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Secrets of the UK’s best specials

Chris Newbigging, 20 December 2010 12:51

In this week’s MCN we’re taking a look inside some of Britain’s best home-grown specials – the top three from Britain’s Got Biking talent. We spoke to the owners of the top three bikes to find out what went in to making the UK’s favourite specials. We couldn’t have asked for a more varied response– one bike was built entirely ...

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Honda CBR250R gets Japanese tuner treatment

MCN, 15 December 2010 16:54

Japanese tuning houses Mugen and Moriwaki have already managed to get their hands on the new Honda CBR250R to give it a performance and styling makeover. 2011 Honda CBR250R first ride Both Mugen and Moriwaki were set-up in the early 1970s – Mugen by the son of Honda founder Soichiro, and Moriwaki by Mamoru Moriwaki (the husband of one of ...

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Anyone want a V12 for Christmas?

MCN, 09 December 2010 11:25

The standard Boss Hoss comes with 5700cc, eight cylinders and 355bhp. Not bad, if bigness is your thing. But here we have a German who has gone several steps better -­ he's fitted a 6000cc V12 from an Aston Martin which, depending on the model he pinched it from, makes anything from 420 to 514bhp. Weight is unknown, though it's likely ...

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Video: Tron lightcycle ridden

Alannah Fellows, 08 December 2010 12:54

Check out this new video of the Tron Lightcycle test drive from the Parker Brothers. They have made 10 in total, each weighing in at 474 pounds. Its street legal and looks more like a car than a bike, but would set you back just $35,000.   Lets just hope they don’t need to get anywhere in a hurry, it ...

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'Better than new' Honda CR500R

Dan Aspel, 07 December 2010 10:01

This restored 1991 Honda CR500R has been repaired and customised to “better than new” condition. The 20-year-old dirt bike has had a full engine rebuild and redesign – complete with rebored cylinders and smoothed cylinder heads – as well as custom clocks, ignition coils, steering stem, sprockets, suspension, brakes… in fact it’s hard to find a single nut, bolt or ...

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Deus Ex Machina 'much much go'

Ped Baker, 01 December 2010 13:40

Cucumber cool custom builders Deus Ex Machina held their inaugural Bike Build off at the weekend in Campertown, Australia. Deus are famed for their lithe, bobber style machines that typically take on a board tracker cum Café racer themes. So it's no surprise that the overall winner Nick Eterovic and his creation Much Much Go apes that style.     Based ...

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Britain's Got Biking Talent winner announced

MCN, 30 November 2010 16:05

The winners of the Britain's Got Biking Talent with Carole Nash competition were announced on the first day of Motorcycle Live... This Yoshimura replica Suzuki GSX-R1000 owned by Stephen Stone scooped the top prize. The winning bike is an exact replica - including a British Superbike spec engine tune - of the 2006 Yoshimura endurance racer.  Second palce went to a ...

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Kawasaki Versys on safari

Dan Aspel, 23 November 2010 16:48

If you’re hoping to take a bike on Safari, this may be just what you need. Taking a stock Kawasaki Versys, Earnshaws of Huddersfield have loaded it up with a host of extras a Savannah rider might need, including: 33L Trekker side cases, Hella micro fog lamps, Nitron adjustable shock, Givi crash bars, sat nav, Kawasaki vario screen and chunky ...

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“Five Continents” Yamaha R1 sold at auction

Dan Aspel, 18 November 2010 12:25

This 2009 Yamaha R1 was created in collaboration with Valentino Rossi and boasts the “Five Continents” graphics previously seen on his AGV helmets. The colourful graphics were designed by artist Aldo Drudi, while the bike is also decorated with Rossi’s signature. The bike was auctioned this week in Los Angeles by British firm Bonhams. All proceeds from the sale will ...

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Britten V1000

Dan Aspel, 18 November 2010 11:53

The Britten V1000 was designed in 1991 by maverick bike builder John Britten. It boasted a carbon fibre frameless chassis as well as carbon fibre wheels. The front suspension was an adjustable double wishbone girder-type, and the 999 cc V-twin made 160 bhp. Accolades won by the one-of-a-kind bike were: 1992 - won the Dutch round of the Battle of ...


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