Автомобили и Мотоциклы


November 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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I’m not a big fan of music in your helmet, or of being able to take and make phone calls when riding. 1 like the solitude of the journey. Alone, inside your own head as a kind of meditative exercise, interspersed with repeated singing of the same song verses. A 570 mile 12 hour jaunt down the east coast, on the new BMW R18 (picture, left, two days later in Northamptonshire) gave me lots of time to think. Here’s what I remember… » 1 (Romping south from John o’ Groats to Inverness) Isn’t Scotland a fantastic place to ride a motorcycle. Amazing scenery, great roads, hospitality (even in Covid times) and haggis. I definitely need to get back again. Soon. But, given that all this is on our doorstep, how come so…

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every dog has its day

‘Dani Pedrosa has been testing the KTMsince last year, and hisinfluence should not beunderestimated’ KEY SPECS Engine: 1000cc DOHC V4 with pneumatic valves Power: 265bhp+ at 18,000rpm Weight: 157kg Fuel capacity: 22 litres Fuel economy: 15mpg Suspension: WP, fully adjustable Brad Binders win at Brno - the first MotoGP victory for him and KTM - stunned the racing world. It wasn’t just the fact Binder’s a rookie, it’s also that his KTM was presumed a middle order scrapper, not a race winner. So what happened? Here are the key factors: » The RC16 has taken a leap forward. The KTM was never short of power, but now it is faster than last season - at Brno, Pol Espargaro’s KTM was fifth fastest through the speed trap, ahead of the Yamahas, Suzukis and Hondas. After the Austrian MotoGP his…

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grayson’s chopper

If you think celebrity owned custom bikes don’t get ridden, then Grayson Perry’s Gobstopper is a breath of fresh air. ‘My perfect thing is to get out of London before afternoon rush hour and ride up through Essex and Suffolk for a couple of hours,’ explains the artist. ‘It’s done about 5000 miles, though it’s not a wet weather bike, the water comes off the front wheel and then gets blown back into your face.’ The bike was built by Neil Sefton at Sykes Harley-Davidson in Sussex, working to Grayson’s brief and using a mix of off the shelf aftermarket parts and custom made components, including the super wiggly exhausts. Gobstopper has also been to America as part of a three part TV series; Grayson Perry’s Great American Road Trip. ‘It’s about…

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braking news

[ELECTRIC] What Erik did next When the most innovative motorcycle engineer of his generation says he’s working on something, ‘incredibly exciting’, you listen… Erik Buell has blazed through motorcycling leaving a trail of innovations, from rim-mounted brake discs to mass centralisation, from underslung exhausts to fuel in the frame. And now the ex-racer is applying his engineering creativity to urban electric bikes. ‘What we see at the moment are either really expensive motorcycles like that stupid Harley-Davidson [the Livewire] or cheap Chinese things,’ Erik tells Bike. ‘Credit to the Chinese companies – at least they’re making electric vehicles – but they break down a lot and the sad part is they then get dumped on streets or thrown in rivers and become part of the problem. We don’t want to make throw-away junk to…

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beside the seaside

Thanks so much for the Social Distance story (Bike, Sept). After such difficult times it warmed the cockles and inspired me to get back out and have my own special ride to the seaside. I live in the north west of England and so decided to head to Southport with my old riding friend Simone, for fish and chips and the aim of recreating your ride. I wasn’t expecting any real parallels between your adventure and mine but as it turned out I could have actually been along for a ride with you guys… Unlike you we did manage to set off on time, however, ten minutes down the road my dash flashed up with a fault code a la the Ducati V2 Mike was riding. Fortunately the trusty ‘turn it off…

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a 570 mile day on the r18

» In normal times there would have been a ‘normal’ press launch for the R18, instead of which I lowered myself onto the bike for the first time at 9am on a Sunday morning at Mey, on the northern tip of mainland Britain. It was ridden there, as part of the Great Malle Rally, by Bike contributor Jordan Gibbons. There was no engineer’s briefing and minimal information about the new bike. Ahead was a one-day, 570 mile slog back to the East Midlands, so the most important question about BMW’s most significant new bike in years on this chilly morning - does it have heated grips? The R18 might have been made for the Pacific Coast Highway, but the North Sea route between John o’ Groats and Inverness is almost as spectacular,…