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MCN 15 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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in this issue

2 min
7 days in 60 seconds

WATERPROOF ESSENTIALS As well as all the best rider kit, we delve into luggage that won’t leak and a raft of other essential buys 12-PAGE HELMET SPECIAL From the latest helmets to future tech, lid care, and our hottest picks ALL-WEATHER RIDING KIT Textile suits to waterproof boots, gloves, heated kit and toasty base layers. You’ll never ride cold again! INSIDE YOUR SPECIAL ISSUE Conquer Autumn with the right kit! There are so many great looking products on the market right now, all promising to be the next best thing to keep you hot, cold or dry in any season you care to ride in. So how do you know what’s really worth forking out for? We’ve compiled our pick of the best autumnbusters that we’ve ever used, along with the latest new kit available to buy right…

1 min
‘riding all year provides food for your soul’

One of my very first memories of a biker is from about 1985 at a service station somewhere on the A1. He was drinking two cups of coffee and getting ready to head back out into the freezing night. He’d wandered around all the empty tables picking up discarded newspapers and was meticulously folding them around his body, before straining the zip of his jacket to hold them all in place. Then he put his helmet on, struggled into his gloves and headed off into the wintery night on a GT750. I was only 10 or 11 years-old, but the memory of his ritual and the steely look of determination on his face has always stayed with me. Oddly, I maybe even credit this memory with inspiring me to ride. But you…

1 min
guy’s latest hits shelves

Guy Martin’s latest book takes a Look back over the Last four hectic years of his Life. Whether he’s competing in a self-supported 2500-mile mountain bike race across America, or trying to reach 300mph in a standing mile on the 800-horsepower motorbike he built in his shed, Guy is always busy. Dead Men Don’t Tell Tales is out on October 28, for £20 and is available at bookshops and through Amazon. Don’t splash out! A new range of affordable clobber has been released by Oxford Products. The Spartan jacket and trouser combo offer no-nonsense performance for sensible money. The CE-approved jacket is £79.99 (a short version is £69.99) while the trousers cost £59.99. The jacket boasts a thermal liner, elbow and shoulder protectors and an array of pockets. Bad vibrations? Apple have warned that…

3 min
all the fun of the fairing

ASSISTANT EDITOR, MOTORCYCLING Triumph are no strangers to building thoroughly modern bikes that draw on styling inspiration from yesteryear and that’s exactly what they’ve done with this new Speed Triple 1200 RR. The half-faired café racer-style sportsbike is based on the Speed Triple 1200 RS released earlier this year. Like the RS super-naked, the RR uses a 178bhp 1160cc triple engine, wrapped in an aluminium twin-spar frame. But where the RS has the usual bug-eye twin headlamps, the RR gains a slick-looking top fairing with a single round headlamp. The new Speed Triple RR doesn’t quite have a North Circularbusting bullet fairing, but instead uses a more angular and modern design that still gives a clear nod to the ‘ton-up boys’. To go along with the new fairing, the flat bars of the…

1 min
blazing saddles for high-mileage

Five firefighters from across Lincolnshire rode 400 miles in a day last weekend, visiting every fire station in the county to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity and Prostate Cancer UK. The winding route was tackled by three crew members from Alford Community Fire Station, plus one from Skegness and another from Mablethorpe – with many other riders also joining in support. Setting off from Alford on Saturday (September 11), the event was devised by station crew manager, Steve Teesdale, who recently got back into biking. Alford firefighter Adam Coffey told MCN: “Steve spotted the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and that started the cogs whirring. The news about the ride spread fast on Facebook and we had many other motorcyclists join us along the way, which was really good.” The firefighters set up a…

2 min
ride out to help out campaign launched

MCN CONTRIBUTOR Triumph and some of our best known biking celebs have launched a scheme to get Britain biking. Star names, including Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton and TT racer Maria Costello MBE, are urging riders to nominate and visit small businesses such as biker cafés as Britain recovers from Covid-19. Ride Out to Help Out aims to highlight and celebrate British biking destinations and to encourage riders to them to help them get back on their feet. To launch the campaign, Triumph dealers and the brand’s ambassadors including cycling gold medallist Pendleton, British and Irish Lions rugby star George North, racer Costello MBE and TV architect George Clarke have been nominating their favourite spots. So far, London’s Bike Shed, the Super Sausage Café in Northants and Ryka’s Café in Surrey, along with Koti Autotalli, Oxon;…