MCN 20 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

‘It was so surreal, standing on the podium with dad’2021 BSB CHAMP, TARRAN MACKENZIE BRITISH SUPERBIKES Mackenzies’ family affair Huge congrats to Taz Mackenzie and McAMS Yamaha who took the BSB crown in emphatic fashion at the weekend with three tooth-and-nail victories. The occasion was all the more poignant as it coincided with the 25th anniversary of dad Niall’s first British title, and also the final race (and victory) for his former Superstock 1000 champ brother, Taylor, as he retires. But what next for young Super Mac? John McGuinness and MCN’s own Josh Close share their thoughts PAGE 63 TOP STORY Plans to criminalise modifying The spectre of ‘anti-tampering’ has loomed into view again with new Government proposals that would make it a crime to modify any part of a vehicle. Although first proposed by the…

1 min
‘it’s bad news for our freedom of choice’

Are we at the end of the era where we’re free to choose what parts we fit to our own bikes? New DfT proposals to make it a crime to modify or ‘tamper’ with a vehicle’s standard parts, mean that this could soon be the case. The UK Government wish to make a preemptive strike ahead of the advent of ‘self-driving’ autonomous vehicles and make it illegal to tamper with “a system, part or component of a vehicle intended or adapted to be used on a road”. Rather than say, ‘these bits are allowed but those bits aren’t’, there’s a risk that Government will put a blanket ban on the fitting on all nonstandard parts. These proposals, if they’re brought in, will affect us all, as it could force us…

1 min
scramble in spain

Triumph have opened a new Adventure Experience Centre in Spain, with courses running from now until April. The centre makes use of a purpose-built arena at the foot of the Sierra de la Nieves natural park and is just 15 minutes from Malaga airport. The new facility will offer a range of courses to suit riders of varying experience levels and offer both Tigers and Scramblers. For more info visit Classic show returns The Autumn Classic Bikejumble & Show is returning to the South of England Showground on Sunday October 31. A popular event among the classic crowd open to pre-1980 bikes, with displays from both clubs and individuals. There’s also a huge autojumble and garage clear out section, as well as a bikemart. Tickets are available from Trackday tips In our…

3 min
modifying could be made illegal

NEWS EDITOR The Motorcycle Action Group is encouraging motorcyclists to respond to proposals from the Department for Transport (DfT) that would restrict owners from modifying their bikes. The proposals are part of the DfT’s ‘Future of Transport’ review and are lumped in with lots of other vehicle standards that the department is looking to modernise. Under the proposed changes it would be a crime to ‘tamper’ with ‘a system, part or component of a vehicle intended or adapted to be used on a road’. MAG were in attendance at the webinar where the proposals were first made. “I was expecting the lack of motorcycle focus in policies for the charging infrastructure, but the anti-tampering proposals came as a real sucker punch,” says Colin Brown, MAG’s Director of Campaigns and Political Engagement. “As…

1 min
keep calm and raise cash

For 2021, Royal Enfield have been working with the Campaign Against Living Miserably to ‘open it up’ and increase the amount of conversations we all have around positive mental health. CALM was set up to help people struggling with mental health, particularly men for whom finding support can be a struggle. The stats alone are enough to shock with 125 people a week taking their own lives and of that 75% are men. It’s become so bad that suicide is the biggest killer of males under 45. CALM have set up a helpline and last year they spoke to someone who was struggling every 66 seconds. More importantly still, they directly prevented 564 suicides. But CALM don’t want to be the last place that people turn, they want to improve the…

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scrambler gets supermoto style

SENIOR WRITER HIGHLIGHTS • Cornering ABS • Mobile connectivity • Both A2 compliant • Available November 2021 • Full LED lighting Ducati have boosted their retro Scrambler line-up for 2022 with the introduction of two new models: the beaky-but-road-focused Urban Motard and the seventies-inspired 1100 Tribute Pro. Starting with the smaller machine, Ducati’s new £10,395 Urban Motard joins the Scrambler 800 family as a road-focused and fashionable supermoto-style machine. Weighing in at 196kg fully fuelled, it’s powered by the same 803cc twin as the rest of the range and produces a claimed 72bhp at 8250rpm and 48.5lb.ft of torque at 5750rpm. This is all wrapped up in a familiar steel trellis chassis. It rolls on 17in wheels shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso 3 tyres, with 120/70x17 and 180/55x17 dimensions giving plenty of choice for grippy road rubber. A seat height…