The September issue of Bike magazine is out now with free Travel Stories magazine!

Putting together this issue has been enlivened by communication from Jamie Duncan in Spain, Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal. To be honest, at times we didn’t think he’d get that far. Following last year’s ride from Peterborough to Japan on a brand new Suzuki V-Strom 1000 we decided to take the budget option for this year’s adventure saga. After raiding the office petty cash tin Jamie bought a Kawasaki Tengai on eBay for £1000. Over the next few months he’s hoping to make it all the way down West Africa to Cape Town and you can read the full story in Bike, every month. Well, hopefully. It took two litres of 10w/40 to restore the Tengai’s oil level in Spain, but amazingly they made it across the Sahara. Now he’s asked us to send a new chain to his hotel in Dakar while he tops up his tan on the beach. I wonder what will go wrong next month? Back in Leicestershire Mike Armitage spent a summer’s evening riding the sublime end-of-an-era and gadget-free Suzuki GSX-R1000. He came back gushing with enthusiasm. Hard to believe it’s 30 years since the launch of the original GSX-R750, the bike that started the whole hard-edged sportsbike class. That’s a lot of good memories, a lot of ground kneesliders and a lot of squashed summer flies. Well worth a small celebration. Carl Fogarty was a crucial part of Britain’s 1990s sportsbike craze. The four times World Superbike Champion was always outspoken and could get a crowd of 120,000 to Brands Hatch. He’s still outspoken but, after reality TV success, he’s much more mellow too. Mark Graham went to meet the new, improved Foggy for big wheelies, a corned beef sandwich and a pint of lager shandy. There’s loads more great writing, great stories, great pictures and incisive road tests in this month’s mag too. Plus the shame of my Welsh Two-Day Enduro .

PS. Don’t forget the Bol d’Or (as if) 18-20 September.

Enjoy the issue, 
Hugo Wilson, Editor 

The BIG features in the September issue...

Ace's wild Ariel trumps Triumph

Ariel surprised everyone by building a bespoke bike that actually works and, deservedly, received worldwide acclaim. But how does it compare with a legend of mass manufacture? Bike finds out first.


A ride with Carl Fogarty
Carl Forgarty: WSB champion, TT winner, jungle expert and notoriously tough customer. Until now. Things have changed for Our Carl and life is good…


New Bike News
Honda say the MotoGP-derived RC213V-S sets a new benchmark for performance. At £140,000 it needs to…





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