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When it comes to great roads we re­ally are spoilt. I’ve clocked some big miles in the 14 years I’ve been a bike journo, both at home and away, dis­cov­er­ing new roads, see­ing new sights and mak­ing new friends; there re­ally is no bet­ter way to ex­plore the world than on two wheels. That much is a given, but so too is the re­al­ity that you don’t have to step off this fine Isle if you want to have your hori­zons broad­ened… and your slid­ers slith­ered. We’ve all got our ‘go-to’ roads, and my list’s longer than Pretty Boy’s ex­cuse book for get­ting his ‘wordz’ in on time. The best thing about that list is that the des­ti­na­tions are lit­tered up and down the UK, just like the top 10 routes we’ve listed and mapped out this month. Chances are you’ll know one or two of them, but there’ll likely be a few that’ll get your brain tick­ing for the right ex­cuse to bag a week­end away from the bet­ter half (help me out with a few if any spring to mind).

I’m writ­ing this af­ter our sec­ond hit of heavy snow, which has put the brakes on mak­ing the most of early spring. But this weather can’t last for­ever, and I’m gag­ging to bang some big miles in. One man who’s been do­ing just that is Beej, who’s been ex­plor­ing the de­lights of the Du­cati Pani­gale V4 on UK soil. It’s not dis­ap­pointed, but I’ll leave him to tell you the ins and outs. Its un­doubt­edly one hell of a weapon, as­sum­ing hard­core, arse-up, head-down sports­bikes ap­peal to you as much as they do to us. But for those seek­ing a slightly more re­laxed (wheelie-tas­tic) al­ter­na­tive, there are plenty of new nakeds for 2018, in­clud­ing the joy­ous all-new 790 Duke that Car­los made some shapes on out in Gran Ca­naria.

As for me, I had a top laugh on the ba­sic but bril­liant re­fined MT-07. Both are wor­thy ri­vals for your hard earned read­ies, so check out what we make of them. Or you could go down the used bike route. I was scan­ning the net the other day and won­der­ing how I’d fill up my dream garage. One thing’s for sure, there are some great sec­ond hand rides to be bagged. The CBR600F Sport is one such steed, which you’ll find in our buyer’s guide, and TT racer Gary John­son’s dad Turbo Trev has told us the joys of own­ing his Ital­ian bit on the side – a 2014 MV Agusta F3 800 – that he’s owned from new. Now that is a sight for sore eyes… and at a price that’s much more suited to my penny pro­tect­ing prin­ci­pals.

Any­way, that’s enough about my wal­let. En­joy the mag and the start of the sea­son.

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