The September issue of the UK’s best sportsbike magazine is on sale NOW! The new edition of Fast Bikes is currently looking resplendent in most good shops, and a few bad ones, and is also available in various digital formats.
The cover patriotically leads with the all-new Ariel Ace: a unique Honda V4-powered hyper-cruiser designed and built in the UK, with a mild doff of the cap to the firm’s mental car projects. We also get an exclusive Ariel factory tour.
And continuing from the front, there’s a minor revelation as BMW release details of an anti-tuck system. Could we be nearing an uncrashable bike?
The big test this month is a head-to-head. While bikes like KTM’s Super Duke R and BMW’s S 1000 R have stolen the supernaked limelight in 2014, there are slightly friendlier and less focused naked bikes available, like the stalwarts of the class: Ducati Monster 1200 and Triumph’s Speed Triple. It wad the throttle, honestly officer.
The next instalment of the 2014 Rider Cup sees the Yamaha MT-07 against the KTM 690 Duke, proving you don’t need big cubes to provide big thrills.
Other bikes sampled by the Fast Bikes wrecking crew include the sumptuous MV Agusta F4 RR. It’s got all the Gucci bits but, at £20k, it has to prove its worth dynamically. It’s fair to say Rootsy loved it.
Once again, we’re brimming with features this month. There’s an Isle of Man Southern 100 pictorial special, Al goes mental on a rental in the Austrian Alps and, a few days later, tests a full range of HM quickshifters at Brands GP. And Rootsy explores the world of carbon wheels, and finds a pair for £200! Talking of round things, the boss also brings you a first UK test of Metzeler’s sporty new M7 RR rubber.
And there’s the host of regular activity, as Bruce Smart/Teapot One reflects in his adventures; September’s Products special is a collection of exhaust cans; the Addiction pages feature one of the trickest bikes we’ve ever seen – a Ducati 1198FS.
Last but not least, the race section is rammed with all the latest news and features, and September is all about Bradley Smith and what it’s really like to be a MotoGP megastar.