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Fast Bikes

Fast Bikes September 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.
a bit different

In a world so tepid a mouse’s fart can seem offensive, a good solid blast on an audacious, barking stroker often proves just the tonic. It’s mad to think this iconic engine type is now all but extinct, unless you scratch deep enough down a dealer’s used stock aisle and take your pick of the RGVs, NSRs and RS250s that seem to make up the modern mainstay of this sector. But the chances of coming across a Bimota V-Due are up there with Boothy buying you a pint at the bar – it’s not going to happen. Considering there were only ever 500 units planned and just over 300 built, they’re a pretty rare specimen by any model’s standards. I remember seeing one years ago, listening to its burbling on…

2 min.
yamaha unveil new 2020 r1 & r1m

Okay, it might not be completely new, but Yamaha are the first to offer up their 2020 superbike contenders. As predicted, its evolution rather than a revolution… So, what’s new? Well, for starters, although Yamaha are keeping the same 998cc crossplane crank powerplant as before, they’ve been busy eeking out any extra advantage they can find; the biggest change being the newly designed finger-follower rocker arms and cam lobe profiles that allow for more stable valve moments, which has in turn upped the high-end rpm performance – something that will be incredibly handy in full-blown superbike trim. There’s also a new intake system with 10-hole Bosch fuel injectors giving a more efficient burn, and a reworked exhaust system, which will pass the ever-tightening Euro5 emissions laws while still keeping some solid…

1 min.
the r1m…

If the standard R1 just doesn’t do enough for you, Yamaha have gone the extra mile on the ‘M’ once again, giving it the very latest Öhlins NPX gas forks, which is an incredibly clever piece of kit. They have a small gas cylinder integrated within the fork axle, which actually reduces the fork oil cavitation (you know, an empty bit) which happens on the rebound stroke, giving a better all-round feel on the front end. The M has also been on a serious diet, with carbon fibre front fairings, mudguard and tail section shedding some weight, alongside a set of magnesium wheels and a magnesium sub-frame for good measure. Each bike will also come with its own engraving plaque and unique production number as well.…

1 min.
triumph pull the covers off their daytona moto2 limited edition

Ladies and gentlemen, finally, the news we’ve all been holding out for: Triumph officially confirm they’re building a Daytona 765 – and for starters, a limited run of Moto2 Limited Edition models. With the official launch of the 765 not until the British Grand Prix at Silverstone later on this month, specifics at the point of going to print are still a little shady, but we have managed to nab some of the juicy deets to whet your appetite. The new Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition will naturally be the highest ever spec’d Daytona to date, with a whole host of new rider tech and also the highest ever power and torque figures for the model – and indeed any production 765cc to date. It’s then been draped in a special…

1 min.
ducati release the panigale v4 25° anniversario 916!

Can you believe it’s been 25 years since the iconic 916 was released? No? Neither can we… Either way though, we’re bloody glad it is, as Ducati have just treated us to their very own tribute: the Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916, of which only 500 numbered models are to be made. Using a V4 S as the base, Ducati have nicked some bits of the V4R to make things that little bit tastier; it has the same cut down front frame from its winged companion, alongside that incredibly iconic dry clutch (with an open clutch cover), and the new, updated Traction Control EVO 2 electronics system. It’s not just a lovechild of the V4S and V4R though, as the Anniversario has been gifted a set of Marchesini Racing Forged magnesium wheels, a smart…

4 min.
tried out

SHARK RACE-R PRO + RICH-ART CONCEPTS PAINTJOB TESTED BY: Carlos MILES: 5000 TIME: 8 Months RRP: £589.99 + £700 WEB: www.nevis.uk.com + www.richartconcepts.co.uk In my humble opinion, it’s silly not to wear the best and most protective kit on the market while doing silly things at stupid speeds, and to me, there’s nothing more important than getting the very best protection possible for my melon. I’ve had a few different brands of lids of the years, but in all honesty, the fit of the Shark was definitely the best for my shape of head right from the off; I can genuinely say that it’s the first time I haven’t had to wear it in for a load of short distance rides to be perfectly comfy. If it isn’t quite right, Shark actually have a whole range…