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BMW’s marketing department would disagree, but Yamaha practically invented the adventure bike. Their XT500 (First tested in Bike in March 1977) was the first time that a production trail bike was a convincing road bike. Modified XTs won the first two Paris Dakar rallies.
The big-tanked XT600 Tenere (first tested in Bike in March 1984) tapped into Dakar rally credibility and become the bike of choice for round the world riders in the eighties and nineties.
The XTZ750 Super Tenere (first tested in Bike in May ’89) led the big trailie (they weren’t called adventure bikes then) boom that swept Europe in the nineties, and Super Ten-derived bikes won the Dakar seven times.
Now the Yamaha revival that began with the introduction of the MT-09 (first tested in Bike in November 2013) is about to produce a bike that lives up to their adventure bike heritage.
We got the exclusive ride on the concept version of the new 700cc adventure bike. Off-road editor Jon Pearson reckons it’s very good and as soon as there’s a production model we’ll be riding that, hopefully across the Sahara (I’m volunteering). Bike has always delivered the best tests and insight and we’ll continue to do so.
And we’ve got the best readers, as evidence by the constant quality and insight of the mail that we receive (letters on page 24). If you’ve got a story, an insight or an opinion then write. Or come and see us at the Bike trackday on the 4th August (details page 119).
BIKE – AUGUST ISSUE 2017£4.30
August 217 Issue… a glimpse at what to expect…
FRONTEND – Hitting the news apex:
- NEW BIKES
- SWM SUPERDUAl
- HONDA CRFA250 RALLY
- OFF ROAD
Features and tests
- THIS IS THE BEST GS… BMW’s new R1200GS Ralley on the road and axle-deep in the GS Challenge
- RETRO URBAN LEGEND – Modern skill, period cool, legendary tag: BMW give the nineT a splash of R80G/S
- THE UNSEEN TT – The most famous, evocative and scary race, seen from places you’ve never been
- RETRO TT TIME MACHINES – Honda CB1100RS, BMW Race, Triumph Thruxton: Retro racers on the Isle of Man
- MEET THE ANCESTORS – From Bray Hill to Memory Lane with the production TTs of the 60s and 70s
- INSIDE: THE GUZZI MUSEUM – Iconic bikes, mad engineering, simple furniture: the world’s most stylish stash
- DIGITAL SLEDGEHAMMER – Brutal power, electronic finesse and wide eyes on Ducati’s updated 1299 Panigales S
- LIFE BEHIND BARS – A two-wheeled tour of Vietnam, as seen from the handlebars of a £250 Honda
All this plus more from the Know How section – Essential Knowledge, and 25+ Bikes in this Issue
DO NOT MISS OUT!
Bike July 2017£4.30
In this issue:
10 years of the Street Triple: Britain’s best bike – how Triumph’s genius triple conquiered the world (and the B676)
The BMW S1000RR, Yamaha YZF-R1, Honda Fireblade and Kawasaki ZX-10R spanked on road and track by James Haydon and Peter Boast
Adventure biking nirvana: new KTM 1090 R on US trails
Know how: Kawasaki Z1000SX 2500-mile big test
The 5 best biking roads in Europe
MT-09 buying guide
2017 TT Preview! 28 page special
Bike June 2017£4.30
In this issue:
The value issue- Amazing bikes for naff all cash – Best deals tested
18 new bikes tested
FREE 32 page special: Bike’s 100 best bikes, and the deal that’ll put on in your garage
Massive kit test: Helmets, gloves, jeans, boots, leathers and textiles rated
Big miles on big-money bikes: £55,000 Ducati, MV F4, Norton, Ariel Ace and 200mph H2
Built Magazine Issue 5£4.99
Wild innovation, no rules whatsoever and a desire to use the most advanced technology of the day… sounds like the blurb from a new custom shop but those were the principles of motorcycle builders 100 years ago. It was a breathtaking period of development, which we celebrate this month by reporting on 91 headcases riding century-old bikes 3306 miles across America (page 52). If you don’t pick up some inspiration for your next build (or ride) i’ll be astonished. The pioneer spirit continues in this issue with our trip to Paris, where some of Europe’s finest builders hang out, plus as usual we’ve got a range of stunning bikes from around the globe.
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