Fast Bikes November 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
little or large?

I’ve ridden a lot of bikes in my life, some big and some small. Ask me what my preference is and I’ll almost certainly say the bigger, the better. Who doesn’t want more power, excitement and clever bits of tech at the end of their fingertips? But that’s not to say I’m not a fan of the little stuff, too. Some of my best biking memories were made on the little stuff, pushing them to their limits in away you simply can’t on larger-capacity machines. I was reminded of this a few weeks back when testing KTM’s new RC390 in Italy. I had such a laugh on that bike, pushing my luck and squeezing it for all it had to give. Just a few days before, I’d been testing the RC’s…

6 min

RETRO RR-ELISH Triumph’s ready to rumble with a new half-faired Speed Triple 1200RR It’s been coming for a while, but we’ve finally got all the details on the new Triumph Speed Triple RR – and it’s quite an intriguing machine. First up, it’s not the 1200 Daytona we’d all love to see, with Moto2 styling, super-sharp track chassis and an angry, race-tuned 200bhp 1199cc triple. Rather, it’s a half-faired version of the Speed Triple RS supernaked, with some useful chassis upgrades, making it a bit more of a halfway-house. A retro-styled modern cafe racer with solid sporty credentials rather than a proper superbike. The changes from the RS are all excellent stuff: you’ll already know if you like that round headlight and half-fairing obviously, but we reckon it’s a classy, good-looking piece of…

2 min
2021’s naked sports bike of the year

Most of us are faced with big decisions on a daily basis. Do you still go to the pub although the better half’s expression says no? Should you put jam on your scone before the cream? And, arguably, the most significant of all – should you treat yourself to a new arm-wrenching, face-morphing, ridiculously capable supernaked? That latter ponderance shouldn’t take much thinking about… the answer’s obviously a massive YES, but the real question is which of the skimpily-clad Exocet missiles on the market do you pick? On face value it’s not a difficult question to answer: you pick the one with the best looks and the most power, surely? At least, that’s what we thought, but that formula soon went out the window once we’d had chance to pitch…

8 min
mv agusta brutale 1000rr 7th

You have to hand it to MV Agusta – it doesn’t do things by halves, especially when it comes to how its bikes look and how the spec sheets read. The 2021 Brutale 1000RR is no exception – with the biggest price tag, highest quoted BHP at the highest RPM, and most bonkers styling of all the bikes in the test. It’s got all the right ingredients to qualify as a thoroughbred MV Agusta, right down to how awkward it is to ride on the road. The fact that it’s finished in last place is not to say it’s especially bad, it’s just that the others are much more refined and capture the spirit of what a naked bike – “super” or otherwise – should be; an antidote to the sportsbike…

7 min
triumph speed triple 1200rs 6th

It seems really harsh ranking the Speed Triple 1200RS in second to last position, but the truth is we are over the moon that there is a Triumph in the test at all. By designing a brand new Speed Triple from the ground up, with much more power and much less weight than the outgoing 1050 Speed Triple, Triumph has got itself an invitation to the party that it otherwise wouldn’t have got. We’re not talking small numbers, either. To make the jump from naked to supernaked, the already brilliant 1050 Speed Triple had to shed 10kg and gain 29bhp to improve its power-to-weight ratio by a massive 26% – and what a difference it has made to one of Triumph’s longest-serving models. Relative to the previous 1050, the 1200 is a…

8 min
bmw s1000r 5th

If the BMW could be summed up with one example of how well thought-out it is, it would be the button on the left-hand switchgear that, with a single push, disables all the electronic rider aids and, in the process, transforms the bike from a mild mannered, comfortable and practical bike into a raving lunatic. The button should have ‘party mode’ stamped on it instead of some symbol that obviously means something to the person who came up with it, but not me. Simple, effective, brilliant, and exactly what the bike needs. In fact, it’s exactly what all the bikes need but don’t have. On the other bikes, turning off the electronics so impromptu wheelies can be enjoyed is a multi-stage process that gets undone if you switch the ignition…