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BIKE

January 2020

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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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12 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

2 min.
‘wobbly knees and palpitations’

To highlight the amazing deals that are available on last year’s models we’ve had a 2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke R on test. You can read Mike Armitage’s considered verdict on page 66, but here’s my unconsidered opinion; it’s flippin’ amazing. At tickover the raucous clatter and harsh notes from the Akrapovic exhaust sound dangerous. It gives you wobbly knees and heart palpitations in the way that a Honda CR500 motocrosser would. Well, maybe not quite that terrifying. But when you climb aboard the power delivery is smooth, controllable and calm. Until you dial in some revs and then everything goes absolutely hatstand bonkers. I can’t even begin to imagine how much better the 2020 version is but I’m looking forward to finding out. And I’ll join the queue for…

3 min.
predictably unpredictable

with Julian Ryder Bike’s racing expert, went to his first race in 1963 AT THE START of the season I predicted it was possible for Ducati to win the MotoGP championship plus the World and British Superbike titles. Well, one out of three ain’t bad… Now things have come into stark focus it is easy to analyse my mistake. Simply put, it’s Marc Marquez. It’s easy to forget he started the season in recovery from a major shoulder operation, which should have affected the first quarter of his season at least. There was no noticeable effect. Jorge Lorenzo also started with a recently repaired wrist. Surely, went my reasoning, Dovi would open up a useful lead while the Repsol team mates were getting back up to speed. And even if Ducati failed…

2 min.
small is the new big

with Mark Williams Bike’s launch editor and custom builder The end of season Kickback Festival of Bikes in Cheltenham’s Town Hall is one of our regular haunts, and this year threw up a fascinating central theme – smaller capacity machines. And, for my money, the most impressive was a Honda FTR-based street-tracker built by Tim Cumper from Somerset. Having seen a few FTR 223s on a visit to Japan many years ago Tim acquired his one from BridgeMoto, Reading. It’s a Japan-only model that comes in various guises from commuter to faux dirt-tracker, and features an air-cooled SOHC engine which puts out a modest 19bhp. The motor is only shared with the CB223S (another Japan-only model). Tim left the engine alone while substantially reworking the rest of his bike. There’s a set of…

1 min.
events

» 16-19 January, 2020 MotorBike Expo, Verona, Italy Now described as ‘the world’s largest custom bike event’. Expect a truly massive show – over 170,000 folk turned up last year. ‘At MBE, the gearhead could feel the motorbike love from every stand,’ says Chabott Engineering’s Shinya Kimura. And that’s good enough for us. motorbikexpo.com bikes there will also be a number of rare proddie and concept machines on display. So, it’s well worth the long haul flight. the1moto.com » 14-16 February, 2020 Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show, Docklands Last year’s event boasted a fine display of custom builds from across the country and for 2020 the good people at Carole Nash and MCN are promising an even larger area dedicated to what turns us on. Tickets are on sale now and if you move…

4 min.
the adventure interview back in the saddle

with Lois Pryce Ridden in 60 countries, on 250cc trail bikes, since 2003 » Where are you right now? I have completed my trip and am back home in England. » Where’ve you been? I completed the first section of my trip in July 2018. I took a flight to Anchorage, Alaska, where I bought my bike. I picked it up on 3 July 2018, and started my journey on the same day. First I went to Prudhoe Bay (the northernmost point in the Americas) then to New York via the Yukon, British Columbia, the Canadian prairies and some relatives in Toronto and Montreal. After this first, 8000-mile section of my trip I shipped my bike back to England. Then in April 2019 I rode from the UK to Moscow where I handed my bike over to…

1 min.
events

» 23-26 April, 2020 Horizons Unlimited Travellers’ Meeting, Virginia, USA Get yourself one of those Hertz BMWs (see above) and head across country to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to join the Horizons gang for the 5th Virginia Travellers’ Meeting. Presentations, demos, tech clinics and all the usual fun stuff. horizonsunlimited.com/ events » 7-9 February, 2020 Overland Winter Warmer, Northants The Overland Event’s mid-winter get-together promises an intimate, if potentially chilly, gathering of hardy two-wheeled travellers. But your ticket price does include a bowl of warming stew as well as talks, workshops, music, camping and (thankfully) hot showers. overlandevent.com/ winter » 1-3 September, 2020 The V.I.N.C.E, Spain Europe’s biggest off-road navigation event, hosted by adventurer Austin Vince, moves to the Aragon region, home to mountains, gorges and ancient ruins. All crisscrossed by hundreds of miles of trails.…