Cars & Motorcycles

MCN 22 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.
‘don’t be taken in by fake body armour scam’

It’s not too long ago when a lot of bike kit was, well, a bit shonky. Go back 15 years or so, and even some of the better-known manufacturers were trying to pass off bits of foam and plastic as proper, protective armour. But times have changed and we’re currently in something of a golden age of kit. Specialist retailers are stocked full of quality items that have been tested and certified to meet the very latest regulations and, what’s more, you’ll be able to benefit from the expertise and knowledge of the staff there. The web, however, is a bit of a wild frontier. We bought a £55 textile jacket at random and discovered it featured a fake CE-Level 2 back protector. When we challenged the seller they then offered…

2 min.
claire’s bike kit marathon

‘I’ve started training and it’s very difficult!’FUNDRAISER CLAIRE LOMAS Claire Lomas is planning to complete this year’s London Marathon in her wheelchair while wearing full riding gear – including leathers and helmet. Claire was paralysed from the chest down in 2007 after a horse riding accident. Since then she has married, had two children and started motorcycling. In 2019 Claire, 39, rode a lap at every BSB round on her modified Ducati SuperSport and has done many trackdays as well as holding a UK race licence. She has also raised over £750,000 for spinal injury research charities. Her latest project is to do the marathon (April 26) in motorcycling clobber, although it’s not the first time she’s done the event. In 2012 she completed the 26.2 miles in a robotic suit in 17…

1 min.
indian jump into action

Indian have expanded their European flat-track series with four rounds including a corker in the UK. The three classes (750cc plus road bikes, Open Pro Class and Pre 1975 Vintage) will serve up some spectacular sliding at May Hells Race, Holland on May 2-3, Greenfield TT, Lincolnshire, on June 6-7, Wheels & Waves, Spain on June 13 and at Krowdrace in Germany on September 18-20. The UK round features a bone-jarring jump section to wow the crowds. The series is run in conjunction with the Dirt Track Riders Association with big money up for grabs in the Indian races.…

2 min.
kawa zrx1200r ‘is debolex’

Croydon-based customisers deBolex have made quite a name for themselves over the last few years by producing beautiful, handbuilt café racers – and now they’ve done it again. This time, though, the machine they’ve created has been based on a rather unusual bike: Kawasaki’s ZRX1200R. The big Zed was produced between 2001 and 2007 as a modern take on the ‘Eddie Lawson replica’ AMA superbike and powered by a 1164cc inline four which was good for just over 120bhp. “We wanted the bike to have that classic super bike feel but with our unique design touches,” says Calum Pryce-Tidd, Founder of deBolex. “As with all our projects that means a lot of metal shaping.” A signature of deBolex’s bikes is their hand-formed bodywork and what you see on this machine is all handmade…

4 min.
exposed: fake back protectors lurking in cheap kit

‘It’s been marked to deceive buyers’ ‘Failed at just 20% of the test standard’ ‘Claim this is an approved back protector is false’ Unscrupulous firms are putting rider safety at risk by selling jackets with fake CE back protectors. The discovery came when MCN bought a £54.99 textile jacket online which claimed to have CE armour, including a certified back protector. Despite the protector being stamped with the logo and standard for Level 2 back armour as well as extensive labelling in the jacket, an independent test shows that it provides barely any protection at all – nowhere near enough to meet any protective standard, let alone the higher Level 2 – and has been fraudulently marked to deceive buyers. MCN asked motorcycle clothing expert Paul Varnsverry for his opinion, and he…

1 min.
changing standards

The Xtron jacket’s extensive labelling fails to mention whether the whole garment has been tested to new, legally required PPE standards. Under new rules, all motorcycle clothing placed on sale after April 2018 is classed as Personal Protective Equipment and must be tested to a new standard – EN 17092 – for abrasion and burst strength. ‘Items must be tested as a whole garment’ Under the new PPE Regulation 2016/425 each item must have a fixed-in CE label featuring a motorcycle pictogram and the standard number (EN 17092 for jackets, trousers and suits; EN 13634 for boots; EN 13594 for gloves). In addition to this, a Declaration of Conformity must be made available to the consumer, either in the garment handbook or tags or on the manufacturer’s website. Whilst UK riders are still…