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RiDE September 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 great-value motorcycling

THERE IS NO getting away from the fact that motorcycling is an expensive game in every respect. Nothing about being a biker is ever really cheap – if it is, there’s usually some kind of catch. This issue of RiDE isn’t about cheapness for the sake of it. It’s not about riding around on aged, knackered bikes while wearing wellies and a 30-year-old lid when you don’t have to. Instead, it’s about getting the most from your hard-earned biking pound. To help with this, we’ve spoken to experts throughout the motorcycling community to uncover the best deals and the secret hints and cheats that help you get more from all aspects of biking — and for less dosh while you’re at it. And remember — for any money you save, we want 10%...…

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this month

Martin Fitz-Gibbons Contributor I’ve seen – or rather heard – the difference an aftermarket screen can make when I was part of an experiment measuring hearing damage (RiDE, June issue). So, which screen is best for the UK’s most popular sports-tourer, the Kawasaki Z1000SX? PAGE 80 Jim Blackstock Product Editor I rode MFG’s Yamaha Tracer 900 GT test-fleet bike last year and really enjoyed its combination of practicality and fun. However, I — like Martin — found it wanting and I’m keen to see how long-term owners have dealt with its shortcomings. PAGE 32 Simon Hargreaves Contributor Triumph’s Scrambler 1200 XE promises retro-styled adventures. Ever the optimist, MFG puts it to the test in Rallymoto’s Welsh rally — 300 miles of forest trails, mud baths and river crossings. Place your bets on who goes the distance... PAGE 100…

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EDITORIAL Editor Matt Wildee 01733 468086 matt.wildee@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 Jason Critchell, Andy Davison, Martin Fitz-Gibbons, Michael Guy, Simon Hargreaves, Justin Hayzelden, Jim Moore, Michael Neeves, Dan Sutherland, Tim Thompson, Jon Urry ADVERTISING Commercial director Gareth Ashman 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 CEO, Bauer Publishing UK Rob Munro-Hall…

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could a ‘polite’ vest get you nicked?

TF YOU’VE NOT heard of the case of Darren Emanuel, then take a moment to hear his plight. Darren was your average biker with a VFR800 for weekends, who decided to start commuting to his job in central London. So he bought himself an R1200RT for comfort and ease of maintenance, then stuck a hi-viz Polite vest on to stay safe. One day while riding home from work, a copper on a bike pulled him over, claiming that, in his bike gear, on his bike, he looked like a police officer. He wrote him up for it and sent him on his way but not before contacting his insurers, resulting in Darren’s cover being cancelled. Months later it went to court, where Darren was convicted. Various news outlets got hold…

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ride says...

“Of course, there are a number of key differences between a ‘Polite’ over- jacket and a real police jacket but as a road user, I’ve been mistaken before – and I’m sure others have too. “My first moment of confusion was when I stumbled on a rider on a white VFR800. I was abiding by the speed limit in an urban area so there was no panic but it’s not surprising if others have been confused. After all, there is only one letter’s difference... “Many bikers have an opinion on these vests — good and bad and I can understand why riders feel the need to be seen. The rise of flouro kit in recent years is testament to that, but wearing one of these isn’t the way forward when there are…

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what do bikers think?

‘No valid reason for wearing one’ “I see no valid reason for wearing one of these ridiculous vests/jackets other than to look like a police motorcyclist. Wear hi-viz if you believe it will improve your safety but I think anticipating other people’s moves, reading the road and being prepared are far better options.” Dave Wilmot ‘I stopped wearing hi-viz’ “I stopped wearing hi-viz vests after I had three people pull out in front of me at junctions. I found learning to ride the IAM way, you move about on the road more and aren’t stuck in the middle.” Jonathan Dorward ‘Nearly 40 years and no accidents’ “I wear a white crash helmet sometimes on a police-style bike wearing a hi-viz yellow jacket identical to the police one. My life and the use of what still works of…