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Ducati Multistrada: old vs new

In 2010 Ducati’s all new Multistrada turned the adventure market on its head. It was a breath of fresh air, the sportiest bike in the sector. An impressive 150bhp from the 1199 V-Twin was backed up with high-tech gizmos, comfort and usability. It proved to be the success story Ducati was hoping for. Now three years on Ducati want to ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 07 January 2013

Magny Cours WSB: Sykes and Melandri closes in on championship lead as Biaggi crashes out

Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes closed within 14.5 points of championship leader Max Biaggi after taking third position in damp, tricky conditions at Magny Cours. Factory Aprilia rider Biaggi crashed at the end of the long back straight, uninjured on lap two. BMW’s Marco Melandri finished second in the dramatic wet race and is still very much in the title fight, only ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 07 October 2012

Magny Cours WSB: Sykes takes pole and smashes lap record

Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes secured pole position, smashing the lap record with an outstanding Superpole lap, while championship rival Max Biaggi struggled finishing an unexpected 10th. Sykes took his ninth pole position of the season, setting the new circuit best lap with a 1.36.950. Factory Aprilia rider Biaggi failed to make Superpole three, unable to link a hot lap together in ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 06 October 2012

Magny Cours WSB: Marco on top in the last qualifying before Superpole

Marco Malandri, improved from yesterday’s third position to top the time sheets in second qualifying knocking Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes back to second. Sykes couldn’t improve on Friday’s time and had to settle for second spot. Athea Ducati’s Carlos Checa improved from Friday’s time but moves from provisional second to third, with Honda’s Jonathan Rea moving up from fifth to fourth, ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 06 October 2012

Magny Cours WSB: Tom Sykes on top in first qualifying

In perfect sunny conditions Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes set the fastest time of the first 45 minute qualifying session, with a 1.38.200. Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa joins him on the provisional front row followed by an injured Marco Melandri third with Checa’s team mate Davide Giugliano rounding off the front row. Championship leader Max Biaggi was seventh, followed by Haslam in ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 06 October 2012

Magny Cours WSB: Rea leads Brit charge at final round

Jonathan Rea topped the first free practice time sheets at Magny Cours, setting a 1.39.064 on a drying tack. PATA Ducati rider Sylvain Guintoli finished second with in form Brits Leon Camier and Tom Sykes rounding out the provisional front row. Championship leader Max Biaggi set the sixth fastest time with title contender Marco Melandri riding through the pain barrier ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 05 October 2012

2013 Ducati Multistrada ridden

Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 revolutionised the adventure bike class when it was introduced in 2010. Its sporty mix of 150bhp (derived from its 1199-derived V-twin), combined with high tech gizmos and real world comfort and usability proved a winning combination with over 20,000 examples sold worldwide so far. Three years on, Ducati is aiming to keep the Multistrada ahead of the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 27 September 2012

Exhaust review: Arrow Kawasaki ER-6 race system

Arrow Kawasaki ER-6 race system, £1032Time used: Two weeks racing at the TT, North West 200 and weekend at Oliver’s Mount What good: The Arrow titanium system was designed in conjunction with road racer Ryan Farquhar at Arrow’s R&D headquarters in Italy. Simply put it’s the system used by the majority of riders in the new Lightweight class. According to ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Exhausts
  • 05 September 2012

Tsubaki-Racing-Pro-Chain

Chain Tsubaki Racing Pro Chain £147.17Miles covered: Eight laps of the Isle of Man TT plus two days racing at Olivers Mount.What’s good: Chains famously snap at the TT they take a massive strain, the jumps and undulations really give them some punishment. The Tsubaki chains are lightweight, specifically designed for racing, ultra-low friction yet strong at the same time, ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 29 August 2012

Video: MCN rides sidecar passenger

It’s often said the craziest people in the racing paddock are sidecar passengers, and after attempting it, I reckon they are. How the hell they can passenger around the TT course is unimaginable. Most would choose a nice slow machine, at a safe track, in the hands of an expert driver for their first go as a passenger, but not ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 02 August 2012

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