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April 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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‘chrome and simple pleasures’

» I’m not expecting sympathy, but making Bike in the middle of winter is a challenge. When we took this photograph the thermometer was hovering just above freezing and the Northamptonshire countryside didn’t look very inviting. Fair play to Mike, in leather jacket and jeans*, he’s doing a better job of trying to make it look like we’re on a pleasant spring time ride than me, hunched up and shivering.Still, even in those conditions the new Royal Enfield 650 twins come across as feel good bikes. Thrumming engines, shiny chrome and simple pleasures. Great value too at just £5500 for a desirable bike with a three year warranty. That has to be a good thing, but there are loads of other value items in the motorcycling world. We’ve…

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big picture

NOT BAD FOR AN OLD FELLA » 2019 testing for the MotoGP season kicked off at Sepang, Malaysia on 6 February, the day Bike went to press. The first tests of the year are a pleasing reminder that the northern hemisphere winter will soon be over and the GP season will begin at Qatar on 10 March. This is Valentino Rossi, not dawdling, on his Yamaha, ten days before his 40th birthday, and about to begin his 23rd year in the Grand Prix paddock. That’s impressive. ■…

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trad’ new ducati

Welcome back trellis X85R: unlikely to barge its way through Single Vehicle Approval WITH ITS V4 and cast aluminium chassis, the Panigale is the furthest Ducati’s sportsbike has ever strayed from their trademark features. No trellis? Twice as many cylinders? Mad.Traditionalists will therefore rejoice at the X85R. The work of Italian chassis experts and race paddock stalwarts Pierobon, it’s a V-twin in a steel trellis frame, with a single-sided swingarm and even up-and-under pipes.Sold as a kit for late four-valve twins (899/959/1199/1299), Pierobon showed the frame a couple of years ago but are only now in production. It’s made from the same chromoly tube as was used for the 999 and early MotoGP bikes, with small changes to the Panigale’s rake and trail. The idea…

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exotica for newbies...

» When you’re taking your first steps into motorcycles it’s nice that there’s plenty of solid, friendly machines to nurture and encourage. You know, like the Honda CB500F, Royal Enfield Himalayan, KTM 390 Duke... and, of course, the MV Agusta Brutale 800 and F3 675. As well as revealing fabulous blue colour schemes for 2019, the Italian brand have approved the two rowdy triples in 35kW form (46bhp) to suit those riding on a restricted A2 licence, ‘giving younger and less-experienced motorcyclists the opportunity to experience an MV’. Given the observations in our Big Test (see p82), let’s hope they’re not put off. ■…

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coals to newcastle

» Norton have sorted a deal to flog their bikes in Japan. Part of a series of deals announced during a UK visit by the Japanese prime Minister, it’s worth a huge wedge of cash and should lead to more jobs at the Donington Hall factory. ‘Norton have an agreement with our distributor PCI Limited which will run over a five-year term to manufacture over 1000 bikes and will achieve an estimated value of £20m,’ said Kay Johnson, head of sales. ‘We very much look forward to growing our workforce to support the demand for motorbikes in this territory and continue to build a strong trading business with Japan.’ ■…

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Save £950 Suzuki SV650X » Has ever a bike been so much to so many as the SV? First big bike, club racer’s fave, fine commuter... and always top value (see group test, p40). The X version with clip-ons and screen is £6199, but Mission (01908 047268) have a pre-reg 68-plate bike at just £5249. Save £5000 Aprilia RSV4 RF » The range-topping RSV4 has a slightly larger V4 this year. Most of us won’t tell the difference, which makes 2018 models a steal. 201bhp, unbelievable handling, class parts and ace electronics for £14,999 from Wheels, 01733 666590. That’s a £5k saving. Yes, five thousand pounds. Save £1600 Kawasaki H2 SX » There’s just nothing like Kwak’s supercharged H2s. Ignore the claimed figures –…