New MCN July 8: We ride 2WD Yamaha R1

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In this week's issue of MCN, on sale July 8, we ride the Ohlins two-wheel-drive Yamaha R1. Find out what the bike is like to ride, how it works and what Ohlins have planned for the future of 2WD tech.     

According to MCN road tester Trevor Franklin: "The 2WD system works brilliantly. There's no reason why it shouldn't be fitted to road-going motorcycles."

The World's best all-rounders are put to the test in a 450-mile day trip to Le Touquet via Calais and Bologne. Plus the Police and MCN raid a bike thief's house giving a first hand insight into the way they operate. 

We see if the new Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic has what it takes to compete with the cafe racer Triumph Thruxton, ride a 200mph supercharged Triumph Speed Triple and review the new Shoei XR1100.

What you'll find in the July 8 issue of Motorcycle News:



We ride the Ohlins 2WD R1
MCN is the only publication in the world that's ridden the new two-wheel-drive R1. Find out how it works and what it means for road riders starting on page 2.



The police and MCN raid a bike thief's house
The trail leads the cops to a dawn raid on a suspected 'ringer'. MCN's Rupert Paul was there at the front door with 5 coppers while two covered the back...




Peter Fonda, Max Biaggi, Mick Doohan and friends wow the crowds at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Plus Prince William has been snapped turning up to polo on his Ducati 1198S (wearing St. George knee sliders of course).  



Moto Guzzi V7 Classic vs. Triumph Thruxton
Both bikes are a nostalgic and romantic take on cafe racer theme, but only one is capable of replacing your sportsbike...




World's best all-rounders?
The KTM SMT, Triumph Tiger. Ducati Multistrada 1100S and Benelli Tre-K go head-to-head in a 450-mile day trip to France.



In BSB Josh Brookes reveals the potential of the Honda after changes make him even more competitive.




Toseland's MotoGP future hangs in the balance
Even if he signs a deal, Brit JT could still be forced into a job swap with Ben Spies and a return to WSB. 



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James Keen

By James Keen