RiDE November 2020

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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…to a world of naked bikes. BMW’s GS might be the best-selling bike in the UK but as a category, naked, unfaired bikes are the default setting for British bikers. It’s easy to see why; as a rule, they work better and deliver more sense of involvement at the speeds we’re forced to ride at on this congested isle. I’ve had a wonderful month riding all manner of nakeds but my favourite is Yamaha’s brilliant-value MT-07; plucky, spirited and with a motor that’s overflowing with flexibility, for most of us it’s all the bike we need, if we’re honest with ourselves. I even preferred it to Kawasaki’s’ deranged, 200-horse Z H2. You can read the story on p48. Enjoy the mag EDITOR…

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your rides

Scottish Highlands My brother bought a new KTM Super Adventure R on Friday. We left the dealer, turned right and headed straight to the Highlands for three days. He was delighted with his new toy. Colin and Brian Reid Alto Campoo, Picos de Europa This was taken just above the clouds in early July after lockdown was lifted. I’m on my Triumph with friends Thomas (VFR) and Eddie (Africa Twin). We had a great week of ride-outs from our base in Potes. Gary Marshall Wankum, Germany This is not the most magnificent place I have ever visited on two wheels but it sure did make me giggle! Pavel Vebr Béthune, France My first ride abroad in Béthune, France. It was a five-day trip to Cambrai with my Triumph Street Twin and my partner on his BMW R…

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escape to the country

‘I had a fantastic evening ride in London on my Triumph Thruxton. No traffic, empty streets and I couldn’t resist a couple of photos.’ Peter Phelps ‘I stopped for coffee and cake at Matlock Bath after a 150-mile ride on my VFR750. There were plenty of cracking bikes out!’ Duncan Saunders ‘I purchased a Honda CB125F when bike dealerships reopened to get back into biking. This is the beginning of a dream and I’m loving it.’ Ola Alara ‘I’ve been trying to get out as much as possible. It gives you freedom when you’re riding to and from work and helps keep you happy!’ Hayden Young ‘I’m riding across Europe on my 2000 Fazer 600. I have no plan and want to see what I can do for myself, without help or assistance.’ Mandell…

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‘twisty alpine hairpins and lovely views’

ALASTAIR DALEY’S GOT a long and distinguished biking back story, having owned around 30 bikes since his first Fizzy back in 1974. “I like to find routes that avoid large towns, have less traffic, involve elevation and remoteness,” he says. He also enjoys a solid bit of foreign touring (Nordkapp and back via Sweden and Denmark a couple of years ago, for example) but living close to the edge of the Peak District National Park means he always has the option to look for that remoteness without having to put in big miles, which is where this route comes in. “It’s only 35 minutes from my house to the start point at Ashbourne, so it’s viable for an evening run or in winter when the days are short. It’s got…

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local knowledge

Best time of day to ride “Weekdays, late morning or early afternoon and evenings are great.” Best corner “Some lovely hairpins into Crowdecote but there are good bends all the way round.” Be careful at… “The quarry near Longcliffe - lots of lorries and dust and gravel on the roads in the week (quieter at the weekend). Speed cameras can pop up on the A515 and A523/A52. There are some bends that tighten up on the B5056.” Best place for a cuppa “The Old Smithy Tearooms at Monyash is my favourite café in the world - lovely fry-up and cakes. The Royal Oak in Hurdlow does great steaks and there’s a good chippy in Longnor.” And also remember… “There are fuel stations dotted around the route but some smaller ones might be closed in the evenings. Best bet is…

4 min
what really affects your insurance premium?

‘There are myriad variables that affect what you pay’ INSURANCE ISN’T JUST desirable, it’s essential - you can’t legally ride without it. But the cost of cover isn’t as black and white as the requirement to have it. There are myriad variables that can affect how much you pay for a policy, many of which you can legitimately change for a more favourable quote. To illustrate how the cost of insurance can vary for the same person, we sought quotes through a well-known comparison site for an average RiDE reader: male, 51, full and clean UK motorcycle licence held for 20 years, with three years’ no-claims, looking to insure a 2015 Kawasaki Z1000SX valued at £5400. Location We got two control quotes, one for urban Leeds, the other for rural Oxfordshire to see how…