Fast Bikes May 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

United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
R 60,77
R 502,48
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
memory lane…

We used to own this computer game. I don’t know where it came from, I can’t even remember its proper name, but I spent my early teens playing it on the family PC, hammering the direction arrows until they stopped working. It was from that golden era of World Superbikes, the very early Noughties, meaning it was full of Ducatis, Aprilias and those super-saucy R7s that seemed to have the edge over the equivalently iconic ZX-7Rs. Back then it was little more than a tool to pass the time and get me out of doing my homework; in reality it would embed an indelible love for that moment when superbikes were special and racers actually had characters. It’s mad to think two decades have passed since those heady days when fans packed…

3 min

TRIUMPH UNVEIL LIMITED EDITION ROCKET 3 R BLACK AND ROCKET 3 GT TRIPLE BLACK Triumph’s Rocket range has been a pretty impressive beast over the past couple of years, with the standard bike housing a whopping 2500cc triple engine, which produces 167ps power, and an utterly insane 221Nm of torque – a world-leading figure for any production bike on this planet. And now Triumph have just released two limited edition versions, with the first being the Rocket 3 R Black. Although the performance remains the same for both iterations, unlike the standard model, it comes with a matte and gloss all-black colour scheme, where even the exhaust headers, heat shields and end caps on the bars are black. It also comes equipped with anodised levers, footrests, forks lowers, yokes and handlebar clamps, alongside blacked-out…

5 min
geared up

BRAKETECH VENTILATED CALIPER RACING PISTONS Have you ever thought about changing the caliper pistons in your brakes? No? Well, neither had we, until these bad boys came across our desk. Sure, OE calipers have come a long way in the last 20 years or so but they’re still one of the parts that let down modern bikes a fair bit, one of the reasons being because they use aluminium pistons, which, although lightweight, are highly conductive with heat. That’s why BrakeTech have designed these precision-engineered stainless steel pistons featuring 12 ventilation holes and a unique castellated reverse chamber for better fluid capacity. Overall, they give a whopping 94% thermal conductivity reduction, and are available in a whole range of fittings for your calipers. RRP (from) £366 OPTIMATE 5 SELECT As we’re getting closer…

2 min
tried out

ALPINESTARS SUPERTECH M10 HELMET TESTED BY: Carlos MILES: 300ish (with a few bangs along the way) TIME: Five months PRICE: £479.99 WEB: After all these years of riding, being silly, and landing on my head the amount that I have, the fact that I’m still as good as normal really is a testament to some of the kit I’ve trashed throughout the years, with the very latest being the Supertech M10 helmet from Alpinestars. With my long termer being not just an enduro/mx bike but also a road legal weapon, I really wanted something that offered the very best protection possible for my noggin while still looking trick and staying comfortable for those long days in the saddle. That’s exactly where the new Supertech lid came in. Although it’s on the higher end of the price scale…

44 min
the bikes that ruled the world...

Without wanting or needing to be all misty eyed and nostalgic about the era, there’s no getting away from the fact the early Noughties was a chapter of superbike racing that was never seen before, or has since. In order for manufacturers to take full advantage of the 1000cc V-Twin rule, they produced pumped-up “homologation special” bikes – and they didn’t hold back. An “R” or “SP” badge in the late Nineties and early Noughties meant so much more than it does today. Then, such was the motivation to have the best possible bike from which to build a race bike from, it often meant that the engine didn’t even have the same capacity as the standard bike it was based on, never mind all the trick titanium and magnesium parts. To…

1 min
peter boswell: “i’ve made it my own…”

The bottom line is this SP-1 was lying in a ditch, alongside me, back in 2017. Postcrash it had a duff frame and a load of smashed panels, but once my collarbone had fixed up, I kick-started a project to get it back on the road and better than ever. Upgraded brakes, a slipper clutch, a ported head and thumb brake were added to the mix, alongside a whole load of trick components like an Öhlins rear shock and fork internals. One of the biggest additions was a replacement frame that I got polished before fitting it. It was a long road back to fruition, but a great journey, made all the easier by the Honda SP-1, SP-2 & RC51 Owners Site I’m in, with lots of advice and help…