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All-new Triumph Daytona 675 spied

John Westlake, 19 July 2011 12:43

This grainy picture is the first ever shot of the new Triumph Daytona 675. It was one of four pictures – including a much clearer side-on shot you can see in tomorrow’s MCN – taken by an MCN reader near Triumph’s Hinckley factory. As you’ll see in tomorrow’s paper, the 675cc inline triple sportsbike has undergone a comprehensive overhaul – the ...

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New BMWs to feature raft of safety tech

John Westlake, 01 July 2011 11:44

MCN's senior reporter Andy Downes is in Germany for the launch of a range of as yet undisclosed BMW technology. Though some will inevitably be pie-in-the-sky concept ideas, it's thought much of the technology will appear on 2012 and 2013 models. Downes said: "I’m about to go into the main presentation and I’m expecting a lot of innovations to do ...

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Suzuki V-Strom launch

John Westlake, 29 June 2011 17:39

MCN’s Executive Editor Phil West has flown to Croatia for the launch of Suzuki’s much anticipated, updated V-Strom. He’s just phoned through this brief report: "My first thoughts are that in the flesh the bike looks significantly better than the photos, with new clocks and body work. It actually looks rather classy in comparison to the old model. I’m due ...

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New mobile phone app aims to reduce crashes

John Westlake, 08 June 2011 16:30

A new route-planning smartphone app starring James Toseland has been released. iBiker, which has been funded by the Department for Transport, is intended to reduce bike crashes by highlighting accident hotspots on popular routes and providing riding videos. It costs £2.39 on iTunes and £2.59 on Android Market and lets you: Plan, plot, and save routes. Highlight points of interests, ...

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RAF team prepare for TT after Afghanistan interruption

John Westlake, 20 May 2011 15:48

A trio of RAF staff are frantically preparing a Kawasaki ZX-10R and Honda CBR600RR for the TT in June after their plans were disrupted by one of their team being deployed to Afghanistan. The team took the bikes for a shakedown at RAF Lyneham last week, and persevered despite a routine training exercise by RAF firefighters (hence the apocalyptic photo). ...

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Days left on Harley-Davidson trade-in deal

John Westlake, 19 May 2011 14:36

Harley-Davidson UK's offer to give riders an extra £1000 on the trade-in value of their bikes will finish at the end of May. If you trade in a non-Harley, you'll get up to £1,000 on top of the value of your bike, and if you trade in a Harley you get an extra £750. The deal excludes the Iron 883™, ...

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Benelli celebrates 100 years with £2000 savings

John Westlake, 11 May 2011 17:27

Benelli is 100-years-old this year and one part of its celebrations is a dramatic reduction of its On The Road (OTR) prices on selected road bikes in the present Benelli range. Machines that are not included in the deal are Tornado 900 and 900 RS models. The money-saving promotion lasts until end of June 2011, which leaves just over a ...

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Free test rides on new 167bhp Aprilia Tuono

John Westlake, 09 May 2011 11:22

Showing commendable confidence in the easy-riding manners of the new Tuono, Aprilia are offering free test rides of the 167bhp hooligan. Provided you're over 21 and have a full motorcycle licence, you should be able to get a ride, if you book ahead at your local dealer (see This test ride event marks the arrival of the Tuono V4 ...

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Kawasaki World Superbike team boss denies drug smuggling

John Westlake, 03 May 2011 10:17

The boss of Kawasaki's World Superbike squad says drugs, gun and ammunition found in his race transporter lorry were planted by a drugs gang. Paul Bird, owner of Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM), exclusively tells MCN (out this Wednesday) that he believes the gang were using his truck to smuggle contraband back into the UK, as the team returned from the ...

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TT races in Birmingham? North Circular GP?

John Westlake, 08 April 2011 17:44

Transport minister Mike Penning has announced a consultation document which, if passed as law, would allow councils to hold bike (or car) races on public roads. This would bring mainland UK in line with Northern Ireland, where the councils arrange all manner of commendably unhinged road races. Penning said: "There is a huge following for motor sports in this country ...


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