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Riding skills: do you have nightmares about cones?

Manoeuvring a bike round cones is a daunting challenge for new riders, and even experienced ones often shy away from U-turns in tight spots, comforting themselves with the thought it’s not them, it’s their big heavy bike that’s the limiting factor. Here’s a kill-or-cure dose of inspiration for you – a US police rider entering a hellish scene of infinite ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 12 February 2010

76-year-old Brit's epic tour of India on Honda Stunner

76 year old Brit Simon Gandolfi and best-selling author of Old Man on a Bike has embarked on an epic six-month lap of India aboard Honda’s brand new 125 Stunner. Planning a tour abroad? Check out MCN deals on ferry tickets The former novelist says he’s undertaken the trip in order to stay warm in winter and get out from ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 21 January 2010

Video: Vyrus 987 in testing

This is Prada heir Lorenzo Bertelli’s new toy – the new Ducati 1198R-powered Vyrus 987, as delivered to him by Vyrus boss Ascanio Rodorigo on Christmas Eve. Rodorigo borrowed the bike back to show off at the weekend’s Verona Motor Bike Expo (looks like they took the rug too). Previously set to be the world’s most powerful production bike, the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 18 January 2010

Scariest crash ever?

It’s 2004 and the brakes on dutch Superstock champion Richard Fluttert’s GSX-R1000 have failed just before a heavy braking area, in this brilliant video found by Twowheelsblog. Skip to 2:13 and wait. Be nervous.  He was fine by the way.

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 06 January 2010

Video: Harley backflip crew claim new 'globe of death' world first

The Australians behind the world’s first Harley backflip show no sign of halting their campaign to get the Yankee iron doing everything its two-wheeled cousins can do... louder. Quick-Fix Harley Mildura Australia rider Steve Butler has successfully ridden a Harley-Davidson Sportster round an ironwork ‘globe of death’ (like a wall of death but completely spherical), completing the feet with spectacular aplomb. Sportster ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 04 January 2010

Rossi’s brother v Rossi: compare and contrast

Luca Marini is Rossi’s half-brother (they share a mum), and despite being separated by 18 years, the 12-year-old is following an eerily similar path to his brother. Luca talks exclusively to MCN of his racing, riding style and brotherly love in the 26 August issue.  But here’s some fascinating viewing. Luca says their riding styles are similar, but boy, that ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 25 August 2009

Video: the truth about bike touring in South America

Londoner Graham Styles has jacked it all in to tour North, South and Central America. His mission? Apart from to stop his brain rotting, it’s to de-macho motorcycle adventure touring and, he says: “dispel the myth that this kind of exploit is only meant for the modern day Indiana Jones.” He’s doing a brilliant job of it, as this video ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 07 August 2009

Burnout competition goes disastrously wrong

Both bikes caught fire and one rider ended up in hospital after a burnout competition went disastrously wrong at the weekend. Neil de Jersey’s Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP burst into flames shortly after he stopped his burnout, with the fire leaping onto his burnout rival’s GSX-R too. The Suzuki’s flames were soon put out but the EXUP received a throrough roasting. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 August 2009

Watch Ronnie Renner's six-storey jump

Red Bull stunt rider Ronnie Renner smashed his own world record jump on Saturday, reaching 63.5ft from the ground. That beats his previous best of 59.2ft. It was over all too quickly - but you can watch it in lavish slo-mo in this video: Ronnie's record-breaking jump   Vital to the success of the jump was the 'whip' Renner achieved ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 27 July 2009

Hear Harley-Ducati hybrid fire up

You’re looking at an unholy union of Harley and Ducati. It’s called the Desmohog, and it mates 900SS heads with a Harley bottom end. It shouldn’t work, but genius hobbyist bike builder Chris Barber has made it work. The result sounds like a halfway-house between a Duke and a Harley – and we really, really dig it…  

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 17 June 2009

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