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21st August 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 going to be a fantastic race weekend’

I was there last year. Soaked. Cold. Painfully aware of my ever-more restless family’s growing sense of disappointment. By midday it was clear that nothing more exciting than a safety car was likely to smash some laps in around the drenched Silverstone tarmac. Resignation overtook us, and we drifted home feeling like Christmas had been cancelled and someone had nicked the turkey. It’s easy to be flippant and brutally bold about attributing blame or heaping on the scorn, but the team at Silverstone were crushed by the events, and have worked relentlessly over the last 12 months to ensure that – whatever the weather – there will be a MotoGP spectacle to remember in 2019. The biggest part of their commitment has been the full resurfacing needed to give us race…

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hartside café to rise again

A local property developer has revealed plans to transform the burned-out Hartside Café into a luxury bikers’ home from home. Until a devastating fire in March 2018 the café was a popular Cumbrian biking venue thanks to its remote location and amazing local roads. But now it’s set for a phoenix-like revival and transformation. “We are bringing the site into the 21st century,” Langwathby-based developer, Dawn Dixon, told MCN. “We want to put an amazing structure there. It will be glass and steel and it will be polished concrete inside.” Located on the A686, near Alston, the venue was initially put up for sale in November 2018, after locals attempted to raise sufficient funds to see the original café reopen. This new plan, should it be approved by Eden District Council, will see the…

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ftr1200 goes back to basics

The FTR1200 has been one of the most hotly anticipated bikes of the year – especially the Race Replica with its FTR750 styling. So hotly anticipated, in fact, that the RR is all but sold out. But skip straight over the middle-of-the-road S to the stocker and not only will you grab a blacked-out speed machine, you’ll save yourself £2200 in the process. But should you? All important The important bit is that the FTR’s headline performance figures remain unchanged. The standard model comes with the same 1203cc V-twin as the S and Race Replica, with the same peak power figure of 118bhp. The frame, too, is exactly the same, as are the wheels. Instead it’s with the suspension where you start to see changes. Where the S and RR come with fully-adjustable…

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elvis’ harley leaves the building

Elvis Presley’s last ever motorcycle is up for auction next week when it is widely expected to set a world record if it reaches its upper estimate of £1.6 million. The 1976 Harley-Davidson FLH was the last bike the King bought and covered just 126 miles in his care before he died three months later. Elvis had the machine delivered to his Graceland home and had it repainted in a custom scheme before ultimately selling it to a local Harley dealership. From there it ended up with Tony Rakowski, who purchased it for around £20,650 but didn’t own it for long before swapping it for a car with Dave Geisler, the owner of the Pioneer Auto Museum. Since then it’s spent the last 30 years in a glass case in the…

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hands-free phone ban plan

Bluetooth-based communications systems for bikers – such as the ability to answer urgent calls on the move – could be banned as part of a proposed crackdown on drivers using hands-free mobile phones at the wheel. The move is being considered by the Transport Select Committee in the House of Commons, which is calling for a public consultation on the issue before the end of the year. Members also want stiffer penalties for the use of hand-held devices and more police enforcement to tackle offenders. “Despite the real risk of catastrophic consequences for themselves, their passengers and other road users, far too many drivers continue to break the law by using hand-held mobile phones,” said committee chair Lilian Greenwood MP. ‘Any phone distracts from a driver’s ability to pay attention’LILIAN GREENWOOD MP “If mobile…

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is racing vital to astars?

“Alpinestars and other companies brought protection to riders and racers who didn’t know they needed it,” says Gabriele. “Everything is so much more protective now and much of this has come through racing. Some riders are very receptive to this, like Marc Marquez, and riders of this generation see this as normal. Some use it because they are forced to, but the products are much more protective because of this. It is up to us to develop new products and keep pushing the market to adopt them. “Alpinestars could not exist without racing development. Racing is a way of thinking, the shorter version of life is a sport, and this is what drives our development. I don’t think we would exist without being so close to racers because we have the same…