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Motorcycle Sport & Leisure

Motorcycle Sport & Leisure March 2021

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.

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United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

4 min
aprilia tuono v4 1100 factory

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory on track Before the test, I thought the Aprilia would be outdone. It was updated in 2019, with new semi-active suspension from Öhlins, but it is essentially the 2015 bike (which is when it first jumped up to 1100cc capacity). On the dyno (see box out) the Aprilia recorded a true 157bhp, which isn’t bad, but down on the competition. I thought this comparatively ‘old’ model with the least power would struggle, especially at the track – but I was very incorrect. The fuelling is excellent, the best of the bunch, which allows you to dial in the power with accuracy. The clutchless gear changes are also perfect, again the best of the group. The sound, the way the V4 revs, are lovely – like a fine…

2 min
to plug or not to plug?

Recently, I experienced a puncture whilst riding my R1200 RS. Tyre pressure sensors gave adequate early warning, a layby suddenly appeared to pull into, and breakdown cover meant I was quickly recovered home from my middle-of-nowhere location. All ended well. However, it got me thinking about plugging a tubeless tyre. I purchased a kit and, while waiting for the tyre to be replaced, practiced on the punctured tyre. It was a straightforward process and after 20 minutes it was done. Thirty-six hours later it was still holding the correct psi. I now carry a repair kit and pump if only to act as a talisman to ward off any more flats. Is tyre plugging okay to get home and then replace, or good to carry on using for the remaining tread life…

1 min
bullit motorcycles unveil scrambler-style hero 250

Bullit Motorcycles have announced their new scrambler-styled machine, the Hero 250 model. Offering the same scrambler-styling of the Hero 125 and the entry-level Hero 50, the 250cc version is powered by a single-cylinder liquid-cooled Twin Cam 4-stroke engine. Featuring upside-down front suspension, the Hero 250 also comes with a Fastec Swingarm spring oil damper, which has been specifically developed for the all-new machine. The bike will cost £3,999 and comes with a two-year warranty. For more information, visit bullitmotorcycles.com/en…

4 min
maynard hershon

A few days ago I rode with the club. There were 10 of us, eight were on Gold Wings, one on a recent GS and one on a V7 Moto Guzzi. One would think, and you are invited to correct me if I’m wrong, that my little Guzzi should have been able to ride circles around those behemoths. The entire ride was on winding two-lane roads in the Rocky Mountain foothills, lightweight Guzzi country – you would think. I fell into line about three bikes from the front. One mile later we turned on to a twisty, uphill road. I realised that I was having to chase the riders in front of me, having to gas it hard coming out of each corner to maintain the gap in front of me. I’d…

3 min
test fleet: suzuki v-strom 1050 xt

It’s always cold. It’s often dark, wet and slippery. But it’s still fun. Now I know plenty of you might take me to task with the last of those points, but to me winter riding can still be worthwhile. I’m certainly not saying it’s a joyous period, and there’s a lot of stuff I don’t care for. Even so, as I enter my 45th successive winter on two wheels I don’t feel so demoralised. Ready to take it on the chin No doubt part of the reason for the more philosophical outlook is because I’ve got a good motorcycle and some high-quality riding kit. Better still, the bike, my V-Strom 1050 XT long-termer, has just been improved to make travelling in the cold weather and along lower grip routes all the more…

4 min
slides, books and videos

Moving some stuff out of my Mum’s flat a few weeks ago we came across boxes of photos and slides. While photos require no special equipment to view them, slides require a projector, light and a screen of some sort. Sadly this technology morphed from the reserve of the half-decent amateur photographer to the holiday snapper and a staple of 70s culture was born. “Why don’t you pop round and I’ll show you my holiday slides?” Originally this was not a cheesy chat-up line, but a genuine invitation to glasses of sangria, Ritz biscuits with fish paste, cheese and tinned pineapple chunks on sticks, and three excruciating hours of snaps of George in his budgie smugglers by the pool in Torremolinos projected in biological detail 8-foot high on the lounge wall.…