Frugal Fun

Published: 11:40AM Apr 20th, 2012
By: Melanie Falconer, Editor

When the new Honda NC700X was launched, it impressed us with its simple, economical take on biking - now, after 1500 miles with one, find out why it has continued to impress us on page 28.

Frugal Fun

Honda NC700X

We also have ridden the latest luxury super scooters from BMW, the C600 Sport and C650 GT - see what we thought of them on page 10.

If it's a big-bore Bobber and a modern day chopper you're after, look no further than Harley-Davidson's new Softail Slim and Sportster 72 - ridden and rated on page 16.

We've also got the first long-term test report on the revamped KTM 690 Duke - find out how it fared on page 20.

On the new rubber front, we have not but two new sports tyre tests - the new 3D Ultra family from Avon plus the S20s from Bridgestone - see how they did on pages 31 and 42 respectively.

On the adventure riding front, we've got a excellent tale of derring do from the wilds of Mexico - read all about it on page 22.

Also sticking with the adventure theme, we went and tested the new BMW Sertao, the beefier, more off-road orientated version of the standard single cylinder G650GS - read about it on page 43.

Plus we've got new products and all the best events happening this month as usual, plus the MCM race page, with an exclusive interview with current BSB golden boy Ian Lowry on page 46.

We've also got the Really Useful Section, packed full of everything you need to know when buying a used bike, starting on page 51. Used bikes this month include a trio of Triumphs: A Trophy 1200, Speed Triple and Sprint ST 1050.

And of course, there's loads more in the issue: don't forget to check out all the latest news, and have a look at the rest of our action-packed features and get commenting on them. Visit our letters page and add your own: one star letter each month wins a SDoc 100 Winter Cleaning Kit worth over £45. On the subject of free stuff, there is a fantastic competition for five lucky readers to win a set of Avon 3D Ultra tyres worth £225 each on page 41, plus a chance to win a pair of Pirelli Diablo Rosso IIs on page 46, and also win tickets to the forthcoming Carole Nash Great Scottish Bike Show on page seven.  Also, if you're looking for a new bike or want to sell your own, take a look at a selection of our free bike classified adverts.

And don't forget, if you've got any news, events or ideas you think we might like to feature in MCM, just drop us a line here. We want to hear from you!

Melanie Falconer
Editor, MCM

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