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Greatrides motorcyclenews.com/ hours Has a unique polygonal tower and is known for its maze of passages and rooms. A really interesting place to explore with lovely views over Orford Ness. ORFORD CASTLE Ð Suffolk surprise 100 miles Three A relaxed trip to
What Suffolk lacks in height variation, it more than makes up for in quirky villages and seaside views.
Starting at Royston, your first big decision is whether to simply stop at the Imperial War museum at Duxford. Should you resist, and this route is worth sacrificing a day looking at aeroplanes for, cross over the M11 and head into rural Suffolk.
Picking up the small A-roads between Sawston and Sudbury, you twist your way through a selection of smaller villages with quite odd names before taking a bit of a detour up the A134 and cutting back down the A1141. This section is probably the best on the route and has some lovely views as well as fun roads to ride. Once you have circumnavigated Ipswich it is onto the A1152 and towards Aldeburgh.
When most people visit the east coast they head towards Hunstanton, Cromer or Great Yarmouth, but the south side is just as good and Aldeburgh is the jewel. Its shingle beach is a delight to stroll on and the area is bursting with wildlife.
2015 Kawasaki ZX-10R
A lot has been made of the fact Kawasaki have massively updated the Wsb-winning ZX-10R with new electronics, suspension, brakes and so on. Yes, no doubt it’s brilliant and much improved, especially on track. But there’s also no doubt that they had to change it to meet Euro4 and there wasn’t much wrong with the old one. And, when you consider there are still plenty around at up to £3000 cheaper than the 2016 bike, that makes it tempting indeed.
We’ve seen more than a few '15s at around £11k when the new one is £13,799, or more for the special versions.
Yes – a saving of nearly £3k is not to be sniffed at.
2015 Honda CB500XA
Just replaced by the updated and now Euro4-compliant 2016 version (along with its CB500F and CBR500R siblings) the old version of the X remains a great buy. Here’s why: 1) although the F and R are significantly facelifted, the X is the least different and arguably the most versatile of Honda’s A2-friendly family; 2) you can currently get one with free full luggage pack and cheap finance.
£5295 complete with full hard-luggage pack and 5.9% finance offer. Seeing as the new, virtually unchanged one costs £300 more without the luggage – yup!