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Staff bikes: Triumph Street Triple - Conquering the capital

Dan Aspel, 17 November 2010 11:30

Street Triple 1 : London 0 London is a congested network of road works, cycle lanes, tight, un-filterable traffic lights, one-way systems and road rage, all vigilantly policed by a swarm of unblinking CCTV cameras. The perfect place to test the “Street” in Street Triple. On a rainy autumn night last week I leapt aboard the Triumph and ploughed down ...

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Staff bikes: Honda Hornet 600 - Braking the cycle of abuse

James Keen, 27 October 2010 16:43

My plan to rejuvenate my much-abused Hornet 600 hasn’t progressed as fast as I would have liked. Getting married, a fantastic GSX-R600 and general laziness are to blame. Having said that, I have finally got around to sorting out the brakes. When I put the bike in for an MOT, I was given an advisory about the warped discs. So ...

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Staff bikes: Kawasaki GPz550 – A gut-wrenching tale

Steve Farrell, 07 October 2010 18:17

Every Sunday afternoon I try to restore my ‘bargain’ GPz550 to somewhere near acceptable condition. And on Sunday evenings I ask the internet how to undo whatever new damage I’ve caused. My latest handiwork is a sheared sump plug. When I last changed the oil, I replaced the rounded-off old plug with a swanky magnetic one. Unfortunately, because it’s hollow ...

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Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R600 - Sneaking a ride

Dan Aspel, 04 October 2010 16:00

With my Street Triple missing a footpeg and the office missing a Web Producer, there was only one thing to do: steal James Keen’s GSX-R600. My biking past is littered with sports tourers, an SV650 here, a CBF1000 there, but never dedicated sports bikes. My experience of even mid-range performance bikes is limited to a few rides on a friend’s ...

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Staff Bikes: Ducati Multistrada - The first 700 miles, again

Marc Potter, 30 September 2010 14:28

Since picking up my replacement Multistrada Sport arrived (the first one was written off by a colleague) its done some gentle running-in, a few trips out with the mrs, had a first service and been round Cadwell Park. Ducati claimed the bike is four bikes in one, and in its first 700-miles that has certainly been put to the test. ...

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Staff bikes: Triumph Street Triple - Bits go on. Bits fall off

Dan Aspel, 29 September 2010 11:03

No sooner had I fitted a protective radiator cover to my Street Triple than my housemate backed his car into it. Forcefully. Lifting it from the mud and back onto its sidestand, surveying the bike in the Monday drizzle, there wasn’t much time to appreciate the irony. Luckily there wasn’t any apparent damage. Handlebars straight. Mirrors twisted but undamaged. No ...

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Staff bikes: XR1200X - How to fit Remus pipes and Powercone silencer

Ped Baker, 29 July 2010 10:40

Before you start, the soft finish of the engine paint marks easily so remove watches, rings etc. When you reach the point of removing/replacing the header pipes use rags/bubble wrap to protect engine cases. Removing the stock pipes1. Unclip and disconnect the lambda wiring from both downpipes.2. Remove seat (press in the two tags underneath the seat pan front) and ...

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Staff bikes: BMW R1200RT - racking up the mileage

Andy Downes, 23 July 2010 12:09

Daily use of the BMW R1200RT has seen the mileage cresting 8000 with familiarity allowing me to love the bike and the way it can apparently do almost anything. Fidn a BMW R1200RT for sale People look at the RT and think it’s a big beast. I’ll admit it does look imposing but this bulk evaporates the moment the wheels ...

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Staff bikes: XR1200X - control freak

Ped Baker, 14 July 2010 10:36

I’ve been riding the XR1200 for a few weeks now and even though I’m smitten with it there’s still room for improvement. The first thing I’ve changed is the levers. The original Harley levers had a bizarre dog–leg shape that meant the backs were very close to my knuckles. Every time I changed gear I had to nearly remove my ...

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Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R600 - MSV Rider Development Program

James Keen, 08 July 2010 12:59

When the shiny new GSX-R600 turned up at the MCN office, people kept asking me what I was going to change on the bike. My answer was and is: Nothing. The fact is this bike is already a lot better than I am. If something needs to be improved on, it’s me.    That’s why – for less than the price ...

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