In Fast Bikes August Issue 291
It's Sportsbike of the Year! What is the world's best? We take eight of the best sportsbikes on the planet to one of the best and maddest tracks – Portimao in Portugal, to decide our winner. Will it be the new Honda Fireblade SP, MV Agusta's F3 800, Kawasaki's ZX-10R, Ducati's Panigales 1199S and 899, Triumph's Daytona 675, Aprilia's RSV4 Factory or BMW's stunning HP4 that reigns supreme? Can the Fireblade SP steal the Aprilia's crown? Can the HP4 take Bavarian honours? All the action, eight amazing bikes and a verdict INSIDE!
Also, it's the launch of Ducati's new Monster 821, what's the mini-monster like? Alastair rides the newest Brammo electric bike this month, and an amazing Honda Fireblade special that'll blow your socks off. Our intrepid global adventurer Bruce Smart's longest journey is almost at an end too, find out how in his penultimate instalment with us.
Our centrefold Addiction shoot this issue features a mad high specification naked Suzuki and the equally stunning Joey alongside it. Then there's the Rider Cup, where Ducati's Multistrada 1200S D-Air takes on Kawasaki's Versys 1000. Can the plucky and far cheaper Japanese machine take the fight to the technology strewn Italian? You'll know within these pages!
Our Used Bike this issue features the ever-young Ducati 916, celebrating its twentieth anniversary - has it already been that long? We also chat with a bonkers young up an coming racer in our Ten Minutes With feature too. Then there's our race section, with an in-depth look into three of World Superbikes' newest contenders – MV Agusta, Hero EBR and Bimota. Why are they taking on the biggest production bike challenge in the world? Their team-managers spill the beans inside. There's also all the latest racing news and gossip, as well as a final column from TT virgin Martin Jessop, and our regular columns by Steve Parrish and factory Ducati racer Chaz Davies.