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BIKE May 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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2 min.
‘people want simpler bikes. but…’

» Please excuse the indulgence, but when presented with a photo opportunity that involves an exotically dressed camel herder, a pair of camels and a genuine desert, it’d be rude not to take full advantage. Rachid and I were attempting, through garbled French, to discuss the merits of the camel versus the new KTM 790 Adventure. He was understandably interested in the bike’s seat covering choices. Disappointingly the Moroccan rug option doesn’t currently feature in KTM’s otherwise comprehensive Power Parts catalogue. That’s one up to the camels I reckon. We were in Morocco for the launch of the KTM 790 Adventure – I know, I know, it’s a tough job – and it was extraordinary. The roads aren’t up to much, straight and bumpy, like Lincolnshire’s finest Fenland Superhighway, with the…

1 min.
honda cbr1000rr firebling

» This’d stand out in the bike park. To celebrate 50 years of official presence in Australia, Honda knocked-up this hyper-glitzy Fireblade (golden anniversary, y’see). It’s covered with a vinyl wrap by a Melbourne-based company, using a gold chrome film that’s laminated with clear satin to disperse reflections and create a finish that changes colour depending on the light. There’s a natty 50th anniversary logo on the fairing, too. Unfortunately the Blade is a one-off, created purely for promotional activity across Australia this year. Real shame. The other golden products made at the same time, including a CRF450L, some cars and a lawnmower, won’t reach showrooms either, which is even more upsetting. The gold generator looks fantastic...…

2 min.
swiss roll out virus

BASED ON THE mighty GSX-R1000R, this is the Suzuki Virus II. It’s a stripped-back yet high-tech supernaked with 202bhp, and you can buy one from a Suzuki dealer. Or at least you can if you pop across to Switzerland. It’s the work of Dominique Grangier and renowned Swiss dealer Moto Virus, who have form for competent race bikes and crisp specials. They built the original Virus a few years ago, based on the previous GSX-R, and wheeled out the Virus II at the recent Zurich show. Obviously the fairing and clip-on handlebars have been ditched, replaced with a high ’bar from accessory company Motacc which ‘changes the driver’s sitting position and allows relaxed driving’. The original LED headlights are used in a new binnacle, freshly-made plastic hangs either side, and a dinky…

1 min.
livewire does 0-60mph in 3 secs

» Harley-Davidson have released figures for the electric LiveWire. Electric motors give peak torque direct off rest, and they claim the twist ‘n’ go hits 60mph in under 3.5 secs – same as Honda CB1000R. Range is an estimated 110 miles, but ‘plenty of range... for unlocking the city’ suggests this figure involves lots of urban. It’ll recharge overnight, or in an hour at a public Level 3 Quick Charge station. Price? £28,995. Pre-orders open soon, for autumn delivery. We ride the prototype on page 88.…

3 min.
can ducati win three titles? why not?

NAME A YOUNG rider with extensive race-winning experience at Grand Prix level who is moving over to Superbike this year and is going to give the ‘regular’ championship winner a particularly hard time. OK, the answer is not Alvaro Bautista because he’s a long way north of 30 years old, but he fits the rest of the criteria. In fact, after what he and his Ducati did to the field in the opening round of the World Superbike Championship, even Jonny Rea is looking worried. The question now is can Rea’s consistency prevail over the speed of the new combination? It’ll be a tall order but I have the sneaking suspicion that there will be one or two tracks the V4R doesn’t like and I’m assuming the organisers will shave a…

1 min.
events

» 19-21 April British Superbike Championship, Silverstone Round 1 of the best domestic championship on the planet. The top two from last year have moved on, third- and fourth-place men have changed teams, and the Ducati V4 arrives in the hands of Scott Redding, Josh Brookes and Tommy Bridewell. Peter Hickman has the new BMW, and Bradley Ray looks to prove he’s got what it takes to go to a world championship next season. What’s not to like? britishsuperbike.com » 19-21 April 24 Heures Motos, Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France Still one of the great events, still tatty round the edges, still raucous, still a test of endurance for riders and spectators, still addictive. fimewc.com » 5 May Spanish Grand Prix, Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto, Spain It’s time to tick this one off…