BIKE (UK) - - HELLO - Mike Ar­mitage Deputy Edi­tor

It’s late in the af­ter­noon on the sort of day when you wish you’d not both­ered with that ther­mal lin­ing. The sun’s high in an im­mac­u­late sky, bleached moun­tains dom­i­nate the view in every di­rec­tion, and we haven’t seen an­other soul all day. We feel on top of the world, but this isn’t the Hi­malayas. It’s not even the Alps. This is Wales, just a few hours from home yet a world away from daily life, and where the adapt­abil­ity of our ad­ven­ture bikes is as­ton­ish­ing. Yes­ter­day we flew here in sump­tu­ous com­fort, then spent a mem­o­rable af­ter­noon leap­ing down amaz­ing back roads. Now we’re skip­ping along for­est tracks and hill­top trails, and to­mor­row we’ll lug­gage up for the fast A-roads home. Our huge test – in­clud­ing pil­lion picks, tech­nique tips and rid­ing school guid­ance – starts on page 29. The high-rise all-rounders aren’t the only amaz­ing bikes in this is­sue. KTM’S new Su­per Duke GT blows our minds on a perfect sum­mer evening, and we’re just as as­tounded re­vis­it­ing the ac­cu­racy of Honda’s sub­lime CBR600 – for the last time, we’re sad to say. There’s al­ready a CBR in David Sil­ver’s new (and prob­a­bly the world’s best) Honda mu­seum, where we had an ex­clu­sive be­hind-the-scenes tour. Meet nice peo­ple on page 73. A will­ing vol­un­teer was also sent to Cad­well Park to take a spin with rac­ing leg­end Chris Walker – in the chair of his new Zx˜10r-pow­ered side­car. ‘Hey, don’t worry,’ we said. ‘It’s not as if you’re go­ing to fall out...’ View the car­nage on page 58. Good news, too. Our cel­e­brated road bike-only track days are back for this sum­mer. De­tails on page 79. En­joy the is­sue.

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