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Fast Bikes February 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

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Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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2 min.
happy new year!

It only seems a year since the last one. It’s crazy how fast time flies when you’re having fun and for us at Fast Bikes 2019 was a corker. As for 2020, we’re dead-set on making it even better… and we hope you enjoy the ride with us. It’s at this point that I should say a huge thank you for your continued support of the magazine, and for keeping Carl, Boothy and I in employment (no one else will have us). It’s never out of mind that we make this mag for you guys, so please keep up the brilliant stream of suggestions for the kind of features you want to see in your magazine. As for what lies ahead, we’ve got some really exciting new models on the…

6 min.
upfront

TRIUMPH LAUNCH FLAGSHIP LONDON STORE You can’t beat a good bike dealership, and Triumph has just gone the extra mile with its new opening in the capital. The flagship store, which is nestled in the historic railway arches in the heart of Vauxhall, was opened by the Lind Automotive Group, and will offer a load of new and pre-owned Triumphs, alongside servicing, clothing and parts & accessories. Devron Boulton, National Sales Manager, Triumph Motorcycles UK & Ireland, said: “Triumph hasn’t had a dedicated Central London presence for a year so we’re excited that this has now been rectified. As a proudly British brand, it’s important to us that we have a hub in the nation’s capital. And, with the site at the Vauxhall railway arches having its own rich motorcycling heritage itself, it…

1 min.
world ducati week is go for 2020

Fancy going to the largest Ducati rally in the world? Well, get the dates in your diary! Calling Ducatisti from around the world every two years, the 11th World Ducati Week is back with a bang, once again taking place at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, on the Adriatic coast in Italy. This year’s event will be a three-day job, with the event running over July 17-19. Details, tickets and everything else that you need to know about the event can be found at www.ducati.comWe hope to see you there!…

4 min.
tried out

SPADA CURVE EVO RACE SUIT TESTED BY: Boothy MILES: 5,000 TIME: 1 year RRP: £499.99 WEB: www.spadaclothing.co.uk The sky’s the limit when it comes to one-piece race suits. You can (and people do) pay thousands and thousands for the latest airbag tech, in the lightest, trendiest kangaroo suit. But you don’t have to. This, the Curve Evo one-piece suit from Spada, is probably what you would call an entry-level race suit. You can pick one up off the shelf for £499.99 in a choice of four different colours. It’s got all the stuff you would expect to find on a top-of-the-range suit a few years ago (ok, quite a few years ago), like a speed hump, back protector, perforated panels, and double or triple stitching where you need it – it’s just not dripping with the…

5 min.
geared up

NITRON HONDA SHOCK ABSORBERS If you’ve got yourself a Honda sitting in the garage, or just about anything really, NITRON offer a load of different shocks to fit your machine. All of the NITRON shocks are monotube shim type with a high pressure gas charge, combined with their large piston area and all-aluminium alloy CNC machined (and rebuild-able) construction, which gives an ultra-low friction damper (this basically dissipates heat incredibly effectively). It might sound like a mouthful, but it essentially means you can get a great fade resistance, whether you’re using the kit on the road, for trackdays, or even racing. RRP(from)£462 www.bikehps.com KAWASAKI NINJA 400 RACE FAIRINGS SET Have you got yourself, or your little nipper a Ninja 400? No? Well it’s a great, affordable way to go racing, and you can now…

6 min.
kawasaki z900

Since hitting the scene in 2016 more than 32,000 Z900s have found loving homes around the globe. Kawasaki’s naked renegade is a massive success story for the Japanese manufacturer, and in a bid to keep it the best-selling naked in its sector, it’s been given a good seeing to for 2020. From 20 feet away that might not be so obvious, but the closer you get the clearer the updates shine – especially the new LED lighting, position lights and indicators. More subtle changes include a braced frame (by the swingarm pivot) and you’d have to be something of a detective to work out the dimensions of the catalytic converter, which has grown marginally to help stymy bad gasses from leaking into the atmosphere. This, along with many other tweaks,…