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BIKE July 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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‘it is searingly fast. what a fantastic device…’

» The modern sportsbike is a remarkable thing. I went out for a gentle potter on the Ducati Panigale V4, but only after James Haydon, Peter Boast and co. had trashed the rear tyre and covered it in flies during our Sportsbike of the Year test at Rockingham. Out of the office car park and onto Peterborough’s urban parkways its tractability and politeness are amazing. Onto the A1 it’s astonishing for the fact that, at an indicated 99mph, it’s only reading 7000rpm. The redline is at 14,500! That’s a lot of potential. Turning onto the B671 I attempt to use some of that potential. The handling is intuitive, the midrange is rich and, with five numbers on the tacho, it is searingly, savagely and sensationally fast. What a fantastic device. The group test…

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stories by...

Hugo Wilson This month: Hugo watched (and heard) Vic Allan race a CCM in 1976 and failed to kickstart one of the Bolton marque’s scary scramblers a few years later. He was the first journalist to ride the new Spitfire, and he’s interviewed the boss. A ride with Austin Clews, page 53 John Westlake This month: ex-editor, and current new bike editor, Westlake has been riding bikes for 33 years. In that time he’s ridden pretty much every sportsbike, good and bad. But nothing like Ducati’s new V4S. It’s a giant leap forward… Ducati Panigale V4S, p36 James Haydon This month: ‘it’s one of my days of the year,’ said James after our Sportsbike of the Year test, Rockingham. Watching him slide 200bhp bikes into turn one like they were pit bikes made it our day of…

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distracted by

ROCKINGHAM »Our sportsbike test at Rockingham was great. Ride the circuit yourself at our trackdays on 16 July and 13 September. ENERGICA »We’ve been queueing up for a go on the Energica Eva EsseEsse9. A 107bhp electric bike? Bring it on. Test next issue. HUNGER »Langy went to the bike meet at The Sportsbike Shop in Boston. Lots of people, lots of bikes, and a massive queue at the burger van . SUNSHINE »It’s here, so we all rushed out to ride bikes on the bank holiday weekend. Fingers crossed for a long hot summer. Please. Trackdays 16 July and 13 September » Only £99 To book please go to bikemagazine.co.uk/trackdays Subscribe Get an Oxford Alpha XD14 disclock this month »Worth £54.99 Call 0185843 8884 or go to greatmagazines.co.uk/bike Free issue Get a free issue of Bike on your tablet or phone. See our latest subscription…

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yamaha tracer 900gt

‘The GT cuts a precise line through sweeping bends. We pile on the pace and the Tracer stays composed. The OE tyres feel great, too’ THE A-346 SKIRTING Spain’s Rules Reservoir is a fabulous blend of tight corners and shallow curves. But it’s also got a constantly changing road surface and a sheer drop on one side. No surprise then that I’m feeling a mix of excitement and trepidation. Yamaha’s first gen Tracer was a nimble machine. It dropped into corners with ease and lifted the front on the slightest of crests. All good fun, but it also felt vague in fast corners, running wide, and high-speed stability was upset by pressure on the handlebar, or a stout crosswind. It’s not the bike I’d choose to ride the A-346 hellish fast. But I’ve…

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specifications

Price £10,792 otr (Standard £9392 otr) Engine 847cc, 12-valve DOHC liquid-cooled three Power 112bhp @ 10,000rpm (clmd) Torque 64.5 lb.ft @ 8500rpm (clmd) Top speed 135mph (est) Rake/trail 24°/100mm Wheelbase 1500mm Wet weight 227kg (minus cases and brackets 215kg) Seat height 850mm, 865mm Tank size 18 litres Economy 44mpg (indicated) Colours gloss black, grey, matt blue Availability late May (standard early May) Bike verdict Post-pubescent Tracer has mature road manners and shapely bodywork. The GT adds the gadgets you want for just £1400 over the standard bike. Great ride and still great value. Bike rating 8/10…

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husqvarna 401 svartpilen

‘We’d like to see the ’pilens be a success. Me? I’d save the money and buy the KTM. But I’m old and wear textile riding suits’ TALK ABOUT GLOBALISATION. A bike from a brand that used to be Swedish, now based in Austria, but which was previously in Italy, when it was owned by Germans, selling a bike that’s largely built in India and which we’re riding in Bristol. That’s business in the 21st century. Last month Husqvarna launched the long awaited 701 Vitpilen, a styling and marketing job based on the KTM 690 Duke; Husqvarna are owned by KTM. Now it’s time to ride the A2 licence compatible 401 Vitpilen and the 401 Svartpilen. The 401 Vitpilen (‘White Arrow’ in Swedish) looks similar to the bigger version; slim waisted white tank/seat…