Motorcycle Sport & Leisure November 2020

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
12 期号


covid made me do it

It has been a year of extremes in many ways, and in some strange way I guess it’s fitting that the same is true of my relationship with riding motorcycles. I’m not quite sure how it happened, but something has changed in me. Or maybe motorcycles have changed. Or I could have been brainwashed by some really clever and subtle marketing, who knows. What I do know is that I have been more drawn to the extravagances of motorcycling than ever before. I have gone both slower and faster this year than I have done in a very long time; I spent a good amount of time trying to stay still and learn to control a trials bike; and I tried to minimise the time it took me to go round…

motorcycle sport & leisure’s contributors...

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. Peter Henshaw Peter is our history man – he’s written more than 60 books and is a former editor of this very publication. Now a freelance journalist, he writes about transport of all kinds, though bikes are really at the heart of it all. He’s an all-year-round rider who does not own a car. Stuart Barker Stuart Barker has been a freelance motorcycle journalist for 17 years, writing for most of the major bike titles. He has written biographies of Barry Sheene, Steve Hislop, Niall Mackenzie…

triumph trident ‘design prototype’ unveiled

Triumph has released photos of its new Trident ‘design prototype’, and promised to turn this into a brand new roadster bearing the famous moniker by next springtime. Apart from the pictures, there is not a huge amount of detail available about the bike. We know it will be powered by a three-cylinder engine, and since there has been no mention of the engine being brand new, it will most likely come from existing stock. We don’t know which of the triple engines that Triumph has will be used, and given that the Trident was broadly referred to as middleweight roadster, it could be either the 888cc, 765cc or 660cc powerplant – maybe there will be more than one option in time. On the other hand, the chassis is said to be all new,…

honda updates its 500cc range

The changes to the 500s aren’t massive, we’re only talking colours and emissions here, but the EURO5 update is a must for the bikes to remain on sale, and since Honda has sold over 92,000 of these bikes since their introduction in 2013, you can appreciate they want to keep them in the range. So, what are the new colours? Well, the naked CB500F gains two new colours, blue and yellow, while the sporty CBR500R gets new graphics and logos. The CB500X adventure machine will come equipped with a red rear sub frame, in tribute to the Africa Twin. Interestingly, there is a big difference between who rides these bikes. Honda’s research shows that 46% of CB500F and 29% of CBR500R owners are new riders. Conversely, 90% of CB500X riders are already…

beta days back in action

New for 2020, Beta Experience Days launched just as the Covid-19 storm started to gather force. Not letting the initial setback dampen their spirits, the Beta team are now back in action with Covid measures in place. Aimed at road riders, this new activity is backed by Beta UK and is fully equipped with a wide range of two- and four-stroke, lightweight Beta enduro machinery. Designed as a fully guided ‘arrive and ride’ concept, Beta Experience Days supplies the bike, equipment (helmet, boots, goggles, clean clothing and body armour), fuel and refreshments. The full Beta Experience Day package costs £220. and 2020 dates and locations are online now at or contact Wayne at / 07802 572023.…

indian offer you can’t refuse

This is not only the season when new bikes are revealed, it’s also a great time for bargains. And one such deal comes from Indian Motorcycle, who’s making its model year 2019 FTR 1200 models available from £9999 until the end of the year. If you fancy the 1203cc American V-twin muscle bike, you can grab the FTR 1200 Base starting from £9999 (normally £11,899), and the more upmarket FTR 1200S from £10,999 (normally £12,999). That’s a cool saving of a couple of grand! Of course, such a good deal makes us think that Indian is eager to shift stock and make sure it has enough space in the showrooms for something else… But what could that be? We reckon there’s something exciting coming from Stateside in the next few months.…