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Michael Neeves MRO Powerbike blog – Brands

Michael Neeves, 10 March 2011 10:15

Wednesday 2nd March I can’t believe the racing weekend starts as soon as Wednesday, but I have to clean the van and get it loaded up, so I can drive straight to Brands from work on Thursday night. There’s so much stuff to pack: bike, wheels, tools, generator, stands, awning, spare wheels, tyres, chairs, microwave, cool box, food, riding kit, ...

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New Buell 1190RS superbike – first look

Michael Neeves, 18 February 2011 10:04

Erik Buell Racing has finally given us a complete look at the new 1190RS sportsbike which will be shown in public this weekend in America. The bike promises to be the first new road-legal machine produced by the innovative designer, Erik Buell, since parent company Harley-Davidson pulled the plug on Buell Motorcycles at the end of 2009. It should be ...

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MRO Powerbikes blog: Preparing for the first race

Michael Neeves, 09 February 2011 10:52

I’ve been away for the past few weeks testing all the 1000cc superbikes in Almeria and the fabulous new GSX-R750 in Monte Blanco, near Seville. It’s times like these I still have to pinch myself – I’ve definitely got the best job in the world! Now I’m back in Blighty, I’m looking forward to riding my race bike for the ...

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Cologne Bike Show: 2011 Suzuki GSR750 gallery

Michael Neeves, 05 October 2010 09:54

MCN is at the Cologne show where the 2011 Suzuki GSR750 has been unveiled. The new sports naked is powered by a liquid-cooled, inline-four cylinder 749cc motor. It has a 72mm x 66mm bore and stroke, similar to the early 2000s GSX-R750s and different to the longer stroke, bigger-capacity 750cc motor in the 2010 and 2011 GSX-R750. Power figures arte ...

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Biggest ever grid for electric bikes at Brands Hatch

Michael Neeves, 30 September 2010 16:01

A 15-strong grid of electric bikes line up at Brands Hatch this weekend for the final UK round of the TTXGP.  The TTXGP electric motorcycle championship (also called the eGrandPrix) will run as part of the packed Bemsee/MRO program, which also features Yamaha Past Masters, 400s, 600s, 1000s, Thunderbikes and sidecars. The innovative, home-grown, zero-carbon, battery-powered machines, with riders from ...

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Vyrus 987 world first review

Michael Neeves, 03 August 2010 14:41

On Top Gear the other week Tom Cruise was singing the praises of his new Vyrus and having ridden the Rimini firms latest version, we can see why. Inside Vyrus: the epicentre of hub-centre You can choose any Ducati engine from an 1100cc air-cooled two-valve motor to the latest 180bhp 1198R lump. You can even spec a supercharger, which boosts ...

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BMW S1000RR – Thrills, oil spills and super heroes

Michael Neeves, 28 July 2010 11:39

Last weekend’s Brands Hatch round of the MRO Stocksport Championship was an eventful one. I actually arrived there last Thursday to do Level Three of the brilliant California Superbike School on my Z1000, which really helped with my riding over the race weekend. On Friday for Bemsee’s official practice day, I swapped the big handlebars and 130bhp of the Kawasaki ...

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Keith Flint’s new sorted GSX-R1000

Michael Neeves, 04 June 2010 14:58

The Prodigy’s lead singer Keith Flint is a track day fanatic who’s recently taken delivery of a very special GSX-R1000 built by the same people – Crescent – who put together Tommy Hill’s BSB-leading bike.     In next week’s MCN – out June 9 – we reveal what happens when Keith enters his first race for years. In the meantime, ...

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First ride: Triumph Thruxton 904 Ace Special

Michael Neeves, 25 May 2010 16:55

You may have seen this lovely, highly-modified Triumph Thruxton on our stand at the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle show at Excel earlier in the year. Created by Tony Scott of T3 Racing (he also runs the Triumph Triple Challenge racing series) in conjunction with the Ace Café, the Thruxton 904 Ace Special has a Bob Farnham tuned, big-bore 904cc air-cooled, ...

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KTM launch new KTM 350 SX-F

Michael Neeves, 19 May 2010 09:45

We’re out in the hills an hour north of Valencia to try one of the most important machines in KTM’s recent history.  Find a KTM for sale With the company recovering from the fallout from the credit crunch, the Austrian firm hope the new £6345 KTM 350 SX-F motocross machine will lead them back to prosperity. KTM say their new ...


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