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MCN 4 August 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

‘Football didn’t come home in 2021, but Cal is’MATT BIRT ON CAL’S RETURN P66 MOTOGP Cal’s back, but what can he do? Whether you’re a fan or not, Cal certainly always manages to inject a bit of drama into MotoGP. So the news that the three-time winner is making wildcard appearances at the Austrian double header AND Silverstone is certainly exciting. But, given that he’ll be riding Morbidelli’s bike — the slowest machine on the grid — what can we honestly expect? Matt Birt gives us his take... OPINION PAGE 66 TOP STORY Fully dressed for success BMW’s imposing R18 cruiser has spawned two new models for those with touring intentions — the R18 B ‘Bagger’ and the R18 Transcontinental. Both bikes have the same basic architecture as the R18 but boast ride-stretching features such as…

1 min
‘will new road races get the rubber stamp?’

I don’t know about you, but I watched the Thruxton BSB action through the gaps in my hands. How the riders manage to tame those 230bhp monsters (and Superstockers, too) around a circuit like Thruxton simply beggars belief. Watching them going three abreast at 150mph into the same tiny square of apex left me physically breathless. British circuits are truly unique, and we’re so lucky that we can enjoy watching full-on superbikes competing on them. You’d have to wonder, though, if tracks like Thruxton (flat-out corners), Cadwell (a jump in the middle) and Oulton (more undulations than an MX track) were to be proposed to be built from scratch today whether the health and safety brigade would allow them. You’ve got to wonder then how the public consultation for the…

1 min
nmm cut hours

The National Motorcycle Museum have cut back their opening times to three days a week due to staff shortages caused by Covid. Both the collection and food court will be open from 8.30am to 5.30pm Friday to Sunday going forwards, with plans to return to seven days when the situation allows. There’s no need to prebook. Head to www.nationalmotorcyclemuseum.co.uk for more. Still well worth a visit. Vintage celebration The Vintage Motorcycle Club (VMCC) is marking its 75th anniversary with a special two-day event at Cadwell Park this month, featuring vintage solo and sidecar machines dating back to the 1930s. Taking place on August 14-15, adult spectator tickets are available in advance for £14. You can also expect plenty of displays and parades from historic road and race bikes. Book online now. news.cadwellpark.co.uk Life’s…

4 min
bagger is better

NEWS EDITOR BMW have unveiled two new R18 based tourers - the R18B ‘Bagger’ and the R18 Transcontinental ‘full dresser’. Both bikes take the core of the R18, a giant 1802cc aircooled boxer engine, exposed shaft drive and softail rear end, while adding more comfort, increased range and top notch electronics. The new models are also very similar; the R18B is a slimmed down version of the ‘full dresser’ sans top box - but each is aimed at a different rider. Both bikes are powered by the 1802cc boxer-twin that first debuted in the R18 last year. Nothing has changed mechanically so it produces 89bhp at 4750rpm and 116.5lb.ft at 3000rpm, with 110lb.ft of that available from 2000-4000rpm. Again, like the R18, both bikes share a twin loop steel frame, which echoes the…

2 min
us wants dunn trial info kept secret

NEWS EDITOR The American government has requested that the employment details of Anne Sacoolas, the woman suspected of causing Harry Dunn’s death, should not be disclosed in the interests of ‘national security’. The family of the biker who was struck by a vehicle travelling on the wrong side of the road have been forced to pursue a civil case in America, after Sacoolas fled to the US claiming diplomatic immunity. The latest twist centres around her claim of immunity. Under a strange and archaic law, American nationals who worked at RAF Croughton, near where Harry died, agreed to waive their rights to diplomatic immunity. However their dependents did not, so as the wife of Jonathan Sacoolas, a US government employee at the base, Anne Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity. It has subsequently emerged, however,…

1 min
new 5four special

Honda UK have yet again teamed up with customiser Guy Willison to create another short run of specials. This latest model, limited once more to just 54 individually numbered units, is built around a stock CB1000R with no changes to the chassis, engine, or electronics (barring the addition of an OE quickshifter) – meaning it retains all of its riding character, competence and ease of use. Where the 5Four steps out on its own is a raft of small cosmetic changes that add up to a complete transformation. The standout change comes from the special ‘Honda Endurance’ paintjob with hand-painted Honda wing tank logo. The scheme extends to the hand-crafted headlamp cowl, single seat unit and hand-stitched diamond pattern leather seat with laser-etched 5Four logo. The stock numberplate hanger comes with the…