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Smart money superbikes - the best used examples

MCN, 15 June 2012 11:47

The 1000cc sports bike class has ripped in two and there are now two distinct camps. In the ‘extreme’ corner there’s the super-powerful, electronically-enhanced superbikes, like the Aprilia RSV4, BMW S1000RR, Ducati Panigale and Kawasaki ZX-10R. Over in the other is the new Fireblade, GSX-R1000 and R1. These much-loved Japanese machines are the old guard and have all been worthy ...

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Ducati 1199 Panigale vs rivals: At a glance

MCN, 25 April 2012 17:44

It’s a sad fact for speed freaks that superbike sales have slipped in recent years, while things like naked and adventure bikes are on the up. So can one of the most exciting, talked-about motorcycles this year - the Ducati Panigale - reignite our passion for all things very fast? Ducati certainly hope so and have thrown the kitchen sink at the ...

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Traction control raises new Yamaha R1's game

Michael Neeves, 20 October 2011 16:35

The addition of traction control - which Yamaha says is the same system as used on the YZR-M1 MotoGP racer - makes the 2012 R1 a better road and track bike. But MCN's world first track test also revealed it has not managed to leapfrog its superbike rivals. This isn't surprising - there are very few changes to Yamaha's flagship ...

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2012 Yamaha R1 - first impressions

Michael Neeves, 12 October 2011 09:56

We're in Spain riding the 2012 Yamaha R1 at the Valencia MotoGP circuit. Aside from a few very minor tweaks the main change to the Yamaha is its new six-stage traction control. We've just done our first session and the TC is on max. It's so intrusive you can hold the throttle to the stop out of every corner, not ...

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Top 10 motorcycle insurance bargains

James Keen, 26 July 2010 13:30

Motorcycle insurance costs are an important consideration for any bike buyer. That's why over the past few months MCN has been highlighting some of the best cheap-to-insure motorcycles out there.    Get a motorcycle insurance quote now We've compared insurance groups on key models across all categories to find the bikes that are the cheapest to insure compared to their rivals. For example: ...

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Video test: MV Brutale 990R v KTM 990 Super Duke v Ducati Streetfighter

MCN, 17 March 2010 08:50

MV's new 990 Brutale is now both more user-friendly and cheaper than a Yamaha R1, but does that make it the best of the affordable super nakeds?  Find a super naked for sale Watch the video to see the new MV go head-to-head with the KTM Super Duke and Ducati Streetfighter. Read the full test in this week's MCN, on ...

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Top 10 greatest engines

MCN, 04 March 2010 11:30

More than 12,000 MCN readers have responded to our Biking Britain survey this year, and their combined scores on the bikes they own and love (or hate) have allowed us to put together this definitive list of your top 10 greatest motorcycle engines. Find a bike for sale now Here are the machines that topped your list of the sweetest motors:      10 ...

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Top 10 best handling sports bikes

MCN, 18 February 2010 13:34

More than 12,000 MCN readers have responded to our Biking Britain survey this year, and their combined scores on the bikes they own and love (or hate) have allowed us to put together this definitive list of your top 10 best handling sports bikes.       Find a sports bike for sale now Here are the machines that topped your list of the sweetest handling sports ...

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Australia blog: Day 7 - 500cc Grand Prix heaven

Michael Neeves, 21 January 2010 09:30

For me, the last generation of premier class GP machines are the most awe-inspiring ever built. The 500cc two-stroke weapons from the late 80s all the way to the beginning of MotoGP in 2002 are the ones that capture the imagination the most and Yamaha’s mighty YZR500 is probably the coolest, although thanks to Doohan and Rossi and their NSR500s, ...

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Video: Yamaha R1 long term report

MCN, 15 December 2009 15:37

MCN's Adam Child has had his longterm Yamaha R1 for almost a year in which he has covered over 16,000 miles. The year has had its ups and downs for Chad and his Yamaha R1 with the only major modification being the addition of an Akrapovic exhaust system.     http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1119137831http://www.brightcove.com/channel.jsp?channel=711881422 // By use of this code snippet, I agree to ...

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