. This guy set out to prove that just because a bike is big and unwieldy, it can’t be fun!

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Harley Davidson Teases New ‘Custom' Model

Harley Davidson Teases New ‘Custom’ Model

This time it’s for real

It has been rumoured for a couple of years now but, finally, the Harley Davidson Custom model is set to be officially launched. Using the new Revolution Max engine as seen in the Pan America adventure bike, it’s hard to see from the video if the bike will resemble closely the prototype but we won’t have long to wait to find out for sure.

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This Radical New Motorcycle Design Will Do 250mph!

This Radical New Motorcycle Design Will Do 250mph!

Introducing the WMC250EV to the world

Not content with producing a bike powered by electricity, White Motorcycle Concepts is redefining motorcycle aerodynamics as well. The radical new design channels air through the bike, rather than trying to push it aside and, in the process, increases downforce without increasing drag. Electric motors in the front wheel mean it’s two-wheel drive and can recharge the batteries through regenerative braking.

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2021 BMW R1250RT

2021 BMW R1250RT

Big Yet Brilliant

BMW’s tradition of large, beautifully-built and brilliant touring bikes continues with the 2021 R1250RT. More power from the 1254cc engine, more comfort, more electronics and more ability add up to a motorcycle that is possibly the best touring bike on the market today.

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