It’s that time of the month again. Yes, the latest issue of Fast Bikes is OUT NOW! As usual, the UK’s best sportsbike magazine is rammed with greatness, all the fresh metal, some modern classics, and epic features, and is responsible for turning distinctly average newsagents into excellent dwellings. The April edition will also be available to digitally download on the 3rd of March HERE
It’s a launch frenzy this month: although his kit didn’t arrive, BJ was in Tenerife thrashing the all-new Ducati Monster and came back raving about its BHP boost, among other traits. Just across the pond, Al was riding the stupidly impressive Yamaha MT-07. The little 690cc twin could well be the surprise package of 2014.
Meanwhile, keeping the naked theme, Roosty trekked to Paul Ricard in France for a spin on the funky looking MV Agusta Dragster 800, and we also get to sample the retrosexual BMW R nine-T.
The big test this month is the super middleweight gathering, and a chance for the Ducati 899 Panigale to triumph against its rivals. Or was it the Triumph that triumphed? Ooooh. The 899 and 675R go all-in for a middleweight scrap alongside Kawasaki’s ZX-6R 636, Honda’s CBR600RR and Suzuki’s GSX-R750.
Talking of skirmishes, we have the latest Rider Cup: Japan’s best faces Europe’s elite, and this month the already successful Yamaha MT-09 takes on Aprilia’s Dorsoduro.
On the feature front, we take a closer look at the Phillip Island Classic, there’s a super-trick MT-01, and we show you how to ride Italian’s greatest circuits. And there’s the usual excellence: catch up with Teapot One’s around-the-world adventures, get all the Masterclass riding, legal and tech tips, and we’ve got a cracking pair of wheels in the centre pages this month. JHS Racing’s GSX-R1000 superbike/superstock hybrid gets made to look even sexier by the gorgeous Gracie.
The Race Section leads with inside info from all the racing paddocks worldwide, while this month’s Race Face is the 2007 Ducati Desmosedici GP7. Rootsy spoke to Tom Sykes about defending a world title, and all the pressure that comes with it. And not forgetting the habitual columnists: Chaz Davies, Steve Parrish and the latest TT prep from Martin Jessopp.