April 2016


My month’s motorcycling has mostly involved riding on slimy English A-roads aboard a BMW R1200GS, heated grips set to toasty and the traction control light gently flickering under slip road (both senses) acceleration. Well, that and almost building an engine and day dreaming about big foreign rides.

By contrast my colleagues, the finest writers and most experienced journalists in the business, have been enjoying sunshine, dry tarmac and lavish hospitality at the exotic foreign launches of some of this year’s finest new bikes. Meet Bike’s test team and read about the Yamaha XSR900, MV Agusta Brutale 800, Kawasaki ZX-10R, Ducati XDiavel S and Triumph Speed Triple R.

This is another great year for new bikes. We’ve also got the first proper UK roads comparison test between the GS and Honda’s new Africa Twin; we’re the only magazine that independently speed tests, dyno tests and weighs key test bikes. We’ve even got a pillion view.

Fuel for my travel daydreams has been provided by the impressive adventure stories in this issue. Three crazy Catalans to Morocco on old Africa Twins, a ride into the Italian Alps on a Suzuki commuter, and racing madness on a French beach. 

Bike has more new bikes, the best road tests, plus great adventure stories this month, next month, every month.

Enjoy the issue

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Inside this issue...

The bike we love. Better.
More power, revived attitude and the latest must-have extras – Triumph’s original streetfighter is back.

Right: Is it better than a GS?

Honda?s all-new adventure bike wowed the crowds on its recent launch in South Africa, but now it?s here in the UK there?s a rather big question to be answered. Africa Twin: say hello to the class-defining BMW R1200GS...

BMW GS: All at sea

Having just survived his first storm at sea adventurist Dylan Samarawickrama bobs about off-shore of a small fishing village on the edges of the Darien jungle, central/south America. Before converting his BMW into this ocean-going craft (and we do mean convert) Dylan had never even rowed a boat, nevermind set forth onto the open ocean. He lives to tell the tale…