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Fast Bikes September 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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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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Monthly
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
job done!

I don’t smoke, but if I did this would be the point that I’d light up one of those big, fancy Havana cigars. Putting together any big test is never easy, but 2020 tried its hardest to smother USB 2020 on more occasions than Carl can count. We owed it to you guys to make it happen, and after a load of late nights, cold sweats and the use of every swear word known to exist (infinite times over), we pulled it off. Covid’s done the world no favours, but it feels great to have tackled it and its challenges head-on, coming out the other side with our biggest, toughest and most comprehensive sportsbike shootout. If you’re unfamiliar with USB, the principle’s quite simple; we do anything and everything we…

1 min.
smokin' aces

Join us on Facebook: Facebook.com/FastBikesMagazine Join us on Twitter: @FastBikesMag Download Fast Bikes: Mortons.co.uk/FB View Fast Bikes video content: youtube.com/fastbikesmag BOSS MAN ‘Dangerous’ Bruce Wilson dangerous@fastbikes.co.uk AD MAN Charlie ‘The Sheriff’ Oakman coakman@fastbikes.co.uk NEW MAN Carl ‘Pretty Boy’ Stevens teaboy@fastbikes.co.uk RACE MAN Mike ‘Boothy’ Booth race@fastbikes.co.uk TECH MAN Rob ‘Beano’ Bean tech@fastbikes.co.uk SUBSCRIBE! See page 8 for the best deals, or visit classicmagazines.co.uk/fb…

2 min.
upfront

GET FOCUSED ON SOME WINTER SUN WITH A SPANISH RIDING TRIP If you’re looking to get some sunny road miles in over the winter without the hassle of taking ferries and riding thousands of miles to find some heat, then this new package from trackday company Focused Events could be right up your street. Essentially, the package means that they ship your bike and kit over to Mojacar in the south of Spain, so all you have to do is fly in with your hand luggage and a few pairs of undies. They’ll then take care of your hotel, transfer and your breakfast, meaning you can spend the next four days riding as you please, or even sitting by the pool with a beer and a burger. They’ll also give you all…

2 min.
tried out

HEL PERFORMANCE 19MM TESTED BY: Bruce MILES: 1500 TIME: Seven months RRP: £239.00 WEB: www.helperformance.com I’ve hit a few tyre walls in my time and I cvouch that they are as painful as they look owning a braking system that hauls you up fast and predictably is pretty essential in my experience. The Suzuki GSX-R1000 is a cracking bike, but its brakes are pretty pan. The stock Brembo discs aren’t great, and the Nissin master cylinder isn’t any better. tried to get the best out of my race bike’s system, fitting Hel braided lines and upratin the pads to EBC’s GP FAX, but it wasn’t unt fitted the big Suzuki with Hel’s 19mm master cylinder that I got the aggressive anchorage was after. Being British-made, CNC machine and costing about half what you’d pay for a…

2 min.
ultimate sportsbike 2020

You don’t get any bigger, or better, than Ultimate Sportsbike. It’s Fast Bikes mag’s flagship sportsbike test and this year, it’s better than ever. We’ve taken nine of the very best sportsbikes and clocked a serious amount of miles, spun a serious amount of laps and wolfed down way more Big Macs than is advisable to establish the best sportsbike of 2020. On the road, each bike has been ranked in terms of its comfort and usability, as well as its brakes, the effectiveness of its tech and its overall character, after taking each of the bikes on every kind of road possible, from smooth fast B-roads, to bumpy farm tracks, to motorways, to high streets. On track, Dangerous Bruce has analysed all of the bikes’ drive, agility, stability, feel, tech and…

8 min.
2020 ducati panigale v2

From a safe social distance, the baby Panigale doesn’t look like a baby at all, and you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a full-on fire-breathing, 200bhp superbike. It gets some serious points in the aesthetics department with its bold Ducati red, its stubby underslung exhaust and its single-sided swingarm; it’s unmistakably Italian and it’s likely to give Ducatisti the world over a raging stiffy. And if the looks alone are only trick enough to muster a lazy one, then the sound of the 955cc L-Twin Superquadro engine is sure to have the blood rushing south to finish the job. The twin-cylinder boom is exactly the kind of thing I want to hear when I fire a Duke up, and it takes me back to the good old days before they…