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BIKE September 2017

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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1 min.
hello

BMW’s marketing department would disagree, but Yamaha practically invented the adventure bike. Their XT500 (first tested in Bike in March 1977) was the first time that a production trail bike was a convincing road bike. Modified XTs won the first two Paris-Dakar rallies. The big-tanked XT600 Ténéré (first tested in Bike in October 1984) tapped into Dakar rally credibility and became the bike of choice for round the world riders in the eighties and nineties. The XTZ750 Super Ténéré (first tested in Bike in May ’89) led the big trailie (they weren’t called adventure bikes then) boom that swept Europe in the nineties, and Super Tén-derived bikes won the Dakar seven times. Now the Yamaha revival that began with the introduction of the MT-09 (first tested in Bike in November 2013) is about…

1 min.
stories by...

Mike Armitage This month: Mike is a tech head (saddo) interested in physical engineering rather than black boxes and lights. The arrival of carbon production bikes has him understandably excited... and is a chance to praise the steel tube too. Frame technology on page 47 Jonathan Pearson This month: JP didn’t want to put himself through the torture of the Erzberg Rodeo, but a ride on the new KTM two-stroke was irresistible. And then he got to ride the Yamaha T7 too. That’s what you get for having talent. Inside Erzberg on page 74 James Haydon This month: we love James Haydon. It’d be easy for an ex-BSB, WSB and MotoGP racer to sink into cynicism, many do. But stick James on a sportsbike and show him a racetrack and he’s as enthusiastic as a kid with…

1 min.
distracted by

SOUNDS >>Listening to the Foggy Petronas FP1 being fired up at Goodwood was an aural treat. Great to see ex-race bikes being resuscitated and ridden. ART >>Grayson Perry’s AM1 custom is on show in the Serpentine Gallery, London. Being cultured types we popped along for a look. It’s bonkers. Available till 10 Sept. HEAT >>Violently ill and close to death Langy managed, as usual, to pull himself together to not only feature in but art direct the group test. A true hero . SILLINESS >>Our designer’s Honda CR250 requires premix fuel, vibrates teeth out and only works up to 60mph. It’s silly, so therefore ideal for summer lunchtime fun.…

3 min.
the last panigale

‘Ducati are testing a new V4 – visually evolved from the Panigale’ THIS TRICOLOUR DELIGHT is the new, £35,000, Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. It’s essentially the fully-adjustable chassis from the 1199 Panigale R that Ducati make to meet World Superbike rules, with the mighty tuned-up engine from their super-swank Superleggera (see page 47) – the most powerful production Ducati twin ever. This means it has a dimesnsion-shifting 209bhp at 11,000rpm and rubber-rippling 105 lb.ft of torque, in an endlessly adjustable package with components from the toppest of drawers and a wet weight of just 190kg. Using conventional race-spec Öhlins suspension, a high-level pipe as on Chaz Davies’ race-winning World Superbike and more electronic whatnots than we have space to list, the Panigale Final Edition is only available in the red,…

3 min.
silent & uncras hable

‘Quick-charging technology is coming to two wheels’ NEXT YEAR YOU’LL be able to buy a production Honda that doesn’t drink petrol, won’t require road tax and that you’ll barely hear coming. Yes, they’re going electric. Honda’s president and CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, confirmed plans at a recent press bash in Tokyo, Japan. He said two-thirds of the cars they sell will be electrified by 2030, focussing on hybrids using both conventional engines and electric motors, and using a unique plug-in charging system. And convenient, quick-charging technology is coming to two wheels as well. ‘We are working on a highly-convenient system for electric commuters, which feature a detachable mobile battery that is easy to replace and/or recharge,’ said Hachigo. ‘We are planning to introduce some new models including an electric scooter in 2018.’ This…

2 min.
chooser ? ?

Handy £1130 drop Honda Blade SP Honda UK would like you to pay £19,125 for a Fireblade SP. However, at farnhamhonda.co.uk they have a new, unregistered example for £17,995. So that’s all the clever semi-active Öhlins suspension, top Brembo brakes, full-on electronics and enough power to stop the earth spinning on its axis, for £1130 less than it should be. £2100 saving Yamaha WR450F Enduro bikes are expensive. Except they’re not – they seem it next to road bikes but you’re buying a race-spec weapon. And you can soften the blow at folwersoffroad.co.uk. They’ve got Yamaha’s high-tech WR450F at £5699 – that’s £2100 off list. Sure, it’s a 2015 model, but absolutely nobody will tell. Let the green-lane chaos commence. Keep your £900 Honda VFR800F The list price for Honda’s VFR800 is £10,699 on the road. It’s keen…