In this week's MCN paper: NW200 drama!

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Dear MCN reader,

The year had already delivered a growing tide of biking excitement – but it really felt like multiple streams converged over the weekend to create a positive explosion of biking hedonism.

What was so special? Well… MotoGP delivered three races laced with extraordinary results, rumours and ramifications. And while, incredibly, we’re already a third of the way through the season and some patterns are forming, the title battle is wide open. And Aprilia might just win the show!

Then there was the return of international road racing as the NW200 made a very welcome comeback – before almost immediately marking itself out a pivotal year in its incredible history. Hickman, Seeley and Irwin all passed key milestones, and Dunlop’s shock tyre woes added a level of drama no-one could have foreseen. And to cap it all – it’s nearly time for the Isle of Man TT (make sure you don’t miss our 32-page TT Preview special pull-out in next week’s edition).

And all the while, I was stood in a field with over 19,000 other bikers revelling in everything the MCN Festival had to offer. What an incredible week.

On test this week

The battle for supremacy in the big adventure bike market has been raging at varying degrees of intensity ever since BMW invented the class with the R80 G/S. But this year sees Triumph take that desire to compete to a whole new level. Not only have they outright admitted that their all-new Tiger 1200 has the BMW firmly in the crosshairs, but they’ve also built the best Tiger ever to have rolled off their production lines in pursuit of the German. So just how good is the new Tiger on UK soil? We put it through its paces.

Yamaha’s Ténéré 700 was like a breath of fresh air when it swept into the middleweight adventure market and proved that you don’t need big power or wildly complex electronics to go round the world on any terrain you choose. But it had some limitations. Has the new World Raid edition answered those shortcomings? We find out at its world launch.

Also debuting this week is Aprilia’s Tuono 660 Factory. Is it really worth the extra outlay over the stocker? We think so – find out why in this week’s MCN.

In the headlines this week

Moto Morini are back on solid foundations – backed by the might of their Chinese owners – with the firm are now surging towards a brighter future with bold plans for a significant range of new bikes. We speak to Morini’s boss to find out what’s coming, and when.

We also delve into the new LiveWire variant that promises better performance and a significantly lower price tag; get ready for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride; look at Honda’s new autonomous steering tech that could help you avoid accidents in the future; celebrate the 2000-mile charity ride for murdered police officer, Matt Ratana; recap on a fantastic Festival weekend, and more…

In Sport…

The long-awaited return of international road racing was always going to be laced with drama – but no-one could have guessed just how dramatic the NW200 would prove to be. Records fell, riders excelled, and Dunlop suffered an astounding tide of tyre troubles that caused them to pull all their riders on safety grounds. So what does the NW reveal ahead of the TT?

We also get all the latest inside paddock news, views and analysis in the wake of a fascinating and exciting Le Mans MotoGP.

And there’s more…

Step through 60 years of history with the 59 Club as we join their anniversary celebrations at Westminster Abbey; get Giacamo Agostini’s reflections on a life in biking, and a career that saw him become the greatest Grand Prix rider of all time; discover this week’s best bike and kit deals; learn how to look after your bike’s head bearings; plan your week ahead with our 6-page Out & About guide… and more.

Enjoy the ride.

Rich

Richard Newland,

Editor – MCN



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