BIKE May 2021

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BIKE is packed with road tests of new bikes and inspirational riding stories, with fantastic places, amazing races and extraordinary people. Created by a passionate and expert team of motorcycle riders, Bike makes you feel part of the amazing motorcycling world. Our three main areas of content are... Road tests: We ride and test all the latest bikes, from tourers to retros. Riding: We take motorcycles to the four corners of the UK, and the four corners of the world Extraordinary travel stories: amazing races, extraordinary events and astonishing bike people.

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In the words of the famous philosopher Doris Day: ‘Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.’ I’m not 100% sure that Ms Day was referring to motorcycle ownership when she made this statement, but it seems to apply perfectly to the natural accumulation of a few additional machines. I mean, if one bike is good then two must be better. Right? Though as with indulgence in anything, we all have a personal limit before elasticated waistbands, empty wallets or a lack of space call a halt to proceedings. Bike contributor James May knows the score. He looks delighted (left) with his accumulation of machinery. Who wouldn’t? Opening the garage door to three Fireblades, three classic Hondas and that fantastic green Moto Guzzi would enrich anyone’s life. In fact, a…

14 min.
5 bikes that really matter this month

‘Wings make a difference, but this isn’t an F1 car, which isn’t a car. It’s an upsidedown plane’ [DUCATI MOTOGP] Why so fugly? This year’s Ducati MotoGP bike is one of the most brutal-looking race bikes ever made. Blame the aerodynamicists Ever since Ducati showed up with a MotoGP bike with wings in 2015, the team have consistently led the aerodynamic way and this year’s bike is the most aggressive-looking yet. Naturally Ducati are cagey about what they’re up to, but our aerodynamics experts are more forthcoming… What are the changes from last year’s bike? ‘The big difference is in the side of the bike where there is a large cut,’ says Giovanni Lombardi, an aerospace professor specialising in automotive aerodynamics at Pisa University, Italy. ‘That cut is there to stabilise the airflow over the side…

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braking news

[ SPIN DOCTORS ] Trust me, I’m a Doctor Persuading riders to get advanced training is a tricky business. So why are doctors succeeding where the Peelers struggle? For most of us, there are few things more painful than being lectured by a policeman, so police forces’ well-intentioned efforts to persuade motorcyclists to do advanced rider training often struggle. But a small team of doctors have a solution: let them do the talking. ‘The problem is that motorcyclists see the police as enforcement and often don’t want to speak to them. But if you put a doctor on a bike, they’re really keen to engage,’ says Dr Rob Dawes, a consultant anaesthetist and critical care doctor on air ambulances. Every weekend during the riding season, Rob volunteers for the DocBike charity, riding to popular biking…

2 min.
deals on wheels

£175pm HP Kawasak Ninja 650 » You can get 0% interest on all Kawasakis below 650cc, minimum deposit just £99. And the offer is for Hire Purchase (HP), which means once the monthly payments are complete the bike is all yours, with no optional end fee or the need to hand it back PCP style. We’d go for the sporty-yet-practical £7247 on-the-road Ninja 650, which has the image of the ZX-10R (sort of), the performance to stand with rivals and a better finish than older Kwak 650s. Pop £1500 down and it’s £175 a month for three years. £121pm HP Lexmoto Vendetta 250 » Steer your phone towards and discover 0% hire purchase on any bike or scooter in their range, up to £3500. This means interest-free deals on two-wheelers from Lambretta, CFMoto and…

5 min.
just why is the twin in?

Since all engines follow the same laws of physics, you probably wouldn’t expect the wide variety of engine layout options that are available to us. After all, being the result of cold, dead logic, electric vehicles show a much smaller variation (at least in the eyes of engine engineers). Throw human decisions, different target applications, and brand differentiators into the mix and you have a cornucopia of potential engine solutions… But what are the trade-offs with these options? Well, to avoid too much variation let’s just think about a fixed capacity and 4-stroke, 4-poppet-valve cylinders. Any combustion engine is an air consuming device so it must be capable of flowing the minimum amount of air for the power required. How much air a hole will flow allows sizing the intake valves,…

5 min.
‘girls handed out free pernod’

I went to the 1999 Bol with my bro’, each of us on identical Honda Firestorms (VTR1000), along with friend Chris on his Triumph Trophy 900. A wall of noise and 24-hour imbibing of alcohol was de rigeur and for many years the publicity girls at the entrance handed out free mini-bottles of Pernod. Camping in the ‘British triangle’ near the end of the 1.8km Mistral Straight ensured maximum howl of racing engines. To all those who went during the years 1990 to 1999 I raise a glass and toast you. Santé. The T-shirt? I’m having it framed because it’s now too worn to wear. Alan DuJon, email Assault and battery I agree with Neil Milligan (Bike, March) – it’s good that Bike takes electric motorcycles seriously. And so you should. However, I do take…