‘My best sum­mer in years…’

BIKE (UK) - - CONTENTS - Hugo Wil­son Editor

Wazz­ing home from work last night, the hedges a blur of green, the last of this year’s sui­ci­dal flies splat­ter­ing them­selves on the vi­sor of my Arai, I de­cided that this has been my best mo­tor­cy­cling sum­mer in years. There are two rea­sons. First, the weather. It’s been fan­tas­tic. Day af­ter day of dry tar­mac and tinted vi­sors have turned the ride home from the of­fice into a glo­ri­ous 90-mile de­tour en­joy­ing the twists and turns of the very best of mid­lands B-roads. When the weather fi­nally broke a cou­ple of weeks ago it was a shock to re­alise that I ac­tu­ally needed wa­ter­proofs. Where are they any­way? Sec­ond, my reg­u­lar ride dur­ing this amaz­ing heat wave was a KTM 790 Duke. We like the KTM, that’s why we made it Bike’s Bike of the Year, but for my sum­mer of fun it could just as well have been any of the bikes in this month’s group test (well, as­sum­ing I could soften the MV’S sus­pen­sion). Mid­dleweight nakeds are ace. The weight, power, han­dling equa­tion makes them bril­liant bikes for the kind of roads that wrig­gle around the coun­try­side – great cor­ners and lovely scenery, but iffy sur­faces and dodgy driv­ers. These bikes are en­gag­ing, en­cour­ag­ing, en­ter­tain­ing and fast. But with­out be­ing crazy. Af­ford­able too. £1000 down and £110 a month? Do you re­ally need any more than this? Well, I don’t. Read the group test on page 34. The whole sum­mer was spec­tac­u­lar, but the best sin­gle day of stand-out com­edy was our 50cc Mo­togp. Idiots on mopeds buzzing across Northamp­ton­shire to Sil­ver­stone, smelling the hedgerows, ad­mir­ing the view and mar­vel­ling that our ’peds were ac­tu­ally work­ing (al­though Ben Lind­ley’s wasn’t). What a lovely way to see the scenery. The story is on page 58. Fur­ther en­cour­age­ment to pro­vide your­self with some sub-£1000 friv­o­lous bikes en­ter­tain­ment can be found on page 102. Write and tell us what you’ve been up to. And en­joy the is­sue.

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