The first issue, summer 1971
EditorHugo Wilson
Former editorsMark Williams
Mike Nicks
Peter Watson
Dave Calderwood
Brecon Quaddy
Mac McDiarmid
Roger Willis
Circulation29,800 (2023)
PublisherBauer Consumer Media Ltd
CompanyBauer Media Group
CountryGreat Britain
Based inPeterborough

Bike is a British motorcycling magazine that was established and edited by journalist Mark Williams[1] in 1971,[2] originally as a one-off Car magazine special.

Taking a leaf out of Car magazine's book, Bike published "Giant Tests", namely, head-to-head comparison tests, which were innovative at the time. Before then, motorcycle journals and magazines would test bikes only individually and in isolation from other bikes. The first "Giant Test", in summer 1971, was a comparison between a BSA Rocket 3 and a Norton Commando.

Mark Williams wrote a regular column entitled "Running out of Road". Other contributors included: LJK Setright, who wrote the "Cog-swapping" column; Jim Greening who wrote the "Short Circuits" column; and the pseudonymous "Hap Spoons" who wrote "Odds & Sods".[3] For more than 30 years the magazine featured Paul Sample's full-page comic-strip Ogri, but that transferred to Back Street Heroes magazine in the spring of 2010.

Bike is published by Bauer Consumer Media Ltd and edited by Hugo Wilson. The magazine claims the title of "Britain's best-selling motorcycle magazine", based on circulation figures provided by the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC). Bike publishes a wide-ranging mix of news, tests, opinion and editorial.


  1. ^ Mark Williams
  2. ^ Caroline Taggart (2010). Writer's Market 2010: Make Money Writing. F+W Media. p. 508. ISBN 978-0-7153-3529-1.
  3. ^ Magazine Exchange