MCN 24 November 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

‘I was nearly getting my knee down at 280mph’GUY MARTIN TALKS SPEED RECORDS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Guy’s back, and faster than ever... Guy was back on our TVs on Monday night with his new Channel4 show, Guy’s Garage, but what else has the loveable speed freak been up to? We caught up with him to delve into his new book, new TV work, his 300mph Hayabusa speed record challenge, and his helicopter-powered 400mph streamliner, and find out what happened when he nearly died in the desert. Hold on tight... PAGE 38 TOP STORY New bike explosion in full effect The big European EICMA motorcycle show kicks off this week, and that means there’s already a huge tide of new metal emerging blinking into the sunlight. And there’s some right stunners in this week’s mix. The newly updated,…

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‘it’s been an incredible year for yamaha’

It’s interesting how fortunes ebb and flow from one manufacturer to another, and back again. Some years it seems that everything a single marque touches turns to gold, other years they might struggle to catch a cold. This year has certainly been a golden one for Yamaha. Incredible, really. Winning the World Superbike title at the weekend is an impressive result in itself. To do it with one of the series’ newer talents is even more impressive. But that’s just a third of the clean sweep that Yamaha have delivered on track in 2021. Just a few weeks ago Britain’s own Tarran Mackenzie emulated his father’s British Superbike dominance from a quarter of a century ago to put Yamaha back on top with a BSB title, too. And, of course, Fabio Quartararo…

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limited-edition new enfield 650s

Royal Enfield have unveiled two new, limited-edition versions of their popular 650 twins, the Interceptor and Continental GT. Built to commemorate the firm’s 120th anniversary, each features a special black/chrome tank with individually-numbered, die-cast brass badge, ‘blacked-out’ engine and exhausts, special side panel decal and an array of Enfield accessories. Just 480 will be made with 60 of each coming to Europe in early 2022. Prices have yet to be announced. Husky price is Nord of £12k Husqvarna have announced that the price of the Norden 901 adventure bike, as tested by MCN recently, will be £12,349 plus on the road charges (around £150). Based on sister company KTM’s £11,999 (2021 price) 890 Adventure R, in Husky form the 103bhp twin has its own bodywork, longer travel, multi-adjustable suspension as well as…

3 min
elefants in the room

SENIOR WRITER MV Agusta have dived headfirst into the adventure bike market for 2022, revealing two models inspired by the Dakar Rally success of the Cagiva Elefant. Called the 9.5 and 5.5, the bikes are the Varese firm’s first true adventure offerings and sport liveries reminiscent of the ‘Lucky Explorer’ design used by Cagiva in their heyday – made possible by MV belonging to the same group. Both bikes share a similarly styled front end, which bears more than a passing resemblance to the current Honda Africa Twin and share the same blacked-out finish above their LED headlights. Other features seen across the range include front disc brake covers with vents for cooling, as well as handguards, bash plates, and a seven-inch colour TFT dash with Bluetooth connectivity and Wi-Fi to facilitate updates. Both bikes…

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suzuki sharpen the kat’s claws

Suzuki’s retro-inspired Katana has had a significant makeover for 2022 to gain more power, improved electronics, uprated dash, new colours and more. Introduced in 2019 as a restyle of the GSX-S1000 naked inspired by the 1980s classic, this new 2022 version may look similar but underneath the skin, it is substantially different. It’s now based on the fully-updated 2021 GSX-S1000 as launched earlier this year, and as such features a revised Euro5-friendly engine that’s slightly more powerful than the old, and an improved suite of electronic rider aids and other details. Although dating back to the 2005 GSX-R1000K5, the 999cc four-cylinder engine has long been regarded as a brilliant unit and, thanks to new intake and exhaust camshafts, valve springs, exhaust and airbox it’s now not only Euro5 compliant but power is up…

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stunning bimota kb4 worth the wait

SENIOR WRITER HIGHLIGHTS ● 1043cc inline-four ● 140bhp @ 10,000rpm ● 82lbft @ 8000rpm ● £29,500 (est) ● 189kg dry weight ● 810mm (+/- 10mm) seat height After almost two years of development shots, hushed conversations, and drip-fed details, Bimota have finally revealed their finished 1970s-inspired KB4 retro sportsbike in all its, not insignificant, glory. The difficult second album from the reborn Italian boutique brand, uses a 140bhp four-cylinder engine taken from the Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX and follows the firm’s £59,000 Ninja H2-powered Tesi H2, revealed back in 2019. Kawasaki now hold a 49.9% stake in the Bimota brand, which is why both machines feature the firm’s engines, but the relationship runs deeper than simply supplying motors. Lurking behind the full carbon-fibre fairing lies a suite of Kawasaki lean-sensitive electronics, including cornering management systems, cruise control, power modes, ABS, an up-and-down…