Rejoice, Fast Bikes fans, because the May 2016 issue of the mag is now done and dusted, and you’ll be able to read about everything we’ve poured into the latest issue to ensure that you’ll have 132 pages of awesomeness to enjoy. So what’s in it?
For a start, we’ve got the three most important mega middleweights you can buy – the Suzuki GSX-R750, the MV Agusta F3 800 and the new Ducati Panigale 959 – and spanked them on the roads and the dyno. Not everyone wants or needs a big litre bike, and with prices starting in four figures this is the class that’s become the new superbike sector. These are truly brilliant machines – yes, even the GSX-R – so feast your eyes on their epicness!
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Next up, we had a million and four launches to go on this month. KTM’s new 1290 Super Duke GT was the biggest, with the new machine being pitched in some atrocious weather in Mallorca. The premise of it is that it’ll be as nuts as the R, but you’ll be more comfortable for longer on it – what’s not to like?
Then the Ducati Hypermotard was released near Barcelona. This new 939 machine has all the hallmarks of a serious return to form, so if you like your nakeds to be able to pull wheelies from the get-go, this is well worth considering.
Yamaha has been busy knocking up a bike to fit between the MT-125 and the MT-07. The firm calls it the MT-03, mainly because it’s a funky 321cc slice of fun that A2 licence holders can enjoy in those learning years. Suzuki has sprinkled some love on the classic SV650 to create a machine that will really run the MT-07 close in a race of whatever sort you care to wish. And Honda gets in on the act with both the CBR500R and the CB500F getting a refresh ready for the Spring.
And there’s lots more. Al teaches a 73-year-old former Grand Prix star to modern way to ride a bike, we speak with MV Agusta’s tech guru Brian Gillen, there’s all your regular masterclasses telling you how to live life better on two wheels, we pitch the new Kawasaki ZX-10R up against the old one, and we talk to Eugene Laverty about 2016 being his make or break year. There really is loads more, so make sure you don’t miss out!Enjoy more Fast Bikes reading in the monthly magazine. Click here to subscribe.