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BIKE December 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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H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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1 min.
‘footrest atomizing cornering’

» Sunny afternoons spent razzing about on a Honda Monkey bike should be available on prescription. There’s no better way of wasting time than zooming(?) along at 58.4mph (rising to 61.3mph down hills) enjoying the countryside. No modes, no TFT screen, no power and no worries. Well, except possibly the gutter seeking wobble induced by the draft of a Mercedes Sprinter van passing inches away from your elbow at 85mph. Simple entertainment is part of the attraction of Royal Enfield’s new 650 twins too. No modes and no TFT screen, but analogue instruments, gleaming chrome and enough power to stay well ahead of that pesky Mercedes Sprinter. Enfield’s ambition for their new bikes is massive, and for the first time in recent history they’ve got a machine that can compete in…

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

THANKS » The Team Bike team and helpers who made the Classic Bol possible » Charlie Best and The Splined Hub in Oundle » Gary Johnson for Rockingham laughs » Greg Moss for getting to dirt drags…

2 min.
katana returns!

‘The Katana styling seems to hit the spot… what’s not to like?’ WHEN THE GSX1100S Katana arrived in 1981, jaws dropped. Here was one of the fastest production bikes ever built, wrapped in styling so radical that dealers feared it would never sell. It was massive news. The 2019 Katana is not like that. Instead, it’s an homage to the 1981 bike built around a GSX-S1000 engine and chassis – both largely unchanged –in the same mould as Kawasaki’s latest Z900RS. So you get a 999cc four-cylinder motor originally from the 2005 GSX-R1000, and a neutral handling chassis with quality suspension. Styling aside, the only changes from the GSX-S1000 are some tweaks to the engine mapping which apparently smooth out the jerky on/off throttle response, a reduction in fuel capacity from 17 litres…

1 min.
yamaha tracer gt700

» First there was the MT-07, a perky 689cc ray of sunshine that let you use words such as ‘value’ and ‘hilarity’ in the same sentence. Two years later (in 2016) came the Tracer 700, which put a fairing on the MT-07, raised the seat for more legroom and gave it three litres of extra fuel for a 200 mile range. And now we get the pinnacle of MT-07 touring ability – the Tracer 700GT. This has all the Tracer’s goodness, plus an adjustable high touring screen, comfier saddle and colour-matched 20-litre panniers. Weight is 196kg (without panniers) which is the same as the Tracer 700’s. Power from the 689cc parallel twin stays at 74bhp.…

1 min.
chooser

Save £2440 Suzuki GSX-S1000 » If you’re not bothered by the GSX-S1000’s new Katana outfit, why not just get the bike underneath? This 2016 GSX-S has done 158 miles, comes with a range of Suzuki extras (screen, tail cover etc) and is up for £7399 from On The Wheel. Call 01273 020981. Save £4000 Moto Guzzi California Touring » Underrated tourer that makes most rival Harleys look like low tech dunderheads. Maybe the new V85 (p16) will give Guzzi an image boost, but in the meantime there are bargains galore. This Cali is £13,999 from 0114 4788806. Save £1590 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT » The world’s barmiest tourer has apparently just got better (see p16). But the 177bhp old one is still fearsomely good, easily capable of spanking sportsbikes, and there are tasty deals around. This one…

3 min.
indian’s brave new naked

‘It’ll give Ducati’s 1100 Scrambler a heart attack’ INDIAN’S ROLL CONTINUES. After handing Harley its flat-track racing arse for the last two seasons, then drawing gasps with the FTR1200 Custom concept last year, along come these, the FTR1200S and FTR1200 road bikes. Because of the concept bike, we expected breathtaking good looks. What comes as more of a surprise is the power. Indian are claiming 120bhp from the 1203cc V-twin, which lifts it far above similarly butch-looking Harleys (the Fat Bob makes just 75bhp) and will give Ducati’s 83bhp 1100 Scrambler a heart attack. The liquid-cooled engine is based around the Scout Sixty motor, but is comprehensively reworked. It has a 12.5:1 compression ratio (compared with the Scout Sixty’s 11:1), high flow cylinder heads, dual throttle bodies and a lighter crank that gives…