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BIKE October 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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‘i bottled out at an indicated 160mph’

£3.40 A MONTHBIKE “Bike, ISSN 0140-4547, USPS 8700 is published monthly by Bauer Consumer Media Ltd, Media House, Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, PE2 6EA, United Kingdom . The US annual subscription price is $105.77. Airfreight and mailing in the USA by agent named WN Shipping USA, 156-15, 146th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Jamaica, NY 11434, USA. Periodicals postage paid at Jamaica NY 11431. US Postmaster: Send address changes to [publication name], WN Shipping USA, 156-15, 146th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Jamaica, NY 11434, USA. Subscription records are maintained at Bauer Media, Subscriptions, CDS Global, Tower House, Sovereign Park, Lathkill Street, Market Harborough, Leicester LE16 9EF, United Kingdom. Air Business Ltd is acting as our mailing agent” From where photographer Matt Howell’s camera is, to the end of the runway is probably half a mile,…

5 min.
new bikes

with Mike Armitage Bike’s deputy ed is obsessed by fresh metal 1 Trio of hot new triples ‘Almost twice the grunt of BMW’s bonkers S1000RR…’ Reinvented Rocket 3 heads an enticing threesome of standout new Triumph models for next year TRIUMPH HAVE THREE tasty new bikes for 2020. After a couple of years flooding the retro market they’re full-tilt in the other direction with cutting-edge machines and at the forefront is this high-tech Rocket 3, with a special-edition Daytona and all-new Tiger in hot pursuit. The reborn Rocket is a big ’un, with a rather significant 2458cc from three bin-sized cylinders. There’s little in common with the previous Rocket III, launched back in 2004 and killed off a couple of years ago. The old engine was already huge at 2294cc but the new inline triple…

2 min.
chooser

Save £3650 Kwak ZX-10R SE The bells and whistles SE version of the ZX-10R has semi-active ride, cornering TC and ABS, quickshifter and all that. List is £19,149 on the road… but if you toddle along to Preston Superbikes (01772 598088) they’re only asking £15,499. Yeah, it’ll be pre-reg, but who cares? Save £2000 Tuono Factory Aprilia put Öhlins semi-active suspension on the Tuono Factory this year, making a superb bike even better. They also added a grand to the price, at £17k. Doesn’t matter, as Wheels (01733 358555) already have them at £14,999. Exotica for base-bike money. Save £1900 Husky Svartpilen Husqvarna’s ace single is as smooth, punchy and fast as a similar-size twin, flicks like a 250 and looks great. The problem? £8899 sounds a lot for one piston. Luckily the 701 is under seven grand…

3 min.
tourer de force

AS MANUFACTURERS BUSY themselves developing all sorts of different flavour adventure, naked and retro machines, it can feel like the once-beloved sports-tourer is getting left a bit behind the rest. But it’s not easy to leave BMW’s re-energised R1250RS behind. With its boosted boxer, sharper styling and greater sophistication, it’s a bike that looks big miles in the face and laughs. Hysterically. The all-new motor is grunty rather than revvy, the riding position is sporty not racy and there’s space for a properly grown adult instead of a grandprix pixie. Bodywork offers everyday wind and weather protection rather than 180mph aerodynamic optimisation and there’s even room for hard luggage. A passenger is also welcome. The RS is the final model in BMW’s range of water-cooled boxers to inherit their new-for-2019 1254cc flat twin. With…

1 min.
specifications

Price £15,640 Engine 1254cc 8v DOHC liquid-cooled flat twin Power 134bhp@7750rpm Torque 105 lb.ft@6250rpm Top speed 150mph (est) Rake/trail 26°/116mm Wheelbase 1530mm Wet weight 243kg Seat height 820mm Tank size 18 litres Economy 50.4mpg Colours black, yellow, blue, brown Availability September, 2019 Bike verdict The new 1250 carries over all its predecessor’s practicality – spacious riding position, adjustable screen, shaft drive – and adds a tangible boost in power, modernity and refinement. Its biggest issue is the price: there’s no denying it’s a lot of money with all the option boxes ticked. But the R1250RS is a truly supreme sports-tourer. Bike rating 9/10…

4 min.
phew! it’s all going to be ok

‘If this is one of our futures, things won’t be so bad after all’ CONVINCING PETROL ENTHUSIASTS about the benefits of electric bikes is the very definition of polarization. And at this point in time it’s fair to say Harley-Davidson’s new LiveWire is not for all of us. Or even most of us. However, the new Harley-Davidson is the closest an electric bike has come to convincing me there could be a petrol-less future. The LiveWire is the first large electric motorcycle produced by a major manufacturer, and Harley are also first to create an infrastructure to support it: there will be twelve UK dealers (250 worldwide) with 24kW charging stations and factory specialist technicians. The basics of life with a LiveWire look like this: the first service is at 1000 miles, then…