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BIKE October 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
Periodicidad:
Monthly
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12 Números

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1 min.
‘welcome to bike’s 2018 bike of the year awards…’

» Welcome to the Broadway theatre in Peterborough for Bike’s 2018 Bike of the Year awards. You get free admission with your copy of Bike, but please buy a bag of popcorn from Grace at the box office to enjoy during the performance. This year the show features some amazing turns. Bike’s founding editor, the noted performer Mark Williams, is doing a surprising routine with the new £4199, 410cc, Royal Enfield Himalayan (p36). Next up, Rupert Paul on stage with the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports, the updated and big-tanked version of the 2016 Bike Of The Year winner. How have things moved on in two years? In the same category is a new BMW F850GS and a reworked Triumph Tiger 800 (p42). Our old favourite the Triumph Speed Triple has been updated…

1 min.
stories by...

Hugo Wilson This month: extols the virtues of the new KTM 790 Duke: light, nimble, fast, and frugal beyond belief. Way more than a retro relic, the parallel-twin is now the go-to engine of the current age. Who’d have thunk it? 3000-mile 790 Duke test, page 70 Ben Lindley This month: agony and ecstasy in equal measure. The kid rides a Panigale V4 to Rimini and back; loving the sense of confidence it instills, not so keen on the raging discomfort (and he’s ONLY 29, so it must be an issue). Ducati Panigale V4 ride, page 60 Gary Inman This month: tests further contenders for the Bike Of The Year title: to wit, the Triumph Speed Triple and Honda CB1000R. He loves a naked, and relishes the relative charms of these two brutes. Naked head-to-head, page 54 Mark Williams This…

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distracted by

TAKE THESE CHAINS »Ben Lindley likes to travel so light he ditched Panigale security in Amiens with the tunnel and home looming. ROCKIN’ GOOD TIME » Bike’s Rockingham Raceway trackdays are addictive. If they’re on we’re in, and you’d be mad not to join the fun. p125 EYES ONLY FOR YOU »Honda Monkey’s impressive simian recognition system winks at you in start-up (well it winks longingly at Langy). THANKS CURTAIN - UP »To The Broadway Theatre in P’town. broadwaypeterborough.co.uk or 01733 306071 Ally Pally Show Indoor sprint, loads of old bikes, new ones to » Only £17 (pre-book) To book please go to mcnallypallyshow.co.uk Subscribe And get this free Airpro emergency tyre repair kit »Worth £33 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.
bmw k1600 grand america

‘Absolute luxury, with more class than a Road Glide and more pep than a Gold Wing’ AS SOON AS you ride the Grand America, you realise another BMW K1600 is a good thing. There’s a fairing that’ll shrug off a biblical downpour, a riding position that’s the last word in comfort, and two spacious panniers for gubbins. Then you open the throttle, listen to the waspish rasping of the exhaust, and fall in love with the 1649cc inline six. It’s a strapping six-cylinder monster of an engine good for 11.7-second quarter mile times and a 150mph top speed (without a limiter). Accelerate full throttle to splurge down the road on 129 lb.ft peak torque. Shut the twistgrip to hear indulgent popping at the silencer. Ooh, it’s gorgeous. Editor Hugo rode the Bagger variant…

4 min.
honda monkey

‘The Monkey is a great city bike, sips petrol, is perfect for new riders and still pulls on the heart strings of us oldies’ NOW IT’S HONDA’S turn to take a walk down Look Back Avenue and thumb a lift on the retro bandwagon – Welcome back to the Monkey Bike… At first glance you can’t help but notice that the Monkey Z125A looks twice the size of the 1961 original. It almost is. The Z50A rides on eight inch wheels, and the rider’s knees are up by their ears. The new one has 12-inch wheels and a bit more room for the pilot. But the cuteness remains. Turn the key and the new LED dash blinks its eyes at you as it runs a digit test. Honda have clearly reinstated their sense…

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specifications

Price £3699 Engine 125cc, air-cooled SOHC 4-stroke 2-valve Power 9.2bhp Torque 8.11 lb.ft Top speed 65mph (est) Rake/trail 25°/82mm Wheelbase 1155mm Wet weight 107kg Seat height 776mm Tank size 5.6 litres Economy 189mpg (claimed) Colours banana yellow, pearl nebula red and pearl shining black Availability now Bike verdict Looks cute, ace around town and with some lovely touches but compromised by only having a single seat. Buy a Honda MSX125 instead, £310 cheaper and you can take the kids on the back. Bike rating 7/10…