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The rules: Sports bike adventure travel

Andy Davidson, 23 January 2013 12:00

More often than not, when the magical words adventure motorcycling are thrown into pub conversation, images of a pannier clad dusty GS equipped with dual tyres spring to mind. The adventure bike is universally assumed by all as the weapon of choice for intrepid over-landers, a wise choice for such an arduous task. That is with the exception of Dutchman ...

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The Long Ride Home

Andy Davidson, 21 December 2012 08:30

In 2009 Nathan Millward set off from Sydney, Australia on an old Australian Post bike called Dot with the hope of one day reaching England. Over the following nine months he rode 23,000 miles, through 18 countries and at a cruising speed of less than 40 miles-per-hour. What separates this trip from most is that it was done with two ...

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Win an exclusive Metzeler calendar

Andy Davidson, 19 December 2012 17:30

Metzeler is offering 10 MCN readers an exclusive chance to win a coveted Metzeler Classics Calendar.  The German tyre manufacturer is celebrating 150 years in the business with this years ‘Garages’ edition, featuring unsung heroes from the world of customising. The large format calendar illustrates quirky bike builders and their authentic machines from all over the globe. For your chance ...

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Vote for your Bike Shop Star of the month

Andy Davidson, 19 December 2012 15:45

MCN are on the look-out for men and women in the motorcycle trade who have gone that extra mile, just for you. Whether your local mechanic performed exceptional work on your beloved bike, a salesman guided you away from a dodgy machine or a dealer principle gave you an unbeatable price, we want to know about it. To kick this ...

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MCE Insurance offering free modification cover

Andy Davidson, 19 December 2012 11:30

MCE Insurance is offering free modification cover on every MCE policy. No additional premium is required and the new policy covers an unlimited number of modifications. Frame modifications, turbo/super chargers and the mod itself cannot be covered. Julian Edwards, MCE Insurance Group Chief Executive said: “The brains at MCE spent 6 months conducting research and developing the modifications update. "They ...

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Deadly 720 world record

Andy Davidson, 30 October 2012 10:00

The Top Gear stunt team established a first world record double loop-the-loop using a motorbike at Birmingham’s NEC last week. Stunt rider, Gary Hoptrough successfully completed the Deadly 720 on a 2013 KTM 250 SX-F motocross bike. The machine was standard with the exception of recalibrated suspension used to cope with the extreme demands. The stunt was performed for the ...

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Terry Shepherd (1931 – 2012)

Andy Davidson, 15 October 2012 11:56

Former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and legendary two-stroke engine tuner, Terry Shepherd passed away on October 5 2012, after a battle with cancer. He started racing Norton motorcycles in the 1950s, and a passion for engine tuning soon followed - partly out of necessity. The Norton’s valves would regularly bend under racing conditions, and many racers would buy new ...

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BMW HP4 available from 1 December 2012

Andy Davidson, 10 October 2012 10:46

BMW has revealed the prices of the new HP4 and HP4 Carbon which will go on sale from December 1, 2012. The 193bhp standard 2013 HP4 is priced at £16,700 OTR while the Carbon version will cost £19,350 OTR. The Carbon edition features a range of carbon fibre parts and accessories in addition to the standard model. 2013 BMW HP4 ...

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Exmoor Classic Car Museum contents sold

Andy Davidson, 10 September 2012 17:27

This 1898 Phébus 2¾ bhp motor tricycle sold at the Bonhams Beaulieu sale last weekend for £28,750. The extremely rare machine belonged to the Exmoor Classic Car Museum, the entire contents of which went up for sale on Saturday 8th September. The complete collection of 10 cars and 13 motorcycles all sold, totalling £667,128. The Museum, based in Porlock, Somerset ...

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Uni students go for TT

Andy Davidson, 10 September 2012 16:28

Four engineering students plan to design, build and race a Moto2 specification GP bike in the Senior class at the 2013 Isle of Man TT. Nick Castledine, Niall Shimmin, Aden Shawfrost and Jonny Elliott are undertaking the project as part of their Master’s degrees at Huddersfield University. Inspired by British chassis constructors FTR Moto running their M210 at the 2010 ...

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