December 2016

Last month we gave you our guide to some of the best trail bikes to buy for winter fun and frolics. This month we couldn’t resist taking a couple of likely candidates out for a spot of greenlaning. Neither fellow tester Si Hargreaves nor I had ever tried a Yamaha DT200R or a Honda XL200R. But we’re glad we did. They’re brilliant. And so was hitting the trails again (not literally, thankfully). Riding these dual-purpose lightweights took me right back to the essence of why I got hooked on bikes in the first place – they gave Si and I the same visceral buzz that had us begging and borrowing any bike we could lay our teenage hands on to ride off-road. Find out which one tickled our fancy the most.

Equally brilliant are Suzuki’s GSF600 and 1200 Bandit. On paper neither looks that exciting, but the sum of their parts was more than anyone expected when they first appeared in 1996/7. That was 20 years ago – what about today? Can a budget bike like the Bandit still be brilliant after two decades of use? This issue we find out, as well as unearthing the story behind two of the most popular roadsters of the late ’90s. Also in the issue you’ll find an FZR1000 Genesis resto, ’80s moped mayhem, a Laverda SFC1000 buyers’ guide and much more...

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Enjoy the mag

Jim Moore


Inside this issue....


A tired farmyard workhorse might not be everyone's idea of a perfect project but when Mark Llewellyn saw this little-known NVT175 up for sale, his dream of restoring something ultra-rare was about to come true. 


Thought a parts-bin roadster would be boring? The fun, cheap and hugely successful Bandit proved otherwise. 




Don't put this job off just because it's messy: well maintained forks are the key to decent braking, proper handling and a comfy ride.