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MCN

15 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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United Kingdom
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H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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1 Min.
‘please don’t let it be a huge anticlimax’

The trouble with delayed gratification is that it sometimes leads to too much pressure, too much aggression, poor performance and yawning disappointment. Whether it’s a rider at their home race being crushed by the force of expectation, or the pent-up passion of the race fan expecting a Sheene vs Roberts level of derring-do as the perfect way to break the drought: It could all be a bit of an anticlimax. But I don’t think it will be... I plan to barely leave the sofa as MotoGP kicks off this weekend – save only to stand up for any particularly tense bits, whilst probably shouting at the telly as if it were somehow capable of beaming my vacuous wisdom live into the riders’ brains. Even the most processional race will be…

2 Min.
‘riding changed my life’

“I had a very bad 2019,” says Andy Brown, a 48-year-old ex-soldier from Devon. The post-traumatic stress disorder he’d been dulling for 20 years with a succession of high-adrenalin jobs (bomb disposal, anti-terrorism, rapid response), suddenly hit home. “I was very poorly for a year. I lost my job, my career and nearly lost my life because of mental illness. I lost all faith in myself – if you can’t trust your brain, how can you go on? But in January I wanted to get back on a bike so I used some of my pension money to pay for a [nine-day] Rapid Training course. I’d always wanted to do something like that. “Doing the course was life-changing – it not only improved my riding, but gave me confidence in myself too.…

2 Min.
biking summer begins at last

‘We’re spacing things out more for distancing’ A quick glance at the biking calendar for this year might have you feeling a bit glum about what could have been, but as restrictions begin to ease there’s still plenty of events to get out there and enjoy. One of the best events of the biking calendar is the Malle Mile – a three-day biking festival in the grounds of Kevington Hall. After a lot of effort, the organisers have been able to confirm that the event will be going ahead. “It’s been hard work and there’s some big changes but the essence of the event will remain,” says Robert Nightingale, founder of Malle. “Obviously all the indoor stuff will now be outdoors and we’re spacing things out more for easy social distancing but everyone…

1 Min.
how does noise regulation work?

In the UK, the noise limit for a motorbike is set at 80dB, with an extra 6dB added to account for mechanical noise. This figure matches the 80dB maximum allowed for in European homologation rules, but this is measured in a very specific way as a ride-by at 50kph. Standard bikes can register higher noise levels in static tests or at higher speeds but still make the required standard for going on sale. This is how standard bikes can end up failing trackday noise tests, and could also lead to law-abiding bikers falling foul of noise limit bans, like in Austria.…

2 Min.
the baffle of britain

‘So-called ‘noise cameras’ trialled in the UK’ ‘Loud bikes add weight to calls for lower speed limits’ Loud pipes and their effect on the public’s perception of motorbikes is an issue that’s been brewing for decades, but the combination of a lockdown, empty roads and an early summer has brought it screaming back into the political limelight. And the issue has started to appear in the mainstream media, too. An article from The Times on July 8 says, “it’s time the decibels were reduced” and brands motorcycles as “unnecessarily loud”. Nowhere is the tension more palpable than North Yorkshire, where a local outcry has led the Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, to issue a statement on the topic. “I am aware of the impact that loud motorcycles have for communities across North Yorkshire and,…

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what do the police say?

Lifelong biker, PC Paul Ennis is an officer with the Central Motorway Police Group. “The problem is that if there are enough complaints from the public we’ll have to start clamping down on noisy exhausts. The law is very clear and we’ve got powers under the Road Vehicle (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 and in relation to antisocial behaviour, specifically around excessive noise causing distress, under the Police Reform Act. “A lot of officers, including myself, are bikers and there is absolutely nothing wrong with a legal, aftermarket exhaust. But owners know themselves if they’re pushing it because they’ve removed baffles or have a system marked ‘not for road use’. If we can all work together and be sensible it would benefit bikers, the police and the public.”…