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Bajaj to raise stake in KTM to 90%

Chris Newbigging, 11 February 2010 14:31

Indian bike-building giant Bajaj has accepted an offer from Austrian firm KTM to up its stake in the on/off road manufacturer from 30% to a controlling 90% share. According to Indian news site The Economic Times KTM invited Bajaj, one of the largest manufacturers of motorcycles and scooters in the world, to raise its current stake of 30% to a ...

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Best deals on 2008-2009 Yamaha R6s

Chris Newbigging, 09 February 2010 13:59

In the February 10 issue of MCN, we've tested the revised 2010 Yamaha R6 against the 2008-2009 model R6, in order to find out exactly what difference the new ECU and exhaust has made. Yamaha R6s for sale The older bike is very similar and still a good bike - so we've found a few examples of the older bike ...

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Harley-Davidson 48’s European debut at Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show

Chris Newbigging, 04 February 2010 11:26

Harley-Davidson’s new Sportster 48 has made its first public appearance outside the US at the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show in London. The new bike was unveiled at the end of last month, and is based on the basic design of the Sportster 1200. The changes to create the stripped-back 48 consist of a wide 150-section front tyre with 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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The 100mph Honda Monkey bike

Chris Newbigging, 15 January 2010 10:13

Laugh all you want, but this Monkey bike’s weird looks are part of the package that propels it to 100mph! Soichiro Honda’s cuddly 30mph Monkey bike has received some serious surgery to achieve the frightening speed – most significantly is the fitment of a Takegawa 124cc, double-overhead camshaft, four-valve engine with a custom exhaust system and Keihin FCR33 flat-slide carburettor ...

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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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Manchester Bike Show cancelled

Chris Newbigging, 06 January 2010 16:45

*** UPDATE: Further to this morning’s statement, a rescheduled date for April 2010 is being planned by organisers – more news when it’s available. *** ** UPDATE: The organisers have now confirmed the show is cancelled – the show will not be rescheduled. The next show is planned for 2011. Howard Cartledge, Show Director, said: “With a show like the ...

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MCN wants your snow stories and pictures

Chris Newbigging, 06 January 2010 12:19

MCN is trying to find out how the snow and ice is affecting the motorcycling community and industry, and to help we want your stories and pictures.    We want pictures of your bike braving snow covered roads, off-road bikes enjoying the frozen countryside and pictures of your bike stranded at home. We also want to hear about how it’s ...

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New Mettet circuit in Belgium gets its own 'Corkscrew'

Chris Newbigging, 03 January 2010 19:34

This is the stunning new Corkscrew-alike chicane that will be the main feature of Belgium’s nearly-completed Mettet circuit. Built on land close to the street circuit used for the Superbiker supermoto annual races, the new circuit has a 14 metre difference in height between the highest and lowest points on the circuit, with the most dramatic gradient change at the ...

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