October 2019

Over the last 20 years there’s been a sea change in motorcycling. Two decades ago, the roads were clogged with sportsbikes. But now, it’s all a bit more diverse and one of the growth areas is adventure bikes, with swathes of former sportsbike riders heading for something more high and mighty.

I’m one of them myself — and the benefits were obvious straight away, thanks to the riding position, the B-road handling and the ease with which they chew up distance. But there is another great benefit which many of us just don’t exploit — having an adventure.

In this issue, we sent Tim Thompson off to The Peaks on a KTM but I had my own, smaller adventure too. With some dualpurpose tyres on my Multistrada, we tackled our first greenlanes together — and it was actually much more fun than it was terrifying. I urge you to do the same — just heading down a grassy lane on your motorcycle opens up a whole new world.

Enjoy the mag.

Matt Wildee, Editor, RiDE

 

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