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26 February 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!

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H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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1 min.
‘today’s bikes are all global machines...’

When we found out Triumph would be moving the last of their mass production models from Hinckley to Thailand, our first thoughts were for the 50 workers at risk of losing their jobs. But once you look a little closer, the next most eyeopening revelation was just how few Triumph models are actually made in this country. Of the total annual production of 65,000 units just 10% are currently made here in Britain, with this number falling to 4500 once the remainder of the mass-produced models are moved to the Far East later this year. It just goes to show how global modern bikes truly are – with suspension from Sweden, electronics from Germany, brakes from Italy and tyres from Japan, does it really matter where they’re eventually bolted together?…

2 min.
largest ‘gs trophy’ ever!

The 2020 BMW ‘GS Trophy’ has just finished in New Zealand with this year’s international adventure-riding event proving to be the largest ever. Twenty-two teams of three riders representing different nations from around the world – the biggest number so far – competed in a series of challenges on identical F850GS bikes over eight days and 2500km, with the team from South Africa coming top. 66 riders take part in GS event in New Zealand Participants cover 2500km over eight days The Trophy first took place in 2010. BMW invites owners from around the world to participate in qualifiers, with the winners forming three-person teams. This year’s UK entry was made up of Richard Cox, Roy Prescott and Tim Mitchell. After eight days spent dashing up and down the rankings, the Brits finished…

2 min.
new zero goes the distance

HIGHLIGHTS • 14.4kWh battery • 110bhp/140ftlb • Seat height: 787mm • Weight: 229kg • Top speed: 124mph • £19,590 Zero Motorcycles have released a fully-faired version of their top-of-the-range electric SR motorcycle that offers decent weather protection and a better range. The new SR/S builds on the naked SR/F’s base (which won MCN’s Best Electric Bike award in 2019) with a full fairing and more relaxed riding position, helping it appeal more to the commuter market while also offering pillions greater comfort levels thanks to lower pegs and a larger seat. According to Zero, the new fairing makes the S model 13% more aerodynamically efficient than the naked F, allowing it to cover a claimed 161 miles of city riding, although this drops to 82 miles on A and B roads. Zero say you can expect an average of…

1 min.
what about electric bikes?

With the increase in UK R&D focus, could this mean an acceleration of the firm’s TE-1 electric bike project? “It’s still on the same timeframe,” says Stroud – which means the project will conclude in around eighteen months’ time before the next phase is announced. “We’re locked into a timeframe with our other partners, but one could logically conceive that as we’re developing a design and engineering team for the future then you’ve got to be looking at how you develop your electric bike design capabilities, and that project is very much part of that jigsaw.” While TE-1 might sound like a bike model, Triumph say this project is focused on battery technology, motors and the packaging constraints that currently hinder electric motorcycles – not building a specific single model. It’s happening…

3 min.
triumph’s global thai-up

‘We’re increasing design resources here in the UK’NICK BLOOR, TRIUMPH CEO For the first time in the history of Triumph Motorcycles, all volume production models will be built outside of the UK, as the firm confirms it will move the last two UK produced models to its Thailand factories. But this isn’t completely the end of UK production, with Triumph saying they will continue to build around 4500 motorcycles at their Hinckley factory after all volume production has moved abroad. The move, announced to Triumph employees on Thursday (Feb 20), will see the last remaining UK produced models – the Speed Triple and Tiger 1200 – join the rest of the range at the Chonburi, Thailand production facilities. Gains and losses Triumph have confirmed to MCN that they are now in consultation with up…

2 min.
‘a character-forming adventure’

Bike-mad former serviceman Mick Pumfrey is gearing up for nine days of two-up father-son bonding, with a European battlefield tour aboard his trusty 15-plate Triumph Tiger Explorer. Although it’s not just about helping in his bid to top 5000 miles in 2020. “It’s all about education. It’s education on the past and it’s character building,” the 41-year-old told MCN. Tagging along for the ride is 14-year-old Dylan, who has been riding with his dad, an avid member of the #ride5000miles Facebook group, for most of his life. Mick explains: “I’ve been riding since I was 16 and I’ve never been without a bike. “Since the boys’ feet could touch the pegs, they’ve been out with me, doing camping trips on the bike and other things like that. Dylan and I have done…