Lap­ping it up!

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T he garage door swung open and there they were: the eight sex­i­est bikes of 2017 lined up and ready for the spank­ing of their pubescent life­time. What a bloody sight that was, all im­mac­u­lately prepped and shod in vir­gin Bridge­stone R10s.

Stand­ing there, gog­gle-eyed and slack-jawed, I knew for cer­tain that I have the best job in the world. These beau­ties were mine for the thrash­ing! Well, mine plus the Fast Bikes ‘mas­sive’ who’d come out to Por­tu­gal in force to make Sports Bike Of The Year the spec­ta­cle that it is. If you’re new to this, all you need to know is SBOTY, as we like to call it, is the ul­ti­mate sportsbike test; an an­nual pil­grim­age where we pit the best the show­rooms have to of­fer against the stop­watch on the world class Por­ti­mao race cir­cuit. This on­slaught’s been an an­nual event here at

Fast Bikes for well over a decade, but never in that time have the re­sults been as breath­tak­ingly close as the tim­ing de­vice re­vealed at this year’s gig. I’m not go­ing to let the cat out of the bag here, but let’s just say if you’re in the mar­ket for a new litre bike, you’re truly spoilt for choice. All the re­sults are in­side for the rel­ish­ing so crack on and digest them at your leisure.

But it’s not just the new metal that’s drawn our at­ten­tion this month. Be­ing the money hun­gry mega­lo­ma­ni­acs that we are, we’ve also been seek­ing out the best used metal to splash your hard earned cash on – the kind of bikes that will fill your life with adren­a­line-fu­elled ela­tion while ap­pre­ci­at­ing in value at the same time. It turns out there’s a bit of a for­mula to se­lect­ing said ma­chines, as our canny penny pincher Dowds has ex­plained in his wise words.

Mov­ing on to a money-can’t-buy theme, I lucked at this year’s TT. Un­like our su­per­star Fa­gan, I’ve never raced in the Is­land but that de­sire’s been bub­bling ever since I was a kid. Peo­ple either love it or hate it, but after this year’s visit which sawme sad­dle up in a Subaru and plum­met full throt­tle down Bray Hill, I’ve come away dan­ger­ously close to putting my name on the dot­ted line.

There’s just some­thing about the place. If you’ve been you’ll know what I mean. So I did the maths, asked some ques­tions and got a fuller pic­ture of what it would take to be­come a TT rider. Grow­ing a big pair of balls is right up there, but it turns out there’s a rig­or­ous process to the job. In­ter­ested? All you need to know is in­side. En­joy the read, the is­sue and the month ahead.

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