Motos and Friends from Ultimate Motorcycling magazine
Honda NC750X + Neale Bayly Rides pt1

Honda NC750X + Neale Bayly Rides pt1

October 27, 2021

On this week’s Motos & Friends we explore the theme of travel and touring. Our ‘Moto’ is Honda’s NC750X… a super user-friendly and incredibly versatile middleweight that won’t break the bank. Interestingly, with the addition of Honda’s luggage system, NC750X has a downright amazing amount of carrying capacity. The bike comes in both standard shift and DCT flavors, and Don Williams gives us his thoughts on the DCT—Dual Clutch Transmission—version.  

Our chat this week comes from long-time friend Neale Bayly. Neale and I have been fellow moto-journalists for approaching two decades, generally roaring around the globe testing the latest and greatest. All very cool and all that, but for those of you who have not heard of Neale, nor did you catch his TV show Neale Bayly Rides on either Speed when it was around, or on YouTube now, then hopefully you’ll find this conversation quite interesting. For those of you that have heard of this self-styled 'philanthropic adventurer', you’ll hear the genesis behind Neale’s true passion in life, raising money for his Wellspring Foundation, a charity based around motorcycling that raises money for both an orphanage in Peru, and subsequently for another in Africa.

If the mood takes you, you can contact Neale in one of several different ways below, and he’d love to hear from you. If you feel like taking a Neale Bayly Ride, or you just want to feed your soul a little and donate to Wellspring, then please check out the links below




2021 Honda NC750X DCT review




Yamaha MT-09SP + Mike Magrann of punk band Channel 3

Yamaha MT-09SP + Mike Magrann of punk band Channel 3

October 20, 2021

Yamaha have now brought to the USA the SP version of their mighty MT-09. Although Yamaha has had SP versions of some of its models for a while now, this is the first time we’ve had the SP version of this model.  Nic de Sena had a chance to ride it and tells us about the changes to the MT-09 SP and why it’s worth the extra coin.

Regular listeners and readers of our various publications know our Editor Don Williams, however it is less likely that you know he is a major fan of independent live music, especially around the Los Angeles area. This week Don chats with Mike Magrann, lead singer of the punk band, Channel 3. Mike is a musician and a motorcycle guy too.

Please visit Channel 3 on Spotify and other major music platforms.

To view the song Manzanar on YouTube click here

We hope you enjoy this episode!  

Ohvale GP2 + George Barber Advanced Design Center

Ohvale GP2 + George Barber Advanced Design Center

October 13, 2021

This week we have a couple of unusual chats for you. In the first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena talks to Arthur Coldwells about the new Ohvale GP2 mini bike. This is a full race machine that is scaled down to work on kart tracks, and yet it is designed to give a rider the full racebike experience. The Ohvale is not a toy and many, many professional racers use one to enhance their skillset and help with their training.

The second segment comes to you from the recent Barber Vintage Festival, held annually at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds Alabama. George Barber himself was kind enough to spare a few minutes to chat about the new Advanced Design Center project that has been created on the top floor of the museum. Ably headed up by Brian Case of Motus Motorcycles fame, George Barber’s Design Center is there to encourage and explore design. He has generously outfitted the center with every type of creative and production tool you can imagine, including a couple of high end 3D printing machines, and full clay-modelling capability. Brian Case has already collaborated with ex-Ducati designer Pierre Terblanche and their first project—done remotely with Pierre residing at home in South Africa I might add—is a modern take on the exquisite early 90s Ducati Super Mono, designed at the time by Pierre. The Advanced Design Center is a heck of a project and George Barber is justifiably proud of it. It is there to encourage and explore design, especially with young people who perhaps do not have the means to really explore their ideas or turn them into reality.  If you’re a designer with some ideas, please feel free to contact Brian Case at the Barber Advanced Design Center and talk to him about perhaps starting you off, or taking you to the next step in your career. His contact information is below. 

2021 Ohvale GP-2 190 Review

New Bike Announcements + John Tagley 2, Endurance Run

New Bike Announcements + John Tagley 2, Endurance Run

October 6, 2021

To start this week off we’ve chosen to highlight some of the new machines announced in the past week. We’re coming up to new motorcycle season when the manufacturers roll out their new models and so Editor Don Williams takes us through the newly announced Suzuki GSX-S1000GT; the Yamaha YZF R6-GYTR; Triumph’s new Speed Triple 1200 RR; the Moto Guzzi V1000 Mandello, and last but not least, the new retro-styled Kawasaki Z650 RS.

In the second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams follows up with bike builder and long distance rider John Tagley, who recently completed his 24-hour endurance run as he promised. John takes us through his various preparations and the effort it took to complete his personal mileage best. I won’t spoil the surprise, but I can tell you he managed to put on more miles in 24 hours than a lot of people do in one year.

We hope you enjoy the show!     

Cholo Road King 24 hour challenge 

John Tagley Instagram 

The eBicycle craze plus Kawasaki KLR650

The eBicycle craze plus Kawasaki KLR650

September 29, 2021

This week we start off with a discussion between myself and Senior Editor Nic de Sena on the eBicycle craze that seems to be so hot right now. We’ve tried various eBicycles over the last year or so but the question still remains —are they pseudo-motorcycles; are they a gateway perhaps to motorcycling; and are they here to stay?

In the following segment Don chats with Associate Editor Damon Powell about the new Kawasaki KLR650. The venerable KLR has been around since 1987 and Damon has ridden... well… all of them.

I hope you enjoy this episode. As a reminder—please send your feedback on our Podcast—good or bad, and especially if you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! You can contact us either on our Facebook page at Motos and Friends, or email at Thank you!  

2022 Kawasaki KLR650 Adventure Review

2022 Sondors Metacycle New Electric Motorcycle

Super73-ZX Review: Stylish Urban Pedal-Assist E-bike


Adam from Iconic Auctions + Benelli Leoncino

Adam from Iconic Auctions + Benelli Leoncino

September 22, 2021

In the first segment this week I get to chat with one of the most energetic guys I’ve met in a long time. Adam Tromp is the Founding Partner at Iconic Motorbikes Auctions. Starting out as a reseller of collectible machines, Adam’s vision quickly turned Iconic into an online auction site a whole lot more. I don’t want to spoil the story, so I’ll let him tell it in his own words, but suffice it to say that in a very short period of time, he and his partners have managed to turn Iconic Motorbike Auctions into a collector motorcycle sales powerhouse. Where’s it all going…and what’s next, I wonder…

In the second segment Editor Don Williams talks to me about the Benelli Leoncino. I’m not Italian and neither is he, so we’re not sure how it's pronounced, but suffice it to say that this Italian designed, Chinese built 500cc parallel-twin engined motorcycle actually holds several surprises—perhaps not what you’d think.

I really enjoyed both of these topics, and I hope you do too!  
Repsol Honda CBR1000RR Charity Auction: Ride For Kids Benefit

Iconic Motorbikes Auctions


BMW R 18 Transcontinental and Bagger with Freeman Wood

BMW R 18 Transcontinental and Bagger with Freeman Wood

September 15, 2021

Editor Don Williams chats to Editor-at-large Freeman Wood about his ride on the new BMW R 18 Transcontinental and the bagger version, the R 18 B. Freeman is a BMW GS owner himselfyy and has ridden many of the big boxer twins in the past, so his opinions compare directly back to his other experiences aboard BMWs.

We hope you enjoy this episode!    

2022 BMW R 18 Transcontinental + R 18 B test


Yamaha Tracer 9 GT + Filmaker & Adventurer John Tagley

Yamaha Tracer 9 GT + Filmaker & Adventurer John Tagley

September 8, 2021

This week, is big mileage themed. Ultimate Motorcycling magazine Editor Don Williams chats to us about the 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT. This is Yamaha’s sport-touring take on the brilliant, much loved three-cylinder MT-09. Don gets to ride a lot of motorcycles, and he’s not short of an opinion on this bike.

In the second segment, Associate Editor Teejay talks to custom builder and filmmaker, John Tagley about his custom build style, and a new venture he’s taking on next week. We’ll bring him back in a few weeks to see how he got on!

Anyway, we hope you enjoy this episode!   


John Tagley J.E.T.Film Instagram 

John Tagley Facebook 

2021 Yamaha 9 GT Tacer Fast Facts


Triumph Speed Twin + Racer and Model Patricia Fernandez

Triumph Speed Twin + Racer and Model Patricia Fernandez

September 1, 2021

This week’s Podcast features speed in a couple of different forms. The first is where Nic de Sena gives us a quick look at Triumph’s new for 2022 Speed Twin. This retro styled machine falls neatly between the standard Bonnevilles, and the high performance Thruxton, so it’s a great performing urban rider as well as an excellent canyon carver too.


Speed in the second segment is covered by professional road racer Patricia Fernandez; yes, she’s a very fast lady.

This isn’t the typical road racer interview; Teejay chats with Patricia about the challenges facing a woman entering any male-dominated sport, and what it takes both physically and mentally to compete at the professional level. Patricia is a real road racer—that is, she competes not just on closed circuits, but also on the streets and country lanes of tracks in Ulster, Ireland and other European venues. It takes copious amounts of courage to race at 200 miles per hour on public roads, yet Patricia has the mental attitude and skill to do it well. She’s a beautiful woman inside and out and her story is well worth listening to!

Instagram @lady_racer926

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Yamaha WR450F & 250F + Moving up the moto ladder

Yamaha WR450F & 250F + Moving up the moto ladder

August 25, 2021

Don Williams and Kelly Callan discuss the Yamahas WR450F and 250F having spent several months riding the two. 

In the second segment, we discuss the typical motorcycle size progression from newbie to expert. Which way should you go if you're new to the sport? Hopefully we'll help you clarify your thinking.   

2021 Yamaha WR450F Review

2021 Yamaha WR250F Review