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July 2019

RiDE helps you get more from your motorcycle. Put together by a team of enthusiastic experts, with help from thousands of committed readers, every issue of RiDE is full of recommendations on bikes, kit, routes, destinations and technique. We speak directly to our readers about their biking lives & use our expertise to steer them towards the good-value option in bikes, trips and kits. We’re famed for our regular Product Tests and eery month provide a comprehensive used-bike buying guide, helping potential owners find the right bike at the right price. Finally... every issue features touring guides and riding advice to help readers explore the world on their bike.

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welcome... ... to a celebration of awesome roadtrips

I BLOODY LOVE luggaging-up and disappearing for a few days, especially if there are twisty roads and amazing scenery as the reward at the other end.This issue of RiDE is designed to inspire with suggestions of great places to ride and help when you get there.Pulling together the mag brought up the debate about what exactly is a sports tourer, as the rise of the adventure bike means the traditional faired sports tourer is in decline. Bikes like the Kawasaki Z1000SX and Honda VFR800 are now joined by a multitude of machines and I reckon a sports tourer is any bike you can do a decent distance on and still enjoy when you get to your destination. So I reckon that means we all own them in one form…

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EDITORIAL Editor Matt Wildee 01733 468086 matt.wildee@ride.co.uk Deputy editor Martin Fitz-Gibbons 01733 468091 martin.fitzgibbons@ride.co.uk Art editor Andrew Beswick 01733 468102 andrew.beswick@bauermedia.co.uk Product editor Jim Blackstock 01733 468015 jim.blackstock@ride.co.uk Editorial assistant Colleen Moore 01733 468099 colleen.moore@bauermedia.co.uk Features writer Kev Raymond ridemagazine@orange.fr Contributors Stuart Collins, Jason Critchell, Gareth Harford, Simon Hargreaves, Justin Hayzelden, Simon Lee, Jacques Portal, Jon Urry, Simon Weir, Chippy Wood ADVERTISING Commercial director Gareth Ashman Group commercial manager Rhonda Janes 01733 366445 Head of key accounts Shaun Collin 01733 468229 Classified Samantha Creedon-Grey 01733 366365 Jessie Hutchings 01733 366376 MARKETING Sarah Norman 01733 468845 MANAGEMENT Managing director, motorcycling Rob Aherne Editorial director June Smith-Sheppard Group MD Rob Munro-Hall Chief executive Paul Keenan…

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what the experts say

Highways England said: “Smart motorways are good for road users: they add extra lanes giving extra space so more people can travel; they use technology which makes journeys more reliable; and evidence proves they are as safe as traditional motorways, which are already among the safest roads in the world… For future schemes we will be reducing the maximum space between emergency areas to around one mile, where practical. All of this is being done to help road users feel safer.” Edmund King, AA president, takes a slightly different view: “The first ‘smart’ motorway was deemed to be relatively safe, with emergency refuge areas every 600-800m. Then the goalposts were moved without any consultation and spacing between ERAs was increased. From the outset the AA — and others from…

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what do bikers think?

’In theory; a good idea…’ “In theory; a good idea to help maintain a more constant flow of traffic. In reality though: loss of hard shoulder is a fatality waiting to happen; the use of signage is appalling, with lanes closed or opened miles before or after necessary. Adrian Williams ’My bike was within inches of fast-moving traffic’ “I got a puncture on a smart motorway and the scariest thing after coming off was the fact my bike was parked within inches of the fast-moving traffic. Then when the tow truck arrived, it had to park half on the slow lane.” Michael Perry ’I slid into one of the emergency refuges’ “A mechanical malfunction resulted in me parting company with my…

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torque show

IF THANOS (evil space-Goliath from the Avengers films) rode a bike, it’d be this: the 2019 Triumph Rocket 3. Packing a brand-new, bigger-bore, shorter-stroke 2458cc engine, this titan claims 168bhp and a gut-curdling 163lb·ft of torque.This is the enlarged heart of Triumph’s new Rocket 3 TFC or Triumph Factory Custom. This means while it’s a production bike, it’ll only be made in limited numbers (just 750 worldwide) and cost a whopping £25,000.Components, as you might expect, are pleasingly posh. Brembo’s Stylema front brake calipers are as on the Ducati Panigale V4. Showa suspension (fat 47mm forks, new monoshock rear) is fully adjustable. The round TFT dash comes from Triumph’s Scrambler 1200. Hill-hold control, two-way quickshifter, cruise control and lean-sensitive rider aids are standard. And yet the Rocket’s trademark touches…

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your next great ride

AFTER MONTHS PEERING out through a misting visor at a landscape limited to brown, grey and beige, the countryside is coming alive once again. Crisp yellow fields of rapeseed, bright blue spring skies and, most welcome of all, the lush return of rich green vegetation framing the road.If you’re saving your year’s big ride — perhaps one of the destinations in our sports-touring special (p32) — for the height of summer, you might be looking for somewhere closer to home to start building the miles back up. The Wye Valley, straddling the border between Wales and England, is a perfect starting point.It’s the original don’t-miss destination for British travellers as far back as the 18th century. While the Napoleonic Wars made travel to continental Europe a bit tricky, it…