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Fast Bikes

Fast Bikes March 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.
splash the cash

Life’s full of tough decisions, like whether you’d sooner have 55,000 penny sweets or an RSV Mille? I still can’t think what swayed it in the end, but I put my cash down on the Aprilia a few weeks back and it’s been littering my garage ever since. In all seriousness, it’s a bike I’ve always wanted, and one I never imagined would come my way for just £550… but it did. Now all I need to do is get the bloody thing running, but I’ll leave you to read all about my many dramas in a few pages’ time. Have you ever had a bargain come your way? Or a nightmare bike dressed in an alluring price tag? I love a good project, especially over the winter months, but…

4 min.

TRIUMPH UNVEIL THEIR LEARNER FRIENDLY 2020 STREET TRIPLE S Fresh from the release of their Street Triple RS at the end of last year, Triumph have just dropped their newest addition to the range, a wallet-friendly, A2-friendly 660cc middleweight. Unlike its bigger capacity and higher spec sibling, the Street Triple S is aimed at riders on an A2 licence, which means that it’s powered by a 660cc triple engine that delivers 47 horsepower and 60Nm, thanks to a restrictor kit. Don't fret though, as this can be easily de-restricted once you’ve passed your full test by any Triumph dealer, to then give you 94 horses and 66Nm of torque, which makes it good value if you don’t fancy buying two bikes. Mind you, it’s not all about being entry level, as mirroring the…

7 min.
tried out

WOOLICH ECU FLASH TESTED BY: Dangerous MILES: 2,500 TIME: 1 year RRP: £387.60 WEB: www.woolichracing.com Some people are more experienced than others when it comes to flashing (like Boothy), but after too many years of shying away from the tech, last year I got stuck in with it and flashed my GSX-R-1000’s ECU. Why would I do that? It’s a good question considering every man and his dog’s motorcycle seems to come kitted these days with traction control, wheelie control and more associated restraints than you’ll find in a high security prison. My Suzuki was no exception, with 10 tiers of traction to flick between, combining integrated wheelie control, while offering three different throttle maps… but none of that was customisable. On the road, that’s no biggy – the tech works great – but when you’re…

5 min.
geared up

NAKED BIKES PRO BIKE WAX SPECIAL EDITION It’s absolutely vital that we keep our shiny new bikes, well, nice and shiny, which is where some good cleaning products really do come in handy. This Special Edition Wax from Naked Bikes looks to tick all the boxes, being a premium, but easy to use paste wax, which will protect your machine. The wax is hand poured Hybrid Ceramic, which means that it provides a deep, glossy, water-repellent finish, and comes complete with a free foam application pad. RRP£26.99 www.mcaleicester.co.uk CLIQR HANDLEBAR DEVICE MOUNT Designed specifically for 22mm handlebars (which is the usual size), this new device from CLIQR lets you easily and conveniently attach your phone, or whatever else you fancy, straight on to your bars. The kit comes complete with the mount, two device…

9 min.
2020 ducati panigale v4s refined rocket

I’m not sure about you lot, but I absolutely loved the first iteration of Ducati’s V4S. It proved an utter, fire-breathing monster, with a riding experience that felt more like an acid-laced dragon than a MotoGP inspired protégé. For sheer fun that’s not such a bad thing, but when it came to hunting down lap times or having the fitness to fight it all day on track, let’s just say it proved pretty damn draining. The good news is that for 2020 Ducati’s been back in the lab and has delivered us something a little softer, cuddlier, and supposedly easier to blast around on… but how have they managed it? Looking at the spec sheet, the new V4S’s DNA may only look trivially different to what’s come before, but don’t…

1 min.
more power, sir?

It wasn’t just the bog standard V4S we got to sample; oh no, Ducati also gave a few of their bikes the aftermarket treatment, with the headline being an extra 12 horsepower and a weight loss of 6kg, thanks mainly to the full Akrapovic system. From the very off the extra oomph made itself known; the sound bellowed by the bucket load while the power on tap was instant and ruthless, and it felt like an extra 30 horses piling forward, rather than an extra 12. It also shaved a few precious kilos off the V4S, and made for a proper track-munching machine.…