Cars & Motorcycles

MCN 12 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.
‘victories will be hard-fought this season...’

Don’t read too much into MotoGP testing, the cool-headed amongst us might say. Different fuel loads, data gathering and new parts, there are so many influencing factors at play that it’s usually pretty tough to make an early call on a favourite. However, the-boy-who-would-be-king Fabio Quartararo, with factory-spec metal beneath him for this season then a full-time spot with Lin Jarvis and co. next year, dominated all three days at last weekend’s Sepang test. Compare that to last year when Marquez, Vinales and Petrucci took turns at topping the daily timesheets. At the very least, it’s a strong statement of intent from the 20-year-old Frenchman. Yet, whoever it is that crosses the line first at Qatar in four weeks’ time, they’re certainly going to have a fight on their hands,…

2 min.
sanders takes dirt detour

Multiple world travel record-holder, Nick Sanders MBE, is currently heading through the Americas on his ‘Moments’ global circumnavigation, his 10th – but this time with a difference. Unlike previous trips which involved speed or big distances, Sanders is this time doing more off-road riding, meeting more people and is exploring the abilities of the new Yamaha Ténéré 700 as he goes. “This photo was in Death Valley and an area I think I wasn’t supposed to go down so I did,” Sanders said this week by way of an example. “It was a dirt road and what I’ve learnt about the Ténéré is it can go anywhere. I didn’t know what I was doing properly, because my head wasn’t into the travel zone at that point so I just got lost in…

2 min.
triumph gives more for less

After predicting its arrival last week, we can now fully reveal Triumph’s significantly updated 2020 Street Triple R. The ‘mid-spec’ version of its hugely-popular 765cc streetfighter is now better-looking, has improved performance and is cheaper, too – by a welcome £400! Having launched updated versions of the entry-level Street Triple S and top-spec Street Triple RS late last year, a matching new R had long been anticipated. Like those previous iterations, the new R gets a more distinctive face for 2020, thanks to revised LED headlights, sportier bodywork, a revised stubby silencer complete with Triumph badge plus restyled mirrors, new paint and graphics. Two colours will be available: gloss sapphire black or matt ‘silver ice’ grey, both with the R’s characteristic contrasting red subframe. Also like the S and RS, the new R is…

1 min.
rights sold to china?

Reports have emerged from Norton suppliers that Chinese giant Jinlang, who make scooters, have bought the intellectual property rights and tooling for the 961 engine. One Norton supplier received this message: “This e-mail is to inform you that Norton Motorcycles UK LTD has sold the rights to the 961 engine platform to the Jinlang Science and Technology Co LTD. This transfer includes both IP and tooling ownership. Future purchase of components for Norton Motorcycles will be through the Jinlang Science and Technology Co LTD.” Jinlang had not commented on this as MCN went to press. Triumph, meanwhile, have gone on record saying they have no interest in buying the brand.…

3 min.
‘my bike was found stripped ’

With Norton Motorcycles in administration and a firm of experts sifting through the firm’s assets and records, more shocking stories have emerged from angered and out-of-pocket owners. MCN was contacted by Kenneth Lawrence, from Epsom in Surrey, who found out last week that his prized V4SS had been discovered completely stripped of its parts in Norton’s Donington Hall factory, after it was returned there in November to remedy pitted paintwork under warranty. In a phone call on January 21, just eight days before Norton was placed into administration, Norton assured Ken that the work to fix a problem with the £44,500 bike’s chrome paintwork and leaking fuel tank was progressing and his bike would be ready by late January or early February. However, the gut-wrenching truth was uncovered on January 29 after…

2 min.
‘i feel we’ve been lied to’

After reading about Stewart Campbell in last week’s issue, who paid the full £44,500 asking price up front for a V4SS he never received, MCN reader John Phillips, 52 from Bedfordshire, got in touch to say he is in the same position. He said: “I’ve lost the full amount after being asked for final payment in December 2018, upon the assurance that my bike would be ready in January 2019.” John describes the buying process as like being taken on a journey, as he was regularly given exciting updates and tempting offers to keep him engaged. He said: “From the moment you put your deposit down there’d be little updates and emails about the next step. It was so exciting, not just for me but the whole family too. This was a…