Cars & Motorcycles

MCN 15 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.
‘there must be a hell of a fire still burning’

Like everyone here at MCN, I was chuffed to bits at the news John McGuinness had signed with Bournemouth Kawasaki for this year’s roads campaign. It’s only right and proper that the most successful current TT racer should be on a competitive package run by a professional and passionate team, and both John and his new squad are confident that given enough seat time, he’ll be back in the groove ready for TT week. His hunger to win simply can’t be questioned; he’s been so successful and has nothing left to prove yet still wants to throw his hat into the ring for his 100th TT appearance. He could easily just sit back, do a bit of punditry and watch safely from the sidelines, but there must be one hell of…

2 min.
colin seeley, 1936-2020

Colin Seeley, one of the most important figures in British bikesport of the last 60 years, has passed away following a long illness. He was 84. A successful sidecar racer in the early 1960s, his best result was victory in the 1964 Dutch TT. In 1966 he also one of the first racers to wear coloured leathers. After retiring from racing, he rose to greater prominence with his eponymous racing frames and bikes, which were renowned for their superior handling. These were first powered by Matchless, AJS and Norton engines before progressing to Yamahas as the ‘Yamsel’ before using Suzukis in the early 1970s. Barry Sheene’s first British championship in 1971 was on a T500 Suzuki in a Seeley frame. Sheene also won both the FIM 750 championship and MCN Superbike in 1973…

2 min.
riding into the future

The electric Damon Hypersport Pro aims to shake up the future of motorbikes. Featuring a revolutionary high-tech safety package and a price tag on par with a petrol superbike, the Canadian-built machine scooped the ‘Best Innovation’ award at last week’s CES tech show in Las Vegas. Damon claim their new bike will have a 200-mile range, 200mph top speed and generate around 197bhp and 147ftlb of torque, meaning it’ll do 0-60mph in a sniff under three seconds, just like all superbikes. Not only that, but the firm also say that the Hypersport weighs around 200kg, just 7kg more than Ducati’s flagship V4 R superbike, and its battery can be recharged in three hours. It’s not just the new bike’s claimed performance that is wowing onlookers. The Hypersport will also use a combination of…

1 min.
vote for your fave café now!

After weeks in the saddle and days wolfing down breakfasts, our man Justin has come up with his shortlist of the ‘Best Bike Cafés in the UK 2019’ – and now it’s your turn to choose an overall winner. There are actually 11 cafés this year, as the final place was just too close to call. There are some old favourites, including last years’ winner, but there’s just as many new places, keen to get you down on your bike for a cuppa. Perhaps you like Caffeine & Machine in Warwickshire to see the vehicles on display, or prefer to meet up with local bikers at The Super Sausage in Northants. Perhaps the bikes at Harry’s do it for you, or maybe a bacon butty at Krazy Horse. Whatever you like, now’s…

1 min.
‘i had it in my head that if macau was bad then it’s probably over’

For many, John McGuinness’s esteemed career looked to be coming to an end. But his performance on the PBM Ducati at Macau in November where he qualified fourth turned that on its head. He himself admits as much. “I think if Macau had been disastrous it could have been different. If I’d been running in 12th and struggled on the best bike on the grid there would have been questions asked and teams would have lost a bit of faith in me – people would have forgotten me. I probably had it in my head that if Macau was bad then it’s probably over. But I jumped off Birdy’s Ducati feeling fresh while running at the sharp end and that pricked up a few people’s ears. “After that I never really contemplated…

2 min.
‘one more crack’

‘This team ticks all the boxes in terms of results’ ‘Macau ride pricked a few peoples’ ears up’ ‘I don’t have to ask if they’ve tightened that bolt up...’ John McGuinness will start his 100th TT race on a Dunlop-shod ZX-10RR having signed for Bournemouth Kawasaki. The 23-time TT winner will be 48 when he lines up on the Glencrutchery Road in June at the start of a new chapter after splitting from Norton. “To get this deal feels humbling,” the greatest living TT rider told MCN. “Throughout my career I don’t think I’ve ever changed so it feels strange to me when I hear Pete Extance (Bournemouth team owner) saying ‘We’ve got a legend on our bike’. It’s weird to me because I’m not a legend, I’m just John. But it…