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Motorcycle Sport & Leisure

Motorcycle Sport & Leisure August 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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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
toy story

Trains don't fly and go 'nee-nor' – we all know that. Except that they do, if you open your mind to the possibility. Not in a strictly mechanical sense, or even in a deep metaphysical way, no. But when my son runs around the house with his wooden toy train high above his head shouting “nee-nor, nee-nor” he's having a much better time than he would if he just played with the train as it was designed to be played with – sitting on the floor, pushing it along the wooden track and resigning to a future as a trainspotter. No doubt about it, his way is much more fun – and it made me wonder when we lose that ability to take something and use it as we want…

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

Alan Cathcart Alan Cathcar t has been writing about bikes for more than 30 years, and riding them for even longer. He’s regularly given the keys to factory prototypes and being on first-name terms with the bosses of bike companies around the world allows him to bag many scoops. 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…

2 min.
bmw wows with the latest factory custom

In the last issue of MSL we showed you the Departed and the Birdcage, the BMW cruiser prototypes built by custom houses in Japan and the US respectively. They both utilised the new BMW big twin engine, so we knew that a heavyweight cruiser was coming from Bavaria soon. Now BMW has rolled out a concept bike of its own, the Concept R18, combining classic and custom styling with a modern twist. “With its clear aesthetics openly on display, the Concept R18 embodies for me what motorcycling, at its core, is really about. It is all about feeling instead of thinking, and not using technology for self-staging, instead giving space for imagination.” explains Edgar Heinrich, head of BMW Motorrad Design. The BMW Motorrad Concept R18 is immediately recognisable as a BMW: boxer…

1 min.
ducati reveals streetfighter v4 prototype

Ducati has confirmed the Streetfighter V4’s arrival in 2020. Not only that, it’s using the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, US, as the proving ground for the prototype of the new model. Riding the prototype will be Carlin Dunne, who won the 2018 edition of the race. The race will be held on June 30, so we don’t know the results as we go to print, but we do know that the Streetfighter V4 derives directly from the sporty Panigale V4. Essentially it has just been stripped of its fairings, and fitted with high and wide handlebars. The high performance of the 1100cc Desmosedici Stradale is kept in hand by aerodynamic profiles specifically designed for this model. “The Streetfighter V4 will be one of the stars of the Ducati World…

1 min.
rst launches new airbag project at the tt

Continuing its commitment to high-end safety protection, RST has unveiled its new integrated airbag at the Isle of Man TT. And with its status as Official Safety Partner at the world-renowned racing event, RST has been working to create a special ‘Road Racing’ algorithm to keep racers safe on the iconic Mountain Course. With the help of Ian Hutchinson and the Isle of Man’s travelling marshalls, RST has been testing its new technology throughout 2019 – putting its kit through its paces at one of the world’s most demanding races. The general public are going to have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on one of RST’s new integrated airbags though, with the official release set for March 2020. If you’re interested in finding out more about the…

1 min.
honda files patents for the cb125x and cb125m

The CB125X and CB125M are by far the coolest beginner bikes from Honda (or any manufacurer, come to think of it) so far, even if they’re still just concepts that were shown at the EICMA show in Milan last year. But now Honda has gone and filed patents around the two concepts. We’ve seen the patents, and they are pretty close to the prototypes. So, what does this mean? Are we going to get these little A2 bikes on the road? Hard to say. It’s entirely likely that Honda is doing little more than protecting its ideas with this bit of legal stamping on the models. But wouldn't it be great if the upright roadster and the small adventure bike were available for the next generation of motorcyclists?…