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In this week's MCN paper: New 007 Scrambler PLUS 32-page Adventure special

Published: 26 May 2020

Updated: 26 May 2020

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Dear MCN reader,

Welcome to this week’s MCN, an extra-large Wednesday slice of biking freedom.

As the world starts to slowly creep towards the promise of returned freedoms, it feels like we can finally afford the luxury of dreaming about – and planning – some celebratory adventures. We’re not there yet, but the time to plan is now – and the rides will be all the better when we can turn anticipation into the trip of a lifetime, whether that’s in the UK or abroad. So we’ve put together a special additional 32-page adventure magazine as well as your normal issue of MCN this week to get your riding juices flowing.

I don’t see myself as an ‘adventure biker’. But in the last decade I’ve covered as many miles on adventure bikes (well over 60,000) as any other genre and I adore their versatility. I’ve ridden up mountains on dirt tracks and across beaches in Norway, zigzagged through Wales off-road, explored Scotland, England and Ireland, traversed the Alps in France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria, done a trackday on a R1200GS at the Sachsenring and have met some of the most amazing people on byways and highways alike. However big your horizons are, there’s a lot of inspiration for you in this issue.

If you fancy a bit of retro adventure with the added allure of pretending you’re James Bond, Triumph have revealed an official limited edition 007 Scrambler 1200 so you can live out your secret agent aspirations. Of course, not many secret agents have their codename emblazoned down the side of their bike, but James always gets away from the baddies regardless, doesn’t he?

We also uncover this week’s hottest kit bargains, reveal Suzuki’s clever braking tech, talk bikes with DJ Carl Cox, review the best tailpacks on the market, show you how to diagnose an electrical fault, pitch Kawasaki’s new Ninja 1000SX head-to-head against Suzuki’s GSX-S1000F, and much, much more…

Enjoy the issue,

Richard Newland

Editor, MCN

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