September 2018


A 21st Century motorcycle is a flippin’ amazing thing. A really complicated piece of engineering and electronics that delivers amazing performance, impeccable reliability and meets loads of demanding noise, emissions and safety targets. I can just about re-assemble the carburettors on a 1981 Moto Morini, but I’ve no real comprehension about how the technology on a 2018 motorcycle actually works. They don’t half ride beautifully though. But there is more to it than technology. Because as well as delivering performance, they also have to tug on your heartstrings.

Laptop computers are clever too, but you don’t want one the way you want a motorcycle. So making a decent motorcycle is pretty hard. And before you can make the bike, you have to make a motorcycle factory. That takes some impressive commitment. Every time I ride a Triumph (and last month I had a brilliant 350-mile run on a Tiger 800 XCa) I’m impressed, delighted and, yes honestly, proud that there’s a company with one of the most advanced motorcycle factories in the world, making some of the best bikes on the planet, and it’s only fifty miles from my front door. People that live a lot further away from the factory love these bikes too. That is surely worthy of a celebration, and that’s why we’ve produced this special edition of the magazine.

Enjoy the issue…

 

Inside the September issue....

 


Triumph Twins

Triumph’s range of retro twins use quality ingredients that are well prepared and simply presented. We took nine of them for a ride to Jacks Hill Cafe. 

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Four ways to skin a cat

Four Triumph Tigers let loose in Leicestershire’s back country. But which one has the most back-lane bravado?

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The Mackenzies

Thirty-four years after his GP debut at Silverstone, Niall Mackenzie and son Tarran ride the Northamptonshire track and talk about the old days and the upcoming British GP

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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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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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February 2018

This bumper issue of Bike has become an annual event. We add extra pages to the magazine and fill them with extraordinary stories of Bike readers’ rides from around the world, but we’ve still got room for a group test (Bobbers), the first and most authoritative rides on the new bikes (Kawasaki Z900RS, Triumph Tiger 1200),, and there’s also a trip inside the British motorcycle industry.

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January 2018

This month we reveal 79 new bikes for 2018 including all the tests and insights to ensure you know what's ahead for the world of motorcycling. Plus your FREE guide to Wallonia, Belgium - one of biking’s best kept secrets. Explore this hidden treasure on 1300km of great routes.

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September 2017

In the September issue of Bike magazine we get an exclusive test of 2018’s best adventure bike, Yamaha’s top secret T7.

We go racing with some Lincolnshire boys in Belgium, when Guy Martin and Pete Boast race at Spa on a Suzuki Katana and this month’s group test features mid-size nakeds, when find out which has more fun per pound from the Triumph Street Triple R, Kawasaki Z900 and Yamaha MT-09.

Plus free inside this month: 36 pages of our sister custom bike magazine, Built.

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August 2017

In the August issue of Bike magazine we test the two new variants of BMW’s ever successful GS – the Urban GS (an RnineT in disguise) and the R1200GS Rallye. We get our lean fix from the 198bhp Ducati Panigale S whilst the sun was shining on Britain’s B-roads and Bike reader Zac Patsalides takes us with him (or at least via his camera) on his maiden bike adventure on a ridiculously small Honda through Vietnam.

Elsewhere in the mag we thoroughly test Yamaha’s splendid Tracer 700, we take a look inside the Guzzi museum and we take a look back at the original retro racers when they ruled the TT course in the late sixties and early seventies.

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July 2017

This month in Bike, we test the Yamaha R1 vs Honda Fireblade vs Kawasaki ZX-10R vs BMW S1000RR. We celebrate 10 years of the Street Triple and take the new KTM 1090R adventure biking on US trails. 

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June 2017

It’s a wonder that this magazine ever gets to the printer. The team that makes it (including me) are continually distracted by ‘purchasing possibilities’. A productive morning’s work can be derailed by the discovery of a £500 MZ, a £1495 Yamaha TRX850 or a tempting finance offer on a 2017 Honda Fireblade...

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May 2017

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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