February 2018

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.

More than anything, though, this is an issue where we take the time to look, for one month, at some of the more curious corners of motorcycling we explored in 2017. Was this the year when electric bikes became practical? Or was it the year a two-stroke revival became possible? And just how special was Ducati’s final big-bore V-twin superbike?

Enjoy our review of 2017. We’re already looking forward to another great year in 2018. I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

 

High Pressure

The BMW R1200GS Rallye aims to give the world’s best-selling adventure bike greater off-road ability. So how does it cope with Route Napoleon, an unpaved pass and its most accomplished rival yet, the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R?

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Bikes of the Year

This has been an odd year for bikes, in many ways. With the Euro4 emissions standard coming into force in 2017, there were a lot of new models launched — and that meant some exciting new machines hitting the market.

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Rides of the Year

A summer packed with sunshine, some great roads and brilliant bikes – this has been a vintage year for riding

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