In this week's MCN paper: Welcome to your new-look MCN

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Dear MCN reader,

Welcome to this week’s new-look MCN, an update we had been accelerating towards delivering in March, when an illness we’d barely heard of suddenly stopped us doing all the things we enjoy most (well, most of them).

The new issue sees a complete redesign and revamp, plus new sections every week that give you more of things you tell us you want: more new bike deals, more used bike deals, more product bargains and reviews of the kit we use every day; more inspiration for ways to get the most from your bike, and more sports coverage and insight – but all without losing our super-tough MCN250 bike tests, first ride reports, inspirational features, news or practical workshop and riding advice. I really hope you like it – and that it helps you to keep your biking passion burning as we head into Autumn.

Lockdown robbed us all of some glorious biking this year, but when the sun’s out it’s still warm enough for big days in the saddle. Now is also the perfect time to buy a new bike as deals get super-tempting with Winter and Euro5 looming, and trade-in values soar due a shortage of high-quality used stock in dealers. The used-to-new gap is smaller than it’s been for years. There are also great deals on new kit as dealers clear room for next year’s stock and, if you do just want to stay in, we’re about to get three of the most thrilling race season finales on recent record.

This issue sees us pitch the saviours of sportsbikes against one another on the MCN250, with the Ducati Panigale V2, Triumph Daytona 765 and MV Agusta F3 800 all delivering unequivocal proof that you don’t need 200bhp+ superbikes to enjoy sportsbike thrills. We also give Dean Harrison a fictional £10,000 and ask him what road bike he’d buy – his answer made us spit our tea out. We head into the lava-formed wilderness of Iceland for a 900-mile off-road odyssey, speak to the irrepressible Paul Bird about how he rose to become the king of BSB race teams, review six of the best sporty waterproof boots you can buy, pick our five favourite £5k used sports tourers, get owners’ views on Norton’s bike-building promise, see Triumph’s all-new Trident in near-finished form, get Rossi’s views on his new deal, delve inside the MotoGP and WSB paddocks over a weekend of high drama – and much, much more.

Enjoy the issue,


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By Richard Newland