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Motorcyclist January - February 2019

Each issue of Motorcyclist combines the excitement and color of today's cruisers, sportbikes, naked bikes and touring machines with credible information on road tests, riding gear, safety issues, riding skills and new products.

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10 Issues


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giving the u.k. the nod

(ADAM WAHEED) MOTORCYCLISTS ARE ACCIDENTAL Anglophiles. If you’re not a fan of Triumph’s latest back-road bombers on page 38, or the classic lines of Clay Devening’s BSA on page 20, then surely you’re a fan of the crescent wrench, or the disc brake, or the reflective cat’s eyes embedded in our roadways. Invention alone would make Britain well worth featuring in this year’s travel issue.That steady pace of innovation explains how Royal Enfield could entrust the development of its new twins to a new U.K. design and development shop in Leicestershire, and how southern England could become the fertile field from which a company like Oset would build the thrilling frontier of electrified trials machines on page 34. But for all its technological accomplishments, Britain’s biggest successes are very human,…

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DAVE HUMPHREYSWhile Dublin-based writer Dave Humphreys is passionate about anything motorized, his first love is motorcycles. Over the years, he’s ridden nearly everything, from vintage scooters to the latest sportbikes, dirt bikes, baggers, and tourers. In this issue, Humphreys gives us a close look at roadracing in the northern U.K. on page 15. KENT KUNITSUGUAs the longtime editor-in-chief of Sport Rider magazine, Kent Kunitsugu has a wealth of riding knowledge stemming from 46 years in the saddle. He’s done everything from racing the Isle of Man TT twice to touring Europe and Japan by motorcycle, and has more than two decades’ worth of racing experience. His look at Royal Enfield’s latest twins can be found on page 60. CHRIS NORTHOVERFrom international roadracing to the Scottish Six Days Trial and…

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every dirty inch

Acheson’s Leap at the Armoy Road Races. The sweeping bends and jumps are as thrilling for the riders as they are for spectators. Pictured are Adam McClean, Davey Todd, and Paul Jordan, three up-and-coming stars of the future, leading the way in the 600cc Supersport race.Irish roadracing at the Tandragee 100 isn’t about the glamour. Paddocks adjoin fields, and with inclement weather a common thing, cling film is used to keep the tires clean when bikes are pushed to the circuit. Once on the grid, regular tire warmers are fitted, just like track racing bikes.James Cowton skirts the cemetery walls at Church Bends during the post-TT Billown races. Michael Dunlop, son of five-time TT winner Robert, holds the outright lap record here after wrestling a Suzuki GSX-R1000 superbike around at…

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me & my bike

BIKE 1962 BSA A65RIDER Clay DeveningAGE 69HOME Lexington, VirginiaOCCUPATION Retired Dentist“Other than my family, it is the most continuous part of my life.” I BOUGHT IT IN 1972. If I had been able to wave the magic wand and get the bike I wanted, it would have been a Triumph Bonneville. Two of my buddies had Bonnevilles, and I loved BSAs, British bikes, but I just happened to be slightly fixated on Triumph. And so, when a classmate said, “I’ve got this bike, $350, it’s a BSA,” I said, “Oh, well, it’s not a Triumph Bonneville, but it’s a BSA.” I have to admit, I wanted a bike with a 2-gallon tank. That’s a 4-gallon tank, and skinny little chrome fenders, and not such large side covers, just because I…

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crowd question

If you could have any British bike, what would it be and why?1. “Triumph Rocket. No replacement for displacement. The torque and the stance. Amazing. No other bike like it.”ROHIT NANDAL2. “Norton Manx, as my father used to ride when he was young!”NOWELL HOLMES3. “The one I have now, a 2017 Triumph Explorer XRx, because I had a 2005 Tiger 955i and I loved it for 10 years. The new Explorer is just as much fun to ride, with a nice dose of technology and an increase in power. Ride anywhere, anytime.”BRIAN MARSTON4. “A Triumph Speed Triple, because sometimes I just want to let it rip.”DAVID SCHULTZ5. “Triumph Tiger Tramontana. The bike Triumph won’t give us, lol. I’ve spent a lot of time scheming how to make my own.”MARK SCHERRENS6.…

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sopwith-abc factory, 1921

It’s easy to forget just how much the world owes the British motorcycle industry. An explosion of boutique brands in the early part of the 20th century made the island nation a forge for innovation. We know big names: Vincent, Norton, Triumph, and BSA, but the U.K. has been home to more than 600 different motorcycle marques over the years. Sopwith-ABC was one of the most progressive. Designer Granville Bradshaw was obsessed with building a smooth, comfortable machine, and in 1919 he developed a 398cc bike for Sopwith. The company was eager to find something to do with its sprawling factory and workforce after its military contracts dried up following the end of World War I. Bradshaw’s motorcycle was revolutionary, featuring a horizontally opposed two-cylinder, over-square engine with a roller…