October 2016

Every year bikes get better, so the stuff we thought was fantastic ten years ago now appears to be obsolete (though the 1973 Norton Commando 750 Roadster is yet to be beaten on looks). 2016 has been another great year for new bikes. From the astonishingly capable and engaging Yamaha Tracer 700 to the intercontinental Ducati Multistrada Enduro. From the impressive new Triumph twins to the long-awaited Honda Africa Twin.

We reckon that there have been 50 new or significantly upgraded motorcycles introduced in 2016, but how to pick Bike’s Bike of the Year? We spoke to the most experienced and cleverest people in Bike’s bulging contacts book and asked them. What’s impressive is that so many of the people who work in the industry are prepared to say positive things about a rival’s products. Thanks to all the people who took the time to vote. Of course you don’t have to buy into the relentless march of motorcycling technology, we’ve also identified the current Used Bike of the Year and custom bike contributor Chris Hunter has picked the ten best Customs of the Year too. This issue also contains the first report from our Hayabusa USA trip. Next month it’ll actually get out of New York City and onto some proper roads.

Enjoy the issue.

Hugo Wilson


Inside this issue...

Flying high 

Honda’s Africa Twin is their most important big bike for years, and the UK’s biggest selling adventure bike. It’s designed for adventure, so we took it for one…

State of the art

BMW’s fabulous S1000R has defined the supernaked class since late 2013. Yamaha’s growling new MT-10 thinks it’s had its own way for too long.

Tracer v ER-6F v CBR650F

Yamaha’s new Tracer 700 has muscled its way into the middleweight mêlée but Kawasaki’s journeyman ER-6f is still slugging away and Honda’s popular CBR is fit for the fray…