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Honda’s New Big Rebel
There have been whispers that a big brother to the A2 licence 500cc twin-cylinder CMX500 Rebel was on the way – and here it is. Honda hasn’t reinvented the wheel. It’s taken heed of the success of the middleweight Rebel and stuck to a similar formula
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Dazzling Lights
Low beam, full beam or accessory lights? Here’s an original letter on the subject and two opposing replies. Roger Jones is planning to fit and use an LED foglight on his test Honda Crossrunner. May I suggest he reads rules 114, 226 and 236 of The Hi
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R1200gs (2004-9), R1200gs Adventure (2006-9)
Game-changer that still feels respectably quick and sweet-handling, and can now give excellent value for money. Most have BMW’s excellent Vario luggage. ABS brake servos frequently fail on 2004-06 models and cost too much to be worth replacing; eve
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Specification
Price: £11,700 Engine: 888cc, Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder Power: 93.9bhp (70kW) @ 8750rpm Torque: 64lb-ft (87Nm) @ 7250rpm Frame: Tubular steel frame, bolt on sub frame Brakes: (F) Twin 320mm floating discs, Brembo Stylema
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(Almost) Everything You Need To Know About MIPS
Stop and think about helmets for a minute. They’re without a doubt the most important bit of kit you wear when riding a motorcycle, and in the UK at least, they’re the only thing you’re obligated to wear by law. But have you ever thought about what g
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BMW updates the S 1000 R and G 310 R
BMW’s litre roadster, the S 1000 R, will feature a newly developed four-cylinder inline engine based on the S 1000 RR with further optimised mid-range power and new gear ratios. Power figures are impressive 165hp at 11,000rpm and 114Nm of torque at 9
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WEAPON Of Choice
Suzuki Katana takes its name from the Japanese Samurai sword, one of the most intrinsic and lethal weapons of its time. And the motorcycle certainly has the same unyielding ruthlessness about it. Forget the talk about cashing in on a reheated legend
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R1200gs Dohc (2010-12)
Subtly punchier and more refined than the previous model. “In my opinion it’s the best of the 1150/1200 models,” says Danny Goodwin of Motorworks. “BMW had discovered the old models’ foibles. It’s a bit more powerful and refined, the ABS is better an
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Conclusion
One thing that became clear early on during our test was that even though we had selected the base-spec models from each range, we were riding very good, comfortable and capable motorcycles. Of course, given the opportunity, all of us would add a few
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Travis Pastrana CHEATING DEATH
Travis Pastrana is arguably the most extreme motorcycle rider on earth. From a background in motocross and supercross – where he won many titles in his native America – he was crowned world freestyle champion at just 14 years of age. Since then Pastr
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No TT in 2021
The Isle of Man Government has confirmed the cancellation of the 2021 TT Races. The next TT Races will now take place in 2022, from Saturday, May 28 to Saturday, June 11. Plans are still in place to run the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix in 2021, wit
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Specification
Price: £11,399 Engine: 999cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline four Power: 148bhp (110kW) @ 10,000rpm Torque: 80lb-ft (108Nm) @ 9500rpm Transmission: 6-speed, chain final drive Suspension: (F) 43mm KYB USD forks, fully adjustable (R) KYB link-type sh
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R1200gs Lc (2013-18), Adventure Lc (2014-18)
Genuinely modern bike with high level of performance and electronic sophistication. Many are now available in excellent condition and with service history – and later ones with dealer or even some factory warranty. Do your homework on a bike’s spec
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Staying Warm
One option for spending the cash you save when buying a lower-spec bike is your riding kit. And this time of year, heated kit comes particularly handy. We were armed with Keis heated gloves, vests and jackets on this test, and they kept us nice and t
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Pastrana’s Five Craziest Stunts
Travis was followed by two other sky-divers who caught up with him and strapped a parachute on. His sky-diving licence was immediately revoked by the authorities! Not content with the already obvious dangers of swimming in shark-infested waters, Past
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Yamaha Tracer 7 goes GT
Yamaha’s Tracer 7 (previously known as the Tracer 700) was revamped for 2020, and now there’s a new GT version. The new Tracer 7 GT’s standard specification includes a comfort seat, high screen and 20-litre touring side cases from Yamaha’s accessory
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Original Katana
On sale from 1981, the GSX1100S-Z Katana was a bike like no other. It first emerged as a design exercise before Suzuki turned it into a production bike. The sharp, curved and slim shape of the bike was no accident, it perfectly matched the samurai bl
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It’s Not All About The GS
£25 | www.crowood.com | ISBN: 9781785006951 The air-cooled boxer twin or ‘airhead’ was included in BMW’s very first motorcycle in 1923 and virtually every machine the company made, even the R 80 G/S, right up to the mid-1990s. Phil West’s excellent b
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Are You Sitting Comfortably?
We test a lot of bikes, but we don’t often do that from the passenger seat. This time though, Ross spent a fair bit of time as a pillion while Dave was riding. Here are their thoughts about the four adventure bikes from our big test. While I don’t re
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Who is Maja?
In 2016 Maja passed her motorcycle test, bought her first motorcycle, and plenty of miles in the UK and further afield followed. She also joined Blood Bikes Wales and became their first female rider in Wrexham. More recently, Maja set up her motorcyc
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Touring At The Speed Of Light
I was wet, cold, tired and increasingly grouchy. I had been on the bike all day. Now I was just a stone’s throw away from my destination, but that stone needed to be thrown over a reasonable stretch of water, from Studland to Sandbanks near Poole. Th
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The Bikes Are Gone But...
I have two recurring nightmares, waking and sleeping. Both have to do with motorcycles. After you’ve read this please let me know if you too are haunted in the same way. In the summer of 72, my BMW R75/5 shook its head on Hwy 101 in California. It ca
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R1250gs And Gs Adventure (2019-present)
The latest and greatest GSs. No major updates rumoured for 2021 so they’re set to stay on top for a while yet. Check the specification and options carefully when comparing prices. Remainder of the three-year factory warranty should eliminate most w
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How To Ride During The Pandemic
Britain’s leading motorcycle organisations, including the BMF, MAG and the VMCC, are co-ordinating their response to the Covid crisis and encouraging safe riding. “We must all play our full part in helping to lower the rate of transmission of this no
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When Maja met... Lara Small
Some people make an instant impression. Lara Small is one of them. She’s an inspiring, interesting, supporting and encouraging lady and to top it off, a speed demon on the track. In her own words, she is “keen to see everyone develop their riding ski
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Specification
Price: £19,099 Engine: 998cc liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder with Supercharger Power: 197bhp (147kW) @ 11,000rpm Torque: 101.2lb-ft (137.3Nm) @ 9,500rpm Transmission: 6-speed, chain drive Frame: Steel trellis Suspension: (F) 43mm inverted f
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Who is Hershon?
MSL’s Maynard is our man with a very unique view on motorcycling from both sides of the pond. Yes, he is American, yes, he does ride around on a second-hand Guzzi that causes him grief... and yes, he does have his finger right on the pulse of life on
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BMW GS Production Figures, 1980-2019
Total GS boxers produced between 1980 and the end of 2019: 792,582 (Total GS, including parallel-twin F and single-cylinder G models: 1,211,649) ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 1980-87: R80G/S – 21,864 1987-93: R100GS – 34,007 1987-92: R65GS – 1727 1987-96:
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COMORG on COVID
The current guidelines summarised: ■ Plan your route to avoid busy places and crowds ■ Only take a pillion if they are part of your household or social bubble ■ If you can, ride singly or as a pair ■ Be self-sufficient – e.g. taking food and other es
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Anti-lock Brakes
Technology from the aerospace industry often helps us in the bike industry. And it’s the same with ABS braking systems. ABS first came of age in the fledgling civil aviation scene of the 1920s. For a few years, daredevils, barnstormers and military p
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