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RiDE October 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 the prospect of a dirty weekend

OVER THE LAST 20 years there’s been a sea change in motorcycling. Two decades ago, the roads were clogged with sportsbikes. But now, it’s all a bit more diverse and one of the growth areas is adventure bikes, with swathes of former sportsbike riders heading for something more high and mighty. I’m one of them myself — and the benefits were obvious straight away, thanks to the riding position, the B-road handling and the ease with which they chew up distance. But there is another great benefit which many of us just don’t exploit — having an adventure. In this issue, we sent Tim Thompson off to The Peaks on a KTM but I had my own, smaller adventure too. With some dual-purpose tyres on my Multistrada, we tackled our first greenlanes…

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this month

Martin Fitz-Gibbons Contributor A lid lasts five to seven years, so you’ll spend around 600 hours with your head inside it. Put like that, £300 isn’t much for something so vital — just 50p for each hour of cranial comfort and protection. This month’s group test reveals which is best. PAGE 64 Jim Blackstock Product editor I’ve fallen in love with the long-term BMW R1250R I’ve been riding for the past few months. So too did Shaun with his 2016 R1200R, so I really want to know what he thinks of the newer model and how it compares with its predecessor. PAGE 72 Simon Hargreaves Contributor We all know looks are important... but how important? The RiDE Road Test asks if Suzuki’s Katana and Honda’s ‘Neo Sports Café’ CB1000R+ offer anything more than a premium-priced 15 year-old sportsbike…

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EDITORIAL Editor Matt Wildee 01733 468086 matt.wildee@ride.co.uk Product editor Jim Blackstock 01733 468015 jim.blackstock@ride.co.uk Editorial assistant Colleen Moore 01733 468099 colleen.moore@bauermedia.co.uk Head of publishing Steve Herbert 01733 468639 steve.herbert@ bauermedia.co.uk Contributors Jason Critchell, Andy Davidson, Joe Dick, Martin Fitz-Gibbons, Simon Hargreaves, Justin Hayzelden, Tim Thompson, Jon Urry, Chippy Wood 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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is biking really more expensive than it used to be?

IF THERE ARE three things you can rely on life, it’s that politicians lie, footballers dive and prices rise. You only have to walk into a bike dealership these days, pick a model you fancy, add the bits you want and you’re presented with an astronomical bill. Surely it wasn’t always like this was it? Well, no, but it’s not quite as straight cut as you might imagine. Using the Retail Price Index, which tracks the cost of a huge range of products, prices generally have risen by 73% in the last 20 years. But what does that mean in practice? While some things are much more expensive, such as houses which have gone up by 300%, other items are cheaper than they were 20 years ago. In the same period,…

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what do bikers think?

‘There are still bargains out there’ “There are still deals to be had, but all-year commuting gets pricey. 10,000 miles means two sets of tyres, chain and sprockets and two services.” Richard Bentham ‘I can’t justify the money for what I want’ “I keep looking at the new Triumph Tiger 1200 and I just can’t justify that money or those payments for it. The price of sportsbikes is now a joke, and it’s so easy to find yourself doing silly speeds and risking your licence. I have no doubt that bikes today are the best we have ever seen but I think it’s gone a step too far now for the average factory worker to be able to afford.” Dave Gill ‘Decent bike gear is cheaper’ “I think good riding kit has become cheaper, but…

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triumph revives the daytona

IN A BUMPER month for Triumph, the British manufacturer has confirmed that a Moto2-inspired Daytona 765 is in the works, as well as two brand new Rocket 3s (see right). The new supersport machine will come in two flavours; one for Europe and Asia, the other the US and Canada, and will arrive as a limited-edition model in spring 2020. Each market is limited to just 765 bikes, and only a fraction of that number will be available in the UK, meaning demand is likely to be very high. Some dealers are claiming to have sold out already. At the core of the new Daytona is the 765cc engine that started life in the Street Triple RS, before being further developed and supplied to the Moto2 championship as the control engine…