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Fast Bikes June 2019

Every issue of Fast Bikes is fuelled with high-octane definitive sportsbike tests, hardcore riding and invaluable 'regulars' too. In depth insider news, behind the scenes race features, practical and usable advice in the Riding, Bike and Legal Masterclass sections, and exclusive columns from current MotoGP, World and British Superbike racers. It’s an unmissable package

United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
what a difference!

The clocks have sprung, the outdoor heating’s been cranked up a few notches and every which way I look there’s a motorbike. This is the best time of year. That part of the season where you’re gagging to get out and ride just for the sake of it… or typically for the tea and cake at the other end of a blast (I’m not here to judge). We’ve been pretty manic the last few weeks, eating a lot of cake, riding all kinds of bikes in all kinds of places and generally having the best of times, and if the ‘You and Yours’ pages are anything to go by, so have you guys. It’s great to see your antics and hear what you’ve got planned, so keep the correspondence coming.…

1 min.
the fast bikes trackday in association with bridgestone and no limits is back for 2019

Were you on the Fast Bikes magazine trackday last year? If the answer is a big fat YES, then you’ll know just how much of a laugh it was. If the answer is no, then you can rectify that sin and get booked on for a day of tracked fuelled frolics! We will once again be returning to Cadwell Park for a day of summer spanking – so make sure you block out Monday, July 1 on your calendar right now. This year, we’ll be running alongside our buddies over at No Limits Trackdays, who’ll be doing a grand job of running the event as well. The day will be run across a usual trackday format, with groups for Novice, Intermediate and Advanced – meaning there’s a session fit for everyone. To…

1 min.
aprilia rsv4 x revealed

You can read all about the new RSV4 1100 Factory in a few pages time, but until then, this should whet your appetite… Dubbed the RSV4 X, it’s really limited – only ten will be made. And it’s laden with eye-popping trickery: for example, how does a MotoGP-spec gearbox sound, with neutral at the bottom (or top) of the shift pattern? Or a blueprinted 1100 motor, with more aggressive camshafts to get the extra gee-gees, which is hand built by the firm’s race division? Not bad aye, and it’s also bloody light as well. The weight loss comes from a few areas: full carbon bodywork, titanium and carbon Akra exhaust, and forged Marchesini magnesium wheels. It also goes large on the brake calipers: Brembo’s GP4-MS calipers, which are the latest race-rep calipers…

1 min.
world of kawasaki day announced

If you’re a fan of Kawasaki, chances are you won’t want to miss their ‘World of Kawasaki’ event, which takes place at Donington Park on Sunday June 30. If you fancy it, you get a proper experience from Kawasaki with a load of bike-based action to look forward to. This includes track sessions if you’ve got your own Kwak, demo rides with the brand spanking new 2019 Kawasaki models on the road, and even Kawasaki Rider Training Services, which will let you ride a Z125 or Ninja 125 for the very first time. There’s also going to be stunt shows from Lee Bowers, and even a load of bouncy castles and trampolines for the kids, alongside stalls and a whole host of entertainment. For more info, check out www.kawasaki.co.uk. Oh, and if you’re…

1 min.
classic suzuki trackday returns for 2019

Into your old Suzukis? Well Suzuki GB, alongside their Vintage Parts Programme, have just announced that their Classic Suzuki Trackday will return in 2019, at Cadwell Park on June 29. There’s some big names going, including Terry Rymer, Phil Read, Steve Parrish, Danny Webb and Pete Boast, while an all-star machine line-up consists of no less than four RG500s, two XR69s, one Lucky Strike RGV500, the Team Classic Suzuki Katana race bike and the renowned Vintage Parts restoration collection, including the GSX-R750F, GSX-R1100L and TL1000S. On the day, track action will be split into four groups – with spaces available for £139 – covering Novice, Two-Strokes, Under 750cc, and Over 750cc. There will also be a number of race bike parades. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a paddock area with displays,…

5 min.
tried out

R&G WATERPROOF ROLL-TOP RUCKSACK TESTED BY: Charlie MILES: 300 Wet TIME: 3 Months PRICE: £44.99 WEB: www.rg-racing.com Having arrived at R&G’s offices in a torrential downpour I had to present to the guv’nor with some damp documents and a few soggy copies of Fast Bikes after a colossal bag failure… although thankfully the laptop survived. Between us it did me a favour though, as I was then presented with the R&G Waterproof Roll-Top Rucksack for my return journey. This is a great size for a day bag, complete with two padded shoulder straps and a chest buckle that holds the bag firmly in place. The back of the pack is also padded, which adds to the comfort, and although the lack of a belly strap concerned me at first I found at speed it was not…