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Staff Bikes: Victory Hammer S - Time for tea

Chris Newbigging, 01 April 2010 09:33

This is only my second blog entry, and I’m already cheating by blogging on someone else’s Hammer activity. German magazine Motorrad has replicated BMW’s viral video for the S1000RR, where the superbike appears to pull a table cloth from under a fully laid table. There’s some doubt as to whether the BMW really did, but using a Victory Hammer, the ...

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Staff bikes: Victory Hammer S - The coolest bike on the fleet

Chris Newbigging, 29 March 2010 08:30

I have, by far, the coolest long term test bike on fleet. Forget the BMW S1000RR and Ducati Multistrada, my Victory Hammer S is the most widely admired. How can I claim this? I’ve put it to the ten year-old boy test – the industry standard test for any vehicle’s desirability. Parking it up after a sunny Sunday ride, a ...

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Coming next week: 2010 MV Agusta F1000 vs 2008 MV F4 1078 312RR

Chris Newbigging, 18 March 2010 11:01

MCN has been testing MV Agusta’s all-new F4 1000 against the bike it replaces, the F4 1078 312RR this week – and you can find out how the new bike stacks up against the iconic machine it replaces. The new F4 1000 has a new frame, engine and styling, though the end result is more evolution than revolution. It’s lighter ...

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BMW S1000RR annihilates competition on track

Chris Newbigging, 09 March 2010 10:23

As you predicted in our online poll, BMW’s stunningly fast S1000RR has defeated all eight of its major rivals on track, comfortably annihilating the competition from both Japan and Europe. Read the BMW S1000RR review Find a BMW S1000RR for sale MCN took part in the annual Masterbike test at the new Motorland circuit near Valencia, Spain, where all nine ...

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2010 Enfield Woodsman: first ride

Chris Newbigging, 18 February 2010 16:43

The new Royal Enfield Woodsman gets the same fuel-injected unit construction motor as the Bullet EFI, complete with a five-speed gearbox, disc brake and electric start.       Find an Enfield for sale The bike evokes the style of the original 1955-1959 Woodsman with trail-style bars, a high-level exhaust, single seat, bash plate and luggage rack.   Read more Enfield bike reviews Predictably it’s ...

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Video: Battle of the R6: 2010 V 2009

Chris Newbigging, 10 February 2010 16:04

Yamaha says its new 2010 R6 has more midrange. But can you tell them apart? MCN 'Blind' tests them then, lets guest testers ride them to find out. Search for used R6 motorcycles on bikes for sale Get a insurance quote for an R6 // By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and ...

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2010 Yamaha SR400 first test

Chris Newbigging, 29 January 2010 17:19

Auto-By magazine in Japan has tested the new fuel-injected Yamaha SR400 for MCN – revealing it has lost none of its charm.   To clean the SR400’s emission for 2010 up Yamaha has replaced the carburettor with a fuel injection. It’s not a simple job though – a new exhaust with a catalyser and lambda sensor is also new (it’s slightly ...

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Take part in our 2010 Yamaha R6 test - now closed

Chris Newbigging, 28 January 2010 10:42

MCN is looking for readers to take part in the first test of the 2010-spec Yamaha R6 against the 2009 model.  Find a Yamaha R6 for sale The test will take place on Tuesday February 2 at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire. You’ll get time on both bikes and your face in MCN, though you’ll also have to spend time ...

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Yamaha XJ6 Diversion F vs Suzuki GSX650F test: we want your questions

Chris Newbigging, 07 January 2010 17:22

Next week MCN is road testing the new Yamaha XJ6 Diversion F against it’s main rival, the Suzuki GSX650F, for the first time on UK roads. Read the Suzuki GSX650F review Read the Yamaha XJ6 review Both are around 600cc, mildly tuned water-cooled inline fours, in basic chassis designed with all-rounder ability and novice riders in mind, but with a ...

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My top five bikes of the noughties

Chris Newbigging, 01 January 2010 10:30

As another decade in biking draws to a close, the MCN office has been rife with debate over the most important bikes in the last ten years. MCN staff will be sharing their lists on – this is News Reporter Chris Newbigging’s personal pick of the biggest machines from 2000-2009.   1) 2006 Triumph Daytona 675: After years of ...


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