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.
Mind you, even when the weather’s not perfect it’s possible to have a brilliant ride in Britain, as our testers found out when they headed to the Scottish Borders with adventure bikes.
The other respite from the winter is the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show, coming up at the ExCeL centre in the Docklands. If you missed the NEC, it’s your chance to see this year’s most interesting new bikes, with the added danger of bumping into me or Martin as we stroll round the show.
In fact, getting to chat with readers at the show is one of the highlights of the year for us, so do come up and say hello if you see us.
Enjoy the issue — and enjoy the show.
Plus get your FREE Tour 2018 supplement with this issue. We have looked at rides with a woodland theme this year – from our favourite rides through the brilliant British forests to those on the Continent.
Along with the stories, we have complete tours in Spain, France, Luxembourg and Germany for you to download, ranging from three to six days in length.
The Ducati Multistrada 1260 has some useful upgrades along with its extra engine capacity
Desert expert Chris Scott turned a hipster-friendly Yamaha XSR700 into a genuine all-rounder – and took it to Morocco
RiDE Product Test
This could just be the most important tool in your garage. We test a dozen gauges from £5 to £48