BIKE March 2021

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It is the season of peace, goodwill and cold fingers. And of dragging that project bike, which hasn’t progressed since last winter (or much longer), out of the garage and into somewhere warm. (And sincere thanks to Mrs W for her understanding in this matter. It’ll be out of the house by April, I promise.) Then you can try and remember how it fits back together without contracting frostbite. This issue, on your doormat late January, feels like the ideal time to celebrate those excellent people who are using seasonal shed time, and another Covid lockdown, to turn ambitious dreams into reality (RC30 from parts? It’s on page 52) and inspire the rest of us to get on with more modest schemes. Or maybe start one. While grazing my knuckles and rounding…

3 min.
young guns go for it

‘Almost 40kg less than the 950 Multistrada… it’s going to feel frisky’ Ducati have redesigned their biggest- selling bike ever to try and capture a younger, more style-conscious market. The new Monster (sales since 1993 launch: 350,000) loses the traditional trellis frame and hunched fuel tank, and in return gets a Panigale-style monocoque frame and a tank that looks like the MV Brutale’s (as does the Monster’s new headlight come to think of it). ‘The new look and new mechanical package has been done to attract younger customers,’ Ducati’s design director Andrea Ferraresi tells Bike. ‘The new customers were probably not even born when the first Monster was conceived by Miguel Galuzzi in 1992. Of course we hope to keep the old Monster customers, but we wanted to broaden the audience with…

3 min.
wheelies are cool again

If you’re worried that motorcycling has all become a bit too serious, take a gander at the Aprilia Tuono 660. Based on the excellent RS660 sportsbike (first comprehensive UK test on page 32) and styled like its rowdy V4 big brother, the new Tuono stuffs a perky short- geared twin in a lightweight chassis, with a riding position designed for tomfoolery. And, despite dripping with tech it’s an affordable £9700. Think RD350LC for the modern era… To create the Tuono, Aprilia have done what Triumph did to make the original Street Triple, ie by taking their sportsbike and tweaking it into a roadster for greater control, comfort, usability and hilarity. It’s the same die-cast aluminium frame and basic package as the RS, but fitted with a higher, wider handlebar rather than…

2 min.
meteor hits earth

Enfield are already kings of unglamourous big-sellers. The 410cc Himalayan took the company’s European sales from 3400 to 6300 in 2018, then the 650cc Interceptor and Continental raised the bar to 11,000 sales in 2019. And now it’s the turn of the Meteor, an all-new 350cc single-cylinder cruiser with built-in Google- powered sat nav and the same impressive build quality as the big-selling 650 twins. Enfield’s head of product development Simon Warburton tells Bike why we should be excited. » Who is this aimed at in the UK? We think it will appeal to plenty of people, especially in urban areas. But it is a toe in the water. We’ve been surprised before though – we thought the Himalayan might be a bit underpowered for European and North American customers [it makes…

2 min.
analogue, at a price

‘Guzzi must look at sales and despair’ Moto Guzzi must look at Triumph T100 Bonnevilles sales and Royal Enfield Interceptors and despair. Their old V7 was as charming and capable as its rivals, yet only 538 people have bought one in the UK since the Mk3 arrived in 2017. By comparison Royal Enfield sold 2470 Interceptors since the 2019 launch and Triumph shifted 1318 of the latest T100. Which brings us to the new V7 – Guzzi’s attempt to remedy matters by fitting a detuned version of the 850cc V-twin from the V85 adventure bike, plus a raft of updates ranging from new suspension to different graphics. Power is now up from 52bhp to a more sprightly 65. Torque is increased too, up from 44 lb.ft to 54, and it’s spread generously…

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monstrous cb

This fantastic splicing of Honda and Ducati DNA is definitely no show pony, especially when the ignition gets flicked. The customer didn’t want to be embarrassed when he took the bike on track, so the 1980 CB900 engine has been tuned to make 130bhp at the back wheel. That’s around 45bhp more than the modern Ducati 1100 Evo that donated its wheels, single-sided swingarm, rear shock and rear brake to the project. ‘Building the engine took time,’ says David Widmann, who runs NCT Motorcycles in Austria. ‘We milled the head to accept bigger valves, there’s a new racing camshaft and a new lightweight crank. It’s bored out to 980cc and we used forged pistons and con rods. There are Keihin smoothbore carburettors too. Everything is new inside – there’s over £7200…