November 2019

his is me on Yam’s Ténéré 700, scurrying up a big hill somewhere in North Wales. The new twin takes the swollen adventure market in a fresh direction, with more than a hint of the original dual-purpose ‘giant trailies’ of the 80s and 90s (I had a Suzuki DR650RS but fancied a DR750 Big). So to see where the 700 sits we took it on a road trip with seven other adventurers…

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October 2019

From where photographer Matt Howell’s camera is, to the end of the runway is probably half a mile, and it’s hard to get a sense of space and speed when you’re belting towards the horizon on a BMW S1000RR…

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September 2019

50 years ago Honda launched the CB750 and I was an eight-year-old kid with my nose pressed to the window of a bike shop, looking at a candy red and chrome dream machine. My dad took me into the shop and got me a brochure and I became a short-trouser’d expert on Honda’s 1969 colour schemes…

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August 2019

The sensations of summer; insects splattering themselves onto the visor of an Arai, the smell of haymaking wafting across the hedgerows, the coolness of a freshly filled fuel tank between your legs, the feel of handlebar grips through lightweight gloves, hot, grippy tarmac, the surprising and satisfying grind of a hero blob on tarmac. It feels like it’s been ages coming…

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July 2019

This is me enjoying the sound of the off-beat engine rhythm with subdued background gear whine of a Honda V4 at tickover…

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June 2019

This is an Ariel Ace. It’s a crazy device, with a frame and forks hewn from solid alloy, bodywork bits in hand laid carbon fibre and a massive leather saddle that’d make sense to The Lone Ranger…

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May 2019

Please excuse the indulgence, but when presented with a photo opportunity that involves an exotically dressed camel herder, a pair of camels and a genuine desert, it’d be rude not to take full advantage…

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April 2019

I’m not expecting sympathy, but making Bike in the middle of winter is a challenge…

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March 2019

We’re dreaming of the great rides that will happen as soon as spring comes along. So, where will you ride to and what to do in 2019? Allow us to give you some suggestions…

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February 2019

Rides of a lifetime? The first one, obviously. Puttering around grandpa’s garden on a smoky moped, getting confused about which direction you twist the throttle to slow down and detouring through a handsome flower bed….

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January 2019

Trends in motorcycle design and engineering for 2019? Based on what was most obvious at the Eicma show you’d think we’ll all be riding electric bikes by next April.

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December 2018

Sunny afternoons spent razzing about on a Honda Monkey bike should be available on prescription. There’s no better way of wasting time than zooming(?) along at 58.4mph (rising to 61.3mph down hills) enjoying the countryside…

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November 2018

Middleweight nakeds are light, fast and fun. It makes them the perfect tools for British roads. But what seperates KTM's new 790 Duke, Yamaha's uprated MT-09, the top-spec Triumph Street Triple and MV Agusta's big-buck Brutale 800? Plus, we ride to the British MotoGP on our collection of oddball 50cc's, find out why Triumph's new Moto2 machine could shake up the class entirely and ask whether the 2018 version of BMW's R1200GS is still the best bike in the world.

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October 2018

Fifty brilliant bikes ridden and ranked by a panel with 270 years’ riding between them. There can only be one winner. All will be revealed in this month’s issue of Bike.

Elsewhere in the mag this month, two superbike riders complete a 12,500-mile lap of Australia on a Kawasaki H2 and a Ducati Panigale, we ride the BMW Grand America K1600, Harley announce a new 18-bike line-up and Honda revive their 1961 monkey bike.  

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September 2018

In this issue of Bike: every New Triumph Ridden - 18 new Triumphs ridden, plus Gary Johnson on Speed and Street Triples and an exclusive Nick Bloor interview. 3500-mile test - This month it’s the turn of We test Harley’s Sport Glide over 3,500 miles, and find out how ex-Army bomb-disposal Aaron Mitchell was saved by a Suzuki DRZ400S. There’s a ride with The Mackenzies - Bike’s TT-winning Mat Oxley on track with Niall and Tarran and Aprilia RSV4 RR - Aprilia down-spec their RSV4 RF, and it works out quite well.

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August 2018

We can surely agree that the 1974 Kawasaki Z1 is one of the finest looking motorcycles ever produced. Handsome air- cooled engine, curvy bodywork with that neat tail piece, great colour scheme and shiny four pipe exhaust system.

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July 2018

The modern sportsbike is a remarkable thing. I went out for a gentle potter on the Ducati Panigale V4, but only after James Haydon, Peter Boast and co. had trashed the rear tyre and covered it in flies during our Sportsbike of the Year test at Rockingham…..

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June 2018

There are astonishing new bikes this year, and astonishing deals too - See our 100 top new bike deals for 2018 in this month's issue.

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May 2018

In the interests of creating high quality photography for this month’s high-mileage test Bike’s art man P. Lang and photographer Jason Critchell spent a February evening in Peterborough city centre.....

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April 2018

In 1993 I was sent on my first major motorcycle launch for Bike, and I was nervous. The ZZ-R1100D was, Kawasaki claimed, the fastest production motorcycle ever, and I had spent most of my time on a Zephyr 550. But the big ZZR was a joy...

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