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Fast Bikes December 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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United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
so what’s next?

This year couldn’t get any weirder if it tried, but you don’t need me to tell you that. What you might like me to tell you is that, with the cancelling of this year’s major bike shows, we’re getting the gist most manufacturers are taking a less time-sensitive approach to launching their new models. Some brands will be shouting their box-fresh products from the rooftops by the time you’re reading this, while others are holding fire until the start of 2021. Like many, I’m keen to know exactly what’s set to brighten up our biking endeavours asap, but there’s something quite exciting in knowing we’ll be treated to new launches for several months to come. It’s a bit like getting a present on your birthday, and then one every other…

2 min.
triumph fully release their all-new trident

We know that cash is in tight demand at the moment, but the fact that so many bikes are being released for 2021 is good news for all of us bikers, no matter what. And it’s not all just about the super-exotic stuff, so if you want some new, naked metal for a proper snip then you won’t want to look much further than Triumph’s all-new Trident, which is entering the savagely competitive, affordable middleweight sector; meaning that it will be going up against the likes of Honda’s CB650R, Kawasaki’s Z650 and Yamaha’s MT-07 - you know, the sort of lower-powered nakeds that offer a barrel of laughs. So what makes the Trident? Well let’s start with that brand spanking new 660cc triple motor that has been developed just for this…

2 min.
tried out

SHOEI NXR TALE TC-5 HELMET TESTED BY: Farmer Brod MILES: 2000 TIME: 18 months RRP: £469.99 WEB: www.shoeiassured.co.uk I’m used to finding myself wondering where I am and how I got there, but that’s often down to alcohol. A few months back a mega crash had the same outcome, leaving me knocked out for a while before waking up more confused than normal with no idea of the circuit I was at or what the hell had happened. Bangs to heads aren’t uncommon in racing circles but, as with every time I’ve had a biggie, I’ve been grateful to the kit I’ve been using for keeping me as safe as possible. This was my second NXR I’d destroyed, but it had done its job well and left me largely okay following my full-bore face plant. Without…

5 min.
geared up

KEIS G701 HEATED GLOVES Winter is here; there’s no escaping that now, and that means that there’s no escaping the cold either. There are a few things you can do to keep a little toasty if you’re riding through the colder climates, such as getting yourself some top quality heated kit, like these new gloves from Keis. Constructed from a mixture of semi-bonded Hipora with a Ballistic Spandex outer shell, the G701 gloves resist water while allowing perspiration to escape. Flexible armour across the knuckles and scaphoid area look after you in case of a spill, and thanks to 3m Thinsulate insulation, they aren’t too bulky either. The controls are integrated on the back of the wrist for easy operating when riding, and the G701 gloves come with everything needed to…

10 min.
the king of the middle ground

I don’t know about you lot, but when Aprilia unveiled their all-new RS 660, I was in two minds. Thinking of everything from the peach of an RSV4 to the legendary RS250s of yesteryear, it’s got some big ol’ boots to fill using that RS name, but you see, I’m really not a fan of mini-twin type middleweights; you know, those shopping trolleys that pretend to be a sportsbike (cough, Ninja 650). But then again, if they could make a proper little middleweight, you know, something that was just dialled down a little in terms of aggressiveness from the likes of a proper Supersport machine but could still hustle, look good and be jam-packed with tech, well it would absolutely clean up... and thankfully it looks like they have with this:…

2 min.
ten minutes with… piero soatti

FB: In comparison with other bikes, where did you want the RS 660 to fit? PS: When this concept was presented, we were not totally focused - I mean a new 600 today, almost seems crazy. But when we properly looked into this concept, and looked at how the market has changed over the past two years and how sportsbikes are becoming more popular, it just fits perfectly; think in between something not sporty, such as a Ninja 650, and something very sporty, like an R6. FB: So how difficult is it going from designing Moto Guzzis to jumping on bikes like this? PS: Pft, yes I know! They have different guidelines, different needs, they’re just very different! When it has an Aprilia badge, it always has to be about performance. You can’t…