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New Honda Fireblade takes on rivals

MCN Staff, 22 January 2014 09:42

With over 210,000 bikes sold since 1992, the evergreen Fireblade is one of the most successful road-going superbikes ever. Honda has upgraded it for 2014, so how has it changed and how does it stack up against its Japanese rivals & the class-leader? brightcove.createExperiences();

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Changes to A2 test delayed

Andy Downes, 14 January 2014 12:04

Planned changes for the A2 bike test to reduce the minimum power of the bikes allowed to be ridden have been pushed back by delays in getting proposed legislation approved by Parliament.It’s not thought any potential test candidates have been affected by this as the bikes allowed under the current rules were never changed while the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) ...

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KTM Freeride E first ride

Andy Downes, 28 December 2013 09:30

It’s safe to say that, so far, sales of electric motorcycles in any class have been almost inconsequentially small. But, on the basis of a short test on a pre-production KTM Freeride E motocross bike, it’s equally clear that this could simply be because the right bikes haven’t been available to buy – yet. The threats to off-road riding have ...

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The real story of The Great Escape

MCN, 24 December 2013 09:00

If there’s one film scene which everyone remembers it’s the bike chase in The Great Escape. After dozens of failed escape attempts ‘The Cooler King’, played by the inimitable Steve McQueen, finally makes it to within sight of freedom. He roars across the countryside on his stolen BMW pursued by a hoard of manic Nazi motorcyclists intent on his death. ...

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MCN Build: Wrenchmonkees

Steve Hunt, 20 December 2013 08:30

Danish custom builders Wrenchmonkees have been quietly making a name for themselves over the past few years with quiet, stripped-back, monochromatic custom bikes. For the first episode of our MCN: Build series, we caught up with them to chat about how they got into the custom bike building trade, and to discuss their philosophy towards re-invigorating old machinery. brightcove.createExperiences(); You ...

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Triumph announces 2013 financial results

Andy Downes, 13 December 2013 17:15

Triumph has announced financial results for the year up to June 30, 2013 which are different to those reported in the Financial Times this morning which the British bike firm says were ‘incorrectly reported’. Triumph’s statement shows the company made a £0.1m operating loss before interest and tax which is down from a £15.7 million profit in 2012. Triumph says ...

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Trail riders’ fury as PDNPA vows to continue lane closure policy

MCN News, 13 December 2013 09:35

The Trail Riders Fellowship is outraged that the cash-strapped Peak District National Park Authority appears determined to continue with its policy of forcing trail bikes out of the park, even though it has had its budget cut by half-a-million pounds. In 2012-13 the PDNPA budgeted £100,000 on a policy of lane management by closure, and was defeated in the High ...

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How old were you when you started riding motorbikes?

MCN, 10 December 2013 15:21

How old were you when you started riding motorbikes? Were you a sprightly teenager (off road only, honest, officer!) or were you a late convert or a born again biker?

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Royal touch at Motorcycle Live

Simon Patterson, 30 November 2013 15:30

Bike mad His Royal Highness Prince William visited Motorcycle Live today, as he dropped into the show at Birmingham’s NEC for a look at some of the 2014 bikes on offer, as well as visiting a number of British manufacturers. The Duke of Cambridge, having been greeted by Paul Thandi, deputy to the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands and ...

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Video: Kawasaki Z1000 first ride

MCN, 28 November 2013 07:30

The Z1000 has been the most serious Japanese 'super naked' since 2003, and Kawasaki have determinedly reinvented it ever since. For 2014, it's re-styled and eschews electronics in favour of refinement, quality and value. It's a bold move and could be a clever one. brightcove.createExperiences();

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