If you're thinking “That’s not the usual bloke”, you’re right. 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. This issue is a little different to a standard one, though, as there were so many new bikes being launched. There are machines of all types, from huge tourers to naked bikes of every flavour and, of course, BMW’s latest R1200GS and Honda’s all-new Fireblade. 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.
I hope you enjoy the issue.
FIRST RIDE SUZUKI GSX-S750
Sounds familiar: Update to naked GSR750 in GSX-S1000 style. More power but still a detuned 2004 GSX-R750 motor. Same frame, better suspension and brakes - and traction control.
FIRST RIDE BMW K1600GT
The Grandest of Turismos.
Same huge power from Euro 4 engine. Quickshift option. Emergency Call option.
“The Tiger delivers grin-broadening bursts of acceleration” A rugged road trip needs tough bikes. We took Triumph’s Tiger 800 to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way with Honda’s Crossrunner.