This slimy goat track in the Sierra Nevada mountains is not the route through Spain that Philip Weston would have chosen, but I thought it was brilliant. Philip’s (long) weekend on the new Kawasaki H2 SX was a blur of green on European autoroutes. But 5000 miles and 33 fuel stops gave us the definitive verdict on range, comfort and tyre life. And a cracking story. Philip’s gone home for a snooze.
Staff writer Ben Lindley did an endurance challenge this month too. Launches of the Ducati 1100 Scrambler, Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 and Honda CB1000R, all in a week. Testing the new BMW F850GS was less hasty. Beautiful Andalusian scenery, blossom in the almond trees, water splashes, suicidal dogs, slippery ascents, rocky descents and a paella at a beachside café. And it’s a great bike, worthy of the GS logo.
There are astonishing new bikes this year, and astonishing deals too. Some of them are in our PCP section.
But Bike isn’t just about new bikes. The racing season has kicked off. Julian Ryder went to BSB at Donington, Rupert Paul rode with his hero Freddie Spencer. Guy Martin and Bike’s Peter Boast chatted in a workshop in Lincolnshire.
Enjoy the issue, and maybe see you at our Rockingham trackday.
Inside the issue...
Kawasaki H2 SX SE
Being fast is easy, but combining that with comfort and economy is much, much trickier. We ride the world’s fastest sports tourer round Europe in a long weekend to see if Kawasaki have pulled it off…
Great racing, easy access to the riders, family friendly and affordable ticket prices. We have forgotten just how great British Superbikes is. Julian Ryder heads to Donington Park to remind himself…
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