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BIKE

July 2019

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
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H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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‘amazing machines, astonishing prices’

» This is me enjoying the sound of the off-beat engine rhythm with subdued background gear whine of a Honda V4 at tickover. The fact that the old VFR750F has got gear driven cams makes me very happy. For a mass-produced motorcycle they’re an over-the-top engineering solution, but they’re what makes the VFR really special. This issue of Bike began as a conversation in a van with deputy editor Mike Armitage. Scudding across the East Anglian Fens in a Mercedes Sprinter we marvelled at the fact that bikes we’d tested a few years ago, when they were new and we had more hair, now cost (relative) peanuts. A frenzied internet search, conducted via smartphone from the Merc’s passenger seat, revealed an impressive amount of pre-loved temptation close by. Diverting our journey to…

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most powerful triumph…ever

‘Bigger, fatter, lighter and festooned with technology…’ BIGGER, FATTER, LIGHTER and festooned with technology, this is Triumph’s new Rocket 3. Concerned their previous three-cylinder behemoth was a little ho-hum with just 2294cc, they’ve formed a new engine from pure wallop that displaces 2458cc – the largest bike engine in production. It’s the gruntiest, too. With much more over-square dimensions than the old motor, the 110.2 x 85.9mm inline triple uses titanium valves and is claimed to dish out over 163 lb.ft of torque. That’s twice as much as Ducati’s bonkers Panigale V4. Peak power is stated as more than 170bhp, which is 13% higher than the previous Rocket and makes the new bike the most powerful Triumph have ever made. This tyre-tormenting output is fed to the six-speed gearbox through a slip-assist clutch,…

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chooser

Save £6950 H-D Ultra Limited » No, that figure isn’t a typo. Discounted Harleys aren’t common and used values are astounding, yet Blade (01865 735121) are flogging pre-reg 2018-model Ultra Limiteds for £17,995. That’s almost £7k off. Four-year-old bikes with 10,000 miles on go for more money. Save £1000 Aprilia Shiver » Overshadowed by flash supernakeds. But imagine a grown-up SV650 with easy-access 896cc, 95bhp twin, MV-style composite chassis, electronics and rock-solid handling. List is £7999 but Wheels (01733 358555) are happy with £6999 – £3k less than a Ducati Monster 821. Save £2900 Honda F6C » The opulent Gold Wing got stripped back to create the F6C. With its 1832cc flat six the power cruiser is a quality thing, spoilt only by its ambitious almost-£19k pricing. It’s just slipped out of the range though, so there are…

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the most fun bike…

THE SVARTPILEN 701 could just be the bike I’ve been waiting 20 years for. The latest offering in Husqvarna’s bijou street bike range differs from the Vitpilen, that preceded it by a year, in many details, but one fundamental way: the height of the bars. Svart’ has scrambler type controls bolted to risers on the top yoke, Vit’ has clip-ons. Further detail differences are: the new bike’s 18in front wheel; chunky tyres; headlight surround; ‘Scandi-noir defines the look, the crackers motor sets the tone’ 15mm longer suspension travel at both ends; front mudguard featuring long fork guards, and different seat unit with its asymmetrical proto number board. Husqvarna’s product manager mentions a flat track influence when he lists these differences. I can see a subtle echo from the American oval, but it’s not…

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great things come in small(ish) packages

WHILE DUCATI’S 950 Multistrada doesn’t have the headline-grabbing numbers and features of the 1260 version it is actually smoother, has greater agility and more than enough performance. And it costs less. In fact, the only place it loses out to the 1260 is in the fancy bits department – but even this is now resolved with the new 950 S version. A new inertial measurement unit (IMU, also now fitted to the base 950) brings lean-sensitive traction control and ABS. There are cornering headlights, a hill-hold system and self-cancelling indicators, backlit switchgear, plus a two-way quickshifter and cruise control. These new arrivals add convenience, refinement and attach a warm fuzzy feeling to the 950, previously the reserve of the top-end models. ‘It’s fast, handles crisply, and has a healthy dose of Ducati…

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specifications

Price from £13,501 Engine 937cc 8v V-twin Power 111bhp @ 9000rpm Torque 71 lb.ft @ 7750rpm Top speed 140mph (est) Rake/trail 25˚/106mm Wheelbase 1594mm Wet weight 207kg (claimed) Seat height 840mm Tank size 20 litres Economy 48mpg (est) Colours red and grey Availability now Bike verdict Almost flawless and definitely the pick of the Multistrada line-up. However, we can’t help thinking the base 950 (no semi-active, TFT, cruise or cornering lights) still looks even better value at under twelve grand. Bike rating 9/10…

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