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Attack bikes are awesome but normal bikes are a bit too costly in our dex despite the boost they got in 6th. Expensive 1W models with 3+ are a gamble.

 

Personally I've recently discovered scout bikers, which I think are quite good. They fill a pretty specific role in my list though. 

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I have not used regular bikes but I really find the assault bike to be a really solid choice. I have taken it with the heavy bolter and the mulitmelta and I think over all I prefer the heavy bolter.  Though that choice is probably a bit one sided as I have only played against lists without any reall tanks.

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While this is not a very BA thing to say, the only real advantage we can have to our bikes is FNP and FC.  And we shouldnt really be using them to charge. 

With the new DA dex, their bikers are so much more versatile and with the SM dex, for the cost of a cool HQ model, you can have that big bike squad scoring.  Its really, really helpful.  Im a huge fan.

 

I used to run 5 bikes (2xPG)+MM attack biker.  Had good success.  

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For me, it's getting to the point where I wont field a regular bike squadron without a Priest in tow. Sadly they regularly under-perform for me but this is more likely down to poor generalship...

 

 

(This point of view is from the last edition.)

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If you view them as a durable, fast, mobile shooting unit then I think they are worth it.   They shouldn't be used like other assaulty units however.   I like to run mine with a librarian with Divination (rerolls to hit in shooting and combat, and a chance to get rerolls to wound) and a sanguinary priest.   I also put a multimelta on my attack bike, and generally run two plasmaguns or one plasma gun and one flamer for my special weapon guys.

 

I generally have them run around the board and focus more on shooting than assaulting.  Think of them as a durable harrassment unit that can be useful in contesting objects late in the game because of their speed.

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I'm converting 2 DV bike squads into a 5 man Bike Squad with 2 Plasmaguns and Combi-Plasma, Melta Bombs on the Sergeant, with an attached Priest toting a Plasma Pistol.  If I could put a Plasmacannon the Assault Bike, I'd take that too :D  Actually, I would probably add the MM Attack Bike if I had one, but I don't.

 

It's for providing mobile shooty support vs TEQ and MEQ, and meltabombing armor of opportunity.

 

I don't expect it to star in games, but I'll have fun with it.  I'll run them alongside a Dakka Baal predator, using it for cover to create for maximum annoyance.

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thanks guys.. i was gonna run with a div libby and use them as mobile shooting.. my gaming group isnt at all competitive so im not too worried about facing tourney lists.

 

as for DA allies... yeah they might be better but i resent taking them because my dex already has bikes. i will play that choice..it may not be as competitive but i feel better about it.

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