Cars & Motorcycles

MCN 29 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 may be cold out but things are hotting up’

January. It’s a month I usually struggle with. It’s cold, dark and bleak, the racing season feels a long way off and, to top the lot, there’s 31 days of it to endure. Yet the first month of 2020 has been a little different. Last weekend, inspired by the glorious spring-like sunshine, I took my ‘garage queen’ 1990 Kawasaki KR-1S out. The roads were dry, I could hear bikes in the distance, and it was warm enough for leathers (which hadn’t shrunk). I burned through a tank of fuel buzzing round my local lanes, doffing my Shoei to every rider I met coming the other way. Pure euphoria. The feeling continued as we were putting together this week’s issue of MCN: the first WSB test kicked off and reigning BSB champ…

2 min.
one-legged biker hits dirt

A Swedish motorcyclist is aiming to be the first one-legged person to compete in an enduro series after taking up off-road riding. Joacim Boive lost his right leg to cancer when he was 13 but was determined not to let it stop his dream of riding a motorcycle. His dad adapted a bike so he could apply the rear brake with his left heel and he became the first person in Sweden to gain a motorcycle licence with only one leg. “I rode everywhere for years,” Boive told MCN. “But then I had a very bad accident 16 years ago when I broke my pelvis and gave it up. I didn’t ride until four years ago when my wife suggested I take it back up as she used to enjoy riding…

1 min.
bargain goodies for new v-strom

Suzuki have announced three accessory packs for the upcoming V-Strom 1050 and 1050XT, ahead of its arrival in dealers in March. At the top of the tree is the ‘Explore’ pack that equips the XT in full adventure mode and includes full aluminium luggage, engine bars, LED fog lamps, aluminium bash plate and heated grips all for £2499, although that is over £600 less than buying all the bits individually. There’s also a Tour pack that’s just the full set of alloy luggage (plus all the mounting bits) for £1299, saving just over £300, plus a City pack that consists of a top box and centrestand for £699 (saving just shy of £150). Even the full Explore kit on the top spec 1050XT will only come to £13,699, which is a…

2 min.
ducati send in more pros

Ducati have unleashed these two new Scrambler 1100s – the Pro and the Sport Pro. Both get a new exhaust, shorter rear mudguard, improved seat and lower numberplate as well as new colours and graphics. The air-cooled 1079cc V-twin now meets Euro5 regulations, but makes the same 85bhp and 65ftlb as the current models. It also uses the same steel trellis frame. But the new bikes come with a restyled right-side, twin pipe exhaust plus the low-slung plate-holder from the Diavel. As such, it seems a shame Ducati haven’t taken the opportunity to close the gap on some of their more powerful rivals, such as the 110bhp BMW R nineT. The Sport Pro gets top-notch Öhlins suspension, lower bars, café racer-style mirrors and comes in a matt black paintjob, while the Pro…

3 min.
triumph go big to go small

Triumph and Bajaj Auto India have sealed a longterm partnership to build a new range of mid-capacity motorcycles that will bolster Triumph’s fortunes in emerging markets – and also see a new range of lower capacity Triumphs arriving in British and European dealers. This isn’t the first time the two manufacturers have confirmed a working relationship – first doing so back in August 2017, when they agreed a similar deal to see Bajaj offering Triumph a route into the massive Indian market. The partnership recognises Triumph and Bajaj’s respective strengths in large and small-capacity motorcycles and will see the two collaborate to design, engineer, and manufacture a new range of 200cc to 750cc motorcycles – perhaps using the ‘postponed’ 250cc Street Triple and Daytona prototypes which MCN repeatedly spied out testing during…

1 min.
‘new bikes for young people’

“This is an important partnership for Triumph and I am delighted that it has now formally commenced. As well as taking our brand into crucial new territories, the products that will come out of the partnership will also help attract a younger, but still discerning, customer audience and is another step in our ambitions to expand globally, particularly in the fast-growing markets of South East Asia, but also driving growth in more mature territories like Europe.”…