Cars & Motorcycles

MCN 8 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.
‘it’s time to get excited about new bikes again’

It’s not always easy to get excited about new bikes. Too expensive, too complicated, too powerful, or even too bland. But some years the collective brains of the world’s best bike manufacturers do manage to churn out a remarkable tide of new metal. And 2020 is one of those years. The range is exceptional. From the cheapest and most deliberately simplistic at one end, right up to the inevitable unobtainable headliners that most of us will never even see in the metal, let alone have a chance to own or ride. I’ve picked my favourite 60 tempters for you to drool and deliberate over – so grab a cuppa, hide your wallet somewhere safe and dive in from page 32. And once you’ve meticulously drawn up your wish list, stick a note…

2 min.
charges against guy dropped

Guy Martin has avoided a court case over his possession of a fake driving licence after prosecutors dropped the charges upon hearing that the TV star and former TT racer, who is known to have Aspergers, does not always apply common sense and may have been taken in because he was vulnerable. The case had hung over the popular 38-year-old for over a year and Martin had been scheduled to face a three-day jury trial at Lincoln Crown Court starting Monday 6 January after being accused of possession of a fake Irish licence and attempting to use it to alter his genuine UK licence to allow him to drive HGVs. However, after reconsidering the case following the submission of psychiatric evidence the Crown Prosecution Service decided to offer no evidence and…

2 min.
exceedingly good cake

HIGHLIGHTS • 13.4bhp & 30ftlb • 2.6kWh battery (53-mile range) • 79kg • £12,000 Cake, the radical Swedish electric bike firm, have brought their road-legal model to the UK. Called the Kalk&, it builds on the off-road Kalk, with the addition of the usual road-going bumpf. What makes it so good? Well the key to this cake, like all others, is just how light it is. In fully road-legal trim, it weighs just 79kg. Despite this it’s good for 53 miles, can achieve a top speed of 56mph and will recharge from 0-100% in just two-and-half hours attached to a household socket. How have Cake done it? They started from scratch, obviously. Unlike most electric bikes which are made from standard motorcycle components, the Kalk& has been designed from the beginning to be lightweight. To do…

2 min.
smallest mt gets big boost

HIGHLIGHTS • 124.7cc single • 14.8bhp @ 9000rpm • 140kg (kerb) • 810mm seat height • £4449 Yamaha have given their CBT-friendly MT-125 its first major overhaul since 2014 to bring it in line with the rest of the popular MT range with new styling, improved performance and revised geometry. Most of the updates were first seen on its sportsbike sibling, the fully-faired YZF-R125, which was relaunched last year with a new frame, new engine complete with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA), fatter 140 rear tyre and R6-style fairing. Plastics aside, the new MT gets all the above, so much so that it’s now a ‘mini supernaked’ with big bike looks, excellent build-quality and an impressive spec. The VVA system is triggered at 7400rpm, with a pin switching the intake valve timing from low to high-lift and allowing the…

2 min.
ewan and charley make it to la

• They had to rely on locals with generatorsBOORMAN REVEALS CHARGING WOES Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman have finished their third riding adventure, having ridden a pair of electric Harley-Davidson LiveWires up through the Americas. The route took them from Ushuaia, Argentina, to Los Angeles, California in the USA. The trip finished in a similar fashion to previous journeys with an invite-only group ride of 40 local riders, stopping off at a Harley-Davidson dealership for a quick charge before making their way to a party in downtown LA. The duo left Ushuaia on September 19, with long-time collaborator Claudio von Planta riding with them to film their escapades. Russ Malkin and David Alexanian, two producers and directors from theLongWay RoundandLongWayDownTV series, followed the trio in a pair of Rivian R1T electric pick-up trucks. Although…

2 min.
suzuki’s affordable adventures

Suzuki’s V-Strom has always been good value and the new 2020 models, the 1050 and 1050 XT, continue that trend, arriving in March at an affordable £9999 and £11,299 respectively. If you go for the current PCP offer, they’ll also extend the two year warranty by 12 months to cover the whole PCP term. But if you aren’t in the market for a new one, you have 18 years of V-Stroms to choose from, including a Kawasaki version. 2020 V-STROM 1050XT What is it? Enduring adventure with revised ‘Dr Big’ styling, improved electronics and more powerful Euro5-compliant engine. MCN says “As an update, it’s a decent step, but there’s also ever-stiffer competition from the new Africa Twin.” Want to buy one? £11,299, £2360 deposit, £129 per month on three-year PCP 2017 DL1000XT What is it? Wire…