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Motorcycle Sport & Leisure

Motorcycle Sport & Leisure October 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.
do not disturb

Are we really paying attention to what we do on the roads? Public relations management is a dark art. I have witnessed some very clever PR gurus putting a 'spin' on things and completely changing public opinion about the subject at hand. But it doesn't always work. For instance, calling the M25 a motorway rather than a rolling circular car park was never going to fool anyone. You can’t even pretend it’s a decent car park. Over the last month I have spent far too many hours on this soul-destroying stretch of Tarmac. Friday rush hour there makes medieval torture seem like just a bit of harmless fun. And that's even if you're on two wheels and manage to make more progress than most. However, crawling along in the middle of such a…

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…

1 min.
hands-free phone ban for drivers ‘should be considered’ says dft

According to reports on the BBC, drivers could be banned from using hands-free mobile phones in England and Wales if a group of MPs gets its way. Current laws give the ‘misleading impression’ that hands-free options are safe, they warned. While it has been illegal to use a handheld phone at the wheel since 2003, using a hands-free device creates “the same risks of collision”, the Commons Transport Select Committee said. An expert told the committee that taking a hands-free phone call caused “essentially the same” amount of distraction as being at the legal limit for alcohol blood level in England and Wales. A public consultation on the proposal should be published by the end of 2019, the cross-party group said. Since March 2017, motorists caught using a handheld phone have faced incurring six…

1 min.
first ‘noise’ cameras trialling on real roads

A couple of months ago we heard the first news that the UK is to undergo trails of the so-called ‘acoustic cameras’ – new tech where microphone-enabled roadside gadgets can pinpoint vehicles with loud exhausts. Now the same technology has gone on live trial in France. Sited in the Yvelines region near Paris, specifically on the 17-corner rider’s road in Saint-Forget (take note of this specific detail if you’re out that way), the units have been given the snazzy name of ‘Medusa’, according to the newspaper Le Parisien. So far, so Orwellian, but here’s the rub. It’s reported that on one Sunday the multi-microphoned unit on this particularly nice bit of road indicated 450 ‘peaks of noise’. What that means in terms of how loud the vehicles were, nobody is saying right…

4 min.
city slicker

If you live in a city and want a cool-looking bike to commute, zap around, and maybe have a bit of fun with too, the Scrambler Icon might well be on your shortlist. To see if it should be seriously considered, I had a chance to sample the bike at its birthplace in Bologna, Italy. Riding the Icon out of the Ducati factory gates into the city was an exhilarating experience, but the high temperature and relentless sun had turned the city into an open-air sauna, so I soon headed for the hills just outside town. After just a few hundred yards you start to appreciate the relaxed riding position with the low seat (798mm) and roomy peg positioning. It's easy to grip the tank with your knees for more support if needed.…

1 min.
ducati scrambler icon

Price: From £8150 Engine: 803cc, L-Twin, Desmodromic, 4 valves, air cooled Power: 73bhp (54kW) @ 8250rpm Torque: 49lb-ft (67Nm) @ 5750rpm Transmission: 6-speed, chain final drive Frame: Tubular steel trellis frame Suspension: (F) USD Kayaba 41mm fork, 150mm travel; (R) Kayaba rear shock, pre-load adjustable, 150mm travel Brakes: (F) 330mm disc, radial 4-piston caliper; (R) 245mm disc, 1-piston floating caliper. Bosch Cornering ABS as standard equipment Wheels: Light alloy; (F) 3.00” x 18”, (R) 5.50” x 17” Tyres: Pirelli MT 60 RS; (F) 110/80 R18, (R) 180/55 R17 Weight: 173kg dry, 189kg wet Seat height: 798mm Contact: scramblerducati.com/en…