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New MCN April 17: Why 600s are back

Published: 16 April 2013

Updated: 20 November 2014

In this week's MCN, out April 17, we take the top of the class supersport screamers to Italy for a road and track test with world champion Neil Hodgson

We talk exclusively to Brit Chaz Davies as he does the WSB double at Aragon!

Also this week: Your chance to get a free 20-point bike healthcheck - exclusive to MCN readers!

In sport: The full roundup from a weekend of World and British Superbikes


Fireblade to go electric?
New Honda patent shows Fireblade silhouette with RC-E's electric motor.


MCN January 11

MCN January 11


Return of the 600s
600s are cramped peaky little rev-monsters, right? The new breed will make you think again... 


Z800E: why would you?
Kawasaki's naked 'e' model is aimed at helping A2 licence-holders progress in style - but is it any good?

 MCN January 11

 MCN January 11


Toseland 52 - take 2
How double ex-WSB champion James Toseland is making a rock album, running a marathon and aiming for 400mph 


What the hell is it about off-roading?
In his limited exposure to off-roading, Steve Farrell has proved less than a natural. Can a course on KTM Freeride 350s finally teach him what it's all about?




New Pilot Power 3 heads Michelin's new tyre range
French tyre giant launches new sports rubber and tyres for track days. adventure bikes and small capacity machines.


Classy Byrne sets new win record
Three-time champ is most successful rider in BSB history after Thruxton double gives hom 44 race victories.



New World Order
Davies stuns WSB elite with emphatic double win on factory BMW S1000RR

Get Ready for Summer - Free 20 Point health Check at selected dealers exclusive to MCN Readers!

It’s time to get your bike ready for the summer and ready for the first proper ride of the year. Get yours checked over for free courtesy of MCN! With the free 20 point health check offer you can make sure the battery is charged, tyre pressures are set correctly and you’re ready to roar into action problem free.

•Your 20 point health check will include a check on the following:
•Engine oil level
•Antifreeze level and condition*
•Clutch cables and operation
•Final Drive oil**
•Throttle cable freeplay and condition
•Engine Idle Speed
•Choke operation
•Wheel bearings
•Steering bearings and operation
•Spoke condition
•Tyre condition and pressures
•Brake fluid levels
•Brake pads/shoes
•Front and rear suspension operation and condition
•Wheel alignment
•Drive chain condition and adjustment
•Battery Condition***
•Brake lights and switches
•Headlight operation and aim
•Flashers and horn
Check page two for a list of participating dealers and T&Cs.

*Antifreeze level and condition, level will be checked but in order to check the condition in some cases it would require the removal of fairing panels which would incur a cost to be agreed on booking

**At the discretion of the chosen dealer.

*** To carry out a check on battery condition in some cases will require extra labour time so will need to be agreed with the customer ahead of carrying out the check.
To claim your free health check simply cut out the voucher printed in this week’s MCN and take it to your nearest participating dealer to redeem.

We recommend you call ahead of arrival to book in your check and check any local restrictions.





MCN Free Health Chcek promotion - participating dealers
  Cupar Motorcycles
  KY15 4AW
  Sales: 01334 - 655707
  Perth Motorcycles: (Honda)
  223 Rannoch Rd
  PH1 2DP.
  Tel: 01738 - 448550
  Kirkcaldy Kawasaki:
  149-157 Rosslyn St
  KY1 3HT
  Tel: 01592 - 656910
North East  
Newcastle motorcycles 195-199 Scotswood Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE4 7DD. Phone:0191 272 3335
North West  
Manchester Motorcycle Centre 19 Memorial Road, Worsley, Manchester, M28 3AQ Tel: 0161 790 2024
East Anglia  
Tinklers 190 Northumberland St  Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4EE 01603 627786
Hunston Holdings Harley World
  Station Road
  S41 9EG
  01246 383999
  Triumph World
  Brimington Road North
  S41 9AJ
  01246 384000
South West  
GT Motorcycles 10-12 Elburton Rd, Plymouth PL9 8JQ Phone:01752 485000
Bransons 7 Oxford Rd - (Honda Showroom)
  22 Oxford Rd - (Yamaha Showroom)
  22a Oxford Rd - (Kawasaki Showroom)
  Pen Mill Trading Estate
  BA21 5HR
  01935 474998
  Gloucester Branch
  12-14 Spinnaker Rd
  GL2 5FD 01452 313131
North Wales  
Bill Smith Motors Bill Smith Motors 
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Cyttir Ln
  Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 4DA
  01248 352085
South Wales  
Thunder Road BRIDGEND:  Tremains Road, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, CF31 1UA
  T: 01656 661131 
  CWMBRAN / NEWPORT:  4 John Baker Close, Llantarnam Ind Park, Cwmbran, Newport, NP44 3AX
  T: 01633 868888
  Abingdon OX14 1TZ 01235 550055. (Honda)
  Reading RG2 0QX 0118 931 5040. (Honda)
  Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0AH
  01789 208953
  Swindon SN2 8DN 01793 435627. (Moto Guzzi,
  Vespa, Aprilia, Piaggio, MV, Victory) www.
  Prosper Park, Bennet Road, Reading RG2 0QX
  0118 931 5040
  Athena Avenue, Elgin Drive, Swindon SN2 8EJ
  01793 500255
  Swindon SN2 8DN (Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki,
   01793 500259
  Cheltenham GL51 7AP 01242 235999. (Triumph)
  Swindon SN2 8DN 01793 525125. (Triumph)
  Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0AH
  01789 205149
Grantham Honda Tollemache Road, Spittlegate Level, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 7UH Phone:01476 576111
South East & London  
Doble 86-92 & 103 Brighton Road, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 2NG, 020 8668 8851/6,
Laguna Laguna Motorcycles
  Hart Street
  ME16 8RA
  Tel: 01622 681 765
  Laguna Performance
  Unit 6
  St George's Business Centre
  Brunswick Road
  TN23 1EN
  Tel: 01233   665520
  Ashford Triumph
  Ashford Road
  TN23 3EN
  Tel: 01233 636699
John W Groombridge Mayfield Road Garage, Cross in Hand, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 0SP Tel: 01435 862466
Alpha Motorcycles 944-946 London Rd, Leigh-on-Sea, Leigh On Sea, Essex SS9 3NF Phone:01702 479979
Metropolis Motorcycles Metropolis Barnet
  3, Greenhill Parade, Station Rd,
  Barnet, London. EN5 1ES
  Motorcycle and Scooter Sales:
  020 8441 4191
  Metropolis Vauxhall
  60-62 Albert Embankment,
  Vauxhall, London. SE1 7TP
  Motorcycle and Scooter Sales:
  020 7793 9313 ext.1
  Metropolis Greenwich
  150-152 Trafalgar Rd,
  Greenwich, London. SE10 9TZ
  Motorcycle and Scooter Sales:
  020 8293 0095


TERMS AND CONDITIONS: 1. This offer is only open to MCN Voucher holders and is valid only when you book a free 20 point health check quoting MCN 2. This offer runs from 17/04/2013 to 31/05/2013. 3. To claim for this promotion simply take your MCN Voucher to a participating dealer Listed on and the dealer will deliver your free 20 point health check . 4. This offer will only be applicable on presentation by the participant of a valid MCN Voucher. 5. Photocopies of MCN Vouchers will not be accepted. Altered, copied, damaged or defaced MCN Vouchers will not be accepted. 6. This promotion is limited to only one claim per household. 7. This promotion is limited to one claim per transaction. 8. Multiple claims from companies, organisations and institutions and claims from resellers are excluded from this offer. 9. This discount offer is available to UK residents aged 17 or over only. 10. This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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