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BIKE

March 2019

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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bauer Media Ltd
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‘we’re dreaming of great rides’

Sadly there’s no getting around the fact that it’s winter (well, except for our lucky southern hemisphere readers). That means the bike is either getting covered in salt, or is tucked up in the garage. Either way we’re dreaming of the great rides that will happen as soon as spring comes along. So, where will you ride to and what to do in 2019? Allow us to give you some suggestions.Freddie Paul recommends riding to the Italian GP at Mugello to enjoy a track invasion amongst the Rossi faithful. Based on his trip to the 2018 event this seems like a good idea. See page 32 for further proof.Ralph Edelstein proposes a cross-Europe rally, from Romania to Gibraltar, which could be what your adventure bike was made for. Evidence…

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big picture

DAKAR RALLY 2019 This year’s Dakar kicked off on 6 January, with eleven days of torture that saw riders cover over 800km some days. 2018 winner Matthias Walkner hit the front on his KTM, though Honda were at the sharp end with Ricky Brabec – the first American to show well in ages. Brit Max Hunt lead the ‘Original by Motul’ class, for unsupported riders living out of a box and fixing their own bikes. There were eight days still to race as Bike went to press. ■…

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dakar 2019

This up-in-the-air shot of the bivouac gives a whole new perspective to the organisation and hard work that goes into the race. This whole area packs up completely every day and relocates hundreds of kilometres away, ready for the arrival of competitors. Super-close fans inhale dust kicked up by Spanish KTM rider Laia Sanz. 13 times women’s Trial World Champ, she first did the Dakar back in 2011, finishing 39th and winning the women’s catagory. She suffered with a mad illness during 2018 – just like MotoGP rider Casey Stoner had – yet is still comfortably the best female competitor. (PICS: MARCIN KIN & ASO/DPPI/E. VARGIOLU) ■…

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bmw’s air-cooled future

1800cc oil/air-cooled boxer twin is a completely new motor. If the motor looks big, that’s because it is – it’s hard to imagine it in anything other than a cruiser or big tourer. THE VAST POLISHED boxer engine you see here is BMW’s latest prototype motor, thought to be destined for a new range of cruisers to take on Harley in the States. It’s the centrepiece in a bike built by Japanese outfit Custom Works Zon which was unveiled at the Mooneyes custom show in Japan. The bike’s R18 nametag suggests 1800cc – the physical size of the thing backs this up – and there is no sign of watercooling. There are tubes which presumably house pushrods so it’s possible BMW needed the vast capacity…

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tale of two v4s

Norton: going up After revealing their impressively affordable new Atlas models ( Bike , February 2019) Norton have kept up the good news momentum by delivering the first batch of V4RRs to customers. The £28,000 bike – based on the TT racer which Josh Brookes took to fifth place at last year’s TT – has been imminent for nearly two years, with Norton deciding to hold back the launch until all the niggles are sorted. We’re not surprised it took a while – the engine is all new (it’s not a direct copy of the Aprilia V4 the racer used, having a different V angle for a start) and the 200bhp road bike has almost as many electronics as a Ducati V4S or Yamaha R1. …

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chooser

Save £1056 Triumph BobberLook at a Bonneville Bobber and you’d assume it’s all about style. But ride one and it’s a different story – they’re fast and handle remarkably well. This one sold for £10,950 but the order was cancelled so it’s now up for £9894. Fowlers, Bristol, 01174400727. Save £1440 Yamaha MT-09Yamaha’s three-cylinder MT-09 engine is a cracking road bike engine – smooth, torquey and with a ripping top-end. Stick that in a nimble chassis and you have a superb motorcycle. This is an ex-demo, with 242 miles, at £6899. Lamba Motorcycles, 0203 9176146. Save £995 Ducati Scrambler IconDucati’s Scrambler is decent value at list price. But with dealers wanting to clear 2018 stock there are some tempting bargains. This one (and a…

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