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Video: World first ride on the Norton Commando 961

James Keen, 10 March 2009 09:58

MCN's Phil West is one of just a few people in the world to have ridden the new Norton Commando 961. Play the video to see close-up details, hear the Norton's raw growl and watch action footage of Phil riding the bike on Donington's small test track.  "I've ridden so-called 'aspirational' production bikes which fail to come close to the Norton's mouth-watering style, impressive finish and peerless ...

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Video: 2009 Budget naked group test

James Keen, 10 February 2009 18:08

In this week's MCN, on sale Wednesday 11th February, the budget nakeds go head to head to see which bike offers the best overall package and value for money. Considering a trade in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 MCN went in search of dry roads to test these bikes on, leading to a two-day road trip which ended ...

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Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 engine explained

James Keen, 28 January 2009 15:04

The 2009 Yamaha R1 boasts an all-new crossplane crankshaft engine that runs at an uneven firing interval. Watch this Yamaha promotional video for an explaination of the technology and reasoning behind their new 998cc powerplant. Watch the 2009 Yamaha R1 video test Go onboard the Yamaha R1 for a lap of Eastern Creek The new engine design is said to give the bike a smoother and more linear ...

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Video: Rossi talks on the 2009 Yamaha R1

James Keen, 27 January 2009 11:23

In an arty black and white promotional video, Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi talks about the 2009 Yamaha R1 and how it's 'Born From MotoGP'.   Watch the 2009 Yamaha R1 video test Go onboard the Yamaha R1 for a lap of Eastern Creek In the official Yamaha video, Rossi has this to say on the 2009 R1's new powerplant: "this engine with the crossplane crankshaft gives ...

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Friday Funny: Great Escape tribute

James Keen, 23 January 2009 15:12

An advert for Anchor butter shows a cow making a Steve McQueen style bid for freedom with a daredevil motorcycle jump. The tribute to one of the most famous bike scenes of all time from 'The Great Escape' differs from the original in a big way though - this time around he makes it and wheelies off into the sunset!

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Video: F650GS takes on budget trailie-style rivals

James Keen, 01 October 2008 16:46

In this week's issue of MCN, we pit the BMW F650GS against the Kawasaki Versys and Suzuki DL650 V-Strom to see which is best suited to British roads and riders.  BMW's new F650GS (which actually uses a 798cc parallel twin engine!) has been a sales success so far for the German manufacturer. It's a cheaper detuned version of the highly rated F800GS, ...

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