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MCN 8 September 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

‘Guy would get on the plane to Bolivia tomorrow!’TEAM MANAGER, BERNIE TOLEMAN LAND SPEED RECORD Guy gets rolling on new record Guy Martin has climbed inside the skeleton of the streamliner he hopes to pilot to over 400mph on the Bolivian salt flats, and got it rolling on two wheels in its first proper shakedown test. The TV daredevil has tried to take the Land Speed Record before with Triumph’s Rocket-engined effort, but unstable salt led to numerous failed runs and crashes that eventually stalled the project. PAGE 4 MCN250 TEST Welcome to the imitation game Take two Honda CB500Xs and... oh, hang on... that other one isn’t Honda. No, do not adjust your eyeballs, the bike on the right is actually a Voge 500DS, not a silver CB. But despite some frankly astounding similarities, there…

1 min
‘you really should have been there... ’

Richard Newland, Editor There was a tangible feeling of pure biking euphoria just yards from MCN HQ over the weekend, as 20,221 bike fans turned the Peterborough Showground into a biking mecca. The noise, sights, sounds and smells are still lingering in my senses, and the feel-good impact of spending 20 hours at the show talking to MCN readers, traders and bike manufacturers will take a long time to dissipate. Of course, there are few things more annoying than being told you’ve just missed something brilliant – but as the customary closing phrase to any good yarn goes: You should have been there. But the reason for mentioning it here is not to gloat about the great weekend I had. What I really want to mark is the incredible shift in the mood…

1 min
details on demand

A new product has launched that allows the emergency services quick and easy access to your vital information in the event of an accident. Called ICE-scan, the service consists of an app you use to upload info, as well as a set of stickers you place on your helmet, phone or bike that allow first responders to gain access. One of the biggest issues first responders face all over the world is that you, the patient, remains a mystery as does your medical background, medication, allergies, age, nationality and therefore possibly the language you speak and your emergency contact details. With ICEscan if the worst happens, the first responder should be able to quickly spot ICE-scan tag, complete with its familiar ‘Blue Star of Life’ logo. They then remove the protective…

3 min
guy martin in the hot seat

Guy Martin has completed a successful shakedown test on a power-packed land speed streamliner as part of a bold 400mph speed record attempt due to take place on the Bolivian salt flats next year. The veteran road racer turned television star was in action at North Weald Airfield in Essex to carry out a series of manoeuvres to assess the machine’s ability to steer and brake. Called The 52 Express, the machine is powered by a 1200shp (shaft horsepower) Rolls-Royce Gem helicopter gas turbine engine and will attempt to beat the existing record of 376.363mph currently held by Rocky Robinson in the Ack Attack streamliner. The final attempt will take place at the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia next July, with slower test runs below 200mph due to take place in…

1 min
classic move from enfield

Royal Enfield have unveiled a renewed version of the Classic 350 for the Indian market, with promise of a shiny new one for us early next year, too. Classics have been an important part of the range since their introduction in 2008 and their presence will have been sorely missed. The new model comes hot on the heels of the Meteor 350, sharing quite a few components with the well-received little cruiser. For a start the Classic gains the new air and oil cooled 349cc from the Meteor, which creates 20.2bhp @ 6100rpm and 20lb.ft of torque at 4000rpm. The engine is mated to a new five-speed gearbox, while the new single also gets a proper primary balancer. Most important of all though, despite the onslaught of emissions controls, the Classic…

2 min
boost for baby blade

‘Honda say 60% CBR500R buyers are under 34’ Honda have released new versions of their A2-friendly 500s with significant upgrades to the ‘Baby Blade’ CBR500R supersports, CB500F naked and CB500X adventure bike. For the most part the updates are the same across the range, so we’re going to focus on the sharp-lined, pure teenage eye candy CBR500R. The biggest change is the addition of 41mm Showa Separate Function Big Piston forks with associated new triple trees. The system controls the damping with one leg with the spring mechanism in the other and are lifted straight from the CBR650R. The rear shock has also received a new set-up to match the revised front end. Paired with this improved suspension is a brand-new swingarm for all three bikes, which is considerably lighter than the…