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BIKE November 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
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English
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H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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2 min.
‘my best summer in years…’

» Wazzing home from work last night, the hedges a blur of green, the last of this year’s suicidal flies splattering themselves on the visor of my Arai, I decided that this has been my best motorcycling summer in years. There are two reasons. First, the weather. It’s been fantastic. Day after day of dry tarmac and tinted visors have turned the ride home from the office into a glorious 90-mile detour enjoying the twists and turns of the very best of midlands B-roads. When the weather finally broke a couple of weeks ago it was a shock to realise that I actually needed waterproofs. Where are they anyway? Second, my regular ride during this amazing heat wave was a KTM 790 Duke. We like the KTM, that’s why we made it Bike’s…

1 min.
made for motorcyclists... by these motorcyclists

THANKS » Cheffins machinery sales let JP play among the tractors for R1200GS photographs. cheffins.co.uk » twowheelsforlife.org.uk , Silverstone and Darren made 50ccGP possible » Tom Sewell of the RC30 club…

3 min.
we want to like harleys. but…

‘It’s powerful, but not the kind of power that lifts the front wheel’ THE FXDR’S PROMOTIONAL video is almost unbelievable. It roars around a racetrack. It sounds like a mobile ack-ack gun firing on all four barrels. It flicks between corners and carves towards the next apex. It looks lithe and spirited… for a 300kg motorcycle with huge 240-section rear tyre and a raked-out 19-inch front wheel. Turns out Harley must have employed a world champ weightlifter to get the bike turning that quick. I’m on the FXDR’s launch in Greece – a grippy mountain road, bright sun, an ambient 38°C. Holding the bike at maximum lean angle (32.6° left/32.8° right) requires proper bulging of the triceps. Navigating S-bends is a full-body workout, like swimming. This is an amazing road, but the…

1 min.
specifications

Price £20,205 otr (£19,855 base) Engine 1868cc part-air-cooled SOHC 45° V-twin Power 91bhp @ 4500rpm (clmd) Torque 118 lb.ft @ 3500rpm (clmd) Top speed 120mph (est) Rake/trail 34°/120mm Wheelbase 1735mm Wet weight 303kg Seat height 720mm Tank size 16.7 litres Economy 44mpg (clmd) Colours black, cream, grey, red, brown Availability October Bike verdict New-age Harley blends drag bike style with big thrust and an aversion to corners. Want your 114ci V-twin with modern style and comfort? Save £4000 and buy a Fat Bob. Bike rating 5/10…

3 min.
not the mutt’s nuts

‘We sell a lifestyle packaged up as a motorbike’ A CHEAP, FINISHED AND rideable, custom bike is an unlikely prospect, because all that bespoke engineering, painting and construction comes at a price. But for those looking for an easier, less expensive, way into something a bit different high-volume production of low-cost, small-capacity bikes is interesting: Suzuki’s GSX-S125 is £3799; Honda’s MSX125 is £3389 and this Mutt RS-13 125 is £3568. Send your three large Mutt’s way to get a 124.7cc Chinese-made single – air-cooled for coolness, with Mutt-branded engine covers. It’s built by the same factory that supplies Suzuki’s small bikes, so reliability isn’t a worry. Next is a steel backbone frame that employs the engine as a stressed member, plus two 18-inch spoked wheels. Mutt then request uprated parts be used…

3 min.
the new r1250gs

HEADLAMP New LED headlamp is standard. MODES Standard you get two riding modes (road and rain), ASC (automatic stability control) and Hill Start Control. EXHAUST Exhaust system is all new. ENGINE This gets variable valve timing. Bore and stroke is now 102.5/76 mm (previously 101/73 mm). DESPITE THE FAMILIAR looks of the new GS, BMW have comprehensively overhauled the old R1200GS, giving it variable valve timing, an extra 84cc – so it’s now the R1250GS – and significantly more power and torque across the rev range. Wet weight is up by 5kg, but that’s the only downside on paper. The R1200RT gets the same treatment and becomes the R1250RT. There’s a blizzard of minor tweaks, but the big news is ShiftCam, BMW’s first go at variable valve timing on a motorcycle. Like Honda’s VTEC, it can shift between two…