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Julian Ryder reveals MotoGP paddock secrets

John Westlake, 31 December 2009 11:30

Eurosport’s MotoGP commentator and long-time motorcycle journalist Julian Ryder will be a special guest at Honda dealer Tippets in January. Ryder – one of the most knowledgeable and affable members of the MotoGP paddock – will hold forth on all things bike racing, and then answer questions on January 21, from 7.30pm-10.00pm. Tickets to the evening are £5 (buy them ...

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Hayabusa creator says it was meant to be ugly!

John Westlake, 23 December 2009 12:49

Ten years after the launch of the extraordinarily successful Suzuki Hayabusa, the man responsible has finally spoken about its controversial appearance. Koji Yoshiura spoke exclusively to MCN about creating the original 1999 machine, which gained an instant cult following as well as outraging politicians with its near-200mph capability. Koji Yoshiura said: “The mission was to create a total new styling ...

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Pick your technical highlights of 2009

John Westlake, 16 December 2009 15:28

MCN’s technical expert Kevin Ash is currently deciding who should receive the MCN Golden Piston Award for technical innovation in 2009. Should it be Honda for its off-set crank pins in the VFR1200F? Or Yamaha for its crossplane crank in the R1? Or BMW for its combined ABS and traction control on the S1000RR? Or is there something else Kev ...

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Help break a world record

John Westlake, 30 November 2009 15:00

A charity ride-out to the D-Day beaches could – with your help – break a world record on the way. The trip to Le Touquet in northern France is in aid of Aspire, which supports people with spinal injuries. The charity reckons if enough of us join in we’ll break the world record for the number of bikes on a ...

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NEC Show: Triumph to grow model range 'significantly'

John Westlake, 26 November 2009 15:21

Triumph has promised to grow its range “significantly” in the next three years, as it celebrates becoming the best-performing bike firm in the world. Get all the latest NEC Show news The Hinckley firm’s profits have grown 16% during the worst year for biking ever, and says it will plough that profit straight into new model development. Triumph’s Product Manager ...

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Video: Ex-MCN van driver stars in video with Rossi

John Westlake, 23 November 2009 11:08

Five years ago World Supersport champion Cal Crutchlow was driving a delivery van for MCN. Now he's starring in global Yamaha videos with Rossi and Spies.  If you ever doubted that Crutchlow, 24, has made it ­ watch this video.Seeing him presented on equal footing with Rossi and Spies emphasises what level the Coventry lad is on. Makes you proud.     ...

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Video: Erik Buell leaves Harley, looks happy again!

John Westlake, 23 November 2009 08:55

Erik Buell, the charismatic founder of Buell Motorcycles, has left Harley-Davidson to start his own race shop that will supply Buell racers. Buell Motorcycles was closed by Harley a month ago as part of a plan to cut costs and Erik was told to work for Harley. At the time of the closure he made an emotional video in which ...

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Dealers say Multistrada 1200 orders flooding in

John Westlake, 13 November 2009 16:52

Ducati dealers are already being inundated by enquiries for the new Multistrada 1200. The Italian firm’s innovative all-rounder looks set to be a massive hit when it comes to the UK in Spring next year. Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves visited Ducati Glasgow’s showroom yesterday to test aspectacular Streetfighter special. He said: “Their phone didn’t stop ringing with people wanting ...

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Bike film gets Vinnie Jones

John Westlake, 04 November 2009 12:50

Vinnie Jones will star in a new British film which plans to use a Ducati Hypermotard, Victory Hammer S and KTM RC8R in the stunts. Famed hardman Jones will star alongside Ving Rhames (Mission Impossibles) in Fight Back – a vigilante-style movie about an ex-squaddie who returns home to find his local estate overrun with gangs. MCN’s suggestion that he ...

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New British film packed with bikes

John Westlake, 30 October 2009 17:14

A new British film is planning to use a fleet of Triumphs for the bike stunts. Fight Back is the story of a ex-squaddie who returns home to find his local estate overrun with gangs.   The production company have not revealed exactly what happens next, but we suspect it doesn’t involve much in the way of intellectual cut and thrust.


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