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Special K: BMW K1300S Anniversary

When it comes to ‘special editions’, BMW pretty much leads the way. Although Ducati and Triumph, in particular, have their own successful lines of ‘specials’ (bikes like the Tricolore or Steve McQueen Bonnie spring to mind), while the UK importers of Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha are increasingly producing ‘Touring’ or ‘Adventure’ Packs and suchlike for existing models, BMW’s ‘Triple Black’, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 28 August 2013

Enfield’s café racer coming

Royal Enfield’s most modern and powerful bike ever, the long-anticipated new Café Racer/Continental GT WILL be officially unveiled next month and go on sale later this year, MCN can now confirm. We’ve learnt that the café racer-styled single, which in prototype form has been shown to gauge public reaction at shows around the globe for the past year, WILL now ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 27 August 2013

Clothing Review: Triumph Engineered denim/Kevlar jeans

Triumph Engineered denim/Kevlar jeans, £159 Time tested: 500 miles/3 months What’s good? I've tried two or three types of 'riding jeans' before and these are my favourites so far. Fit (with plenty of leg length, important for riding) and quality of the denim, stitching etc is good; there are a number of nice touches (such as extra strong belt loops ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 08 August 2013

Jacket Review: Triumph Newchurch leather jacket

Triumph Newchurch leather jacket, £310 Miles covered/time: 600 miles/two monthsWhat's good? If I knew ‘owt about fashion (which I don’t) I’d say these wax cotton-look, Belstaff/Barbour-style jackets are all the, er, ‘rage’ at the moment, as popular around Tesco as twin-shock trials. Trouble is, many are more show than go, expensive (a pukka leather Belstaff can cost a ridiculous £1200) ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 15 July 2013

Boot Review: Alpinestars Joey Perforated suede shoe

Alpinestars Joey Perforated suede shoe, £129.99 Miles covered/time: 300 miles/2 months What's good? What’s not to like? Trendy ‘Converse-style’, lace-up baseball boots (as we used to call them in the ‘70s), but ramped up to be 21st century bike practical (well, at least a bit). So, flimsy canvas makes way for a tougher suede leather upper that’s wax-treated to be ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Boots
  • 11 July 2013

New Yamaha XV950s set for UK

This new bobber-style Yamaha custom, the XV950, is coming to the UK this September priced from £7199 to £7499. The new V-twin debuted earlier this year in the US where it’s called the ‘Star Bolt’ and is targeted firmly at Harley’s popular entry-level range of 883 and 1200cc Sportsters. In the UK it’ll be available in two forms: the basic £7199 XV950 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 03 July 2013

Lexmoto ZSX125 first ride

Lexmoto’s new ZSX125 is a good indicator of how far – and fast – the much-maligned Chinese motorcycle industry has come in recent years, being not just as keenly priced as ever but also now being stylish and with an up-to-date spec. So, is it finally time to take ‘Made in China’ motorcycles seriously?... This bike is much more than ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 03 July 2013

All-new Indian Chief comes out of the shadows

This is the first look at the all-new, eagerly awaited Indian Chief, as developed by Victory owners Polaris and set, MCN can reveal, to be publicly unveiled at Sturgis this August. The silhouette picture and teaser video were released on Monday afternoon after months of speculation about the new bike, following Polaris' purchase of the historic Indian brand in 2011. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 13 May 2013

Book Review: That Near-Death Thing, by Rick Broadbent

That Near-Death Thing, by Rick Broadbent, £16.99 Tester: Phil West What’s good? The most compelling book about the TT I’ve yet come across. Written by Times sports writer Rick Broadbent, it paints a vivid picture of the highs and lows of the 2011 TT through the first-hand accounts of Guy Martin, John McGuinness, Conor Cummins and Michael Dunlop. Broadbent’s success ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 13 May 2013

Calling Triumph owners

We'd like to hear from owners of the '09 '10 Triumph Bonneville SE and '06/'07/'08 Triumph Speed Triple for a forthcoming feature in MCN. We want to know why you bought the bike, what you like about it and what, if anything, you don't. If you can help, just fill in the form below, attach a phone-pic style mugshot of ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 08 May 2013

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