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Ducati 848 Challenge blog: Silverstone

Adam Child, 28 September 2011 12:30

I couldn’t turn down racing in the 848 Challenge at Silverstone in front of packed BSB crowd but it was a baptism of fire, thrown in at the deep end learning a new track and new bike, but great fun. First practice didn’t really go to plan, I wasn’t clicking with the 848 and was still learning the huge 3.6 ...

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Which used superbike for under £5000?

Adam Child, 25 August 2011 12:55

With the advent of electronics and near-200bhp power outputs, it's easy to forget just how good the sports bikes of 2005 were. They had huge power - up to around 160bhp - yet were tractable in the midrange, were designed to accomodate regular-sized human beings and didn't electronically slap your wrist if you pulled a cheeky wheelie. The best bit ...

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Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager takes on the baggers

Adam Child, 25 August 2011 11:01

The imposing bulk of Kawasaki's new VN1700 Voyager Custom has just landed on UK soil, sending a shudder through the large touring cruiser market. But how scared should the American competition be of the new V-twin? MCN embarked on two days of summer touring to find out, heading north from Peterborough then criss-crossing Yorkshire before ending in historic York. All ...

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Video: KTM RC8R Track at Donington Park

Adam Child, 10 August 2011 15:40

Track days today are more like race paddocks from a few years ago. Find a KTM RC8R for sale. With club racing turning increasingly professional, brand new race bikes are becoming common. Enter the KTM RC8R Track... the Austrian firm has witnessed the growing demand for off-the-peg track or race machines and produced this special, track-ready version of its RC8 ...

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Benelli struggle on with style

Adam Child, 04 August 2011 15:42

Although Benelli hasn't gone the way of compatriots Moto Morini (which went into administration last year), there's no doubt it has been struggling, with model updates limited to minor revisions on a now ageing range of nakeds and sportsters based around the Pesaro-firm's charismatic three-cylinder engine. The new TNT R160 is the latest example of the breed. Effectively Benelli's only ...

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Foggy and Whit ride again!

Adam Child, 27 July 2011 09:44

On the eve of the World Superbikes at Silverstone and with the mouthwatering, all-new Ducati 1199 in prospect, we reckoned there was no better time to look back at the benchmark bikes that gave the Bologna factory such huge success over the years on both road and track. And who better to re-appraise the family tree of Duke superbikes than ...

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Oliver's Mount racing blog: Barry Sheene Festival

Adam Child, 12 July 2011 13:07

My road racing season continues but this time at the tight and twisty Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough. Oliver’s Mount is the last true road racing circuit left in the UK, nearly 2.4 miles of park road, narrow in places with a few jumps thrown in for good measure. I was there competing in the modern open class, as part of the ...

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Harley-Davidson XR1200 Trophy Blog: Thruxton BSB

Adam Child, 03 June 2011 14:28

After a busy week racing at the North West, I was invited by Harley-Davidson to be guest rider in the XR1200 Trophy at Thruxton – and I jumped at the chance. Racing in front of a packed BSB audience on the UK’s fastest track? How could I turn it down? Here are a few highlights of my weekend and hopefully ...

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Husqvarna SMR511 - road legal but ready to race

Adam Child, 27 May 2011 16:23

Husqvarna's new SMR511 is the now BMW-owned firm's most radical track-ready supermoto to date. At just 118kg it's radically light, hughly impractical, and, for a fairly basic single-cylinder, eye-wateringly pricey, too, at £7299. It's race bike origins are visible everywhere - the only instruments you get are digital speedo, trip meter and hard-to-read lights. There's one light for main beam, ...

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2011 KTM 990 SMT - first ride

Adam Child, 26 January 2011 10:19

Senior Road Tester Adam Child is in Southern Spain at the launch of the new 2011 ABS-equipped KTM SMT.  Aside from the anti-lock brakes the model is largely unchanged, but KTM are keen to point out that this is no ordinary ABS system - they claim it’s the most sophisticated ABS system available on the road at the moment. Adam Child said: "KTM couldn’t ...

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