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New Victory Judge unveiled

Phil West, 23 January 2012 15:16

This is Victory’s new Judge – the latest bike to follow the trend for blacked-out, minimalist, hot rod-style cruisers. Unveiled this week at the New York Motorcycle Show, the Judge is a mean ‘n’ moody, performance-orientated cruiser with minimalist styling. It’s based around Victory’s familiar 1731cc, fuel-injected, ‘Freedom’ V-twin, , but with fat, 16-inch tyres, low ‘drag’ bars, blacked-out components ...

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George White goes into administration

Phil West, 19 January 2012 11:40

George White Motors, the UK’s leading motorcycle dealer group, has gone into administration this morning, MCN has learnt. Rumours of the closure began circulating early this morning with suggestions that staff at its dealerships in Swindon, Plymouth and Torbay had been made redundant. The shock news was then confirmed at around 11am to MCN by owner Steve Gannicott who said ...

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First ride! 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400

Phil West, 19 January 2012 10:52

Kawasaki’s updated 2012 ZZR1400 is currently being put through its paces by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child at the enormous Nardo speed testing facility in southern Italy. This is what he’s so far had to say: “So far I’ve ridden the new ZZR1400 around Nardo’s handling circuit and around the amazing 7km-long circular top speed bowl. “The biggest immediate ...

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Harley-Davidson Switchback meets its match!

Phil West, 27 December 2011 16:00

The new Harley-Davidson Switchback ‘bagger’ (or custom tourer) has already impressed MCN testers – but how’s it measure up against its closest rival, Victory’s Cross Roads Tour? In this week’s MCN we find out. Both are American, V-twin powered, pannier-equipped cruisers and at a quick glance are difficult to tell apart. Both also come in similar colour schemes and are ...

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'We wanted to create the ultimate Speed Triple'

Phil West, 26 December 2011 15:00

Triumph’s imminent new ‘R’ version of its best-selling super naked is much more than a cosmetic update, MCN can now reveal – in fact it’s been conceived to be “the ultimate Speed Triple”! So, where previous ‘R’ Triumphs, like the Street Triple and 675 Daytona, benefit mostly from uprated suspension and brakes, the new Speed Triple R goes significantly further ...

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New Triumph-powered sportster on the way

Phil West, 20 December 2011 14:17

Is this the machine Brit bike fans have been waiting for? It’s a Triumph 1050 triple-engined sportster equipped with the best in British chassis components and know-how and is on schedule to go into production next year. And although this is only a styling sketch, a working prototype is well under way. It’s been put together by an all-new outfit ...

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Victory’s new ‘Hard-Ball’

Phil West, 12 December 2011 11:22

This is Victory’s new 2012 Hard-Ball – created by blending the American  firm’s recent High-Ball cruiser and its Cross Country pannier-equipped tourers. Or, to put it another way, it’s a ‘bagger’ version of the fat-tyred, new-for-2011 High-Ball – itself characterised by its novel, two-way adjustable ape hanger handlebars. The bike will be available only in black with red pinstripes and ...

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Triumph Tiger Explorer spotted testing

Phil West, 08 December 2011 15:42

Triumph’s all-new Tiger Explorer is currently undergoing final testing – as these pics taken in Cornwall this week prove. Snapped by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child in a motorway services near Exeter they’re obviously of a well-used, fully laden prototype Explorer. Child said: “It looked like it had been really well used. Its luggage was held on with a ...

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50 classics in time-warp village hall

Phil West, 08 December 2011 11:21

This amazing barn find collection of classic bikes has just been unearthed in the West Country and will now go up for auction early in the new year. Stored in a former village hall near Bristol, the machines, including classic BSAs, Triumphs, Velocettes and more, are thought to have not seen daylight for over 30 years. More than 50 machines ...

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mcnbikesforsale.com - Best classic Yamahas up for grabs this week...

Phil West, 02 December 2011 11:07

We take a look at some of the best classic Yamahas on offer at mcnbikesforsale.com.            Read more modern classics news and features   ’80 Yamaha XT250, £950 Four-stroke single trailie less celebrated than stoker or 500 siblings.We say: Slower and less useful too, but still cute and cheap. View the full ad Get a Yamaha motorcycle insurance quote     ’80 Yamaha ...

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