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The SPecial One

Jon Urry, 14 September 2014 09:30

Honda’s SP-1, or the VTR1000 SP-1 RC51 to give it its proper name, will always hold a very special place in motorcycle history. This is a bike born out of necessity – not to mention a considerable degree of frustration… Despite having HRC’s full weight behind it, the exotic RC45 was a flop both on the track and in showrooms ...

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Battling with World Champions and Old Machinery at Goodwood Revival

Steve Hunt, 13 September 2014 22:43

Having spent a weekend surrounded by old - often mouthwatering - 1950s metal, diligent, resourceful mechanics and some racing legends, it becomes clear that racing classic motorcycles requires a particular kind of spirit. Old machinery tests the soul, patients and mechanical nous more than most. The Goodwood Revival - home to more pomp and pageantry than most established racing series’ ...

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Video: New KTM RC390 first ride

MCN, 13 September 2014 13:30

For the first time in years there’s a machine for young sportsbike fans to get excited about. If you’re 19 and have just passed your A2 licence you can rip up your L plates and pretend you’re wild-riding Aussie Moto3 star Jack Miller. Welcome to KTM’s new RC390! We sent MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves to Italy for the ...

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Triumph Thruxton Ace special edition unveiled

Andy Downes, 12 September 2014 22:00

Triumph has revealed this special edition version of the Thruxton called the Ace which celebrates the link between the British manufacturer and the famous London café so synonymous with motorcycle history. The new black and white special edition was revealed on Friday at the Ace Café in London by owner Mark Wilsmore as a prelude to the Brighton Burn Up ...

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Honda reveals new 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner

Andy Downes, 10 September 2014 09:10

Honda has revealed a heavily revised version of the VFR800X Crossrunner which gets a fairly hefty series of revisions including more power and mid-range torque, new styling, longer travel suspension along with new wheels and brakes. Other features include Honda’s Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system, ABS, LED lights, self-cancelling indicators and heated grips as standard. The original Crossrunner, on sale ...

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Matchless is back

Richard Newland, 08 September 2014 14:19

Iconic British firm reignited with new Model X Reloaded. Matchless is a name which has long been missing from the roll call of active motorcycle manufacturers, but recent patent applications and statements of intent from the current owners promised that a new model was under development – and MCN has gained access to exclusive details of the new bike ahead ...

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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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