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July 2021
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BIKE is packed with road tests of new bikes and inspirational riding stories, with fantastic places, amazing races and extraordinary people. Created by a passionate and expert team of motorcycle riders, Bike makes you feel part of the amazing motorcycling world. Our three main areas of content are... Road tests: We ride and test all the latest bikes, from tourers to retros. Riding: We take motorcycles to the four corners of the UK, and the four corners of the world Extraordinary travel stories: amazing races, extraordinary events and astonishing bike people.

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1 min.

Destination daydreaming is getting out of hand. Seriously, it’s a wonder this issue ever made it to press as I spent most of the month fantasising about summer rides in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales when I should have been pounding on a keyboard. In my head, right now I’m on a Yamaha TRX850 on the ascent out of Weardale heading over Bollihope Common towards Middleton. It’s great. And some rides have actually happened. I’ve been to The Peak District twice, for trials bike humiliation (p116) and a slow tour (p52), and up to into Lincolnshire too. After our year of lockdown each excursion felt like a proper escape. Roll on the rest of summer. Next on the agenda Wales (later this month, and again next, maybe twice), Cornwall (late July) and…

13 min.
5 bikes that really matter this month

‘Our expectations are to win races… we will be one of the main contenders’ [SUPERSPORT TRIUMPH] The Daytona Returns Well, sort of. This is Triumph’s official British Supersport racer. It could hit World Supersport next year Triumph continue their re-integration into the racing world with this, the new factory-supported British Supersport bike. And if it goes well in 2021, the team will enter World Supersport next year, meaning the factory could come to dominate mid-capacity racing, as they already supply Moto2 with engines. The Supersport bike is, in essence, a mashup of that 765cc, 140bhp Moto2 motor with a standard Street Triple 765 chassis and a sprinkling of high-end components chosen by Performance Technical Racing (PTR), who are running the Dynavolt-sponsored team for Triumph. The riders are Kyle Smith (29, three-time World Supersport race winner)…

5 min.
braking news

DIRT TRACK Back on track Grassroots racing is emerging from its enforced hibernation. If you’ve always fancied getting out on track, now’s the time While MotoGP used its mighty wallet to smash through Covid issues, that wasn’t an option for grassroots racing. It just stopped. But as restrictions lift, clubs like the Dirt Track Riders Association (DTRA) are cranking back into action after a nightmare year. ‘It’s been difficult – you couldn’t plan for anything because it all kept changing,’ says DTRA co-founder and head honcho Anthony Brown at the first meeting of 2021 at Kings Lynn speedway stadium. ‘For us to organise a race meeting is probably 18–20 hours of work, plus getting everyone to sign on. So if we don’t run, that’s a lot of wasted time. We’ve done that four times in…

1 min.
if it were my money...

For going off road... Yamaha 700 Ténéré Going off-road? Can you afford to drop it? And can you pick it up again? The £9500, 205 kilo, 72bhp Ténéré is well made and well balanced, has decent on-road performance and dirt agility. My choice for the Pyrenees and the Peak District. For tarmac... Ducati Multistrada I’ve done big miles on twin cylinder Multistradas, and love them. Fast, comfortable, poised and great fun to ride. Some complain about noisy screen, but it works for 5ft 10in me. The 1250 is great, but the 950 is slightly lighter and crisper. For all round ability… BMW R1250GS A zillion customers can’t be wrong, the 1250GS is an amazing device. A great tourer with magical low speed balance and off-road ability. It’s a job to fault it. But the 900 Tiger is fantastic…

1 min.
go goodwood

After a strange spectator-free 2020, Goodwood will run all three of their motorsport events in 2021 with plenty of bikes. The Festival of Speed (9-11 July) hosts a celebration of 110 years of the TT with machines from every decade running on The Hill. The Revival Meeting (17-19 September) includes the Barry Sheene Memorial race with star riders on Manx Nortons, Matchless G50s and MV Agustas while the Member’s Meeting (16-17 October) race mixes Grand Prix 350cc two-strokes with Formula 750 bikes. Because of the traffic, a motorcycle is always the best way to visit Goodwood, and the Duke of Richmond, who lays on the events in his garden, has recommended a couple of choice routes to get there. ‘The best options have got to be when you come south from London.…

2 min.
deals on wheels

£1600 saving Triumph Speed Trip’ RS Later in this fine edition of your favourite motorcycle magazine you’ll find a test of the all-new Speed Triple 1200 RS. With more cubes, extra power, less weight and sportier build it’s a sensational thing. But its performance focus means it hasn’t quite the on-road presence, easy-going feel and confidence-boosting roadholding of the previous 1050. Fortunately there are dealers still with 2020–model 1050cc versions of the posh RS – Laguna (01622 681765) only want £11,995 for a box-fresh one. £1200 saving Yamaha MT-09 SP We like the SP version of Yam’s fruity triple. With its fancy Öhlins shock and side-mounted remote adjuster it’s got the air of a proper special, and with upgraded forks it handles better than the base MT too. This year’s SP has the…