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BIKE August 2017

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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1 min.
hello

That’s Ian Martin, John Westlake and me sitting in the sunshine at Brandywell, just off the TT course on the Isle of Man. The line running across the mountainside is the rise to Hailwood Heights, the flat-out blast up from The Bungalow, but this was taken on Wednesday of practice week, when the roads were open. We’re probably arguing about which bike should win the group test (page 54). The three retros were a decent choice for Isle of Man transport. They look good in Parliament Square but are a perfect excuse not to get carried away over the Mountain. It looks like we had perfect weather, and at that moment it was, but the previous day was a washout, and so was the day after. The racers struggled with the lack…

1 min.
stories by...

John Westlake This month: former editor John went to the Isle of Man to carry out this month’s group test of retro racers. A week riding inspirational metal on the world’s most magical tarmac, and the chance to grab a race or two? Heaven. Retro TT test on page 54 Dave Collister This month: a photographer who lives on the Isle of Man, Dave’s done something different for us at this year’s TT, shooting from places you’ve never seen. That long lens protruding from the third-floor roof light was his... Unseen TT on page 44 Mike Armitage This month: by his own admission our deputy editor is rather analogue, happy to shun ‘rider aids’ with a considered ‘pah’. Ducati’s digitally-tweaked 1299 has shown him the electronic light, however – the thing’s remarkable. Ducati Panigale S on page 74 Mark…

1 min.
distracted by

HIDDEN GEMS >>What is it that makes forgotten machinery so attractive? Mike’s uncovered a Honda C50 that’s spent 34 years gathering dust. Mushy nostalgia, page 130. TRAFFIC >>Want to make a quiet middle-of-nowhere lane busy? Park bikes across it for a cover shoot. They did miles being moved to the yell of ‘CAR!’. Note not-slowing Audi... NUTRITION >>A full day riding classics on trails requires proper sustinence. If it’s the Isle of Man that means kipper baps and Vimto. Hugo’s herring-fuelled antics, page 129. MISSING BIKES >>Langy loves our Husky 701 but can’t ride it – Mike’s confiscated the key to carry out ‘essential test analysis’. He did manage a track spin first though. See page 122.…

2 min.
nicky hayden 1981-2017

THIS IS NICKY Hayden riding a Honda RC213V at Phillip Island in 2016, giving some love to the fans while standing in for injured Dani Pedrosa. He’d arrived in MotoGP with a dirt-track champion’s gift for riding sideways, and no doubt some of these black lines were authored by him. I was his press guy in the Repsol Honda Team and was lucky enough to work with him for a couple of years in 2006 and 2007. Nicky was a genuinely classy guy: gracious, humble, dedicated, ultra-talented, friendly... and a MotoGP world champion. Somehow he won that crazy season-long duel with Valentino Rossi that seemed Nicky’s for most of the year but was nearly stolen away in the last few races, only for a final twist in Nicky’s favour. If you…

3 min.
ducati: made in india

FANCY A MULTISTRADA with a pushrod single-cylinder engine? Or a Bullet with 1265cc of variable-valve V-twin power? Both are ridiculously far-fetched, of course. However, it appears Royal Enfield are chatting about buying Ducati. Currently the Bologna-based peddlers of premium V-twins are owned by Audi, the swankier arm of those paragons of virtue Volkswagen. Audi paid around 860 million euros for Ducati back in 2012, and are probably chuffed with their acquisition – Ducati grow year-on-year and sold over 55,000 bikes in 2016, generating almost 600 million euros in sales. That’s small change for Royal Enfield. The Indian company sell more than Ducati’s annual quota every month, and grew by a whopping 31% last year. They told Bike last year that they want to be ‘global leaders’ in mid-size motorcycles and, with their…

2 min.
chooser ?

Tidy £750 saving SuzukiSV650 MotoGP There probably isn’t a bike in Suzuki’s range that doesn’t look its best in their rich blue MotoGP-replica paint scheme. The friendly sorts at Wheels (01733 358555) have a pre-registered 2016 example of the perky, cheerful and capable SV650 in special MotoGP get-up for £5295 plus on-the-road – £400 less than a base SV (shown). Down by £400 Kawasaki Z800 Kawasaki’s Z750 was so far behind its rivals you needed a telescope. However, the Z800 is desperately underrated – in our group test against a Triumph Street Triple we couldn’t split ’em. Easier now mind. The new Z900 means the ace 800 is yours for £6999 otr at Branson’s (01935 474998) – a grand less than the base Street Triple S. £600 knocked off Yamaha SCR950 It’s only just been launched yet robinsonsrochdale.co.uk…