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BIKE November 2020

BIKE is packed with road tests of new bikes and inspirational riding stories, with fantastic places, amazing races and extraordinary people. Created by a passionate and expert team of motorcycle riders, Bike makes you feel part of the amazing motorcycling world. Our three main areas of content are... Road tests: We ride and test all the latest bikes, from tourers to retros. Riding: We take motorcycles to the four corners of the UK, and the four corners of the world Extraordinary travel stories: amazing races, extraordinary events and astonishing bike people.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
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H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
hello

I’m not a big fan of music in your helmet, or of being able to take and make phone calls when riding. 1 like the solitude of the journey. Alone, inside your own head as a kind of meditative exercise, interspersed with repeated singing of the same song verses. A 570 mile 12 hour jaunt down the east coast, on the new BMW R18 (picture, left, two days later in Northamptonshire) gave me lots of time to think. Here’s what I remember… » 1 (Romping south from John o’ Groats to Inverness) Isn’t Scotland a fantastic place to ride a motorcycle. Amazing scenery, great roads, hospitality (even in Covid times) and haggis. I definitely need to get back again. Soon. But, given that all this is on our doorstep, how come so…

3 min.
every dog has its day

‘Dani Pedrosa has been testing the KTMsince last year, and hisinfluence should not beunderestimated’ KEY SPECS Engine: 1000cc DOHC V4 with pneumatic valves Power: 265bhp+ at 18,000rpm Weight: 157kg Fuel capacity: 22 litres Fuel economy: 15mpg Suspension: WP, fully adjustable Brad Binders win at Brno - the first MotoGP victory for him and KTM - stunned the racing world. It wasn’t just the fact Binder’s a rookie, it’s also that his KTM was presumed a middle order scrapper, not a race winner. So what happened? Here are the key factors: » The RC16 has taken a leap forward. The KTM was never short of power, but now it is faster than last season - at Brno, Pol Espargaro’s KTM was fifth fastest through the speed trap, ahead of the Yamahas, Suzukis and Hondas. After the Austrian MotoGP his…

3 min.
work of art deco

Flip up a panel on the right side of this extraordinary art deco custom and you’re presented with a selection of 100-year-old silver cutlery. Pop the saddle and there’s a bottle of wine below, with a corkscrew held on the underside of the seat. ‘This gentleman racer was supposed to embody a time when design, technology and speed played a significant role,’ says Dirk Oehlerking of Kingston Custom in Germany. There’s far more to this bike than a few picnic-friendly touches though. Dirk made the flowing fairing himself, for example, from 2mm aluminium sheet. ‘I started to build the cladding with wire frame and tape, which I then coated with cardboard and paste to create the design and style.’ Then he replicated his papier mache creation in aluminium. Underneath the 21kg ally…

1 min.
triumph enter budget battle

This concept bike is the new Triumph Trident, an entrylevel middleweight aimed at tempting buyers away from Yamaha’s MT-07 (£6695), Kawasaki’s Z650 (£6495) and Honda’s CB650R (£6999). In Triumph’s 2021 range it will slot in below the Street Twin and Street Triple S - both currently priced at £8100. ‘This bike is going to be aimed at people who have been riding a while but this is their first, new large-capacity machine,’ says Steve Sargent, Triumph’s Chief Product Officer. ‘It’s going to be competitively priced but we’re sticking with Triumph’s roots to maintain a premium presence in that market.’ Bike’s translation:around £7000. The new three-cylinder naked will have ‘class leading technology as standard’ according to Triumph. That presumably means riding modes, cornering ABS and lean sensitive traction control. The concept has LED…

2 min.
just like fabio’s

Most convincing race replica ever built? This new Petronas R1M is right up there – winglets, a sprinkling of MotoGP trinkets and the perfect paint job makes it look more convincing than Honda’s RCV211V-S or even Ducati’s Desmosedici. Surely only a late 1990s Rothmans Honda NSR250 can rival the R1M’s ‘I’ve just stolen a GP bike’ vibe. It couldn’t come at a better time either. As Bike went to press the Petronas squad were rocking it in MotoGP, with Fabio Quartararo having won twice and leading the championship, and Franco Morbidelli coming second at Brno. Not bad for a satellite team, albeit it a megabucks one. The bike is an official special edition, put together by the Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART) who run R1s in the World Endurance championship. It’s painted…

2 min.
grayson’s chopper

If you think celebrity owned custom bikes don’t get ridden, then Grayson Perry’s Gobstopper is a breath of fresh air. ‘My perfect thing is to get out of London before afternoon rush hour and ride up through Essex and Suffolk for a couple of hours,’ explains the artist. ‘It’s done about 5000 miles, though it’s not a wet weather bike, the water comes off the front wheel and then gets blown back into your face.’ The bike was built by Neil Sefton at Sykes Harley-Davidson in Sussex, working to Grayson’s brief and using a mix of off the shelf aftermarket parts and custom made components, including the super wiggly exhausts. Gobstopper has also been to America as part of a three part TV series; Grayson Perry’s Great American Road Trip. ‘It’s about…