November 2016

Making magazines can cause chewed fingernails. We’re putting this page together on deadline on Wednesday, before we know whether Triumph’s World Record attempt at Bonneville has been successful. The printers are letting us hold one page back till Friday morning and we hope the team have got the record by then. Apparently the weather in Utah is good, and the salt flats are in good condition too. Did they do it by Friday? I’ll stop biting my nails and just cross my fingers. Cal Crutchlow was more sympathetic to Bike’s production schedule. His win at the Czech GP is the first by a British rider in GP racing’s top class since Sheene, but was almost ignored by mainstream media in the frenzy of Olympics coverage. And that great ride was followed with a fine second place at the British GP. It’s been a while coming, but his success is richly deserved. Enjoy him enjoying the moment, overleaf. Lots more great stuff in this issue, from tattoo’d ladies to John Westlake riding what might be the USA’s best motorcycling road as part of our Hayab-USA adventure. Good roadtests too; there’s a 3000 mile test of Suzuki’s cuddly SV650 to the three bike group test of the mildly bonkers, but staggeringly useful KTM Super Duke GT, BMW S1000XR and Triumph Tiger 1050 Sport. Also last month we finally managed to organise one of our celebrated road bike only trackdays at Rockingham. Thanks to everyone who came, and to the sun for shining. We’ll do it again next year.

Enjoy the issue,

Hugo Wilson


inside this issue...


Back in 1956 Triumph grabbed the outright land speed record for a motorcycle. 60 years later they are at it again, aided and abetted by Guy Martin…


A biking revolution brought about by social media? It seems unlikely, but it’s true…


Stupid power, sharp handling, comfort and practicality – Triumph’s uprated Tiger Sport and KTM’s new Super Duke GT square up to the defining upright sportsbike – BMW’s staggering S1000XR – on open roads, motorways and trackday.