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This magazine has to be the dog's b******. I found myself subscribing to this magazine earlier this year and have not been unhappy with the contents yet! Bike magazine contains lots of features and articles about up and coming bikes as well as the old the ugly, and the damn right awful. but it si not just the contents it has to be down to the context as well. Each of their reviews is well-written and obviously well though out not only with the text used, but in the extremes of testing the bikes. The reviews that really stand out are those where bikes within the same catorgories are pitted up against each other in a non-biased way. The best-of-the-best really are shown and are deeply explained in why they excel over the others. What's also nice about this magazine is that there are just a right amount of adverts, you simply have a great detail to appreciate but are no means annoying, like those huge PC mags. Sport and news also appears to be high n the list of priority within this magazine. With reviews of certain rounds ranging from the Isle of Man to the Grand Prix, not to mention the Superbikes. Including these reviews are interviews with stars of the motorcycle sports. Like in all motoring magazines details of the vechicles can be found at the back of the magazine, with new prices and info as well as past-masters and their estimated prices of today. Included in these pages are reviews from older second-hand bikes such as the fantastic Honda NSR250 reviewed in this months issue. This helps the buyer put another mind to their queries. All-though second-hand bikes are not sold in this magazine nor new ones for that matter. A great range of accessories are tested and advertised in this magazine every month. These can reange from reviews of gloves to sliders to special exhaust kits. Even reviews of motorcycle games for the playstation. This has to be one of the best biking magazines around and worth a subsc
ription too as it caters all round for the boy-racer on his GSXR1000 to the sit-up-and-beg guys on their tourers (no offense!) Worth a look buy all means.
‘Bike’ magazine recently underwent a metamorphosis and has become (in my view) the leading motorbike magazine available. An issue is likely to provide up to date news about legislation, new models, accessories, and clothing. In terms of bike testing, there are often ‘first ride’ articles for bikes barely off shakedown testing as well as many group and head to head tests. These tests tend to cover all sectors of biking whether it’s commuters, tourers, off-roaders or the glamorous stuff (e.g. July 2000 MV Agusta vs Ducati 996 vs Aprilia Mille). The journalism is top drawer, Hugo Wilson (the editor) has written several books about motorcycling and has brought an intelligent and articulate style to the magazine. The testers really know their stuff, some take part regularly in motorsport and do very well. There are no centrefolds of buxom young ladies cavorting over fuel tanks, brandishing spanners. This is a proper motorbike magazine that’s interested in the machines and less the machismo. At the back, Bike has now introduced a model database that gives all the specs plus a brief review, of all new bikes sold in this country. Further on there’s another review section, this time for second hand machines. If you’re thinking of buying a motorbike, consult these pages! The magazine runs around 8 long-term bikes that are used and abused (put to bed wet etc), there are regular updates as to how these machines are fairing (no punches pulled). In addition, there are regular articles that cover better riding, how components such as tyres, exhausts, and engines work, Barry Sheene has a column, foreign trips are regularly covered and the occasional older bike feature. Bike is a top magazine, focussed and exact. I’d choose it ahead of the all the others – ‘Ride’ included. 5 stars.