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Fast Bikes August 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.
worth the wait!

It’s been a corker of a month; not only has the sun decided to make an appearance, but I got the chance to ride one of my all-time favourite motorcycles. Admittedly, I should probably be shouting about the V4R on the cover, but it was the 999R that really got me buzzing. Ducati made something special with that bike and it didn’t disappoint. As for the V4R, let’s just say it was worthy of all the hype and caused a fair few scuffles in the office because we were all gagging to get our hands on its keys. As special bikes go, it was right up there. It’s a shame Ducati didn’t allow us to test it in last issue’s USB special, and not being able to try it out…

1 min.
winged ducati v4 streetfighter revealed

Here at Fast Bikes, we love a good supernaked. And after being tempted for so long by the spy shots and rumours of Ducati’s naked offering, we’ve finally been treated to the first official information on the prototype Streetfighter V4 – and it’s pretty damn naughty. Just as we’d all hoped, it’s derived directly from the Panigale V4, but has lost the fairings, and has been fitted with high and wide handlebars. Ducati are using the monstrous 1100cm³ Desmosedici Stradale powerplant for good measure, and say it has ‘aerodynamic profiles specifically designed for this model’ – or wings, for us regular folk. Yep, wings, on a naked bike. The V4 Streetfighter made its debut at the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, where it was going to clean up, before a tragic…

1 min.
the nitro world games are coming to the u.k!

Enjoy watching people doing insane stunts? Well, look no further than the Nitro World Games… There’s a certain something special about having a load of pros doing ridiculous tricks off massive ramps, isn’t there? We absolutely love it, and now there’s a great opportunity to see one of the biggest competitions on its first time out of the U, S of A… The Nitro World Games will be taking place in Wales next year, where more than 100 of the very best action sports athletes will invade the Principality Stadium on May 23-24. If you head along, you’ll be able to see five different disciplines: Freestyle Motocross, BMX Best Trick, BMX Triple Hit, Skate Vert and Scooter Best Trick. Fancy it? Tickets are on sale now, from https://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/nitro-world-games-tickets…

1 min.
dainese launch independent airbag

Airbags, they’re everywhere now, aren’t they? Well, they’re about to become even more common, thanks to Dainese’s new Smart Jacket. Available to be worn underneath any type of top, jacket or leathers, the Smart Jacket requires absolutely zero connection to the bike and is actually fully foldable as well. It’s available in different versions for both men and women, and even has a new stationary impact protection for the first time. Pretty smart, aye? This is a pretty big breakthrough in bringing airbag tech to the masses, and will be available from July for £569.95.…

4 min.
tried out

ALPINESTARS MM93 SUPERTECH GLOVES TESTED BY: Carlos MILES: 2,500+ TIME: 8 months PRICE: £300 WEB: www.alpinestars.com It’s no secret, I’m a sucker for snazzy designs and bright colours. So, when Alpinestars announced that they were releasing a Marc Marquez replica set of gloves (and indeed boots), I couldn’t help but get drawn in like a moth to light. I’ve been wearing Astars gloves for as long as I’ve been able to afford them, and like the previous GP Pros I was wearing before, they literally fit, well, like a glove. I know the sizings aren’t quite suitable to everyone, but for me they’re perfect, and even though they’re a top-of-the-range glove laced with protection, they didn’t take a long time to run in either – one session, and they were bedded in nicely, which is probably…

5 min.
geared up

TCX MOOD GORE-TEX 24/7 BOOTS Although we love Blighty, there’s absolutely no guarantee about what the weather is ever going to do, which is exactly why Gore-Tex kit is becoming incredibly popular. Being waterproof and yet still breathable, the TCX Mood Gore-Tex boots are fitted with ‘Extended Comfort Footwear’ technology, which keeps you dry, cool and comfy, while the full soft grain leather and fully CE-Certified protection at the malleolus (sticky out bits on your ankle), toe and heel areas keep you safe. They look pretty posh as well if you’re all about the looks, and are available in both black and brown. RRP£149.99 www.nevis.uk.com KTM TWO 4 RIDE JACKET KTM have always been renowned for being pretty edgy, and their range of clothing, or ‘Powerwear’, proves that wholeheartedly. This here is their TWO…