On the road again

IT HAS BEEN A BUSY MONTH FOR THE RIDE TESTERS, IN THE UK AND FAR­THER AFIELD

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SPEC SUZUKI V-STROM 650 XT Price £8039 + 645cc V-twin + 70bhp + 216kg + 20-litre tank + 835mm seat + Miles so far: 1498

to make my own. Turns out, if any­thing, I have now made the buf­fet­ing prob­lem even worse. I’ll just have to wait for stock of the gen­uine ar­ti­cle, I guess.

I also fit­ted a pair of Suzuki’s ad­justable foot­pegs. They have a choice of three dif­fer­ent heights and will be use­ful in terms of ground clear­ance off-road, but I ran them in the high­est po­si­tion on this road trip. Un­for­tu­nately for me, that places far too much weight em­pha­sis on the seat and gives me a numb be­hind far quicker than usual.

Fil­ter­ing through cen­tral Lon­don traf­fic, the lit­tle V-strom per­forms ex­tremely well. The higher rid­ing po­si­tion is use­ful for look­ing over traf­fic, while the 650 V-twin mo­tor pro­vides easy, us­able power at any speed, and from any revs.

Mis­sion ac­com­plished - beigels all safely de­liv­ered back to the groom in plenty of time. Mazel tov! GARETH ASHMAN

SUZUKI V-STROM 650 XT

HONDA CBR1000RR FIRE­BLADE

98

DU­CATI MON­STER 797 99

KAWASAKI Z1000SX TOURER 100

TRI­UMPH STREET TRIPLE R 102

YAMAHA TRACER 700 103

BMW R1200GS EX­CLU­SIVE 104

You can’t come this far and leave with­out sam­pling the wares Tom­tom’s ‘Plan a thrill’ fea­ture could use a bit of clar­i­fi­ca­tion Spe­cial de­liv­ery; a top­box-worth of finest beigels

Ad­justable foot­pegs nice but not on the high­est set­ting

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