October 2016

It’s a sign of the times that the bike that came third – or last, if you’d rather – in this month’s comparison test is a machine that just five years ago I declared one of the best bikes in the world. I rode the Kawasaki ER-6n again this summer to make sure I hadn’t been dreaming, and it’s still as good as it was back in 2011. The fantastic thing is that it costs roughly the same as it did back then, and the two newer bikes that now outshine it – the Yamaha MT-07 and revised Suzuki SV650 – are both also less than six grand.

Talking of great value, I’d (rather immodestly) like to draw your attention to the fantastic deal currently being offered on subscriptions to RiDE. It’s such a good offer that we’ve moved the subs pages to a more prominent position in the magazine to be sure nobody misses out.

Enjoy the mag,

Colin Overland


Inside this issue...

Himalayas on a Himalayan

We ride Royal Enfield’s all-new adventure bike on its spectacular home turf.


The simple life 

Yamaha’s MT-07, Kawasaki’s ER-6n and Suzuki’s SV650 head to the North York Moors to find out which middleweight naked offers the most for just £6000.

£200 crash helmets

How good are mid-priced helmets? We test 12 to see where the smart money goes...