In the new issue of MCN, out Wednesday December 4 there’s a stunning Ducati special – the first test of its hot 749S and the new for 2003 Supersport range, the 1000DS, 800 and 620 Sport.
MCN’s Keith Farr reckons the new 749S is: " Something close to the perfect blend, a bike that begs to be taken by the horns and punished,
" It’s a rider’s bike, like the 748 was before it, but even more so. The 749S has just enough top end power in the upper rev range and more grunt than a four-cylinder middleweight can muster lower down.
" Take this to a real rider’s circuit like Oulton Park and you would be into one of the best days it is possible to have on a bike. "
Discover the secret to the 749S’s appeal and read the rest of Farr’s special test feature starting on page 18.
*FIRST PICTURES of Honda’s 2003 Hornet 600
*Harley man’s crazy challenge – beat his heavyweight Yankee iron around a track and win £20,000!
*As Honda pulls the plug on its wheezy C90 moped, we celebrate the 36-year life of the world’s best-selling bike
*Aprilia plans an all-out assault on the off-road sector
*NEW BIKERS, we give you everything you need to know about keeping your bike running perfectly on page 10 and 11. There’s top tips on every aspect of motorcycle maintenance – and not a word about Zen Buddhism
*Christmas is coming so it’s time to tap the rich auntie, especially when you see what’s in our Money No Object guide to the best kit available
*It’s the turn of Yamaha’s R1 and CCM’s R30 to go under our LONG TERM TEST spotlight on pages 34 and 35.
*You do want to do it like that – you don’t want to do it like this…In our DIY DISASTERS here’s every known bodge MCN’s readers have resorted to get themselves and their bikes home. Brake pads turned from wooden blocks anyone?
*Buying a Suzuki Bandit 1200. You need to BE AN EXPERT ON… then. Flick to page 40
*In SPORT there’s a look behind the fairings at the HM Plant Ducati 998s. James Toseland and Chris Walker will be campaigning these ex-factory bikes in next season’s WSB –this is your chance to see what makes them tick
*There’s a special preview of a unique collection of Britiish road racing history, Stephen Davison’s collection of a decade’s road racing imagery
*The 200bhp R1-based bike a British team will propel to MotoGP glory
*TT news as Honda prepares to snatch back the crown from Suzuki
*All the paddock gossip from MotoGP, BSB and BSB
*PLUS there’s all your MCN regulars like YOUR LETTERS, PRODUCTS and WHAT’S ON and your FREE MCN BIKE MART WEEKLY. It’s all in the latest issue of MCN. Don’t miss it.