BIKE June 2021

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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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3 min.
‘it’ll be at least £25k’

‘90 percent of the specs people present are bullshit’ When Triumph revealed the progress of their electric bike project, the motorcycle world swooned and swallowed the press release whole. But one of the world’s foremost electric bike experts has cautioned that although the Triumph looks fantastic, it could easily cost over £25,000. Miquel Gimeno-Fabra is assistant professor of mechanical and electrical engineering at Nottingham University and led the team that took second place at the Zero TT in 2018. His team’s bike went on to take four world land speed records. Here’s what he thinks about the Triumph TE-i project. What were your initial thoughts on seeing Triumph’s plans? I am sceptical of this sort of project because 90 percent of the specifications people present are bullshit. But I don’t think that is the…

3 min.
new for old trailie!

Every now and then American customiser Roland Sands does something that’s so brilliantly simple other bike builders must weep into their beards when they hook their peepers on it. This time, instead of making KTM’s excellent 790 Adventure any lairier, Roland turned it into this foxy retro trailie by just adding a few key components. ‘A friend of mine with a 2019 790 Adventure said he wanted a classic silhouette but also wanted to keep everything about the stock KTM that works so well,’ says Roland. ‘The standard KTM has an aggressive aesthetic – it’s bright orange, with lots of sharp lines – and is without doubt one of the most functional and high-performing adventure bikes on the market. Our challenge was to meet in the middle – take a classic…

1 min.
got any fences need jumping?

Who’d have thought that 58 yearsaftera Triumph Trophy TR6 jumped a fence in a war film we’d be getting a new bike in its honour? But here it is, the Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition. Of course, Steve McQueen didn’t actually make the jump in The Great Escape – it was stuntman and racer Bud Ekins – and the new Scrambler looks nothing like the TR6, but what the hell: the result is by far the most handsome Scrambler 1200 so far. At its heart is the updated-for-2021 Scrambler 1200 XE, which gets a Euroj-compliant engine and new exhaust. Despite meeting tighter emission regulations, Triumph have managed to keep peak power at 8gbhp (now arriving 2j0rpm lower than last year’s bike) and torque is identical to the 2020 bike too. It’s a…

1 min.
the original bike

The bike that made The Great Escape jump in 1963 really wasn’t up to that sort of nonsense. Though prepared by British Triumph dealer and ISDT Gold Medal winner Ken Heanes, there was only so much he could do – the oildamped rear Girling shocks were abysmal and the forks were, if anything, worse. After the jump, the bike ended up being sold to a farmer who used it for herding cows then left it in a barn for decades. It was found and restored by Dick Shepherd and is now on display at Triumph’s museum in Hinckley.…

2 min.
first among equals

With all Moto2 teams having to use identical engines and tyres, the phrase ‘level playing field’ gets plenty of air time. But actually it’s more like a billiard table, because the domination of chassis supplier Kalex means most of the grid have the same frame, swingarm and aero too. So is Sam Lowes’ fantastic start to the season (he leads the championship as Bike goes to press) purely down to him? Or does his MarcVDS bike have anything to do with it? We ask the team’s technical director Naoya Kaneko… How much difference can you and the team make? A lot because the Kalex chassis is fully adjustable, so everything you can change in MotoGP we can do with this. Also, because we have fewer electronics than MotoGP we need to go…

3 min.
more like a bullet

Owners of Royal Enfield 650s, take note: there’s plenty of performance tucked away in that humble air-cooled twin. Australian Enfield dealers Midlife Cycles recently managed to crack 132mph on their unfaired 650 with no turbo, supercharger, nitrous or fancy fuel. The team smashed a world land speed record for the class that had stood for four years. ‘It’s changed our perspective on what a Royal Enfield can do,’ Midlife Cycles’ owner Michael Catchpole tells Bike from his base in Melbourne, Australia, ‘and many of the engine modifications are directly transferable to a road bike. I run a road-going version of the race engine in my Continental GT650 that I commuted into work on this morning.’ Lifting the 650 twin’s top speed by over 30 percent and raising its peak power from 42…