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September MADness

MCN, 14 August 2014 16:02

If your September evenings are looking a little devoid of humour, you need to head to a theatre in Maidstone, Southend, Newark or Scunthorpe to be entertained by persistent prankster and GP aficionado, Steve Parrish, on his MAD tour. If your September is already maxed out, then the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull has announced that the tour will roll ...

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Hesketh 24 first ride

Phil West, 13 August 2014 11:30

The British revival rumbles on. Or in this case THUNDERS. And then some. Hesketh is the latest UK heritage motorcycle brand to be reborn, (following Triumph in 1990, Norton in 2009 and Ariel last month). And, with numerous others in development (Brough, Matchless and Metisse), having a union flag on your bike’s tank is clearly a fashionable place to be ...

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Harley recall now includes UK models

MCN, 13 August 2014 08:30

A US recall of more than 66,000 ABS-equipped Harley-Davidson Touring models will now include UK models, and owners will be contacted imminently by their dealer to arrange for the three hours of work to be scheduled. The recall follows concerns that ABS-equipped bikes built between July 1, 2013 and May 7, 2014 may suffer a front wheel lock-up during riding ...

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Indian launch new Indian Scout

Steve Hunt, 04 August 2014 11:25

Indian Motorcycles launched the 2015 version of their iconic Scout at the Sturgis motorcycle rally yesterday. It's the first, all-new Scout for over 70 years. The 1133cc, V-Twin weighs in at 253kg (wet) and according to Indian will provide a healthy 100bhp from the 60 degree, liquid-cooled engine. Steve Menneto, VP of motorcycles for Polaris Industries said at the launch, “Over the course ...

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Testing time for teens

MCN, 04 August 2014 09:30

Stricter motorcycle licence rules have caused a massive drop in young riders taking their tests. New learner rider rules introduced in January last year stopped under-19s from riding anything bigger than a 125cc bike, even if they pass a motorcycle test where previously they could take a step up to a larger-capacity bike once the test was passed. Recent figures ...

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Mitas tyre recall over potential for bulging

Andy Downes, 01 August 2014 15:33

Budget tyre brand Mitas is recalling Sport Force radial motorcycle tyres manufactured in 2014 because of the risk of bulges appearing at high speeds.The Slovenian tyre producer Savatech is voluntarily recalling Sport Force radial motorcycle tyres from the market. These tyres were sold to customers mostly in Europe. The tyre sizes subject to recall are: 120/70 ZR17 (58W) TL SPORTFORCE ...

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Ace Café could be closed

MCN, 01 August 2014 09:30

The Ace Café in London is under threat of closure if Brent police follow through on the threat to implement the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. The act gives police new powers to close venues accused of anti-social behaviour without the need to go to court. The issue stems from a minority of scooter, motorcycle and car owners ...

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Buying guide: BMW R100RS

MCN, 01 August 2014 08:30

Even back in the seventies BMW was battling the idea its bikes were just for old men. So in 1977 it signed up professional stylist Hans Muth to create the ultimate sports tourer. The result was the R100RS. The fact that the R100RS remains one of the most practical long-distance mounts to this day is testament to the brilliance of ...

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Fassbender takes to the track

MCN, 31 July 2014 12:54

X-Men star Michael Fassbender had his first ever track experience yesterday at the Honda Ron Haslam Race School. He follows hot on the heels of fellow X-Men actors James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult, who visited the school two weeks ago. Taking time out of his busy filming schedule, Fassbender, who also appeared in Inglorious Basterds, rode a Honda CBR600RR at ...

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A six-pack, a paper and a world champion's bike

Tony Hoare, 28 July 2014 11:24

Pop into Londis in Morecambe for a pint and a paper and you’re in for a pleasant surprise – a speedway bike belonging to local resident and TT hero John McGuinness. Speedway fan McPint bought the Italian GM-engined machine from three-time world champ Jason Crump, and has put it on display during the sport's world team cup, which is taking ...

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