We’re not all about cars here; we love a good two-wheeled machine as well.
And, with summer getting under way, what better time to see the new bikes that are hitting the market?
Here are some from the world’s best-known manufacturers to whet your appetite.
If you’re looking for a bike visit www.exchangeandmart.co.uk/used-motorbikes-for-sale and, in Scotland, www.s1cars.com/used-motorbikes-for-sale
Ducati are very busy
For starters the Monster family, which for 2017 sees the update of the Monster 1200 family on both standard and S models. The latest Monster has a sleek design and powerful engine and Ducati says the 797 is sporty but easy to ride.
The Multistrada now comes with a 950 moniker and it’s aimed at the go-anywhere, do-anything buyers. The Supersport, meanwhile, is the access point for Ducati’s performance machines, with a 937cc engine.
These days Ducati is also hitting the rough stuff with its Scrambler range and it has added two new models – the Desert Sled and Café Racer.
All of the models are in dealers now.
Triumph going in a new direction
Check out the Bonneville Bobber, isn’t it beautiful? Triumph says it’s a genuine factory custom and it sure looks muscular and purposeful.
The Bobber strips the Bonneville T120 back to its bones, leaving it with clean lines, a low stance and a single seat with wide flat bars. All of the electrics are hidden away to keep it all clean.
It’s got a 1200cc Bonneville engine and is tuned for more torque and power low down. The silencers are designed to give it a hot rod sound.
An affordable Suzuki
It’s a bumper year of new models for Suzuki and for those looking for affordable thrills look no further than the GSX250R at £4,299. It’s A2 licence-friendly with its 248cc engine and will keep the rider happy in city traffic and on twisty B-roads.
You can also bag one dressed up in Suzuki’s Moto GP livery for an extra £100. Money well spent. It’s just arrived in showrooms.
A slightly more expensive Suzuki
For those that want full-flavour fast, the all-new GSX-R1000 is about to become available. Priced at £13,599, it’s about to go on a nationwide tour around the UK between June and September.
It’s packed with Moto GP-derived tech, including variable valve timing that helps produce 202hp. There’s a 10-stage traction control system and three power modes, as well as launch control. The tour will also feature the new V-Strom 650 and the V-Strom 1000, as well as the mid-range GSX-S750 and the SV650.
Suzuki GB marketing manager, Rob Cooper, announced the tour, saying: “This is the third year of our biker café tour, which has proven both immensely popular and successful over the last couple of years.
“By visiting the cafés we’re getting out there and bringing our bikes to a wider audience. As a result, we’re making the test ride experience even easier and spending time with people we’re perhaps not currently seeing at other events or in dealerships.
“We’ve cherry-picked some of the most popular destinations across the country and will be running two-day events at all of the cafés on the calendar.”
Honda has a cool custom bike too
Honda has a cool custom bike for this summer – a brand new model for this year. The Rebel is a slimline number with a low 690mm seat height and Honda says it aimed to go for a mix of old and new styling when it created it.
It says: A new tubular steel frame draws fresh, contemporary lines into stripped-back, fat-tyred ‘bobber’ style, with mid-mounted footpegs and a relaxed and neutral riding position with gently outstretched arms.”
What’s more, though is it is A2 licence-friendly, with a 471cc eight-valve liquid-cooled twin-cylinder engine on board. It’s remapped for a torque-heavy bottom-end output, but retains a sporty feel for an easy but engaging ride.
The Rebel is available in three colours: Graphite Black, Matte Armored Silver Metallic and Millennium Red and it costs £5,399.