Cars & Motorcycles

MCN 1 January 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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1 min.
‘new year, new you? we’re still changing at 65’

Happy New Year folks. I hope that whatever you’re doing on, or off, two wheels in 2020 brings you a lot of enjoyment and happiness. There will, of course, be a deluge of resolutions to ignore as each day of decreasing willpower gradually erodes our best intentions – but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make any. And if there’s one that you should make and stick to, it’s riding more. Whether it’s riding a minimum of once every week, or adding an extra few miles to your daily commute on sunny days – more is always better. I’m planning on starting something I’ve dubbed ‘First Dates’, where I’ll ride somewhere completely new on the first day of every month. It could be ten miles up the road, or a different country…

2 min.
drive to revive drag strip

A fundraising campaign is underway to help get drag racing back at Melbourne (formerly known as York) Raceway. Set up in the late 70s the track went on to become one of the UK’s most iconic drag strips. It closed in 2017 leaving many enthusiasts heartbroken and wondering if this was indeed the end of an era. But there is hope at the end of the runway. The future of drag racing in the UK is in jeopardy Straightliners, the UK’s premier land speed and drag racing club, have teamed up with the UK Timing Association, the official timing organisation, to launch a funding campaign. Their dream is to help the community rebuild and return Melbourne Raceway as a fully-functioning drag racing venue in the North of England. They also want to…

2 min.
‘emotion is the biggest trigger’

‘Today a naked bike is the most difficult to develop’BMW DESIGN CHIEF EDGAR HEINRICH BMW have just announced that they’re officially accepting orders for their upcoming R18. For around £100 (price varies by dealer) you can put your name on the list, guaranteeing yourself a machine as soon as they’re available. But before the finished machine arrives later this year, we sat down with BMW’s design supremo to discuss how the all-new bike came about. “There is a big cruiser market out there and we’ve never had a real bike to attack it,” said Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad. “We looked at the other bikes in that segment closely and we thought that if we really want to go for this, we will have to play by the rules.…

3 min.
enfield aim high

‘Right now we’re making 850,000 a year’RAVI KUMAR, HEAD OF PRODUCTION After the successful launch of their 650 twins in 2018, Royal Enfield have been flying high. Just two years later, 2020 is set to be their most successful year ever - we spoke to the man who made it happen. “Our goal at Royal Enfield is to build the best bikes we can,” says Ravi Kumar, Head of Production at Enfield’s Chennai, India, base. “We want to deliver upmost value to our customers as well as quality, and to do this we must be efficient.” Right now Royal Enfield have two factories in Chennai, plus another being built. Production is split from model to model, with the singles built in the older plant with the newer twins and Himalayan in the latest…

1 min.
‘we are always getting faster’

“It’s a simple thing and that is saving time where possible. During product development, we are given a prototype, from which we can take the critical parameters,” says Vijay Anand, Production Head. “After that we can calculate times for certain items, against the theoretical plant capacity, and we can then feed that back to the designers. We’ve produced enough now that we can say accurately what the output time would be for a particular engine or vehicle. “Once we know those and how the final product will look, we can begin to map out the production line. Of course we get faster over time. At Vallam it took 25 days to produce the first 1000 engines In November 2017 but one month later we had built 10,000. By April we had built…

1 min.
have a go hero

By now most of us have seen the video of someone at the Royal Enfield factory pin striping a petrol tank in a matter of seconds. Standing next to them as they do it is even more awe inspiring. The pin striping at Enfield is all taught by one family, who have passed on their talents through their own generations and to various others along the way. Including myself. With my sleeves rolled up, it was time to give it a go. I must confess I have actually done it a bit before but even so my effort left a lot to be desired. You see in standard pinstriping, you’d generally swap brushes for different thickness of lines but there’s no time for that here. One typical painter will produce around…