Auto et Moto


3 June 2020

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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1 min.
‘please spare a thought for the village people’

Don’t worry, this isn’t a plea for a revival of the classic YMCA. ‘Young man...’ No, this is a plea for a bit of diplomacy. My inbox lit up over the weekend with emails from beleaguered village people, many of them bikers themselves, rider groups and rural police officers all asking the same thing: please could bikers slow down and drop their revs when passing through villages. Ordinarily, I’d be rolling my eyes and muttering something about NIMBY killjoys and the strong undertone of social unacceptance (that probably attracted half of us to riding bikes in the first place). But not one of them, biker or no, was being in the least bit anti-bike. All they asked for is a bit of consideration. Using the full extent of a slipper-clutch’s capabilities…

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dealers are up and running

Dealers in England have been given permission to reopen. As of Monday, June 1, motorcycle dealerships, along with car showrooms and outside markets, resumed trading but have to follow guidelines designed to combat the spread of Covid-19. The Government has already produced a list of things for dealerships to consider, including sanitiser stations and one-way systems in showrooms. “We’re ready to reopen and really looking forward to getting back to business,” says Clive Walton, Director of J W Groombridge, in Sussex. “We’ve got posters up at the door, telling people what we expect of them before entering the shop. We have hand sanitiser and face masks available, and inside we’ve marked out two-metre distances on the floor.” Dealers have already reported strong interest from customers, with Colchester Kawasaki Operations Manager Melissa Olivieri saying:…

2 min.
swap the bus for a bike…

‘We’re keen to show bikes are an easy way to get to work’ A nationwide campaign has been launched to encourage people to get on a bike for their commute as the country begins the slow return to work after coronavirus. With the phased reopening of businesses beginning now, and more set to reopen on June 15, the Government is encouraging people to look for alternatives to public transport. In response to this, the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) has launched an initiative with MCN that will hopefully see more people riding to work as a way of both staying safe and reducing congestion. “Powered two wheelers [that’s motorcycles and scooters to us] have lots of advantages,” says Nick Broomhall at the MCIA. “We’re keen to show people they can be a cheap and safe…

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what do the government’s guidelines say?

Circuits are covered by the same guidance issued by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as golf courses and tennis courts as “facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities”. As such, they were entitled to re-open from May 13 provided the owners felt ready to do so safely. The DCMS guidance also says that: “All activity should be consistent with the Government guidance regarding health, social distancing and hygiene. “That means that participants and others can maintain a safe two metre distance, that good hygiene practices are in place, that equipment is disinfected regularly, and that it is clear that anyone who is symptomatic or suspects they have been exposed to the virus does not take part and remains at home.”…

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trackdays return in england

‘Check-in and briefings are all done online only’ ‘Strictly no overnight camping at track venues’ Motorcycle trackdays have resumed in England as Government lockdown guidance continues to ease restrictions. The first sessions were held last Tuesday at Donington and Cadwell Park with operators including MSV Trackdays, No Limits and Focused Events all taking bookings. At the time of going to press, No Limits events at Cadwell, Mallory, Snetterton, Croft and Donington are almost full until the end of June and many events in July are filling up, too. It’s a similar story for MSV and several of the Focused Events dates are full as well. But it isn’t a case of ‘business as usual’ and there have to be strict social distancing measures in place to make sure everyone is being kept safe. MSV,…

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‘they should all be like this’

Bike blogger, Kate Ralph, attended the Donington event on Tuesday, May 26 and thought the social distancing measures worked perfectly. “It was great – everyone stuck to the social distancing. You were allowed a helper from your own household, so there were a few couples around but there were no spectators. It made it feel really empty compared to a normal trackday which was actually quite nice, they should all be like that. “There were a lot of people saying they were going to take it easy but then when you actually get on track it’s a bit of a red rag to a bull. Everyone just wants to get on and go fast.”…