January 2018

 

I’m writing this the day after the clocks went back. British Summertime has ended. Rather than getting depressed about it, I’m actually quietly excited.

That’s because we’re starting to see what new bikes will appear for the 2018 model year — and you’ll be able to see most of next year’s new bikes at the NEC in just a few weeks. Work out which ones you want to sit on with our guide.

Of course, riding through the next few months does make a few demands on us as riders. We not only need to be smoother as roads get slimier but also need to spend more time keeping on top of the condition of our bikes. In this issue, the members of the test team reveal how they look after their machines. Enjoy your riding in the next few months — and enjoy the issue.

Simon Weir

Editor

Inside the issue

Moor satisfying

 

What’s the most rewarding bike with no fairing? We took the new Kawasaki Z900 and the Triumph Street Triple R across the Moors with the updated Yamaha MT-09 to find out

 

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Dual standard

 

All adventure bikes promise to deliver great riding on tarmac and trails, but KTM’s 1090 Adventure R is the most genuinely capable dual sport bike yet.

 

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Honda CBR1000RR SP

 

Honda’s 2017 Fireblade: flawed genius or victim of circumstance?

 

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