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BIKE January 2019

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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1 min.
‘they can’t all have it wrong’

» Trends in motorcycle design and engineering for 2019? Based on what was most obvious at the Eicma show you’d think we’ll all be riding electric bikes by next April. Every other stand featured electric motorcycles, off-road bikes, scooters and bicycles of varying degrees of credibility, integrity and innovation. Many of them are small scale outfits jumping on the EV bandwagon and will surely vanish without trace. But there are also signs of bigger things happening. Of the established brands, Harley-Davidson are taking this seriously and are promising that their Livewire will be on sale in 2019. But no details of performance, power, price or range. KTM had a separate stand for electric bicycles and Kymco, with the credibility of a manufacturer of 500,000 scooters a year, announced a supersports concept.…

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

2 min.
all change

‘As usual there is precious little sentiment involved in racing’ IT FEELS LIKE THE CHANGING of the guard at British Superbike. Leon Haslam duly won his first major title at the final round, a mere 21 years after winning the British Gilera Scooter Championship and gets the prize of a season with the factory Kawasaki World Superbike Championship team next season – as Jonny Rea’s team mate. That should be fun. It’s worth noting that it was the factory back in Japan who pushed this through. The team were keen on Turkish wonder kid Toprak Razgatlioglu but will have to wait another year. Think of Leon’s 2019 season back on the world stage, where he finished runner-up in 2010, as a reward for his heroic performances at the Suzuka 8 Hours.…

1 min.
dani hangs up leathers

» It isn’t just BSB that’s in transition, there is a significant departure from MotoGP as well. Dani Pedrosa bowed out after 18 years in the paddock as by far the best rider never to win the top title. He will have to console himself with his three crowns in the smaller classes plus 31 victories in MotoGP. His unique achievement is winning a Grand Prix for 16 consecutive seasons, starting with his first 125 victory at Assen in 2002 via the first MotoGP win at Shanghai in ’06 and ending with Valencia last year. That’s 12 years of consecutive wins in MotoGP. I really thought he was going to be champion in 2010. Dani was on a roll with Honda-friendly tracks coming up but a sticking throttle at Motegi resulted…

1 min.
cheaper by boat

AT THE STAFFORD show the Bonhams auction had a sale value of almost £3,500,000! Japanese bikes from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s continue to hit big money. An RD350 made £8625, a Suzuki XN85 Turbo reached £7475 and an RG500 sold at £13,800. Such prices are nice for sellers. You could argue the values help restos, too. 15 years ago a rough RG500 might have been worth two grand, and the five or six it’d be worth restored made it hard to justify the time and money – but the resto costs are now an investment. Strong prices are bad for those who just fancy a cool bike, though. But there’s a solution. The USA. There’s a gap between values of some desirable models in the US and what they fetch here.…

1 min.
look at the savings

1 Honda VFR750R RC30 » UK auction: unregistered bike in ‘like new’ condition, sold at Stafford, Oct 2018, £47,150. » US auction: show standard, one owner for 30 years, under 5000 miles, sold at Barber, October 2018, £21,083. » Guideline import cost: £2370 SAVING: £23,697 2 Norton Commando » UK auction: non-original ’75 bike, unused for some time, sold at Stafford, Oct 2018, £6670. » US auction: ’75 bike, 400 miles since resto and engine rebuild, sold Barber, October 2018 £4854. » Guideline import cost: £1359 SAVING: £457 (and time) 3 Honda CBX1000-C Pro-link » UK auction: excellent condition, 22,500 miles, currently for sale in online auction, £14,989. » US auction: all-original bike, extracted from collection, sold Barber, October 2018 £3947. » Guideline import cost: £1314 SAVING: £9728 4 Suzuki GT750 » UK auction: one owner bike, excellent condition, sold at Stafford, Oct 2015, £7130. » US…