Autos & Motorräder


8 July 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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‘the price of our biking pleasure is poles apart’

Ninety. Thousand. Pounds. For a motorcycle. And not even a unique one, at that. My first house only cost £60k. But I’m not really complaining. If I had a spare £90k rubbing a hole in the sofa upholstery, I’d lob it at my nearest Ducati dealer. I don’t, though. And while that’s a shame, I also won’t spare it a second Lottery-win-would-be-nice thought. What tickles my wallet more are the bikes in our 750s used guide this week (p52). I get a real kick out of getting a lot of bike for not a lot of cash. Sunny Sundays on quiet B-roads were made for bikes like these: Bikes that haven’t broken the bank, or come with mortgage-size repayment plans. Bikes that don’t require Fort Knox to get insurance, and that…

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riders facing seafront ban

Much-loved events such as the Brighton Speed Trials and Ace Café Burn Up could be in trouble if plans to ban motor vehicles from the seafront Madeira Drive get the go-ahead. The road was temporarily closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic to allow more space for walking, cycling and jogging but the closure could now become permanent pending a review by Brighton & Hove City Council. The news has sparked petitions both for and against. At the time of writing, the petition for permanent closure has 2672 signatures, while one for reopening has 5924. The Brighton Speed Trials date back to 1905 when the stretch of road along the sea wall had been freshly tarmac’d for the first time. But now the future of the 115-year-old event run by Brighton and Hove…

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spec-up your spitfire six

CM have started production on their new Spitfire Six, a 300-unit naked promising more personalisation than any model to come before it. Each machine from the Bolton-based operation will be individually numbered, with buyers able to select from varying trim levels, colours, suspension and performance upgrades to truly make it their own. Starting at £9995 and producing 55bhp as standard, the bike makes use of the same 600cc single-cylinder engine and tig-welded trellis frame found on all current Spitfires, however the subframe has been altered to mirror that of the Spitfire Bobber – sitting lower and slimmer to appeal to a wider range of rider sizes. Outside of this, would-be owners then have the opportunity to make their bike unique. Starting with the tank, customers can choose between four standard colours ranging from…

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‘its the perfect socially distanced way to travel’

Used motorcycle sales are booming as bikers emerge from the lockdown, eager to make the most of the great weather or simply to get from A to B without using public transport. Paul Coulter, Marketing Director at SuperBike Factory, the UK’s largest used retailer, said: “Trade has more than bounced back in the last few weeks. We’re doing extremely well, it’s very, very strong. “Since showrooms have been allowed o open we’ve had a release of pent-up demand coupled with good weather and I also think there’s a demand for bikes which is new this year purely because of the coronavirus – people not wanting to commute on trains or buses or the underground… “I think the main thing is the good weather, the clear roads and people wanting to enjoy the experience.…

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great deals on wheels

A wave of new manufacturer incentives, including up to £2400 off flagship KTMs, is helping fuel a boom in bike sales following the easing of lockdown, say dealers. At the peak of the Covid-19 crisis, with biking banned and dealers closed, sales plummeted. April saw an 83.5% drop in sales compared to the same month in 2019 and while May bounced back a little, new bike sales were still 50.4% behind the previous year. But now, with bikes allowed out again in England, dealers back open (albeit with certain restrictions), buyers turning to new two-wheelers either in place of cancelled holidays or for commuting, and a raft of new incentives such as KTM’s new ‘Summer Power Deals’, businesses say sales are bouncing back. “We’ve been very busy,” James Metcalfe from KTM dealer AMS…

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multiple choice of top ducatis

Ducati’s 1260S GT Multistrada could be the final swansong for the big-selling model before the V4 Multi arrives in 2021. The imposing 1200 and then the bigger 1260 have been combining sportsbike power and cutting-edge rider aids in a do-it-all package for 10 years and they’ve never been cheap. But if you haven’t got £19,000 for the 2020 model, there are plenty of options out there, starting from as little as £6000. 2020 1260S GT What is it? High-spec tourer sits at the top of the Multi family tree and is the pinnacle of touring excellence. MCN says “This special version of the 1260S is geared for maximum rider comfort, with a centrestand, panniers and a dedicated seat all fitted as standard.” Want to buy one? £19,041, £3800 deposit, £227.81 per month on a…