Cars & Motorcycles


1 April 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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In this issue

1 min.
‘the strangest week in biking we’ve ever had’

Ordinarily, I’d be gushing effusively about what a superb week of sunshine we’ve just enjoyed, how I racked up those crucial hedonistic extra miles after work each day, and how I can’t wait for the next unseasonally good batch of sunny days. But it hasn’t quite worked out like that, has it? Instead, we are limping from day to day without the cathartic effect of riding. This is the longest I’ve gone without getting out on a bike since 1997. You will see plenty of riding in this issue, but let me assure you it was all completed pre-lockdown. We won’t be breaking any travel bans at MCN. But it’s not all doom and gloom. You should see the phenomenal effect the lockdown has had on the cleanliness and organisation of my…

2 min.
honda step back in time

Honda have worked a little ‘80s magic on the CB1000R and brought us this: the CB-F Concept. It’s themed on the CB900F (the original – not the recent Hornet), which itself was attempting to capitalise on Honda’s success with endurance racing. Being a CB1000R-based concept, the CB-F Concept shares the same 998cc inline four which pumps out an impressive 141bhp. The motor itself is virtually untouched, however the machining on the side of the cylinders has been skipped so it looks a bit more retro and it now breathes through a single-piece stainless end can. Honda have also dumped the radiator shrouds to minimalise that area as the original machine was air-cooled. It also shares the same steel mainframe as the 1000, but the footrest hangers have now been blacked out.…

2 min.
chinese firm’s norton deal

‘We are paying close attention to the bidding now’ JINLANG MOTORCYCLES Norton sold the rights to the 961 engine before the firm went into administration, it has been revealed. Chinese company Jinlang, who make scooters and 125s, say they did the deal with Norton’s Stuart Garner at the end of 2019. Metro Bank called in the administrators on January 29 after a search for investors proved unsuccessful. The deal was completed when Jinlang Science and Technology Co LTD Company director, Wu Huacong signed a contract with Garner at the end of December. Jinlang say the deal for the 916 engine platform, including all of the engine tooling, is not part of the administration process as the deal was already done. And the firm say they are keen to acquire more Norton assets, telling MCN:…

4 min.
having fun without two wheels

As fellow bikers there’s nothing we love more than the arrival of good weather and a shot at some clear roads. So we’re just as disappointed about the current situation as you are, but we have to be sensible and follow the official advice: it’s fine to ride a bike to buy food, or medical supplies, or if you’re a key worker and need it for work. But you shouldn’t be going out for a blast or stopping off at your local biking haunt on the way to the supermarket. We don’t want to preach, but if we want biking to stay great, then we need to band together and be sensible right now. However, there are plenty of things you can be doing to keep biking hunger sated. As well…

1 min.
we’rehere forbiking, whatever happens

There’s a lot of uncertainty at the moment but one thing you can be sure of is that we’ll keep working as hard as we can to bring you all the latest news, reviews and sport from the world of motorcycling. As the situation changes, it might be difficult to find the paper in shops, so more than ever we recommend picking up a subscription so that your biking fix is delivered to your door every week. Right now there’s even a great offer for a free alarmed disc lock from the folks at Oxford (see page 22). In the unlikely event that we can’t deliver the paper to your door, we’ll swap your subscription to a digital edition instead completely free of charge until we can get the paper back…

2 min.
you can stay ahead with a zed

One of Britain’s best-sellers since its launch in 2010, for 2020 the Z1000SX has become the Ninja 1000SX. The latest evolution of Kawasaki’s sports-tourer gets a neater single end-can, two-way quickshifter, LED lights, cruise control and a new colour dash. Now into its fourth generation, SXs and predecessor Z1000s hold their money well, but have got a way to go to match their spiritual source, an original 1975 Z1 900. 2020 NINJA 1000SX What is it? The ever-popular sports-tourer gets sharper low-speed steering, a more comfortable seat and a bit more tech –including a two-way quickshifter, cruise control and colour TFT dash as standard. MCN says “Not just a new name, the Ninja 1000SX steers more crisply, is comfier and feels classier.” Want to buy one? £10,999, www.kawasaki.co.uk 2017 Z1000SX What is it? Slightly lowered with…