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MCN 28 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

‘The Indian’s more aggressive attitude shines through’PHIL WEST TALKS FTR ON THE MCN250 MCN250 TEST Indian creep up on BMW’s top retro When Indian launched their flattrack-inspired FTR1200 it was brimming with brilliance and promise, but never quite offered buyers the direct class competition needed to steal sales from the kings of the retro scene. But they’ve updated it significantly for 2021, and its new blend of skills could just be potent enough to better BMW’s class bully, the R nineT. Cue a street fight... FULL TEST P29 TOP STORY Go Bayliss-tic with special V2 Troy Bayliss was an absolute race legend. His cheeky attitude off track, supreme aggression and precision on track, and epic battles that came to define World Superbike racing for a generation made him supremely popular. And who could you imagine winning…

1 min
‘to go forward, you have to look backwards’

There’s a famous Maya Angelou quote that says “If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going.” The tide of retro bikes that have seeped into every capacity class available over recent years suggests that the place we’re all going to is back to the past. But, of course, that’s just a styling destination – bikes are on an ever-forward tech trajectory. While nostalgia might not be what it used to be (sorry, couldn’t resist), bikes certainly aren’t, either. The new breed is working harder than ever to ‘out-old’ one another in an attempt to tug at our heart strings, but there’s really only one winner. Us. And this week’s issue shows just how broad and deep the talent pool already is, and that’s before yet more…

1 min
hammond bikes for sale

Top Gear’s smallest star, Richard Hammond, has put a selection of his cars and bikes into the Silverstone auction this weekend to help raise money for his new classic car restoration business. As well as a string of four-wheelers, Hammond is auctioning a Velocette KSS Mk1, an original Moto Guzzi Le Mans and a special edition Norton Dominator Street. The Classic Sale at Silverstone is taking place from Friday 30 July through to Sunday 1 August at Silverstone, with Hammond’s machines offered from 2pm Sunday. Super Duper Hot on the heals of Sunra’s Robo Selectric scooter comes the Miku Super. Created as a sportier sub-brand to Sunra, Miku’s bikes opt for a more modern style than the traditional ride-on scooter form of the Robo. Internally the two scoots share much of the same…

3 min
forever 21

NEWS EDITOR Ducati have honoured oneof their most successful and well loved racers with a special edition bike to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his first world title. The eponymous Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary edition (don’t make us repeat it...) is a homage to Troy Bayliss’ glittering career that included three world championships, 52 race wins and 94 podiums. In a dazzling career that spanned the 996R through to the 1098, Bayliss’ three titles in 2001, 2006 and 2008 marked him out as one of the finest racers of his generation, proven even more so by being the only rider so far to win a MotoGP and WSB race in the same season. Given that all of Bayliss’ victories came on twins, there could be no more fitting a…

2 min
life saver puts feet up at last

Since carrying one of the first Covid-19 samples in the UK back in Jan 2020, Ray Semmens has been on-call every day until finally retiring earlier this month. Over the last 18 months, Ray has carried just shy of 1700 boxes of blood, platelets and samples on nearly 1100 runs, covering 52,000 miles in the process. Ray, a 64-year-old retired detective, has decided to call it a day on 11 years of blood biking due to pain from osteoarthritis in his neck, hips and knees. “I’ve been doing charity work for 45 years but nothing like this last 18 months,” says Ray. “Before this I would do maybe 10,000 – 15,000 miles a year with the air ambulance and milk drops. When the virus broke out, I did the first transfer from…

2 min
cool carbon copies

NEWS EDITOR British customisers deBolex have finally unveiled the fruits of nearly two years’ work with the db25 – a limited run of radically customised bikes based on the Ducati Monster 1200. Building the bikes has been a two-stage process. The first bike, known as db25a was built with the bodywork made entirely out of handshaped aluminium just like deBolex’s usual builds. However, instead of just building one bike and being done with it, deBolex used the aluminium bodywork to make moulds and from that they were able to recreate the bodywork in carbon fibre. The first step for any of the bikes is to completely strip them down to their constituent parts before rebuilding them. The engines and electronics of the bike remain untouched, so they’re as reliable and easy to live…