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Motorcycle Sport & Leisure

Motorcycle Sport & Leisure September 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.
the times they are a-changin’

In this issue we have gone big on electric bikes. I appreciate that it will divide opinion, but it felt like the time was right to have a good long look at what's happening on the greener side of the fence. Some will find it interesting, others will call it sacrilege – personally I haven't yet decided which camp to join. But I know we’d better start swimming or we'll sink like a stone, for the times they are a-changin'. Over the last few years electric bikes have developed at a staggering pace. The batteries have got smaller, the range bigger, and the overall riding experience more akin to what you would expect from a motorcycle rather than a milk float. The latest electric bikes – the ones we’ve tested for…

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. 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…

2 min.
a motogymkhana experience for msl subscribers

If you have never seen or tried Motogymkhana, the best way to explain it is that it's like trying to complete a slow-riding course set out with traffic cones as fast as you can. It takes practice, patience and a sharp mind – for a better idea, have a look at some of the incredible YouTube videos of the sport. Motogymkhana is also a great way of developing your riding skills. Controlling the bike through tight bends, zigzags and circles is tricky – and remembering which way the course goes is even harder. But once you get the hang of it you can feel your riding improving immensely. It's great fun, you can do it on your own bike, and you don't need to be a racer to take part. Everyone…

1 min.
off-road style from yamaha and deus

The partnership between Yamaha and Deus has produced some cool bikes over the years. Since 2013 there has been the Deus SR400 'Lightning', the XJR1300 'Eau Rouge' and the XV950 'D-Side', based on original Yamaha models. The latest offering, the Swank Rally 700, is a Deus customised XSR700. The XSR's 689cc twin-cylinder motor and the lightweight chassis formed the base for the new project. With off-road entertainment and action in mind, Deus mounted a Yamaha Super Ténéré 1200 front end, including forks, to the XSR, along with a 19in front wheel. Softer springs were used to account for the lower weight of the XSR700 and an Öhlins mono-shock rear was used to balance the suspension. Kineo tubeless spoke wheels were fitted front and rear, wrapped in Metzeler Karoo rubber. Custom work includes a…

1 min.
suspension that automatically lowers your bike when you stop

First unveiled last year in prototype form, Showa’s new EERA Heightflex suspension system is rumoured to be available as soon as 2021. In essence, it’s a shock absorber, which will automatically lower the height of your bike as you reduce speed, making it easier for riders of a shorter stature to reach the ground as they come to a stop. Admittedly, it’s not totally new technology. Suspension manufacturers have been working on this kind of system for years. But Showa’s system doesn’t have chunky electric motors or control systems. Instead, the system consists of a small hydraulic pump, which works to maintain the pressure of the shock absorber (when you’re on the move) via a small electronic valve. When the pressure is correct the valve closes, the pump stops and the suspension…

1 min.
triumph extends free breakdown cover

Owners of a new or pre-owned Triumph motorcycle bought at an authorised dealer will benefit from free, extended breakdown cover of two years, an extension of 12 months on its previous offer. The plan covers owners at the roadside and at home, and also includes recovery in the UK and 20 other European countries. Developed in partnership with the RAC, it covers riders if they break down or are involved a road traffic collision. It also covers any other riders when they have the owner’s permission to ride.…