Weekly wind-on: your roundup of the stories that mattered in motorbikes this week
This week, we heard the news that TVS-owned Norton are embarking on an electrification project with a host of UK business partners. WMG University of Warwick – who have worked with Norton on an electric TT racer before – and Cosworth’s electric division are both on board. The project also hopes to develop the UK supply chain for EV tech and will create jobs in the Midlands.
And sticking with British brands, Triumph have made their own steps into electric bikes but with a different twist by acquiring Oset Bikes. Oset are another Brit firm who make electric off road and trials bikes for kids of all ages and Triumph are hoping the move will allow them to attract riders from a young age.
We’ve been riding the stylish lightweight retro Maeving RM1 and you can read the full review online now. MCN contributor Jon Urry gave the bike an impressive 4 stars and was particularly impressed by its apparent build quality. The 1920s boardtracker style RM1 is put together here in the UK with great attention detail – such as the aluminium and bamboo swappable battery unit.
Moving onto petrol, Chinese/UK firm Sinnis have whipped the covers off their latest 125 and it’s a proper off road option for those on a limited licence. The SM-XE has a learner-legal 14.8bhp engine – Sinnis’s most powerful 125 to date – and proper 18/21in wheels with knobbly tyres. And the best part is that all this can be yours for just £3399.
And finally, Michael Neeves has been putting the MCN Fleet Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR through its paces at Oulton Park circuit. A quick switch to race mode firms up the electronic Öhlins suspension and turning down the ABS and traction control is a doddle, too. What you’re left with is a bike that’ll have no trouble mixing it with the fast group crowd without being an out-and-out race rep.