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Honda Updates Its 500cc Range
The changes to the 500s aren’t massive, we’re only talking colours and emissions here, but the EURO5 update is a must for the bikes to remain on sale, and since Honda has sold over 92,000 of these bikes since their introduction in 2013, you can appre
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Sixteen valves? Really?
I’ve had my 2014 Moto Guzzi V7 Special for seven months and 8,000 miles. It’s a relief to have a bike I can work on myself. So far, everything I’ve done has been easy, convenient... and clean. I’ve done all my maintenance – myself. Yay! Because the G
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Letters
Kevin’s column mentioned Yamaha’s MotoGP bike having premature rear tyre wear. What if the rear wheel diameter is increased by 1/2 inch to I assume 17 1/2? Obviously that would also affect the dynamics elsewhere’ but I’m sure that could be easily res
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STEVE MCQUEEN: The king of Cool
Every time I start thinking the world is all bad, then I start seeing people out there having a good time on motorcycles and it makes me take another look.’ Steve McQueen’s passion for motorcycles and motorcycling was genuine. Many Hollywood stars ha
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Test fleet: Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT
Nothing especially exciting to report this month, but that’s no bad thing as the V-Strom is excellent at doing routine, non-exciting stuff, just as it has done most of this month. It’s a must-have quality in any long-term test bike for me; a reliance
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Haynes 2021 Motorcycle Enthusiast Desk Diary
Haynes 2021 Diary is now available, alongside the larger manual format. This year we are celebrating motorcycles throughout this compact edition. This smaller format has a week-to-view presentation on high-quality paper, and features classic cutaway
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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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Peak Performance
The letter from Trevor Parkerson (MSL July) with regard to the MSL Buying Guide for sports touring helmets raised another ‘helmet’ question for me. Peaks. These have been available on off-road helmets for years, but so far as I am aware only recently
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Final Hurdles
Wburied in the garage, the DR350 was not playing ball. It clearly needed some TLC, and in a self-righteous and defiant strop it didn’t start. Sigh… Since the false start I have serviced the bike, changed the wheel bearings and rebuilt the brakes, so
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This Month
Rider: Chris Moss Cost new: £11,299 Spec: 106bhp/74lb-ft Kerb weight: 247kg Tank: 20 litres Seat: 850/870mm Miles this month: 386 Miles on clock: 1562 Average mpg: 57mpg Current tyres: Dunlop Trailmax Missions Modifications: None
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Beta Days Back In Action
New for 2020, Beta Experience Days launched just as the Covid-19 storm started to gather force. Not letting the initial setback dampen their spirits, the Beta team are now back in action with Covid measures in place. Aimed at road riders, this new ac
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Keeping It Simple
Many riders treat middleweight bikes as a stepping stone to the litre-plus category, or a step down when the performance, weight and size of bigger machines gets a bit much. But there are some absolute pearls in this cc-section of motorcycling. Wheth
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Racer For The Road
Dry weight is 159kg, a colossal 16kg weight saving over the standard V4 Panigale. Peak power is 224bhp in standard road trim, or 234hp with the supplied race exhaust/kit. The race kit removes road mirrors, number plate, etc., and drops the weight fur
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The Bike
Engine type: Air/oil-cooled 348cc SOHC 1-cylinder, 4 valves Power: 29.4bhp (21.9kW) @ 7600rpm Transmission: 6-speed, chain final drive Overall Length: 2235mm (88in) Overall Width: 885mm (34.8in) Overall Height: 1245 mm (49in) Seat height: 890mm
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Test Fleet: Yamaha TMAX
Where are we with the weather? It’s either so damned hot that it makes an uncomfortable journey with our gear on (no ride in shorts and T-shirt in this household), or pouring down with rain and blowing a gale. Either way, we still go out and endure t
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Indian Offer You Can’t Refuse
This is not only the season when new bikes are revealed, it’s also a great time for bargains. And one such deal comes from Indian Motorcycle, who’s making its model year 2019 FTR 1200 models available from £9999 until the end of the year. If you fanc
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Suzuki Sv650
The Suzuki SV650 has been around for a while. Twenty-one years to be exact. Thing is, it doesn’t feel a bit like an old bike. Since its launch in 1999, the biggest visual change has been the development of the frame from an aluminium unit to a steel
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Specification
Price: £90,000 Engine: 998cc 90º V4 Stradale, 16v Desmodromic timing, liquid cooling Power: 165kW/224hp standard, 174kW/234hp @ 15,500rpm with race exhaust (claimed) Torque: 116Nm/85.6lb-ft standard, 119Nm/87.7lb-ft @ 11,500rpm race exhaust (claim
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Looking For Parts?
■ Wemoto is a great place to start your search for parts – they have a large selection of parts of every kind for a huge range of bikes. www.wemoto.com ■ If you want the top-notch JT chain and sprockets for your bike, have a look at the selection of
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This Month
Rider: Roger Jones Cost new: £10,320 Engine: 562cc, liquid-cooled, parallel twin Spec: 47bhp/41lb-ft Kerb weight: 218kg Tank: 15 litres Seat: 800mm Miles this month: 290 Miles on clock: 1357 Average mpg: 61.2 Current tyres: Bridgestone Batt
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Teenage Kicks
Never heard of Bullit before? The Belgium brand designs its own bikes and then gets them shipped in from China. Sound familiar? That’s because they’re not the only brand doing it. Over the past few years a number of new companies have appeared, offer
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Specification
Price: £6299 Engine: 645cc, l/c, DOHC V-Twin Power: 75bhp (56kW) @ 8500rpm Torque: 47lb-ft (64Nm) @ 8100rpm Transmission: 6-speed/chain final drive Suspension: (F) 41mm telescopic right-way-up forks with 125mm travel, unadjustable (R) link-type
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Quirky UK Destinations Get Top Billing
With foreign tours off the list for many bikers this year, some are looking for alternatives within the UK. There are always the headline rides – the Cat 'n Fiddle, Scotland's North Coast 500, North Devon's A39 – but these are getting busier than eve
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Test fleet: Triumph Street Scrambler
The Street Scrambler’s a surprisingly versatile machine. With its old school Bonneville base, you’d think it’d just be good for some relaxed riding in the countryside and looking cool in town. And it does those things very well – but it’ll also do so
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Test fleet: Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
It all started well. As I left the house it wasn’t exactly sunny, but it looked like a pleasant enough summer’s day. Twenty minutes into the ride the rain started. Then came the gale-force wind. And I still had three hours of riding ahead of me. This
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Specification
Price: £2199 Engine: 49.7cc single cylinder air-cooled, 4 valve, 4 stroke Power: 5.5bhp (3.2Kw) Suspension: (F) Upside-down forks (R) Adjustable monoshock Brakes: (F) Single brake disc (R) Single brake disc Tyres: (F) 4.10–18 (R) 4.60 – 17 Tran
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Dave’s Opinion
I’ve had a soft spot for the SV ever since they were first launched in 1999 – in fact I have my own 2001 SV – and I’m delighted to be able to say that the latest iteration of the mid-range vee twin has all the character and capabilities of the first
Motorcycle Sport & Leisure4 min. leídos
Peaked Too Late
It’s 1985, I’m unemployed, living with my parents in Manchester and going slightly crazy. The only thing getting me through the day is my £100 1977 Honda CJ250T, and the nearby Peak District. I have a routine: ride to the nearby job centre for a dose
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This Month
Rider: Ross Mowbray Cost: £9600 Engine: 900cc liquid-cooled parallel twin, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle Power: 64bhp (48kW) @ 7500rpm Torque: 59lb-ft (80Nm) @ 3200rpm Seat height: 790mm Weight: 203kg Fuel tank: 12 litres Miles this month:
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This Month
Rider: Mikko Nieminen Cost New: £5699 + OTR Spec: 47bhp/52Nm Engine: 648cc, sohc, air/oil cooled, parallel twin Kerb weight: 202kg (unladen) Tank: 13.7 litres Seat: 804mm Miles this month: 412 Miles on Clock: 1716 Average mpg: N/A Current T
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