MCN 6 October 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

‘The new R7 punches well above its weight’MICHAEL NEEVES ON THE NEW YAMAHA NEW BIKE TEST Yamaha R7 is set to stun you with fun Sportsbikes have been on a power trip for, well, ever... But there’s a new breed of accessible middleweights that are threatening to entertain us rather than shock us with their power output. And that sounds good to us. Yamaha’s new R7 is the latest to eschew big power, screaming redlines and electronic aids in favour of corner carving fun and light weight. Are you ready for that? ROAD & TRACK TEST P34 TOP STORY Tiger, Tiger, burning bright... After their big tease a month ago, Triumph have finally binned the disguise-tape and revealed the Tiger Sport 660 in all its glory. And it looks superb. Based very heavily on the brilliant…

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‘it feels like there’s a budget bike backlash’

Every year there’s a huge tide of high-end new bikes with big price tags, mind-boggling spec and the increasingly prominent assertion that ‘It’s actually quite affordable on PCP.’ But not everyone wants to pay monthly for something they’ll never own, and not everyone wants a wildly expensive bike with enough bells and whistles to lead a carnival parade. But we all want great bikes. And this week we’re revealing a model that might prove to be one of the best: Triumph’s Tiger Sport 660 (p4). Underpinned by the excellent Trident’s heart and soul, this adventure-sport styled new middleweight boasts all the ingredients to be one of the stars of 2022. We already know the engine is a peach, and that the chassis is engaging – so the boost in practicality, along…

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phantom’s not a menace!

Suzuki have revived the Phantom name for their classy new special-edition GSX-R1000R. The new model comes with a Yoshimura exhaust and a smattering of genuine Suzuki accessories, including track-focused brake and clutch lever guards, a tank pad and fuel cap trim, and a smoked double bubble screen. A single seat cowl matches the matt black livery, which is complemented by gloss black decals. Standing out against the stealthy black colour scheme are gold wheels and gold Showa Balance Free Forks. The special edition costs £17,499 – £500 more than standard – and is available in dealers this month. Sign up for Malle Malle London have announced that rider registration for the 2022 edition of The Great Malle Rally, a seven-day, 1500-mile, fully-inclusive adventure ride from the southernmost tip of England to the…

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new tiger to attack rivals

ASSISTANT EDITOR, MOTORCYCLING HIGHLIGHTS • Price £8450 • Engine 660cc triple • Weight 206kg (kerb) • Power 80bhp • Torque 47lb.ft Triumph have unveiled a feisty-yet-refined Tiger Sport 660 in a bid to rule the lucrative middleweight adventure-sports sector. At the heart of the new model is the 660cc triple from the firm’s popular Trident model that went on sale earlier this year. Part of the Trident’s appeal is accessibility – it’s small, light, narrow and great value – and this ethos is carried over to the new Tiger Sport derivative. The new bike sees the British firm entering a new and busy market sector. As a road-biased model with 17in wheels, an upright riding position and a middleweight engine, it will have to fight off stiff competition from the likes of the Yamaha Tracer 7, Kawasaki Versys 650,…

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motogp bikes up for grabs!

An astonishing 24-bike collection of rare racers – including five genuine MotoGP machines – is among the key attractions of the upcoming Autumn Stafford Sale by Bonhams. The MotoGP machines are all Aprilia ART 1000cc bikes, raced by Paul Bird Motorsport between 2012 and 2014 and are part of a unique collection amassed by British sponsor and team owner, Phil Morris. The Aprilias, two of which are in running condition and estimated to fetch up to £60,000 each, hail from the short-lived CRT (Claiming Rules Team) era. Since then, all privateer MotoGP machines have been leased, so don’t become available to buy. Morris, who acquired the Aprilias direct from Bird in 2015, said: “They would have cost €850,000 per bike when new,” adding: “This is such a unique opportunity.” Other rare race bikes from…

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multi choice just got easier

Ducati are giving their V-twin Multistrada a makeover for 2022. Although looking similar to before, the 5kg lighter Multistrada V2 gets the latest 937cc Testastretta V-twin producing a claimed 113hp and 72.3lb.ft of torque. Cradled in the same tubular steel trellis frame as the old bike, it’s an updated version of the unit already found in the 950 and also features in the latest Monster, SuperSport 950 and Hypermotard. Although not the 155bhp 955cc twin from the Panigale V2 sportsbike that some were hoping for, the engine features new conrods, a new eight-disc hydraulic clutch and an updated gearbox. These upgrades have helped shed 2kg, with 1.5kg slashed by the new clutch alone. The rest of the weight savings come from the Multistrada V4-derived mirrors, front brake disc flanges and the spoked rims,…