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BIKE September 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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United Kingdom
Idioma:
English
Editor:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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1 min.
‘every time i ride a triumph i’m impressed, delighted and proud’

» A 21st Century motorcycle is a flippin’ amazing thing. A really complicated piece of engineering and electronics that delivers amazing performance, impeccable reliability and meets loads of demanding noise, emissions and safety targets. I can just about re-assemble the carburettors on a 1981 Moto Morini, but I’ve no real comprehension about how the technology on a 2018 motorcycle actually works. They don’t half ride beautifully though. But there is more to it than technology. Because as well as delivering performance, they also have to tug on your heartstrings. Laptop computers are clever too, but you don’t want one the way you want a motorcycle. So making a decent motorcycle is pretty hard. And before you can make the bike, you have to make a motorcycle factory. That takes some impressive commitment. Every…

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stories by...

Hugo Wilson This month: a terrifying 38 years after passing his bike test (back then you rode round the block – if you didn’t run over the examiner you passed), the editor investigates the 2018 testing process. Break it into chunks and it’s doable. Summer licence challenge, page 102 Mat Oxley This month: Mat’s a TT winner and a former World Endurance contender. He went to brush up his riding skills at a Silverstone Masterclass with Niall Mackenzie and son Tarran, and talk about the British GP. A Ride with the Mackenzies, page 84 John Westlake This month: this month’s cat herding prize goes to John. Bike’s former editor and current road test boss conceived the 18-bike Triumph showdown and somehow made it happen too. He’s now having a quiet lie-down. Retro Triumphs, page 35 Gary Johnson This month: Gary…

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distracted by

LOVELY BAPS »Excellent breakfast rolls at Casey’s Cabin (on the A16 between Thorney and Eye) can make you late for work. EXCELLENCE »Our riding is assessed every two years by examiners from Rapid Training. Swotty Mike Armitage scores perfect tens. THE WEATHER »Resisting the British default position of complaining about everything, surely this summer bests that 1976 effort. THANKS TRIUMPH »Especially Martin, Miles and George. Also the health and safety man. » And, NoLimits trackdays Trackdays 13 September » Only £99 To book please go to bikemagazine.co.uk/trackdays Subscribe Get an Oxford Aqua Roll Bag T30 this month »Worth £59.99 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 offers at greatmagazines.co.uk/bike…

3 min.
aprilia rsv4 rr

‘Riding the RR means a blurry mix of V4 roar and constant adjustment of wheelie and traction control’ FIRM, FURIOUS, AND focussed: that’s the RSV4. First you notice the bold, race-style graphics. Then the tall and cramped ergonomics as you angle a leg over the seat. Smart top yoke and TFT screen say expensive finish, while a tippy-toe totter round the Post Office car park suggest a track focus. But then you use the throttle. V4 thrust is impeccable and ballistic – a straight-cut line as addictive as Class-A drugs and controllable in the way my old scooter’s fuel tap definitely is not. Tickle the clip-ons and the thing curves into a corner with a focus born from 53 world titles-worth of chassis development. Out the corner and you pull the…

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specifications

Price £15,599 otr Engine 999.6cc liquid-cooled DOHC 65° V4 Power 196bhp @ 13,000rpm (clmd) Torque 84.8 lb.ft @ 10,500rpm (clmd) Top speed 186mph (est) Rake/trail 25.1°/105mm Wheelbase 1447mm Dry weight 182kg (est) Seat height 845mm Tank size 18.5 litres Economy 36mpg Colours black or grey Availability now Bike verdict Aprilia’s V4 is now overshadowed by sublime Ducati, but RR package makes it cheaper to compensate. Want more Italian exclusivity? Bag yourself a year-old RSV4 RF for the same money. Bike rating 8/10…

2 min.
honda gold wing

‘The most sophisticated and luxurious tourer ever. DCT gearbox and integrated control systems are icing on cake’ MODES By default it’s in Tour – silky suspension, gentle throttle response, early gear changes (DCT version). It’s relaxed, but too lugubrious for UK roads. Rain and Econ modes are much the same. But change to Sport and you get a different bike – abrupt throttle response, firm suspension and it holds gears to the 6000rpm redline. It’s too frantic to maintain though – we want a mode between Sport and Tour. CLASS-LEADING INTEGRATION The 7in screen shows maps, audio controls, suspension adjustment, radio, Apple Carplay etc. It makes BMW’s K1600 look like a bolt-on project. Everything is controlled via a home and return button on the left bar along with a four-way toggle. It’s intuitive and…