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Fast Bikes October 2020

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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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United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
demons to bed

Around a decade ago I would often find myself reaching for the sky… before smashing into another air fence. I was young, daft and prepared to ride as hard and as stupid as possible if it meant I’d get a few seconds more TV coverage in the process. I remember 2009 being a particularly painful year, being flung in at the deep end, racing Superstock 1000 alongside the likes of McGuinness, Scott Smart, Alastair Sealey and countless other greats. I had a few highs, but I also had several stays in hospital with the final visit prematurely ending my season. Stepping up from Stock 600 felt like a natural progression but the added 70bhp of my Astro Kawasaki ZX-10R opened my eyes in a way they’d never opened before. This…

1 min.
triumph reveal their new entry level middleweight

Here at Fast Bikes magazine, we absolutely love an affordable middleweight. Not only are they bags of fun and an absolute joy to thrash, but most importantly they are relatively cheap; the likes of Yamaha’s MT-07 comes in just a splash over six-and-a-half grand, while Honda’s CB650R, Suzuki’s SV650 and Kawasaki’s Z650 all come in around the seven thousand mark – although, with all the fancy new finance deals out at the moment, they’ll set you back way less than a hundred quid a month, with a small deposit. And that’s exactly where Triumph have aimed their all-new Trident; in the affordable, entry-level middleweight category. Although we were at the official unveil, no matter how hard we pushed they didn’t want to delve into too much detail; no words on price,…

1 min.
five minutes with… steve sargent – triumph chief product officer.

FB: What was the thinking behind creating the Trident, and who’s it for? SS: “We wanted something easy to ride that is every bit as exciting as riding a Street Triple. We’ve put a lot of effort into the handling of the machine, making sure it’s nice and neutral and agile. This is going to be competing against the Kawasaki Z650, Yamaha MT-07 and the Honda CB650R, so knowing those kind of price points, that’s what we’re aiming to compete with. This bike is for people that want something cost effective to commute, use on a Sunday and have a blast on.” FB: As a prototype it looks trick, but is it? And how much pressure does keeping the price down have on its creation? SS: “A real ambition for this bike was…

2 min.
tried out

DAINESE ASSEN 2 LEATHER SUIT TESTED BY: Carlos MILES: 4000+ TIME: 9 months RRP: £799.95 WEB: www.dainese.com For me, there’s no better feeling than jumping in a brand new suit. When my D-Air jobbie was off getting the TLC it needed (and a new airbag, cough) I was keen to get back in a standard suit for road riding, and the Assen 2 really caught my eye. See, I love the Dainese range, but the colours have always been a bit too plain for my liking, which is why when a bright, bold set came along, I just couldn’t keep myself away. Although the Assen 2 is towards the cheaper end of the spectrum where Dainese is concerned, the suit will still set you back just a snip under £800, which is a fair chunk of cash.…

13 min.
brutally brutale mv agusta brutale 1000 rr

Fast Bikes HQ is a place that’s no stranger to the coolest, fastest, trickest motorbikes. Park a Panigale in the bike bay and nobody bats an eyelid. Turn up on a brand new ’Blade; who cares? But every once in a while, a motorbike appears at the office that makes everyone stop and stare. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, you know you have got something pretty darn special in your midst. And that was exactly what happened when the new MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR arrived for us to test. It was wheeled out the van to a chorus of gasps and sharp intakes of breath (sorry if they are the same thing – dramatic effect and all that) because, forgetting about what the spec sheet says…

2 min.
pre-tech spec

It is amazing to think just 10 years ago Carl was still in kindergarten, and that, like him, high-tech sportsbikes were largely unheard of. Okay, some of the flashier folk out there might have had a bike with a dash-integrated gear indicator (while the rest of us relied on a bolt-on from the M&P catalogue), but tech on bikes didn’t really start hitting the scene until the late Noughties, when features like power modes, basic traction control systems and the odd stock-fitment quickshifter began making their way down from racing circles and on to our street bikes. Honda was the first to add ABS to sportsbikes in 2009 on the CBR600RR and Fireblade, while Ducati debuted sporting traction control in 2008 on the 1098R and Suzuki were the first (some…