May 2017 - On sale now!

This month Bike’s writers and testers have experienced very many events. Life-long Ducati fetishist Rupert Paul went to Spain to ride the new SuperSport, Jonathan Pearson tests KTM’s new Adventure models in Corsica and Martin Fitz-Gibbons took the first new R1200GS Exclusive in the UK for a two-up adventure...

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April 2017

So obviously we’re hugely excited about the new ’Blade and GSX-R1000, especially after having to wait so long to see them. Good? Oh yes. James Haydon has tested the Honda, while JP has ridden the Suzuki. Now we can’t wait to see them in dealer showrooms, ride them on the road and watch them being raced at Donington Park and the Isle of Man...

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January-2017

This time of year you’ve got to make the most of any riding opportunity. \

Inside the 2017 new bikes issue: 82 new bikes including Norton’s new 200bhp V4 – the most advanced British bike ever.

In the January issue we take a ride out for a Sunday morning bimble with the Grand Tour star Richard Hammond and look into his amazing bike collection. We also take a look into the supercharged Triumph Thruxton: built so Carl Fogarty could win a sprint race. Triumph’s blown Thruxton R could be the future of performance...

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December 2016

In this issue we look at the new Honda Fireblade and Suzuki GSX-R1000, each loaded with enough electronic brilliance and engineering ingenuity to alter the laws of physics. Enjoy the technical insights about the new ‘Blade and GSX-R1000, but revel too in the astonishing 2016 Triumph 675 Daytona, Suzuki GSX-R750 and Honda Fireblade too...

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November 2016

Welcome
 
Making magazines can cause chewed fingernails. We’re putting this page together on deadline on Wednesday, before we know whether Triumph’s World Record attempt at Bonneville has been successful. The printers are letting us hold one page back till Friday morning and we hope the team have got the record by then. Apparently the weather in Utah is good, and the salt flats are in good condition too. Did they do it by Friday? I’ll stop biting my nails and just cross my fingers. Cal Crutchlow was more sympathetic to Bike’s production schedule. His win at the Czech GP is the first by a British rider in GP racing’s top class since Sheene, but was almost ignored by mainstream media in the frenzy of Olympics coverage. And that great ride was followed with a fine second place at the British GP. It’s been a while coming, but his success is richly deserved. Enjoy him enjoying the moment, overleaf. Lots more great stuff in this issue, from tattoo’d ladies to John Westlake riding what might be the USA’s best motorcycling road as part of our Hayab-USA adventure. Good roadtests too; there’s a 3000 mile test of Suzuki’s cuddly SV650 to the three bike group test of the mildly bonkers, but staggeringly useful KTM Super Duke GT, BMW S1000XR and Triumph Tiger 1050 Sport. Also last month we finally managed to organise one of our celebrated road bike only trackdays at Rockingham. Thanks to everyone who came, and to the sun for shining. We’ll do it again next year.

Enjoy the issue,

Hugo Wilson
Editor

 

inside this issue...

FLAT OUT

Back in 1956 Triumph grabbed the outright land speed record for a motorcycle. 60 years later they are at it again, aided and abetted by Guy Martin…


A RIDE WITH: THE LA LITAS

A biking revolution brought about by social media? It seems unlikely, but it’s true…


CRAZY SENSIBLE

Stupid power, sharp handling, comfort and practicality – Triumph’s uprated Tiger Sport and KTM’s new Super Duke GT square up to the defining upright sportsbike – BMW’s staggering S1000XR – on open roads, motorways and trackday.

October 2016

50 new bikes, 86 judges, only 1 winner. In the October issue we reveal the winner of Bike’s Bike of the Year 2016. This year has been another great one for new motorcycles; there’s the Honda Africa Twin, Triumphs range of Bonnevilles, two, three and four cylinder bikes from Yamaha and plenty more. We asked 86 experts from the industry to nominate their standout new bikes from the past 12 months and the winner is in. So what is it? Find out in the October issue of Bike magazine…

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September 2016

In this month’s issue we have the first test of the GS’s cooler cousin, the new BMW R nineT Scrambler and it’s rather fine. There’s a 28-page summer special where we celebrate two-wheel fun on the best day of the week – a Sunday; plus we ride the Yamaha 700 Tracer and there’s 32-pages of essential knowledge.

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August 2016

In this issue we head to Wales for our huge 2016 adventure bike test, where the seven most popular adventure bikes go head-to-head on trails and B-roads. We have one last glorious ride on the Honda CBR600RR and Bike's Mark Graham takes a passenger ride with new rising star of British sidecar racing Chris Walker - as they say, 'what could possibly go wrong...'

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July 2016

This month's issue is about decent riding kit. Every year the Bike team rack up thousands of miles riding all sorts of bikes in all sorts of weather, wearing all sorts of kit, from £19.99 Aldi gloves to fancy Rukka suits. The guide inside this issue is based on proper experience of leaking seams, broken zips and misting visors...

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JUNE 2016

This issue looks back at the heroic and hilarious past of what makes motorcycling cool in the 21st century.Triumph know the score - it’s what the brand new, stuffed with the latest technology but old looking Bonneville is all about. We’re older, but what’s great about motorcycling hasn’t changed in 40 years, even if the bikes (at least under the surface) have.

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March 2016

In the brand new-look Bike magazine's March issue we have a world exclusive test of the new retros; Triumph Street Twin, Yamaha XSR700 and Ducati Scrambler, plus we look at the alternatives available if you're looking for an adventure bike; BMW 1200GS, Triumph Tiger 800 and CCM 450. Plus there's a 32-page 2016 biking events guide inside too!

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