Fast Bikes October 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
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
call that special?

How do you define a ‘special’ motorcycle? Is it by volume? Price tag? Spec? Maybe it’s about all of those things, plus a few more factors. Ultimately, any bike can be special – but only very few models slot into that ‘unicorn’ status... motorcycles so rare and mouth-watering that you’d seriously think about selling the better half’s jewellery collection if it gave you half a chance of owning such a bike, or even just having a blast on one. In my 17 years of writing about motorcycles I’ve been beyond lucky to sample some ludicrous examples; trying out for size the kind of bikes no amount of money or begging would make the rightful owners part with their treasures. I’ll never forget the first time I rode a MotoGP bike,…

5 min

TRIPLE TREAT Speed Triple-based retro sportsbike on the way from Triumph It’s been 15 years since Triumph sold a full-bore sportsbike – the Daytona 955i. It was a bit on the beefy side and down on power compared with the ‘proper’ 1,000cc fours, but it could hustle on the road and had a cult appeal. Sadly, Triumph hasn’t seemed bothered by the proper sportsbike market since -though the 675 Daytona ruled in the supersport class for several years and is still a belter of a bike. There were plenty of rumours of unlimitedclass superbikes in the 2000s – from a 1,000cc triple replacement for the 955i to a Hayabusa-slaying 1,200cc inline-four hyperbike. But the Hinckley firm has concentrated on the retro, naked and adventure sectors since, and with plenty of success, it…

5 min
geared up

SICOM DMC CERAMIC REAR BRAKE DISC FOR DUCATI PANIGALE V4, V2 AND STREETFIGHTER Ceramic brake discs have been essential fitments on the best supercars for years now and they’re now becoming available for bikes. The benefits are huge: much less rotating mass, no corrosion problems, and great looks – and unlike race carbon brakes, they work at all temperatures, and in the wet too. The 6mm-thick SICOM discs are made from fibre-reinforced double-matrix composite materials, and the carriers include threaded holes for ABS sensor ring fitment where required. These SICOM T-Drive rear discs are a top-notch upgrade for the Ducati Panigale V4, 1199, 1299, V2 and Streetfighter ranges – and they come with bespoke sintered pads, too. Fully compatible with OE or aftermarket caliper fitments, and also available for most current fast…

3 min
tried out

SPEEDANGLE 2 TESTED BY: BRUCE MILES: 4000+ TIME: TWO YEARS PRICE: £349.99 WEB: WWW.RG-RACING.COM A lot of what we do involves timing and comparison, and while a sun dial might be the most appropriate device for measuring my ‘hot laps’ on a racetrack, a proper lap timer is a lot easier to read. It also means we can measure things like top speeds, lean angles and how fast a bike will decelerate; the stuff we need to know before putting fingers to keyboard and rating (or berating) the latest and greatest bikes on the market. To do so accurately, for many years we’ve leaned heavily on the capabilities of the Speedangle timing device, which has now been superseded by the fancier Speedangle 2. It’s absolutely brimming with features, and comes pre-loaded with most UK circuits and a…

19 min
myth busting

There are rare bikes that might come with an interesting back story, or which have been produced in small numbers to satisfy homologation rules. There are also special bikes that happen when engineers are let loose and the bean counters kept out of the room. There are also unicorns – bikes that are all of the above, but which also come with enough urban myth to cast doubt as to their existence at all. The Petronas FP1 is one such bike, whose legend is made by virtue of the fact that not one of the road bikes produced for homologation in 2003 were even officially sold – they are ghosts. Almost every piece of media coverage the FP1 has had since it was produced has been speculation, and reports of deals…

11 min
chris walker the petronas story

The Petronas racing project only lasted four seasons from start to finish – that is, if you can even call its fourth and final season in 2006 racing. The total amount of retirements from races achieved by Steve Martin and Craig Jones in the 2006 season was a whopping 22 from a combined total of 48 race starts, with a best finish of 11th by Steve Martin... little wonder that they didn’t come back in 2007. The season before in 2005 wasn’t much better, with 20 retirements registered from 47 race starts, and Steve Martin and Garry McCoy finished 18th and 22nd respectively in the championship standings with a combined points tally of just 50 points between both riders from the whole season. If you were going to race the Petronas…