RiDE February 2021

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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Deep mid-winter is always the toughest time to be a motorcyclist. It’s freezing cold, the weather’s crap and the roads are caked in salt and slime. There are two ways to approach it: don the bar muffs and hit it head on or, aside from the good days, hunker down and start planning and scheming for next year. If you fall into the latter, our Live The Dream special should be right up your street. For many of us, it’s hardly been a classic year, but that should make us more determined to get the most out of 2021. My dream for next year? One of these three: the epic N-260 in Spain; a big off-road adventure; or maybe finally do a road-trip with my wife. You can read all three in…

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star picture

Aboyne, Highlands Since going from a naked to my new 2020 Kawasaki ZX-6R in the summer, I’ve fallen back in love with riding. This is my favourite location in Aberdeenshire, the B976 back-road past Aboyne, somewhere I often find myself stopping for a coffee from my flask as I head towards the Cairngorms. I have recently been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and I don’t know how long I have left until I’m not able to ride, so each and every day on the bike is a blessing. It’s easy to forget how fortunate we are and how our motorcycles give us the freedom and opportunity to find such tranquil locations. Get your bike in RiDE & win a BikeTrac system Each month the Star Picture will win a BikeTrac security tracker with a year’s…

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your rides

Spain I’ve just come back from a fantastic trip through Spain with my friend and best mate, Buddy the spaniel. We took the ferry from Portsmouth to Santander and then rode on my GS through the Picos and across to Portugal before riding down to the Costa del Sol and then up to Ruidera, Caspe and Jaca and on through France to the Eurotunnel. The roads were absolutely fantastic and whether you wanted straights, sweeping or mountain passes, it had it all. I thoroughly recommend this route, especially if you’re travelling with your four-legged best mate. Chris Bannatyne and Buddy Derwent Dam, Peak District This is the Non-Hairy Bikers at the Derwent Dam on probably the wettest day of the year. We travelled from Essex to enjoy four nights in the Peak District.…

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thanks for the memories

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‘it’s where i did all my learning’

SWINDON-BASED KTM 790 Adventure owner Paul must have a thing for steep learning curves, let alone tarmac curves. He’s 46, been riding for only three years and has crammed in 10,000 miles on three bikes: his first, a Yamaha XT660R, then a Tiger 800 and, for the last six weeks, he’s been the proud owner of a KTM 790 Adventure. “The Tiger was very forgiving; the KTM is less forgiving but I’d much rather have this sort of visceral experience,” he says. A software architect by profession, Paul’s a thorough and precise kind of rider. “I like to think of riding in terms of science and maths – the physics of it,” he says. “That really helped me when I learned to ride; I spent time learning how the bike behaves…

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top tip #1

“The area around Lambourn is full of stables, stud farms and horse-training centres. So it pays to remember you’re in racehorse country. Typically, they aren’t as keen on bikes are we are; I take it easy and ride with consideration and respect.” TOP TIP #2 “While the views are amazing – especially around Hackpen Hill – you can’t take your eyes off the road for too long. A lot of older folk also appreciate the scenery, and the car parks can get busy with people pulling out into the road at a snail’s pace!”…