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I tell you, writing these first editorials of the year don’t get any easier, you know? I mean, it’s been the depths of Winter, hasn’t it, and I don’t know about you, but my trike’s done precisely zero miles in the last few months ‘cos the weather has been, on the whole, completely and utterly pants – great big XXXL yellowing Y-fronts with suspicious-looking marks in the gusset.

I’m writing this at the beginning of Feb, the weekend before the Dragon Rally, and what I’ve noticed about the year so far is that some folk out there, even at this time, seem to think it’s Spring. I s’pose it’s because while we’re now quite used (or not, as the case may be) to having periods of snow and ice, wailing and gnashing of teeth, over our Winters now, the fact that the big freeze came before Christmas, rather than after it, has in some way lulled people into a false sense of security. What do I mean? Well, I’ve seen, since the New Year, a fair few more bikes out on the roads than I do usually – some of them bikes that you don’t normally see ‘til much later in the year. Living near Mildenhall and Lakenheath air bases, as I do, there have been a lot more US-‘plate Harleys growling around the roads since Chrimbo than there are usually and I put that down to the fact that the snow came and went early. In the words of David Attenborough, ‘Here … on the roads … of western Suffolk … the Harley-Davidsons are coming out of hibernation. Thrown … by the mild weather patterns … they’ve awoken a couple of months too early … and so … will have to take their chances … on the potentially treacherous roads … while other motorcycles, who also … normally sleep away the Winter deep within their garages …’

But enough of this silliness, what have we got for you this issue? Well, some trikes certainly, that’s for sure. We’ve road-tests on the two of the big bangers – the 210bhp Boom ST1 and the Harley-engined Rewaco RX6 – as well as some of the sexiest three wheelers ever built in anyone’s sheds anywhere. On top of that, we’ve also got coverage of two of the best rallies from the end of last season, the Soggy Moggy and the GPO, and also the most hardcore of British events too: The Dragon. Well, I say we’ve Dragon coverage – I haven’t actually been there yet and so I hope, after the weekend, I’ve not lost my typing finger (as in singular – my one typing finger!) to frostbite and can still tell you about it.

Wish me luck!

See you when you’re older.

-Nik

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