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Spy Shots: K1600 ‘Bagger’ spied

Andy Downes, 05 July 2014 11:30

This is a new BMW K1600 bagger spied testing at a top-secret test track last week and signals a new direction for the straight-six engine first seen in the K1600GT and GTL, launched in 2011. While baggers make only the smallest impact on UK or European sales charts they are huge news in the American market and BMW is the ...

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Old Wheels, New Waves

Steve Hunt, 04 July 2014 16:42

A few weeks ago, MCN rode down to the south of France for a custom motorcycle and surfing festival. We can almost hear your sighs from here, but maybe - just maybe - there's more to this scene than meets the eye. If you were to believe the under-breath mumbles of the traditional motorcycling press and paid heed to the ...

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Riding the icons: Suzuki RG500

Michael Neeves, 04 July 2014 09:30

This Suzuki RG500 is in superb condition. It’s bog-stock, like the bike then-MCN road tester Mat Oxley would’ve raved about back in 1985. Like the rest of the biking world, Oxley was in awe of this road-going 500cc GP replica, saying in the September 25 1985 issue of MCN: “In its powerband the RG500 is a vicious motorcycle that’s more ...

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BMW's naked revolution

Andy Downes, 06 June 2014 15:19

BMW revealed this stunning, hardcore boxer-engined roadster in Italy last weekend with bosses promising the production version will be on sale within a year.The Concept Roadster is a vision of the future development of the boxer engine in a naked bike. It takes the engine and some of the running gear from the best-selling R1200GS, but grafts on superbike-spec brakes ...

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Busiest TT since 2007

Simon Patterson, 05 June 2014 13:15

Figures released by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company show that 2014 is set to be one of the busiest TT of recent times, with traffic carried on the ferries up some 7.5% since last year, with 12,050 motorcycles and 36,800 passengers brought over. The Island has been noticeably busier in both race and practice weeks, with a large ...

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Trading Standards warning over unsafe helmets

Tony Hoare, 15 May 2014 14:37

Riders are being warned to look out for potentially unsafe motorcycle helmets after Trading Standards seized a batch of lids that were for sale online. The Chinese-made Jiekai helmets were not approved for use on European roads and subsequent tests on behalf of Peterborough City Council Trading Standards found they performed massively below the standards required in Europe. The Jiekai ...

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Yamaha teases new R3 sportsbike and Tricity three-wheel scooter

Andy Downes, 17 March 2014 15:11

Yamaha has released a brief 15 second teaser video which appears to show a new 300cc sportsbike along with the final production version of the Tricity three-wheel scooter. The video gives no real information other than a countdown which is pinned at eight days from now, meaning both bikes will be shown on March 25. MCN revealed plans by Yamaha ...

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Bajaj MotoGP bike

Oberdan Bezzi, 06 March 2014 08:10

The future great competitors for the European and Japanese manufacturers will certainly be from India! A first signal could be the participation of Bajaj in MotoGP.

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Video: Honda Fireblade SP group test

MCN, 26 February 2014 15:13

With a blueprinted engine and snazzy chassis parts, the new Honda Fireblade SP has a price tag to match its European rivals. But does it beat them at their own game? We find out on sunny Spanish roads and around the track, with former WSB champion Neil Hodgson. brightcove.createExperiences();

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Priority access to weekly MotoGP show

Steve Hunt, 25 February 2014 14:43

It’s been well publicised that the only place to watch MotoGP from within the UK is with BTSport for the 2014/2015 season.  When it was officially announced late last year, the exclusive license deal was seen as massive gamble for the British Telecommunications giant and now, following the unveiling of their presenter team at the MCN London Motorcycle Show last ...

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