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'I'd bite your hand off for a Sport Classic'

Jon Urry, 11 July 2014 09:30

Which used Ducatis are hot – and which are not? MCN speaks to expert John Hackett from Ducati Coventry. Ducati is the strongest it has ever been right now, claims John Hackett - otherwise known as the UK’s Mr Ducati! "There is a real buzz surrounding the brand and that is encouraging riders to try a Ducati when otherwise they ...

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Ago, Dunlop and McGuinness set for Mallory Bike Bonanza

Simon Patterson, 09 July 2014 15:23

Fifteen time world champion and ten time TT winner Giacomo Agostini will headline this weekend’s Mallory Bike Bonanza, as a full weekend of activities descend upon the Leicestershire track, with the Italian joined by a host of modern stars and classic machinery as well as entertainment for the whole family. Joining Agostini on his MV Agusta as he recreates his ...

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We ride the Ariel Ace at Goodwood

Michael Neeves, 09 July 2014 10:42

It’s hard to believe the Ariel Ace cruiser really is a new bike. It’s seemingly come out of nowhere, is made by a car firm, and yet it’s already better than many established production bikes. The Ariel Ace cruiser is impressive during my quick blast up and down the famous Goodwood hillclimb. It rides beautifully and, crucially, doesn’t try to ...

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Simply Ballistic: Can MV's new Dragster 800 out-gun its rivals?

Adam Child, 07 July 2014 16:26

The MV Agusta Dragster is the latest model to come from the iconic Italian brand – and it's a bit of a confused beast. Using the 798cc triple and cycle parts from the Brutale 800 roadster, it has a design similar to that of Ducati's Diavel performance cruiser and even runs a huge 200-section rear Pirelli, but more for aesthetic ...

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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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New MCN July 2: Suzuki's secret super naked

Liam Marsden, 01 July 2014 09:44

In this week's new look MCN paper, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from July 2. We reveal Suzuki's secret super naked Ducati Monster 821 and new Ariel first rides Honda CB650F takes on Yamaha MT-07 and Triumph Street Triple Marquez has his rivals scared All available in print at your local newsagent, or on iPad and Google editions from July ...

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Top 10 infamous bike ads

MCN, 27 June 2014 08:30

Adverts from a pre-political correctness age. They certainly don’t make ’em like this anymore…     Life helmets | 1979Californian-made Life caused a massive stir in the late ’70s with its campaign featuring body-painted models Tula and Diane West. The shooting of the ads was featured, revealingly, in Aussie magazine Revs while controversy was stoked four years later when Tula, ...

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Ducati Monster 821 launch

Adam Child, 24 June 2014 16:31

MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is at the world launch of Ducati’s new Monster 821 in Bologna, Italy. A short spin this evening will be followed by a full day of riding the new naked middleweight tomorrow. This is the latest Monster to come from the Ducati factory, hot on the heels of the all-new 1200 Monster earlier this ...

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Monsters Inc.

MCN, 12 June 2014 11:28

If Ducati hadn't released the Monster in 1993 the Italian company probably wouldn't have survived the 1990s. This bike formed the bedrock that allowed Ducati to expand and grow, put money in dealer's tills and funded the development of headline-grabbing models such as the 916. 21 years later we look at the four defining models, and highlight a few good ...

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