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22nd May 2019

Launched in 1955, MCN has been bringing its readers exclusive news stories about bikes for 60 years. Every week, MCN’s team of expert test riders & journalists will: • Review new and used motorcycles • Help bikers make the very best buying decisions • Provide the latest MotoGP and Superbikes news MCN is also famous for its unrivalled motorcycle sport news and insight. From the white-knuckle world of MotoGP to the elbow-clashing action of World Superbikes and British Superbikes, MCN gives the inside story. There are also thousands of motorcycles for sale in MCN. So if you’re thinking about buying a new machine there’s almost definitely a fantastic bargain waiting to be snapped up!

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‘it’s the best and worst all rolled into one’

The 90th running of the North West 200 was as much a battle with the elements and random inexplicable acts as it was a battle to the flag when the racing got underway. Between rain, helicopters cutting power lines, and Black Hill resembling black ice, it would have been easy for everyone to simply pack up and go home.But the team behind the NW200, and the riders themselves, have such dogged determination to race that seven out of eight races ran, and while not everyone stayed upright, at least everyone made it home. Dig into our coverage on p70-73.And now the road racing circus moves to the most famous race of all – the Isle of Man TT. We’ve put together our most in-depth TT Preview ever – and…

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honouring the tt’s firstlady

An event is being held to celebrate the life of Beryl Swain – the first woman to race solo at the Isle of Man TT. Swain made the headlines back in 1962 when she entered the 50cc race on an Itom, ultimately finishing 22nd despite her bike suffering a mechanical problem.Her performance caused such an upset in the male-dominated world, that her licence was revoked to prevent her from competing again.Incredibly, the resulting ban on female competitors lasted until 1978, when Hilary Musson competed in the Formula 2 on a Yamaha.To mark Swain’s achievements an exhibition is being held in her home town of Walthamstow as part of the E17 Art Trail. The ‘Need for Speed’ exhibition, which has been curated by Kirstin Sibley and designed by Rachel Gomes,…

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electric commuter for under £4k

Britain’s best-selling electric bike company, SuperSoco, have unveiled their most powerful bike to date – the TC Max. It’s viewed as the electric equivalent of a 125cc scooter with its 72 volt lithium ion battery giving a top speed of 60mph and a range of 80 miles. Better yet, the battery is removable for easy charging and it takes just four and a half hours to charge fully.Unlike many electric bikes on the market, Super Soco’s range is aimed at commuters so are very well priced. The TC Max costs just £3999 with the £1500 government grant applied at the point of sale. Existing models can be had for as little as £2099, which helps explain why the company has dominated the UK’s small electric bike market since 2017…

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tryatenere700 this summer

• ‘It’s one of the most important bikes of 2019’ Yamaha have announced two accessory packs for its easgerly-anticpated new Ténéré 700 as well as a summer demo tour ahead of the bike’s world launch next week.In a move that acknowledges owners may use their 700 in different ways, you can now order an Explorer Pack, which includes 72 litres of extra storage from lockable aluminium side cases, a centre stand, a 33% thicker skidplate and a mono seat rack for even more carrying capacity.For those with big off-roading plans, the Rally Pack comprises: a taller, one-piece rally seat, an Akrapovič slip-on can, chain guard, radiator protector, number plate holder, LED indicators and a protective tank pad.In addition, Yamaha are putting on a demo tour across Europe with the…

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‘ago’ ridesagainat thett

Legendary Italian grand prix and TT star Giacomo Agostini will ride a parade lap at this year’s 2019 Classic TT aboard a 1976 350cc MV Agusta ‘Quattro Cilindri’.The 15-time world champion will lead a procession of bikes around the 37.73-mile course on Monday, August 26, as part of the Classic Racer Magazine Classic TT Lap of Honour. He’ll also appear at the Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s Festival at Jurby the day before, as well as the RST Classic TT Heroes dinner that evening.‘Ago’ enjoyed the vast majority of his success with MV, winning both the 500cc and 350cc championships seven times in succession aboard the Italian four-strokes notching up 62 500cc and 48 350cc race wins. The bike he’ll ride, now owned by Robert Iannucci, was first introduced in…

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it’s time to catch a zx-10r

With currently six different models available, from base KRT through RR homologation special plus a new offer from Kawasaki with a £750 deposit contribution, there’s never been a better time to buy a ZX-10R. The Ninja has just about everything and 2019 sees an autoblipper function added to the quickshifter. But as well as the six new ones, there’s 16 years’ of used models, plus the original ZX-10, to consider. £14,445 4 2019 ZX-10R KRT EDT What is it? Track-focused superbike that lets you play at being World Superbike champ Jonathan Rea. MCN says “The ZX-10R is blisteringly fast and now comes with a comprehensive electronics package that is right up there with the best.” Want to buy one? £14,445, £2202 deposit, £195…