Cars & Motorcycles

MCN 17th December 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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1 min.
‘time really flies when you are having fun’

Where on Earth did 2019 disappear to? For that matter, where did the whole decade go? If it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun, then the last ten years must have been a proper blast. But it took the assembled brains of MCN quite a while to remember just how much has happened – and changed – over the past decade. Cast your mind back to 2010 and you might just about be able to remember that the serious digital age of the superbike hadn’t yet started, rider aids were in their infancy, no-one believed there was such a thing as ‘cornering ABS’ (because there wasn’t), normal bikers didn’t wear airbag suits to trackdays or the local chip shop and Rossi looked like he had another decade of titles…

2 min.
‘e-bikes have to be better’

The really difficult part is the mindset Problem of range has to be fully sorted Bikes need to be desirable When Kymco announced the RevoNex, their new electric bike that will go on sale in 2021, they promised it had the power to revolutionise motorcycling. How will they do that? Kymco Chairman, Allen Ko, explains: “For a start we have to separate electric motorcycles and electric scooters. For electric scooters the focus is on how to provide a total solution because there’s no infrastructure. For it to work that needs to be in place. “For electric motorcycles, the infrastructure will be taken care of by the car companies soon enough. We just need to work out how to make the bikes work with this, so people don’t have to worry about range –…

2 min.
‘we knew it would be polarizing’

The Harley-Davidson Pan America is on the way and if what you guys are saying goes, it’s one of the most controversial machines we can expect next year. Harley have made some big promises about what it can deliver, so we spoke to the designer about the most talked-about thing of all: its looks. “We took a very in depth look at the competition,” Brad Richards, Vice President of Styling and Design, told MCN. “One thing we noticed was that almost every competitor outside of KTM emulates BMW and their almost insectoid form factor. We realised no-one had used the North American design DNA to make an adventure touring bike. No-one has designed a two-wheeled Jeep. That was our ethos: let’s make a two-wheeled Jeep.” One of the key things was that…

2 min.
big bike looks on a budget

Chinese motorbike importers, Lexmoto, have given their sporty LXR 125 an SE-spec makeover for 2019 with USD forks plus an aluminium yoke and swingarm (rather than the boxy steel one on the standard bike). The rest of it is virtually the same, including the 12bhp single that will spin the LXR up to an indicated 78mph (eventually). While the single isn’t particularly nippy, it is frugal and the 13-litre tank will easily top 250 miles. Compared to the standard model, the upgrades will cost you an extra £300 but the SE still comes in at just £2499. Put £100 down and you’ll pay £49.70 per month over five years on hire purchase. Just as importantly, insuring the LXR is cheap too – over £30 a month less than the market leading Yamaha…

2 min.
‘i’d love to do a blade next!’

‘ That’s where my love of these bikes began’CUSTOM BUILDER GUY WILLISON The man behind the custom shop which has collaborated with Honda UK to produce a short run of customised CB1100RSs has been revealing where his ideas come from. Guy Willison set up 5Four Motorcycles after earlier founding Gladstone Motorcycles with mate Henry Cole of TV’s The Motorbike Show and also helping design a limited-edition Norton, the 961 Street. The special CB1100RS 5Four is being built by his custom shop in cooperation with Honda to commemorate 50 years since the launch of the original CB750. Styling is inspired by Honda’s RSC endurance racers of the 1980s and just 54 are to be made to order, priced £15,554 and available through Honda dealers. Willison told MCN: “I went to the NEC Show a few…

1 min.
triumph are riding high

Triumph have recorded increased profits for the year despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. Revenue and pre-tax profits for the year to the end of June 2019 were both up, by £26.8m to £529.5m and £500,000 to £9.5m respectively. The firm also boosted R&D spending by 20.6% to £43.4m, saying: “We are committed to delivering our long-term vision through investment in people, products and facilities including an exciting electric powertrain project.” The figures come after a successful year supplying engines to Moto2 and the news that its new Tiger 900 will feature in the new James Bond film, No Time to Die, released next year.…