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MCN 14 July 2021

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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3 min
7 days in 60 seconds

‘You forgive its quirks for that meaty V-twin’NEEVESY ON THE PAN AMERICA HEAD-TO-HEAD ‘The PanAm is seriously impressive’ Beating BMW’s R1250GS is a tall order for any new adventure bike – but it’s also the goal that underpins every one of its rivals’ development briefs (regardless of what those manufacturers claim). So what chance has a company famed for its laid-back cruisers got of gatecrashing the party with a credible, engaging and viable alternative? Few bookies would risk their profits on giving you decent odds, but as any lottery winner will tell you – odds can be beaten. MCN250 TEST – PAGE 29 TRIBUTE Derek Rickman 1933-2021 All innovations in biking come from people, but while the modern bike industry is dominated by businesses rather than individuals, it wasn’t always thus. Once upon a time, cottage industry…

1 min
‘is this the start of a serious bsb title assault?’

One swallow does not make a summer, apparently, but as soon as the first one rocks up, you can be pretty sure you’re going to see another one soon. Of course, in racing - as with any sport - predicting a solid pattern is nigh-on impossible. There’d be dramatically fewer billionaire bookies if it wasn’t. Rory Skinner was on the radar well before the Bennetts British Superbike Championship rolled into Knockhill at the weekend, but if anyone had failed to spot the signs, they’ll be well aware of them now. Could this be the start of a serious title assault - or was it is just a happy home soil blip? I couldn’t pretend to possess any clairvoyance having lost many a sporting bet, but when the rest of the paddock and…

1 min
marquez’s new ride

Somerset-based Kiddimoto have teamed up with Marc Marquez with their ‘Marc Marquez 93 Wooden Balance Bike’ and accessory range, including helmet, gloves and bell. Complete with twin pipes, tank, aero tailunit and twist grip it’s every bit the wannabe GP star’s beginner machine. The MM93 MotoGP Wooden Balance Bike retails at £119.99, with the full range at www.kiddimoto.co.uk. Clear the roads The National Motorcyclists Council and the Trail Riders Fellowship have growing concerns about the application of Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) on sealed roads. TROs are used to prohibit use of routes by certain classes of traffic. Misuse of TRO powers has become a bigger problem as councils try to create ‘safe spaces’ for walkers and cyclists. MX range revamp Yamaha are aiming to get the holeshot on the competition with their 2021 two-stroke…

4 min
new norton boss wants to get back to winning ways

DIRECTOR OF CONTENT The new boss of Norton has outlined ambitious plans for the firm and a renewed determination to treat owners of the V4SS bought from the ‘old’ company (NMUL) fairly, in an exclusive interview with MCN. Dr Robert Hentschel has only been in the hot seat since June 1 but has already got to grips with key issues and is ready to take Norton forward with a state-of-the-art new factory and a range of exciting new models on the drawing board. But he is also fully committed to coming up with a solution for customers who have been left with a V4SS that has all sorts of problems and been deemed unsafe to be used on the road. New Norton, bought by Indian firm TVS Motor Company for £16m just over…

1 min
auction prices hit record high

The Bonhams Summer Stafford Sale set new records as the auction paid its first visit to the show since the autumn of 2019 – with the ultra-rare 1940s AJS 497cc E90 ‘Porcupine’ Grand Prix bike setting a new world record for the model when it sold for at £293,250. All-in, the three-day sale realised a total of £3,585,000 with 98% of lots changing hands. The Porcupine was the top draw in a sale that featured a variety of period superbikes. A Brough Superior SS100 achieved £126,500, the second most valuable lot sold while an earlier 1914 Brough 497cc Model H, being offered the National Motorcycle Museum, cleared its top estimate making £103,500. “It was a joy to return to Stafford for our first live auction in more than 18 months,” said Ben…

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1933 – 2021 derek rickman

AUTHOR OF ‘THE METISSE STORY’ It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Derek Rickman on Saturday, July 3 at the age of 88. Derek (with sibling Don) became a legend in his own lifetime as one half of the duo known across the world as the Rickman Brothers, manufacturers of the Rickman Metisse motorcycle. Derek was the driving force in the business the brothers set up in the early 1960s to make motorcycles their way after their ideas about improving existing models were rejected by the then dominant British bike industry. Derek’s father, Ernie Rickman was a professional speedway rider at Southampton, but he died in 1948 when Derek was still at boarding school in Somerset. Derek readily claimed that while at school, and at home, more…