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RiDE June 2019

RiDE helps you get more from your motorcycle. Put together by a team of enthusiastic experts, with help from thousands of committed readers, every issue of RiDE is full of recommendations on bikes, kit, routes, destinations and technique. We speak directly to our readers about their biking lives & use our expertise to steer them towards the good-value option in bikes, trips and kits. We’re famed for our regular Product Tests and eery month provide a comprehensive used-bike buying guide, helping potential owners find the right bike at the right price. Finally... every issue features touring guides and riding advice to help readers explore the world on their bike.

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welcome... to a celebration of amazing british road riding

ISN’T IT BLOODY great to be biking again? Now it’s warm and spring-like, there is no excuse for not being out on your bike. But as I realised on my first sunny, warm ride of the year, as experienced bikers it sometimes seems we can end up going around in circles, heading to the same places, riding the same roads for years and years. This issue of RiDE is here to help with that — in it are 100 amazing roads that are all worth taking a ride-out to, with info garnered from our team of road testers and our mile-piling readers. It’s easy to forget, but we’re blessed by some stunning roads and most are an easy (ish) ride away. All you need to do is head to one. I’ve found…

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this month

Martin Fitz-Gibbons Deputy editor I recently let a stranger tape some microphones to my ears – p96 explains why. Having learned just how vulnerable riders are to suffering hearing damage, I’m now curious to read this month’s product test so I can see how my current ear plugs fare. PAGE 61 Jim Blackstock Product editor I’m only ever likely to have enough space/time/money/ matrimonial tolerance for one bike. So for me, it should do everything, from daily commuting to weekend scratching to summer touring. Is the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT it? Let’s see... PAGE 26 Caroline Barrett Editorial assistant I’m lucky enough to have ridden several of the 100 best roads that feature in this issue. This month though, the roads calling me are the A1 and the M25, to take me to Heathrow for the next…

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ride tells it like it is

EDITORIAL Editor Matt Wildee 01733 468086 matt.wildee@ride.co.uk Deputy editor Martin Fitz-Gibbons 01733 468091 martin.fitzgibbons@ride.co.uk Art editor Andrew Beswick 01733 468102 andrew.beswick@bauermedia.co.uk Product editor Jim Blackstock 01733 468015 jim.blackstock@ride.co.uk Editorial assistant Caroline Barrett 01733 468081 caroline.barrett@ride.co.uk Features writer Kev Raymond ridemagazine@orange.fr Contributors Jason Critchell, Joe Dick, Simon Hargreaves, Justin Hayzelden, Simon Lee, Jacques Portal, Jon Urry, Chippy Wood ADVERTISING Commercial director Gareth Ashman Group commercial manager Rhonda Janes 01733 366445 Head of key accounts Shaun Collin 01733 468229 Classified Samantha Creedon-Grey 01733 366365 Jessie Hutchings 01733 366376 MARKETING Sarah Norman 01733 468845 MANAGEMENT Managing director, motorcycling Rob Aherne Editorial director June Smith-Sheppard Group MD Rob Munro-Hall Chief executive Paul Keenan…

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will riding in london cost you?

TRANSPORT FOR LONDON (TfL) wants to cut pollution levels by encouraging (or forcing, depending on your viewpoint) as many people as possible to use public transport. So in 2003, it introduced the Congestion Charge for private vehicles in Central London, followed by restrictions/charges for large commercials and buses in the whole of greater London. It then introduced the T-Charge for central London in 2017, based on the emissions categories of the vehicle. Now that’s being replaced by the ULEZ scheme, which sets stricter emissions limits on vehicles entering the City. The big news for us is that bikes are no longer exempt. 1 Where, when and how much? Central London, in an area bounded by the A501 to the north, the A4202 in the west, A3204 and A201 in the south and…

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ride readers respond

London’s bikers offer a mixed response to the new scheme. Some are happy to have used it as an excuse to get a newer bike, while others have the new bike, but not the happy attitude, like Biff Tanner: “I researched it and bought a new bike as a result. Annoying, expensive, unfair and massively, wilfully ill-informed and ignorant to impose it on bikers.” Some are grateful to have managed to get exemptions for their older bikes, including Mark Lauder’s 2005 Triumph Sprint and Paul Scott’s 2006 Blackbird (“I’d already bought a new bike as well – win/win!”). Ian Aherne has simply resigned himself to changing his riding habits: “Luckily I’m outside the zone, but I used to ride in purely for pleasure. Now I won’t be able to do that…

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a mountain climbed

NOWADAYS IT IS almost impossible to go for a ride and not see an adventure-style bike on the road. From the ubiquitous BMW GS to its many competitors, long-travel suspension is in and the popularity of race-reps is on the wane. But just how large is this shift? A recent trawl of insurance quotes by The Bike Insurer has revealed that from 2008 to 2018, the company recorded a 118% increase in adventure-bike quotes. And this figure ties in nicely with the Motorcycle Industry Association’s (MCIA) records for new-bike sales. In 2008, a total of 94,899 motorcycles were registered, of which 10,538 (11%) were adventure bikes and 18,965 (20%) sportsbikes. Fast-forward to 2018 and the tables have turned as of the 99,751 new motorcycles registered, 17,857 (18%) were adventure and 8412 (8%)…

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