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Staff bikes: Yamaha TZR250 - On every other Sunday

Chris Newbigging, 02 June 2010 15:53

You’ll probably think I’m a bit of a slacker for not starting my TZR250 blog until I’ve already competed in three rounds of this season. Which is fair enough, but in my defence, the start of the season has been a whirlwind – the first three rounds were separated by just 12 days each. Even pre-season, it was hectic – ...

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25th Anniversary Suzuki GSX-R1000 goes on sale

Chris Newbigging, 27 May 2010 16:27

Suzuki has unwrapped the final 25th Anniversary GSX-R – a limited run of brown and cream GSX-R1000s. Just 25 bikes are available with an £11,000 price tag as, available to order online only through the www.imgsx-r.com website. There’s very little difference in terms of specification – the only hard parts changed are the end cans, which are Yoshimura GP Evo ...

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Staff bikes: Victory Hammer S - The coolest bike on the fleet

Chris Newbigging, 29 March 2010 08:30

I have, by far, the coolest long term test bike on fleet. Forget the BMW S1000RR and Ducati Multistrada, my Victory Hammer S is the most widely admired. How can I claim this? I’ve put it to the ten year-old boy test – the industry standard test for any vehicle’s desirability. Parking it up after a sunny Sunday ride, a ...

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Dakar racer crashes in to 16ft tomb – continues racing!

Chris Newbigging, 15 January 2010 11:46

There’s still two days of the Dakar rally left, but these pictures surely show the best crash of the whole rally! Swedish female competitor Annie Seel’s KTM is pictured here crashed at the bottom of a 16ft-deep tomb – this is the story of the crash in her own words: "At km 131 the track split around some ruins, and ...

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Send us your snow stories!

Chris Newbigging, 08 January 2010 10:55

MCN readers have been sharing their stories of biking in the snow – from being trapped at home to towing friends on snowboards. Nick Bennett’s Suzuki DR-Z400 is the perfect bike to enjoy winter riding, and here we see his brother getting ready to be towed behind on his snowboard near Bradford. Meanwhile Colin Tomlinson from Bathgate near Edinburgh sent ...

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Kawasaki 1400GTR by car recovery firm

Chris Newbigging, 06 January 2010 17:31

Car breakdown firm Axa Assistance has chosen it’s first ever motorcycle for fast response – a Kawasaki 1400GTR that’s already been saving motorists where vans can’t reach. The bike used for the trial has seen several months of service already, and is proving useful reaching breakdowns in places the traditional vans can’t reach – height restricted car parks for example. ...

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Jack Lilley customised Triumph Bonneville SE and Scrambler

Chris Newbigging, 31 December 2009 12:21

Triumph dealer Jack Lilley has completed its latest customised Bonneville one-offs, based on a Bonneville SE and a Scrambler. A brand-new Bonneville SE – the new-for-2009 interpretation of the 1979 Bonneville T140D with cast wheels – and a Scrambler have been taken apart and rebuilt with subtle but classy modifications before the bikes were even registered. The Bonneville SE is ...

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Video: Electric Derbi GPR EV sneak peek

Chris Newbigging, 21 December 2009 16:38

Derbi is close to unveiling an electric race bike based on its GPR50 learner sportsbike. The Derbi GPR EV is revealed in this video taken by British company Sevcon in a test behind closed doors – the firm is responsible for making the motor controllers that help power the electric motorcycle. Like many electric motorcycles it uses an existing chassis ...

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Aprilia’s 2010 Dakar competitor MXV 4.5 revealed

Chris Newbigging, 15 December 2009 17:03

Aprilia has revealed that it will be backing Team Giofil’s specially-prepared RXV 4.5 in the 2010 Dakar rally. The motorcycle has already notched up a 450-class win in both the 2008 and 2009 Rally of the Pharoahs, as well as third overall in 2009. Four bikes will compete in the 2010 Dakar (slightly confusingly, now run in South America). The ...

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First UK BMW S1000RR dyno test: 183bhp at the wheel

Chris Newbigging, 09 December 2009 13:40

The first test bike BMW S1000RRs have arrived at MCN and sister magazine Bike – and Bike’s dyno test has revealed it makes a real 183bhp! MCN uncovered a secret dyno test result sheet of a pre-production S1000RR in April which made 182bhp at the tyre, and 200bhp at the crank. At the time there was internal concern at BMW ...

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