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Staff bikes: BMW K1600GT - Turning up the volume

I recently picked up the first pair of Remus Hexacone slip on silencers in the country (www.performanceparts-ltd.com) to go on the BMW K1600GT and decided it might be fun to time just how long it takes the remove the old and fit the new. The titanium silencers have a carbon outlet, and are road legal with removable baffles – all ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 14 September 2011

Staff bikes - Honda Crossrunner: You never stop learning

Two thousand, three hundred and forty-seven miles can reveal a lot about a bike. Even about one you thought you already knew. Such has been my first couple of months with the Crossrunner. I picked it up in May having already sampled Honda's new VFR800-based crossover machine (their description, not mine) at the world press launch and at the time thought ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 31 August 2011

Staff bikes: Moto Guzzi Griso SE - V7 Classic snaffled by actress

Just when I was learning to love the V7 Classic and its gentle take on motorcycling life, it has been snatched away from me. Moto Guzzi have reclaimed it, and sent it on a far more glamourous mission: it must now provide post-test transport for a celebrity. Yes, my humble V7 is currently ferrying Gill Halfpenny between her beautiful celebrity ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 25 August 2011

Staff bikes: Ducati Monster 1100 Evo - The modern cafe racer

Over the months that I've owned the Monster, many have asked me "What's it like?" My default answer is "A real, good, honest motorcycle". Which sounds like damning it with faint praise; that's far from my intention. What I mean to say is that this stripped back, stylish, air-cooled Italian V-twin, punting out a modest 100bhp at the crank, is - for ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 25 August 2011

Staff bikes: Suzuki GSR750 - Tail tidy improves GSR's rear

After riding the GSR for the first few miles there was only one modification that I could see needed to be made, to fit a tail tidy and get rid of the huge piece of plastic hanging off the rear end of the bike. (Although it does come in handy as a tea holder.) I went for a tail tidy ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 25 August 2011

Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale 920 - the highest mileage 2011 model

MCN's 2011 Brutale is now the highest mileage specimen in the UK, and possibly the world, after clicking through 4000 miles and its first major service. The scheduled service was carried out at MV dealer Drayton Croft in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and cost £200. The work took two hours and saw the oil and filter changed, the bike given a check ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 19 August 2011

Staff bikes: KTM Duke 125 - Duke to the Alps

This July I rode from Oundle (Cambridgeshire), to Interlaken (Switzerland) and back on my 125 Duke. The 2,000 mile, six-day route took me across country lanes, motorways, city streets, alpine passes and grassy fields, which the tiny KTM managed with aplomb. This – of course – is nothing new. Plenty of low-capacity bikes head off on high mileage odysseys every ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 19 August 2011

Staff bikes: Suzuki GSR750 - GSR shines at wet Brands Hatch

I’ve now been on two track days and on both there’s been rain. Despite the fact like most motorcyclists I don’t like rain (I don’t mind getting wet, it’s more the inconsistent grip levels) I decided the rain wasn’t going to ruin the latest one at Brands Hatch Indy – one of the Reclaim Our Tracks days run by Bike ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 11 August 2011

Staff bikes: BMW G650GS - Corrosion sets in

I really like my G650GS. So I’m massively disappointed to report that the paintwork doesn’t seem to be up to much. Corrosion is already beginning to appear in places and it’s not yet had to endure a single winter. A BMW spokesman said: ‘Obviously I can’t really comment on the cause of the corrosion until the bike has been inspected. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 09 August 2011

Staff bikes: Yamaha Super Tenere: Saddling up the beast

With a few big trips planned in the next couple of months it was time to get the Super Tenere ready for action. I'm heading to the Nurburgring at the start of September for the World Superbike round and because I'm going to be working I've got plenty of kit to take with me. With adventure bike riding big business ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 29 July 2011

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