27 January 2021

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7 days in 60 seconds

‘It gets better with every single mile’MCN’S MICHAEL NEEVES THE BIG TEST Ducati’s multitool’s changed... Once pretty much a superbike on stilts, Ducati’s Multistrada has always been a bit of an island in the adventure bike market. Jut the new V4-powered bike packs a plethora of changes that – while the Multi still looks rather familiar – have completely changed its character. After years of chasing GS owners with a slightly different proposition, it’s now moved closer to its German GS rival. PAGE 27 COVER STORY Speed Triple goes super-naked Triumph’s Speed Triple is the elder statesman of the naked street bruisers – but it’s never really fought at the cutting edge of the undressed hooligan class. Until now. For 2021 Triumph have stuck it on a diet, hugely upped its power output, given it a…

‘character has always been the defining factor’

It’s interesting when a manufacturer changes the characteristics that have previously helped to define a bike – especially one which has been in production a long time. This week sees the reveal of an all-new Triumph Speed Triple RS, and all the headline changes point at a repositioning for this legendary British bulldog. Always previously the preserve of those who favour a solid naked slab of British beefiness, married to a grunty but unthreatening inline-triple, the new bike appears to be more focused on those who might otherwise be tempted by the sharpest of the super-naked scalpels. And why not? The firm’s Street Triple already offers riders a ‘sensible’ option with plenty of poke and effortless good road manners, which leaves the Speed some room to up the aggression and thrill…

two pints of two-stroke

The ‘GP Originals’ race series has launched its own beer with Crankshaft brewery, which all two-wheel aficionados are sure to love. Premix is a traditional bottle-conditional ale made with local hops. After what they describe as a ‘thorough tasting’ GP say the taste is light and refreshing with a smooth bitterness. Bottles are £2.75 each, dropping to £2.50 if you buy a case of twelve. For more info, or to order, head to gporiginals.co.uk. Last chance to win Bennetts are reminding everyone it’s the last chance you (or a friend) has to enter their competition to win one of 90 free CBT courses. All you need to do is head to bennetts.co.uk/ridefree where there’s info on how to enter. The final deadline for entries is Sunday, January 31 – so you’d best…

the speed of light

Triumph have gone back to the drawing board and produced the most powerful and fastest accelerating Speed Triple so far. Built to take on the latest crop of European super nakeds, the Speed Triple has been bored out and slimmed down in a bid for litre-plus glory. Change is the story of the new Speed Triple but nowhere is that more pronounced than with the engine. Triumph have completely redesigned the motor so not one single part carries over from the previous generation. The bore has been widened considerably (up to 90mm from 79mm) while the stroke has been shortened (60.8mm down from 71.4mm), which together with an overall loss in rotating mass and improvements in gas flow taken from their Moto2 project learnings, has enabled them to rev the engine…

‘i just wanted to do my bit’

A Cheshire motorcycle dealership has given over half of its main showroom floor space to become a Covid vaccination centre, ready to inject between 1200 and 2000 patients every week. Crewe Honda Centre opened negotiations with the NHS on Monday, January 11 and the first patients came through the doors on Saturday, January 23. Dealer principal, Roger Morris, 49, who has worked at the site since he was 16, said: “My friend, the chemist across the road came to see what we were doing during a refit and said the site would make the perfect place for him to carry out Covid vaccinations. “Next minute, the NHS were round and loved it. They offered me rent, which I declined, and I said it would be my pleasure to help. I want to do…

super tech adventure

KTM have upgraded their 1290 Super Adventure S making it smarter, easier to ride and cheaper to boot. The biggest tech jump for KTM is the addition of cruise control radar – so far the only brand to include it as standard. The radar has five distance settings as well as an overtake assist function that gives you a quick speed boost for lane changing and passing. The suspension has benefitted from a jump in tech smarts. The WP set-up has had an update to the electronic brain, which means it can respond much faster to changes in the road surface. There are three suspension modes as standard (comfort, street and sport) plus two optional ones(off-road and auto – which is a fully automatic damping option). The rear shock now has automatic…