The October issue of Bike magazine is out now!

Sitting in front of a computer, in a (barely) air-conditioned office, on a nondescript business park in the unglamorous English East Midlands I wonder whether the Kawasaki H2 actually exists. 200bhp? Supercharged? Styling from a sci-fi film? What, in austerity Britain 2015? When you need a risk assessment before using a step ladder? It can’t be real. Can it? But here are five people who’ve actually bought one. Gentlemen I salute you. You, and the good people at Kawasaki, have made the world a much, much better place. I’m contacting Buckingham Palace to recommend knighthoods all round. Even if the H2 were a dream, it’s been a brilliant year for new bikes. According to Bike’s back of a fag packet maths there has been a grand total of 68 new launches in 2015, from the Ariel Ace to the BMW S1000XR.

The Yamaha R1 is utterly amazing. But how close to a race bike? The besotted James Haydon has taken one to Donington to compare with his old factory racer. The Ducati Scrambler’s ‘cool’ too . And the Yamaha Tracer is pretty amazing – a truly great bike that’s also staggeringly affordable. So which will be Bike of the Year for 2015? Find out in the brand new issue of Bike magazine, on sale now!

Enjoy the issue, 
Hugo Wilson, Editor 

The BIG features in the September issue...

‘He wants a what? A chain for a Tengai!’

Jamie Duncan’s smokey, £1000 Kawasaki has got him to Dakar, but now he’s stranded, looking for a chain and contemplating Zen and the art of motorcyle malfunctions…

 Meet the judges
We asked 78 experts, from engineers and designers to racers and journalists, to pick their top three new bikes of 2015. Nobody could vote for a brand they work for. Thanks to all who voted, especially those happy to have positive views on bikes from rival companies published.


Price is right
Last year’s Bike of the Year winner takes on the new middleweight alternatives. All available at under £100 a month...





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