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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

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…

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…

2 min.
ten minutes with stefano strappazzon… ducati panigale v2 project manager

FB: What was your aim and priority for the V2, when looking to evolve the 959? SS: It’s hard, because we wanted to improve everything. The start was the chassis, because we wanted to make the bike more enjoyable on road, while maintaining a very high level of performance. So the chassis and suspension set up we worked hard to improve, and then the engine power as well, alongside the electronic control. That is a huge improvement, and is the highest level of evolution alongside any range-topping superbike. FB: You say about the electronics being the same as a range-topping superbike… why doesn’t it have launch control like the V4s? SS: Ah, see, this bike is not completely race track orientated that way – it’s made for road and track, so we didn’t…

2 min.
motard mania

The ingredients are simple; lots of torque, no fairings and ’bars wide enough to hang your washing on. Supermotos really are simple beasts, and if you rode through the late nineties and early noughties there’s every chance you either had one, or knew a mate who did. Yep, they were the days when no one thought twice about setting your neighbour’s car alarm off with your exhaust note and when global warming was just the name of some seedy nightclub down Brighton seafront. Supermotos have always been, and should always remain, offensive, loud-mouthed and impractical for everything other than massive endos, burnouts and ridiculous lean angles. It’s who they are, it’s what they do, but the real question is whether 2019’s production offerings still have what it takes to make…