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Video: Honda CRF250M first ride

MCN, 17 May 2013 13:58

Take the useful, liquid-cooled, four-stroke single out of the popular, learner friendly CBR250R and create a proper trailie around it (the CRF250L). Then let's go one step further and make a supermoto out of it - the result is this, the Honda CRF250M! brightcove.createExperiences();

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Staff Blog: Daily smiles from CBR500R

Andy Calton, 08 May 2013 16:34

My only fear with Honda's CBR500R was whether it would be a little too tame and that I'd get bored with it all-too quickly. Just over a month and 1000 miles in I can categorically state that I'm still loving the little twin and it's delivering plenty of smiles on a daily basis. I have previously owned a Yamaha Fazer ...

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Staff Blog: Running In or Running Out!!

Alison Silcox, 06 May 2013 08:00

I arrived back from my trip to Normandy with the bike a little over the first service mileage of 600 so instead of being out in the lovely sunshine, getting more miles under my belt and practising my skills, the bike’s been in the garage waiting for a quick trip to Yamaha. It’s not a bad thing that I’m stuck ...

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Staff Blog: Running-in, in France

Alison Silcox, 29 April 2013 11:30

What better way to run in the new Yamaha Fazer 8 than to pop over to Normandy for a three day rider training work shop with Nigel, nicknamed Red Leader, from Advanced Motorcycle Training! I took collection of the bike on Monday, fitted the Ventura luggage system on Wednesday and was on the ferry bound for Caen on Friday, not ...

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Staff Blog: Today is a good day…

Michael Guy, 26 April 2013 12:06

The last couple of months haven’t been easy. I’ve seen my colleagues at MCN come bouncing into the office having received their long term test bikes for the year. I however have been forced to do my commute up the A1 in a people carrier, which as the weather has improved has become increasingly soul destroying. But, today that all ...

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Staff Blog: The long way home

Tony Hoare, 25 April 2013 14:52

“The ride to work is going to be a blast on the nimble triple – and the ride home again is going to be even better. Dear A1, you’ll not be seeing much of me.” The grey and red Triumph Street Triple R in the shed outside work has my name on it. Figuratively, not literally of course. I’ve got ...

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Staff Blog: Are Harley's cool?

Ped Baker, 24 April 2013 16:36

A couple of years ago I asked an MCN work experience girl what she thought of motorcyclists. I was hoping she’d use words like ‘cool’, ‘exciting’, perhaps even ‘sexy’ but instead she said, “They’re all old blokes... you think they could be a bit of alright and then they take their helmets off... and they’re all my dad’s age.” She ...

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Staff blog: Is the Judge worthy of a nod?

Liam Marsden, 22 April 2013 13:28

Riding back from MCN Live at Butlins Skegness at the weekend was the first weekend with good weather and plenty of bikes on the fantastic roads of the Lincolnshire Wolds. On previous long term bikes I've never given two thoughts to the nods I've received from fellow bikers. But I'm not sure if less people are nodding at me on ...

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Staff Blog: Nailing The Basics

Steve Hunt, 22 April 2013 10:31

With the sun threatening to finally breakthrough and bring back some semblance of normality to the spring climate, now is the time that most riders come out of their enforced hibernation and return to the road. But rusty riders on defrosting roads don’t always make for the best of combinations and it’s these riders that the California Superbike School are ...

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First ride – KTM 390 Duke

Phil West, 16 April 2013 16:35

KTM’s latest version of its Duke, the 390, is currently being put through its paces near the Austrian firm’s factory in Salzburg by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child. The £4495 machine sits between the 125 and 690 versions and KTM are quoting 44bhp along with 35nm torque from its new 375cc engine. Here’s Chad’s first impressions: ‘The styling’s ...

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