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We ride the Ariel Ace at Goodwood

It’s hard to believe the Ariel Ace cruiser really is a new bike. It’s seemingly come out of nowhere, is made by a car firm, and yet it’s already better than many established production bikes. The Ariel Ace cruiser is impressive during my quick blast up and down the famous Goodwood hillclimb. It rides beautifully and, crucially, doesn’t try to ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 09 July 2014

Product Review: Draper Expert 4 Drawer Tool Chest

Draper Expert 4 Drawer Tool Chest: £199.98 Time used: Six months What’s good? There’s lots of nice attention to detail on this four-drawer lockable steel toolbox, which travels around the country with me at race weekends. Sturdy, soft-gripped handles make lifting easy, the lid opens via hydraulic rams, so the action is satisfyingly smooth, and the large foam-lined drawers slide ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 09 July 2014

Riding the icons: Suzuki RG500

This Suzuki RG500 is in superb condition. It’s bog-stock, like the bike then-MCN road tester Mat Oxley would’ve raved about back in 1985. Like the rest of the biking world, Oxley was in awe of this road-going 500cc GP replica, saying in the September 25 1985 issue of MCN: “In its powerband the RG500 is a vicious motorcycle that’s more ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 04 July 2014

500bhp Suzuki Hayabusa vs Honda CBR600RR

When Steve Bland – tree surgeon, Red Bull addict and speed freak – told us he could beat a sportsbike around a track on his unlimited class World Speed Record-challenging Hayabusa we were, it has to be said, somewhat doubtful. So we booked two places on a Donington Park trackday and chose a humble Honda CBR600RR as our weapon of ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 16 June 2014

Vertemati reborn

Niche Italian manufacturer Vertemati, best known for wild off-roaders and supermotos, is back and planning three new road bikes, starting with this Infect NVR1 super naked.Powered by the firm’s own 1000cc V-twin motor, the crankcases, cylinder head and major internal components are all machined from billet aluminium and packed with lightweight titanium fasteners.The frame is also fabricated using billet aluminium ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 06 June 2014

Product Review: Casey Stoner, Pushing the Limits

Casey Stoner, Pushing the Limits, £9.99 Time used: One week What’s good? From his domination of Aussie flat track to MotoGP, Casey Stoner’s autobiography is fascinating. His hero growing up was Mick Doohan and you get the feeling he’d rather GP bikes had remained 500cc two-strokes. He might have retired at just 27, but you quickly realise he’s done his ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 23 April 2014

MCN at new Ducati Diavel launch today

MCN is at the world launch of the second-generation Ducati Diavel in the south of France today.  Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will be riding the revised sports cruiser, which features Ducati’s new 1198cc Dual Spark Testastretta 11° V-twin engine, first seen in the updated Multistrada last year. Ducati says it’s smoother and gruntier than before, making the same 162bhp, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 28 March 2014

Product Review: Marks & Spencer thermal long pants

Marks & Spencer thermal long pants, £14-£35 Time used: Over 20 years What’s good? I can’t remember exactly when I bought these, but I know they’re from M&S and I got them in my late teens to wear on skiing holidays. They’re so old that the words have worn off the label, so I don’t even know what they’re made ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 11 March 2014

Product review: Motovudu2

Motovudu 2, Dark art of Performance, £19.99Tester: Michael NeevesTime used: All 93 pages in two sittingsWhat’s good? Ex-500cc GP and WSB star Simon Crafar’s first book dealt with all the riding tips you need to go fast around a track, from the perspective of a man who’s won at the very highest level. Reading the first Motovudu, and getting tuition ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 25 February 2014

Product Review: Stan Stephens: The Mechanic Who Got Lucky

Stan Stephens: The Mechanic Who Got Lucky, £19 Time used: 338 pages in three sittings What’s good? Growing up riding and racing in the late 80s, Stan Stephens was the man who tuned the fastest engines and was as much a racing hero to me as Schwantz and Rainey. Based in various locations in and around Brands Hatch over the ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 18 February 2014

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