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BIKE February 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.
‘the magical mix of bike and road’

Rides of a lifetime? The first one, obviously. Puttering around grandpa’s garden on a smoky moped, getting confused about which direction you twist the throttle to slow down and detouring through a handsome flower bed. Then there’s the first big trip – all of 260 miles of it. And an astonishing 20 minute, eye popping, nerve shredding ride on a Honda Fireblade in 1992. There’s more, right round to summer 2018. The picture’s of Richard, Robert, Gisli, Skuli and me, outside a tin-roofed hut, somewhere on an Icelandic lava field about to start another ride of a lifetime. I may never get to Iceland again. Those really memorable rides don’t have to be long, tough or in some exotic location, though it probably helps. It’s the magical mix of bike and…

2 min.
affordable nortons

THE THREE NEW 650cc Nortons launched at the NEC show are just the start of the company’s middleweight offensive according to Norton boss Stuart Garner. Speaking to Bike at the show, he said the new parallel twin engine could power ‘plenty more models’ besides the two scrambler-style Atlas models and the £19,995 Superlight sportsbike. The two new Atlases – called Nomad and Ranger – are particularly interesting because of their claimed power, a very respectable 84bhp and their price: the Nomad is £9995 and the higher spec Ranger is £11,995. Not cheap, but far more affordable than the £16,495 Commando and not a million miles from bikes like Triumph’s £9000 Street Scrambler or Ducati’s £9795 Scrambler Desert Sled (those are 2018 prices, so the 2019 ones will probably be higher). ‘We looked…

1 min.
chooser

Save £2270 Honda Fireblade This is the standard Blade so comes without semi-active suspension or quickshifter. That’s the bad news. The good news i it’s still a deliriously fast road bike with outstanding build quality. It’s pre-registered and costs £13,499 from P&H Motorcycles, 01293 226225. Save £2200 KTM 1090 Adventure R The wily buyer’s adventure bike – fast and comfortable with plush off-road spec suspension that works brilliantly on road, yet it’s £4000 less than a similarly-spec’d GS or its big brother the 1290. £10,299 from Fowlers, 0117 4400727. Save £869 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom A healthy saving on one of Suzuki’s most popular bikes. The smaller V-Strom offers big bike comfort with less bulk and a feisty SV650-derived engine. This is an ex-demo with six miles on the clock. £6490 from Robinsons, 01706 572018. Save £1500 Honda X-Adv If you live…

1 min.
what’s the engine?

» It’s the rear two cylinders of the 1200cc V4 that Norton have been developing for at least four years (the first customer V4 was started up at the NEC show to prove it’s finally completed). The twin’s stroke is lengthened to make it a 650 and it uses the same valve train, clutch and gearbox as the V4, saving development time and money. So if the V4 is, as it seems, sorted and ready for production, the 650cc twin should be well on the way too. The twin was developed along with engineering gurus Ricardo, who’ve worked with Triumph and BMW, and Norton have licenced the design to Zongshen. The Chinese manufacturer will use the engine in Asian markets and pay Norton a fee for each one made. The…

1 min.
another bike shop bites the dust

After 40-plus years in business North Leicester Motorcycles, an Aladdin’s cave of a bike shop, is to close because proprietor Stuart Mayhew is retiring. NLM started as a local bike shop but evolved into an Italian specialist and global supplier of spares for Moto Morinis. They sold a wide range of classics and could supply from stock almost everything to keep old air-cooled Morini V-twins on the road. Spares were stored, old fashioned style, in the stores up some wooden stairs. Yet all is not lost. Stuart’s son Chris, trading as Lusso Veloce, will offer sales and service for Italian and unusual bikes from premises across the road from the old shop, and Ducati online spares specialist Mdina Italia is taking over the running of the spare parts operation. lussoveloce.com…

1 min.
one sided story

‘All very elegant, and very clever for 1948’ LOOK AGAIN. YES, the front and rear suspension are single-sided, and the wheels are interchangeable. It gets weirder. The exhaust pipe doubles as the rear swingarm and is rigidly connected to the engine, so that the whole assembly pivots – when the wheel goes up, the engine goes down, so chain tension remains constant. The front suspension uses parallel links with a solid leg and the wheels are mounted on stub axles. All very elegant and very clever for 1948, when the little Imme began production. The engine is a 99cc two-stroke with a three-speed gearbox, but no neutral. The clutch allowed the engine to run while the bike was stationary. It’s a twistgrip gear change on the left-handlebar, but first is positioned between…