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Staff bikes: Ducati Diavel - A do-anything bike with mega attitude

Ian Jubb, 29 July 2011 12:05

The weather gods have been smiling upon us, which has meant that the Diavel has hardly stopped running over the last two months, whether it be commuting or a full-on 200-mile round trip to find some good corners and meet up with fellow Ducati riders and admirers. It's been a dream come true. I've a bold statement to make: I'm ...

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Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale 920 - British GP puts Brutale under strain

Andy Downes, 12 July 2011 14:25

Working at the British MotoGP round at Silverstone meant my MV Agusta Brutale test bike got a hard workout…and ended up looking like it had been buried at sea! The bike did more than 350 miles in three days as I was dashing between the office, home and the track; with many of the miles in the lashing rain that ...

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Staff bikes: Triumph Tiger 800 - Fitting an eSystem Scottoiler

Ped Baker, 15 June 2011 12:37

Last weekend I fitted an eSystem chain oiling system to my long term Triumph Tiger 800. Unlike traditional vacuum valve operated oilers, Scottoiler’s eSystem uses a small electric pump to dispense measured droplets of oil to the chain Pic 1a It’s a complex piece of kit that uses a dashboard, temperature sensor and accelerometer to control flow. You can throw ...

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Staff bikes: Triumph Tiger 800 - The first month

Ped Baker, 03 June 2011 16:12

I've now had the Tiger 800 for a month and when it's not being thrashed on a group test or chasing Ross Noble across the UK, I've been riding it on my 30 mile commute every day. Here's what I've discovered so far… The engine is a gemThere's not much more that can be said about Triumph's triple cylinder engine. ...

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Staff bikes: BMW G650GS - When different isn’t better

Steve Farrell, 03 June 2011 10:12

In my last update on the G650GS I’m riding this year, I mentioned how BMWs are different to other bikes in the detail. I said they were not always better but never without effort. Well, here’s an example : The indicator switch. The G650GS does not feature BMW’s famously different three-switch arrangement, with a button on each bar to activate ...

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Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale 920 - Something goes wrong

Andy Downes, 24 May 2011 14:20

It started innocently enough with a bit of a hiccup when starting the MV Agusta Brutale one evening for my ride home from work. It just wouldn’t start very easily for a second or two, then fired up and was fine. The problem was then intermittent in frequency but the constant element was the issue always centred around cold starting, ...

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Staff bikes: Ducati Diavel - A few tentative laps at Silverstone

Ian Jubb, 23 May 2011 16:22

This weekend was Ducati Days at Silverstone and it would've been rude not to attend and take the Diavel around the GP circuit. The first session of the afternoon arrived and I headed out with Maria Costello MBE to get some idea of where I was going. Silverstone is so huge, I was truly lost, no idea when, where and at what speed to turn ...

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Staff bikes: Ducati Diavel - First impressions

Ian Jubb, 12 May 2011 14:32

A slow three hour train journey from Kings Lynn to Coventry allowed just enough time for the nerves to build up. I say nerves I mean more apprehension about the 162 horses waiting to be unleashed. The Diavel was without doubt going to be the most powerful bike I'd ever ridden. Luckily it's got traction control to help me when I get a bit ...

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Staff bikes: Ducati Diavel - It's almost time!

Ian Jubb, 06 May 2011 13:31

My excitement is mounting by the bucket load as after a few weeks of waiting I have finally been given the date for collection of my Ducati Diavel long termer for 2011. On Monday I'll be getting the train to Ducati Coventry for a 12 o'clock pickup then straight on to Road Angel at Silverstone to start the ball rolling ...

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Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale 920 - That’s it run-in then!

Andy Downes, 05 May 2011 13:07

Last year I arranged with the factory on a recent visit that MV Agusta would supply MCN with one of the new 920cc Brutales as a long term test bike. The plan was for an MCN person to fly out to the Varese factory, watch a load of identical bikes being built on the production lines before saddling up and ...

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