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BIKE February 2018

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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2 min.
hello

We turned up in the Yorkshire Dales a couple of days after a deluge. The fields in the valley bottom were still flooded, and mud and stone had washed off the fell and across the roads. And it was really nippy too. Here we are, up on the Buttertubs Pass, about to watch Nigel warm up by flailing on the kickstart of his reluctant Moto Guzzi Nibbio, while Ben amuses himself by riding his Yamaha QT50 shopping bike in circles. I love riding in the Northern Pennines. Even with the temperature dipping down towards freezing, and even though I had to sweat to get my Mobylette to climb the one-in-six crawl up Cliffgate Road from Hawes. Doing it on a moped with a bunch of friends made it a top day…

1 min.
stories by...

Steve Fraser This month: Steve’s ridden 26,000 miles around the world in support of Water for Africa. The final leg, in Africa itself, is an inspiring tale of amazing people, places and riding. He’s got some useful advice on clobber as well. Round the world page 52, kit page 58 Naomi Tweddle This month: Snow, scorching desert conditions, quicksand, forests and errant HGVs. Twedders finds there can’t be many places that offer the ever-changing landscape and life-affirming riding of British Columbia. British Columbia on page 66 Richard Newland This month: Amazing rides don’t have to head south, and don’t have to focus on dirt. Richard’s week-long adventure over the length of Norway on a Honda Africa Twin reveals that for the very best riding we should head north... Amazing Norway on page 80 Jonathan Pearson This month: Realising the potential…

1 min.
distracted by

WORKS WASHING »Kawashower: given to Ben on the Z900RS launch. Assuming it’s what J. Rea bathes in, he’s hoping frequent lathering might make him nearly as quick. ORNAMENTS »Paul Lang loves Honda’s tiny Motocompo. He’s got one already, but has found a zero-mile ‘bike’ going for auction, complete with box. Be good on the mantelpiece. CHIP BUTTIES »After gruelling physical (and mental) exploits in Pints Peak (page 74), we revitalised at the Tan Hill Inn with chip butties and ale. There’s no finer nutrition. CARRILLO RODS »Spotting Mike’s hopeless Guzzi fetish (December issue), reader Neil Stokes has offered him this 1100 Sport Corsa. Surely it’s what 0% credit cards are for...…

3 min.
norton head-to-head with triumph

‘They have a huge distribution network and want to build several thousand bikes per year’ NORTON ARE GOING to India. Gaffer Stuart Garner signed a deal with Indian company Kinetic at the recent EICMA show and the newly set-up Kinetic Norton hope to be flogging Commandos and Dominators in India within a few short months, and then distributing across Asia. Kinetic had a partnership with Honda during the 1980s and ’90s, and sold millions of scooters. They continued under the Kinetic name after splitting with Honda in ’98, then sold the rights to Mahindra – the firm that raced in GPs and owns the BSA name. Kinetic are currently taking MV Agustas into India under the MotoRoyale banner, and assemble SWMs there as well. There’s a ludicrous 100% import tax on foreign…

2 min.
chooser ? ?

Slashed by £1900 Triumph Explorer Yeah, so it’s more adventure-style tourist than gritty go-anywhere tool, however Triumph’s Tiger Explorer is a fine thing. Especially in range-topping XCA form: it drips with luxury and extras. List is £15,900 but dealers are making room for the 2018 Tiger 1200 (see p46), and so laguna.co.uk only want £14k for their last pre-reg bike. £4280 increase Aprilia RSV-R Haga Exuberant Japanese racer Noriyuki Haga rode for Aprilia in WSB. Chuffed with his efforts, the Italian firm built 300 Haga Replicas, with Akrapovic pipe, carbon, new mapping and other goodies. They were £10,700 in 2002. The Bike Specialists (01143 993750) have #75, never used, for £14,980. But would you then dare ride it? £1750 reduction Honda CB1000R There’s a lovely new CB1000R for 2018. It’ll be ace. Thing is the departing version was…

4 min.
rea beats the motogp bikes

IT WAS GREAT to see World Superbike champ Jonathan Rea beating all those MotoGP bikes to top the time sheets at the Jerez test. There were some big MotoGP names there – Iannone, Petrucci, Pol Espargaro – and if you’re one of the top guys in a factory MotoGP team you don’t want to get beaten by someone on what is, let’s face it, a modified road bike. They will definitely have their noses out of joint. There was talk of Jonathan using an ultra sticky qualifying tyre, but that still doesn’t detract from his remarkable achievement. A WSB bike should never be able to beat a lighter, more powerful MotoGP bike. I think it’s great for WSB itself too, to show how fast the bikes can go, especially as Dorna seem…