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16th 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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‘some bikes just have that extra special quality’

At Loomies café recently I heard one chap say to another: ‘Well, there’s no bad bikes these days, you can’t go wrong.’ Which isn’t really true. There might be very few truly sub-standard bikes now, but there’s a significant gulf between bikes that work reliably and effectively – and those that set your soul on fire. It’s the ones that make you feel incandescently alive, that you can sit with in the shed while having a cuppa and just enjoy looking at, that you’re proud to show people pictures of and talk about down the pub: they’re the ones that just have that extra special quality. Head for the centre of this week’s paper and you can indulge in 32 pages of our annual MCN Awards – recognising the bikes that really…

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london bike museum closes

The London Motor Cycle Museum in Greenford has been forced to shut down after complaining that rent increases have made it unsustainable. The museum has been in its current location since 1999 with a collection of hundreds of mostly British bikes dating back to the early 1900s. But the venue closed its doors to the public last week and many of the bikes are due to be auctioned off at the Stafford Show later this month. Some machines have been sold off already. “The problem is the rent,” says 87-year-old owner Bill Crosby, who founded the museum with bikes from his nearby ‘Reg Allen Motorcycles’ business. “Ealing council want £13,000 off us per quarter. I’ve been selling bikes to pay the bill but we can’t go on like this forever.” Wife Philippa went on:…

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enfields get ‘hotted up’

Tuning specialists S&S have worked their magic on Royal Enfield’s new 650 twins, turning them from retro rumblers to burbling brutes. The Indian-built roadsters have proved hugely popular since going on sale earlier this year, regularly topping sales charts and have only been outsold overall by the all-conquering BMW GS. We love their retro charm as well as their keen prices but, like with most new bikes out there, we also wished for a bit less weight and a bit more power. Thankfully, the men from Milwaukee have come to the rescue. The most appealing bit for most of us will be the tapered cone slip-on silencers. Made from brushed stainless steel, these use a high flow catalytic converter that helps move air faster as well as making the whole set-up…

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bag a bonnie bargain

Triumph are trying to tempt buyers to the uprated Bonneville Street Twin with their latest offer – a £500 contribution to spend on Triumph accessories, clothing or even to knock off the £8100 asking price. But as the Street Twin’s just one of the vast Triumph Bonneville family which stretches back over 60 years there are plenty of used, entry-level Triumph twins available for a lot less than that. 2019 STREET TWIN What is it? Entry-level 900cc Bonneville gets more mid-range and better suspension but is stil easy to use. MCN says “Triumph has injected some excitement into the bike, while retaining its ease-of-use and rider-friendliness.” Want to buy one? £8100, £1620 deposit, £118 over 36 months. 2016 STREET TWIN What is it? Junior version of new 900/1200 Bonnie family with fly-by-wire and liquid-cooling. You say “Out-performs my…

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bsb racers join the chase to 5000 miles

Despite the thrill of racing bikes professionally, a number of British championship riders have been enjoying serious road miles this year, too. “I just love motorbikes and even on a weekend off from racing, I’ll go for a ride,” BSB rider, Dan Linfoot, told MCN. Having enjoyed a 2500-mile trip to the Austrian Grand Prix earlier this year aboard his own Triumph Street Triple RS, the BSB star can often be found riding with his Dad, who owns a 2008 Aprilia Tuono. “We went to Germany and the Black Forest and we did the Stelvio Pass in the Alps,” he added. “We were lucky with the weather for six of the seven days away. When we got back to England it started raining and didn’t stop until we got back to Yorkshire.” Another racer…

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dates for your biking calendar

THIS WEEK FRIDAY 18TH Bike Night + Rockers & Classics, Ace Cafe Stonebridge, London Entr y 6pm Info 020-8961-1000 or w w FRIDAY 18TH-20TH British Superbikes, Brands Hatch (GP circuit) Brands Hatch, Kent. Entry Gates open 8.30am Friday, 8am Saturday and 7am Sunday. Adult weekend tickets £39. Sunday only £28. Children under 13 go free Info FRIDAY 18TH-20TH HydroGarden Weston Beach Race Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset Entry Saturday 9am, Sunday 10am. Adult tickets start from £20 Info SATURDAY 19TH-20TH The 26th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show Staffordshire County Showground Entry Saturday 9.30am-6pm, Sunday 9.30am-5pm. £16 on the gate, 15s and under go free Info www.staffordclassic SUNDAY20TH Haynes Bikers’ Breakfast Ride-In Haynes International Motor Museum, Yeovil, Somerset Entry 9.30am Info YOUR HANDY EVENTS GUIDE Find more great things to do in your area…