It’s late in the afternoon on the sort of day when you wish you’d not bothered with that thermal lining. The sun’s high in an immaculate sky, bleached mountains dominate the view in every direction, and we haven’t seen another soul all day. We feel on top of the world, but this isn’t the Himalayas. It’s not even the Alps. This is Wales, just a few hours from home yet a world away from daily life, and where the adaptability of our adventure bikes is astonishing.
Yesterday we flew here in sumptuous comfort, then spent a memorable afternoon leaping down amazing back roads. Now we’re skipping along forest tracks and hilltop trails, and tomorrow we’ll luggage up for the fast A-roads home. Our huge test – including pillion picks, technique tips and riding school guidance.
The high-rise all-rounders aren’t the only amazing bikes in this issue. KTM’s new Super Duke GT blows our minds on a perfect summer evening, and we’re just as astounded revisiting the accuracy of Honda’s sublime CBR600 – for the last time, we’re sad to say. There’s already a CBR in David Silver’s new (and probably the world’s best) Honda museum, where we had an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour.
A willing volunteer was also sent to Cadwell Park to take a spin with racing legend Chris Walker – in the chair of his new ZX-10R-powered sidecar. ‘Hey, don’t worry,’ we said. ‘It’s not as if you’re going to fall out...’ View the carnage in this issue. Good news, too. Our celebrated road bike-only track days are back for this summer.
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Inside this issue
Riding [not just] adventure bikes: the basics
The height and weight of adventure bikes can be daunting, but three simple techniques will increase your confidence, and they work on other bikes too.
Sunshine, entertaining machinery and similar to the Motogiro d’Italia in no discernible way – summer brings us big fun on small bikes...
A ride with: Chris Walker
Bike’s Mark Graham takes a passenger ride with the new rising star of British sidecar racing. As they say, ‘what could possibly go wrong…’