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BIKE August 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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‘an intriguing glimpse of what might be on the horizon’

» We can surely agree that the 1974 Kawasaki Z1 is one of the finest looking motorcycles ever produced. Handsome air- cooled engine, curvy bodywork with that neat tail piece, great colour scheme and shiny four pipe exhaust system. Turn to page 88 for further evidence of aesthetic excellence. You can understand why Kawasaki want to milk it for styling inspiration for their Z900RS retro bike that’s tested on page 76. Even if they did miss off the four pipe exhaust. They missed the feeble brakes and skinny tyres too, but that’s no bad thing. Not everything from the 1970s is worth reproducing. I’m thinking Alvin Stardust tunes and Morris Marinas as well as waterproofs that leak and helmets with rattly visors. Has the whole retro thing gone too far? But while…

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stories by...

Hugo Wilson This month: ‘It’s a brilliant thing,’ raved Wilson of Energica’s Eva Esse Esse9 when it arrived at Bike . ‘So it is,’ agreed Langy before the pair of them descended into talk of recharging and range. So, what is really going on here…? Electric bike rational, page 62 John Naish This month: ‘I used quite happily to be a wobbling obsolescence. Now more likely I’ll be taken for a buffoon who has overpaid for a relic.’ Naish caught the Z1 bug back in the ’80s, aged 19. He knows about ‘the nasty thing called nostalgia’. Z1 versus Z900RS, page 88 Peter Boast This month: Bike’s Boastie and tea enthusiast Guy Martin had a lovely day out at Donington with the rest of their friends in the Team Lincolnshire Classic Suzuki endurance team. Also featuring an…

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distracted by

VALENTINO ROSSI » ‘Go to the opening of the new Dainese museum, in Italy,’ we told him. ‘And come back with something good…’ HARD HATS »Let’s photograph the retros test (p76) at King’s Lynn docks came the cry. We’ll get to wear hi-viz. Strike a pose… EMBROIDERY »Esther Wilson’s BA in Embroidery from the Royal College of Needlework comes to the rescue. Page 88. THANKS ABP KING’S LYNN »Associated British Ports for their patience, hard hats and hi-viz. » ABPORTS.CO.UK Trackdays 16 July and 13 September » Only £99 To book please go to bikemagazine.co.uk/trackdays Subscribe Get the next three issues of Bike for just £3 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 offers at greatmagazines.co.uk/bike…

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ducati 959 panigale corse

‘Like a sex robot that urges you to do things you have never even secretly dreamed were possible and provides you with the necessary stamina and imagination to accomplish them’ IT BRISTLES WITH electronics, hangs the suspension off the engine and revs like no twin is supposed to. But in essence the new Panigale 959 Corse is exactly the same idea as the 900SS of the 1970s, famously described by Bike as ‘a tool for going very, very fast very, very precisely.’ Like that rangy greyhound of a bike the 959 Corse is achingly beautiful. Also like the old 900, it is out on a limb as an everyday ride. Am I being harsh? Well, I guess you could ride it every day. If you lived in the scrutineering bay at Cadwell. The…

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yamaha xt1200ze raid edition

‘If we’re looking for positives check out the build quality. The double flange spoked wheels are lovely’ YAMAHA LAUNCHED THEIR XT1200 Super Ténéré adventure bike in 2010. In 2014 it got a light tweak and the ZE version, with electronic suspension adjustment was introduced. Unfortunately high price, lack of power (‘just’ 110bhp) and the cult of the BMW GS meant the Super Tén never sold in strong numbers. Now Yamaha have added an accessory package comprising 37-litre panniers, an ally bash plate, spot lights, bigger screen, wind deflectors and carbon fibre tank panels to create the Raid Edition. This could be construed as a desperate attempt to flog a few bikes that no-one is very interested in, but let’s not leap to conclusions. The route from my house to Donington Park involves 50…

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aprilia dorsoduro 900

‘The more I ride the Dorsoduro, the more I like it. The syrupy grunt, the forgiving throttle, the quick-as-a-flash first-gear wheelies’ WE FIRST SAW this bike at EICMA in 2016. It launched on the continent last year, but the UK is receiving Aprilia’s Dorsoduro 900 for the first time in 2018. You get the same angular looks as the 2016 Dorso’ 750, but now with a stroked 896cc engine. Claimed power remains at an unchanged 92.5bhp, but torque has inched up six pound-feet. No socks blown off there then. Elsewhere, the update reads like this – Sport, Touring and Rain engine modes, with smooth response in Touring and a 70bhp power cap in Rain. Weirdly, you swap between them by pressing the starter button. Three-level traction control (plus off), 4.3-inch colour TFT…