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Michael Neeves blog – Racedays, Jerez

Michael Neeves, 16 November 2011 11:18

I’ve just come back from riding my BMW Park Lane S1000RR at Racedays in Jerez. It was my final ever outing on No.5, after two years racing it in MRO. What is/who are Racedays? Racedays is a three-day trackday with a difference, as you get the chance to qualify and compete in a number of races. It’s all the best ...

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2012 KTM Duke: most potent single-cylinder road bike ever

Michael Neeves, 14 November 2011 10:59

More power, less weight, improved refinement and ABS as standard  - the new KTM 690 Duke promises to be more fun, easier to ride and safer. Now making a claimed 70bhp, it’s also the most powerful single-cylinder bike ever. The 690 Duke’s 654cc engine has been comprehensively reworked, and now has a twin-spark head and an electronic ride-by-wire throttle system. ...

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Shake-up for 2012 Lansdowne classic series

Michael Neeves, 04 November 2011 11:42

Classic racing club, Lansdowne will introduce a number of changes for the 2012 season, including a control tyre for their Bonhams British Historic Grand Prix Championship. Just like BSB, WSB and MotoGP, competitors riding pre-1964 Grand Prix machines will all have to use the same tyres - Avon’s 19-inch racing rubber. Lansdowne are expecting this to make the series closer ...

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Why you want Husqvarna’s new Nuda 900

Michael Neeves, 02 November 2011 15:04

The Nuda 900 is the first of an "explosion" of new BMW-derived Husqvarna road bikes, according to Husqvarna boss Klaus Allisat. We went along to its world launch in Sardinia and asked some searching questions about the new bike, based on a BMW F800. We rode the Nuda on the road and also test the ‘R’ version on the tight and ...

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Husqvarna Nuda 900 – first ride!

Michael Neeves, 26 October 2011 10:08

We're in Sardinia testing Husqvarna's new Nuda 900. It uses the same frame as the BMW F800 GS and a bigger 898cc version of its parallel twin-cylinder engine. It produces 105bhp and 74ftlb of torque. Due in dealers in mid-November, prices are set at £7850 for the standard model and £9250 for the Nuda 900 R, which has an Ohlins ...

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Traction control raises new Yamaha R1's game

Michael Neeves, 20 October 2011 16:35

The addition of traction control - which Yamaha says is the same system as used on the YZR-M1 MotoGP racer - makes the 2012 R1 a better road and track bike. But MCN's world first track test also revealed it has not managed to leapfrog its superbike rivals. This isn't surprising - there are very few changes to Yamaha's flagship ...

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Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R750 - Viva el Gixer!

Michael Neeves, 20 October 2011 14:12

Now that's what I call a summer trip. 3397.6 miles in two weeks, on a bike designed for the track, but absolutely perfect for everything else too. From the monotonous motorways of France to the stunning switchbacks of Andorra, the city streets of Barcelona and trips to beaches in Ibiza, never once did I wish I was on another bike, ...

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Michael Neeves blog – Off Road Skills

Michael Neeves, 18 October 2011 12:23

I’ve just returned from two days in Wales with Paris Dakar legend Simon Pavey, at his off-road school, or the ‘Odd Road Skills, powered by World of BMW and Husqvarna’, to give it its full name. It was the best riding school I’ve ever been to. I’ll readily admit I’m an off-road numpty. I love the idea of riding in ...

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Gilsons Type 1: New Brit café racer

Michael Neeves, 13 October 2011 12:27

Owned by a trio of die-hard biking enthusiasts, this is Gilson’s first creation: the Type 1 Café Racer, yours for £12,500. Jules and Mike Gilson and Mark Robbins have based the retro custom on an 07/08 vintage, carburetted Triumph Thruxton, although it would be easy to be fooled into thinking it’s a 1964 machine. Gilsons are planning to put the ...

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2012 Yamaha R1 - first impressions

Michael Neeves, 12 October 2011 09:56

We're in Spain riding the 2012 Yamaha R1 at the Valencia MotoGP circuit. Aside from a few very minor tweaks the main change to the Yamaha is its new six-stage traction control. We've just done our first session and the TC is on max. It's so intrusive you can hold the throttle to the stop out of every corner, not ...

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