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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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

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


inside this issue...


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


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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