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RiDERiDE

RiDE

April 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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bauer Media Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

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‘now’s the time that we start bike hunting again…’

IT MIGHT NOT feel like it, but we’re on the cusp of the new biking season. Over the next four weeks we’ll (hopefully) see the weather turn, the nights get shorter and things start to get warmer. That means buying a new bike returns to the front of many people’s minds. But it is still a buyer’s market right now and some dealers are willing to offload used stock cheaper as people trade in their bikes for the March 19-plate registration period.We had a wonderful time compiling our Top 20 used bike feature and to be honest, I want almost every bike we featured. Right now my faves are a Honda VFR800 for its bulletproof powerplant and mile-crunching ability, a 2015 R1 for the noise it makes and…

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this month

Martin Fitz-Gibbons Deputy editor Having felt the gut-punch and guilt trip of waking up to an empty space where I’d parked a bike, security feels as crucial a part of biking as a crash helmet. But with thieves now wielding angle grinders, it’s vital to buy smart. Our test has the answers. PAGE 50 Jim Blackstock Product editor Having sat on the back of it for the pillion element of the RiDE Road Test, I’m intrigued by what Royal Enfield’s new Interceptor 650 is like to ride. It sounded great and felt like it pulled strongly, even two-up. As I like old-school, I want to know more. PAGE 42 Caroline Barrett Editorial assistant Twisting Tuscan tarmac, charming bikes to ride and a nice hotel…

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the pothole postcode lottery

POTHOLES ARE PAINFUL, damaging and dangerous to riders wherever they appear — but the length of time you could be exposed to one varies enormously across the country. A recent survey by the RAC Foundation has revealed the huge difference in repair times between Britain’s 207 Local Highways Authorities. Just three councils aimed to act ‘immediately’ to fix potholes that posed the greatest risk to road-user safety. And despite an average response time of two hours, there could be a delay of several days before some councils acted. The longest response time came from Leicestershire, who said it aimed to repair severe potholes within 72 hours.“It is understandable that large rural authorities set themselves longer response times, simply as a result of having to travel further to effect…

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new triumph rocket

THE BIGGEST PRODUCTION motorcycle in history looks like it’s about to get even bigger. Within Triumph’s announcement of its new Triumph Factory Custom range is this ‘Concept Rocket TFC’. Triumph is keeping the specs up its sleeve until May 1 but promises it will be ‘ultra-rare, ultra-premium’ and ‘nothing short of the ultimate motorcycle’. On close inspection it looks like a new engine, almost certainly larger than the original’s 2294cc capacity, in a new monoshock chassis. Fingers crossed a less-rare, less-premium version is planned. ■…

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win a yamaha tracer 700gt

FANCY A BRILLIANT do-anything motorcycle for free? Yamaha and Motorcycle News are offering the chance to win a new-for-2019 Tracer 700GT in a free prize draw.Powered by the punchy and characterful parallel twin from the MT-07, the 700GT also comes with a high touring screen, a comfort seat and 20-litre panniers. At £8142 the Tracer 700GT already looks like a great-value machine, but you could own one without spending a penny if you enter this competition. To enter, just visit www.motorcyclenews.com/winayamaha by May 31 2019. See entry page for full terms and conditions. ■…

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new products

Under pressure Checking your tyre pressures is something we all do regularly but if you’re on a long ride and something starts to go amiss, this Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) from Michelin could help alert you in plenty of time. Developed by licensee Fit2Go TPMS, the system comprises a front and rear pressure sensor and a rechargeable magnetic display unit to show the pressures in real-time and highlight any potential issues. Watch out for a test in a coming issue. www.fit2gotpms.com Magnetic, cordless display shows pressures Feeling tyred There’s a new sports touring tyre on the block from Pirelli, the Angel GTII. Taking inspiration from its wet racing tyres, the GTII features two circumferential grooves, for water dispersal, stability and low-grip performance.…

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