January 2018

It’s 1am and bucketing down. Lamp-lit Italian streets are awash with flood water and littered with leaves, and I’m tip-toeing over shiny cobbles back to a quiet hotel after the closing fanfare of Ducati’s 2018 World Premiere.

It’s EICMA week in Milan: new bikes, stunning light shows, enthusiastic speeches. None more so than Ducati’s, who held their event on the stage of the Italian X Factor. Same director, too. You can read about their new flagship V4 in this issue. No other journalist at the bash had braved the rain and arrived by bike, let alone ridden over the Stelvio Pass on the trip down. See how BMW’s high-tech new R1200GS managed it inside this month. 

Tomorrow evening are the Yamaha and Honda events, where the huge story will undoubtedly be the three-wheeled NIKEN. We’re surprised (and pleased) such a bold concept has made full-scale production. Three-wheeled MT-09s. Whatever next? US correspondent Mark Gardiner’s found out. Learn what’s in store for the world of motorcycling.

After the pomp and ceremony of EICMA’s bustling last day is over, the BMW’s sat-nav will be set for Yorkshire where I’m reliably informed the locals are suffering sub-zero conditions. High time to stoke up the coals, order the turkey, and gift a subscription to Bike for Christmas. It’ll keep the motorcycle fire burning until spring, though don’t forget if you’re quick you can see next year’s new bikes at Motorcycle Live at the NEC, 18-26 November.



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Enjoy the issue.

Inside this issue

Ducati Monster


821 Revised middleweight takes style advice from Monster 1200, but is it enough?

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Into the Valley


5 November, snow storms shut the Stelvio Pass for what could be winter. 4 November, Ben Lindley pops through on a 2018 R1200GS Adventure heading for Milan, and EICMA. At least that’s the plan...

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Improvement and evolution for their market-defining middleweights, plus the most exciting new ‘bike’ in decades...

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