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Thrux­ton R to J125, it’s the UK’S most com­pre­hen­sive bike fleet

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

YAMAHA MT-10

TIM THOMP­SON We’ve been here be­fore. A firm pro­duces a naked ver­sion of its rip-snort­ing sports­bike and the re­sult turns out to be a bit bland. But surely not with the R1-de­rived MT-10. It’s go­ing to be wild, surely…

HUSQ­VARNA 701 SU­PER­MOTO

LIAM MARS­DEN

Around 10 years ago su­per­mo­tos were the next big thing. I was fas­ci­nated and this year I’ll see what all the fuss was about.

HONDA AFRICA TWIN

MICHAEL GUY I’ve got plenty of ad­ven­tures home and abroad planned, but ar­guably the big­gest chal­lenge for the Honda will be when I race it in ei­ther the Hafren or Cam­brian big bike rally later this year.

BMW R1200RT

ADAM CHILD I cover 25,000 miles a year so it makes per­fect sense to ride a bike that suits this crazy mileage. And for the job they don’t come any bet­ter than BMW’S MCN Award-win­ning RT.

BMW F800GS

JAMES ARCHIBALD The F800GS rep­re­sents a new di­rec­tion for me as I nor­mally ride sports­bikes. To kick things off I’m go­ing to head to the High­lands and ex­plore some of our great isle’s finest as­phalt of­fer­ings.

KAWASAKI J125

SI­MON PAT­TER­SON It’s go­ing to be the per­fect bike for com­mut­ing to and from the of­fice – and I’ve got big­ger plans too. I’ve pen­cilled in trips to the Le Mans and Assen Mo­togp races as po­ten­tial ad­ven­tures on it. si­mon.pat­ter­son@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

YAMAHA MT-03

SI­MON BROWN £4499 The MT-03 is the lowest ca­pac­ity ma­chine I’ve spent time with since pass­ing my test more than 20 years ago. So can an A2 li­cence-friendly twin keep a sea­soned rider en­ter­tained?

TRI­UMPH THRUX­TON R

YAMAHA XSR900

SI­MON RELPH I’ve been smit­ten since I set eyes on the R! I’ve planned a long run down to Aus­tria for the Tri-days festival with tour ex­perts Globe­busters. That should give time to get to know this beauty.

ANDY CAL­TON I loved the meaty triple when I first rode the MT-09 two years ago. This ver­sion’s like a mod­ern-day LC with loads more power. I plan a few mods, track­days and week­ends away.

Tim.thomp­son@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com laim.mars­den@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com adam.child@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com james.archibald@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com si­mon.brown@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com si­mon.relph@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

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