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Cars & Motorcycles
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure

Motorcycle Sport & Leisure May 2019

Motorcycle Sport & Leisure is a monthly 116 page full colour magazine covering all aspects of modern leisure bike riding. New bike reviews, product news and events add to the unique mix of touring features and long term road tests.

United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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£3(Incl. tax)
£32.99(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
electronically enhanced

Electronic rider aids can be great (if you like that sort of thing), but where is the limit? When do riders become passengers? How do you feel about electric rider aids on motorcycles? They seem to divide the riding public pretty neatly into those who see the benefits and those who don’t. I’m firmly in the pro-electronics camp. Although I enjoy riding on green lanes on my Suzuki DR350, which has no electronics to speak of, I prefer a bike with all possible anti-idiot systems when I’m on Tarmac. Those who don’t want any electronic interference between their control commands and the bike’s reactions often fear that systems such as ABS and traction control are ‘dumbing down’ riders, and if you are sufficiently proficient at riding you simply don’t need them. Some…

1 min.
motorcycle sport & leisure’s contributors...

Roland Brown A bike journalist for more than 30 years, Roland has contributed to countless publications worldwide and authored a dozen books on bikes. He has tested machines ranging from Rossi’s YZR-M1 to a 1923 Douglas, but still can’t decide which type of bike he most enjoys riding. Chris Moss Mossy has made a living from bikes since 1985, first as a motorcycle courier in London, and then as a journo from 1995. He’s raced, ridden and tinkered with hundreds of different bikes, but he’s the first to admit there’s still loads to experience and learn. Peter Henshaw Peter is our history man. He’s written more than 60 books and is a former editor of this very publication. Now a freelance journalist, he writes about transport of all kinds, though bikes are really at the…

1 min.
motorcycle sport & leisure

EDITOR: Mikko Nieminen: mnieminen@mortons.co.uk DESIGNER: Gareth Williams PRODUCTION EDITOR: Mike Cowton PICTURE DESK: Paul Fincham and Jonathan Schofield PUBLISHING DIRECTOR: Dan Savage PUBLISHER: Tim Hartley GROUP KEY ACCOUNTS MANAGER: Steff Woodhouse: swoodhouse@mortons.co.uk 01507 529452 / 07786 334330 GROUP ADVERTISING MANAGER: Sue Keily DIVISIONAL ADVERTISING MANAGER: Zoe Thurling zthurling@mortons.co.uk 01507 529412 ADVERTISING SALES: Charlotte Mountain: cmountain@mortons.co.uk 01507 529538 SUBSCRIPTION MANAGER: Paul Deacon: pdeacon@mortons.co.uk CIRCULATION MANAGER: Steve O’Hara: sohara@mortons.co.uk MARKETING MANAGER: Charlotte Park: cpark@mortons.co.uk COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR: Nigel Hole EDITORIAL ADDRESS: MSL Magazine, Media Centre, Morton Way, Horncastle, Lincolnshire LN9 6JR WEBSITE: www.mslmagazine.co.uk GENERAL QUERIES AND BACK ISSUES: 01507 529529 24 hr answerphone help@classicmagazines.co.uk www.classicmagazines.co.uk ARCHIVE ENQUIRIES: Jane Skayman jskayman@mortons.co.uk 01507 529423…

2 min.
zero sr/f is the future, now

Zero Motorcycles has introduced the SR/F, its most innovative and powerful motorcycle yet. To be exact, there are two versions of the SR/F: The Premium, which costs £19,990, and the Standard at £17,990. Both qualify for the £1500 government Plug In Motorcycle grant, and there’s a PCP deal with less than £250 per month to pay. The building blocks of the bikes are identical, but the Premium also has a faster charger, heated grips, fly screen and aluminium bar ends. The SR/F delivers a claimed 190Nm (140ft-lb) of torque and 110bhp courtesy of Zero’s new ZF75-10 motor and ZF14.4 lithium-ion battery. A single charge, with Zero’s accessory Power Tank attached to the bike, delivers up to a 200-mile range for city riding. Without the Power Tank the claimed range is 160 miles in the…

1 min.
motorcycles dodge the isa bullet

European rule makers have voted in favour of the compulsory use of Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) and other safety technologies across a range of road vehicles, but not motorcycles. The big-brother legislation has been given the green light from MEPs for the introduction of a range of new vehicle safety systems which will, by law, have to be fitted in all new cars, vans, buses and lorries by 2022. The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) says that by introducing such technologies as ISA, Assisted Emergency Braking and Emergency Lane Keeping into every vehicle on the road, speed-related incidents will be reduced by up to 20%. The safety systems also include crash testing requirements and the installation of ‘black box type’ Event Data Recorders, which record vehicle information in the moments leading up to…

1 min.
suzuki has plans for an upside-down engine

Suzuki has filed a new patent in Japan – and it shows a bike’s entire engine and transmission flipped into a different position. But why? Well, according to the patent application, the USD layout would allow for a shorter wheelbase – which should help to improve handling – while making room for a longer swingarm, which should help to improve stability. Interestingly, Husaberg made use of a similar layout on its 570 models (from 2009 to 2012) – although its intention was to move the engine’s crankshaft closer to the bike’s centre of gravity, rather than shortening the wheelbase. Equally, the all-new Nembo 32 features an inverted engine, with head-down cylinders and the crankshaft up top. This layout was supposedly designed to concentrate the mass of the bike within a tight area,…