Cars & Motorcycles

MCN 5 February 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.
‘this could be the final act of the nightmare’

Sometimes, the only thing that truly differentiates a dream from a nightmare is the way in which the final scene unfolds – defining whether you wake up happy, or sweating with fear. And if Norton being put into administration by Metro Bank last week is the final act of what had already been a roller coaster of filmic proportions – then it’s certainly earned the right to be dubbed a nightmare. Yes, for the business – but most profoundly for those who might never see their deposit again, or the bike they ordered. If this is indeed the beginning of the end, then it’s an ignominious one, with genuine tragedy hiding around every turn. Let’s not forget that, in addition to customers, suppliers and the staff, there is a group of pension…

1 min.
crackdown on ‘rogue’ trainers

The DVSA have shut down over 100 rogue bike trainers who have been delivering sub-standard training to new motorcyclists. In total 18 approved training bodies and 105 instructors have had their licences revoked. In the worst cases, the DVSA found instructors selling CBT certificates to people without any training, while some were found to have issued certificates on days when they were closed. The moves come as part of a bid to improve motorcycle training and attempt to turn more new bikers into full licence holders and is being pushed heavily by DVSA Chief Examiner, Mark Winn, himself a lifelong biker. “The DVSA’s priority is to help everyone through a lifetime of safe riding,” said Winn. “Too many motorcyclists are killed or injured on our roads every year so it’s vital they get…

1 min.
museums don’t get come better

A new classic superbikes museum will open on March 14 with some great machines and memorabilia on show. There will be race and road bikes from the 70s, 80s and 90s and the new museum, in Braunschweig, Germany, is the brainchild of Team Metisse owner Horst Edler. The museum is being set up in a dedicated 1000 square metre building and will include a shop for retro bike gear, helmets and accessories. Entry is free and the museum is located just off Germany’s A2 motorway. The venue opens Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm and on Saturdays at 9am-4pm.…

1 min.
top suzukis go interest-free

Suzuki are offering 0% finance on key models until the end of March and they’ve knocked £500 off their 125cc machines. Suzuki’s offer of 0% HP finance over 48 months is available on the GSX-R1000R and GSX-R1000, the Katana, the GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F, GSX-S750 as well as the V-Strom 650 and XT version; all with a minimum deposit of just £500. Those looking for a learner or A1 licence-friendly machine can benefit from £500 off Suzuki’s GSX-R125 and GSX-S125 models, which lowers prices to £3899 and £3599 respectively.…

2 min.
new bmw r is ready to roll!

This is BMW’s new F900R, the ‘dynamic roadster’ to replace the F800R. Middleweight nakeds are huge business in Europe and BMW hope the £8660 twin will go wheel-to-wheel with Yamaha’s three-cylinder MT-09 (£8542) and Kawasaki’s inline-four Z900 (£8692) – and MCN have been among the first to test it. Based around the new F900XR (tested in last week’s MCN), it uses the same 895cc, 105bhp parallel-twin engine, steel frame, aluminium swingarm, brakes and wheels. The F900R has a bespoke chassis set-up however, with less fork offset, more trail plus reduced wheel travel front and rear. The riding position is different, too, with greater front-end bias from ’bars that are lower and further away and ’pegs that are higher and further back. It’s a sportier stance than the previous F800R as well. The TFT…

1 min.
who could buy norton?

The list might be very short – but the allure of a largely developed model range that includes a volume naked model, niche retros, a high-value superbike and strong brand names could flush investors out of the shadows. Lead amongst the likely candidates have to the be cash-rich Indian giants. Royal Enfield are building almost a million bikes per year, already have a British base not far from Norton and could run the firm with almost no exposure to their business. Bajaj is another giant that could just step in and make it happen. They know how to work with other brand identities, already delivering a significant part of KTM’s range and having just announced their deepening relationship with Triumph. Mahindra, too, would see value in Norton. They own the BSA brand rights…