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Fast Bikes July 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.
blade runners...

Remember when CDs ruled the world and a 99 whippy ice cream actually cost 99-pence? Those were the days, eh. Time takes no prisoners, and that message hit home loud and clear on this month’s cover test. The original Blade was before my time, but the 929 hit the mark when they launched it back in 2000. It was a piece of kit, fuel injected, with a digital speedo and brakes that could actually stop you. But even that was trumped when the GP-esque RR hit the scene in 04, only to be gazumped in turn when the 2008 iteration metaphorically smashed its predecessor’s back doors in. I raced one in Stock 1000 in 2009 and thought it was a right weapon, as fast as any bike could get and…

1 min.
triumph release their mental rocket iii

Firstly, Triumph looked at the outgoing model and decided that, really, 2.3 litres just wasn’t enough. Who can argue with that? It means that the new machine is powered by an utterly massive 2.5-litre engine, with a claimed power figure of 170bhp – making it the most powerful Triumph ever to leave the factory. Oh, and the most interesting part? It will make an absolutely whopping 163ft-lb of torque, which is not only a new record for Triumph, but also for production bikes as well. Utter madness. It’s not just the engine that’s been pimped up either, as Triumph have gifted the Rocket III with a whole host of other goodies as well. New Brembo Stylema brakes should offer a beefy amount of stopping power while new Monoshock suspension and a…

1 min.
silverstone resurfacing is a go

Remember all the misery last August? Sitting in the pissing rain waiting for absolutely no racing whatsoever? Well finally, there’s confirmation that change is on the way. Okay, it’s not that MotoGP is heading to Oulton or Cadwell, but at least Silverstone is getting a full resurface… whoop whoop! There’s been months of speculation around the situation, and it’s finally been announced that the work will start on June 10, with a full resurface taking place over the course of the month by a different company. The biggest job is to improve the drainage, alongside slightly different gradients which will all be done with some proper trick high-tech machinery, which will be finished in July. Funnily enough, the very first race at the circuit will be Formula One in mid-July which should…

1 min.
ktm reveal motogp fan packages

If you’re a big fan of the GP paddock and want to get involved in one of the fan grandstands, you wouldn’t go far wrong with venturing into the orange corner. With bikes in all three classes there will be absolutely no shortage of cheering to be done, and you could even get on the Aperol Spritz for the ultimate orange experience. If it sounds like some of you, the KTM Fan Package includes your entry ticket, KTM grandstand seating, a KTM bag, T-shirt, cap, lanyard and earplugs. Oh, and if you want to make the road trip to KTM’s home race in Austria, there is even dedicated KTM parking, which is pretty cool. Fancy it? Well, the packages are available at these rounds, with more details at www.KTM.com: Round 5: Le Mans,…

1 min.
race rep yzf-r125 anyone?

We loved Yamaha’s YZF-R125 on the launch earlier this year – there’s only so much you can expect from 125cc, and it delivered. But if it wasn’t sporty enough before, it’s just taken a step up. Yep, we’ve all seen an abundance of Repsol-rep CBR125s, but now it’s Yamaha who’ve gifted their littlest sports bike with ‘factory’ treatment, meaning you can now pick up a Monster Energy Rep that matches the MotoGP bikes muscled around by Rossi and Viñales. The YZF-R125 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition is expected to hit showrooms by the end of May 2019 priced at £4699, which is £200 more than the standard model. Better than spanking your money on fake Monster stickers though……

1 min.
new aprilia deals announced

Fancy yourself a new Aprilia? Well there’s not been a better time, with a host of new deals announced across the range. If range toppers are your tonic, Aprilia are offering their £21,499 RSV4 1100 Factory on a 4.9% PCP finance plan, which requires a 20% deposit. If PCP deals aren’t your thing and you fancy a naked, the Italians are offering the new Tuono V4 1100RR and Tuono V4 1100 Factory which will come equipped with a free Akrapovič slip-on exhaust – as will the faired RSV4 1000 RR. Aprilia are also offering a whole host of deals on their smaller capacity bikes, from the Shiver 900 and Dorsoduro 900s to the little Tuono 125 and everything in between, meaning there is (probably) something for everyone. For more info, head over to…