Cars & Motorcycles


September 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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‘Riding a bike feels so precious after we were all denied it’ That’s better, isn’t it? It feels so good that the motorcycle world is back up and running. Obviously, there are still restrictions on what we can do but just riding your bike, going to a bike shop and being in the company of other riders feels so precious after we were all denied it. Long may it continue. A decent-sized chunk of this issue is dedicated to adventure bikes. Like many of you, I’ve come through the sportsbike thing and started to click with adventure bikes in my middle age. I can’t get enough of them now — from the comfort they afford to their go-anywhere ethos. I’m not alone, as thousands of British bikers have done the same in…

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star picture

Copmere End, Staffordshire I passed my test in October last year and bought a Svartpilen 701 in November knowing I wouldn't get many opportunities to ride over winter. Come spring and the lighter evenings and… well you know the rest. Once the restrictions lifted, dad and myself decided to pop to ‘Roy Went's View Point’ overlooking Cop Mere in Copmere End. Here’s hoping the good weather continues and more rides get me to 600 miles and my first service. Jolyon Walker Get your bike in RiDE & win a BikeTrac system Each month the Star Picture will win a BikeTrac security tracker with a year’s BikeTrac subscription. As well as helping recover your bike if it is nicked, it logs journeys and gives live battery voltage information, too. How to send us your photos Email your…

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your rides

Trough of Bowland, Lancashire My first ride out after the restrictions were eased and my first-ever blast on my Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX, which was delivered just as lockdown began! A great ride through the Trough of Bowland with my son, Adam, on his Yamaha XJ6. Andy Waterhouse Dungeness, Kent A quiet moment after riding down from Lewes on my KTM 790 Duke to look at the Dungeness power station. It was my first ride after lockdown and very strange to see Camber Sands so empty. Marcus Thompson Brighton I took a post-lockdown ride to Brighton with two friends, a total of 180 miles covered on our Suzuki SV650, Honda VFR1200 and Triumph Daytona 675. Jack Smith Glen Douglas, Scotland This is my Honda NC750X DCT and my son-in-law Charlie's Kawasaki ER-6f on the Glen Douglas in Argyll…

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getting back on track

‘I’ve just picked up my new Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. I’ve had 26 bikes in four years and I may have just found the perfect one.’ Keith Cox ‘Here’s my youngest son, Karl, on a rideout to the Phoenix Café near Whitchurch. It was sunny, warm and a steady trip.’ Kai Samlofski ‘A quick shakedown on my black Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6, alongside my partner Alan Hedley. We did almost 1000 miles in four days.’ Justine McDonald ‘My friend, Ian Streets and I bagged this selfie at Goole marina after a socially distanced ride back from Shipley.’ Chris Hood ‘I took this picture of my Honda NC750X outside Hoghton Tower during a 40-mile casual bimble around my local area.’ Peter Johnson Sign up www.facebook.com/groups/ride5000miles…

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‘if tarmac was laid in heaven, this’d be it’

MY HOME COUNTY of Lincolnshire has some great riding, great roads and even half-decent scenery... but not so much in my particular corner of it; I live a good 20 miles in any direction from a decent piece of tarmac. So my favourite ride isn’t exactly local; it starts six hours and forty minutes, or 374 miles, from my gaff — not what you’d call convenient. But at least it means I’m never likely to take its splendour for granted. I live in envy of riders who have the A82 and A87 on their doorstep — and it’s why I dream of living somewhat closer there myself, one day. The A82 gets into its stride snaking out of Glasgow, winding alongside Loch Lomond before ending up in Crianlarich. This is a…

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local knowledge

Best day to ride Being in the heart of tourist Scotland means there’s never a queue of traffic. But, as you’d expect, tourist traffic can be a pain, crawling up the hills in holiday season and the ever-present risk of wild cyclists hogging the road. Best bit The run out of Invergarry up to the view overlooking Loch Garry on one side, then the summit with Loch Loyne and Loch Cluanie to the left and right is simply ferociously awesome. It’s the section that makes my heart beat faster just thinking about it. Be careful For some reason, the first set of bends out of Tyndrum always confounds me; stringing them together into a coherent sentence is tricky and it reminds me of the Verandah on the Isle of Man TT circuit. Best place to eat The…