BIKE March 2020

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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.

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November 27th 1999 and France is gripped by the worst seasonal weather for 30 years. I’m at the Spanish border and I need to get to Peterborough, so I’ve got to ride through a snowstorm that starts south of Lyon and continues till north of Paris. Fortunately I’ve got a decent bike. I’d picked up a new Triumph Sprint ST two days earlier, from the model’s launch event in Seville and was heading back to the UK so that Bike could test the new model against its sports tourer class rivals – the Honda VFR800, BMW R1100S and Ducati ST4. The Triumph left me deeply impressed after our French ordeal. Growly, characterful engine, balanced chassis and comfort. It was a great bike on which to cover hard miles. It impressed when we…

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it’ll be alright on the road…

‘The Norden will be more accessible in terms of comfort, wind protection and power delivery’ Husqvarna’s new Norden adventure bike is a more comfortable, powerful yet milder version of KTM’s 790 Adventure parallel twin. Given how good that is, this is a seriously enticing prospect. The bike you see here is a working prototype, and though Husqvarna are being cagey about when it will appear, the Vitpilen and Svartpilen timelines suggest it should be in showrooms next year. ‘When I unveiled the bike [at a show in Italy] there were cheers and clapping,’ Husqvarna’s global marketing director Federico Valentini tells Bike . ‘That was a pleasant surprise. Given that reception we would like to have the Norden on sale tomorrow, but our R&D department is working on a lot of different projects.’ Sadly…

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‘you don’t need long range to have fun’

Back-end BMW chose shaft drive (from an R1200RS) rather than chain like the S1000R. Don’t get your hopes up that there’s an electric tourer on the way: ‘that won’t happen,’ says Baumel. STYLING As you can tell, there isn’t much going on. That’s because this is an engineering concept, to prove BMW could make a bike with 135bhp and 120-mile range. The styling concept (right), called the DC Roadster, appeared earlier this year. MASSIVE BOXY BATTERY This is usually hidden away in a 2 Series hybrid car, hence its rather blunt aesthetic. Aside from the frame, all the components were pinched from other BMs. MOTOR This is from the £83,500 7 Series hybrid limousine. Considering it could power the vast limo to 87mph with no help from the main engine, it’s not surprising the E-Roadster accelerates as…

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bimota crank out the kawasakis

When Kawasaki applied their financial defibrillator to the Bimota corpse back in October 2019, they surely did not expect life to return quite this fast. After the internet-breaking Tesi H2 comes the KB4, a Z1000-powered retro sportsbike. Bimota’s new marketing manager Gianluca Gallasso told Bike : ‘It is early days with the KB4 – we are still designing it and don’t have a prototype yet, but that will be ready by spring.’ And if that timeline seems ambitious, don’t forget that the Tesi H2 went from sketch to working prototype in three months. ‘It is early days with the KB4…but the prototype will be ready by spring’ This speed is down to one factor: Kawasaki have already done all the homologation, so Bimota can just get on with design. ‘Having homologated parts from…

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your starter for $100k

In the early years of motorcycling, American bikes were among the most advanced in the world, as this 1914 Indian Hendee Special proves. Well over 100 years ago, here was a bike that sported a superbly-engineered 1000cc V-twin engine (albeit only putting out 7bhp) mated to a two speed gearbox and – its crowning glory – the first electric starter to be fitted to a motorcycle. Sadly, the electric start, doubtless inspired by the first electric start car, a 1913 Cadillac, wasn’t an unqualified success and ended up costing Indian a fortune. Though it worked well enough, battery technology of the day restricted the performance of the starter motor and a number of expensive factory recalls were required. The bikes came back for magneto ignition, a kick starter and eventually the…

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harley power, 26in wheels, mad...

‘Neo means not in the present, not in the future, but in the near future’ WHEELS AND FRAME These are 26in, ‘to make it look larger than life’. The bike is a whopping 2.8m long (almost twice as long as a sports bike). The engine is a stressed member, so it’s got what Nicko calls ‘a frameless neck’. ENGINE The customer requested a Harley engine because they’re so popular in Indonesia. Nicko chose an old Softail power unit, ‘for that classic thumping carburated sound’. RIDING IT ‘I was surprised how well it handled considering it must weigh 400kg,’ says Nicko. ‘It loves to go straight, but once you get it into a corner it’s pretty good. However, when you stop, the wheel hubs are so heavy (the front end is 150kg) that if the bars flop…