This time of year you’ve got to make the most of any riding opportunity (unless you’re reading this in the southern hemisphere, in which case the rest of us are jealous). My best ride this month was a 30-mile Sunday outing along the sweeping A449 for a cup of tea and a quality home-made apricot flapjack at British Camp in the Malvern Hills. It was a grey day, with autumn slime on Worcestershire’s cold tarmac, but we had a blast, rattling windows with the raucous din of Richard Hammond’s 1961 650cc Triumph Bonneville and the high rpm howl of his fabulous four-pipe 1976 Kawasaki Z900. Good to see and hear bikes like that being used right through to the back-end of autumn. That’s what they’re for.

A couple of weeks later in Milan the wraps were coming off a whole bunch of brand new 2017 bikes. You’ll find them all in our 33-page special section. The first test of the updated 2017 Kawasaki Z1000SX, a high-tech successor to Richard’s ‘76 Z900. Big manufacturers BMW, Ducati and Triumph are really pushing new nakeds and retros for next year, so there’s an irony that Norton, one of motorcycling’s oldest names, are planning a 200bhp carbon clothed V-four sportsbike. Plus. Foggy’s supercharged Triumph Thruxton.

Enjoy the issue, and remember, a subscription to Bike is a perfect Christmas gift for friends and family. Especially you. Point present givers to the subscription link at the bottom of this page.

Hugo Wilson

Inside this issue..



Norton turn their TT racer into a road-legal superbike. With its 200bhp V4, cunning electronics and rear view camera, it puts the super back into Superbike. 




As Grand Tour starts on pay-per-view telly, Richard Hammond still finds time for a Sunday morning ride. But which bike to take?



Built purely so Carl Fogarty could win a sprint race, Triumph’s blown Thruxton R could just be the future of performance. Bike holds tight on an exclusive blast...