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Video: Barry Sheene and Kenny Roberts bikes ridden

MCN, 24 May 2012 11:23

The Barry Sheene bike we have here is a square-four 1975 Suzuki RG500 XR14. Sheene won his first ever GP on it and the '76 and '77 world championships. In the yellow corner is an inline-four-cylinder 1980 Yamaha YZR500 OW48R, ridden by three-time world champion 'King' Kenny Roberts, complete with two reverse cylinders (hence the 'R'). Both are excessively loud, smelly ...

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Video: Sports touring tyres tested

Michael Neeves, 17 May 2012 14:12

Sports touring tyres are fast becoming the default tyre for UK motorcyclists, from commuters to superbike riders because of two things: instant grip and durability. They can do big miles (as many as old touring tyres) and they’ll even handle track days. Crucially for UK riders, sports touring rubber is also the best you can buy for the rain – ...

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Video: Ducati 1199 Panigale vs BMW S1000RR and Aprilia RSV4

MCN, 11 May 2012 15:46

It’s a sad fact for speed freaks that superbike sales have slipped in recent years, while things like naked and adventure bikes are on the up. So can one of the most exciting, talked-about motorcycles this year - the Ducati Panigale - reignite our passion for all things very fast? Ducati certainly hope so and have thrown the kitchen sink ...

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Video: Ducati 848 Streetfighter longterm report

Michael Neeves, 28 March 2012 17:32

Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has just taken delivery of the Ducati Streetfighter 848 he’ll be running this year. After his time spent with the 1098 version in 2009, the Streetfighter is one of his favourite bikes. He will be producing regular ‘blog-style’ videos on what this smaller-engined version is like to live with and how it compares to its ...

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Video: BMW C600 Sport and C650GT ridden

MCN, 22 March 2012 14:52

BMW's new C650GT and C600 Sport are the first £9.5k step-thrus, and though MCN's first ride proves their general competence, it's difficult to see how they're worth twice as much as BMW's own F650GS adventure bike. The two giant scooters have the same engine and chassis, but the GGT - for Gran Turismo - aims for touring comfort, with a ...

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Video: Ducati 1199 Panigale RS

MCN, 09 March 2012 17:00

This is the Ducati 1199 Panigale RS, the bike which will be raced in the British Superbike championship in 2012. The Ducati 1199RS will be used by two BSB teams in 2012, Moto Rapido Racing and Jentin Doodson Motorsport. Ducati UK Managing Director Tim Maccabee said: "It is incredibly exciting to have the very first 1199 Panigale Superbikes arrive here ...

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Video: Triumph Explorer 1200 first ride

MCN, 29 February 2012 13:34

Triumph is making no bones about gunning for BMW's best-selling R1200GS - its new Explorer 1200 is aimed squarely at giving the BMW a bloody nose. Triumph motorcycles for sale. And in every possible way, except for off-road ability and image, the Triumph is dynamically the better bike, and in some cases by a long way. Triumph has built a ...

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Honda Crosstourer first ride

MCN, 23 February 2012 16:56

Adventure bikes are moving into a new dimension this week - as MCN's first test of the Crosstourer proves. The new Honda brings V4 performance and sophisticated automatic transmission to the class for the first time - as well as sumptuous comfort and classy quality. And, with other all-new adventure offerings such as Triumph's 1200 Explorer and Aprilia's Caponord just ...

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Video: Suzuki GSX-R1000 first ride

MCN, 20 February 2012 12:39

The Suzuki GSX-R1000 now produces the most midrange of any 1000cc superbike. What's more, weight has dropped by 2kg and it's gained Brembo brakes and comes with revised big piston suspension. Suzuki has gone back to what made the GSX-R legendary and simplified the way to a quick lap time. In other words: stop for the corner, get the bike ...

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Video: 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400, Suzuki Hayabusa and BMW K1300S flat out

MCN, 09 February 2012 16:20

It's official! The new Kawasaki ZZR1400 is the fastest accelerating bike we've ever tested and has kicked the legendary Suzuki Hayabusa in to touch. The big Kawasaki goes from standstill to 180mph in under 20 seconds and from 0-90 in under five - that's quicker than most decent sports cars can get to 60mph. As you'd expect, the big, green ...

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