MCN 22 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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7 days in 60 seconds

‘There’s a certain joy to be had riding 125s hard’JON URRY, TEARING AROUND OLD LONDON TOWN THE BIG TEST The perfect inner-city fun-seekers With choking congestion, 20mph speed limits everywhere, and more cameras than a voyeur convention, the one saving grace is a motorcycle. But you don’t want something the size of half a car, packing 200bhp, or with the steering lock of an oil tanker. You want a nice little 125, you do. We pilot three of the best new retro 125s around The Big Smoke to see which is the ideal partner for traffic dodging. PAGE 31 TOP STORY A new dawn for Moto Guzzi Moto Guzzi’s fortunes have risen and fallen numerous times over the last 100 years, but as the firm enters its second century, there are bold plans to underpin the…

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‘it’s the best motogp news for a decade’

It’s a question fans, pundits and budding British grand prix riders have asked with a palpable sense of frustration for years: How can the next generation of British riders hope to break the Spanish and Italian grip on GP racing and get their big break? Well, for once, we now have an answer: They need to get selected by Michael Laverty’s new-for-22 VisionTrack Honda Racing Moto3 team. His surprise announcement at the weekend surged a high-voltage bolt of energy through the racing community. Not only is the simple existence of the team an incredible boost to Brit fans and riders’ hopes, but the fact that the team is being spearheaded by the quiet genius that is Michael Laverty is even more encouraging. The man is a machine – and the fact…

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expect more new guzzis soon

With the air-cooled 1400cc California deleted for failing to meet Euro5, Guzzi’s line-up consists of the air-cooled, V7, V85TT and V9, leaving the firm lacking a big bore bike – hence the V100 Mandello. Although still a shaft-drive, transverse V-twin, the 1000cc bike is all-new – and radically different. Full details won’t be released until EICMA but already it’s known to have liquid-cooling and 90° rotated barrels to give space for the rider’s knees and new radiator. In addition, the shaft-drive housing is now on the left, not right to allow the exhaust to be on the right presumably to make pushing the bike about easier. The engine now appears to be the mounting point for front and rear sub frames with no conventional frame. Brakes are by Brembo, two different…

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z900 gains extra bling

Kawasaki’s latest Z900 naked is getting the SE treatment. The premium model acquires more powerful Brembo brakes, revised forks and an Öhlins shock. Starting up front, the Z900 SE does away with the standard bike’s four-piston calipers in favour of a set of Brembo M4.32 radial monoblocs, which bite on 300mm Brembo discs. Also up front is a set of gold-coloured upside-down forks. More striking than the standard Z900’s black legs, they remain the same 41mm diameter but have revised settings and offer full adjustability. There’s also a new Öhlins S46 shock, with remote preload adjuster. Available in the single colour shown here from December, prices for the SE will start at £10,749 and climb to £11,699 for the Performance Edition. That makes the new SE £1450 more than the stock Z900 and…

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guzzi build brighter future

MCN CONTRIBUTOR Moto Guzzi have big plans for the future as the Italian brand celebrate 100 years of building motorcycles. The firm have seized on the opportunity of the centenary to reveal not just an all-new, liquid-cooled bike – the company’s first – but also plans to redevelop their historic factory and museum to create a modern production facility and a world-leading attraction. The company built their first bike in 1921, making them the oldest of Italy’s current manufacturers – Ducati date back to 1926, MV Agusta to 1945 while Aprilia (like Guzzi, now owned by the huge Piaggio concern) only built their first bike in 1970. The brand’s signature transverse V-twins also command a huge, loyal following akin to that of Harley-Davidson and boast famous fans such as Ewan McGregor and Johnny…

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triumph cranks up tiger 1200

The eagerly anticipated new Triumph Tiger 1200 will get the T-pLane crank and firing order first used in the Tiger 900. The T-plane is a crank layout that offsets the firing order to create a longer gap between pulses from two out of the three cylinders. Triumph say this improves character and tractability at lower revs, imitating the sound and feel of a twin, without sacrificing the refinement of a triple at higher revs. Triumph’s big-capacity adventure bike has fallen a long way behind BMW’s benchmark R1250GS, but with new images of the bike flying through the air in off-road testing sessions, the firm have made it very clear that they have the standardsetting Beemer in their sights. The new Tiger 1200 should weigh in at less than 249kg wet and have…