7 April 2021
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7 days in 60 seconds

‘A wondrous one-of-a-kind creation’MCN’S NEEVESY ON THE BUSA SPECIAL TEST Welcome back to the hyperbike Hyperbikes are dead, long live the hyperbike. Yes, the market may have marched away from the uber-fast sports sled, but while the lone survivor of the class is Suzuki’s newly returned Hayabusa, this is no dinosaur. Our extended test this week proved that the silky smoothness of big cubes and acres of torque still delivers one of the most engaging rides you can buy. FULL TEST 27 THE BIG TEST British bulldog bites the king Ever since Yamaha released their cheeky MT-07 naked middleweight, it’s been the dominant force in the market. Blending an ever so attractive budget price with an absolute peach of an engine and enough chassis wherewithal to entertain you without tieing itself in knots – it’s a winning…

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‘the future has arrived in a hail of race bullets’

There’s seemingly very little you can do to predict when the changing of the guard will happen in racing. While some riders hold onto their careers dramatically longer than you’d expect, others throw the towel in and walk away unexpectedly early. Gaps appear, the balance of power ebbs and flows – but it seems like a fairly glacial shift most years. But in all three GP classes it feels like the future has suddenly arrived in a hail of race bullets. The fairly new ‘establishment’ (Mir, Quartararo, Rins and Miller) jostling with the absurd nascent talent of Martin, Bagnaia, and Binder in the premier class. Meanwhile, Moto2 and Moto3 may be inherently more predisposed to influxes of new talent – but it’s actually the shift in the maturity and consistency of Sam…

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trick tmax ready now

Online orders have opened for Yamaha’s 20th Anniversary TMAX. Adorned with all kinds of fancy parts including carbon bodywork, yellow stitched heated seat and nifty graphite paint, the special edition is sure to catch the eye. Yamaha are making just 560 of them so you’ll have to be quick although £14,699 might slow things down a touch. More info at tmax20anniversary.yamaha-motor.eu A pair of LiveWires British adventurers Ross and Hugo Turner have brought their adventurous exploits closer to home and filmed themselves taming the North Coast 500 in Scotland. Easy you might say but they tackled the trip on a pair of Harley-Davidson LiveWires without the big back up crew of say, a couple of movie stars. If you’ve got 20 minutes to spare, it’s an entertaining watch at youtu.be/qZIuXAAEM0g Tridents on tour Triumph…

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‘will we produce an electric ducati soon? no’

NEWS EDITOR In an ordinary year a near 10% drop in sales would have the board of a major motorcycle manufacturer on the hunt for the CEO’s head. But 2020 was no ordinary year and Ducati are no ordinary manufacturer. Even with an early and incredibly restrictive lockdown in Italy, Ducati managed to stay in profit and actually grew their sales in certain countries around the world. The key, according to Ducati’s VP of Sales, is care and passion. Weathering the storm “It’s been a complex and difficult year,” says Francesco Milicia. “At first we thought maybe the pandemic would only affect some countries but by March [2020] we could see how serious it was. In Italy we had the highest death rate in that first wave and it was a very serious…

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‘we’ve been working hard on reliability’

Ducati have been working hard to shed the image of unreliability that was gained decades ago and is hard to shift. A big part of that has been communication and despite the recent setback with the Multistrada, Milicia is sure they’re on the right path. “I think one of the secrets of Ducati is that when we have a new product, we communicate with our dealers and our staff. There’s a saying that ‘nobody knows how better to improve a machine, than the worker who operates it’ and it’s the same with bikes. It’s the dealer who’s in front of the customer and they hear day to day what is working but also what’s not working. “We are always trying to build a better product for our customers. The one thing we’ve…

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end of an era at appleyard

One of the UK’s longest established and best-known dealerships, Colin Appleyard, has sold its motorcycle business to focus on four-wheeled machines instead. The sale comes as the business marked its 50th anniversary in the bike trade, having first opened as a motorcycle dealership in Keighley, Yorkshire in 1971 adding cars eight years later. Since then, the company has grown to have six locations across the north, turning over £46 million pounds all while remaining a family run enterprise. Outside of sales, the dealerships has been a huge supporter of the British racing scene including the current Appleyard Macadam Racing team. The team was set up 22 years ago to support the exploits of Robin Appleyard and the operation has bagged 11 championship titles including the 2020 British Supersport crown. The team…