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Fast Bikes January 2020

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.
new year, new bike?

What have you got on your list for Santa? New socks? Beer tokens? Or what about a new bike? There’s something about this time of the year that gets my juices going for a new playmate (of the motorised variety), keeping me up all night as I skim through used bike ads on my phone. What do I want? That’s the big question, being up there with how much I want to spend and how on earth I’m going to get the missus to agree? The truth is there are so many brilliant options on the used market, at prices even my credit limit could afford. Right now I’m hung up between a first generation Aprilia RSV Mille, an ‘04 Fireblade and a 2005 GSX-R1000. With choices like those I…

4 min.

APRILIA UNVEIL 250CC BUDGET RACER Ever wish you were young again? Well we do now, after checking out Aprilia’s new RS 250 SP… Built to be run in a one-make feeder series for Moto3 and beyond, the new RS 250 SP has been developed alongside minibike makers Ohvale, and will have some of the best kit in the biz; with Brembo brakes, Öhlins adjustable suspension, Marchesini 17” rears (with Pirelli rubber) and an SC Project exhaust system to boot. This will all be suited and booted with a purpose-built chassis and a detuned engine, which will allow nippers from the age of 11 to compete on a proper stage. The championship will be on a six race calendar as a class in the Campionato Italiano Velocità - CIV Junior 2020 championship (basically, Italian…

6 min.
“a lot of inspiration for the design of this model i actually found in the character of the joker!”

FB: It’s fair to say, the crown jewel in the Ducati range this year is the Streetfighter. When did you start designing it, what was the aim and where did your inspiration come from? JF: They asked me back in 2017 to start the design for the Streetfighter V4, and from the beginning we all wanted something that looked mad. Although strangely, the brief was that this bike must be very usable in the city – as good as it is on track! Ducati wanted it to be good in every situation, from slow speed traffic, to long journeys with a pillion – but to also perform as a superbike, which was crazy at the time for us to create. This is why a lot of inspiration for the design of…

5 min.
tried out

AUSTIN RACING V3 150MM TESTED BY: Carlos MILES: 4,000+ TIME: 6 Months RRP: £849.99 WEB: www.austinracing.com I don’t entertain a lot of proverbs, but for me ‘loud pipes save lives’ makes a lot of sense – and they don’t come much louder than this utter monster from Austin Racing. See, when I picked up my ‘termer for the year, I wanted something loud and lairy that would echo that stunning scream of a 600cc, and having always fancied a stubby, the 150mm V3 can and link pipe from Austin Racing seemed like the perfect tool for the job. Firstly, it wasn’t too much of a pain in the ass to install; although it removes the main cat, the high flow cat remains in place so it’s literally a simple case of dropping the stock piece off,…

5 min.
geared up

GERBING XRL HEATED GLOVES Yeah, it’s bloody cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop riding – oh no. Gerbing, with their new range of heated clothing for 2020, want to keep you rolling all-year round, and their new XRL gloves will do just that. Featuring new MicroWirePRO heating elements throughout, the gloves offer a greater distribution of heat than ever before, while a battery harness and Y-lead allows them to be charged either directly from the bike, or via a rechargeable battery. It’s not just about the heat though, as the XRL gloves also offer complete knuckle protection, an integrated visor wipe and a touch screen pad on the index finger – alongside a lifetime guarantee on the heating elements. Nice. £179.99 www.gerbing.co.uk ALPINESTARS LIMITED EDITION MOTEGI MOTOGP SUPERTECH R…

10 min.
the ultimate middleweight?

Here at Fast Bikes magazine, we absolutely love a middleweight. And in reality, the baby Panigale has always been the ‘middleweight’ puppy in the Ducati sports bike family; a bit softer, a bit easier, and nowhere near as savage in terms of power, price and general riding experience compared to the brutality of riding any of their full-blooded litre weapons anyways. Yet even so, the outgoing 959 was a little lethargic, and not the most exciting tool in the shed, nor was it entirely comfy and completely user-friendly. Mercifully, Ducati have been back to the drawing board. Against tradition, they’ve dropped the numbers from the name, so following on from the 749, 848, 899 and 959, comes the V2. Oh and thankfully, it’s not just the name that’s been given…