Te road test
Thruxton R to J125, it’s the UK’S most comprehensive bike fleet
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
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.
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.
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.
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. email@example.com
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
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.