In Fast Bikes April Issue 286
Ducati’s new 1200 Monster gets monstrous around Tenerife, is it good enough to go up against the best? MV Agusta’s Dragster 800 is also launched, and flies around Paul Ricard in Rootsy’s capable hands.
Yamaha’s budget MT-07 was let loose in Lanzarote, find out why it’s one of the best budget bikes ever, inside! Also, BMW’s R nineT is launched in southern France, a really special anniversary edition and surprisingly fine to boot.
Our Rider Cup hits round 3, pitting Yamaha’s MT-09 against Aprilia’s Dorsoduro, can Japan score its first win in our regular series? Meanwhile, Ducati’s 899 Panigale takes on Triumph’s 675R, Honda’s CBR600RR, Suzuki’s GSX-R750 and Kawasaki’s ZX-6R on road and track – is it the best of the bunch?
We’ve got a very special Yamaha MT-01 to show off, a mean bruiser of a custom special and our centrefold features JHS Racing’s awesome Suzuki K13 GSX-R1000 race bike, and the hot-to-trot Gracie.
We look at three classic Italian race tracks you need to ride, Monza, Mugello and Imola, and how you can ride them. Our regular travel reporter Bruce makes yet another big leap around the globe, while we’ve a piece on the classic racing from Phillip Island featuring some wonderful bikes.
Team Crescent Suzuki principal Paul Denning drops by for our Ten Minutes With interview and our used test is on Suzuki’s 2006/7 GSX-R600. Our back end remains full of useful tips, longtermers, legal advice, race action and great columns from Steve Parrish, Chaz Davies and TT hopeful Martin Jessop, and includes a race feature about retaining that precious world title only just won, champion Tom Sykes giving us the tips on that. Plus, all our regular features, and much more inside!