This bumper issue of Bike has become an annual event. We add extra pages to the magazine and fill them with extraordinary stories of Bike readers’ rides from around the world, but we’ve still got room for a group test (Bobbers), the first and most authoritative rides on the new bikes (Kawasaki Z900RS, Triumph Tiger 1200),, and there’s also a trip inside the British motorcycle industry.
This month we reveal 79 new bikes for 2018 including all the tests and insights to ensure you know what's ahead for the world of motorcycling. Plus your FREE guide to Wallonia, Belgium - one of biking’s best kept secrets. Explore this hidden treasure on 1300km of great routes.
In the September issue of Bike magazine we get an exclusive test of 2018’s best adventure bike, Yamaha’s top secret T7.
We go racing with some Lincolnshire boys in Belgium, when Guy Martin and Pete Boast race at Spa on a Suzuki Katana and this month’s group test features mid-size nakeds, when find out which has more fun per pound from the Triumph Street Triple R, Kawasaki Z900 and Yamaha MT-09.
Plus free inside this month: 36 pages of our sister custom bike magazine, Built.
In the August issue of Bike magazine we test the two new variants of BMW’s ever successful GS – the Urban GS (an RnineT in disguise) and the R1200GS Rallye. We get our lean fix from the 198bhp Ducati Panigale S whilst the sun was shining on Britain’s B-roads and Bike reader Zac Patsalides takes us with him (or at least via his camera) on his maiden bike adventure on a ridiculously small Honda through Vietnam.
Elsewhere in the mag we thoroughly test Yamaha’s splendid Tracer 700, we take a look inside the Guzzi museum and we take a look back at the original retro racers when they ruled the TT course in the late sixties and early seventies.
It’s a wonder that this magazine ever gets to the printer. The team that makes it (including me) are continually distracted by ‘purchasing possibilities’. A productive morning’s work can be derailed by the discovery of a £500 MZ, a £1495 Yamaha TRX850 or a tempting finance offer on a 2017 Honda Fireblade...
This month Bike’s writers and testers have experienced very many events. Life-long Ducati fetishist Rupert Paul went to Spain to ride the new SuperSport, Jonathan Pearson tests KTM’s new Adventure models in Corsica and Martin Fitz-Gibbons took the first new R1200GS Exclusive in the UK for a two-up adventure...