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23rd October 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 wasn’t quite perfect, but it was very close’

The quality of racing in the British Superbike Championship, from inception to final weekend, is one of the great constants of bike racing. Yes, some years have been better than others, but it’s never dull. And, for me, this season was a classic. In some years it can feel eclipsed by MotoGP for drama – but this certainly isn’t one of them, even taking into consideration rookie Quartararo’s best efforts. Despite having one of the most dramatic season flips in memory in World Superbikes, the international series also couldn’t dull the gloss of BSB. The reason for the extra dose of specialness from BSB this year? Scott Redding. It’s been a fascinating blend of anticipation and results. The consistent debunking of ‘Ah, but wait until he gets to Cadwell...’ naysayers, blended with…

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cops zero in on dozy drivers

Police have deployed an electric bike as part of an exercise aimed at raising awareness and stopping car drivers from pulling out on motorcycles – and they say it has been a big success. West Midlands Police used an unmarked Zero SR/F for a month in a bid to reduce the number of crashes caused by drivers failing to spot motorcyclists on the roads. During Operation Moto, 84 drivers were stopped and either prosecuted or warned about their driving. PC Paul Ennis was the riding force behind the idea. He said: “Because Birmingham city centre is running a Clean Air Initiative, I thought it would be a good idea to use the Zero and the bike performed brilliantly. “It was the perfect bike to ride around the city. I covered well over 1000…

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sky’s the limit for new spitfire

This is the very first CCM Spitfire Six to leave the firm’s Bolton factory. Unlike the other Spitfires in the range, like the Café Racer and Foggy Edition, the British firm say the Six doesn’t have a theme; instead, it’s a starting point to let owners shape their ideal Spitfire using a huge array of extras. This first example features nearly every option to illustrate the smorgasbord of parts on offer… and MCN was first to get the key. Though the hand-made frame, stylish swingarm and 600cc single-cylinder engine are common to all Spitfires, the Six lets you choose almost everything else. You decide whether the frame is painted or left bare, select the colour for the tank and wheels, pick from a selection of seat styles and choose the parts you…

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bridgestone 2020 rubber

Bridgestone have announced newfor-2020 tyres aimed at both ends of the sports spectrum. Superbike fans will be interested in the RS11, a ‘racing street’ tyre designed for both road and track. Replacing the five-year-old RS10, the new RS11 slots into Bridgestone’s line-up as a more track-capable choice than the S22 sports tyre, but with claimed better road manners than the R11 treaded race tyre. It’s due in March, in just three sizes to fit the latest-generation litre-class superbikes. While at the more traditional end of things is the BT46, a cross-ply sports-touring tyre that takes over from the legendary BT45 – still an enormously popular choice, but dating back to the 1990s. Designed for older bikes and classics, the BT46 claims to combine the BT45’s longevity with a huge improvement in…

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see the film, now buy the t-shirt...

John McGuinness is starring in a hard-hitting new video series released by biker-inspired clothing brand Red Torpedo. The firm will release more short films, featuring TT stars Guy Martin, Lee Johnston, Dean Harrison and Conor Cummins over coming weeks to promote its new collection of clobber. The McPint video is released today (October 23) and includes his thoughts about his wins, the dangers he faces and why he won’t quit yet – and it’s really rather good. More videos will follow at redtorpedo.com where you can also buy their TT-inspired kit.…

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naked h2 takes off

Kawasaki’s supercharged new Z H2 could be a super-naked gamechanger with nearly 200bhp and over 100ftlb of torque on tap. At the heart of this arm-wrenching weapon is the H2 SX’s super-smooth 998cc motor, although it’s been retuned for the Z to give more mid-range thrust, making its whopping 101ftlb of torque at just 8500rpm (1000 less revs the H2 SX requires). There’s a stack of IMUcontrolled electronics to stop the Euro5-friendly engine tying everything in knots including three riding modes, lean-sensitive traction control, ABS… oh and launch control, just in case that Porsche is giving you a bit of bother at the traffic lights! There’s also a quickshifter and cruise control as Kawasaki leave no stone unturned in their bid to be king of the super-naked segment… although Ducati’s all-new V4 Streetfighter…