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a real festival of motorcycling

Ducati, BMW and CCM will be providing a selection of their 2016 bikes for visitors to test ride at the MCN Festival of Motorcycling, alongside new models from Yamaha, Triumph, Suzuki, KTM and Indian/Victory.

Now in its second year and billed as the best outdoor motorcycling event in Britain, the MCN Festival will be held at the Peterborough Showground on 14/15 May.

Headlining Ducati’s test fleet is the new Multistrada Enduro, but rides will also be available on the 959 Panigale, 1299 Panigale, XDiavel, Monster 821 (lowered), Multistrada 1200S, 939 Hypermotard, Scrambler Flat Track Pro and A2 licence-friendly Scrambler Sixty2.

BMW will be offering rides on the R nineT;  K1600GT and K1300S Motorsport; R1200GS, R1200R Sport, R1200RS Sport, R1200RT SE, S1000R, S1000RR, S1000RS & S1000XR SE; F700GS, F800GS and F800R;  plus the C650 Sport and all-electric C evolution scooters.

Meanwhile British manufacturer CCM will be bringing their dual-sport GP450 Adventure, the touring-prepared GP450 S and GP450 RS Supermoto for visitors to try.

Test rides are strictly on a first-come-first-serve basis, but advance ticket holders receive notification via email (this week) that the booking system for test rides is open.

It isn’t only new bikes that can be taken for a spin – the National Motorcycle Museum is offering opportunities to ride a selection of classic bikes from its extensive collection, including a 1930 Brough Superior SS 100, 1939 Triumph Tiger 100, 1949 Vincent Black Shadow, 1953 BSA 500 Star Twin, 1961 Velocette 500, 1976 Triumph Trident T160 and a 1990 Norton F1 Rotary. Bikes will be available for 30 minutes at a time on a closed roads course.

Plus live action as star guest Colin Edwards leads Team USA in the second annual MCN Transatlantic short-track trophy, classic race bike parades, Steve Colley’s legendary stunt show, expanded Club Zone and bargains galore on the huge retail zone and new autojumble area.

www.mcnfestival.com

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