Get­ting out there

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Sum­mer may still seem some­thing of an age away, but it’s been fan­tas­tic to have had the odd smat­ter­ing of dry and rel­a­tively warm days of late. It seems ev­ery man and his bike’s been mak­ing the most of these elu­sive spells to dust off the cob­webs and scratch up some knee slid­ers. Bravo to them! In truth, I’m bike-less right now, so I’ve been lit­tle more than an observer to these en­vi­able an­tics, although I did get the chance to hop on a mate’s Day­tona 675 and spend a day wob­bling around Cad­well Park. That track’s got to be one of the very best stretches of tar­mac known to mo­tor­cy­cling. Have you rid­den it? If not, make that a must for 2017. It’ll blow your mind. Trust me.

Speak­ing of minds be­ing blown, the MT-10SP did a pretty good job of that in sunny old South Africa. If you’re fa­mil­iar with the sheer bril­liance of the orig­i­nal MT then all you need to know is that the SP takes things to a whole new level. If you’re un­fa­mil­iar with the MT, just like Cad­well, get a test ride on your list of musts – it’s an ex­pe­ri­ence you need in your life. But, as good as it is, the SP’s not with­out its com­pe­ti­tion, as Beej dis­cov­ered in a wet and dreary Spain. He was there to swing a leg over BMW’s up­dated S1000R, which also prom­ises to be a real con­tender in the white hot su­per naked cat­e­gory. While we’re on the topic of hot, now seems the per­fect time to chat about Mr Fa­gan’s an­tics in deep­est Peru. He wasn’t there search­ing for Padding­ton, but rather the chance to go men­tal on the 2017 Dakar course rid­ing KTM’s new 1290 Su­per Ad­ven­ture R; a mis­sion he well and truly ac­com­plished. He did even­tu­ally come home, but not by his choos­ing, as you’ll un­der­stand once you’ve read about the awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence he had out there.

But it’s not all been a case of jet set­ting this month, or new bikes, as we’ve been work­ing hard to bring you con­tents from a lit­tle closer to home. Beej, with his rain cloud in hot pur­suit, dusted off a trio of re­cent litre bikes and paired up with Al to eval­u­ate the bot­tom­less pit of virtues they pos­sess – king of which has to be their half price costs. They were both stunned to re­alise just how much bike you can get for your money these days, which is food for thought if you’re con­sid­er­ing a swap for the new sea­son. It’s well worth a read, so get stuck in and see if it in­spires you to think a lit­tle dif­fer­ently? We might have just saved you a for­tune. Let us know.

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