March 2016

bike magazine MARCH 2016 ISSUE

I rode the new Triumph Street Twin into work this morning. Low winter sun, low winter temperature and slimy roads, but a fantastic ride on the choked A1 and on wriggly back lanes. It's a great bike. All that Triumph Bonneville heritage and style, but in a package that performs better, sounds better, handles better and has better detailing than its predecessor.

Your new, improved Bike magazine is similar to the new Triumph Street Twin. All the familiar heritage and style, but in a package that performs better, reads better and has better detailing. There are more tests of the important new bikes, like the first group test of the Street Twin (we got the very first UK test bike) with the new Yamaha XSR700 and the big selling Ducati Scrambler. And the first UK test of the Ducati 959 Panigale and the Indian Scout 60 (see, we're as diverse as ever). And there are more travel and adventure stories too.

What have we taken away? Nothing. More pages mean that we can keep the opinion-led news and the info-packed Know How section. And our writing and photography is still the best. We're at the London Motorcycle Show on 12-14 February, come and see us and tell us what you think. Or email us here.

Plus, get your free 32-page event guide inside this issue. 


Inside this issue...

Exotica goes mainstream

Sales of the glitzy premium brands scorch ever upwards.

How much adventure bike do you need?

Do you really need a BMW R1200GS for your big trip? Or is a 40bhp CCM a better proposition for Africa? Maybe a 94bhp Triumph Tiger is a reasonable compromise. We took all three on a Shropshire safari.

How to kill a Honda (or why it pays to take your old man along on a trip)

On the first of what he'd planned to be many overseas adventures, Luke Warren got a taste of the more uncomfortable side of foreign travel, after his beloved Honda blew up in France.