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Staff bikes: Kawasaki Versys – The return of the Versys

Liam Marsden, 28 May 2010 11:15

If a man by the name of Sam Pinney ever asks to borrow your bike, say no. Bad things happen. Everything was going well until I was informed some scamp in London had tried to steal the Versys. Here are Sam's thoughts on the Versys and his account of the attempted theft: "I like riding in London. It’s exciting, stimulating and ...

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Staff bikes – Victory Hammer S: Calling open-minded Harley owners

Chris Newbigging, 28 May 2010 11:07

The Victory Hammer S continues to be a pleasure as I rack up miles in the sun, and I’ve yet to run in to any problems. It also continues to draw praise. A week spent road testing meant the Hammer was sat idle, so I lent it to web producer Liam Marsden while his Kawasaki Versys was being repaired following ...

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Staff bikes: Ducati Multistrada 1200 - The bike I've waited 10 years for

Marc Potter, 27 May 2010 13:55

Picked up my new Ducati Multistrada 1200 Touring on Friday and I couldn’t be more delighted with it. With electronically-adjustable Ohlins suspension, changeable engine maps, heated grips, keyless start, an electronic steering lock, Ducati traction control, and panniers as standard on the £14,250 Touring version I chose, there’s not many more gadgets that you could throw at a bike. Thankfully ...

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Staff bikes: Kawasaki GPz550 - Beware bike sellers who limp

Steve Farrell, 26 May 2010 10:00

When I bought my GPz550 for £300 in January, I triumphantly claimed I’d proved you could get a decent bike for next to nothing. I now admit I’ve proved only that you can get a bike for next to nothing. This particular one comes with an assortment of gradually emerging deadly faults. As one is fixed, another reveals itself. In ...

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Staff bikes: Enfield Clubman - Coppers can't touch me!

Marc Abbott, 24 May 2010 09:30

My previous entry, on the subject of top speed runs on the road, was met with a few comments on the logic of my admission to speeds well in excess of 85mph on the queen's highway. Well, after taking a colleague to work who had the MCN Ride Logger iPhone app activated in his pocket, I reckon the boys in ...

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Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R600 - 160mph!

James Keen, 21 May 2010 09:20

If you've read the hyperbikes v superbikes road test in this week's MCN, you'll know that we were recently at Bruntingthorpe proving ground speed testing some of the fastest bikes you can buy.  I went along on my GSX-R600 to shoot the video (watch it here), but also because I wanted to take it for a thrash on the runway.   I'd been dying to see what ...

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Staff bikes: Enfield Clubman - Top speed test for 28bhp missile

Marc Abbott, 12 May 2010 15:53

My Enfield Bullet Clubman has no rev counter and nothing but an ‘old-fashioned’ dial by way of speedometer. And once above a certain speed the needle can wander by as much as 10mph either way. A previous model I rode maxed out at an indicated 82mph in top gear; this one will hit an indicated 95mph before the rev limiter. ...

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Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R600 - Silverstone, Sheene & snotty Dunlops

James Keen, 06 May 2010 15:48

The other day I had to film a bike test at Silverstone and since Dunlop were having a tyre launch at the same time, I ended up with a new set of Sportsmart's and some time on track.  I was shooting the first ride of the 257bhp Icon Sheene tribute bike (watch the video here) but inbetween takes I managed to squeeze in 3 sessions testing ...

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Staff bikes: Kawasaki GPz550 - Rear disc on front wheel

Steve Farrell, 30 April 2010 15:55

More surprises from my bought-unseen £300 GPz. When I removed the warped front brake discs to replace them, I found that in fact only one was a front disc. The other was a rear. They’re the same diameter but the rear is thicker. More worryingly, one of the bolts appeared to have been held in place by some kind of ...

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Staff bikes: Ducati 848 Challenge Racer – Silverstone round 1

Michael Neeves, 29 April 2010 09:58

Wow. That’s about all I can say about my first ride out on my Ducati Glasgow/Moto Rapido Ducati 848 challenge bike. If you read my last report you’ll know my 848 was a brand new road bike sitting in Moto Rapido’s showroom last Wednesday and a day later they’d transformed it into a racer. Wind forward to Sunday morning and ...

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