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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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Nurburgring – bikers beware

Michael Neeves, 04 October 2011 16:52

Roadworks and no warning signs caused an eight-car pile-up at the Nurburgring on Sunday, on one of the busiest days of the year. Luckily no motorcycles were involved, but the incident should remind bikers of the perils of riding the famous ‘pay-and-play’ Nordschleife circuit in Germany, where the track is classed as a public road and is also used by ...

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Michael Neeves MRO Powerbike Blog – Final round, Brands.

Michael Neeves, 28 September 2011 16:56

It wasn’t quite the perfect end to a perfect season, but it was damn close. After the chequered flag was waved for the final race of the MRO Powerbike season last Sunday at Brands, I lost the championship to worthy winner and fellow BMW rider, Rob McNealy, by a hundredth of a second – less than a bike length. I’m ...

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Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R750: The surprise tourer

Michael Neeves, 26 September 2011 12:05

It's fair to say my GSX-R750 has lived most of its short life with the rev needle pinging against the redline on track. It's a sensational-handling bit of kit, devilishly fast and intoxicatingly involving. But most surprisingly it's really good at long journeys, too. So far I've been to Le Mans, travelled over to the TT and been to Le Touquet. ...

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Michael Neeves 2011 Goodwood Revival blog

Michael Neeves, 15 September 2011 12:23

I’ll be going back in time at 9am tomorrow when practice kicks-off for the Barry Sheene Memorial race, at the 2011 Goodwood Revival. This year's Revival meeting promises to be the best ever, with the biggest depth of field. I'll be racing against the likes of Jeremy McWilliams, Keith Amor, Cameron Donald, Sean Emmett, James Haydon, Steve Brogan, Michael Rutter, ...

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MRO Powerbike blog: Snetterton 200 3/4th September

Michael Neeves, 05 September 2011 16:56

For the penultimate round of the MRO Powerbike championship, we raced on the new two-mile-long Snetterton 200, the first ever meeting to be held on this mid-layout version of the new track. It’s the closest to how the 'old' Snetterton was - basically the 300 circuit without the infield section. There’s a chicane leading on to the back straight now ...

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Hooligan Triumph Street Triple R café racer special

Michael Neeves, 26 August 2011 12:31

This Street Triple R is the latest in the line of brilliantly-executed specials created by Triumph dealer Jack Lilley. Designed to mimic the café racer style, it actually looks uncannily like any number of RD350LC and YPVS specials that terrorised the streets in a haze of two-stroke smoke back in the 80s. That bellypan, those low LSL clip-ons and the ...

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Harley Davidson XR1200 Challenge Brands GP 7th August

Michael Neeves, 08 August 2011 16:37

Well, that was a surprise. I didn’t think I’d enjoy racing a Harley so much, or do that well – I finished 7th in Sunday’s XR1200 Challenge feature race, less than two tenths behind 6th place after our 10 lap race on the glorious Brands GP circuit. To be honest I was a bit wary to start with and didn’t ...

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MRO Powerbike blog: Brands Hatch Indy 30/31 July

Michael Neeves, 05 August 2011 13:35

Well, that was another fantastic weekend racing with Bemsee in the MRO Powerbike championship. Riding my BMW Park Lane S1000RR, we bagged three third positions, had some close racing with leaders Rob McNealy and Peter Baker and I posted my best ever lap of the Brands Indy circuit, with a 48.1. Championship leader Rob McNealy stretched out his lead on ...

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F4 RR is the best MV Agusta yet!

Michael Neeves, 03 August 2011 14:14

Our world-first test of the stunning new 201bhp F4 RR Corsacorta has revealed it to be not only the fastest MV Agusta we've ever ridden - but also the most refined. MCN rode the new £18k superbike at a special test on the Adria circuit, north-east of Bologna, Italy and can reveal that, thanks to the RR's new Ohlins suspension and lightweight ...

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