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BIKE June 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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‘water splashes, suicidal dogs, rocky descents and paella…’

» This slimy goat track in the Sierra Nevada mountains is not the route through Spain that Philip Weston would have chosen, but I thought it was brilliant. Philip’s (long) weekend on the new Kawasaki H2 SX was a blur of green on European autoroutes. But 5000 miles and 33 fuel stops gave us the definitive verdict on range, comfort and tyre life. And a cracking story. Philip’s gone home for a snooze. The supercharged sports tourer test is on page 30. Staff writer Ben Lindley did an endurance challenge this month too. Launches of the Ducati 1100 Scrambler, Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 and Honda CB1000R, all in a week. Testing the new BMW F850GS was less hasty. Beautiful Andalusian scenery, blossom in the almond trees, water splashes, suicidal dogs, slippery ascents, rocky descents…

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stories by...

Hugo Wilson This month: ‘It doesn’t count as falling off’, says Hugo, despite photographic evidence of a Spanish tumble. ‘I came to a graceful standstill.’ Fortunately BMW’s Chris Zimmerman was on hand to aid with recovery. BMW F850GS in Spain, page 58 Philip Weston This month: When we asked our friend Philip (president of Britain’s Iron Butt Association) how far he could ride in a weekend we expected him to say something mad like 3000 miles. ‘I think I’ll do about 5000,’ he said. And he did. Kawasaki H2 SX, page 30 Ben Lindley This month: Ben’s busy week looked like this; Monday Heathrow to Lisbon to ride Ducati Scrambler; Tuesday, Lisbon to Barcelona to ride the Vitpilen; Thursday, Barcelona to Malaga for the CB1000R. Friday, home for a nap. Pages 10, 42 & 106 Julian Ryder This month: MotoGP…

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SURGERY »Adam Smallman went to Almeria to ride the ZX-10R SE. He returned with extra metal and a broken collarbone. SPANISH BISCUITS »Philip Weston went to 12 countries in a weekend, but stopped in Spain to buy biscuits for Colleen. Nice. GUY »The amazing workshop of Guy Martin; BSAs, machine tools, Nissan Skyline engines, John Deeres, a dyno. Brilliant. Trackdays 10th May, 16th July and 13th September » Only £99 To book please go to bikemagazine.co.uk/trackdays Subscribe Less than atenner every quarter and Bike is yours »£9 every three months Call 0185843 8884 or go to greatmagazines.co.uk/bike Free issue Get a free issue of Bike on your tablet or phone. Page 128 See our latest subscription offers at greatmagazines.co.uk/bike THANKS TELFERIZER »Satnav mount for the H2 SX supplied with minutes to spare. Thanks Bob. » TELFERIZER.COM…

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ducati scrambler 1100 special

‘Cruise round a bend, whack the throttle open and bark up the next straight – minimal fuss, and no need for electronic tweakery‘ ‘Big bike appeal and a friendly throttle will doubtless draw owners out of the city for day trips’ THE ORIGINAL SCRAMBLER is a proper Ducati success, selling 46,000 in three years and endearing itself to owners with retro looks and easy handling. It’s so successful it’s spawned six models ranging from the entry-level Sixty2 to the off-road-ready Desert Sled. And now Ducati have built the big version with a big engine and a big price. The big question is do the 1100’s ambitions hinder the original’s perky charm? It definitely looks bigger, leaning on its sidestand dockside in Lisbon, Portugal. Dual underseat exhausts plump up the rear and a…

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kawasaki zx-10r se

‘The SE explodes out of your hands north of 7000rpm’ LET’S START WITH a whimper. Numbers don’t lie, right? The ZX-10R SE is among the heaviest, the longest and the laziest steering in its class. Its torque trace mostly bumps along the bottom compared with peers. And, at £18,949, it looks barely any different to the base model (£4650 cheaper). So, what can redeem this aging beast from the east? Kawasaki’s answer is its – and Showa’s – first semi-active suspension. In an exclusive arrangement with Kawasaki, Showa have deployed their excellent Balance Free forks and shock solenoids controlled by in-house-developed algorithms running in a dedicated suspension control unit. These react in one millisecond and are informed by sensors measuring the stroke rate of the suspension, the inertial measurement unit gauging deceleration and…

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now the good news

‘Triumph’s new bike push has been as relentless as it is successful’ IF SPRING IS in the air then it must be time for manufacturer’s financial reports – not usually a source of pleasure, but despite an 18.5% drop in UK sales at the end of last year, most are upbeat. Based on this lot, the stream of new bikes should keep flowing: Royal Enfield: sales up 23% » Key bike in the pipeline: 2019 electric Enfield. Figures just out show that between April 2017 and March 2018 Royal Enfield sold a frankly staggering 820,492 bikes. In the same period the year before it was 666,490. As you’d expect the bulk of the sales are in the Indian market (801,230),with just 19,262 heading to the rest of the world. Royal Enfield have grown 16-fold…