Fast Bikes (Oct 2013)
- Free 16-page suspension supplement
It’s a complicated business, so we’ve gone back to basics and asked the people in the know (JHS Racing, MCT Suspension, K-Tech and more) to explain what’s going on when you hit a bump and how to optimise your suspension for the best possible ride. It’s a handy guide to keep and refer to later, so make sure you don’t miss out
We had a quiet word in the ear of a serving traffic policeman and asked his advice on how to stay penalty point free – when it’s so easy to lose them on 180mph machinery. We check out Avon’s new Storm 3D tyre, look forward to the Classic TT and ManxGP, and ponder whether the Festival of 1000 bikes or the Goodwood Festival of Speed rocked most this year. We tick off two experiences on our ‘to do’ list and take a rookie to the Ron Haslam Race School to see if we can turn him into a racer.
Our big test and cover story refers to the naughty side of life. Naked sportsbikes rock. They are fast, fun and full of frivolity, meaning that while they might not be able to hit 180mph, their speeds in smiles per hour is much higher. We’ve chosen four prime used examples; KTM’s Super Duke, Triumph’s Street Triple, a Kawasaki Z1000 and an Aprilia Tuono to monkey about on. They were a hoot, and if you’re in the market, this is a priceless guide.
We also have a look at the new A2 market that’s emerged. This is in response to licensing changes that prevent rational, sane humans not being able to ride a big bike until they are 24. So in response, we’ve gathered the obvious choices new and compared them to what you can get used. There are some classic two strokes here, and they proved to be an absolute hoot. Yamaha’s new MT-09 is launched, and Rootsy reports back from this most remarkable return to form from Yamaha. Plus we also jump on the new Triumph 675 stock model for the first time (after only being offered the R up to now) and also check out how clever the new Aprilia Caponord is.
Feature-wise, we send Al off to get tempted into trying out the Ulster GP, the fastest race in the world, but decides that even he isn’t mad enough to give it a try. And our Rookie to Racer gets his second stab at the cherry, and proves that you can teach a young dog new tricks. Then there is all your favourite regular features. We look at the 2006 Kawasaki ZX-10R as a used bike (and suggest why there are some better alternatives), we catch up with Andy Ibbott and the California Superbike School for some tips, answer your mechanical maladies, tempt you with some ace new products, check our legal position, suggest roads for you to clear off on, round up our month on the longtermers, give you and ace CBR600RR and model to drool over and let you know all the news of the month – including how our prediction of the new Ducati 899 came true.