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"No no no! Tom Cruise is on a Ducati" - updated

John Westlake, 24 June 2010 17:03

The plot thickens. First an American journalist spotted that the Ducati Hypermotard ridden by Tom Cruise in his latest film had assorted Aprilia bits bolted on, such as an engine and swingarm (see here).  Tom Cruise’s Ducati is an Aprilia! The implication was that the Hypermotard wasn't capable of some of the films' stunts. Now Ducati has responded by saying ...

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Video: Suzuki MotoGP bike heads off round TT course

John Westlake, 11 June 2010 17:01

Suzuki's 240bhp MotoGP bike has just set off to do a lap of the TT course, ridden by Isle of Man star Cameron Donald. It's the first time a MotoGP bike has lapped the Island.     MCN editor Marc Potter is riding alongside Donald for the lap on a GSX-R1000 road bike, though judging by the enthusiasm of Donald's start (see ...

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Get a non-biking mate into a dealer and win kit!

John Westlake, 10 June 2010 14:56

If you take a non-biking mate into a participating bike dealership you could win yourself an Arai Chaser helmet, a full set of Weisse clothing and a biking holiday abroad. What's more, your non-biking mate could win an Apple Ipad, Ipod or Samsung camera just for stepping into a bike dealership.    The campaign to get more people riding bikes, called ...

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Beat this pothole!

John Westlake, 17 March 2010 14:32

Seen a worse pothole than this one on the A427 leaving Oundle, Northants? If so, please take a picture of it, send it in and we’ll use it in the latest MCN campaign. We want to pressurise councils and the Highways Agency to speed up their pothole-fixing work before more motorcyclists are injured – we’ve already heard of one MCN ...

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4000 miles round Britain on a C90

John Westlake, 05 March 2010 09:59

An MCN reader plans to ride round the entire coast of Britain on a Honda C90 to raise money for the RNLI – that’s a total of 4000miles. Kevin Hancock, 39, sets off on May 1 and optimistically says he will complete the trip in two weeks. This works out as 285 miles a day, which means he’ll be riding ...

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Frank Thomas seeks ‘real riders’

John Westlake, 18 February 2010 11:24

If you wear Frank Thomas kit you’re eligible to star in the company’s next advertising campaign. Frank Thomas are launching a nationwide search to find real riders who wear their clothing.   Compare and buy Frank Thomas kit in the MCN Shop The company – established in 1981 in when it produced its first motorcycle boot – wants customers to be ...

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Poll: Who should replace Suzi Perry?

John Westlake, 17 February 2010 12:58

Suzi’s a hard act to follow – the BBC need to find a presenter who knows about racing, can anchor a primetime live show and – ideally – is easy on the eye. Suzi Perry Quits MotoGP on BBC Vote for the provisional candidates below – after reading our extremely dubious ratings – and let us know who else should be on ...

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Vote for your new bike of the MCN Show

John Westlake, 05 February 2010 10:54

We want you to vote for your favourite new bike at the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show from the 10 contenders below. Do you think the innovative Guzzi concept was more impressive than Norton’s new Commando? Or do you rate BMW’s 185bhp S1000RR above the new Ducati Multistrada and Harley’s stylish new 48? Judgement is purely down to your personal ...

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Bradley Smith pulls in crowds at MCN Show

John Westlake, 04 February 2010 16:28

British GP star Bradley Smith – the most successful British GP racer since Barry Sheene – spent hours signing autographs at the Carole Nash MCN Show in London before he heads off to California tomorrow. Smith was signing posters and chatting to fans on the Aprilia stand and said: “I’m off to California tomorrow, otherwise I would have been here ...

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Price increase chart: read it and weep

John Westlake, 08 January 2010 16:13

This chart shows a selection of 2010 price rises, ranging from the 25% hike to the Yamaha V-Max and R1 to the 4% increase to the Suzuki GSX-R600. Motorcycles for sale Japanese manufacturers claim that currency fluctuations and increasing manufacturing costs have forced the increases, with Yamaha being most aggressive. The V-Max, for example, has gone up from £15,999 to ...


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