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MCN’s Weekly Wind-on: top stories this week

Published: 14 June 2019

It’s been a seriously busy week on the MCN website, but by far and away the biggest story (of the past few months, in fact) was the “POLITE vest ruined my life” story. Clearly there are some very strong opinions on the subject…

"POLITE" vest ruins biker's life

The second most-read article was our first official images of the new Ducati Streetfighter V4, which will race at Pikes Peak in prototype form later in June. In other new bike news, MV Agusta’s Superveloce 800 has been under the spotlight, but not for the normal reasons.

And of course, don't forget to catch our superbike shootout video where we pit 2019's hottest metal against one another. It's BMW's S1000RR, the Ducati Panigale V4S and the Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory duking it out.

Ducati Streetfighter V4 revealed

We also saw some patents for the Aprilia 660 supersport bike, Royal Enfield announced pricing for their Trials Replica, Honda’s Mean Mower V2 hit 100mph in 6.3 seconds and Neevesy finally met his BMW S1000RR long-term test bike, and sampled the latest Honda CBR1000RR FireBlade SP.

Royal Enfield Trials Replica

In the wider motorcycling community, adventurer Nick Sanders was given an MBE, while we got word of a potential threat to loud pipes everywhere – the DfT’s new “noise cameras”.

The Angelman Rally had success in its epic London to Mt. Etna ride, while Wheels and Waves takes place this weekend and plays host to a number of specials from many mainstream biker builders.

We don't even know where to start...

It’s been a busy one in sport too! Ex-MotoGP racer Dani Pedrosa will be headlining the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy at the Goodwood Revival in September, while some top GP riders have been forced to wear rival helmet brands due to homologation issues. We also took a look back at the 50 first BSB winners.

Dani Pedrosa on his MotoGP bike

And finally, how could we finish this article without mentioning the weather? It’s been wetter than a Piranha’s pocket for most of the country for most of the week, so check out our guide to riding in the rain and we took Pirelli’s Angel GT II tyre to task in sodden conditions.

Read the MCN guide to riding your motorbike in the rain

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