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New MCN October 19: Aussie rules

Published: 18 October 2011

Updated: 20 November 2014

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday 19 October, we examine Casey Stoner's MotoGP world championship win in an eight-page special, with MotoGP legends Rainey, Gardner and Doohan on why Stoner could be the best.

Plus, Kawasaki's shock new Versys 1000 spied, with the details on the Z1000-based adventure bike - the firm's fourth new model for 2012.

Also, we have world first rides of the fully updated Kawasaki ER-6n and 2012 Yamaha R1 with six-stage traction control system and pit the Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC against the Nissan GT-R on track in a battle of the computer-laden, electronically tamed performance machines.

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What you'll find in the October 19 issue of Motorcycle News:

Shock new Kawasaki Versys 1000 spied
Kawasaki will launch a surprise fourth new model for 2012 - a 1043cc Versys, based substantially around the Z1000 super naked. Could it be a cheaper four-cylinder Multistrada alternative?


Kawasaki ER-6N


 Fully updated ER-6n sets new standard
When we learnt that Kawasaki was completely revising its popular ER6 range we wondered if it was really necessary. Having taken a world first test ride it's clear it has been improved in every area.


Traction control raises new R1's game
World first test of 2012 Yamaha R1 with new six-stage traction control system, which Yamaha say is the same system used on the YZR-M1 MotoGP racer. Is it enough to leapfrog its superbike rivals?



Fazer 1000 hits 128,487 miles!
We examine a massive mile Fazer 1000 that has covered nearly 130,000 miles in seven years, yet this is no work-horse - the owner doesn't even commute on it.


Bike vs car: Battle of the computers - Can Aprilia's RSV4 Factory APRC's top-spec electronics help it beat the best from the car world, Nissan's latest GT-R, round a track?




10 things bike firms could learn from their own ads
Look at bike advertisements from decades past and you come away thinking some manufacturers today aren't fighting hard enough for the customers they could have. We urge manufacturers to learn from their former advertising glories...

Suzuki GSX-R750
Boasting the perfect blend of power and handling, we take a look at the history and lineage of one of the most popular sportsbikes in the UK.



Rossi's reputation takes another battering
While Casey Stoner was cruising to his second MotoGP world title in front of a jubilant home crowd, Rossi was licking his wounds as his reputation took another battering. MCN talk to the 9 time world champion about morale, results and Ducati's problems. 

Doohan: 'Casey Stoner could become best ever'
Aussie legends Mick Doohan and Jerry Burgess believe Casey Stoner has the potential to dominate MotoGP for years. Read the paddock verdict on Stoner's championship win in our eight-page MotoGP special.

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