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MCN

MCN

28 October 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!

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
Frequency:
Weekly
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2 min.
electric shock from custom shop

MCN CONTRIBUTOR ‘I shaped it by hand. It was all very organic’MICHAEL ‘WOOLIE’ WOOLAWAY This world-first, one-off Zero, created in collaboration with custom bike experts Deus ex Machina, has been built to shine the spotlight on the leading electric bike brand as they unveil their 2021 line-up. The café racer-style machine is not only the first factorycommissioned Zero custom but also the first electric bike Deus have built. It’s based on the range-topping SR/S sportster as introduced earlier this year with the transformation by acclaimed fabricator Michael ‘Woolie’ Woolaway who says the idea for it was to be a track-only, modern/ retro with top-spec components sourced from World Superbikes. “It’s the first electric motorcycle I’ve been involved with but I’ve always been intrigued. When I met the Zero guys and got a good look…

1 min.
you never forget your first bike

Send your first bike pics to: yourpics@motorcyclenews.com HONDA CB250RS This one is me as a teenager back in 1982 on my first proper bike with some classic cars from the era too. William Gibb HONDA SS50 My brother Guy taking a first sit on Dad’s SS50. Today Dad’s got a Triumph, Guy has a BMW and I’m on a Thundercat. Mark Harrison YAMAHA RD250LC Me on my RD250LC aged 19 in 1984 complete with Allspeeds, proddy bars and rearsets. What’s not to love about it? John Chinnery SINNIS TERRAIN 125 Me and my first proper bike. I did have a ‘bogseat’ Honda C90 about 25 years ago but only rode that once before having to sell it. Dominic Risk ROYAL ENFIELD HIMALAYAN Not exactly my first bike but here are my dad and me. I have a shot of him…

2 min.
mcn law

Q ‘Should I appeal speeding fine?’ First of all, I’m a big fan of your column in MCN. It’s very insightful and always useful for future reference. My question is this... I received a speeding fine on August 23. However, I’m aware of a law (though I don’t know the ins and outs) that states if an intent to prosecute isn’t received within 14 days, the fine is nullified. I received mine on the September 25. Are there any caveats to this before I appeal and bite off more than I can chew? I recently moved properties and also put on a private licence plate, so I reckon this is the reason for the delay. However, I don’t know whether this is reason enough for them to forego the above law? Jamie…

1 min.
‘i own an interceptor 650 and… …i just love it to bits!’

Nick Ingram Age 59 Height 5ft 9in Bikes BMW R1200RT, Enfield Interceptor, Enfield Bullet How long have you been riding? Over 42 years Occupation Retired First bike Honda CB200 “I commuted into London from Kent for over 35 years, now I’m in Northants and riding for pleasure only, in the UK and abroad. “I’ve always had a soft spot for Enfields so didn’t consider any other brands. It’s such a lovely looking machine and so different (simpler....) to my Beemer. Road tests universally praising the bike helped and mine came up at a bargain price. “A free flow air filter and silencers have helped the engine breathe and rev so much better. I’ve also ditched the handlebar crossbar and fitted bar end mirrors for looks. “I’ve had it just six weeks and so far ridden…

1 min.
‘the enfield ticks literally all the boxes’

MCN CONTRIBUTOR The Interceptor is almost unchallenged at being the most affordable retro. By ticking literally all the retro roadster boxes, by also proving to be a decent, pleasant ride and chiming in for almost £2500 less than the cheapest Bonneville (which, though better performing, can’t match all the retro details), the Enfield is so compelling. But this test also revealed three further things: The Enfield’s not perfect and, pushed hard, reveals its slightly budget nature (although for many that might matter little). The Caballero, starting at £6399 (although not in this Deluxe spec), is priced close enough to be a valid, if slightly niche, alternative that a B-road connoisseur will enjoy and last, but by no means least, the spirit of the ‘street trailie’ is alive and well. If you’re of…

1 min.
career highlights

Winning grasstrack Peter (#21) also raced grasstrack. He won the 350cc British championship in 1971 and ’72, and got to seven world finals. First near miss In 1975 a track cock-up robbed him of the world title. Being world champ Peter beat Ivan Mauger to get to the world final in 1976. Injury brilliance Peter’s ability to ride through pain was legendary. He came second in the 1977 world individual final after having 350 stitches. Awarded the MBE Peter could barely believe it when he met the Queen. New projects Peter’s restored 63 bikes and is thinking about a museum.…