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MCN 21 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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in this issue

2 min
7 days in 60 seconds

HOW TO BEAT BREAKDOWNS Pro-mechanic and racer Jenny Tinmouth shows how easy it is to solve four roadside faults yourself GEAR GET KIT THAT FITS Gear for all shapes and sizes in this expert-selected summer kit guide BIKES TOP MODELS RATED Looking for new wheels? Owners review the five most popular bikes. Plus, the low-down on lowering INSIDE YOUR SPECIAL EDITION Biking’s not just for burly blokes... Biking can be fantastically egalitarian – but it can also be painfully chauvinistic and time and time again we hear from female bikers who have been dissuaded by dismissive partners, parents, surly bike dealers, poor kit choices and a lack of support. But the industry is waking up. From the bikes available to the kit you can buy at your local dealer, to events and advice, clubs and training – women…

1 min
‘this isn’t about false political correctness’

I’m a middle-aged bloke with very little hair left who is ‘carrying too much timber’. My knees now ache after a few hours on a superbike, and I’ve concluded in recent years that panniers really are bloody useful. Just those few facts alone mean I’m pretty representative of the average UK road rider. But biking is – thankfully – changing, diversifying, and becoming (to use an odious buzz phrase) ‘more inclusive’. Key to that is a growing tide of women stepping outside their stereotypical role as pillion or, worse, ‘not appearing in this picture at all’. It’s been a quiet revolution, but there’s a palpable visibility now evident wherever bikes and humans congregate – and that’s fantastic, because visibility means others will feel empowered to make the leap from the pillion seat…

1 min
ducati are booming

Ducati sold a record-breaking 8598 bikes in June. The result was a 43% rise over the same month in 2020 and 9% up on June 2019 (before Covid) and was the most bikes sold by the Italian firm in a single month… ever! The Multistrada V4, Streetfighter V4, Scrambler 800 Nightshift and Icon Dark versions were the most popular models. The new Monster also shifted in decent numbers. Souped-up scoot Rizoma have created a new line of bolt-on accessories for the Vespa GTS300, designed to add a touch of bling to the A2-compliant twist-and-go. Parts include everything from larger exterior add-ons including a new headlight fairing and steering cover, to smaller touches like machined passenger footpegs and aluminium front mudguard crest. Get in the picture Roadside photography firm BikerPics have launched a free app…

3 min
triumph set to blaze a new trail

DIRECTOR OF CONTENT Triumph are planning an assault on the lucrative motocross and enduro market – with two big-name ambassadors helping them to blaze a new off-road trail. The Hinckley-based operation have outlined ambitious plans to create a whole new range of competition machines, with a factory race programme and teams competing at the highest level in both motocross and enduro. Spearheading the bid is Ricky Carmichael, hailed by many as the greatest MX racer of all time. The 41-year-old American has won 12 AMA Motocross and Supercross titles and has scooped five medals at the X games which saw him performing wild stunts. He is joined by Ivan Cervantes, five-times world enduro champion. The 39-year-old has also completed the Dakar twice. Both are retired from full time racing but are still heavily involved…

2 min
an orange slice of the gp action

KTM have taken their ‘ready to race’ motto to a whole new level with the RC 8C – a carbon-kevlar clad racing machine powered by the engine from the 890 Duke R. Developed with Krämer Motorcycles, as well as the KTM Factory Racing team, the RC 8R is designed to be out-of-the-box fast and give amateurs the GP experience, without a pit crew behind you to do all the work. Every element has been designed with trackdays and racing in mind, from the quick-release body work to the bespoke crash protection. At the heart of the bike is the 899cc parallel twin from the 890 Duke R, which puts out 126bhp and 74.5lb.ft of torque. There’s a new air intake for improved throttle response and a custom exhaust (with quiet baffle if…

2 min
norton director struck off

Simon Skinner, a former director and Head of Design at Norton Motorcycles UK Ltd (now renamed NMUL Realisations Ltd), has been disqualified from being a member of the directors’ register for what took place at the company in 2019. In a statement on the Insolvency Service website, it confirms that Skinner has been removed from the directors’ register for five years for allowing owners’ bikers to be stripped of their parts for use on other motorcycles. This practice had been known about for some time – in the aftermath of the insolvency, administrators BDO contacted warranty customers to show them what was left of their bikes – but it is the first time that it has been publicly acknowledged that a director of the business allowed it to happen. In the ruling,…