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Dear MCN reader,

Welcome to this week’s new issue of MCN.

The phrase ‘well, I didn’t see that coming’ will be uttered up and down the land this week as Triumph reveal dramatic new additions to the brand’s line-up. There have long been rumours of Triumph stepping into the world of off-road – and with a huge untapped market segment waiting for the brand it’s easy to see the attraction. But now, with a proven Moto2 track record to demonstrate their competition prowess, the British firm have finally confirmed they will build competition-level motocross and enduro bikes, and they’ve got some impressive project leaders involved, too. Read all about it in this week’s issue.

WoMCN Rider

Biking can be fantastically egalitarian – but it can also be painfully chauvinistic and time and time again we hear from female bikers who have been dissuaded by dismissive partners, parents, surly bike dealers, poor kit choices and a lack of support. But the industry is waking up. From the bikes available to the kit you can buy at your local dealer, to events and advice, clubs and training – women riders are finally no longer an anomaly. Biking is – thankfully – changing, diversifying, and becoming (to use an odious buzz phrase) ‘more inclusive’. Key to that is a growing tide of women stepping outside their stereotypical role as pillion or, worse, ‘not appearing in this picture at all’.

It’s been a quiet revolution, but there’s a palpable visibility now evident wherever bikes and humans congregate – and that’s fantastic, because visibility means others will feel empowered to make the leap from the pillion seat or car to the rider’s seat, too.

This isn’t about virtue-signalling or political correctness, I’m genuinely proud that we’re able to deliver our first special edition of MCN specifically for women riders this week, and I hope it’ll be the first of many. If you’re not a woman, pass it on to someone who is – and let’s get more people biking.

On test this week

The naked biking landscape is nearly as diverse as the human one. There’s fat ones, thin ones, muscular ones and those ‘built for comfort, not speed’... But what about the ones you would want to spend every day with? Bikes that are the best of all worlds without being too extreme in any one skill. The long-time king of the class has been Yamaha’s MT-10, but while it’s still fitter than a butcher’s poodle, it is now getting a little long in the tooth. So, can Suzuki’s newly revitalised GSX-S1000 or Honda’s similarly sharpened CB1000R dethrone it? The MCN250 has the answers.

And if naked is not your thing, we’ve also tested Indian’s bold and much-improved new Chief this week, and at the polar opposite end of the scale, the new Sinnis Terrain 125 adventure bike.

And there’s more…

Then there’s this week’s best summer jacket deals – with some huge savings on offer, the news that one of Norton’s ex-directors has been struck off for allowing customers’ warranty bikes to be stripped for parts, we reveal the airbag con that’s seriously endangering bikers’ lives, take an in-depth look at Harley’s new Sprotser S, profile racing’s Mr Nice – the late, great Phil Mellor, and much, much more.

Enjoy the issue,

Richard


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