We do get a bit of stick periodically at RiDE for talking about the BMW R1200GS. Britain’s favourite large-capacity motorbike is hugely popular and really can do it all (see page 104)… but it’s far from being the only great adventure bike. In this issue we’re also looking at some of the alternatives – the Yamaha Super Ténéré, Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and the great-value used dual-sport machines you can get if you’re looking for a big bike that is, as so many people often point out, “not another GS”.
Mind you, even BMW make an alternative to the GS: the new R nineT Urban G/S. We’ve taken it on an adventurous ride with the equally left-field Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled and the popular Triumph Street Scrambler. Can these retro-styled alternative adventure bikes deliver practicality and fun? Find out in the October issue of RiDE, on sale now
What's inside this issue
The Forgotten Adventure Bike
It lives in the shadows of the BMW GS, but a 1200-mile ride through France on Yamaha's Super Tenere reminds us why it deserves its loyal following.
The affordable adventure bike
Suzuki calls the £9639 V-Strom 1000 a 'sports adventure tourer'. But what is it really good at?
RiDE Test: Suzuki GSX-S750
750-fours were once top class racers - but can they now make top class nakeds?
Clash of the titans: has the BMW R1200GS finally met it's match? we ride the hi-tech KTM 1290 Super Adventure S.
In our new v used test: New Suzuki GSX-R1000 takes on the legendary K5, we find out the best ways to pack for a tip... and the worst and there's a quick and easy guide to sorting your suspension.
Plus! Free with this month's RiDE is the RiDE Guide to France.Read More
For this issue we’ve been to France on a Harley and Germany on sports tourers (don’t worry – it rained on both trips), while David Stokes headed to Portugal...Read More
Inside the July issue, Matt investigates the second-hand market, we have tested the Aprilia Tuono V4, Yamaha SCR950, Honda CB1100RS and more. Plus there's a free 32 page New Rider supplement, with everything you need to know to start riding.Read More
After what sometimes felt like an endless winter, I finally feel safe to say that spring is here. We asked the police BikeSafe scheme for advice on getting safely back up to speed..Read More
This month Team RiDE began planning short, easy trips to turn spring weekends into mini-holidays. I looked at city breaks in England’s historic heartland, Simon Hargreaves scoured the coast for quirky days out, while Kev Raymond dredged out his European map to find the best handy destinations on the Continent.Read More
After nearly ten years at the helm, editor Colin Overland has left RiDE and I’m taking over. Don’t worry – I’ll ensure your favourite magazine continues to hunt out the best bargains in biking and delivers product tests, road tests, buying advice, touring tips and more of your stories every month. These are exciting times to be riding bikes, with manufacturers doing more than ever to make machines to suit all tastes. Here at RiDE, our job is to help you find the one that’s best for you...Read More
Inside the March issue we take a look at 2017's highly desirable - and highly priced - new bikes. There’s also a really significant product test for all the technology that matters without the four-digit price tag...Read More
This issue comes out at a time of year when many of us are riding less, and perhaps have a bit more time for reading some longer, more reflective stories. So, for the first time, here’s our Review of the Year. As ever with RiDE, there’s a mix of bikes, gear, riding and events – but looking back, rather than forward...Read More
This month we are checking out the latest batch of 2017 bikes, mostly revealed at the recent Milan show. Not that we want to make you unsatisfied with whatever bike you’re currently riding, but have you seen that new Multistrada, or the BMW cafe racer, or the Triumph bobber? We’ll be riding and assessing these bikes in detail over the coming months.Read More
The December issue of RiDE celebrates big-bore bikes in all their variety, while managing to slip a couple of smaller machines in there too.Read More
In the latest issue of RiDE, the Triumph T120 Bonneville goes up against the Moto Guzzi V9 and Yamaha XSR900 in our retro shootout in the Cotswolds. We test the best ever Triumph Speed Triple, show you the fuss-free way to fit a chain oiler and reveal the best biking trousers. Plus there are 15 great routes perfect for late summer.Read More
In the October issue the Suzuki SV650, Yamaha MT-07 and Kawasaki ER-6n head to the North York Moors to find out which middleweight naked offers the most for just £6k. We test twelve £200 full-face helmets and ride the new Enfield adventure bike in the Himalayas, plus we test the brilliant BMW and Guzzi Scramblers and there’s a used KTM RC8 for £5000.Read More
In the latest issue we ride Scotland’s most amazing route, the North Coast 500, on the world’s best adventure bikes – the Triumph Explorer, Ducati Multistrada Enduro, BMW GS-A and KTM 1290. We test 11 messenger bags, ride the superb new Yamaha Tracer 700 and also test the Triumph Bonneville T120.Read More
In this issue - If, like me, you’d struggle to rustle up the cash for the luggage on those big touring bikes, let alone the bikes themselves, then take comfort from the much-reduced sums of money required to get a used example...Read More
In this issue of RiDE we take the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT, Ducati Multistrada and BMW S1000XR Sports SE on a hyper sports tourer shootout in Northumberland, discovering Britain’s secret biking paradise in the process.Read More
The June issue of RiDE magazine features a selection of amazing new bikes that can be yours for as little as £89 per month, plus there's a ZX-10 used buying guide, Spanish touring routes and we ride the Ducati 1200 Enduro.Read More
The May issue of RiDE features a 15-page buying guide for the BMW GS, whether your budget is £1500 to £15,000. There's 23 pages of great riding roads in the UK and Spain, the stunning new Triumph Explorer is ridden and 15 in-helmet headsets tested.Read More
The April issue of RiDE features a bargain's hunters special: £2k dream machines - 14 of the best-value used bikes, plus 25 pages of travel, how to buy a used Triumph Trophy, frame straightening made easy, adventure tankbags tested and 2016's most exciting used bikes.Read More
The March issue of RiDE features the Triumph Tiger Vs Yamaha Tracer test to find the ultimate £8k all-rounder. There's a gear test on £150 or less all-year jackets, buying guide for £2,500 adventure bikes and the Honda NC750 plus we ride the first of the new crop of Bonnevilles.Read More