We’ve seen many brilliant new motorcycles roll into, and out of, showrooms this year. Bikes from Zero, Triumph, Ducati, Honda and many more besides. Which made judging this year’s Bike of the Year all the more fun. And so our five man judging panel swung fearlessly into action. Truth to tell we thought we’d got the winner nailed early doors, but a last minute surge in scoring saw an about-face at the Number 1 spot. And 2022’s best bike is…
Also in this issue: Mat Oxley talks to superstar DJ and race team head Carl Cox; crossing the Darien Gap (a big jungle) and Alaska by motorcycle; how to build a TT winning motorcycle; Kawasaki Ninja H2 buying guide; Team Bike and more.
AUGUST 2022 - Sold out!
As kids we knew summer was properly here when the summer specials landed in the newsagents. All the comics and kids mags did them. Here at Bike we love a bit of nostalgia and so this month it’s time for our very own 164-page bumper Summer Special…
First into the sea is Jon Westlake who’s scoured the motorcycling world for the best tales of summers past. From Foggy and Hizzy at the TT in ’92 to kids jumping rivers in the Northants countryside back in 1975…
Of course a motorcycling summer wouldn’t be a motorcycling summer without the TT – although we’ve recently had to deal with Island free years for obvious reasons. Thankfully we were back in 2022 and TT photography legend Dave Collister has delivered a mind-boggling set of pictures of the TT as you’ve never seen it before.
Also in the issue: Supernakeds group test; editor Wilson has a go at flat-tracking (he loves a steel shoe); first ride of Yamaha’s 1980s inspired XSR900; Mat Oxley interviews the brain behind Ducati’s MotoGP renaissance and much more…
Triumph make no bones about the reasoning behind their new Tiger 1200 – they are out to best BMW’s high watermark, the R1250GS. Which is a tall order. And the only way to really understand whether they’ve hit their goal, or not, is to put the brand spanking Tiger head-to-head with Triumph’s BMW nemesis. Which is exactly what we’ve done in the July issue of Bike.
In fact the July issue is a bit of a road test special with 42 pages dedicated to the close examination of: Ducati’s DesertX; Honda’s NT1100 DCT; Royal Enfield’s Scram; BMW’s K1600GT and much more.
Plus: Mat Oxley talks to MotoGP friends and enemies Martin and Bastianini and Charlie Weisel enjoys a transcontinental motorcycle adventure on his 10ft 4in long Harley-Davidson chopper…
Four bikes, four ways to go fast and with 700bhp between them they can definitely do that. Making progress 2022-style is a many and varied thing as this month’s Bike group test reveals: Suzuki Hayabusa v Triumph Speed Triple RR v Ducati Multistrada V4S v Aprilia Tuono Factory. So that’s an adventure bike, a naked, a legendary hyperbike and Triumph’s new arrival…
Also in the June issue of Bike we look back at mercurial racer Joey Dunlop through the eyes of racing rival and manager Neil Tuxworth, Mat Oxley talks to John McGuinness about his return to the TT, and his teeth, there’s a first ride of Triumph’s new Tiger 1200 plus 100 bikes, 100 deals – Bike’s annual look at the best pay per month deals on current new motorcycles.
We can smell it, hear it and actually see it because daylight is sticking around for longer. Yes, it’s spring. Which means it’s time to reengage with our bikes, unleash that just-finished winter project, go and watch some bike racing or, maybe, even buy a new motorcycle. Speaking of which…
If you’re looking to cover big miles in 2022 this month’s group test – Yamaha Tracer 9GT v Honda NT1100 v Suzuki GSX-S1000GT v Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX – has it covered. And if you’re in need of destination inspiration for you and your new purchase this month’s events guide has that job done too.
Also in the May issue: BSB 2022 – where to watch and who; Wayne Rainey exclusive interview; Tarran Mackenzie talks to Mat Oxley and the Transatlantic Trophy… Sheene and Roberts in Eastertime action.
It’s fair to say we are living in a golden age of super-affordable pre-loved bikes – £4250 for the cut-price exotica of Aprilia’s Tuono (2009), or a much less £2790 for Triumph’s legendary Daytona T595 (1997). Fantastic. Further investigation revealed many more sublime secondhand deals from £1500-£5250. And they’re all in the April issue of Bike.
Plus: Mat Oxley talks to current Moto2 world Champion Remy Gardner and dad Wayne talks racing and winning back in the 1980s; First ride of BMW’s K1600GT; adventuring in Vietnam; MotoGP preview, and do teenagers and mopeds still go together? Oh and a Vespa with an anti-tank gun.
As we know, we are living in fast changing times. In every sense, including motorcycling. Take for example middleweights. Cast aside for many years, thanks to the newly arrived Aprilia RS660 and Yamaha R7 a full-on middleclass fight back is underway. So much so that this month we have tested both bikes against sportsbike royalty in the shape of BMW’s S1000RR and Ducati’s V2. A bit unbalanced you might think. Not a bit of it…
Also in the March issue: first ride of Triumph’s new Tiger 660, the best Tiger they’ve ever built; DIY bike builders on project pain and pleasure, and Mat Oxley talks to current WSB champ and racing revolutionary Toprak Razgatlioglu. All this and a free 20 page travel guide.
Old is the new new. Or so it seems with a quiver of legacy British bike brands making a comeback. 11 of them appeared at the recent NEC show including such rare grooves as Dot and Royal Alloy. Bike February 2022 celebrates this reboot of the Great British motorcycle industry with a test ride of Triumph’s Speed Triple RR and news on the Tiger 1200. There’s also a look at the new BSA Gold Star, a walk around Norton’s new factory (near Birmingham) and a ride of the fresh out of the blocks Langan Two Stroke (made in Lancashire).
Also in Bike February: Mat Oxley interviews Danilo Petrucci – the racer who is about to make the incredible leap from MotoGP to Dakar off-road racing; adventure before dementia – three motorcyclists with 223 years between them and still loving riding bikes plus nakeds group test and much more.
Bike’s been road testing motorcycles for 50 brilliant years, and we do love a ‘road test special’. Lining up for scrutinization in the January issue are: Honda’s NT1100; Husqvarna’s Norden; Kawasaki’s Z650RS; Suzuki’s GSX-S1000GT; Aprilia’s Taureg and Ducati’s Multistrada V2. A cruiser group test keeps the tyres turning. Less road testy, but no less worth a read, are Mat Oxley’s interview with Alex Briggs (Rossi’s Mechanic for 21 years – he’s got a tale or three to tell), a deep dive into two-stroke engine tech and a circumnavigation of the UK by electric Zero. Finally, and with heavy hearts, we pay tribute to racing legend Paul Smart.
In these challenging times a new motorcycle capable of transporting us back to simpler days is a big deal. And so it turns out in the December 2021 issue as we take a test ride on Yamaha’s new ‘big thrills, no frills’ R7. And deeply impressive it is too. Not quite so simple is the astonishing career of Leon Haslam; when Rossi retires Leon will become the grand old man of motorcycle racing, and still he races on despite a career that includes seven broken legs. Mat Oxley discovers what makes him tick. Also in the December issue: the Chinese bike we should buy; 1000cc nakeds group test, riding Iceland and much more.
Itu2019s been a long time coming but the day is almost upon us, the day Valentino Rossi hangs up his MotoGP boots and helmet for the final time. Tough as it is to consider life without Vale on the grid we choked back the tears and headed to the British MotoGP, Silverstone to give thanks and find out what the gathered ranks of fans feel about this cataclysmic disturbance. There is big love out there for the man from Tavullia. Playing support to Rossi in Bike November is one of this yearu2019s most important group tests: the hypernaked class is the most thrilling in current motorcycling which means a mighty battle between Triumph, Aprilia, Ducati and KTM. Also in Bike November: my years with Rossi by Valentinou2019s boss; sidecar speedway; new Triumph Speed Triple 1200RR and Tiger 660, plus much moreu2026
After much arguing Bikeu2019s expert team of motorcycle judgementalists have slipped the laurel wreath around the bars of 2021u2019s Bike of the Year (BOTY). And itu2019s been the toughest competition in many a moon. In fact, so high was the standard, The Final was fought out between 13 bikes, not the traditional top ten. From Zontesu2019s sub u00a35000 ZT310-T to Ducatiu2019s radar equipped Multistrada V4 S. And the eventual winner, thatu2019ll be a big surprise. Of course Bikeu2019s annual BOTY squabble is not just about the class of 2021, thereu2019s also the annual celebration of the pre-loved in the Used Bike of the Year squabble. Which this time around includes a 16-year-old Honda. Also in Octoberu2019s mix: the return of Irish road racing; Mat Oxley interviews Ana Carrasco; one rideru2019s obsession with north Africa and much moreu2026
SEPTEMBER 2021 - SOLD OUT!
1971: Mark Williams founded a motorcycle magazine like no other beforeu2026 or since. And he named that magazine u2018Bikeu2019. 2021: time flies and Bikeu2019s celebrating 50 years of all that is fast, furious and fun on two wheels. And weu2019re doing it in true Bike style with a stout 164 page anniversary issue. Hereu2019s a taster of whatu2019s on offeru2026 From flares and choppers to airbag suits, Williams and ex-Bike editor John Westlake compare bike life in 1971 and 2021, and itu2019s not all rose tinted visors. Of course, during the 18,250 days of Bike thereu2019s been much to marvel at when it comes to motorcycle evolution u2013 u201970s Laverda Jota to Ducati Multistrada V4, ex-staffers discuss the highs and highs of bike development. Next up and the adventure bike group test brings us right back into the present. Think radars, cornering ABS and auto height adjustment. Itu2019s incredible how far motorcycles have come. Plus: 50 years of Ducati in MotoGP; Bimotau2019s brand new and bonkers Tesi H2 ridden; How Bike changed my life; Mat Oxley interview with Ginger Molloy and much moreu2026
Racing is important: current and future bikes feed on the technology it inspires, and our brains and hearts thrive on the competition and the heroes racing creates. And the August issue is full of both: Maquez, Doohan, Dunlop, and Morbidelli, plus BMWu2019s S1000RR M Package racer for the road and James Haydonu2019s BSB preview. Also included is a 1000-mile sail down a Siberian river u2018onu2019 Ural sidecar combinations. Thatu2019s rightu2026sail, and Bikeu2019s latest sports tourer group test u2013 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT v BMW F900XR TE v Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro.
Bike emerges blinking into post-ish Lockdown world with the July u2018UK Great Escapesu2019 issue. Included are: 45 of the best roads/destinations and ice-creams to enjoy this summer on a motorcycle u2013 as chosen by Bikeu2019s experts; a slow and joyful ride in the Peak District on Royal Enfields and a look back at the 1947 TT (when a post war party atmosphere enveloped the Isle of Man, much as it will 2021 Great Britain as we move out of Lockdown). Tests of the new Triumph 1200 RS Speed Triple, Apriliau2019s and Ducatiu2019s latest V4 superbikes, an interview with Chaz Davies and a long ride across Australia also appear.
In the June of Bike Magazine, the Suzuki Hayabusa special - we test the brand-new Hayabusa on both road & runway. Plus being famous for one thing is an excellent strategy and one which has paid off well for the Hayabusa, but how do you hit that mythical 200mph on the Suzuki? Plus, we give you our tips for buying used u2018Busas. Elsewhere in the issue, we interview Casey Stoner - ten years after winning his second MotoGP world title, Stoner tells us why he doesnu2019t regret retiring at his peak. Plus, Aprilia Tuono 660, Triumph Trident & Yamaha MT-07 do the twist.
In the May issue of Bike, we take a look at the brand new Harley-Davidson Pan America - even the most optimistic Harley fan didnu2019t expect this. On paper, the new Pan America looks like a potential GS beater, but just how clever is it? Elsewhere in the issue, we speak to Joan Mir who shocked the racing world last year when he won the MotoGP title at only his second attempt. But he did so in the absence of MotoGP king Marc Marquez, so was his 2020 success a mirage, or can he win again in 2021? Plus, see how Andru00e9 Sousa transports himself around the world, by minibikeu2026
In the April issue of Bike, we celebrate 34 years of the Honda VFR - 2021 will be the first time that Honda hasnu2019t had a VFR in their range since 1986, we mourn the passing of a V4 legend and celebrate the greatest VFRs. Plus, see what happens when the adventureness of a GS and the sportiness of an XR and ground-breaking tech, Ducati's new Multistrada V4 looks to beat BMW at both their own games... Elsewhere in the issue, we take a look at the five bikes that matter this month - The new Triumph Speed Triple RS, updated KTM, Suzuki, Indian and the Ural. Plus, we take a look at why the 2006-2018 Suzuki GSX-R750s are now a very tempting used buy...
In the brand-new issue of Bike, we take a look at why the new 180kg Aprilia RS660 is perfect for British roads in the UK's first road test. Plus, we test the u00a37195 Trident 660, but will it beat the MT-07? Elsewhere in the issue, we talk to Sam Lowes who in 2021 aims to become the first British rider to win the intermediate Grand Prix world championship since Phil Read took the 250cc world title way back in 1971, read about it in the Oxley interview. Plus, in our 13 page DIY celebration, read all about RC30 from bits, GSX-R11 resto, and XT500 revived and so much more..
In the brand-new issue of Bike, we look at the rides of a lifetime - from epic rides to inspirational adventures to exclusive road tests - it's all in here in the adventure special of Bike! Choose a fly ride and the worldu2019s your slice of tarmac, or mountain trail. From the familiarity of California to the Himalayas and South East Asia, we cover it all. Elsewhere in the issue, we test out the Ducati Multistrada V4 S - arguably these are worrying days for Ducati-ists as Bologna eschew landmarks such as the trellis frame and Desmo. However, if the new Multistrada is to be believed there is nothing to fret about. Plus, Mat Oxley interviews Luca Marini.
In the brand-new issue of Bike, we review the most significant new bikes of the year - from Aprilia to Zero thereu2019s something for everyone in Bikeu2019s 15-page new bike special. Elsewhere in the issue, Triumphu2019s new Trident will shake up the middleweights, especially as it promises the character of the original Street triple. Plus, Mat Oxley interviews Jonathan Rea - six consecutive World Superbike titles and 99 race wins, we find out how he does it...
The December issue of Bike magazine features brilliant bikes for knockdown prices in our value special. The issue is packed with reasons why that new kitchen can wait, including the 2020 u2018Blade v 2020 u2018Blade, Bikeu2019s top five new and five used buys. Plus, this monthu2019s group test shows how you can stretch to a new motorbike with a Triumph Speed Triple S for cash, an Enfield on the cheap, a KTM 790 Duke on a PCP deal and a used bargain BMW RnineT. Elsewhere in the issue, the new Aprilia RS660 is tested, we pick kit that can last your forever and 20 pages of know how including used 950/990 KTMs, classic auction bargains and Yorkshireu2019s best roads.
In the new issue of Bike, we ride the best ever retro: BMW'S 1800CC Armchair - youu2019d expect a company who have created, arguably, the best motorcycle ever in the GS to get a cruiser right. And they have. See how our editor Hugo Wilson opens his mind and the throttle... Plus we take a look at this month's best bike deals, Mat Oxley interviews MotoGP wonderkid Fabi Oh!, and find out what we thought when we tested the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally for 1500 miles on UK roads.
The October issue of Bike announces the Bike of the Year: 2020u2019s newest bikes in a knockout battle of value, practicality, style and Peak District roads, decided by an expert team consisting of Bikeu2019s road testers and artist turned custom bile builder Grayson Perry. 16 bikes, but only one winner. Elsewhere in the issue Mat Oxley talks to renowned TT team boss Clive Padgett, Dakar racer Simon Pavey looks back at 40 years of the BMWGS and Chris Donaldson tells us about his 1970s ride from Belfast to South Africa on a Guzzi.
In the latest issue of Bike we celebrate the biking season finally kicking off with our summer special. This monthu2019s group test features Ducati Streetfighter V4S, Kawasaki Z H2, KTM 1290 SuperDuke Yamaha MT-10 SP . We find out how Ducatiu2019s Panigale V2 performs over 2,000 miles and Bike reader Robert Ryan tells us about his epic 5,000 miles ride home to Dublin from Dubai on an R1200GS Itu2019s not just our own adventures that are back on, after a nine-month gap McAms Yamaha are busy preparing for their first Sunday outing with the return of the British Superbike Championship and elsewhere in the issue we dyno and speed test the Fireblade SP and Mat Oxley chats to MotoGP rider Jack Miller
In the August issue of Bike magazine, we get under the skin of the three different bikes that Rossi has won premier-class races and championships on, from the Honda NSR500, RC211V to Yamaha's YZR-M1. Elsewhere in the issue, we take a look back at the life of EJ Potter, the Michigan Madman who made a career of messing about with excessively powered drag bikes and became known as an engineering maverick with a showman's heart and balls of steel. Mat Oxley talks to Scott Redding about a racer's life in lockdown, we test the cornering ability of KTM's new 890 Duke and put Yamaha's Tu00e9nu00e9ru00e9 700 through its paces over 3,345 miles.
In the July issue of Bike magazine, we look back at the 25 moments that made motorcycling u2013 the flukes, failures, chance encounters and drinking binges that led to bikingu2019s biggest stories. Peter Hickman discusses how he doesnu2019t feel heu2019s taking risks during a 135mph lap of the TT circuit, we put the new Africa Twin through its paces on a 3,481 mile test. Elsewhere in the issue, thereu2019s the usual dose of Know How with a BMW S1000RR used buying guide our recommended riding jeans and some exotic wallet-busting temptation.
In the June issue of Bike magazine we go into orbit on Triumphu2019s 2500cc Rocket 3, reveal Ducatiu2019s Multistrada V4, BMWu2019s 1800cc and KTMu2019s 890R. This monthu2019s group test (completed before lockdown) features Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX, BMW R1250RS, Suzukiu2019s GSX-S1000F and Yamahau2019s Niken G, plus we meet Guy Coulon, a 35-year veteran of GP spannering and go behind the scenes at the British MX GP. Also in this issue thereu2019s a 24-page buying special, featuring 100 bikes and 100 deals, from Royal Enfield Himalayan (u00a337.82 per month) to Energica EVA Ribelle (u00a3473.93 per month) and beyondu2026
The May issue of Bike is a used bike special featuring the bikes you wanted then and can afford nowu2026plus 13 more wallet-worrying must-buys. We head to New Zealand with 140 riders taking on the BMW GS Trophy and test Triumphu2019s Rocket 3 on the dyno and dragstrip to answer u2018Whatu2019ll it do mister?u2019
Back from the Exeter Trial, with Michelin Anakees on the Yamaha Tu00e9nu00e9ru00e9 re-inflated to road pressures, but still preserving a thick layer of Devon mud for credibility purposes (because a properly dirty adventure bike is always cooler than a shiny one), I spotted my pal David up ahead, navigating Peterboroughu2019s suburban road network in his Honda CRZu2026.