I’m of an age where, if I’m asked “What’s the best bike in the world?”, the words “Honda VFR750” are halfway out of my mouth before I remember what year it is.
Honda more or less invented what we recognise as the modern sports tourer with that bike — it was one of the machines that inspired me to ride. But, great as it was in its day, the world has moved on. So what does it take to make a great sports tourer in 2018?
There’s no single formula but lots of still-great versions of the sporty, comfortable machine that can cover huge distances and nail apexes with equal ease. We’ve dedicated a chunk of this issue to celebrating these brilliant, versatile motorcycles — and there’s one for all tastes and all budgets. Perhaps one of them will inspire you.
Whatever you ride, enjoy the issue.
The Underdog Boxer
With sporty looks, a compact chassis and the same engine as the best-selling BMW R1200GS, the R1200RS is the overlooked sports-touring contender
The World's Greatest Sports Tourers
If you’re going to ride hundreds of miles to find a great road, you’d better have something fun to play on when you get there…
Sports touring will never be the same again. Here’s why you need to ride the supercharged Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX
It's cold and dark outside at this time of year, but don’t worry: that just means summer is getting closer and, with it, better weather and better riding.....Read More
This issue is a bit different. It’s where we look back at the best bits of 2017, from life with the year’s test bikes to brilliant products and great rides – including some of your trips. With a summer that was actually sunny, it seems 2017 was a properly memorable year for lots of us.Read More
The January issue of RiDE magazine has a free Winter Gear Guide to help you keep protected from the elements when braving the cold weather.Read More
This month, Martin and the test team headed to the Dales with three great sports tourers. From popular biking routes to back lanes, they found brilliant roads highlighting the strengths – and the weaknesses – of their bikes.Read More
A long ride… from Lowestoft, the most easterly point of the British mainland, to Ardnamurchan lighthouse, the most westerly point. Between dawn and dusk – using big bikes but avoiding big roads....Read More
In this issue we take a look at some of the alternatives available to the BMW R1200GS, Britain’s favourite large-capacity motorbike, such as Yamaha Super Ténéré, Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and the great-value used dual-sport machines on offer.Read More
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