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Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale - Brutale turns storm chaser

Andy Downes, 13 October 2011 15:41

The plan was simple enough. The reality turned out to be a tiny bit different thanks to the howling gales that affected the North of England courtesy of Hurricane Katia. It was supposed to be a two-day trip on the MV Agusta Brutale to Moffat in Scotland to stay at the brilliantly biker-friendly Buccleuch Arms Hotel, taking in five National ...

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Scoop first ride! New KTM 690 Duke prototype

Andy Downes, 31 August 2011 09:29

The world's most powerful single-cylinder bike will get more refined and yet more powerful next year, an MCN world first ride has revealed. MCN rode a prototype version of the 2012 KTM 690 Duke months before it will be seen in finished form, when the Austrian company hopes it will encourage younger riders to move from smaller capacity machines like ...

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Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale 920 - the highest mileage 2011 model

Andy Downes, 19 August 2011 15:57

MCN's 2011 Brutale is now the highest mileage specimen in the UK, and possibly the world, after clicking through 4000 miles and its first major service. The scheduled service was carried out at MV dealer Drayton Croft in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and cost £200. The work took two hours and saw the oil and filter changed, the bike given a check ...

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Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale 920 - British GP puts Brutale under strain

Andy Downes, 12 July 2011 14:25

Working at the British MotoGP round at Silverstone meant my MV Agusta Brutale test bike got a hard workout…and ended up looking like it had been buried at sea! The bike did more than 350 miles in three days as I was dashing between the office, home and the track; with many of the miles in the lashing rain that ...

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Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale 920 - Something goes wrong

Andy Downes, 24 May 2011 14:20

It started innocently enough with a bit of a hiccup when starting the MV Agusta Brutale one evening for my ride home from work. It just wouldn’t start very easily for a second or two, then fired up and was fine. The problem was then intermittent in frequency but the constant element was the issue always centred around cold starting, ...

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Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale 920 - That’s it run-in then!

Andy Downes, 05 May 2011 13:07

Last year I arranged with the factory on a recent visit that MV Agusta would supply MCN with one of the new 920cc Brutales as a long term test bike. The plan was for an MCN person to fly out to the Varese factory, watch a load of identical bikes being built on the production lines before saddling up and ...

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Carl Fogarty: “Ducati Diavel is f**king awesome”

Andy Downes, 05 April 2011 11:38

Carl Fogarty’s immediate verdict on the Ducati Diavel he picked up yesterday afternoon was that the bike is “f**king awesome”. Four-times World Superbike champion Fogarty picked up a borrowed Ducati Diavel yesterday afternoon but had to wait until the rain stopped yesterday evening before he ventured out. He will be keeping the bike for the summer months but is already ...

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Pierobon F042 Street tested

Andy Downes, 03 March 2011 16:45

This stunning Pierobon F042 Street is the new road-legal version of a machine previously only available as a track bike and MCN was lucky enough to grab a first ride near the Bologna factory. The bike is based on the 90bhp two-valve engine and exhaust system from a crashed Ducati Hypermotard 1100 but has a Pierobon frame, swingarm, fuel tank and seat ...

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First ride preview: MV Agusta Brutale

Andy Downes, 18 February 2011 12:08

This is the new entry-level MV Agusta Brutale which, despite lashings of Italian flair and 130bhp performance, costs the same as a Yamaha FZ1 at £9999. The bike is a smaller, cheaper version of the 990 Brutale - the engine has been reduced in capacity to 921cc from 989cc yet still packs 130bhp at 10,500rpm and has a creamy 70ftlb ...

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BMW S1000RR races car on Top Gear this Sunday

Andy Downes, 19 January 2011 14:57

After years of ignoring bikes, Top Gear has finally seen sense. This Sunday's show will feature a BMW S1000RR racing against a £150,000 Ariel Atom V8 around the BBC show's famous test track. MCN gate-crashed the event to get the lowdown on filming. Find a BMW S1000RR for sale The BMW S1000RR was completely standard but ridden by British Superbike EVO ...

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