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Staff Blog: Not so naked now

Andy Davidson, 10 June 2013 17:02

I have finally fitted a screen from German firm MRA. The aftermarket plastic is not specifically designed for the Z800 but is a racing screen built for newer, aggressively-styled naked bikes. I fitted the screen in about 15 minutes with an Allen key and a screwdriver in the office car park. Everything smoothly slotted into place and the shield looks ...

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Cycle lane cameras

Andy Davidson, 06 June 2013 10:04

London’s Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan has announced plans to set up CCTV cameras at cycle boxes and lanes to catch motorists entering them illegally. It is illegal for motorists to enter the Advanced Stop Lines, punishable by a £60 fine and three points. However, it can only be enforced by a police officer physically present at the time of the ...

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Yamaha’s ‘Dark Side’

Andy Davidson, 31 May 2013 12:12

Last year’s Cologne Motorcycle Show saw Yamaha make bold claims about what we could expect from them in the near future. The firm unveiled a slightly bizarre wire and engine ‘sculpture’ centred around an all-new, three-cylinder engine, dubbed the ‘P3’. Yamaha hasn’t given much away about the new motor, but they are very clear about its significance – openly admitting ...

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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R feedback

Andy Davidson, 21 May 2013 15:41

Four ZX-10R owners will get the chance to tell Japanese designers what future models should be like in an offer exclusive to MCN readers.  Owners of 2011 and 2012 versions of the Kawasaki Ninja model are being asked about their ownership experience and what they would like to see in future model developments at two evening seminars being held in ...

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John Surtees supports Fun Day

Andy Davidson, 20 May 2013 14:55

Motorsport legend John Surtees OBE will be supporting the Edenbridge Fun Day this Bank holiday weekend. Surtees, the only person to have won world championships on both two and four wheels will join the event in celebration of his achievements on May 27. Held in Surtees’ home town, the special event will feature static displays and a parade of rare ...

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Win an incredible Festival of 1000 Bikes weekend

Andy Davidson, 20 May 2013 11:15

The Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s Festival of 1000 bikes is kicking of its return to Mallory Park on July 12-14 with a spectacular MCN competition.One lucky reader will get a chance to meet GP, WSB and TT Champions with a VIP pass for two people, two nights’ accommodation at the Leicester Marriott (where all the star riders stay), access to ...

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Dirt Quake

Andy Davidson, 20 May 2013 11:11

Dirt Quake, the ultimate mix of high octane dirt track racing in a never before seen way will take place in Norfolk this June.   What is it?‘Dirt Quake is Sideburn magazine's Day at the Races,' says motorcycle travel writer Dan Walsh, Their ‘Go Fast, Turn Left' celebration of the can be arsed. Their ‘It aint what you ride, it's ...

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Staff Blog: Seriously versatile

Andy Davidson, 03 May 2013 14:21

Times are changing. A once bland and boring middle-weight class has morphed into one of the most exciting and competitive bike genres today, breeding a new wave of superior machinery. Enter the Kawasaki Z800. Aggressive in all its naked glory, silky smooth and refined… a world apart from the old 750 and even the Z1000. It's more than enough to ...

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Industry reaches out to off-roaders

Andy Davidson, 30 April 2013 15:05

The Motorcycle Industry Association and leading manufacturers are again joining forces to offer a ‘try-out’ day for off-road novices next month. The Motorcycle Off-Road Experience takes place near Northampton from June 13-16 and sees Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha providing their latest bikes, gear and tutors for new riders. The experience is open to anyone over the age of ...

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Picture gallery: 250cc trailies to Slovakia and back

Andy Davidson, 25 April 2013 13:55

The trusty 250cc trailie obediently sat at motorcycling's side for years. Ready, resilient, hard-wearing and undemanding, willing to shepherd new riders into the fold or accompany the experienced on adventures they wouldn't risk their pride and joy on. Its reward? Years of neglect by owners and manufacturers. Now, with motorcycling in greater need than ever, Honda – with its CRF250L ...


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