Wazzing home from work last night, the hedges a blur of green, the last of this year’s suicidal flies splattering themselves on the visor of my Arai, I decided that this has been my best motorcycling summer in years.
There are two reasons. First, the weather. It’s been fantastic. Day after day of dry tarmac and tinted visors have turned the ride home from the office into a glorious 90-mile detour enjoying the twists and turns of the very best of midlands B-roads. When the weather finally broke a couple of weeks ago it was a shock to realise that I actually needed waterproofs. Where are they anyway?
Second, my regular ride during this amazing heat wave was a KTM 790 Duke. We like the KTM, that’s why we made it Bike’s Bike of the Year, but for my summer of fun it could just as well have been any of the bikes in this month’s group test (well, assuming I could soften the MV’s suspension). Middleweight nakeds are ace.
Enjoy the issue!
Inside this issue of Bike magazine
A 60-mile four stage road race on challenging machinery crowned by a final round Showdown at Silverstone's MotoGP meeting. Ready, set...
Three into Moto2 will go
Triumph's Steet Triple-based prototype is a different beast that should transform Moto2 from a tea break into a dust-up...
BMW R120GS Rallye TE
Is the 2018 GS genuinely the best bike in the world or are BMW trading on past glories? We ride more than 3,000 miles to find out...