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Electric car takes on electric bike at Thruxton

Dan Aspel, 21 September 2010 16:28

Electric car raced electric superbike last week, as Citroën’s Survolt concept and a Mavizen TTX02 went head-to-head at Thruxton. TTX GP leader Jenny Tinmouth was on two wheels, Le Mans driver Vanina Ickx on four. The event was set up to promote the strides that both Citroën and Mavizen are making in the electric arena. Ickx said: “This was a ...

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Ducati Multistrada 1200 owner reviews

Dan Aspel, 02 September 2010 17:02

With sales of the new Ducati Multistrada outstripping all expectations, MCN thought it was time owners had their say. Is the bike worthy of all the praise? Read this week's MCN (out now) for the full reports. What's good?- Riding position- Smooth and powerful engine- Comprehensive computer and convenient keyless ignition- Handling- Tank range What's bad?- Throttle hesitation between 3-4k revs (Ducati have announced a ...

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Rossi not as rich as Rome’s chariot racers

Dan Aspel, 13 August 2010 17:08

Valentino Rossi may be on the verge of signing a £12.5m contract with Ducati, but it’s still peanuts compared to the wealth of ancient Roman charioteers. One racer, a Spaniard named Gaius Appuleius Diocles, amassed a personal fortune of 35,863,120 sesterces in prize money, the equivalent of £9.6bn in today’s money. The figure was proposed by Professor Peter Struck of ...

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Rossi's dad unveils production 530cc single

Dan Aspel, 10 August 2010 13:13

This 530cc single-cylinder, light-weight dirt tracker is called the Zaeta 530. It’s the creation of Italian engineer Paolo Chiaia and the father of everyone’s favourite Italian racer: Graziano Rossi. Regular MCN readers may remember it being prototyped last summer as the Ouroboros Zaeta 530; the mysterious Ouroboros moniker has now been dropped. The Zaeta 530 will be distributed in Italy ...

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Pre-1916 Cannonball Run across America

Dan Aspel, 09 August 2010 14:05

An upcoming endurance run will see riders crossing the US on bikes built before the age of frozen food, radio broadcasting, traffic lights and penicillin. The Cannonball Run will be contested on bikes made by early 20th century producers such as Flying Merkel, Excelsior, Henderson, Indian, Triumph, and Harley-Davidson (via one of their earliest models, the “Silent Grey Fellow”), the ...

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New military bike can run on seven different types of fuel

Dan Aspel, 09 August 2010 11:05

This here’s the HDT M1030-M2 670cc JP8, but don’t let the charming name deceive you, this military-grade motorcycle is as tough as old boots. Boasting a (patent pending) “heavy fuel” engine capable of running on Diesel, Biofuel, Aviation fuel and four other military grades of petroleum, it can traverse water 2ft deep and has a tank range of over 300 ...

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Honda CB550 Cafe Racer

Dan Aspel, 04 August 2010 17:21

This mouth-watering cafe racer started its life as 1977 Honda CB550F. Far from leaving it to rust, its owner stripped it down to its frame, blasted and repainted it and then began to rebuild from scratch.  Adding a Benjis fibreglass tank and tail set, Buell headlights, CB200 guages, and clubman bars formed the basis of the new creation. New spokes ...

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One-armed triker heads charity rideout

Dan Aspel, 19 July 2010 14:28

A one-armed triker is asking bikers to join him on his final training ride before crossing the length of the UK in August. The ride out starts at Millenium Motorcycles, St.Helen’s at 9am on 25 July and runs down to RAF Cosford, where riders will be given free admittance to the museum. Andy Reid’s country-crossing “Numbumrun” will involve riding from ...

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Staff bikes: Triumph Street Triple - Breaking it in

Dan Aspel, 07 July 2010 16:50

The first 1000 miles of riding the Street Triple was a real bonding experience between myself and the bike. Feeling the engine develop from a tightly-wound, tense machine into something more fluid and smooth gave me a real sense of understanding its potential. As a new-ish rider (full license last July), this left me excited at the prospect of growing ...

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