Fast Bikes July 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

3 min
flat out!

Remember how I said we were flat out last issue? I was maybe a little premature with my claim, because the flow of new bikes has cranked up another gear these past weeks. After the quietest winter known to bike testing, this is only a good thing and despite the many challenges of back-to-back launches, the planning of countless tests and the reality of my wife and children no longer remembering what I look like, it’s been a pretty epic month. We’ve got four new bikes for you to get your head around this issue, including the much anticipated BMW M 1000 RR that Johnny gave a good seeing to at Donington Park. He also bagged the debut blast of Triumph’s saucy Speed Triple 1200RS, and not only did he…

4 min
saucy new suzuki

We love a bargain here at FB Towers, and Suzuki’s GSX-S1000 has been a solid choice in the budget supernakeds for a while now. A cheeky retune of the GSX-R1000K5 engine in a no-fuss naked chassis for less than £10k new? Even Bruce can’t complain too much about that. And now the GSX-S1000 makes even more sense, with a slick new MotoGP-inspired look, updated motor with an extra dollop of torque, and a revised electronics package that sharpens the old bruiser up a treat. Starting with the obvious mods to the bodywork and it looks like the designers went crazy on the sauce after Joan Mir won Suzuki’s first top-class GP title in two decades last year. They’ve thrown all the old fairing panels in the bin and rustled up a radical…

1 min
posh speed

The folks at the MV Agusta factory have been flat-out (between the espressos and Chianti) tweaking their engines to meet Euro 5 emissions rules for 2021. And while they were at it, they’ve sharpened up the sweet Super Veloce and Turismo Veloce 800 ranges. The Super Veloce retro racer gets an updated version of the firm’s 798cc triple engine, which makes the same 147bhp as before but with a stack more mid-range grunt. The electronics package is upgraded with a new IMU ECU and a larger colour LCD dash, while the chassis gets a stiffer frame design. There’s also a posh new S version with gold spoked wheels and Alcantara seat. For the Turismo Veloce tourer, the new engine updates give 110bhp with more mid-range grunt, a lower seat height, and a…

6 min
geared up

SKIDMARK EXTENDED TANK COVERS Based on a design used in MotoGP, the Extended Tank Covers from Skidmarx not only protect your tank but also offer up a better grip for your knees to make life easier when braking or accelerating heavily Made in the UK from fibreglass, the covers are designed to fit neatly over the fuel tank without any modification.They have been developed both on the short circuits and on the road racing scene, so they know they can cut the mustard in terms of durability. They come in two versions: one that fits the standard seat unit, and one the fits nice and snug with the Skidmarx racing seat. RRP (from) £129.95 SPIDI J-TRACKER CE JEANS Oh yeah, we’re now finally getting into jeans-and-jacket riding weather! This means that there’s never…

2 min
tried out

MOTUL M1 HELMET & VISOR CLEAN TESTED BY: CarlosMILES: 0TIME: Six monthsPRICE: £5.50WEB: The temperature is rising, the days are long and that means it’s time to rack up those miles on both road and track. It also means, though, that the bug season has begun, and for anyone planning short blasts, long ventures or even trackdays there are going to be a lot of flies, midges and god knows what else plastering themselves over your helmet, and more importantly, your visor. That’s where this M1 Helmet & Visor Clean from Motul comes into play. It’s got a great nozzle for spraying the helmet nicely, comes in a perfect size at 250ml to slot into a backpack or a kit bag, and best of all, the actual liquid does an incredible…

17 min
raising the bar

How hard can it be to just push a button? The track has almost completely dried out, and I’m trying to turn down the amount of traction control so I can make better use of the extra grip that the tarmac has to offer. The traction control up/down button is on the left switchgear, just at the tip of my thumb, but feeling for the rocker switch, pressing the lower half of it a couple of times and glancing at the dashboard to check the new setting, is proving impossible in the time available on each of Donington Park’s three longest straights. The physical effort to just hold on to the bike and the amount of my brain space it takes to process and react to all the bike’s movements, time gearshifts…