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Dear MCN reader,

Welcome to this week’s new issue of MCN.

It’s been coming for a while, but Pecco Bagnaia’s cool head, race craft and resilience were astounding to behold in Aragon. 

Despite repeated dive-bombing attacks by a resurgent Marc Marquez, the young protégé of Valentino Rossi kept retaking the lead all the way to the chequered flag. 

How did he do it? We take a meander along his path to glory and find out how Rossi told him it was his time win during a late-night pre-race summit in his motorhome, and not to mess up his tyre choice! Get the inside line on all the latest paddock gossip from the Aragon MotoGP round in this week’s issue

Here comes Autumn

One of my very first memories of a biker is from about 1985 at a service station somewhere on the A1. 

He was drinking two cups of coffee and getting ready to head back out into the freezing night. He’d wandered around all the empty tables picking up discarded newspapers and was meticulously folding them around his body, before straining the zip of his jacket to hold them all in place. Then he put his helmet on, struggled into his gloves and headed off into the wintery night on a GT750.

I was only 10 or 11 years-old, but the memory of his ritual and the steely look of determination on his face has always stayed with me. 

Oddly, I maybe even credit this memory with inspiring me to ride. But you don’t have to be so hardy to ride through autumn or winter nowadays. The advances in kit mean that you never have to suffer the cold or wet like we used to, and riding all year can deliver a joy that feeds your soul.

We’ve compiled our pick of the best autumn-busters that we’ve ever used, along with the latest new kit available to buy right now, so that you can cut through the retail noise and buy with confidence. 

And if you’re in the market for a new helmet, don’t make a purchase until you’ve digested our 12-page lids special. Dive into our 32-page autumn kit special to see how you can make Autumn riding a pleasure, not a chore.

On test this week

We’ve put eclectic group of bikes through their paces this week. First up is KTM’s brilliant new RC390 – a bike that proves wholeheartedly that big capacity engines aren’t essential when it comes to riding fun and satisfaction. 

At the polar opposite end of the capacity spectrum, we ride BMW’s new R18 Bagger to discover whether the raft of touring upgrades turn the excellent cruiser into a long-distance master. 

And on the MCN250 this week you’ll find Triumph’s new Speed Twin, carving a naked retro dash through the British countryside. Bu have the performance boosting modifications made it unbeatable, or dulled its shine? Find out in this week’s paper.

And there’s more…

Elsewhere in the issue we unveil the fantastic looking new Triumph Speed Triple RR – a half-faired sibling to the bonkers naked RS. If you’re looking for a road-focused sportsbike, this could be sublime.

We also reveal the new Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello set to make its debut in November; delve into the tech behind Kawasaki’s supercharged trike concept; find out why Neil Hodgson wants an NR750; celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of bike film epic On Any Sunday; hunt down this week’s best new helmet bargains; reveal all the fallout from the weekend’s incredible Bennetts British Superbike battles at Silverstone, and much, much more...

Enjoy the issue,


Richard Newland

MCN Editor

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