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In this week's MCN paper: Triumph’s Tiger Rally Pro sharpens its claws

Published: 30 June 2020

Updated: 30 June 2020

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Dear reader,

Welcome to this week’s MCN, your Wednesday fix of motorcycling escapism.

When it comes to new bikes, we’ve become conditioned to believe that we should demand more, take more and that ‘going large’ is somehow the nirvana waiting at the end of a necessary wallet bashing. The reason this psychology works is that we’re all trained to hunt for ever-greater gratification in all areas of life. There’s nothing wrong with that, so long as you’re not hurting anyone to get it – but bigger isn’t always better.

This week’s MCN250 is a lesson in managing your portion sizes. Rather than opting for the biggest adventure bikes, we’re pitched Triumph’s all-new Tiger 900 Rally Pro against the super-focussed KTM 790 Adventure R to see if a little bit less is actually more. Less mass to manhandle, less cash to find – but seemingly no less in any other regard. It’s like going a diet, but without all the misery.

We also relive the greatest TT race of all time – when Carl Fogarty and Steve Hislop pushed two constantly disintegrating motorcycles beyond the envelope to give us an epic race that’s unlikely to ever be forgotten. And the inside story of that race is just as fascinating as the battle itself.

In the news this week: the Pensions Ombudsman delivers a scathing verdict on the conduct of ex Norton boss, Stuart Garner and his management of the firm’s three pension funds, saying he “acted dishonestly” and demanding that he pay the money back. We uncover details of Kawasaki’s latest life-saving bike tech, reveal the new Yamaha Ténéré 700 Rally edition (which looks cracking, but shame about the price tag), line up for a sausage bap as England’s biker cafés reopen, check out the new £30k Brit-built 250cc two-stroke keeping the Castrol R dream alive, and reveal this week’s biggest new glove bargains. And that’s not even half of this week’s edition.

Enjoy the issue,


Richard Newland

Editor, MCN

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