Fast Bikes March 2021

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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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
one in, one out

I started buying Fast Bikes aged 14, and not just because there were naked women on the centre pages. I loved the bikes, the captions and the laughs that littered every page.Whatever era, whoever was in it, there was always this chemistry between the testers that made you think they were just a bunch of mates out ragging bikes. A few decades on I can confirm that’s exactly the score, and for the past 3-4 years I’ve had the pleasure of putting this mag together with two of my best mates at my side. Carl’s well and truly part of the furniture, but Boothy’s packed his trunk for new horizons with our friends at 44 Teeth. It is the end of an era, but not the end of a friendship…

4 min

We’ve always been big fans of Triumph’s Speed Triple since it came on the scene all the way back in 1994. And for 2021, it’s brand new – oh, and it’s lighter, more powerful and more aggressive than ever… When Triumph updated their Speed Triple back in ‘18, they really did craft a lovely machine that was easy to ride and confidence inspiring; in a world where it was mainly insanely powered hypernakeds populating the litre bike naked scene, it came in with just 150 horsepower, a softer stance, and well, a bit of a gentle personality. But then again, it lacked that savage edge that comes with strapping straight ‘bars on an insane engine and chassis combo, which meant it didn’t quite have that zest of some of its rivals.…

3 min

We’ve been hearing a lot of rumours about an updated RSV4 for 2021 for yonks now, and finally, Aprilia have delivered the goods. Sure, it’s not a brand-new bike but it’s still exciting, as the runner-up to the last two years’ Ultimate Sports Bike tests now looks to be better than ever, thanks to a host of minor upgrades and even a little power hike. The first big change comes in the engine, thanks to a small cc increase to make the new V4 1099cc, instead of 1077cc, alongside a new pipe, which means that the RSV4 now makes 217 horsepower – and although Aprilia haven’t released a torque figure just yet, they say that that’s higher too. The electronics have been updated, with a new Marelli 11MP ECU running the…

1 min
updated tuono v4 & v4 factory unveiled by aprilia

It’s been a busy month for the Italian factory,as their latest release comes in the form of some little tweaks to their Tuono V4, which is set to make it a better road bike than ever before. This is because it has the new tank and seat unit from the 2021 RSV4 for added room and improved ergonomics,alongside raised handlebars and a bigger screen for even more comfort. It gets the same updated electronics as its faired brother, the same new swingarm and even its own new facelift as well, also giving it built-in winglets. Unlike the RSV4, the Tuono will use the same 1077cc engine as before, delivering 175hp and 121Nm of torque,and if you opt for the Factory option, it will also include Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension.…

1 min
aprilia release their middleweight tuono!

It’s not all big-capacity brutes from Aprilia though,as they’ve also dropped their new Tuono 660 for what will be the sister to the RS 660,and Aprilia’s new middleweight naked. Much like the relationship between their range-topping RSV4 and Tuono V4 ranges,the Tuono 660 shares a shedload of its DNA (and parts) with the RS 660, running the same 95-horsepower engine derived from the V4, adjustable Kayaba suspension and full APRC electronics. It weighs in at 183kg, and it looks set to be a real laugh……

1 min
ktm pull the covers off their 890 duke

Fancy something a little beefier than the 790 Duke, but not as hardcore as the 890 Duke R? Well, KTM really do have you covered with their new 890 Duke, the latest addition to their line-up. Replacing the 790 Duke, and being essentially a softer, more road-focused version of the 890 Duke R, the 890 Duke is the new scalpel – but with 10 horsepower and 5Nm of torque more than the previous 790. As you’d imagine, it still comes with a whole host of goodies, such as a TFT dash, full electronics package and Continental ContiRoad tyres, but also comes equipped with updated APEX WP suspension, an updated electronics package with a 6D lean angle sensor (and track mode) alongside uprated brakes. They’ll be in dealers in February, and will…