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BEST OF 2017 GREAT ROADS

We were treated extremelywell when it came to fresh metal in 2017, which hasn’t made it any easier for us to choose our picks of the crop. But here’s what’s rocked our world this season, and hopefully yours too.

YOUR JUDGES ARE…

To rate the best of the best in 2017, we’ve rounded up our finest (and only) staff on the mag.

Bruce ‘Dangerous’ Wilson
Carl ‘Pretty Boy’ Stevens
Benjamin ‘Beej’ Kubas-Cronin
Mike ‘Boothy’ Booth
Charlie ‘Sheriff’ Oakman

YAMAHA MT-10SP

In truth I’ve ridden some absolute corkers of bikes in 2017, but it’s the MT-10SP that stands out as being my favourite road bike of the year. I first got acquainted with it on its launch back in February and was quickly smitten with its easily adjusted electronic suspension and fancy paintwork. It looked every bit the desirable super-naked, and later transpired to back up the looks with the goods when pushing the bike to its limits (and mine) around some mountainous kamikaze roads in South Africa. In reality, the motor and frame are near enough identical to the stock MT-10 package, but that didn’t stop me falling head over heels once more for the crossplane motor which allowed unadulterated fun with every sniff of throttle.

Smart tech, great handling and a raucous exhaust note are what ultimately sealed the deal for me way back then, and I’ve found myself more and more intoxicated by the model since riding it on numerous occasions on track and road in Blighty. This bike allows you to pick and choose what you want it to be at any given time, which is a strong trait to have in today’s world where folk want the most from their hard earned readies. Admittedly, it’s not perfect; I really wished they’d put a bigger tank on the thing, and the brakes do a feel a little wooden when you go for a big handful. But hey, nobody’s perfect. Besides, those small issues are soon forgotten when you get cracking on your favourite B-road and find yourself so consumed with joy that you don’t even remember what a fuel tank is, let alone how far the bike you’re riding’s is set to last. A great mid-life crisis machine, that’s assured not to cripple your back and wrists.

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In this month's issue of Fast Bikes .... - Bike hacking secrets - unlock your ride's hidden potential - The best bits of 2017 - road, tracks, kit and bikes rated - Track toys buy now play later - Retro Renegades old school's cool, but does it still rule? - Can small capacity equal big fun? - Know your brake lines - BMW K1200S Buyer's guide - Racing rules: make or break - Project TZR grand finale - Rocket RON interview