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First ride incoming: ‘Smart clutch’ MV Agusta Tursimo Veloce Lusso SCS 

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MCN Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves will be riding MV Agusta’s new Turismo Veloce Lusso SCS (Smart Clutch System) at its world launch in Italy on Tuesday. 

Based on the Italian firm’s rasping 798cc inline three-cylinder, range-topping sports adventure machine it features top drawer cycle parts, electronic rider aids and semi-active suspension. It also has a clutch lever, as you’d expect…but you don’t need to use it, even for stopping and pulling away. 

The Smart Clutch System clutch engages and disengages automatically with the increase and decrease in revs and stops the motor from stalling when you come to a stop. You can still use the clutch normally by clicking from automatic to manual mode. 


What do you think about this smart clutch technology?







TT 2018: Hickman: ‘That’s the hardest I’ve ridden a bike around here’ 

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Peter Hickman has said today’s Superstock race was the hardest he’s ever ridden a bike around the 37.73-mile Isle of Man TT course.

The Smiths BMW rider smashed out two 134mph laps, including narrowly missing out on the outright lap record on his final lap with a speed of 134.403mph making him the second fastest rider in history around the mountain course.

However, after running on at Bradden Bridge and losing 20 seconds, Hickman clocked an average speed of 134.623mph between Glen Helen on lap one and Glen Helen on lap two.


What is your opinion on Hickman’s TT run?








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"You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."

From everyone at #CannonballBikeRun, have a great weekend.







Quote Of The Day

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"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am product of my decisions."

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am product of my decisions.



DUCATI 959 PANIGALE CORSE (2018-on) Review | MCN

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Ducati’s 959 Panigale Corse is worth the extra cash over the standard model for wow factor alone. It’s still the 959 we know and love – easy and non-threatening to ride fast and born to tackle fast corners. The Ohlins is a small step up in performance and adjustability, but it’s not huge and there’s no power gain from the new end cans. Tot up the cost of the Corse’s extras and it adds up to a lot more than the sum of its parts, but can buy a used 959, or even an 899 cheaper and upgrade it for less.  


Would you buy a 2018 Ducati 959 Panigale Corse?


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MotoGP: Lorenzo confirmed as Pedrosa replacement 

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Repsol Honda have confirmed that Jorge Lorenzo will be joining them as Dani Pedrosa’s replacement for the 2019 and 2020 MotoGP seasons, with the five-time world champion set to become teammates to Marc Marquez.

The deal marks the third manufacturer that Lorenzo has been linked to in recent weeks, with talk first tying him to the factory Suzuki ride that seems to have gone to Joan Mir and then to a satellite Yamaha project sponsored by Malaysian oil giant Petronas.


Wow! Lorenzo will replace Pedrosa!







TT 2018: Hickman takes maiden win in Superstock thriller | MCN

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Peter Hickman took his debut Isle of Man TT victory in a thrilling Superstock race, which saw him hold off and overhaul Saturday’s superbike winner Michael Dunlop.

It wasn’t the best of starts for Hickman, who was just eighth quickest and almost 20 seconds down on early race leader Dean Harrison at Glen Helen on lap one after running on at Oak Tree.

With a lot of time to recover, Hickman set about getting his head down to recover the lost time while Harrison enjoyed a lead over almost five seconds over Michael Dunlop.

Hickman’s sheer pace saw him move second on lap two as he shattered the existing Superstock record with a 134.077mph average.


Opinions on this year’s TT…



MV Agusta name to return to grand prix motorcycle racing

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The MV Agusta name will return to grand prix motorcycle racing after an absence of more than 40 years when the legendary Italian marque enters Moto2 in 2019.
Ex-MotoGP outfit Forward Racing has entered into a four-year deal to run MV Agusta bikes in the intermediate class next season.

The new bike will run for the first time in testing in July ahead of its race debut next season. 

It will mark the first time since 1976, the year Giacomo Agostini won MV Agusta’s final race at the Nurburgring, that the Varese marque will have appeared on a grand prix entry list.

MV Agusta won 18 500cc titles between 1956 and 1974 with John Surtees, Gary Hocking, Mike Hailwood and Phil Read as well as Agostini before its four-stroke bikes were eclipsed by the Japanese two-strokes in the latter part of the 70s.


Great news! #MVAgusta 



TT 2018: Harrison ups ante with 133mph laps on Tuesday | MCN

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Dean Harrison upped the ante at this year’s Isle of Man TT with two blistering 133mph laps on just the third night of practice.

The Yorkshireman, who topped Monday’s first superbike session with a 131.376mph, came out of the blocks flying to set his quickest ever lap of the 37.73-mile mountain course with a 133.140mph from a standing start. He’d then improve his pace on a flier, becoming the only man in TT history other than Michael Dunlop to set a sub-17 minute lap with an average speed of 133.462mph.

Dunlop himself hit 132.319mph on his first lap before two slower laps on the Tyco BMW Superbike, while the second Tyco machine of Dan Kneen was third fastest after the evening session having lapped with an average speed of 132.258mph.


Who will win this years TT?


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