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BIKE September 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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United Kingdom
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English
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H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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2 min.
‘what will the future of biking look like?’

» 50 years ago Honda launched the CB750 and I was an eight-year-old kid with my nose pressed to the window of a bike shop, looking at a candy red and chrome dream machine. My dad took me into the shop and got me a brochure and I became a short-trouser’d expert on Honda’s 1969 colour schemes. No bike since then has had the same impact; four-cylinders, disc brakes, electric start, proper service intervals and the kind of on the button performance previously only available to people who spent their weekends rebuilding over tuned hot rods. The petrol powered motorcycle of 2019 is an evolution of the CB750. Or arguably, in the case of the latest, shift-cam, lean burning and ride-by-wire R1250GS, the 1923 BMW R32. But what an evolution. Electronics and…

1 min.
erik s back ktm build a properadventure bike

» Despite their 790 Adventure R being one of the more dirt-biased adventure bikes on the market, KTM have knocked-up a muck-loving Rally edition. Apparently created for those of us who ‘demand the most hardcore performance and the very best suspension available’, the 790 Adventure R Rally uses WP’s impressively-titled XPLOR PRO race-specification suspension. As well as giving a wider range of damping adjustment, the forks and shock give 30mm more wheel travel and take the seat to a lofty 930mm. Rally owners will also be treated to an Akrapovic exhaust system, fancy quickshifter, racing seat, narrower wheel rims to allow blocky rubber (and requiring tubes), shin-wrecking footpegs and carbon whatnots. KTM haven’t announced a price yet, but it’ll obviously be lots more than the twelve grand for a stock…

2 min.
as sensible as jelly trousers...

with Mike Armitage Bike’s deputy ed is obsessed by fresh metal DUCATI MAY JUST have invented a new class of motorcycle. Just as the late-1990s arrival of Suzuki’s ridiculous Hayabusa introduced the term ‘hyperbike’, so the Streetfighter V4 could just make the shift from supernaked to hypernaked. What else would you call the 1103cc, 203bhp Panigale V4 stripped bare? Pigeonholes and tags matter not, of course. What’s really important is that Ducati think the world needs an upright, wide-bar, fairing-free version of their ballistic V4. So they’ve created this prototype, and you’ll be able to buy one next year. ‘The Streetfighter V4 will be one of the stars of the Ducati World Premiere 2020,’ says Ducati’s enthusiastic CEO, Claudio Domenicali, going on to say that the stripped-back racer will be, ‘the highest…

2 min.
chooser

Save £1000 Honda CB1000R » Speedy, beautifully made, luxurious, and with a splash of that old-school Honda character. Yes, we rate the ‘sports neo cafe’ CB. Down at Bransons (01935 474998) they’ve got a grand off list at £10,499, and if you pop a deposit of £1900 down on a PCP it’s just £80 a month. Save £6750 Bimota V-Due » Really. Bimota’s 1997 two-stroke 500cc twin is peaky, awkward and will break. But you should buy the delivery miles-only bike at Raceways (01253 872037). £14,500 in ’97 is £26,750 today, so £20k is a steal. More importantly, there’ll never, ever, ever be anything like the 500 again. Save £1000 Yam Tracer GT » Fun and fruity, and yet sensible and practical – the GT version of the 900 is a genuine do-it-all gem. Usual on-the-road is eleven…

4 min.
a simple plan

LIVING IN THE sticks can be problematic for shops, takeaways and public transport. It does mean access to significant quantities of BOATs, however. These are byways open to all traffic – think farm tracks and trails that are public roads. Dirty, rutted, puddle-strewn routes can form eight miles of my commute, giving a wonderfully uncluttered and uplifting start to the day. The only problem is I’m a blundering, inexperienced imbecile when it comes to off-road escapades, and most modern, high-tech adventure bikes are intimidating. The prospect of lying trapped under a quarter-of-a-ton of very expensive BMW R1250GS waiting for a bemused farmer makes me itchy. Enter the SWM SuperDual: 169kg and 54bhp of straightforward, fuss-free, dual-purpose trailie. SWM is an Italian concern. Successful in motocross and trials during the 1970s, they went…

3 min.
italian heroes’ retro return

THESE DAYS THE light is on and shining brightly for retros. And the stream of new contenders remains in full flood – witness Royal Enfield’s great new Interceptor, Indian’s Harley worrying FTR and this here new Fantic. As is the modern way, and ironically considering the ‘retro’ pigeon hole, many of the current crop glitter with big power figures and all the electronic rider aids. Which begs this question: if these blasts from the past are supposed to hark back to a time when motorcycling was simpler why do so many weigh so much, cost so much and pack a full spread of gizmos? Surely there is some point-missing going on here. Refreshingly, revived ’70s off-road heroes Fantic appear to have properly grasped the retro idea with their new Caballero Scrambler 500.…