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RiDE July 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 awesome roadtrips

I BLOODY LOVE luggaging-up and disappearing for a few days, especially if there are twisty roads and amazing scenery as the reward at the other end. This issue of RiDE is designed to inspire with suggestions of great places to ride and help when you get there. Pulling together the mag brought up the debate about what exactly is a sports tourer, as the rise of the adventure bike means the traditional faired sports tourer is in decline. Bikes like the Kawasaki Z1000SX and Honda VFR800 are now joined by a multitude of machines and I reckon a sports tourer is any bike you can do a decent distance on and still enjoy when you get to your destination. So I reckon that means we all own them in one form or…

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this month

Martin Fitz-Gibbons Deputy editor As the owner of one-and-a-half kneecaps, this month’s destruction test of 12 riding jeans is an essential read. Perhaps if I was wearing our test winners when I jumped off that Daytona back in 2006, instead of regular denim, I might have walked away. PAGE 63 Jim Blackstock Production editor Reading Simon’s story of riding Route Napoléon, I remembered several lifetimes ago when I followed Rallye Monte Carlo around that area. My experience was cold and miserable — it sounds like doing it on a bike in summer is the opposite... PAGE 42 Simon Hargreaves Contributor 20 years ago, if you suggested adventure machines would be more powerful, handle better and go faster and longer than 99’s superbikes, I’d have thought you mad. Yet here we are with two dynamic, exciting…

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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 Colleen Moore 01733 468099 colleen.moore@bauermedia.co.uk Features writer Kev Raymond ridemagazine@orange.fr Contributors Stuart Collins, Jason Critchell, Gareth Harford, Simon Hargreaves, Justin Hayzelden, Simon Lee, Jacques Portal, Jon Urry, Simon Weir, 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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are smart motorways dangerous?

The latest scheme to help reduce congestion in the UK is to create more miles of ‘smart motorways’, turning the hard shoulder into a — switchable — active lane, with variable speed limits to ensure traffic keeps flowing. The Chief Executive of Highways England recently announced almost 400 more miles are being created, with the full length of the M1, from London to Leeds and the M6 from Birmingham to Manchester, planned. But how will this affect bikers? 1 What’s a smart motorway? There are actually three types of smart motorway. A controlled motorway has three lanes and a hard shoulder but with variable speed limits controlled by cameras. A motorway with a dynamic hard shoulder has the variable limits and, when traffic is heavy, the hard shoulder is opened for driving, with…

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what the experts say

Highways England said: “Smart motorways are good for road users: they add extra lanes giving extra space so more people can travel; they use technology which makes journeys more reliable; and evidence proves they are as safe as traditional motorways, which are already among the safest roads in the world… For future schemes we will be reducing the maximum space between emergency areas to around one mile, where practical. All of this is being done to help road users feel safer.” Edmund King, AA president, takes a slightly different view: “The first ‘smart’ motorway was deemed to be relatively safe, with emergency refuge areas every 600-800m. Then the goalposts were moved without any consultation and spacing between ERAs was increased. From the outset the AA — and others from motoring…

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what do bikers think?

’In theory; a good idea…’ “In theory; a good idea to help maintain a more constant flow of traffic. In reality though: loss of hard shoulder is a fatality waiting to happen; the use of signage is appalling, with lanes closed or opened miles before or after necessary. Adrian Williams ’My bike was within inches of fast-moving traffic’ “I got a puncture on a smart motorway and the scariest thing after coming off was the fact my bike was parked within inches of the fast-moving traffic. Then when the tow truck arrived, it had to park half on the slow lane.” Michael Perry ’I slid into one of the emergency refuges’ “A mechanical malfunction resulted in me parting company with my bike. I slid into one of the occasional refuges — I dread to think what would…