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Guy Martin creates own tea blend with competition winner

Guy Martin has created a bespoke tea blend with Bennetts Biker Dream competiton winner Rachel Heath from Chesterfield. The 23-year-old's dream was to have a cuppa with the TV and TT star, but he went one better – creating a special blend of tea just for the two of them, when they met at the Yorkshire Tea factory on Monday. ...

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  • 16 November 2011

Honda's incredible RC-E Tokyo Show concept

Honda will reveal this breathtaking electric sportsbike at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show next month. Dubbed the RCE, the  road-legal supersport-style bike uses the large, powerful electric motor employed in the firm's Insight hybrid car. It's suspended front and rear by Ohlins TTX and is designed to "Pursue the joy of riding" says Honda. The firm promises "a powerful and ...

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  • 10 November 2011

KTM Freeride video brilliantly sells appeal of electric dirtbikes

KTM has done the electric dirtbike industry a massive favour with its latest promo. The clip, which shows the lithe, 'leccy Freeride E tearing up Barcelona from bedside to BMX track brilliantly articulates the benefits silent motive power can have. The power of e-dirtbikes to vaporize indignation and opposition to riding from non-riders should not be underestimated. Without leaving a ...

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  • 09 November 2011

Pass the Bike Test (and be a great rider too!), by Sean Hayes & Rupert Paul

Pass the Bike Test (and be a great rider too!), by Sean Hayes & Rupert Paul, £12.99 Miles covered/time: Three evenings  What’s good: The secret burden of every biker is the suspicion they’re not quite as good as their bike or the conditions should allow them to be. Not quite as fast, calm, consistent and death-proof as they make out. ...

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  • 09 November 2011

Triumph Tiger Explorer: 135bhp/£11,000ish

Triumph's new Tiger Explorer will give its R1200GS rival a 135bhp mauling the firm has revealed. That makes the Explorer's all-new 1200cc+ motor 35% more powerful than its German rival's, at least for now, and on a par with the expected new Versys 1000. It also means it's the set to be the most powerful shaft-driven adventure tourer for the ...

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  • New bikes
  • 08 November 2011

The Ducati 1199 Panigale files: 24 page supplement FREE in MCN

Ducati's incredible new 1199 Panigale has just been unveiled, and MCN is the only publication in the world to be able to tell the full and exclusive inside story of the world's most extreme v-twin. Our 24-page special Panigale supplement – produced in great secrecy in the past few weeks based on factory visits, access to exclusive material and interviews ...

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  • New bikes
  • 07 November 2011

10 things bike firms could learn from their own ads

Look at bike ads from decades past and you come away thinking some manufacturers today aren’t fighting hard enough for the customers they could have. What happened to having the balls to compare yourselves to your competitors? When did pointing out there are compelling reasons to ride other than fulfilling a trackday fantasy become a dumb idea? Why did you ...

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  • 07 November 2011

Why Yamaha's good news is bad news for you

Yamaha has released its latest set of financial figures amid fanfare, proclaiming it has 'secured profitability in all business segments'. That's about as close to a whoop as Japanese businesses get. But it's ominous news for European Yamaha fans – the firm's impressive motorcycle performance (just a 0.4% decline year-on-year) has been driven entirely by 'large increases in unit sales ...

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  • 04 November 2011

Would you buy a hyper-scooter?

It might be the first big scooter ever to catch your attention – and then only for an instant, because you thought it was a melted RSV4 – but the new Aprilia SRV850 begs the question: would you? It's 2011 after all, sports bikes no longer attract universal esteem and we've all got a bit more broad-minded. Are you ready ...

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  • 19 October 2011

Honda launches 2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade mini-site

Honda has opened a mini-website dedicated to the new 2012 Fireblade. It promises to tell the full story of the bike which will mark the 20th anniversary of the Fireblade series next year. Honda is keen to stress the easy-to-ride 'Total Control' philosophy which has shaped the Fireblade dynasty. You only need traction control if there's something wrong with your ...

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  • 14 October 2011

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